I’ve decided it’s time for DPI Studios, as you’ve known it, to end.
12 years ago Aaron (Embrio) and I exhibited at the first Calgary Expo and we were blown away by the response. Not only did people like our artwork, they were willing to pay for it. The dream come true. The following years were a rollercoaster. We made many good friends from doing conventions in Canada and the US. Worked for big name companies and had our personal work published in artbooks and Heavy Metal magazine. The friends and memories I’ve made through DPI Studios have been some of the best in my life.
With Aaron’s departure I continued on, working with other artists and on my own work, but it never felt the same.
I came to realize after the 2018 Calgary Expo that I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself by trying to live up to my expectations of what DPI Studios was and should be. In reality, it was a made-up name for two buddies to sell their artwork as. In the beginning our main goal was to make the art we wanted to make and to have fun while the ride lasted. Along the way, the ride has become less and less fun. Each new attempt to rekindle the fun (AR, Web/Motion Comics) was a short lived distraction from the real problem.
Now, in an effort to shed 12 years worth of DPI Studios baggage I’m “burning it to the ground”, in a sense. This coming 2018 Edmonton Expo will be the last show for DPI Studios and it will involve a fire sale to clear out old inventory and pay off some debt. The DPI Studios website and online store will remain as it is for the foreseeable future. I’m starting the fire sale early online with some of the large canvas prints that are taking up space in my living room. Details on that can be found here.
As for my future? Well, I’m not so sure on that topic. I need to rediscover my passion. If that leads me back to producing art to sell at shows it will be under my own name. I’ll most likely continue with the work I’ve been doing with video and motion graphics production. Whatever the future holds I’ll be making occasional social media posts to update people on my progress.
Of course, I cannot finish this without a gigantic thank you to all of you who ever purchased our artwork over the years. As an artist the hardest part isn’t the creating, it’s the showing. Knowing that artwork I made is hanging in the homes of so many wonderful people is a very special warm feeling. Thank you all very much.
In an effort to clear out inventory, the following large canvases are on sale. Most coupon codes are single use only, meaning once one person uses the coupon to purchase the one copy of an existing large canvas that coupon code will not work again. We have a couple of canvases that have 2 in stock and those codes will work twice.
Just copy the coupon code, click on the image to go to that product page and then select the large canvas option to add to your cart. Then during the checkout stage enter the coupon code to receive the discount.
Because these are already stretched, none of these qualify for free shipping. You must pick these up in Calgary or arrange to pick it up at the Edmonton Expo.
$200 off codes!
$450 – $200 = $250!
$100 off codes!
$450 – $100 = $350!
So, if you’ve been a reader of Sourpuss you’ll have noticed a massive delay between pages. Basically what happened is Embrio has moved onto another project and I took too long to see it coming and do something about it. Embrio and I have had a complicated working relationship these last ten plus years (to put it mildly). Sourpuss was a comic idea we fist came up with before there was ever a DPI Studios and I was excited to be working with him again on it. The fact that we got 13 pages done is a bit of a miracle if you’re familiar with our track record.
I’ve now finished page 14 based on the rough thumbnail Embrio did of it before he moved on. My inking skills are a little rusty. That’s why that page looks a little different.
I’ve been conducting an open submissions call looking for a new artist for Sourpuss and as I type this I have an awesome artist working on a test page. If everything goes smoothly we’ll be back on a regular schedule right away. Thanks for sticking with us.
I have altered some of the Sourpuss motion comic pages. The pages in question were the panel to panel animated pages. Previously those pages would take a long time to fully animate and if you were attempting to go back and re-read pages it was painfully slow and cumbersome. Now with the change those pages are fully visible to begin with and the animations that take place on the pages happen much quicker. I hope you prefer this format and if you have any issues leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks.
Here’s a throwback to a sketch we did during the early years. When we were crazy enough to bring down our computers and work during an Expo. #dpistudios #calgaryexpo #edmontonexpo
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