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Hello, I haven't been using DA very much. If you're interested in following my art you can find me at

www.instagram.com/walterostlie…
www.facebook.com/WalterOstlieA…
www.patreon.com/walterostlie

Also I have a Kickstarter running right now for my Sci-fi humor book 'Cubicles' Check it out at www.kickstarter.com/projects/w…

Or read my webcomic 'Shiver Bureau' shiverbureau.com/

If you want to get both copies of my graphic novels, there is an option to get both on the Cubicles kickstarter. Get hip on indie comics!
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I've launched the Kickstarter for my new 150 page graphic novel 'Shiver Bureau: Welcome to London'.  It is a action, mystery, comedy story full of ghost, guns and car chases.  Its a mixture of Sherlock, Scooby-Doo and Ghostbusters.  Check out the project page here www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…
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So this is my 3rd...no 4th! year at MegaCon.  Love the show.  It is always a great time.  Looking forward to it this year, even though I didn't have much time to prepare (stupid life).  

I did print 10 copies of each of the chapters of Shiver Bureau though.  So I will have those to sell on a very limited supply as these will be the only 10 copies I will print of the single chapters.  They won't be printed again until it is a complete volume collection.

I am also working on 3 pinups of femme fatales and I am really happy with how they are coming out.  I think I will also do a very small print run of these as well.  Maybe 10 each as well.  Call me Monk.

If anyone wants to pre-order a convention sketch, do so now.  My inked, single character sketch is only $30 bucks.  That is cheap if you didn't know.  People say I am crazy because of my low, low prices.  Get on board before my medication kicks in.  If you want a more detail commission price sheet check out the website shiverbureau.com/commissions/ and email me with any questions.

Let's do work!
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Anyone doing that Tumblr thing?  Come check me out at walterostlie.tumblr.com/
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Recently I wrote an article on my webcomic to help try to bring writers and artists together.  Below is a snippet.  If you would like to read the full article, head over to shiverbureau.com/2012/08/01/ho…

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What Artists Want From Writers: First Contact

"Dear artist,
I'm a writer.  I saw your artwork online and think it would be a perfect fit for my story.  Please contact me if interested."

Artists get emails like this all the time.  The writer behind the email is most likely a hard worker driven by a passion to create something awesome called a comic.  However, this email doesn't translate that passion.  This is what the artist interprets:

"Dear random artist,
I would like to write comics.  I haven't written anything, but if I had an artist I know I could write something great.  I figured I'd toss it against the wall and see if anything stuck.  Did it?"

To make sure the correct message is delivered include these points:

Bio
Story
Plan
Pay
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Check out this awesome Pickle illo by my friend :iconspencerplatt:

Shiver Bureau by SpencerPlatt

Pickle is looking pretty awesome is Mr. Platt's style.
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Awesome artist :iconelkoi: is throwing a wicked commission drive.  Only 20 bucks for a full color commission, up to 3 characters.

You can't beat that with a stick.  She made me this super cool Shiver Bureau piece and she can do the same for you.  Well she can draw anything, doesn't just have to be Shiver Bureau.  Though I'd appreciate it ;-)

:thumb307821275:

So whatcha waiting for?  head over to her journal for more info.  fav.me/d539k7q
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Commission Status: OPEN

Payment is required upfront and accepted via PayPal - wallyisazero at yahoo dot com

All prices are for single character pieces, no backgrounds.  Special requests can be negotiated.

Personal Collection Commissions

Convention Style Sketches
These are quick, loose pieces on 8.5x11 or 9x12 paper.

Shipping/Handling
(if you prefer, I can send hi-res scans of the image for free)
USA - $5
Canada - $10
International - $15

Pencil
Bust - $10
Body - $20, extra characters +$10

Ink - B/W
Bust - $20
Body - $30, extra characters +$15

Color - Watercolors, Digital (Sent as a file or +$10 for a 8.5in x 11in print), Copic
Bust - $30
Body - $60, extra characters +$30

Samples


Full Art Commission
These are more complex, thought out pieces on 11x17 Bristol. Single character and background.

Shipping/Handling
(if you prefer, I can send hi-res scans of the image for free)
USA - $10
Canada - $15
International - $20

Pencil
Body - $80, extra characters +$40

Ink - B/W
Body - $120, extra characters +$60

Color - Watercolors, Digital (Sent as a file or +$15 for a 11in x 17in print), Copic
Body - $200, extra characters +$100

Samples


Commercial Commissions

I am available for pencil, inking, coloring on commercial illustrations, pinups, and sequential art. Prices will vary depending on job and deadlines.

Contact via email walterostlie at gmail dot com


****Important Notes****
1.  I do not hold the rights to the characters (unless I designed them) I do however hold the copyrights for the art piece, and may use it for my portfolio unless a alternate agreement is established by both parties.

2. The commission may not be used for print/publish or profit unless alternate agreement has been negotiated.

3. No refunds. Slight changes may be requested during the work process, however larger alterations may result in extra fees.
So make sure you are clear on what you are commissioning.
To avoid misunderstandings please clearly describe what you want and if possible attach examples and/or references.
****Thanks to :icondrunken-novice: for the legalize*****
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Wazzup everyone?!

Just a heads up that I will be in the MegaCon artist alley, green #6.  I will be selling copies of my graphic novel, sketchbooks, prints and also doing commissions.  I'm gonna be busting out the watercolors, I haven't done mobile watercolors before so this should be interesting.

In other news, I am still working on my new project code named 'Pickle'.  I have the website created, I just need pages :-)  I hope to jump into them once the con is over.  Once I have a buffer I will start posting pages and I will be sure to let you guys know where you can see them.

All for now.
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I submitted some pages to Marvel recently and I thought I would share the feedback with everyone.

If you want to see the pages I submitted, head over to walterostlie.blogspot.com/2011…

Here's two of them.  I did 6 total.



They basically said keep working on it.  However they did point out some of my shortcomings.  I agree with what they said.  These are the things I really hate about my work and it always drives me nuts.  I am not really sure how to get better at it.  I know how to pratice anatomy and perspective.  I guess those things are more technical.  But how do you practice depth and cinematography? I feel like those are more natural born talents.  Maybe left/right brain thing.  I dunno.  Any pointers would be awesome.

Here is what Marvel said

"Change how close and how far away your camera is from the action. You are using mostly one distance from the action and it makes the story feel static.  Make the reader feel like they are there in the scene with them.  Move the camera around so the readers feel like they are moving around with the action, dodging out of the way of the characters, looking over their shoulders, knocked down and looking up at them etc.  Pull the camera out to show more of the figures.

I'd suggest bringing as much scope to the panels as possible, with backgrounds and camera angles and camera distance. You're doing that already but take it to another level.  Think how Olivier Coipel is able to make even a two head shot feel like a window on a wider, grander world instead of a box around two heads.  Make the reader feel like they can step through the panel and join the characters.

Try to draw the most exciting second of actions.  It's not enough to draw what is happening, but to capture the exact second when things are most exciting so the art is most exciting.  Imagine what a sports photographer would look for if they're trying to photograph a football game.  What would be THE shot that would land them on the front page of a newspaper.  This doesn't have to be every panel but makes the story more dynamic and active.  The reader then imagines the actions that led up to that panel and the ones afterwards and engages them more with the story."
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Check out all this awesome artwork.

Thanks to the people who responded to my first feature exchange!

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First 5 people to respond to this journal entry will be featured!

If you are one of the 5, I will add you avatar along with 3 deviations I like most from your gallery.  All you have to do is create a similar journal entry, put me in the first slot.

Now let's get exposed to some new artwork.

1.  :iconsergsorokin: serg1990
:thumb206206374: :thumb249098280: :thumb256458401:

2.  :iconsirandal: sirandal
Defending Hogwarts by sirandal Skull Leader by sirandal Iron Man vs. the Beetle cover by sirandal

3.  :icontheinkmieser: theinkmieser
The Mystikals by TheInkmieser X-Men Hulk Inks Pg.3 by TheInkmieser The Witchblade by TheInkmieser

4.  :iconabt-nihil: abt-nihil
Intergalactic Railway 621 Cvr by Abt-Nihil Bombshell No. 3 Cover by Abt-Nihil Bombshell illustration Nov10 by Abt-Nihil

5.  :iconcalette: calette
Infected Trip by calette Give me BIG hair by calette Disco Witch by calette
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Well the first chapter at least.

comics.comixology.com/#/view/1…

Yep, my comic is up over at Comixology.  You don't need a iPhone or iPad to read it.  You can read it right on your computer.  Super easy.  You don't even need an account to read chapter 1.

Though if you do get an account you can rate my comic and even buy the entire graphic novel for only 4 bucks.  That's over 80 pages of awesome for what DC sells a single 20 page issue for...who cares if Jim Lee is drawing it!

Purchase it here comics.comixology.com/#/issue/…

Also I want to give a big shout out to
:icondrunken-novice:

He was kind enough to surprise me with a feature on his page and I can't really thank him enough.

Been watching him on DA for a bit and meet him at San Diego Comic Con.  Great guy, super talented, wicked humor.  He was a winner of the DA SDCC contest, so that should tell you about his skills right there.

He also has a webcomic called Two Guys and Guy.  Interesting title right?  Check it out

2GAG - Party by Drunken-Novice

Besides that he has all these awesome pieces and more

Adventures at Scurvy Pond by Drunken-Novice Batgirl - one size fits all by Drunken-Novice Jackie Lantern by Drunken-Novice Captain of Scurvy Pond by Drunken-Novice
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I've been sitting on this news for a while, but everything is finally legit, so I can spill the beans.

Cubicles is now part of Red 5 Comics' Digital First Line.  Which means that Red 5 Comics (home of Atomic Robo, Neozoic, Abyss and more) is digitally publishing Cubicles.  It is available today on Comixology, right on the main screen.  That means that Cubicles is popping up in front of millions of eye balls.  That is pretty cool.

Second bit of news is that I am going to San Diego Comic Con.  I will be helping out at the Red 5 booth, spreading the awesome that is Red 5 Comics and Cubicles.  

I posted up more information on my blog if you want links and all that craziness.  walterostlie.blogspot.com/2011…

Also I started a sketchblog with some local artist friends.  We pick a new theme every week and post new art daily for that theme.  We've done Metal Gear, Harry Potter and Final Fantasy.  Next week is Big Trouble in Little China.  You don't want to miss that.  Here is the drawnblanks.blogspot.com/

Also did the rough outline for Cubicles volume 2.  Should be a fun ride with some Mortal Kombat flavor.

And I was approached by a sketch card company to start working on 2 of the new properties.  That should be uber fun.  Don't think I can talk about it though.  But it should be awesome!
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Think there is a deviant art hack going around.  If you click on the link it will auto post a journal on your account saying the same thing.  Delete it if you got one!
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Just a few more days until Heroes Con.  This is my first time going to that con.  Actually it is the first time going out of state to go to a convention.  I only hear awesome, great stuff about Heroes, so I am utterly excited.  Yeah...utterly.

I am going to have copies of Cubicles (my graphic novel), my sketchbook, and prints galore.  Including a new Harry Potter print that I think came out nicely.  I will also be doing commissions.  If you swing by my table and challenge me to a pencil fight, I will give you a discount.  We don't actually have to pencil fight because that is a waste and we should all be green.  We can finger fight though...anyone know what that is?

Speaking of my table.  I am in the Small Press section.  Which means I am along the back wall of artist alley.  So seek me out.

Come to Heroes, find me and we will make merry.

l8rs
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My Kickstarter project was successful.  I ended up with 54 backers and about $1700 dollars. 173% funded so that is great news.  Also I have to send out 50 copies of Cubicles, which is half of what I ordered, so that is a great jump.  Of course that means I will have to order more.  I have my first convention of the year coming up next weekend, so I will have to see how they sell in a live market.

My convention schedule is

Wizard World Miami - Feb 26-27
MegaCon Orlando - March 25-27
HeroesCon Charlotte - June 3-5

Let me know if you are planning on attending any of these.

In news not related to me, a fellow deviant :iconwillcaligan: is holding a submission contest.  You can win 400 bucks!  Check it out here fav.me/n143689
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Launched my Kickstarter project for Cubicles: The Movie...The Graphic Novel.  Check out the video.  I am made all the soundFX with my own vocal chords:-)

www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Also if you want to get a copy of Cubicles, Kickstarter will be the best way.  You can get a PDF for only 4 bucks and a print copy for 10 bucks.  That includes shipping and handling.  So you are basically getting a copy at print cost.

I also have some other rewards that have original commissions, pages, and the covers from the book.

So take a look, support if you can, and pester all your friends to take a look.

Thanks for all your support.
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I am all done and I made my deadline.  So yippie to that.

I created a site for the comic if you guys want to check it out.  There is a 7 page preview for you to lay your peepers on.  There is also a page process post there if you want to see how I work.  I plan on adding some process videos and tutorials in the future as well.  Hopefully I will get a KickStarter project going soon for Cubicles.

Site
cubiclescomic.blogspot.com/

7 Page Preview
cubiclescomic.blogspot.com/p/c…

So now what to I do with myself?  I have a new story I want to get started on, but I want to do a lot of pre-production work on this one.  Take everything I learned from Cubicles and put it into play.  This will be my passion, solo project.  However, I want to keep my options open and interact with other people.

I think my main options are

1.  Work on The Rejects with :iconkingofsnake:.  Only reason I am reluctant is the amount of time it would take.  Nate is one of my favorite writers.  I think because not only is he a clever writer, he is also an artist.  So he understands the pain involved and can handle lettering, flats, and color.  The Rejects became near and dear to my heart, check out the original first chapter rejects.capcomics.net/?p=58 The art hurts my eyes a little now.  Good to know I've grown some.  

2.  Work on portfolio pages to show editors at conventions.  If I am any good, this would be a good way to get a gig.  The only problem is I am not a Marvel/DC style artist.  So I am not sure this path will do me any good.  I could use them to show smaller publishers, but I think they mostly want to see pitches.

3.  Work with writers on 5 page pitches.  This would be about the same amount of work as portfolio pages and is a double attack.  Meaning I get the portfolio pages and also the chance that a publisher would want to pick up the story.  My only problem with this is working with people I don't know and the off chance I could get stabbed in the back.  Plus this takes more time then generic portfolio pages because there is design work involved.

4.  Work on my own side stories.  I could do this but I think it would distract from my passion project.  I think I would rather work with other writers in this case.  That way I could be a mindless art zombie when I need to step away from the passion project.  Need to come up with a codename for the passion project....hmmmm, maybe TickTock.

5.  I could help out on projects in roles with less responsibility.  Letterer or color maybe?  That way I don't have to worry about who created the character or who's idea was what.  But still be a part of something.

Anyways, check out the blog and the comic.  It is great to be finished...think I will go play Dead Rising 2 now!
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First off.  Some news.

1.  Cubicles is progressing.  Not as quick as I want, but still quickly.  I've penciled 60 pages and have 18 to go.  Then it will be inks.  The debate still rages regarding colors.  I may just do grays.  Saves me time and money.

2.  A screenplay I co-wrote filmed the initial scenes last weekend.  The cool part was Danny Trejo had a cameo role in the scene.  How freaking cool is that?  If you guys could do me a 'like' the facebook page, that would be awesome.  The producers/director are really putting their heart into getting the movie made.  Please support them...and me at the same time?  This is the same thing I did the zombie poster for.  www.facebook.com/pages/Opening…

Ok, so now let's talk about collabs.  This has been on my mind for a bit and I wanted to see how everyone felt on the subject.

I am one of those guys who enjoys writing/creating.  I started drawing, just too illustrate my own stories.  So I'm in the mindset of working by myself.  However, I received requests from writers to collab.

I've done some on occasion.  Some free, some paid.  I've turned down more then I've accepted.  I always feel bad when I say no, cause there is a part of me that would love to do it.  But time is short and drawing takes forever.  

I've never really been able to see what's in it for me.  If I draw a writers story, I have hours and hours of being hunched over the table and strained eyes to look forward.  The writer gets shiny, new art to showcase his story.  I write, I know it doesn't take that long.  I know it can be hard, but it isn't as back breaking as art.  I can write in the bathroom, in traffic, while I am watching tv.  I don't have the same freedom with art, I have to be at my table.

The one upside I can think off is if you work with a dedicated writer.  The only problem is I have no idea who is dedicated and who is a lot of talk.

The second issue I have is ownership.  Who knows how this works?  I have no idea.  If I draw someone's story and it gets picked up, do I retain any rights to character design or whatever?  I would hate for a writer to get his story picked up and I just get left in the wind.  This makes me want to have co-creator rights on any story I work on.  Wonder if there are any writers who would be willing to do that?  I am not sure.  I know Invincible is co-created by Kirkman and Walker.

I know I am not the best, unpaid artist out there.  I know there are a lot better then me artists who are working for free.  Which is cool, if it works for them.  It just doesn't sit right with me.

Lastly, I was thinking about putting together an anthology with just weird stories.  Doing all the art myself.  I thought maybe I could open this up to writing submissions.  This way I get material for my anthology book and writers get some free art.  However, I was wondering how the ownership would work around this issue again.  If I get the book printed and sell them, can I expect a call from a writer demanding I give him a share of the profits.  Do I need to get some kind of release signed?

Maybe I am worrying too much about stuff that isn't all that important.  I just don't like jumping without knowing what I am jumping into.  Which always brings me back to working solo.  I know I won't screw myself over.

So in summary, here are my questions/thoughts.

1.  Any writers, want to truly collab on a project with an artist.  Meaning giving up 50% of your idea to have an artist?
2.  If someone writes a story and I draw it, then I print it and sell it.  Is there some legal ramifications that the writer could bring against me?
3.  Are there any writers out there that would like to write a short story for my own personal anthology which I would sell at conventions?  You will be credited, etc.

I'm not attacking writers by the way.  I know they are just doing what they got to do.  I am just making sure I look out for myself.

If anyone actually read all that, what do you think?
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Proud to say that I made it into the top 25 finalists for the Scott Pilgrim 8th Evil Ex Contest.  There were like 2600+ entries.  Famous eyeballs are looking at my artwork, kind of cool.  Check out the other 24 finalists news.deviantart.com/article/12…

Finished scripting Cubicles: The Movie and am moving on to the thumbnails.  If you want to see in progress work check out www.drunkduck.com/Cubicles/

Opening Night of the Living Dead, a zombie movie I helped write, is in the process of being made.  Hopefully it will get the money it needs.  Check out the producers' kickstarter page and watch the video to see a lot of the concept art and storyboards I did for them.  www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…

Fellow deviant, James Mason, is running a pinup contest.  First place is 100 bucks.  I am working on a submission, you should get one in also.  mase0ne.deviantart.com/journal…
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  • Reading: Invincible
  • Watching: Star Trek
  • Playing: Dead Rising 2
  • Eating: Chipotles
  • Drinking: Monster