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Leave It To Chance for Paul Smith by LostonWallace Leave It To Chance for Paul Smith by LostonWallace
Paul "Smitty" Smith has been one of my favorite comic artists since 1983, so I was overjoyed when Paul recently suggested that the two of us do an original art swap! You bet I agreed to that!! Paul's originals go for TONS of money, and there's no way I could afford to buy his art, so this was a godsend! Thank you, Paul! Exchanging requests, I asked Paul to draw the Hulk fighting the Fantastic Four for me. I knew it was kind of shooting for the works, but I was thrilled when he agreed to do it! Paul requested that I draw two characters he co-created: Chance Falconer and the ghost pirate, Captain Hitch from his comic series, LEAVE IT TO CHANCE! Yikes! Yep. I had to draw the characters that Paul designed, and (pretty much) has exclusively drawn. Hmm. Yeaahhh....That's kind of like having Mike Mignola request a drawing of Hellboy, or something like that. Geez! No pressure, right? lol. Well, it was a tall order to draw characters for one of the actual creators, but , I think I actually managed to pull it off, and Paul was very pleased with my efforts. I'm very proud of this piece! It was harder to draw than it probably looks. There was a lot of detail to juggle, and many things to consider in the inks. I pencilled it onto bristol board, and inked it with a brush and India Ink.

If you've never read LEAVE IT TO CHANCE, it was written by James Robinson and drawn by Paul Smith. It was about the adventures of a 14 year old girl named Chance Falconer and her pet dragon, George. It was published in 1996 by IMAGE COMICS, and it ran 13 issues. It won a HARVEY AWARD for BEST NEW SERIES and an EISNER AWARD the same year for BEST NEW SERIES and another for BEST TITLE FOR YOUNG READERS. The series has been collected in a trade edition, and back issues can still be found floating around in back issue bins, so I highly recommend checking it out!

By the way, Paul's piece for me was off the charts!!
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:iconmikenason:
mikenason Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Artist
perfect!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Brilliant. :-)
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IamSKETCHcat Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY NICE WORK!! i real love manga style,i still cant draw it xD i very like morion and composition ))) very well done details )) like if it will be proffessional manga"s page x3
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Hersiali Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I wish the book could go on at least a little longer.
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Nymonyrya Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured! [link] :D
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Hey, thanks!
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LoopyWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have one of these =)
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Cool!
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Great piece and a lot of fun to see these characters again. Very much enjoyed the series and the style it was done in. :D
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thanks, Tadpole!
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
are you going to show us Paul's picture?
this is one of your best drawings yet!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I think I'm going to create a deviation with both images for my gallery, but I need to make sure that Paul is okay with that first. His piece was nothing short of incredible! I'm so proud to own it!
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Hersiali Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I love Leave it to chance it is an amazing Book...
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Yeah!
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popninja Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I am so incredible green with envy over your art swap with someone I idolized as a young, up and coming comic book artist. Love your take on the characters, Loston.
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thanks, Norm! I did my best to make them the characters we all remember and enjoyed! :batman: I still can't believe that Paul asked me to do the swap. He is one of my art heroes also. When he PMed me a few weeks back on PJ and asked if I'd like to the swap, and I was floored! Getting to receive such a beautiful piece of art from him is one thing, but to also get a chance to draw his characters--that felt pretty special too. Hopefully, I didn't botch things too much. ;)
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
   I only recall getting the first five or six issues of LITC.  I didn't know they had taken it further than that.

   It's a shame, really.  It seemed that James and Paul really struck something there at the time, rather than going for the same old superhero schtick that seemed to be preferred by companies at that time.  A straight fantasy-adventure series which could be directed at all ages was quite a change.  Unfortunately, it seemed that the interest never really was there, where I live.

   That's a fine rendering of Paul's character.  Very well done.
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thanks for your comments!
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4Anime Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This is really nice! The line work, the characters and the background all look great! Nicely done!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Thanks!
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mikeexner3 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks for sharing the story. Gonna go track this down now, and this is a wonderful piece of artwork.
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks, Mike!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artist
Spetacular work! :clap:
All the best!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artist
You're welcome, my friend!
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leave it to Chance was a really cool book, which was so different from lots of other projects. I found an oversized copy in my local library and devoured it. It helped me realize that, along with Bone, you could still tell smart, adventures for all ages. Congrats on the art swap, Loston. This piece looks great!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Leave it to Chance was something special for sure. Thanks for the nice compliment. :)
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I look forward to the next post.
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SURFACEART Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artist
this was a nice little series, would love to see these guys return to it with some new adventures....Paul's style was really a great contributing factor to the success of this title. :)
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Indeed!
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Freeezz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Wow!!! Congrats, Loston.
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks, man!
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
Holy s***balls! That's all I can really say to that. Wow!
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks!
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samialkhars Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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crazyjedichicken Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
great job on this! the pirates expression in particular!
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks! Love me some pirates! Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrr!
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gerryt10 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
beautiful !
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I appreciate it!
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Ragnaroker Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Paul is one of my favorite artists and I was thrilled to meet him at one Heroes Con--great guy to talk to. Your piece here is so reminiscent of his work on that series--great job! BTW, is there any way we can see Paul's half of the trade? :)
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Yep. I'll probably post them both together in my gallery somewhere soon. :batman:
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Ragnaroker Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sweet!
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mpz28 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Wow! awesome work, & thanks for telling the story behind it :)
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
You bet!
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NightRobin89 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Great piece!
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thank you! I had a blast doing this!
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Symson Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well done! This is a good trade.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks, man! I feel like I won the lottery!
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Tiquitoc Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome as always Loston, speciallt the textures of the rock walls...
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LostonWallace Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thank you!
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