Sunday, October 15, 2017

Illuxcon 10

I’m so excited I was able to get a Showcase table at Illuxcon (IX) 10 this year.  If you don’t know about Illuxcon, you can learn all about it here:

Illuxcon is a fantastic art convention to attend and to showcase your artwork.  There are so many talented artists for both the main show and the weekend showcase.  I’m so honored to be able to showcase my work alongside many great artists.  IX 10’s Main Show will be at Goggleworks Center in Reading, PA, from 18 to 22 October.  I will be in the Showcase which will be in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on the evenings of Friday, 20 October from 8pm to midnight, and Saturday, 21 October from 6pm to 10pm.  The Showcase is free and open to the public.

If you are in the area, come by and visit.  I will have several originals on display.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A New Direction

I’ve been struggling since I started this journey.  Struggling to figure out what I want to do, what I want to work on.  I like so many things: drawing with my pencils, painting with acrylic, drawing with pen and ink.  I like drawing people and surreal elements.  I feel like my art is all over the place and I jump from one thing to another trying to find the right corner to be in.  I think my main problem is I don't think anyone will be very interested in owning the kind of artwork I want to create.  Every time I think about doing the art that appease to others, the piece never turns out the way I like it.  I kept hearing the voices of great artists saying just be yourself, and then saying, “… but do it this way” or “… but don’t do that, that won’t get you anywhere.”  How do I follow these do’s and do-not’s but still be myself, still represent who I am in my work? 

Then I did something that I used to do a long time ago but stopped because it was too time consuming and, again, I didn't think anyone would be interested: stippling.  One day, in a tiny sketchbook, I just started putting dots on paper, and added more dots.  I stopped, start another image and kept going.  Pretty soon I have several images with nothing but tiny little dots.  I continued with them and remembered my passion.  

I added a layer of Indian Ink wash or splatter and stippled on top of the ink.  The results are surreal images.  Most of the images are not planned.  They just happened.  They just evolved.  They became.  I don’t know where this journey will take me but I’m going to head down this path for a while and see what happens.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Baltimore Comic-con

Made my first appearance at a comic-books pop-culture convention, Baltimore Comic-Con.  I was in the Artist Alley.  Baltimore Comic-Con has a nice Artist Alley. It appears to me that there were an equal number of non fan artists versus fan artists.  The aisles were nice and wide, leaving plenty of room to stop and browse as well as room to maneuver around those who stopped to browse.  I did not sell any originals but sold more prints there than at any other venues I attended so far.  I also had one of limited edition print, print #1, matted and framed and that was sold.  I am pretty stoked about it.  I think I may follow my tradition and get the first limited edition print matted and framed for future artwork I will create.