Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Fifty - And the Dean Ormston commission makes 20!

Dean Ormston Dr. Strange & Eternity commission

Dr. Strange & Eternity, by Dean Ormston, is now in The Fifty.

This wonderful commission was a bit odd in the acquisition. I have since learned that until recently this was one of two full commissions that Dean Ormston took on over a number of years. He did not do many and why he chose to do mine is not known to me, but it does add a bit of understanding to what eventually happened.

It started simply enough and as it always did, with me somehow acquiring an artists' contact information and then asking for a commission. I usually got this info from the odd interview or promotional piece and I tried to be specific and clear in my requests. In this case I now remember it was because Dean Ormston was offering something on ebay. I contacted him through ebay and he was quick to accept the commission. I know we settled on Dr. Strange and Eternity but the parameters were generally pretty loose and everything was up to Dean's discretion in the end.

Well then something happened. I have since had it happen once or twice again, but this was the first time an artist contacted me, told me they were working on the commission as previously agreed upon but that it would now cost more than previously agreed if I wanted to own the finished piece. Well bust my britches! This was odd. Now I remember the figure of $300, but I do not recall if it was the initial price (which would have been within my means but a bit pricey for me back then) or the finished negotiation (more likely, but who knows in the end). But I recall Dean emailing me. (Is it possible we talked on the phone at that point? It is unclear and the recesses of my mind are dimly lit tonight.) The commission had grown and he told me that he could do another to the original specs or keep going on this one for a new amount. If I stayed with the one he was working on he said it would be a mock cover with lettering a logo.  I went with that, it sounded like he had a plan.

I think I made the right decision.

This thing is gorgeous. It is slightly larger than 11x17 and emphasizes the larger than life aspects inherent in Eternity. Dean manages the tough trick of showing only part of Eternity but still conveying the immensity of the character/concept. The figure of Dr. Strange is awesome as well - serene and focused in his spell-casting in the face of Eternity. It is a great commission and I cannot wait to have it on the wall. I foresee a Dr. Strange commission hallway with the PMS, the Bisley, this, and one or two others not yet revealed but most certainly in The Fifty. but today is not about them but about Dean Ormston, Dr. Strange & Eternity.

The Fifty
1  BWS Storyteller Young Gods page 4
2  Tony Harris / Ray Snyder Dr. Strange WIRED Magazine cover
3  BWS Weapon X page
4  JHW3 Milestone Forever pinup
5  Simon Bisley Dr. Strange vs The Mindless Ones
6  Paul Smith Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom
7  Dave Sim Mars Attacks variant cover
8  Gene Colan / Tom Palmer Tomb of Dracula 44 page 1 splash
9  Dan Green Dr. Strange: Into Shamballa splash
10  Tony Harris 1994 Starman pinup
11 Bill Sienkiewicz Superman 400 pinup recreation
12  Ted McKeever Dr. Strange vs Dr.Doom in Hell
13  Dean Ormston Dr. Strange & Eternity
14  Darwyn Cooke Wonder Woman
15  Dan Adkins Dr Strange 170 page 11
16 JH Williams 3rd / Mick Gray Promethea 24 double page spread
17  Rudy Nebres - Dr. Strange, Dracula & The Scarlet Witch
18  Anna Merli Clea
19  Mitchell Bretweiser Dr. Strange watercolor
20  Jae Lee Dr. Strange

1 comment:

Bruce Santora said...

Sweet! You do get some fine commissions.