New Items added to the Gallery

Posted: July 8th, 2013 | No Comments »

I have added several new items to the Gallery section of the website. Included are some sketch covers from Marvel and DC. I have a bunch of these blank covers laying around, I figured it was time I put some art on those blank canvases!

Motor City Comic Con – Debrief

Posted: May 21st, 2013 | No Comments »

WOW! That pretty much sums up my Motor City Comic Con weekend. I had an absolute blast.

Friday started slow, but once 5 o’clock rolled around, people went from work to the con and things got busy quickly. We had a relatively quiet dinner with a couple of great friends that evening, and had a fun time chatting it up that night at the hotel.

Pulling in Saturday morning, two hours before doors would open to the public, there were already lines stretching around the building. I was able to walk the show floor a bit before the con opened and pick up a few goodies for myself. The doors opened at 10 for advanced ticket holders. Initially I was thinking it was not going to be a good show as lots of people just kept walking by, heading to see the celebrities and the 501st that were near by. Around noon, the fans seeking art got to my table. That was when I started drawing…and I didn’t stop until the con closed that night. Every time I looked up, Brooke was selling more prints. I had the opportunity to talk with lots of fans as I sketched their favorite characters…and there were LOTS of fans there that day! The con drew over 30,000 people throughout the weekend, with over 18,000 on Saturday alone! I had people telling me they were in line, in their cars, for 3+ hours, and then had to wait in line just to get in the front door for another hour or two on top of that. Despite all the waiting, everyone that came by my table was in great spirits, and was really enjoying the con.

When the con ended, I went back to my hotel with homework! After dinner and getting some pencil work done that night, I was able to go and enjoy the party at the hotel. I was able to raise a glass or two with some friends whom I don’t get to see often, and dance the night away with other guests from the show. We had a great time, and the party went late into the night…or was it early morning? I suppose that depends on your point of view.

Sunday was slower, but still a very busy day. It was lighter on the commission work, but I was still fairly busy throughout the day. I was able to sneak away from my table and meet Dina Meyer, the actress who played Dizzy in the film Starship Troopers. She was a pleasure to meet, and took the time to chat for a bit, despite losing her voice. Edward James Olmos (actor) and “Hacksaw” Jim Dugan (former WWF wrestler) made point to say “hello” and “good bye” on Saturday and Sunday, asking how the day went.

Little courtesies like that from celebrities mean a lot to me. But the greatest compliment I got through the weekend was from a gentleman who purchased my Delta Squad piece. He told me he “liked to draw, but found it hard to get started” and that my art “inspired him to draw more.” I was rather speechless. I am still humbled that people want to buy my art, but for someone to say that my art inspires them was amazing.

Well, I have 3 pieces that people commissioned this weekend that I need to finish. So it’s back to the drawing board for those, and many more new pieces which I will be posting soon!

Stay Tuned-

-Rawr!

Appleseed Comic Con – debrief

Posted: May 14th, 2013 | No Comments »

Wow…I went to the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne, not knowing what to expect. It’s a fairly new con, but they are doing it right down there! The organizer, Zach Kruse, was extremely personable, and kept lines of communication open leading up to and at the con. Never did I feel like I was a bother to him or his staff and volunteers. They treated the artist EXTREMELY well, and I have to give a shout out to Alex, the volunteer of my row. This guy was johnny-on-the-spot when it came to getting water, food or just about whatever we needed, and it was all done with a smile. Not only that, he was more than happy to play along with the comedy that was happening between me, my booth neighbor and the other artists on the opposite side of the aisle.
The group of artist that I was surrounded by made the con a fun time, as we kept each other entertained during the lulls in the con. After a discussion with some other artists that I knew at the con, I made some last minute changes to my booth, displaying a lot more art and making some other changes looking into the future that will improve my booth for you, the fans.
The fans that came through were great. I saw some great costumes on kids and adults alike, and had some great interaction with everyone. I did learn that I need to get a Docto Who piece or two into my collection, and a Boba Fett piece. How I missed Boba Fett before now is beyond me…sorry about that.
Well, I cannot wait for next year, and there are rumors already that next year is going to be a bigger and even better show!

Until then I have Motor City Comic con THIS weekend to look forward to. If you are in the Detroit area, stop out and say hello, I’d love to see you there.

Con Time!

Posted: May 10th, 2013 | No Comments »

So I am heading to Fort Wayne today for the Appleseed Comic Con. It’s a one day con, on Saturday, the 11th.

Next weekend I will be at the Motor City Comic Con all weekend.

I have been working on an online comic, but every time I get a character developed or get a couple strips into it, I decide to scrap it. Either the story reminds me of another comic, or I just get stonewalled, and am not sure where to go. Perhaps it’s time for me to find a writer to work with?

At the urging of my new business manager, I will be updating THIS site, just as often as I update the Facebook page. To that end, I have added several new images to the gallery.

Remember, I do have prints for sale, and commissions are welcome. Just send me an e-mail!

Updated the Gallery

Posted: November 18th, 2012 | No Comments »

I have recently added lots of new images to the gallery!
Please check them out and let me know what you think.
Thanks
-J

Up ahead in 2013

Posted: November 14th, 2012 | No Comments »

Woo Hoo! I just got a confirmation e-mail that I will be at the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne on May 11th, 2013.Check out their site here for more info: http://appleseedcon.com/

Besides the Fort Wayne con, I am looking to do Motor City Comic con in Novi, May 17-19. Their guest of honor is no other than Stan “the Man” Lee!!!
I am looking into other cons as well, but nothing is concrete yet.

Be sure to check out the new art on the Facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/ujvariart

More to come soon…and thanks for checking out the sites. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
-J

What’s happening

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »

I have recently moved into a new house, which means a new studio. Since that has happened, I have been charging full steam into smaller, full color sketches. Mostly sketch cards, but I will be doing either 3×5 or 5×7 sketches as commissions and at cons. They are one off pieces, colored with Primsacolor and Copic Markers. So if you pick one up, you have something that is truly unique. If you see one on the site (here or the more often updated Facebook page) that you like, message me to purchase before someone else does! :)

Speaking of the Facebook page, I have been VERY active on the ujvari-art Facebook page. If you haven’t been there yet, stop by, give it a “like” and leave a comment or two. Be sure to click on the “albums” to see the various creations that have been happening lately.

http://www.facebook.com/ujvariart

In the meantime:
I was recently at Comic City in West Bloomfield MI as a featured artist. It was pretty fun hanging out at the store, meeting comic fans, and sketching a few pieces while I was there.
I am looking into conventions for next year. Right now my plan is to be at Motor City Comic Con again, and I am looking into the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne. Besides that, I am open to suggestions, so let me know if you’d like me to come to a con near you.

Thanks for visiting!

New Art

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | No Comments »

I have a new folder on the Facebook page, called sketchbook. In there are some drawings from the past, as well as progression images of pieces that I am currently working on.

Prints of images on this site, and on the Facebook page are for sale, available in 8×10 and 11×17. There are a few that are 11×17 only.
Price of an 8×10 if $5.00 and an 11×17 is $10.00 (USD, plus shipping))

I have the original black and white images for sale as well.
Moving forward, I will be offering hand colored pieces instead of the black and whites. Please e-mail for prices.

Motor City Comic Con Debrief

Posted: May 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

Last weekend’s Motor City Comic Con was a huge success. I had such a great time meeting fans and friends.
I brought many new pieces to the show, which you can see here:
http://www.facebook.com/ujvariart  (click on the “Photos” tab to see new art)
I brought lots of prints, and of course the thing that sold the most was original sketches and sketch cards! My hand was cramping from all the drawing on Saturday. I don’t think I put my pencil down once I started drawing that morning.

Highlight for me was meeting Jason Pearson at the con. Jason is one of the three comic artists who’s art has been a big influence on me. He was very awesome to talk to, and very humble.

I have not taken this past week off, but I have slowed down just for a little bit. More art will be posted to the Facebook page in the coming weeks. I have two fun commissions to work on, plus a bunch of new pieces that I would like to have for this fall’s Detroit FanFare comic con! I hope to see you there!

New Sketches

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | No Comments »

So I have uploaded prelims and concepts to my facebook fan page….

http://www.facebook.com/ujvariart

some of it will become final art….some not so much…see what happens at Motor City Comic Con this May 18-20!