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Grimm Myths and Legends by SquirrelShaver Grimm Myths and Legends by SquirrelShaver
This is without a doubt the biggest opportunity of my career so far. Cover pencils to issue #1 of Zenescope's new on-going flagship title "Grimm Myths and Legends" . Formerly known as "Grimm Tales" but has been changed to the now working title to avoid confusion. The stories will be 4 or 5 issue mini series revealing the origins of the characters that Zenescope has come to make their own. The first story arc is of course Red Riding Hood.

This issue will feature 3 main covers and it was a real honor to have scored this one because the other two covers (cover A and B) were done by two artists who have had a steady influence on me for some time now. Those illustrators are none other than Eric "Ebas" Basaldua and J. Scott Campbell. I had the chance to see their covers far in advance, mainly to avoid doing anything similar their layouts, and I was told I had roughly 3 weeks to dwell and work on mine which was nice piece of mind that I wasn’t going to have to chop something out. A few days later I get a call from my editor saying, "Yeah… that cover? It’s due at the end of this week and you still have to get your layouts approved, get it penciled and then have it colored." ...awesome. haha

After a mild panic attack, not wanting to fall on my face, I took the concept we had talked about several weeks back and started fleshing it out, but nothing felt right. It was like I was trying to fit my foot into a shoe that wasn’t going to fit. I’m pretty sure I was just psyching myself out but I took a good look at the Ebas and Campbell’s covers and broke them down to the most basic form. They were pin-up covers. So to succeed I felt it best to avoid the pin-up look I’ve become known for and stretch my legs in a new direction. I started to think to myself, “what am I good at aside form drawing sexy figures?” …faces. I draw faces better than anything else in my arsenal. I felt this layout would be a hard pitch because Zenescope have never in their existence had a cover like this. They always have a dramatic female figure that is completely, or close to, fleshed out so I drew the most detailed f-ing layout ever, which is usually not a good technique for artists who rely heavily on a light box like myself, but I HAD to sell this idea. Time was short and I needed something that would separate myself from the crowd here, so I sketched this big face, split down the middle, with the wolf shredding through the background and around 1:00 a.m I emailed it off to my editor. Five minutes later my phone rings and it’s him. “so…. What happened to the layout we talked about? We were pretty clear on the details…” I explained my thoughts and why I did what I did and he replies with, and I swear I’ll never hear this again from him. haha “well I thought we had a pretty good idea but this is 1,000 time better.” I swear my sigh of relief must have been felt through the phone.

So in closing; do I feel this is me best cover yet? No, not at all but I did everything in my ability to stand as one alongside two power house artists on a mainstream #1 cover and that feels pretty satisfying. For that reason alone I’m very proud of this piece and is one of the few I will hold on to for some time. Honestly I am happier with the original layout sketch that I did, and I expected that before I even started the final pencils so it’s not disappointing.

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Amy-Hands Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is an AMAZING cover! Its really well done and it does stand out. You deffinatly stand up there with Eric Basaldua and J. Scott Campbell. Hope you dont mind if I have a crack at colouring this. Its just to great not to.
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AmdirBrethil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the expression in her eyes :D Like she's saying: "Come at me, bro! I gotcha!" :D
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jbellcomic Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
one of my most favorite covers
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much!
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Cat-Von-B Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
REALLLLLY GOOD :D
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Cat-Von-B Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Yourrr welcome :D
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poszy6 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love this picture. Do you allow me to color it and upload to deviantart?
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure thing, have fun!
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poszy6 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I've done it: [link]
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sinhalite Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like this a lot! I also colored it, take a look if you want :-)
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Spielodia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I really like this... was looking at your gallery... I love pinup girls and have nothing against cheesecake etc (I like to draw that), and you probably gain more by specializing at something, but I really like this more than anything else in your gallery. Anyways, I guess what I mean is, variety is the spice of life... and I'm pretty sure a lot of girls would read something with this on the cover. Cause this chick looks actually badass and not just hot.
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Reign05 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I colored this, hope you like :) >> [link]
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dancinchino Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
genial!
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Dolce-Chocolate75 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
There are no words to describe this! It's just so awesome!:love:
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hogie123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
SO beautiful.
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FireInAurora Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is fantastic i love it wow im so watching you Xd how old are how long have you been drawing for?
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Technomagemiami Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
You are right about your ability to draw faces.Wow!!! You stand their equal sir.And also two of my favorite artists along with Michael Turner and Joe Benitez.You bastard you made me have to buy 3 copies of the same comic!!!!
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Jennibollen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love this! :D May I color it?
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Horomone Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
This is an amazing Drawing with pencil!!!
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MissTwiztd Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This might sound silly..but I like colored versions of a sketch...but I honestly prefer the sketch Nine time Out of ten...idk why..they are just so raw and especially enjoyable when the line work is so fantastic! Thanks for posting both the sketches and the finished product of your works!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm in that same boat I really dig black and white line art. Being able to see the pencil lines can be a good learning tool as well. Thanks for the generous words!
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JadedTopaz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I love this, and want to color it with colored pencils! I love the expression on her face, as if she is ready to kick butt!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Color away!
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von-leadfoot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
love it. amazing.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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kobunsho Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
great pencil art!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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tZuB Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you're fuckin'amazing! screw ya!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha. Thanks...?
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tZuB Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome bitch! :XD:
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Please, I prefer "vagina". ;)
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tZuB Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
hahahaha! you're so fuckin gay!
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Siren-Sylest Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
As always you are AMAZING! Haven't been on in a while and its been nice to catch up on all your tasty sketches!:love:
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, good to see you around again. Been MIA for a wile, eh?
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Siren-Sylest Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Unfortunately, life gets in the way! But I'm glad to say I'm back working my fingers to the bone! Especially since a jewelry shop in Key West just picked up my line! Glad to see you are creating all sorts of eye candy!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! Good for you!
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akari-sakata Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
There are not enough words to describe how fiercely awesome this is.
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benji138 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The best part about this piece is your story behind it. To have a cover alongside two amazing artists like that has got to be a cool feeling. My favorite part though is the fact that you looked at what they did and said, "Fuck it, I'm trying something different." That takes balls, man, and confidence in your abilities. I think most other artists in that situation would have tried their hardest to do something similar to Ebas and Campbell since they know that "works." You did the opposite, and it was a gutsy move and it paid off. You're really growing as an artist, man. It's not just the way you draw, but the process and how you go about everything that is making you successful. I'm sure your editor was impressed that you took this in a completely different direction, and admired your initiative and reasoning. Instead of putting out something just like the other two covers, you made it your own. You made yourself stand out from Ebas and Campbell. That's sick, man. You're a beast.
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Benji, I just hope it moves puff the shelfs as fast as the other two. Zenescope should print my story as an overlay cover. ;)
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benji138 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Having them print your story as on overlay cover isn't a bad idea. It's definitely interesting to hear about your process and stuff. You're an inspiration to us all!
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
nice close up!
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
really amayzing!!!!!!!!!
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Bravo, Mike, and congrats!!
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SquirrelShaver Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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phillebovsky Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
great work!
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Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Very foreboding and creepy. Amazing pencil work!
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paintitwithcoffee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!
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SinisterSix Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Freakin awesome!
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jiko29 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a great concept!!! Not that I don't love your pin-ups (CAUSE I DO!!!), but I think this may be a better idea for a cover peice. :D
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