Commission Guidelines

HOLIDAY COMMISSIONS: I’ve been asked about doing drawings for gifts which I’m happy to do! I’ll post a cutoff date in December pending workload; until then, please send in your holiday commission requests following the guidelines below.

Price

Base price is $350 and includes a single figure with background; the price goes up depending on the complexity of the commission. The final piece will be penciled and inked, on 11×17 inch paper. Extra figures are usually $100 each; tones are also an additional cost. Please expect a minimum 4-6 weeks for your commission to be completed.

Guidelines & Process

  1. Email me at matthew@matthewclarkartist.com (commission requests posted as comments anywhere on this site may not be received, so PLEASE email directly!)
  2. Describe your commission request, and we will discuss price
  3. I require a 50% deposit to start
  4. Client receives three rough layouts based on their request, from which they may choose one
  5. Client receives a JPEG of commission progress after it is penciled
  6. Remaining balance is to be paid upon completion of inking or tones, and the commission is then shipped

Ghost Rider release party and signing recap!

Matthew hands over a freshly signed copy of Ghost Rider #1 to an excited read. Photo by Christian Lipski.

Wednesday evening’s signing went great! Thank you to everyone who came out to pick up their copy of Ghost Rider #1 and to support Matthew’s work. There was a line forming at the store before the event officially began, and Matthew spent most of the evening sketching on the blank variant covers for Ghost Rider #1 between signing comics and talking with guests. Attendees were treated to beer and delicious foods… spicy buffalo wing dip and devil’s food cake among the offerings! Big thanks to TFAW and the staff at Portland’s Hollywood location for hosting a lovely release party!

Local comics reporter Christian Lipski wrote about the event for the Portland Examiner, which you can read here: Matthew Clark takes Ghost Rider for a spin. Christian’s recap includes a slideshow from the event as well as a fun interview with Matthew about his experiences working on Ghost Rider thus far; he was also kind enough to send on additional photos from the evening for use on this site. All photos below by Christian Lipski.

GHOST RIDER #1 release party at TFAW

From the TFAW.com blog:

Do you wanna party with the Spirit of Vengeance? We’re proud to announce a release party for Ghost Rider #1 with local artist Matthew Clark. Join us at TFAW’s Hollywood location at 4133 NE Sandy, Portland, OR, July 13 from 7 to 10 pm. Come meet the artist and get your copy of Ghost Rider #1 signed, while enjoying complimentary food and beer (with valid ID). Copies of Ghost Rider #1 will be available for purchase at the signing, including the blank variant!

Ghost Rider #1 marks the return of Johnny Blaze, the Spirit of Vengeance, and a brand-new host, following the events of Marvel’s Fear Itself saga. As the Marvel Universe reels from the chaos unleashed in Fear Itself, the stage is set for everyone’s favorite embodiment of hell on wheels to ride forth and set the world on fire! Can an unsuspecting populace survive the aftermath? You’ll have to pick up a copy to find out!

Artist Matthew Clark has had a long and impressive career in the comics industry, having worked for Harris Comics, IDW, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics. He has lent his considerable talents to a score of titles, including OutsidersWonder WomanTeen Titans, and now Ghost Rider. Matthew is also a founding member of Portland, OR-based Mercury Studio.

SOUNDEFX show at Sequential Art Gallery

Sequential Art Gallery proudly welcomes back Matthew Clark for his fourth show, SOUNDEFX, a combination of his work on “Doom Patrol” and his homage to how comic book sound effects used to be done. SOUNDEFX opens this First Thursday, May 5th, with an open reception from 6pm-10pm.

Once, words like “Pow!” and “Bam!” would be drawn onto the page as part of the art. But modern digital tools and translation-related needs have made it so that such effects are done in post-production rather than by the illustrator. For SOUNDEFX, Matthew has painted several of these sound effect words onto the gallery walls, juxtaposing several of his favorite pages and covers from “Doom Patrol” (DC Comics).

Matthew is a professional comic book illustrator and fine artist, living in Portland, OR. He has spent the past two years drawing “Doom Patrol” for DC Comics. He has recently signed on with Marvel Comics as the artist for the forthcoming “Ghost Rider” comic book relaunch.

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. Open for regular gallery hours Thursdays (3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (11am-5pm) or by appointment. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe.

Interview with Newsarama about GHOST RIDER reboot

Announced Saturday during Marvel’s Fear Itself panel at C2E2 in Chicago, a new Ghost Rider ongoing series is coming in June 2011, starting with a Point One issue and followed by a #1 one month later.

Newsarama has the first interview with the new Ghost Rider creative team of writer Rob Williams (Daken: Dark Wolverine, Cla$$war) and newly Marvel exclusive artist Matthew Clark (Inhumans, Doom Patrol).

Nrama: Ghost Rider certainly has a distinct look, and a lot of very talented artists have rendered him over the years. Stylistically, I think it’s fair to say you’re a definite departure from Clayton Crain, who illustrated the last comic starring Ghost Rider. What’s your take on illustrating the character?

Clark: I met Clayton at [this month’s Emerald City Comicon] and wanted to chat up more but was under a gag order about the series. So I’m a touch more realistic, and that’s what I’m bringing to the book. In terms of design, I’m drawing Johnny a tad thinner, less muscled — more down on his luck I imagine that having the Ghost Rider mantle kind of eats away at you a bit at a time. Updates to the design? You can’t update perfection. I’ll just add little tweaks here and there to the outfit and skull, but I’m keeping the boots exactly the same. I’m also hoping to do flashbacks so I can draw his original leathers. Maybe give him a martini glass with M&M’s in it… nah, it’ll be shot glasses full of cheap whiskey.

Read the full article: C2E2 2011: Rob Williams and Matthew Clark Revive GHOST RIDER

CBR Interviews Matthew Clark

Instead of my normal witticisms, let’s get right into my interview with popular comics artist Matthew Clark, whose work you’ve seen on DC Comics titles like “Outsiders,” “Teen Titans,” “Adventures of Superman” and “Superman/Batman.” Last year, the 37-year old Clark suffered a heart attack, and he speaks to us now on the one-year anniversary of that life-changing experience.

Read more of Matthew’s interview with Robert Taylor in Reflections #214: Matthew Clark from Comic Book Resources