I can’t beleive I have not posted about this yet. Back at Dragon*con 2007, I came across this fantastic artist. Satyr was a concept artist who’s work I recognized without ever putting a name to his work. I was flipping through his portfolio shaking my head as I saw image after image that I had admired over the years.
He was offering to do commissions and I knew I wanted something out of him. So did just about every one else there. In the twenties minutes that I had been admiring his work, about a dozen people came up with their laptops to get a commission. See, he draws wonderful sketches of people’s Worlds of Warcraft characters. You may snicker, but in the short time I saw him, he was swamped with people who fucking loved this guy. He was their God and they could not stop praising him.
I bring this up because Satyr could not have been any more humble and cool to deal with. I have seen and met some artists who you can tell derive their power from their ego. I have seen minor artists with a smidgen of fame go mad with power. Satyr was a fucking rock star in the Dragon*con art area and he was more humble than he had any right to be.
We chatted for awhile and I told him to do something like the female out of Metropolis. He kept trying to get details out of me but I was pretty vague. As a writer, I feel creativity is something works best in the wild. When I pay for a commission, I try to limit myself as much as possible so that the artist can fill up the empty space with their imagination. I think my exact words were something like this-
Pinup model robot girl
Big breasts would be nice
Now let me tell you something else. This guy wrote my request down in this fat notebook. I am an obsessive note taker but Satyr’s book was an ass-kicker. That thing was thicker than my fist and it was crammed with commission orders. In the time we were talking, I think two other people submitted their requests. I am saying the guy was slammed with work. I didn’t expect to see my piece till next Dragon*con.
I got an e-mail three weeks later with a preliminary sketch. Four weeks after that, I got the finished art. Damn. That guy rocks.
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