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Tuesday
Jan062009

MOVING RIGHT ALONG.



 Well, New Years came and went pretty

fast. It's always been a time for reflection and remembrance, good things to come, blah blah blah and all that stuff. The way I see it, it's really just a point on the calender that most people use as a time to finally let hope for a better future sink in and flush the toilet of the past years crap. I try to do that at the end of every month. Other than a few bumps my year wasn't that bad, but it's still nice to have that little extra feeling that this year will even be better. 
  Things do look pretty good for this year and I can't wait to dive right in. I've been working pretty hard at getting back into comics after taking some time off from it (way too much time, my mistake) and the work has been paying off. I'm currently doing some pencils and inks on a comic for Beau Smith that will probably coming out this year, I've just finished up some Inking work on the Phantom book for Egmont, and I've got another comic job I'm working on to get off the ground. It's just feels so good to get back to story telling again and working on board larger than 2.5" x 3.5". 
  "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in" For all my Trading card fans, although I have been trying to cut back on Sketch card work (with all the new releases of older sketch sets I've worked on it doesn't seem that way) it looks like I'll still be working on at least one set or maybe 2 here and there which will probably be comic related.  There is still a Star Trek set yet to be released with sketches I did for it. Maybe this year. 
 You know who you are - Thanks to all for the emails and kind words throughout the year. I've got better things planned and can't wait to show you. 

Heres to finding enough time to get everything done.
Later
WM


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Warren Martineck    
 
 

Wednesday
Nov192008

New Releases: Killer Space Robots and Stretchy Heroes

 


   There are 2 new releases in the past 2 days. The first, which started shipping yesterday, is the Doctor Who Big Screen Additions Collection from Stricktly Ink. This Dr. Who set is based around the two 60's movies, "Dr. Who and the Daleks" and "Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." This was another Stricktly Ink set I drew awhile back and, like their other releases, only did 22 cards for the set. (I'll post the gallery soon and update this as well here) 

  The other set out today is the Fantastic Four Archives set released from Rittenhouse Archives,  who I must say, have really been knocking the comic sets out of the park lately. This new one really looks top quality. The sketch artists have gotten a lot better, must be all the practice. I have all 150 of my cards in a gallery on my ComicSpace page

  (Ahhhh, caffeine is just starting to kick in.... what a wonderful feeling)  

Speaking of Sketch Cards, I've finally started cataloging the entire backlog of sets that I've worked on. Holy crap!, I've drawn a lot of cards. Over the years, (since 97-98) between what I've photocopied, scanned, tracked down, downloaded, and aquired with a little help from fans (Special thanks to Tialessa) I've been able to get a really good archive of most of the cards I've drawn. It's taking a bit longer than I planned but my computer will be happy once I've cleared it of all those image files and I'll be happy to get these sketches behind me.

Talk soon.
Later
WM


Tuesday
Oct282008

Catching Up with Other Stuff.


   Happy happy happy, as I've finally finished all my sketch card projects. Those last 550 cards were really killing me. The bulk being Trek cards that were repeat sketches and to keep the mind-numbingness my brain was feeling, I subscribed to a dozen different podcasts to listen to on my Itunes. Some sucked but found a few gems in there.  The Totally Rad Show (videocast) 3 guys from CA talking Comics, Movies, Video Games, and TV. Very cool. Also of note is Indie Spinner Rack. Out of NY and hosted by a friend of mine I went to school with and really great guy, Charlie (Charlito and Mr. Phil) Covering everything about Indie Comics in a fun and really informative way.

Check them out, I'm not kidding! ... and along with some other casts about Macs, Comics, and Tv & Literature, I finished up the card sets with most of my neuro pathways still firing.  
   So I finally got to sit down and catch up with some computer backlog that's been building up and posted all the sketches for The Women Of Marvel Cards I did and can be found here on my Comic Space Galleries Page. I was pretty happy with the Fantastic Four cards I just finished and also got to organize all the scans for those. I'll have those posted also as soon as they get released.  Thanks to all the inquiries about them btw.
   If anyone has any good recommendations for pod or videocasts, let me know. My mind has lately been like a sponge that just needs constant input. 

Later
WM
  

Tuesday
Oct072008

Daydreams And Vending Machines

 

 Been pretty busy trying to catch up on work and tie up some loose ends of some lingering jobs. I'm doing pretty good with it too, although I wish I had an extra week in there somewhere for a bit more time. I've dreamt about have a second one of me around to get everything done herein the studio and try to get even a bit close to keeping up with and satisfying my mind. It's a crazy and daunting task and I've learned to live with the fact I'll never be able to physically do it all. In the back of my mind I've been tossing around the idea of getting a very part time assistant. 
Maybe a local aspiring artist willing to do something like an apprenticeship. I don't know, still needs some thought.  
    On a less dreamy note, and I will try not to make this a habit and let this blog become an advert but on special occasions like this one..., I have up for auction, on the bay, from the Women Of Marvel Card set my last Artist Proof of the Invisible Woman. (Along with the rest of the FF in honor of the upcoming Fantastic Four set) I did only 5 of these and is the only one I left Uncut. These sold extremely fast and I've held this one off a bit until now. 
... end of commercial.
 
Later
WM

Sunday
Sep142008

Back To The Drawing Board


   6:00 Sunday morning, dark cloudy and rainy and the bed felt so warm and comfortable, but I pulled myself out and got ready for hopefully a productive day of drawing. I'm sitting here writing this while drinking down a strong cup of tea out of my trusty 20 oz Bubba Keg waiting to wake up a bit more before starting. For awhile now I've been sticking to taking at least one day off a week, usually a Saturday or Sunday to spend with the fam and yesterday was it. Today they're on their own and I need to get back to Fantastic Four sketches as this is the last big push before I need to send the cards all back to Rittenhouse.  
    It's been a slow news week but I've been busy nonetheless. I've put myself on an advanced deadline crunch as the sooner I finish these the sooner I can start on my next project which I really need to get a good jump on. It gets that way around here a lot. As exciting as new announcements are, news worthy posts,  some really cool press or whatever, there is a lot of downtime in the studio when you have to do nothing else but sit down and actually draw all this stuff. It's time consuming and (if your not in the right state of mind) sometimes a bit tedious too.    
    Lack of motivation or the drive to keep going is not easy to come by sometimes when you're your own scheduling boss and you don't have someone standing directly over you shoulder asking about it.  A problem, I think,  some freelancers easily succumb to and get themselves into trouble with. Although I never missed a deadline, I had that problem for awhile a few years back and found that to be my least productive period. I go out of my way now not to let that happen again. 
   Caffeine is working it's way through my system now and I think it's time to get to work.

Later
WM  
   

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