Happy October, everyone. Hard to believe it’s autumn — partly because it’s still fairly green here, but also because time seems to fly. Where did June, July, & August go, let alone September?
On Friday, some friends and I went to New York Comic Con. It’s was pretty big; the artist alley and show/dealer floors were gigantic. I don’t know the square footage of the convention center, but the rows of art and swag seemed endless. Although there was a lot of similar-styled American superhero comic style (of course), and the mass of big muscles and “grr” faces started to wear on me, that wasn’t the whole of it. Other styles were represented, too, and seeing hundreds of people selling their published comics and other books has given me a little inspirational boost to resume working on some of my book projects.
Also, I heard back regarding one of the pending conventions and am pleased to announce that I’ve been accepted for the artist alley at Philcon 2018, November 16-18, in Cherry Hill, NJ. Philcon is hosted by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and is a little different in that it has both an artist alley (part of the dealers room) and an art show. I’ll just participate in the alley this year, but perhaps if it goes well, I’ll do both another year.
My first convention of the season has come & gone. Although business was rather slow the whole weekend and the event itself could have been better organized as far as artists & vendors are concerned, it was not without good elements. Pandagrams certainly made a lot of people smile and laugh, and I got to walk along the beach. (Yippee!) That is because the hotel where the event took place is on the Atlantic Ocean. This was extra fun because a month ago, I visited the Pacific Ocean–I’ve gone coast to coast in a month!
I drew quite a little throughout the event, too. Here are some of my favorite character drawings from the weekend.
L to R (click to enlarge): Rey, Star Wars, Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist; Makimachi Misao, Rurouni Kenshin
‘Tis the autumn of artist alleys. September is here, and that means my season of selling at anime/pop culture conventions begins. What’s more, this year I can actually call it a season since I’ll attend more than 1 convention in closer succession than spring & fall. It begins this weekend.
- Sept. 14-16, J1 Con, NJ
- October 5, New York Comic Con, NY (I won’t actually have a booth here, & it lasts 4 days, but a couple friends & I will attend—in costume—for fun and maybe just a bit of learning.)
- November 2-4, Thy Geekdom Con, PA
I was scheduled to do Shikkari Con, PA, at the end of October, but the convention has been postponed to 2019. The convention staff let accepted artists stay on the list for next year.
There are 2 other conventions in November I hope to attend – 1 will send acceptance notices October 1, and I have been wait-listed for the other (DerpyCon, NJ). I was wait-listed for it last year but got to go at the last minute and did quite well; I hope the same will play out this year.
On another note, you might have noticed I’ve been fiddling with making the email notifications you receive more interesting visually; I’m using 2 different programs since I’m not sure the two separately do everything I would like them to. You might see 2 versions of the notification now & then as I train myself to turn off one before I hit “Publish.” =)
Happy Sunday. After working months on the last painting I shared (À la côte sud d’ Île Sainte-Marguerite) & another one I haven’t posted yet, I desired to paint something quicker and less detailed. Sometimes doing a “quickie” after or during a longer painting gives new life or energy to the creative process. Granted, it took some hours, but it was done, to my satisfaction, over 2-3 evenings. I primarily painted with a palette knife.
With a dress like that, if you don’t think of Hello, Dolly!, you must not have seen this musical. Note the added business card in her left hand.
In other news, I recently added some new little paintings to the Nature & Animal Art galleries; see whether you can spot them.
À la Côte d’Azur = At the Azure Coast, more commonly known as the French Riviera. No, I am not enjoying the beach in a foreign land, but I did paint one such beach I did enjoy. This spot is on the southern coast of Île Sainte-Marguerite, which is essentially the title: À la côte sud d’ Île Sainte-Marguerite. The island about half a mile and a short boat ride across from Cannes of film festival fame. I visited both places in the summer of 2009 when I traveled to France on a short abroad program in college.
An intriguing tidbit: Île Sainte-Marguerite houses a fort and museum, Fort Royal; the historically elusive man in the iron mask made famous by literature and film was transferred from the Bastille in Paris to one of the cells here.
I worked on this painting in 2 stages; I started it in January (but had to pause–end stage 1),
Resumed it mid-April (and tried a different configuration for my studio space),
kept working on it in May,
finished it a few days before June,
and am posting about it in July. Go figure.