As a life-long sports fan, I've also enjoyed collecting autographs over the years of my favorite teams and players. So, naturally when I started creating my artwork almost a decade ago, I have had a great deal of my paintings/drawings signed over the years. I've obtained the autographs in a variety of ways...some in-person, some via mail-in, etc., so I'm definitely not a "noob" to the process.
Generally, when players are doing autograph signings, they have already negotiated with the promoter/company the terms of their signing. Sometimes it's a flat fee, sometimes it's a fee for a limited number of autographs; it all varies according to each appearance. They're all a little different. So, when I saw Joey Bosa and a number of other Ohio State players were appearing at the 2016 Midwest Sports Spectacular recently, I was interested in having my drawing of Bosa signed at the event. When I visited their site & Facebook pages to check out the details, there wasn't any indication that the autograph tickets were limited to a certain quantity. In the past, I've attended a number of signings with Buckeye players, some very popular and some not. In all the instances, I've never had an issue needing to pre-order an autograph ticket...this even includes Troy Smith the year he won the Heisman Trophy & took OSU to the National Title game.
Perhaps I underestimated Bosa's popularity, or maybe OSU's fan base has just grown more than I realized in the recent years. I did email the company putting on the event about a week before the signing to inquire about the specifics on Joey Bosa's signing...pricing on artwork sizes, etc., and never got a reply. And, after seeing a post on their Twitter feed saying, "Tickets available at the door" a night before the signing, I didn't see any need to pre-order a ticket. Plus, at that point I wasn't even positive we would head up to Columbus for the event. And, when I checked their website the morning of the event, there was no indication that autograph tickets for Bosa were sold out. Nothing on their Twitter feed either. So, when we decided to make the road trip up yesterday morning, the thought hadn't even crossed my mind.
We arrived around 2:30pm and waited in line for about 15 mins. before making it to the ticket window. And, then we were informed that his autograph tickets had sold out. So, we made the most of it and hit up some cool spots in the Arena District. Bosa will undoubtedly be doing more appearances in the coming weeks, so I'm sure the drawing will still get signed eventually.
Oh well, lesson learned. Plenty of blame to spread around -- not any one person/entity's fault, just one of those things.
It took a little while longer than I wanted, but I did, as you can see above, finally settle on a background for the Joey Bosa colored pencil drawing. And, as I'm sure you have noticed, I decided to go with the OSU sleeve pattern from their jerseys. I had a number of different designs/combinations I was deciding between, but this one just came to me today as I was looking at my Ohio State jersey...and went with it.
I guess sometimes it's like writer's block...I couldn't decide on the background for the life of me all of last week, and then, boom. Decided. Executed. And, I'm really happy with it.
So, now that's settled. If you would like to purchase this drawing, it is available. The drawing is $100 - as is (meaning, unframed, signed only by myself (the artist). If you would like it autographed by Mr. Bosa, it would be $200 for the autographed drawing (including shipping). And you can dictate what color signature and the location of the autograph. If you'd like an inscription, it's an additional $20. And, as I offered before, if you would like it autographed, matted & framed, we're offering a price of $300 for this (including shipping). It would be ready to hang on your wall right out of the box.
Should you be more interested in an autographed print of the drawing, either comment on here or email us / contact us and let us know. We may produce a very limited edition of 11"x17" prints (less than 20) for the signing, so if you want one, there won't be many available!
Until next time hoseheads!
Getting ready to order some new business cards with the new logo/info, etc., and just thought I'd get some feedback from people before placing the order. The front of the card is set, but can't decide on the back of the business cards just yet. Please vote on the Poll below, or just add your comments! So, here are your 2 choices:
Option #1 is very similar to my current business card back...a few pictures and my social media info. Option #2 I wanted to pay homage to the back of the 1955 Topps baseball cards...one of my favorite card designs of all-time. I just wasn't sure how important it was for potential customers to see sample pics of my work on a business card if it's the 1st time they're seeing my work. Please do post your comments on here, any constructive feedback is appreciated!
I thought about being really boring and having a 20.16% or 20.15% Off Sale, but that's just not me. Besides, I don't particularly like Math...even if it is with the Calculator app on my phone or program on my laptop, I still don't like it.
So, here it is, the 1st Sale/Promotion on the new website! 20% Off all new commissions, any size, any medium. 18"x24" Graphite drawing?....yep. 12"x24" Acrylic painting?...sure. 36"x48" Oil painting?...hell yeah. Just Contact Us using the page, or you can email us too to get things rolling.
Now, the "fine print", but in normal sized font/text for your convenience. If there's anything you aren't sure about, just ask and I'll do my best to clarify it for you. This sale ends 1/8/16 at midnight (12am). All deposits (50% minimum due) must be received by this time (1/8/16 at midnight). The 20% Off does NOT include custom framing/matting, any applicable sales tax, or shipping & handling. And, for your convenience, below you will find the pricing table for our commissioned work. If there's a size you don't see on the list, just email us for a price quote!
Happy New Year!
Not rocket science, just a bit of an inside look at my artwork...with some photos and possibly some humor mixed in for your enjoyment.