For me, hunting a Tim Sale commission has been like hunting for a Yeti. Not because Tim looks like a Sasquatch or anything, it’s just that every show I have attended over the years is one where Tim is either a) not set up at or b) has had to cancel close to the time of the show. I was beginning to wonder is Tim was real or just a story concocted by all my friends with this wonderful ink-wash artwork. This was the case last year when I attended Heroes con for the first time; Tim was on the guest list and was my number one target but in the final days before the show he was announced as a cancellation.
Undeterred, Tim was my top goal once again at this year’s Heroes Con and thanks to an early arrival at the show I was able to secure a spot on his commission list. I pitched the idea of Tim doing his take on my Bob Larkin themed collection and he jumped on the idea. He doesn’t always accept out-of-the-ordinary ideas so I was thrilled when he said he would do it. I knew he would do a great job on the commission … my show was already a success midway through the first day! I knew I would love the artwork but I have to say that I was surprised when watching Tim work on the piece. He is a master with the brush and inks and watching him work was a blast. I thought to myself at least 3 times that he had ruined the piece when he would liberally apply heavy doses of ink and/or water … only for him to move it around or dab it up with a paper towel, exposing that he knew what he was doing (and that I do not).Watching Tim work is a treat that I highly recommend for anyone attending a show where Tim is set up, even if you don’t end up getting a commission.
Attached below is a 5 minute clip of Tim working on the piece – watch carefully at about the 4 minute mark for an example of Tim applying heavy water/ink in the mouth of the Hulk – really cool stuff! Also pictured below are some thumbnails (click for large viewing) WIP shots and one happy collector with his newly acquired con treasure.