It really has been quite a while, hasn’t it? I didn’t intend to go MIA for so long, but 2016 has proved to be a weird year so far. From dealing with life in the office, some car stuff, family drama, and creating some new art, it has been really challenging. And trying to make time to see friends and even hang out with the boy has been hard (the boy and I live together but out schedules are complete opposite).
Even with a lot going on, I really think this year will be a game changer when it comes to art. I have many ideas floating through my head, and I’ve taken whatever free time I have to fill up my sketchbook with these (even if they are silly).
One of the things you’ll see more of from me is more inked or watercolour pieces. You might remember I introduced little watercolours at 2015’s MISTI-CON. I had some pretty good interest in those and also made some for comic cons. I’ll probably introducing more of these in batches, but you can now find the small watercolours from different fandoms in my Etsy shop! I only make a limited batch or two when I can, so if you want one, now’s the time to get one! Once a piece is gone, it’s GONE!
I also have some bigger inked pieces I made when I was trying to do Inktober 2015 (note: DON’T do Inktober right before moving and selling at cons!). Working with Sumi ink again was nice, so I thought I’d continue inking more pieces so I can make a sketchbook when I’m done. I love the path it’s taking, as the theme is inspired by the wizarding world and supernatural. I also think I’m weird and I like strange creatures.
If all goes well, my goal is to have this “Book of Magical and Weird Things” done in this summer so I can debut them Granite State Comicon in September. I’d love to have 31 inked pieces for this…so I still have some ways to go. I’ll keep you updated on how things are coming along. Some of my originals are up on Etsy if you’d like something one-of-a-kind! I’ll be putting another small batch once I get a few more inked pieces done over the next week!
Ideas for new prints are in the works (and secret for now…shh!). But I am having some fun dabbling in some original ideas for new stickers (and maybe zine/comic). All I can say is that the stickers are fortune/divination related. And the potential zine/comic involve dim sum foods (which I haven’t had in AGES!). Sketches below:
And that’s where I’ll leave off for now. I can definitely tell you I’ll have new prints for the summer…and possibly some new name tag stickers. Of course, things could change, so I’m taking it one day at a time.
I’ll also be posting up my long overdue SuperWhoLock gift guide (for any occasion) because…why not?
Until next time, cheers!
Hello, friends! It has been a very busy summer/fall with some HUGE changes (new job, new car and moving into a new apartment in a very short time). I’ve also been playing with new ways to display my table at conventions and also queuing up all a lot of fun subjects to draw so I can keep making new art. And of course, trying to figure out time to make new teas and run the Etsy shop.
The 2015 Con season has finally wrapped up for me and all my events turned out all right, so that’s good news! It is always a challenge to trying to change things up every year since so many things can factor how well an event does.
I’ll be honest…I didn’t do as great as I hoped because higher table prices and sub-par traffic coming in and out of the artist alley. But I do consider breaking even and making even a little profit a great goal, which I met for MISTI-Con, Granite State Comic Con and Rhode Island Comic Con.
While I’ve covered MISTI in my last post, I can say Granite State is always exciting to go to because it almost feels like coming home. It’s the very first convention I started selling my stuff at, and it’s gotten me a lot of awareness and helped me make new friends. I debuted some mini watercolours to see how these would do, and it helped out a lot. It changes things up and it was a new way to add something fun to the table.
My table at Granite State!
With Rhode Island Comic Con, it was definitely a packed event. It’s always an interesting one, though I wasn’t terribly happy with the way things were set up. Having one exit for all the artists on my side to come and go for food and bathrooms was very challenging. And splitting the artist alley and vendors really killed the usual Sunday sales I normally get. It was a sad, but I still had a lot of fun hanging out with new and old friends. And my sassy birds and stupid fish were a big hit here. It was nice to get some original art recognized!
My fun RICC table and a sassy picture of me, taken by Jon Decker Photography.
I’m already looking into 2016 to see which cons I’d like to sell at. I’m always up for trying new events out too. So if you’d like to see Black Out art at a convention near you, let me know in the comments!
Otherwise, I hope to see some of you at Northeast Comicon next week, which I’ll be going to for fun (as a TF2 Blu Sniper or pirate- I haven’t decided yet).