As a person who is still somewhat new to the comics convention scene, I was late to start collecting sketches. Now when I head to conventions I try to get a couple, which are relatively inexpensive pieces of original art that are “made to order,” so to speak. As it stands now I have a small handful of sketches, all of which came from either the 2014 Rose City Comic Con in Portland or the 2014 Jet City Comic Con in Tacoma, Washington.
This was an original sketch from Tim Seeley of Dick Grayson. Though I am only a marginal Grayson fan, I generally like Tim Seeley quite a bit and I wanted to prioritize sketches that could go on the blank variant covers I already had. This was $40 at Rose City Comic Con, and a completely worth it purchase. Tim is incredibly nice, and does it quickly. Also a great person to talk to a little about his newer work, and I was excited to chat about his creator-owned book Revival, over at Image.
This sketch of Alejandra Blaze of Ghostrider was done by Matthew Clark at Jet City Comic Con. I think this was $50, but it could have been as low as $40, which is often the standard price. At either price it was an amazing value with the amount od detail and shading that was done, much more so than you see with many sketches that use formulas to construct figures. This was why his “full body” sketches were more, but this was a real incredible image.
This sketch also came from Tim Seeley, and I had him do the sketch in the Justice League of America 100 Project from The Hero Foundation, which he did a cover in. Here you will notice a little less detail in it. He had some pens run out and so it was a little less detailed, so he only ended up charging me $20 for this sketch of Batman. Great deal! Chrissie Zullo also signed the book in just the page next to it.
This sketch is of Cliff Barton, Hawkeye from the self-titled Matt Fraction series, done by Hawkeye artist Steve Lieber. He gave me an option of a sketch specifically of Hawkeye or Cliff, of which I chose Cliff. This $40 sketch was again a head only as full body was much more, but with the water-color pen shading it was a great choice. I also got this sketch done in the Avengers 100 Project book, in which he did a cover.
Many people don’t think this is a “real sketch” since it wasn’t really done by a comics artist and it was FREE. This was done really quickly by Scott Lobdell just out of fun, and it is one of my more treasured sketches because of it. Lobdell is a writer and not an artist, whose work on Superman Doomed was highly acclaimed in 2014. He did this quickly in under a minute and it was superman on the moon. This was also done at Rose City Comic Con 2014.