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ashelton 03-13-2013 10:11 PM

Amber N Shelton's Art Thread
[B][U]My For Sale Thread[/U][/B]

[U][B]Commission Info[/B][/U]

You guys are so good to me here, I keep having to repeat my commission spiel in PMs so I decided to write it out here!
I tend to be booked well in advance, so if you want instant turnaround I'm unfortunately not going to be your girl. Instead, I have a list. If you contact me and think you might want on the list, I give a very rough estimate (eg. "April/May"). When I'm coming up on your spot in the list I'll contact you to a) make sure you still want the commission, b) make sure I have the details right and c) give you some time to make sure you'll have the money available ;) I don't take money until after the commission is approved and I have absolutely no problem with anyone cancelling at any time before I start the work. All I ask is that you let me know.

Work outstanding list here (check up on me, s'all good!): [url][/url]
Tentative prices and AP availability here: [url][/url]
Sets I've been on listed here: [url][/url]
Gallery of sketchcards here: [url][/url]

[B][U]Initial Post[/U][/B]

I'm Amber and I've been doing sketchcards since 2009 (charity) or 2010 (paid). No, I haven't worked for Rittenhouse*/UD/Topps, etc. I have worked for a ton of the small companies, though I tend to mostly get picked up for artist-run sets.
...And now Cryptozoic, which is great because I have always been a DC girl. Actually, I didn't hear about DC: The New 52 until it was announced. I emailed George to ask if he would consider me for any future DC sets and he asked me to fill in on that set for some artists that had quit :)!

[i]*April 2014 Edit[/i]: I have now started working for Rittenhouse. Still no UD or Topps, etc though ;)

Some current previews and APs -

Asylum Studios' Blood and Glory

Badaxe Studios' Bombshells

Perna Studios' Spellcasters


Lak Lim 03-13-2013 11:02 PM

Very nice action scenes for Blood and Glory. That 1st Bombshell card is awesome!!! Great work on you're cards. Very cool story about Cryptozoic. Sometimes its all about just being in the right place at the right time lol It was kind of the same for me with Topps on Star Wars Galaxy6....somehow the artist list got lost when I sent in samples so I got picked up because of it lol.

aggie4ever 03-13-2013 11:08 PM

Great preview sketches Amber, thanks for sharing! I've got Blood and Glory coming this week, and I was lucky enough to pre-order 3 sets of Bombshells, hopefully it will ship soon. And I'm crossing my fingers that I will get at least a couple sets of Spellcasters. So three sets where I will have a chance to pull one of your sketches!

Magickyak 03-13-2013 11:32 PM

Really wish I learned about these early enough to have bought some Blood and Glory packs, but hopefully I'll have a shot at at some of your Spellcasters cards! Love the DC stuff you've done too!

ashelton 03-14-2013 12:48 PM

Oh, hey, I forgot to post Adam Martin's Cryptids APs in my current (last month) stuff!
The Hidebehind, Detroit's Nain Rouge and Tata Duende (which pulled up a lot of pictures of tatas in an image search -_-)

aggie4ever 03-14-2013 02:08 PM

Those are awesome Cryptids AP sketches! On the second one, I thought to myself "The Travelocity gnome has gone horribly evil!". The background details really make those sketches stand out.

mcguirem13 03-14-2013 02:11 PM

My favorites are the Bombshells sketches. I love the one with the pin up tattoo!

Koppper 03-14-2013 03:16 PM

Great cryptids AP's!

Rinkwraith 03-14-2013 03:34 PM

Terrific work, colors on the third Spellcaster just pop right out. Keep the great artwork coming!

Spider-Fan 03-14-2013 06:24 PM

I love those Bombshells! If I thought I could pull cards like that, maybe I would have tried to buy some. A couple other cards up there that I'm pretty damn fond of too :cool:

ashelton 03-17-2013 03:30 PM

My Spellcasters basecard preview went up today, so you get it here, too ;)
I think Tony Perna and I are the only two that drew guys... I grab the chance when I can! lol Fun fact - all my Spellcasters cards feature my own original characters.


MCAutoGraphs 03-17-2013 03:39 PM

Nice, just seen that on ur FB page..great work!

Magickyak 03-25-2013 08:32 PM

Got mine I bought in the mail a couple days ago!


Really love this card, you did a fantastic job on it!

ashelton 03-30-2013 02:55 PM

Still don't have anything very new that I can show (boo) so I thought maybe some people who don't watch my FB art page would be interested in this...

Buyer approval stage. Totally junky pencils so they don't feel bad (and I don't get frustrated) if they want me to completely start over. -
Asked the buyer for help finding the correct costume for Saturn Girl. In the meantime, worked on foreground characters that she wouldn't impact. (This is after I got the references) Moved Lightning Lad for a better composition. -
Progress... still not liking Wildfire, though, obviously. Purple background? Nah, not really.
Complete. I re-ink all my lines and add the varying widths and such after the fact, otherwise they fade and often smear. Total time sink, but I can't convince myself to do away with the step.

Spider-Fan 03-30-2013 11:09 PM

the metamorphosis from rough pencils to inks always blows my mind

monkeymcgee 03-30-2013 11:20 PM

[QUOTE=Spider-Fan;4585067]the metamorphosis from rough pencils to inks always blows my mind[/QUOTE]

Agreed--I always appreciate it when artists share the step-by-step with us.

garrow21 04-01-2013 08:54 AM

really great stuff love the catwoman card

ashelton 04-09-2013 12:16 PM

For those of you looking to see if you have any of my cards for [URL=""]Cousin Eddie's Public Service Announcement[/URL], here're the sets you can check ;)

2013 - (xx) Cryptozoic (artist list not yet revealed)
2013 - (xx) Asylum [b]Once Bitten[/b] (not yet released)
2013 - (xx) Galan [B]Contemporary Pinups JAM[/b] (not yet released)
2013 - (xx) Viceroy [B]Carnivale[/B] (not yet released)
2013 - (20) Pernas [B]Spellcasters[/B]
2012 - (10) Asylum [B]Blood and Glory[/B]
2012 - (25) Badaxe [B]Bombshells[/B]
2012 - (15) Viceroy [B]Cryptids[/B]
2012 - (40) Cryptozoic [B]Batman: The Legend[/B]
2012 - (40) Cryptozoic [B]DC: The New 52[/B]
2012 - (20) Reddlife [B]Dark Zodiac[/B] (as yet unreleased :( )
2012 - (05) Galan [B]Contemporary Pinups[/B]
2012 - (25) Pernas [B]Classic Mythology[/B]
2011 - (10) Reddlife [B]Dark Zodiac: Leo[/B]
2011 - (30) Badaxe [B]Dungeon Dolls[/B]
2011 - (50) Breygent [B]Vampirella[/B] (1st set)
2011 - (24) 5finity [B]Manga Mandy[/B]
2011 - (28) 5finity [B]Sheena of the Jungle[/B]
2010 - (36) 5finity [B]The Spider & Lady Domino[/B]
2010 - (40) 5finity [B]Cheerleaders vs Zombies[/B] Geektacular #1 (wave 2: Halloween themed dealer exclusives)
2010 - (16) 5finity [B]Hack/Slash[/B]
2010 - (25) Badaxe [B]Treasure Chests & Booty[/B]
2010 - (06) 5finity [B]P'ups [/B]master set (was not on the regular set)
2010 - (05) 5finity [B]March of Dimes[/B] charity
2010 - (30) Sadlittles [B]Femforce[/B]
2010 - (25) Breygent [B]Woodstock Posters[/B]
2010 - (10) Sadlittles [B]Dreamers of Darkness [/B]Collector Cards
2010 - (30) Sadlittles [B]Dreamers of Darkness[/B]
2010 - (25) Breygent [B]SciFi/Horror Movie Posters[/B]
2010 - (18) 5finity [B]Mixtapes[/B]
2010 - (25) Breygent [B]Classic Cartoons[/B]
2010 - (30) Sadlittles [B]Damsels & Dinosaurs[/B]
2010 - (30) Sadlittles [B]Rantz Angels[/B]
2010 - (25) Treasure Chests Charity (Star Wars)

Spider-Fan 04-16-2013 04:56 PM

just browsing sketchcollectors while I finish up some mindless work... came across this beauty worth highlighting :)


I didn't direct post the card because it does contain some slight nudity and I didn't want Amber's thread to get shut down by the mods.

I didn't collect this set and am glad after not being impressed by MOST of what I have seen... but this is a beauty. Would love to see this card in hand :)

ashelton 04-16-2013 05:27 PM

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[QUOTE=Spider-Fan;4698561]just browsing sketchcollectors while I finish up some mindless work... came across this beauty worth highlighting :)


I didn't direct post the card because it does contain some slight nudity and I didn't want Amber's thread to get shut down by the mods.

I didn't collect this set and am glad after not being impressed by MOST of what I have seen... but this is a beauty. Would love to see this card in hand :)[/QUOTE]

Haha, thanks! I believe I did three cards with boobs showing... despite being referred to as what's wrong with the hobby the last time I did ;)

Here's the censored version from my Facebook art page, and [URL=""]a link[/URL] to the Bombshells gallery for anyone interested in seeing all of them. I struggled to find a theme for myself within that set, so ended up splitting it up into a couple mini themes. The tattoos and sepia toned "photos" were my favorites. I probably would've done more of the latter if I still had more blanks at that point :D

ashelton 04-25-2013 01:19 PM

Okay guys, I know some of you are upset about Spellcasters... so I won't mess around with the slow reveal. Here were my contributions and you're getting them in entirety even before my Facebook art page ;)

I used mostly my own original characters (yay, miss them) and had a lot of fun experimenting with coloring powers and playing with lighting. Learned a lot, which I think shows from my first attempts to my later ones just within the set so it'll hopefully show as I move forward with more sets, too.


monkeymcgee 04-25-2013 01:35 PM

Very cool--the Spellcasters sketches that have come up so far have been really nice

Spider-Fan 04-25-2013 04:00 PM


My favoriate :D Although it was a close call with the dragon and the wizard with the staff!

AWESOME stuff!!!

aggie4ever 04-25-2013 04:22 PM

Cool stuff, thanks for sharing! I like the dragon sketch the most, with the guy who is chained up and leaving his body a close second.

Magickyak 04-25-2013 09:24 PM

Yeah, I'm a fan of your art in general but that dragon is definitely a home run with the amount of detail in it's body. Hopefully it'll be in my mailbox tomorrow =)

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