Thursday, 29 December 2011

Burning Itch: Gutter Talk

A day delayed due to illness -- sorry!

The B&W page was done on time yesterday, but I didn't want to run another strip without colour due to deadline issues right after last week.

Doubly disappointed to be a day late with this one since I really wanted it to run on Stan Lee's actual birthday.

Hoping everyone has a Happy New Year!

I know I can't wait for this year to end!


Saturday, 24 December 2011


Wrapping up (get it?) a few commissions while doing the usual seasonal chores.

The countdown toward the end of the year will probably just have one more Burning Itch, a charcoal drawing and perhaps another, more seasonal piece.

Happy Pagan Gift-Giving everyone!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Burning Itch: Claus and Affect

Had no time for colour or to properly letter, but it's still Wednesday and it's up!

Half-assed and harried does seem appropriate for the time of the year!

Have a wonderful re-branded pagan holiday everyone!


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Original Bettie Page Art Auction

 I just saw one of the printed Bettie Page cards I did for this set:

And it turned out great!  The printing was sharp and true to the original and the lovely touch of the card logo just being spot varnish turned out brilliantly!  Very happy to be doing more cards for these fine people!

Now that the cards are out, I thought it was time to offer the original artwork for interested buyers, starting with this piece:

Full auction details are available here:

Note:  I had to re-list this item due to Ebay's nude imagery policy -- sorry for any confusion.

Thanks for taking the time to look!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Burning Itch: Class Warfare

Was going to skip over the whole UC Davis pepper spray incident until I saw people spreading a longer version of the video in an attempt to excuse the sadistic behaviour of the police in the incident.

Just for comparison, if I warm someone a number of times before I hit them with a hammer, it doesn't make hitting them with a hammer okay.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Burning Itch: Skyrimshot

Love everything about this game.

Drawing this makes me wonder why I'm not already drawing a fantasy series.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

She Hulk Sketch card

Upper Deck used a really nice card stock for the Cap cards, so I really enjoyed drawing this She Hulk.

It's up over on eBay right now: here.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Madelyne Pryor - The Goblin Queen

 I was about to draw Jean Grey as The Black Queen, then realised I hadn't seen anyone take a turn at Madelyne Pryor as the Goblin Queen in ages.  It's one of my favourite arcs if only for the art.

It's up over at ebay: here!


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Spider-Woman Sketch Card

I really enjoyed the Bendis/Maleev Spider-Woman series and was a little sad to see it end.

Just put this card up for auction on ebay.


Burning Itch: Count, Down

No idea why I'm thinking about vampires this far past Halloween . . . .

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sell Out Monday

Just wanted to mention a few things I have up on Ebay right now:
The last Bettie Page large artist proof has just over two days left:

And I just put up one of the few Thor sketch cards up:
That auction can be found here:


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Apocalypse Sketch Card Commission

I usually don't take many private commissions as I tend to over think and over work them (I'm currently picking away at a large charcoal piece that's taking me forever!), but I'll happily take sketch card commissions, since it's much more difficult for me to get lost in time working on a 2.5 x 3.5 piece art.

That being said, I still threw away my first attempt on this X-Men villain:
Pencil, coloured pencil, Copics and ink on 2-ply 500 Strathmore Bristol.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Dick Knight Fundraising

The auction has already ended - -thanks everyone who took a look!

I'm auctioning off the original art and an 11x17" print of the completed Burning Itch strip in hopes of raising money to give to the Occupy Toronto organization

The auction is here.

My response to Frank Miller's bizarre anti-protest rant seems quite popular, being featured on a number of comics news sites and is hosted here.

Considering the day-to-day nature of such a movement my alternative would be to give all monies to my local food bank (St. Paul's On the Hill -- I'm not a Christian, but I don't think the hungry would care) where it can do some immediate good considering we're getting right into the holiday season.

The original art is pen and ink on 11x17" 300 Smooth Strathmore Bristol.  I'll sign the piece per the winning bidder's preference.  Lettering and corrections were made digitally, so there is no white paint on the paper.

The print will be 5-colour on Ilford Galerie pearl finish 290 gsm photo paper (heavy weight lustrous higher-end paper).

If the bidding goes above 500.00 I'll add an 11x17" Batman drawing for the winning bidder.

The shipping fees will cover regular delivery anywhere in North America.  Buyer may choose other delivery options at their discretion.

Considering the nature of the piece and the intended use of the funds I think it's only proper to limit the bidding to North American buyers only.

Feel free to ask any questions about the piece.


~Richard Pace

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Burning Itch: Miller Time-Out

I'd prefer to remember Frank Miller as the sometimes brilliant, long-haired nerd glaring from his back-cover photo on The Dark Knight Returns trade rather than the fedora-wearing, incoherent lightweight hack he's become.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Burning Itch!

Yesterday I was really bothered by what I was coming up with for my Wednesday strip;  it just wasn't funny and I found myself doing something I didn't really want to do.  I had a great conversation with Ty Templeton and it put my head on right about this.

Starting next Wednesday, come hell or high water I'm putting up whatever the hell I want to about whatever the hell I want to go on about..

The Last Vampirella Art Return Card

I really didn't think I'd be selling the last of them a day after I started listing these art return cards, but I am.
This one is my favourite as I think it gets closest to Frazetta's model of Vampirella with her cute little belly!

The auction is here: ebay.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bettie and Vampirella Sketch Cards

The Vampirella auction I listed earlier went much quicker than I expected with Buy It Now, so I'm putting up another of the remaining two cards on ebay.

And I also put up another of the oversized 4.5"x 6.25"  Bettie cards to replace the one sold yesterday on ebay.

It looks like I'll be doing a fair bit of ebay-ing into the future, so I popped a link to my ebay ID page so anyone can easily see what I may be selling at any given point.

Vampirella Artist Returns!

So I did a number (four) of Vampirella Artist Return Cards a little while back, then completely forgot about them.  I found them while working on some new cards and decided to start sharing them here:

Here's the first of them:

I think I learned a great deal about making sketch cards and working with Copics while doing the Bettie Page cards and it's paying off here.

The above card has already been sold, but you can check out the auction for one of the remaining cards - -this one:

Over at ebay here.
In case you're interested, this is what the backs of the cards look like.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Panosian's Conan

The Urban Barbarian, Dan Panosian, let me take a stab at coloring one of the pages from his Conan stint!

You can see the original inks here.

Deathlok! Sketch Card Auction

Deathlok, Baby!  What's not to love.  At the time I drew this it looked like there was a bit of a revival of the character happening at Marvel.  Might be something still in the works.  I dunno . . . 

I still think Deathlok is cool, though!

I put this card up for auction yesterday. You can find the listing here: ebay

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Canadian Discontent

This week was a hard one.  The biggest news, as far as I was concerned, was the uncalled for lay-offs at Marvel, and I didn't see anything funny there.  I looked a little harder and decided the rumoured cancellation of ALPHA FLIGHT making yet another failed attempt of Marvel to relaunch the Canadian super-team with American writers had some mock to be made.

To view the image full-size, right-click and open the image in a new window.


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Bettie Page Artist Proof Auction

After the last 2.5x3.5  Bettie card went so quickly I felt I had no choice but to put up another tonight.  This is one of the huge 4.5x6.25 Artist Proof cards I was given by Versicolor.  I love how they printed my name on the back of the cards!

To view the auction, go here.  This time there will be an auction as bidding has already started.

Take care,


New Bettie Page Auction

The last and my favourite of the four 2.5x3.5"  Bettie Page Artist Return  cards I did is now up for auction over at eBay!

This is another auction that sold while I was typing up notices it was for sale.


International Self-Portrait Day 2011

About 6-7 hours, going from pencil sketch to digital finish.

Go see all the great work over at!

Monday, 31 October 2011

How're tricks . . . .

So many reports of scary teenagers showing up for Halloween candy without wearing any costumes . . . .

(Was sick all day -- still sick, actually -- but I had to do something to commemorate the day -- about two hours in Photoshop).

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rogue Sketch card Auction

I put this one up earlier today:
It's available over here at eBay!

Burning Itch: Who Watches the Watchmen

I think it should be pretty clear how I reacted to the news that DC was, again, moving to do new Watchmen comics without the participation of Alan Moore by reading the above strip.

(It seems blogger recently changed the code so images open in some sort of size-restricted window.  The work-around I use is to right click on the thumbnail and open in a new tab.  Some browsers still reduce the image to fit the screen, but I know Chrome allows me to click on the image and view it full size and scroll around to read it all)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

New Bettie Page Sketch Card Auction

I'm quite happy with the results of the just-ended auction for the previous Bettie Page sketch card and so I put up a new one this morning here: click!

The buy it now option disappeared almost immediately as bidding kicked in before I was even able to start making the rounds announcing this new auction.

My other running auction, a Black Cat artist return card from the Iron Man 2 set, ends in less than 24 hours.

Hope you all are having a great day!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Conan Commission

Conan Commission in warm and cool Copic greys.

10x15" on 11x17" 300 series Strathmore Bristol.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Burning Itch: Tangled Spider-Man

Decided to leave DC alone for a week and took a recently overheard conversation at a comic shop about recent developments in the Ultimate Spider-Man book as inspiration.

Black Cat on eBay

Just put up another card on eBay: link

I guess I really like drawing Marvel's women and it's easy to have a soft spot for The House of Ideas' answer to Catwoman!

I was going to do an update yesterday when I posted this card over on eBay, but it sold as I was typing it up!  I guess the Buy it Now option really appeals at the prices I've chosen.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Bettie Sketch Card on Ebay

I've had mixed results with Ebay in the past, so I often forget it's an option to put my art in the hands of collectors.  I've decided to put a few of my sketch cards up over the next few weeks and see how it goes.  I'm starting with this Bettie Page art return:

The text/description I put in the auction listing:

One of a kind sketch card featuring Bettie Page by comics artist and illustrator Richard Pace.  This is one of the four 2.5x3.5" artist return cards provided to the artists who worked on the new Versicolor card set.  The card stock is high quality, with a nice pebbled feel to the printed back.

The card is already in a plastic sleeve and placed within a top loader.  For extra protection the envelope will be reinforced with card stock when mailed.

Shipping will be included for regular mail.  Other delivery options available, but at the buyer's expense.

I spent many hours capturing Bettie's likeness on this collectible and I hope it finds a home with a real Bettie fan!

To view the auction click here: Bettie on Ebay.


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Burning Itch: So, How Did the New 52 Affect You?

We're a little over a month in and I thought we could reflect a little on what's transpired.

And yes, there's an homage to the Miller/Lee All Star Batman and Robin in there.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sometimes Things Aren't Meant to Be

 C├ęst la vie.

This is a project I think the universe didn't want coming out right now -- it was suspended once already this past summer, but it was put down for good two days ago.  Luckily I was wasn't too deep into it before this happened.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jenny Greenteeth

Stole some time to contribute the the weekly Remake/Remodel over at Whitechapel.

So, my most recent pieces both have green monster-women in them.  It must be October and the countdown to Halloween!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Bettie Page Artist Proof 4

The fourth and final of the over-sized artist proof cards (4.5x6.25") from the Bettie Page set by Versicolor.

A little while back I noticed that Copic markers acted like a sort of fixative over the pencil drawings for the sketch cards I drew, so I experimented a bit and found I could do some light tonal work in graphite and it would stay largely intact under an initial application of marker colour (usually a C1 grey). It gives the pieces a retro "colorized" look, which I think really works for these Bettie Page cards.  On this card I only did it in a few spots, though (back, left leg, upper right arm).

You have to be careful not to leave too much graphite on the surface as it will smudge and dirty the marker, so I only do it lightly with the idea the darker values will have to be delivered with darker markers. I was losing the values in the shadowed areas on the chair so I started pushing all the shadows darker with a C7 grey, liked where that was going and went black there.  Happy accidents. The chair was separating from the background a little too much so I added some black there as well.

 The black work was done with Copic and liquid ink pen.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Bettie Page Artist Proof 3

The third of the over-sized artist proof cards (4.5x6.25") from the Bettie Page set by Versicolor.

A little while back I noticed that Copic markers acted like a sort of fixative over the pencil drawings for the sketch cards I drew, so I experimented a bit and found I could do some light tonal work in graphite and it would stay largely intact under an initial application of marker colour (usually a C1 grey, but I used a purple to keep the details and a sense of light in the lingerie)). It gives the pieces a retro "colorized" look, which I think really works for these Bettie Page cards.

You have to be careful not to leave too much graphite on the surface as it will smudge and dirty the marker, so I only do it lightly with the idea the darker values will have to be delivered with darker markers.

To build on the retro feel I added a graphic touch with some outlines in Prismacolor and Derwent coloured pencils. The black work was done with Copic and liquid ink pen.