This year I attended SDCC with a good friend who is really into artwork. This is out of my normal realm of expertise at comic conventions. So I took him up on the chance to walk around and talk to several artists. It was all good fun and ultimately I decided that I would get a drawing commissioned by Patrick Ballesteros on Artist Alley. We talked to him on Preview Night, but I didn’t have any immediate ideas of what to have him draw. We talked about it for the next day and went back to his booth.
Here’s something I hadn’t counted on. His commission schedule had filled up quickly. He didn’t know (Thursday afternoon) if he would have time to complete the drawing in time or not. He requested that I check back and find out on Friday evening. We checked back a few times and finally Friday evening he told us his schedule had cleared enough he could take on a few more. My friend and I commissioned drawings.
We both requested multiple characters, somewhat complex and paid our $75. I requested Iron Man pulling a wagon with a toddler version of Thor. I hoped that by commissioning a drawing of my only son that my wife would decide that it was an acceptable use of cash. Patrick requested I email a few photos of myself and my son.
My friend requested a Spiderman/Juggernaut drawing. Both as children, which is where Patrick really excels.
He texted me back within about a day saying that the drawings were done. We went to get them and we both couldn’t have been happier. They were fantastic and now I’ve got a cool piece to hang on the boy’s wall. In fact, I liked it enough that I think I’m going to have him cosplay as Thor for Halloween this year and maybe Salt Lake Comic Con. We’ll see how it goes.