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18 April 2010 @ 11:41 am
A little something you might enjoy  
If you think you might enjoy an image of Dick Grayson in peril as only George Perez can draw him! :)


Not sure that this qualifies as NSFW, but I wouldn't necessarily open it on a work monitor

George Perez was one of the defining mainstream comics artists when I was growing up, he was critical to the New Teen Titans becoming a best seller and made each member look fantastic and individual. And perhaps there is no finer example of that process than his work with Dick Grayson's Robin, who he made look REALLY sexy not in spite of, but partly BECAUSE of his fantastically silly outfit.

Little things like that aggravating little lock of hair that kept falling across his eyes. You just wanted to brush it out of his face and then run your fingers through his 1980’s MTV-star hair whilst you… ahem, but I digress.

When I say that George Perez has been on my radar for a commission for a long time, I’m not understating the case. But a co-incident time of his taking commissions and me having the money had never come about.

So when last year it DID come about, I had to make the leap. I went almost the whole hog and asked for a pencil-toned full figure picture, which was most of my bonus for the year, but what the heck.

Now what with one thing and another, it took a while to get it, but I can be patient, and with George Perez you really don’t mind waiting at all as you know you’ll be getting something awesome at the end of it. Of course, there are the little concerns one has in a one-off commission; Was I too specific? Not specific enough? (I left my preferences as open as possible, to allow Mr Perez as much leeway as possible)

Any such worries were, of course, groundless and suffice it to say that when this arrived in my inbox, I think I was robbed of the power of coherent speech.

I don’t have the actual art in my hands yet, but my agent in these matters, a staggeringly generous friend who shall remain nameless to spare blushes, sent me this scan to tide me over, and assures me that the scan does not do the piece true justice.

And with that, I shall leave you to ogle, admire, drool, or whatever you might want to do over this piece.

What to pick as a favourite element? Is it the splendid physique and fantastic anatomy? The great tie-up? The shredded costume exposing yet MORE of aforementioned splendid physique and fantastic anatomy? Perhaps the defiantly tensed pose... and how you manage to pose defiantly when you are so completely tied up is a testament to just how damned awesome this piece is!

If forced to pick I might actually go for the marvellous expression which, despite the gag, manages to convey an absolute promise that no matter WHAT whoever did this has done to him, and no matter how secure these bonds are, he IS going to break free and when he does there WILL be a very physical and completely painful reckoning for anyone involved.

But who has to pick? I have it all in one pretty tied up package with the sexiness of Dick Grayson ramped up to 11!
Sparkle!kirax2 on April 18th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. I, uh...that's awesome. Just freaking *awesome*. You are very, very lucky.
darkhavens: dcu ns on his knees [literati]darkhavens on April 18th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)

Um... wow. Thanks for sharing!
iesika: boy hostageiesika on April 18th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my *GOD*.

Seriously, that deserved the warning to sit down first. I agree wholeheartedly with everything on your list of why it's fantastic, and would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for a)commissioning this, and b) sharing it with the rest of the class.

*scrolls back up to stare some more*

Edited at 2010-04-18 05:15 pm (UTC)
canyon_lynncanyon_lynn on April 18th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I just want to state first that I'm a lurker that was just browsing around the community. But when I came across this artwork, I-uh...

Dude, I'm just SPEECHLESS right now... OMFG!

That artwork is just f---ing AWESOME. Like, I can't even type right now because I'm in that much f---ing AWE! It's incredibly sexy and Dick has this look of 'As SOON as a break outta this thing, BATMAN won't have NUTHING ON ME!!!' as far as the almighty a--kicking of justice is concerned.

I have to wonder, what were your prompts/ideas/suggestions/bribes to Mr. Perez for coming up with this piece?

P.S. Thanks for sharing this, I'm SOOOOOooo jealous. :P
Icon-UKicon_uk on April 18th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Delighted it prompted such a... passionate response! :) And wholehearted agreement on the promise of biblical level smiting taking place as soon as he's free.

I've been collecting Robin (with a preference for "Robin in Peril") for years now, and you can see the collection here.

Suffice it to say that this;

was one of the ones that got me started! :)

As for Mr Perez, well, he's know for being very open to all sorts of suggestion in his commissions (I believe he's stopped doing nudity of mainstream characters after a private commission got rather more widely circulated than he might have wanted. As I note, I always like to give the artist as much leeway for fun as I can, you wouldn't believe how into this some of them get! :)

All I asked for was Dick Grayson in his New Teen Titans Robin period, in some sort of bondage, with an option of a distressed costume, but none of the heavier fetishes (no piercing, nudity, bruising or the like) and within more or less Comic Code Authority limits (I like "suggestive" a lot more than I like OTT kink), and he happily accepted the commission. That's all it took, well that and rather a lot of money, but I don't begrudge THAT in this case.)
canyon_lynncanyon_lynn on April 19th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, my response was quite passionate. ^_^ When I first read your post, I was initially like, "Woah, someone actually commissioned a piece of artwork from a well known comic artist...?!? O_o'

As you can tell from that first thought that I had, I'm still a little wet-behind-the-ears when it comes to American comics. -_- Never read one until about a year and a half ago. I'm out of college and about to go to grad school. I mainly read manga and watched anime when growing up, but with a few Marvel and DC shows here and there (i.e. Batman: TAS, Superman, X-Men, Batman Beyond....)

Plus, I'm really an art kind of person. Even studied professional art and animation for three years at an art college. So I really do have an 'eye' for that sort of thing. So when I read along your post and scrolled down to find the result of your well spent commish: I was FLOORED. I've seen some fanart around here that was well done, but to actually see something like this from one of the big names in comic arts... (I put G. Perez as one of my faves along w/ Jim Lee and Alex Ross)... I just HAD to type SOMETHING, even if it came across as a little discombobulated but 'passionate'. LOL!

So that's all it took to come up with a kicka-- art? Not surprised really. Artists tend to want specifics without making it too constrictive. They like a 'direction' but want enough freedom to do what they want at the same time to express themselves. So that was a really nice prompt you gave him to create this wonderful piece. Is he going to color it?

I did check out your gallery and the Deathstroke/Robin made me giggle. I had to nod at the DC # 826. I kinda saw the whole strip somewhere on the internet (I think on Livejournal somewhere...) and of course since I love Timmy, I cheered at the end too. I loved the part where Timmy went all 'Batman on his a--' with a rear view mirror? ^_^ But it was some excellent art and coloring, and I enjoyed it. Even tho' I'm new at this DC thing (I haven't even bothered to touch Marvel yet) I did notice that Robin 'always' gets tied up, no matter who is beneath the domino mask.

BTW, since your more obviously more experienced in DC comics than I am, what good Robin and Titan Comics would you recommend to me...?
Icon-UKicon_uk on April 20th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Cool. Out of curiosity, where do you originate from?

Good Robin comics? Well, most of the early New Teen Titans run is excellent, following the progression of Dick from Robin to Nightwing, but there are plenty of others.

I'd suggest trying somewhere like http://community.livejournal.com/robin_daily where Dick, Jason, Tim and even Steph and Damian are frequent subjects, or for a more generalist feel, try


where samples of all sorts of comics can be found.
canyon_lynncanyon_lynn on April 20th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, Pennsylvania, USA. Yeah, I know... 'you're outta college and never picked up a western comic until NOW?!?'

Can't explain why, I was sort of tomboyish growing up, but western comics never crossed my radar. Even when I first picked up a DC comic after spending YEARS reading manga, it took me awhile to actually read it properly and get used to the art and layout. (Even still, I have the habit of starting a page from right to left and getting confused when reading the dialogue because I'm reading it 'wrong'... -_-''')

Thanks for the sites, I vaguely remember seeing links for scans_daily, although I never got a chance to go to that site. The robin_daily site, I haven't been there, so I'll try that site too. Although, since most people are talking more about Damian than any other Robin, I tend to steer clear away from those. I dunno... when the name 'Damian' pops up, I'm not sure if I like the kid's wisea-- cracks, or if I want to go grab some C-4, a crowbar and do the Joker some 'justice'... Not sure how I feel about him.
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: We Love Dicksuki_blue on April 23rd, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Whoa. That is just stunning! I love his clenched fists. Even though he's in a really vulnerable position he still looks defiant. That's our Dick.

I probably shouldn't ask this because it will lead to bad, bad things for my bank balance, but how do you go about getting these commisions? I just checked out your links in one of the comments above and the stuff in there is way beyond awesome.
Icon-UKicon_uk on April 24th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, he's not just sitting... standing... hanging... whatever the appropriate term is, there, he IS going to get free!

Getting commissions is fairly straightforward. e-bay has a lot available (but check past examples and their feedback rating), and then there are places like http://www.catskillcomics.com , wwww.serendipityartsales.net and browsing through www.deviantart.com of www.comicartfans.com to find an artist you like can often be useful. Or sometimes at the artists own website.

If your tastes veer towards the outre or risque (which I freely confess mine do) I always ask the artists if it's something they'd be prepared to do. Most are completely amenable, but others politely decline and that's fine, with no hard feelings on either side (and I have some extremely good non-risque art from them instead).

I'm fortunate in some respects that whilst I do like a good tie up, I tend not to want anything TOO OTT, I'm not into the more exotic fetishes, and I do ask for an older Robin, I also often throw in "Within Comic Code Authority guidelines (more or less)", which I often find helps, since I like "suggestive" a lot more than "overly blatant".

If you can give the artists something they might enjoy, as a challenge or a theme, you also nearly always get better results, and be open to their suggestions too. I often ask if the artist has a villain they'd like to use, maybe one they've never had the chance to draw professionally. (Just as an example, Freddie Williams asked if he could use the Joker (like I was going to say no, particularly because I'd never seen him draw the Joker and was curious) and he loved my idea of him playing "Operation!" with a captive Robin) so the output was something he had fun with and it shows.

There was one instance I was overly specific (a brilliant artist whose name I shall not mention to spare my embarrassment not theirs) and the outcome, whilst terrific, didn't quite "pop" the way I (or I suspect they) hoped it would. I learned my lesson there; they gave me what I asked for, when I should probably have left things looser and allowed the one with the actual artistic talent to make decisions.
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: We Love Dicksuki_blue on April 30th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your advice. That's given me lots to think about. I definitely want to do this. I shall have a think about what sort of art I'm looking for. Again, thank you, I'm so chuffed. The thought of having my own commision is awesome.
Icon-UK: Tinynightwing  Art Baltazaricon_uk on April 30th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Ah, the thrill of ones first commission! :)

Be warned, art commissions are like Pringles... once you've had one, the temptation to get another will swiftly become overwhelming! :)

A good place to start would be, in my humble recommendation, Mitch Ballard, who I've had several excellent pieces from (He's the one who did the Robin/Deathstroke one, for example. I adore his Perez/Garcia-Lopez-ish style, his rates are excellent, he knows a LOT of characters, and he's an all round lovely fellow to deal with. You could try contacting him through his comicartfans page.
Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: DC Kon and Tim hugsuki_blue on May 1st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Be warned, art commissions are like Pringles... once you've had one, the temptation to get another will swiftly become overwhelming! :)

LOL, I can definitely see that being a problem. And coincidentally, I ate a whole Tube of Texaz BBQ Pringles just today! :oO

Thank you, luv.
Icon-UKicon_uk on September 23rd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
I always meant to ask you, did you ever pursue any commissioned art?