Thanks for all the inquiries about original art for East of West. It’s really gotten overwhelming. Felix my art rep. posted this to his site…
"For those who don’t know, art for EAST OF WEST is primarily drawn digitally by Nick Dragotta. These days, many comic book artists employ digital tools in the creation of their art; this is done for many reasons, perhaps chief among them speed (a critical element in meeting deadlines). Thus, outside of a few pieces, there has been virtually no traditional pen/ink art available from EAST OF WEST to date.
But the demand for pen/ink art for this series is great. Therefore, I have asked Nick to hand-ink (over pencils or digital layouts) certain pages and covers from the series for the collector market. These are to be considered recreations. However, they are one-of-a-kind, and will never be drawn by Nick again. They are also magnificent and should be considered original art in their own right.
Nick has drawn a few samples for display at SDCC. Collectors are welcome to view them in person. If anyone has a specific page or cover they would like from Nick, please let me know at that time.
Going forward, Nick plans on drawing covers and select pages traditionally. For example, the cover for EAST OF WEST #14 was drawn by Nick in pen/ink, NOT digitally. He has donated it to a worthy cause, CBLDF, and it will be a featured item at their SDCC art auction.
As always, feel free to write me with any questions. Looking forward to meeting fans at the show!
My main commitment will always be the book and getting it done on time. When I draw on boards the process just takes longer for me. Doing the art digitally I feel like I just do it all at once. There’s no thumbnail, pencils, or ink. Just straight to pixels on a screen that I push and carve into the art you see in print. It allows me to work quickly and with a certain amount of confidence. I love the editing capabilities, not to mention never having to erase, scan, clean up in photoshop, etc. I love all the tactile stuff that comes with pencil, paper, and ink, but at this point in my art I’m really trying to learn more about and explore storytelling. The editing capabilities with digital really allow that. Maybe my next project will all be on paper and there I can get more into the mark making. I don’t know.
I like to collect original art myself and really value it. So it’s a bit of a conundrum. In recreating a few pieces from the digital files it’s been fun, and I like going back into pieces, inking, and maybe improving them. These pages are one and done. From issue 14 forward I’ll start doing all covers as pencils and inks, and if there’s time I might do some interiors. You can contact Felix for more and check out the other art. So many great artist over there. http://www.felixcomicart.com/