Look at me not posting for months! Even though I promised a Spectrum wrap-up post! Well, my seriously fraught move into DC has finally kinda-sorta resolved and now I have something awesome to talk about which does not involve terrible surprises!
And that is… this thing my friend Brandon made and released at SPX! (if you follow me on twitter, there was an indiegogo campaign for it). It’s a mini comic anthology collecting stories from a bunch of us artists who had transformative and/or embarrassing stories to relate about our teenage encounters with anime.
Who else contributed? Oh, just a bunch of seriously talented and internet-famous comic artists who make me feel all woobly to have work beside…
Somehow, my comic ended up being first.
I have a beautiful brown paper package tied up with string by Brandon himself, all full of copies. So if you’re jonesing for one of your own, go ahead and drop me a line! A whole world of teenage anime experiences, all for just $8 + shipping!
Tomorrow morning Evan and I hit the road for Kansas City, and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!
I’ll try to blog while I’m there, but chances are that I’ll only have time for twitter. Trip synopsis when I get back!
And if you’re going to be there? Please find me! It’s going to be a great time.
In the meantime, for all of you I won’t be meeting there, have a tiny teaser of the last piece I managed to finish before packing.
Should you ever find yourself hoping for a copy of one of my pieces, either on your wall or on your apparel: you are in luck! Just amble right on over to my Society6 shop and have a look around.
And if the particular piece you want is not available in the format you need? Drop me a line! I’ll see if I can’t help you out there!
Graphite, digital coloring
Giving digital a little more of a shot!
Just a reminder that in less than a month, I’ll be exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (number 2)! I’ll be sharing booth #521 with Evan Jensen and Galen Dara, and we’ll all have art prints and postcards and great big grins on our faces.
You should totally stop by and say hello! >:D
(click for embiggening powers)
A frequent mental refrain of mine is “Dang, wouldn’t it be cheaper/less messy/take less space if I just worked digitally?” Typically this sentiment is quickly dashed when I actually give it a shot, throwing up my hands in frustration when I take a stab at coloring some meant-for-watercolor linework in photoshop and find myself frustrated with the results (except for that Fireside Magazine cover of mine, but special cases.)
WELL. I stuck with it this time. And I have to say, I’m rather fond of the result.
What do you think? I also played with using a textured paper I’d scanned as a background:
This is all rather new to me, and I’d really love some input! I’m personally leaning a little toward the paper background, but since I’m so used to traditional painting/printmaking I’m wondering if I’m just using it as a crutch to make myself more comfortable.
(And if you think that looks like a certain Evan we all know sitting in the tree, you’re right. He took one look at my original thumbnail, and declared that he wanted to be in it:
Evan, you have odd tastes.)
I started this a few months ago (haha, longer ago than I last posted here actually…) and it just got snowballed under everything else I was up to.
It’s my contribution to the ‘cute girl with dragon’ trope in fantasy illustration, that sort of seems like a requirement anymore…
Water color, and ink (experimentally, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately) applied with a brush. I have mixed feelings about it, but I’d love to hear input from others! What do you think?
New issue of the lusciously frightening Innsmouth Magazine, everyone! And not only that, but the cover illustration is one of mine! Go treat yourself to a copy of this eminently spine-crawling publication by Innsmouth Free Press.
Oh! Oh! Well, I’m still super busy (yet more work has come my way, which is of course a good thing) but I forgot to mention…. Fireside Magazine is out!! And you can get an e-copy at my favorite of all digital bookstores, Weightless Books!
Another kickstarter announcement!
One of my favorite literary magazines of all time, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, is holding a kickstarter drive in order to fund issue #7! They are one of the most beautiful, most carefully curated spec-fic literary zines I’ve ever read, and seeing another issue from them is something I’m pretty invested in. Honestly. They’re up there with Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet in my estimation.
And, bonus, in addition to copies of the magazine they’re giving out handcrafted Vogon poetry (lucky you!) and postcards featuring my art from their 2010 Halloween Monster quiz! If you’ve ever wanted to own your quiz answer in hard copy, this is your chance!
Right now there are 17 days left to get in on the action! Don’t waste time, I’m sure there are people you know who need the above postcard desperately. Think of them!