It is properly matted and framed and hanging in my living room where I can see it from my desk. It's a treasure.
I’m going to replicate my February 27th e-mail to you right here:
Oh, Steve and Jaynelle, I can’t put into words or even begin to describe my absolute love of your sketch — I’m not sure if anyone ever told you that they cried when they saw your artwork, but I was so touched, so absolutely floored, and moved, that I was sobbing hard for five straight minutes. I’ve never had anyone in my entire life take my words and turn them into a warm and beautiful, not to mention touching and human image. It’s a moment in my life I’ll never ever forget, and I am stunned still that you were able to reach into my mind and capture just what I wanted without even knowing it myself! And didn’t you just capture Horatio’s and Badger’s personalities completely? Just seeing Badger reach out with a Milk-Bone, my Michael’s favorite treat, that was the icing on the cake. Whenever I will look at your sketch for the rest of my life, I’m going to see Christian, Luke, and Michael, and that’s priceless. Again, going way back to Nexus covers and interiors, you always had beagles in them; it’s obvious that you love them as much as I do.
Just let me know if you want to reproduce this in any of your sketchbooks or anywhere else. Not only will I buy that book too, but I’ll promote it any way I can! That’s how proud I am of what you both did for me, and it’s a great way to pay you back for the many many years of reading happiness you brought me.
Boy do I hope that this e-mail makes it to you, LOL! Jaynelle, Dude, you’re the best!! Thanks again for one of the happiest memories I’ve ever had. Best regards and best to your whole family!
So glad you were happy with it and thanks for sending over the pic of your hound dog. Steve really loved doing your commission and we used our own Chloe hound dog for reference.
Wonderful retro styling.
Steve did a commission of Tundro from The Herculoids and it's fantastic!
As always, when Steve does a commission, he keeps the characters on model and also adds his particular flair! Thanks again!
Boy I feel this one. This is one of those disciplines that you can’t quite “master,” but you can come close enough to be really annoyed by all the inefficiencies. I believe you’ve “mastered” (or come close enough) ink. Your points 1-4 about the challenges of oil all relate to techniques that are really easy in ink. It seems like you’ve hit a level in your artistic development where there actually doesn’t exist a medium that does everything you want… rich colors, precise shadows, crisp edges, brilliant light, and probably a hundred other things.
Can I ask why you’re hoping for oil to be better? As far as I can tell you’re fluent with all types of paint. Why not just switch to acrylic or gouache and keep on truckin’?