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Hey, I forgot that tomorrow is FCBD. If you're in Portland and plan to be at Things from Another World's Beaverton location, I'll be there from 1pm-3pm. 
  • Listening to: Spirited Away soundtrack
  • Reading: Berserk
  • Watching: Wes Anderson movies
  • Playing: Pheonix Wright Justice for All
  • Eating: Rice, lots of rice
  • Drinking: Coconut smoothie


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Ben Bates
Artist | Professional
United States
My name is Ben Bates and I'm lucky enough to be a freelance illustrator primarily working in comics. I've had all kinds of fun in my career, working on many dream projects-

Sonic the Hedgehog
Mega Man
New Crusaders

S.H.O.O.T. First
Star Wars- Defenders of the Lost Temple digest

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
My Little Pony

I'm also a member of Periscope Studio. A studio with over twenty comic creators, go and check out the list of credits at

Current Residence: PortLand, OR



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Kell0x Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Student General Artist
You are pretty much my current favorite artist from Sonic the Hedgehog, TMNT and Megaman and one of my ''artist I like to be like one day''  : D

I had no idea you had a Deviantart account!
The-Earl-of-Zerces Featured By Owner 1 day ago
What materials do you use, sir? Like, what kinds of paper, pens, and markers do you use?
BenBates Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional
Nowadays I do the bulk of my professional work digitally with photoshop, however when I get half a chance I'm excited to teach myself manga studio. When working traditionally I like drawing with a .5 mm mechanical pencil and I do most of my inking with micron pens. One of my favorite pens to use is the Pigma Graphic 1. 

As for paper, I prefer really smooth stuff. If I have to do something professional, a commission, or really anything thats meant to be shown to other people I'll draw on bristol but for all my personal drawing I like plain old computer paper. 
Okay. Thank you, sir.
SonAze9000 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Is it true you are leaving/have left the Archie Comics?
BenBates Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional
Well, I was only ever a freelancer with Archie so I can't really "leave", they would either stop hiring me to do jobs or I would, for some crazy reason, stop agreeing to do the jobs. I'ts my personal hope to continue to freelance with the company for as long as I can but Archie himself has stated to me on numerous occasions that he thinks I've lost "it". 
LPGamerDude Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Artist
Awesome Art!
Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Are you familiar with this group/ -> :iconsave-archie-sonic: ?
Super-Sonic-101 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   General Artist
Wow, I didn't know you had a DeviantART account! I'm totally gonna watch you : D I love your art, you're fantastic!
Dreamgate-Gad Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   General Artist
Awesome art man!!!
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