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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AquaSketch by Neil Vokes - 2006

I decided to run another sketch again today, since I got it immediately after yesterday's piece from Michael Avon Oeming!

After thanking Oeming, I walked over and handed my book to
Neil Vokes, who was also making an appearance at All Things Fun in December 2006.

This was pretty late at night, so I was getting tired and every so often I would take a peek across the store at Neil and saw that he was still working on the piece. I wondered what the heck he was doing until near 1am I saw him put the book down and I sauntered over as casually as I could. He then opened the book and I was flabbergasted--I was completely stunned by how beautiful this thing is; the lights and the darks, the sense of movement, it was just gorgeous.

I asked Neil how much he wanted for it, and he said "Pay me what you think its worth", to which I replied "I don't have that kind of money on me, Neil!"

We finally settled up and I went home, bleary-eyed, but two sketches richer. It was indeed a Merry Christmas!


Damian said...

Great story, superb piece!

Rick L. Phillips said...

Great art. It sort of reminds me of Gene Colan. 1AM!!! HOW Late is that store open. Most of the comic book shops near me close at 7pm.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, now *that* is a beautiful piece of work! Nice!!

rob! said...

>> 1AM!!! HOW Late is that store open.<<

ATF does a once a year, pre-xmas sale where they stay open laaaate. they invite artists, serve food, its a happening!

Damian said...

Why am I not there then? Stop hogging it all for yourself!

Anonymous said...

LOL, yeah! Seriously though, that is one beautiful sketch. Aquaman in his twilight world, just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

That's phat. Why don't I know who Neil Vokes is?

rob! said...

that was a point i wanted to bring up but couldn't find a satisfying way to phrase it.

in this era where comics are always looking for The Hot New Artist, a guy like Neil Vokes--who was never a big superstar or anything--can deliver something this cool. if this had been an Aquaman cover, it would've sold itself right off the racks.

Diabolu Frank said...

Nice, aside from that nasty case of psoriasis.