Hello again, dear watchers and watcherettes.
This illustration I'm uploading today serves a double purpose: 1. it is, obviously, a piece of art I want to display because I like it very much and 2. It is one of those long
overdue commissions I always talk about.
This piece was commissioned a long, long, long time ago by the very talented and creative *Quimtuk
. Since he first approached me, he kept waiting and waiting and waiting, with his patience ever intact, until break point. That's when a very hot and tough discussion ensued between him, obviously enraged and completely out of his mind with my constant lack of updates and me, apologetic and trying to make up for the lost time.
Now, I am telling you all this, because I know many of you out there have commissioned me; some with very good results in a reasonable timeframe and others... well, not so lucky, to say the least. I have a backlog dating as far back as years, more or less since 2010, which is when the cavalcade of commissions came in for me and at the same time, life began being overly and nightmarishly complicated. For the past three years, and especially the last one, my life has been a constant struggle trying to keep my head above the water and more often than not, being completely sunk under its weight. I've been almost evicted numerous times, I've been ill, I've been without enough to eat... you name it.
Slowly, steadily, I began making progress and getting jobs that allowed me to organise my schedule and not be constantly piling up gigs that would forever delay me over and over again. But it still is not enough. Many are still missing their paid pieces and I understand both their anger and frustration, because I feel it myself. I also feel ashamed I have not always been up to what a professional illustrator and artist has to be, but this piece here is a testament to my actually getting the job done, no matter how late. And perhaps that's something you, as my audience and clients, can appreciate.
and I finally resolved matters the best possible way, which is with him getting his artwork done and me finally being able to repay his kindness for all the effort and patience he invested in me. I hope I can always reach such an agreement with all of my clients, because this is the best I have to offer. My art is all I have and with your help, I've been able to live the dream others can only hope to achieve. So, if you're still waiting on me, if you're dismayed because your pieces are taking forever: don't despair just yet. I've stopped taking in new work and I'm rigurously following a tight schedule that will allow me to get back on track in the months to come and start clean and fresh once again.
Finally, and speaking particularly about this piece, these fine gentlemen here depicted are the Tenebrous Trio
, described by their creator as the heroes of the City of Tenebre; a wild bunch dedicated to kciking ass! I tried to stay somewhat faithful to *Quimtuk
's style, within th eframe of my own and I also kept the palette very similar to his. I, of course, added a lot of my own, but in the end, the mix was more than satisfying and I hope to be able to use this approach in other works in the future.
Thank you for bearing with me and this rant, but I thought it appropriate to take the opportunity to clarify a bit where I stand regarding my commissions.
Enjoy and see you all soon!