Zip Alegria: HoloSuite Magazine Under-Appreciated Artist of the Month of July
We at HoloSuite are happy to kick off a new feature in our community. The Under-Appreciated artist of the month! This project aims at getting the names out into the world and pimping them out so they’ll gain some notice, jobs, and with luck, hit it big! Our first artist is Zip Alegria, an artist I’ve personally followed for about a year. I’m happy to call Zip a friend, I’ve helped him print his books, I’ve also helped him purchase his Engagement Ring, an item that was purchased with many assisting dollars from commissions (of which I got quite a few >.>). Zip is quite the awesome individual, but I won’t let myself bore you with the details. I’ll let him! Take it away Zipitus Maximus!
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My name is Zip Alegria, I get asked often is it’s a nick name. Well let me set the record straight and say, yes, it is my real name. My Grandfather and my Dad are named Cipriano, and people could not pronounce it right. So everyone just called them “Cip” and I guess over the generations people Got lazy and just settled with Zip.
Now as to what I do, well my Ninjaz, I am an Illustrator, comic book artist/creator, concept artist, and bad ass vigilante by night. I have been drawing (and fighting crime), since I was able to hold a pencil (sword). I had the luck of having a mom who said, “That is very good!” to everything I drew and my dad who was the harshest critic, I love him for it and I think that was a good combo in encouragement.
Where am I from? Well I am from South Padre Island, Texas. Yes there are Islands in Texas. when I was 21 (i think) I moved to California, and attended the Art Institute of San Francisco California, for a while until Instructors, professionals, family, and friends helped me make my decision to withdraw. It was the best decision I could have made (lol). After staying In the bay area for a while I moved back to San Antonio, In the Lone Star State, since the Comic book and entertainment industry seem to be booming at the moment. Working for several Independent games as a concept artist and independent films as a storyboard artist and illustrator, I’ve decided to make My art be a Full time job. Since moving back to Texas however, I have decided to go back to my Love of Comics and Create my book that I have been working on for a little over a Decade named, Crimson Blade. I am Currently Self Publishing but have several publishers interested in my book, so I might not be self publishing in the end. Yay! I am reaching for Late a October release date for the first graphic novel of Crimson Blade, I am Excited to finally tell this story, and I promise you it is something to be excited for.
The life of an artist Is pretty hard on the finances, which is why , as much as i wish I could do it for free, I have to charge for my work.
Here are my prices! Remember Digital commissions are emailed to you in In high resolution as a PDF and JPEG file, and done live at www.livestream.com/zipdraw. Traditional ones are mailed you you via Snail mail.
Bust (waist up)
Digital Black and white w/ some color: $20
Traditional (7×11): $25 +$3 for shipping
Digital full color: $40
Traditional (7×11): $45 +3 for shipping
Digital B&W: $40
Digital Tone Shading: $50
Digital Full Color: $60
B&W Traditional: $45 +3 for shipping
Full Color Traditional: $70 +3 for shipping
Price goes up for Backgrounds and additional character, and is negotiated depending on what is wanted.
Alastor Edit: Zip also has a new art book out, 36 full coloured pages of pure awesome and a free bust sketch of your choosing in the back! Just $15USD. (Contact information at DeviantART link below)
Alastor Edit 2: Zip is also looking for a web designer to help with his website. So if you’re a web ninja, hit him up!
Links to have
Deviantart Gallery: www.zipdraw.deviantart.com
Crimsonblade Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crimson-Blade/292885427453671
Alastor Edit 3: Zip will be live on livestream July 4th at 6-9 central time. Go to livestream.com/zipdraw to watch!