James asked me to show you CrowFans some beautiful artwork by a friend of his, Miran Kim. Check this out: Crow Covers on eBay
Miran Kim is most known for doing 40 of the
41 original X-Files covers. She also did work for Vertigo Comics,
Stars Wars, Mars Attacks, Predator and all four paintings in this Crow
series 5, "Waking NIghtmares" done in 1997.
Just a note: These paintings are NOT by James and we're not the ones selling them...
James just brought me a new painting to scan and put up on eBay. He says he's always felt an affinity to the blue flying monkeys in Wizard of Oz, and he's really showing off his oil painting skills. So check this out:
This is an oil painting I did as an exercise to see how much tonal balance I could get with just two colors(sienna and tangerine).I sat on the floor and sketched myself from a reflection in a framed picture.It has a nice ethereal quality to it,a soft dreamy feel which I really like,kind of romantic too,but I don't think I can do many of these Crow paintings,maybe a few more,but I run the risk of becoming repetitive and boring,sure death for an artist.12x16 oil paint on unmounted canvas. James OBarr
I don't draw or paint pictures of Brandon. It's just too hard, and I don't want to be one of those people making money off his image. All the money from the film went to charities, I didn't want it, it felt like blood money to me. Invariably at every convention people come up to me and ask me to draw Brandon in this pose or that,this scene from the film, or from their favorite photograph. I don't think they realize they are asking me to draw a picture of my dead friend, and how painful his loss still is to me, 16 years on. I try and explain cordially why I don't paint Brandon, but I'm not sure they always understand. Alex Proyas, Alex MacDowell, me, we all owe everything to Brandon, he gave that film a soul and a heart. He made us all shine.
I've done maybe three paintings of Brandon in the years since then, all for charities or gifts to his loved ones. That being said, we have this thing here, which I should explain about.
It's the 20th anniversary of the book this year and the 15th of the film and some fellow out in LA thought it would be a nice idea to have an exhibit/artshow commemorating them. He hopes Brandon's sister Shannon and I will be the guests of honor. I've been in the same room with her before but was hesitant to approach her, introduce myself. I didn't know if she was angry still,about his death, or if she would somehow hold me responsible. I felt responsible in some backwards dog logic way. I wanted to tell her I was sorry but didn't have the courage. So,this time I planned on doing something really nice, something really beautiful for her :paint her a portrait of Brandon in oils, hoping to capture what was so beautiful an enigmatic and disarming about him. He was one of the most sincere, humble, charming people I have ever met, and I loved him like a little brother. So, for the first time in years I tried to paint Brandon. This is a color study I did in oils, 12x16 inches, from a photograph I believe my good friend John Bergin took on the set (John I miss you dearly...). It turned out nice, capturing Brandon's intensity I think, and this may be the last time I ever paint him, it just hurts too much to look in his eyes. James OBarr
Okay, nix the All-Con. James will NOT be at All-Con. You can still go if ya wanna, just don't expect to find James there.
James will DEFINITELY be at Detroit's Motor City Comic Con, though! In fact, we're just finishing with the last of the paperwork to send in. Done deal, folks! After too many years James is going home for a visit!
Oh, and I promised new art, didn't I? Well... here it is!
James just brought over a few more sketchbooks, but I'm going to try something different this time. Instead of a single store item for "Sketchbook with a sketch" I thought I might try out selling individual sketchbooks with a scan of the specific sketch.
Is that a better idea? Now you'll know exactly what you'll be getting! If these sell well, I'll keep doing it this way. If not, I'll just leave the other store item where you can trust James to draw you something awesome. We've never had a dissatisfied customer, but I can understand if you want to know what you're getting. So check these out:
I've been running the JamesOBarr eBay store for James for a little over three months now, and it just hit Powerseller status! I owe many, many thanks to the wonderful CrowFans out there for making this a successful part of CrowFansOnline.
James has been drawing and painting about eighteen hours a day lately. When he gets an image in his head he's a machine! He recently bought a hair dryer so he wouldn't have to wait so long for paint to dry.
Here's his latest painting:
Unfortunately, that one won't be going up on eBay. However, James did bring by a couple of the sketchbooks he'd done. You can buy one of them on eBay! (Be sure you read the description on the auction!)