On March 6, 2013 Rafael Grampá reached out to his Facebook followers with a very unique offer.
The Brazilian comic book artist decided to open his first commission list, allowing 10 lucky people to choose their favorite super hero/heroes for Grampá to render in his unique detailed style.
The result would be ten one of a kind drawings inked over pencils on 11×17 strathmore paper finished with Grampá’s distinctive “character head” signature.
The cost of the art piece was dependent on how many figures Rafael drew. A full body, single figure cost $1,000, two characters $1,800 and three characters $2,400.
Smart fans, savvy art collectors and shrewd investors immediately seized the rare opportunity to own an original piece by Grampá considering that the illustrator doesn’t sell any of his original work.
Within hours the ten spots on the list were full. Below are the commissioned drawings plus a couple of bonus pieces. Congratulations to the fortunate owners and hopefully time permitting Rafael will continue with more commissions!
Ironman, Captain America and Spiderman
Here is Rafael’s second commission – Batman emerges from the smoke, cape billowing, grappling gun in hand ready to take on an unseen assailant! Apparently Rafael liked the rendering so much, he had a hard time parting with it. I love the details of the gloves, boots, gun and cape. The smoke provides an element of mystery and danger. Thank you Rafael, for doing such an amazing job. I will cherish this forever!
Yes, I am the lucky owner of commission # 2 and I feel like Charlie must have felt after he found the golden ticket in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
Batman and the smoke
Batman versus Joker
Lone Wolf and Cub for Ivan Freitas Da Costa – Bonus Commission
The Dark Knight Returns
This Frank Miller inspired Dark Knight and Robin was commissioned by David Mandel, screenwriter of Sienfeld, Saturday Night Live and executive producer and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Marv, Nancy and Gail from Frank Miller’s Sin City
Wolverine: Weapon X
Batman and Scarecrow
Batman & Batgirl
Here are some additional commissions from Rafael…
Batman V. Superman