Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Steve Lavigne collaborate on a "Jake Black Benefit Print"

A few months ago, Steve Murphy had the cool idea of getting me and Kevin Eastman to work together on a drawing (something we had not done in many years) which would then be used as the basis for a print, the proceeds from sales of which would go towards helping our friend Jake Black out with his medical expenses. (Readers of this blog may recall the other Jake Black Benefit print that me and the other Mirage artists produced (http://plairdblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/jake-black-benefit-print-at-fcbd.html) and sold at "Free Comic Book Day" in New Hampshire.) Murph managed to convince Kevin to pencil up this drawing...



... which I proceeded to ink...



... and then that version was zapped off to Steve Lavigne so that he could do his digital color magic on it, as you see here in the finished 11 by 17 print.



(Please note that this is a somewhat poor quality digital photo of one of the prints -- the colors are much more vibrant in the actual copies.)

And here, direct from Murph, are a few more details about the print, which will be premiered at this years's San Diego Comicon:

"There are only 100 of them, each is signed by Peter Laird. This group of 100 is SDCC exclusive and will cost $25 each. All proceeds to benefit Jake. In addition, since Kevin is attending the con, people will have the chance to get Kevin to sign it as well.

We will also be selling the "Mirage group jam" prints at SDCC, for $20/each, also benefiting Jake."


(Note: Steve Lavigne will also be attending the SDCC, so buyers of this print can get Steve's signature on it, too.)

And here's a fun little thing -- while inking the piece, I would stop about every minute or so and take a digital photo of the art. When I was done, I put all of those photos together into this (somewhat shaky) "time-lase" movie of the inking process. -- PL

22 comments:

  1. This is very cool. I love when you post the progression of a drawing from pencil to color.

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  2. Epic video Pete! Keep up the good work.

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  3. OOOOH! I MUST have! I must HAVE! I must find a way to make sure I'm one of the 100....

    And yes, I, too, like when you post the progression of such work!

    Cynthia

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  4. Of course, the one year I decide to not go to comic con... I am not happy!! :(

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  5. Pete,
    I'm sure this has been asked hundreds of times but what do you use to ink? A lot of my work I ink with a dip pen but I've been looking to get into a little less messy version at least for when I'm traveling.

    Love seeing the progression.

    -Mike

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  6. I think that is totally awesome that you are helping Jake like this! :D

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  7. I think it's awesome that Kevin, Peter, Murphy, and Steve all worked together on this print for Jake. I hope he's doing well.

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  8. Will there be prints other than the 100 you're selling at SDCC? I'm prohibitively far away, but I would love to buy a print, and I like that you're getting together like this after so long to help a friend. One of your old prints from the 90s (or earlier?) hangs framed on my living room wall now, and it would be great to decorate another wall with a contemporary piece.

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  9. -->> HO YEEEEEEH !!


    (( Student & Steven ,i bet there will be some prints available after Con for purchase or something like that !! ))

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  10. Two things...
    1. love the video progression!

    2. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY to see my artistic heroes back in the saddle, even if it's only a one time deal. I can't believe this only has the response it currently does! In my estimation this is amongst the best things to occur during the 25th. Great job to both of you!

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  11. i would also like to know if there's any way to get my hands on both of these prints. i can't get to sdcc, but would love to get my hands on both of them.

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  12. Cool. Plan on getting them at the con if they're not gone before I see the Mirage guys!

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  13. nice. hope to get them at SDCC

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  14. Oh, wow. Suffered a serious nostalgiabomb seeing the color version.

    I wish I could get to San Diego to pick one'a these up.

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  15. Great video there... guess I know one of the first places I'll be heading preview night then to try and get both posters ;)

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  16. Hi Pete,

    Very cool. I think it will sell out fast. I haven't been able to find any further details on the new collected volume coming out. Maybe you can answer a few of my questions...

    1) Will it be a trade paper back only or will there be a hard cover available?

    2) Will it be available early at comic-con?

    3) What is the format size? Will it be large like the DC ABSOLUTE volumes or at least the larger magazine sizes like the original first few issues?

    4) Will the paper be nice matte paper or the new standard shiny paper?

    I'm going to buy it either way, but just want to set my expectations.

    Thanks!

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  17. I'll try to get one knowing my luck, they'll be gone.

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  18. Can you tell us what booth the prints will be available at? I'd like to try and pick one up. Thanks!

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  19. Mike said...

    Can you tell us what booth the prints will be available at? I'd like to try and pick one up. Thanks!


    The guys will be in Artist Alley-- II-04 is Steve L.'s location, and the others are with him at their own-- so I'm guessing that is where they'll be for sale.

    Cynthia

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  20. This got me choked up a little bit.

    You guys still got the magic :)

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  21. Great to see you and Mr. Laird collaborating again. Amazing art.. simply impeccable.

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