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The Upper Limits of One's Abilities

Working professionals sometimes find themselves at a comfortable level of proficiency; they can do the job, because they have the tools, and experience, and skill set necessary to do it. But in my experience, because of deadlines, or illness, or a hundred other factors, I seldom had the opportunity to test the limits of my abilities. To actually see if I was, in some certain respects, as good at something as I hoped I could be.

I once did an entire issue of STARCHILD (twenty story pages, pencils, inks, letters, and a painted wraparound cover) in eight days. But it wasn't my best work - just good work.  In part because of that observation, I started a project where I really COULD see if I could test those limits.

I chose four key, iconic scenes from the graphic novels, and set about recreating them as art prints. The size of the original boards is two and a half feet  by five feet - each.  I spent as much time as was needed on them (two are completed, the third is in progress), making a covenant with myself that if I got tired or bored, I'd step away. That way, only my best work would be evidenced. They took two hundred hours each to draw. But they are, in many ways, still unmatched. Some of the IMAGINARIUM GEOGRAPHICA illustrations are in the ballpark for execution - but not in scope.

We released them as 28" x 40" art prints, limited to 495 copies, signed with the pencil I used to render the illustrations. I've been getting a lot of very kind compliments about my fantasy art this week, so I wanted to return the favor.

These prints sell in galleries for $300 to $500 each, unframed; we traditionally sell them for $100 each. But at recent conventions, I've priced them at $50 each, to make them more accessible to fans who really wanted them. Now through Monday, that's the price anyone reading them can get by clicking here. Images of both (and a detail of each) are below.

FOOL'S HOLLOW  I - The Gatherum


And a detail view:




FOOL'S HOLLOW II - Old Tom's Study



And a detail view:





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