Saturday, 19 June 2010

Break from the norm - COMMISSIONS!

Hey hey!

I know I kind of swore off doing work-for-hire to concentrate on my branded products, but in order to get somewhere in that regard, I need capital to invest. Not quite being in the strongest position right now, I'm starting an indefinite stint offering commissions.

I'll consider all requests so it can't hurt to ask. I'll advise you now, my best work comes from fantastic ideas.

So what am I offering? For the most part, I imagine it'll be vector work, as it's my bread and butter. However, I'll also happily consider sketchcards, pencil or pen-and-ink sketches, watercolours, logo design... you name it!

Prices:

Vector character (digital only): $30
Vector character (with mailed pencil version): $40
Vector scene (digital only): $60
Vector scene (with mailed pencil version): $80
Sketchcard (pencil): $5
Sketchcard (inked): $8
Sketchcard (colour): $10
Pencil sketch (headshot): $20
Pencil sketch (full body): $35
Inked sketch (headshot): $30
Inked sketch (full body): $45
Ink and watercolour sketch (headshot only): $40

This is by no means everything, but if you have a more specific request, send me a message!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Tie-break result, and new Hex Heroes!

While the rest of the world is gripped by World Cup fever, the Hex Heroes keep on coming!

Happily, although no votes cam in on this blog, the tie-breaker for Hex Hero 13 was decided on DeviantART by a margin of one vote (4-3). The winner was...

IRONCHOPS!

So now that's out of the way, we can get a look at the new guys. Four new Hex Heroes for you to name! Here they are:






Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Latest results - tie breaker coming up!

First of all, thanks for the great turnout for the Hex Heroes voting this time around. Between this site and DeviantART there was a definite jump in numbers and I really appreciate it.

Without further ado...

RESULTS (complied from here and DeviantART)

11

Hogar: 4
Tomak the Furry: 5 --- WINNER!
Mostly Harmless Ball: 0

12

Ted: 5
Amphibian Vampire: 0
Bludtak: 3
Hagfish: 7 --- WINNER!

13

DiscoRobot: 0
Grill Face: 1
Ironchops: 5 --- tie break!
The Grater: 2
Sir Griller: 2
The Blackest Knight: 5 --- tie break!

14

Gloss Hero: 1
Professor Scorpius: 8 --- WINNER!
President Evil: 4

15

Mr Tasty Burger: 4
Fast Fright: 2
Roburger: 2
Mutant Meat: 5 --- WINNER!
McDie-nalds: 1

16

Ax Face: 1
The Cursed One: 2
The Lobotomist: 11 --- WINNER!

17

Dead Wire: 5
Zombrecht: 9 --- WINNER!


So there's going to be a tie break poll for number 33, between Ironchops and The Blackest Knight! I'll set this up tomorrow. In the meantime, all of the polls up to and including 27 are now closed. Thanks for voting! Don't forget to head over to the new Hex Heroes and suggest your character names!

Monday, 31 May 2010

Voting for 7 Hex Heroes!

Life, huh? Gets in the way, sometimes. Hence the gap in updates.

Well, here we go with the latest round of voting. There are a new batch of Hex Heroes ready to be shown off, but we need to get these guys named first!

The polls should appear to the right of this post, and the relevant characters are at the top of the page in the Flickr stream (under the MASSIVE logo)!

There's also voting ongoing at www.jam-wah.deviantart.com so the votes will be added up at the deadline and the winners announced shortly afterwards.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Named: the results, and the new guys!

Been a while.

Well, the results are in for Hex Heroes 6 to 10 (and have been for a few days!) and the winning names are...

THE JADE BLADE!
VERTIGLOBE!
BRAIN PAN!
ARSENIO MAUL!
VIOLENT VIOLET!


Good choices, all.


Well, that means that it's time for the next batch. Feast your eyes, my pretties!

Number 12

Number 13

Number 14

Number 15

Number 16 

Number 17 

You may have missed it, but the last four Hex Heroes were all designed live on Livestream, which is something that's likely to continue. At the moment, it's looking like possibly being a weekly live broadcast of Hex Heroes design sessions. If you've been curious as to how they're done, you can tune in. For some reason, the channel has disappeared since the broadcast, but as soon as this is rectified, the link will go up here for anyone who's interested.

So what now? Well, you could always suggest some names for the guys who so far have remained nameless. Numbers 11 onward, to be precise.

In other news, there's now an official Jam-Wah merchandise page at Cafepress. This might (in all likelihood, will) change, but for now you can buy the first t-shirt 'Carelessness Causes Fire' right here.

More soon! Keep those names coming!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Voting: a 3-day blitz!

Hello!

It's a beautiful, sunny day (despite the huge volcanic ash cloud hovering over most of Europe) and what better way to spend two minutes of it than by choosing your favourite name for the latest 5 Hex Heroes in the polls?

If you're a UK citizen, think of this as practice for the forthcoming elections. Or not.

At the top of the blog are the five you can vote on, each handily numbered (backwards, due to Flickr being annoying). The polls are in the sidebar to the right of this gibberish.

You have three days before the end of all things. Tell your friends!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The results!

Well, democracy gets you tied results!

While we have three clear winners:

CYCLOTRON, POCAHUNTRESS and FUGU

...there were two ties. Rather than extend the voting period or choose a name myself, thereby rendering the voting pointless, a call was put out to people on Twitter. The decision came from Chris Lewis (he volunteered to help out earlier) and is therefore still valid. Yay!

The winners are FELIZ-4 and ZANGRAST!

Phew.

Next round of voting will begin once everyone catches their collective breath. Just think, there are thirty-five more characters to vote on. If anybody can come up with a better, fairer and quicker way of deciding the names, speak now...

Monday, 5 April 2010

Voting week 1

You may have noticed 5 polls have appeared on the right of this blog. Yep, that means that you can vote for the first five Hex Heroes' names!

To avoid having to post the relevant images twice, the characters are numbered. If the general concensus is that the images should be back at the top of the blog for easy access, then that'll be what we do. As it stands, avoiding picture overload is the plan.

As this polling/voting system has moved from DeviantART to this blog, who knows how many votes will come in? There may be a drop-off, there may be a rise. The best way to make this move worthwhile is for word of mouth to spread, so don't forget to tell someone to get involved.

Thanks for the support so far!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Hex Heroes: the halfway mark

On February 28th, the first of the Hex Heroes debuted on DeviantART. He later became known as Prong.

Since that date, there have been twenty-nine more. Eighteen of them have names. All in all, there have been 231 name suggestions between 28 of the characters. That's a humbling statistic, particularly when there's no association with an established intellectual property. Many thanks go out to everyone who's contributed so far.

There's still a way to go, of course. At this rate, the Hex Heroes will reach number sixty sometime around mid-April. Maybe earlier. Then, the whole gang will be present and correct, perhaps with a few enhancements here and there, in the form of a poster. This poster is already being prepped and laid out. The logo is being designed, and will be posted here as the development goes ahead.

The major part of this process is the naming and voting aspect. While, ideally, each character should have around ten name suggestions before going to the vote, it would be great to make at least eight. Despite the best efforts of all involved, the numbers are going down slightly. Not naming, but voting. That's the easy part, isn't it?!

Those of you would like to see this project finished on time, and hopefully would consider purchasing a copy of the poster and/or other merchandise that will be announced soon, please spread the word! When the polls go live at this very site, they'll have a strict deadline and there has to be a winner. The more votes we get, the more likely it is that a tie will be avoided.

And here's the art. Numbers 9 and 10 (which, confusingly, are the 29th and 30th in total. Keep up!)

Number 9
Number 10

Edit: added one more

Number 11

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Welcome to ze future!

Hello, fine folks of the internet.

For the forseeable future, this blog is going to be the home of the Jam-Wah work journal. It makes sense to consolidate the myriad efforts elsewhere in the great wide world and have some kind of base to work from. Preferably one which doesn't involve Facebook. Ugh.

So what is Jam-Wah, you may ask? Glad you care. Have a biscuit.

At the moment, Jam-Wah is a design studio with a staff of one. This is expected to be the case until the inevitable success leads to expansion, followed by world domination before the super-volcano erupts and it all becomes academic. This blog will be about many things, but mostly focused on design and illustration projects. Interactivity is encouraged, so feel free to comment and contribute in any way that seems appropriate (ie: don't send dead animals in the mail. That would be inappropriate).

The first project is something which has been ongoing for a few weeks now, but was sorely in need of a home base. The project is called Hex Heroes and will be ongoing for the first few weeks of the blog. An initial series of 60 illustrated cartoon characters will be collected and published in poster/print form. Right now, it's looking like being a 30" x 40" print. That's mostly because things look great when they're blown up and stuck on a wall.

The interactivity begins immediately. Each of the 60 characters will be named not by the artist but by the public. To make this democracy at its finest, after a short period the suggested names will be put to the public vote. That's you guys. You have the power, not He-Man. The first 15 have already been named using DeviantART's polling system, and a further 5 are up for voting right now. The rest of the votes will be hosted here. This means more than 10 options in the poll if need be, and no need to sign up for DeviantART just to get involved.

Without further ado, here are the characters up for grabs. You name 'em! Be sure to specify which one you're naming...

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3

Number 4
Number 5
Number 6
Number 7
Number 8