One Knot to Rule them All

The tumblr of Swearin', drinkin', and drawin' NYC based artist Matt Carter. I also clean up rather nicely.

Here are the lovely girls from Valerie Gentile’s Kickstarter campaign for her “Love Is Luxury” EP (which I’m happy to say was fully funded and will be released on August 20th). In case you don’t know Valerie, she’s an old friend of mine and has toured internationally with a number of goth/metal/industrial bands like the Cruxshadows, Angelspit, and Black Tape for a Blue Girl. She’s also 1/2 of the DJ duo Industrial Girl Bike Gang with Amelia Aresenic. 

The whole idea here was that I’d create original art for those fans that were generous enough to donate $100 to the funding of Val’s EP. That 5 out of 6 sold almost immediately is one the most gratifying and humbling things that’s happened to me regarding artwork. 

Creating original characters is a lot of fun. Here you can see the original pencils (for most of them) alongside the inks, and some of the changes I made at the last minute (once that pen hits the paper, there really isn’t any going back. Especially since I was out of graphic white paint.)

At any rate, thanks to the folks who bought these. I’m really glad they found good homes and I hope you enjoy them. If it’s of any help, an 8x10 frame with a 5x7 opening should do the trick, with the exception of the magic lady, where you’ll have to trim the top and bottom of the mat by about 1/8” each. 

I’ll take name suggestions for this one. #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #drawing #comics #fridaynight

I’ll take name suggestions for this one. #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #drawing #comics #fridaynight

I call her “Knuckle Breaker”. #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #comics #gothchick #asskickingbabes

I call her “Knuckle Breaker”. #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #comics #gothchick #asskickingbabes

Work in progress #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #gothchick #drawing #comics

Work in progress #valeriegentile #loveisluxury #gothchick #drawing #comics

Val does magic and her hair has a life of its own.  #loveisluxury #valeriegentile #sketches #women #babes #comics #superhero

Val does magic and her hair has a life of its own. #loveisluxury #valeriegentile #sketches #women #babes #comics #superhero

I’ll be inking this guy later. #luchalibre #warmups #sketches #wrestler #comics

I’ll be inking this guy later. #luchalibre #warmups #sketches #wrestler #comics

Yvonne Craig Batgirl. #batgirl #yvonnecraig #comics #sketches #hubbahubba #vintage

Yvonne Craig Batgirl. #batgirl #yvonnecraig #comics #sketches #hubbahubba #vintage

Character sketches for an upcoming spy story with Brian Dochney (sometime…. this year-ish). SPIES! NINJAS! SOUND FX!

Then there was that time I drew The Flash, and cropped the hands cause I got lazy. #comics #nerdery #theflash (Taken with instagram)

Then there was that time I drew The Flash, and cropped the hands cause I got lazy. #comics #nerdery #theflash (Taken with instagram)

Rough pencils (digital) for an upcoming piece I’m working on in which our hero punches a giant T-Rex in the face.  The closeup was iPad, the full layout was on my phone.  I’m having a difficult time deciding whether the pull back shot is more or less effective then a close up would be.  It just feels like pulling in and making the T-Rex face huge would have some impact. Maybe I’ll just have to draw them both.