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Old May 8th, 2017, 10:52:33 AM   #1
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Default My Ken Kelly original oil painting commission

Wasn't sure if this is the right place to put this but he is a well known cover artist, not for comic books per se but certainly Creepy and Eerie magazine covers back in the day as well as numerous Conan and other paperbacks so I thought I would put it here. I commissioned a 16 x 20 oil painting on canvas by Ken Kelly. Other than the things I mentioned above he is most famous for having painted the Kiss Destroyer and Love Gun album covers in the 1970's.

Originally I had wanted Ken to paint a Kane for me. But then he got really busy with some other stuff and when he got back to me he had forgotten I wanted Kane and when he sent me a rough sketch for the painting it didn't look like Kane at all.



I called him and he then remembered and apologized and said we could convert him to a Kane, no problem. I said well the first problem is Kane is left handed. He said no problem we can just mirror the image



But I didn't really like the left handed image, I don't know why I just didn't. And the original sketch was growing on me so I said let's just proceed with it. And he said as long as it was ok with me that is what he would do as long as I was sure
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Old May 8th, 2017, 10:53:56 AM   #2
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So the next thing was I just had to pick a "main" color. He asked me what color I really liked and I said blue so here is how it started



And then after a few days I got this update



I told him I didn't really like it. I have to say Ken is REALLY easy to work with. He asked me what I didn't like about it and I told him that it just isn't my kind of Knight. I said he is probably fine for guys who like Prince Valiant or something but to me he had too much of an Ivanhoe vibe to him and everyone who knows me knows I like quite a bit rougher stuff than that. I asked him if he could give him a little more formidable helmet and like a fur cloak, as I was thinking maybe a winter type scene since I live in the cold. So he said no problem and he would change him for me.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 10:54:45 AM   #3
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The next one he sent me was much more in line with what I was looking for



I told him I thought that I would like the fur on the cloak to be black and the liner to be red. He told me red might be a bit too much of a contrast and that it might take away from the overall feel of the piece by adding a nice-lordy item to a bad-ass and might not look right but I asked him to try it and see so he did



He was right, I didn't like it as well so I told him to go ahead and go with the color scheme he liked but I did like the "mist" affect around his legs and the lighting
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Old May 8th, 2017, 10:55:38 AM   #4
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So here is yesterday's update. Coming along nicely

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Old May 8th, 2017, 11:05:05 AM   #5
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Pretty sweet
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Old May 8th, 2017, 12:37:45 PM   #6
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I am surprised how much I like this. I really like the changes you made
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:00:42 PM   #7
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How long did you have to wait for him to start on yours from when you requested it?
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:26:38 PM   #8
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How long did you have to wait for him to start on yours from when you requested it?
It was about 5 months but he told me that is not usually the case. In fact he felt terrible and was very apologetic and said my order and payment had been misplaced and he just ran across it but would get started right away. I had sent email and payment in November and in late March he contacted me and let me know what had happened.

The delay and misplacing is the main reason we didn't start off with a Kane as I had originally envisioned. He saw my payment and was going from memory and thought I had wanted a Knight.

I just texted him and he said he had some things going on the next few days but I should have the completed version by next week.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 06:07:36 PM   #9
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Even though to me it looks finished every update it keeps looking better
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Old May 9th, 2017, 09:35:06 AM   #10
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Even though to me it looks finished every update it keeps looking better
My thoughts exactly!


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Good stuff, thanks for sharing..


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Old May 9th, 2017, 11:33:18 AM   #12
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My thoughts exactly!
Thanks fellas. It's getting pretty close. Just a little more detail work to be done and I think he is going to add some skulls. He is busy today he said but back at it tomorrow. It should be done by next week I think.
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Old May 14th, 2017, 06:42:31 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. Here is the final piece. Should have it in a week or 10 days. If any of you young tech saavy kids know how to turn the pic right side up I'd love the assistance. It is from an I-Phone. I edit and rotate it but when I save it to photobucket it just goes back the way it was.



I'm old and technology frightens me :confused2
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Old May 14th, 2017, 08:48:07 PM   #14
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Ok I think I figured it out

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Old May 15th, 2017, 02:48:14 AM   #15
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That looks cool. I bought some prints from him several years ago at Chiller Theater.


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Old May 15th, 2017, 10:03:49 AM   #16
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That looks cool. I bought some prints from him several years ago at Chiller Theater.
Thanks Buzzy, I had bought some prints from the website and then saw the "private commissions" button and clicked it and hadn't even planned to do a commission just looking and the next thing you know I just went ahead with it.
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That is awesome. Thanks for the story behind it. So nice to have an artist take criticism, which is purely subjective and role with it.

Beautiful piece.


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Daaaamn that's gorgeous!
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Old May 16th, 2017, 12:10:17 AM   #19
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Thanks Fellas! If anybody REALLY likes it, Ken Kelly has prints of it for sale at his website


http://www.kenkellyfantasyart.com/al...81/8298248.htm

Just to clarify I don't get any money from print sales, Ken retained the copyright as I understand it, I just get the original painting.

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