About this project
Two friends. Two unique styles. One awesome, collaborative team! Rhiannon began her career in sketch cards in 2008 with Rittenhouse Archives. Shortly thereafter, Axebone landed on the scene and began doing cards for them as a last minute addition to X-Men Archives in 2009. Both were members of a sketch card forum where they quickly became friends. Rhiannon is known, in part, for her attention to detail and color blending. Axebone made a big splash with his voluptuous models and their amazing....assets. On their first project under Rittenhouse together, they began doing what is known as "jam" cards....a single piece of artwork completed by more than one artist. Their niche was carved out and their friendship strengthened. Over the course of the next year, their jam cards became favorites from the sets they were a part of and the two grew to become closer friends and eventually, more like family.They appear at conventions together, have sat on panel discussions side by side, and work throughout the year to bring fun, fresh projects to life.
Because of his use of such curvy and well endowed women, Axe met with some opposition while working under other companies' licenses. So, he did what any smart artist would do. He started his own studio so that he could do what HE wanted HIS way. Under the imprint "Bad Axe Studios", his goal was to create trading card projects that catered more to the needs of the artist and allow them as much creative freedom as possible. "Treasure Chests & Booty", a pirate themed card set, hit the market in the winter of 2010. It sold out in less than 10 minutes. As part of the incentives used to reward buyers who bought large volumes of the product, Axe and Rhiannon Jams were included. To this day they still sell for high dollar amounts on the secondary market. The following year, Dungeon Dolls, a fantasy warrior themed set was announced. It sold out in half the time of TC&B.
Early in her career, Rhiannon made her mark in the sketch card industry for being able to turn over large numbers of work for multiple companies while not sacrificing quality for quantity. Wanting to set herself apart, she began to amass a collection of Copic Markers that made even seasoned, veteran artist's jaws drop. Because she drew, colored, and detailed every card by hand, every day for years, she honed and perfected a technique that hinted at photorealism that utilized a more painted style. Not content to coast, she continues to hunt down and experiment with new mediums to try to expand on her ability and reach new heights as an artist. Rhiannon's work has been used as incentives for numerous projects and has had more than 2 dozen original pieces of art printed as trading cards for sets and show promos. Married with Axebone's clean lines and human subject matter, Rhiannon's coloring adds depth and details that give the pieces brand new life.
4 years into their friendship, the jams that Rhiannon and Axebone have created have been collected by fans across the globe. From Canada, to the UK, to Australia, and back to the good ole' USA , collectors have sought out their collaborations and hoarded them away while dealers have rejoiced in the rare instance to sell them on the secondary market for high prices. After working on numerous sets together, spearheading private projects, and conjoining to form Rhibone Studios - where they now produce jam sets of just their work together - these two have created a brand all their own. With the amount of work they've compiled over the years, they've decided to put a collection together for the first time. They're offering incentives with this project that include actual pin-ups and highly sought out Artist Proof and Artist Return jam cards. They'll be completed in Axebone's fun, buxom, animated style and finished with Rhi's colors and details. This volume will be in full color and contain exclusive work that will not appear anywhere before the books are completed. It will house some of the best pieces the two have done together; rarely seen except by those who've collected them.
The specs for the book are as follows: It will be a 36 page book and approx. 6 x 9 . Each page will feature full color artwork printed on a heavy paperstock. The cover, both front and back, will also be in full color. We have a designer on hand to help with laying out each page and converting them to print-ready files ( thanks, Pete! )
The prints will be 12 x 18 and full color also ! Each will be hand signed, numbered and exclusive to this project!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk with this project is mailing artwork between ourselves to fulfill pledge rewards....One of us lives in FL...the other in NC. BUT! We've done that before with set work and personal commissions. The difference here is the number of and size of the work we're offering. Any larger commissions we've done have been in person when working together at conventions.
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