Friday, April 11, 2008
Well, I was a little bored at work yesterday, and had a bunch of leftover materials: gesso used for primer coats on clay, prismacolors from a sample art pack, and black paper that was a cover sheet for an Arches Watercolor block. I'll tell you, for being something throw-away, it was amazing paper that I'd be ashamed to waste.
Just an observation, but there are a TON of people in the industry. I was looking at the guest list for CAPE, and you'd think that I'd stop hearing a ton of new names at some point. However, I'm always being bombarded with work from artists I had not seen. I guess I just hadn't made it to their corner of the industry so to speak. But I'm psyched for that con. Robert Kirkman will be there, and sure, I have a snowball's chance in a kiln of actually meeting him, but I can still hold out hope. I'll also see Pearson there, and you better know that I'll be trying to talk to him. I've seen him at a few cons, and he remembered me in the past. He's always been extremely nice to me at Heroes Con.
I think that CAPE may be the last of my con season.
I just got money from a job, but I don't think I want to waste it on a flight and a convention. I think I'll just put it into my Cintiq fund (which is getting closer and closer) I'm over half-way for the 20WSX. I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't go to out of state conventions (which incur an exorbitant amount of expenses, I mean Baltimore cost nearly 800 for a two day convention). I want to know that there's a possibility of making the money back. Right now, I'm having better luck with work for hire stuff, so it seems more fiscally responsible to jazz up my technology situation. I'm getting a friend to build me a new computer (the one I'm using is 6 years old, and I'm going to make it for browsing and e-mail). The new one will be primarily for art. I was working on an advertisement job a while back, and the file was 3 gigs, and my computer was slowing down to a snail's pace. However, I'd love to go to Atlanta possibly this summer. It'd be like Heroes except far less expensive, AND I'd get to go to Gaijin and see my buddies Doug, Cully, Brian, Karl, and Tony. Not to mention all my friends that live around the studio, especially my friend Sam Ellis (who works on Frisky Dingo). We talk on the phone a few times a week. He's possibly my only long distance friend I do that with anymore. Everyone else is too busy, but Sam always makes the time, and ALWAYS brings the funny. Possibly the funniest guy I know. That's a bold statement, but seriously, he'll be at Heroes, just talk to the man for about 5 minutes...you'll see.
Anyway, I've gotta' get ready for work...and taxes...I've let this get out of hand, never done em' by myself before (other people did them for me), so fingers crossed.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I nearly didn't get to do this for today. I'm working on some (hopefully) paid work. Too soon to say anything, but I'm learning a lot, and having a ton of fun with it. I'm trying to have the same kind of fun with pages as I would doing a pin-up. But anyway, Here's Rick Dangerous Part 2...
P.S. The last line, if you don't get it...it's a Street Sharks reference. My friends kept talking about it all weekend.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
More con stuff. I added some real red to the monster piece. The other one was a sketch in the back of the sketchbook I made in '06. I just now could face them. I did poorly at Heroes a couple years ago when I tried to sell them. It was a domino effect of inexperience and people expecting free stuff. The end result was only two people paying for it: J.D. Mettler...one of the few people I would've given it to for free forced money at me for it. He's always been extremely nice to me, and someday I need to repay the favor. The other was Paul Maybury, and I bought his sketchbooks at Staple. I just feel that it's professional courtesy to pay your peers for stuff like that. For me it wasn't as much the monetary issue as the pride issue.
Monday, April 07, 2008
The savage dragon was one I did in January at a Dallas comic con but got a picture of it only now. The Predator I did for my friend Gambit. Looking at it, my inks and just about everything has gotten better. I'll put a couple more con pics up tomorrow. It was fun, didn't see as many people as the last con, but it was still good. I really need to make prints. That's where the con money is at.