Sketchfest, giving thanks and Etsy Coupon

Good morning peoples.

I had a great Thanksgiving. Many thanks were given for family, friends, love and the nice things I have in my life. This isn’t the only time of year I like to reflect on all the good things I have to be grateful for.

Anywho, Sketchfest is happening and I’m participating. Go on over this weekend and join the sketchy fun. My favorite prompt so far is Black Friday Zombie… which wasn’t too hard to imagine!!

I’ll be putting up sketches and ink drawings for sale at my Sketchfest page and my Etsy shop. Etsy shoppers can use the coupon code TURKEY in my shop to save 20% off on art and prints. This coupon will be active through November 30.

Sketches and ink drawings from this weekend so far are below the cut. And as usual, thank you for visiting!

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Free Comic Book Day and Avengers

Thursday:

Comic Oasis, a lovely comic shop here in Vegas, held a promotional event on Thursday before the Avengers opening at the UA Theater behind the Hard Rock Cafe. They gave out comics, promoted Kick Ass the comic, and assisted with the Stars of Hope donation drive.

I volunteered sketches on blank cover Avengers books for the drive, and by now they’ve probably been raffled off to the folks that donated for a star.

It was suuuper fun. Joe and Derrick from CO are super nice, and made me feel like a rock star. I was allowed to see the movie  complimentary afterwards.

It had been a long time since I’ve seen a movie opening night, I usually avoid it since I’m not a fan of crowds, and I dislike folks thinking they can heckle the movie just because there’s hella people. This was a LOVELY crowd, and everything a midnight movie should be: cheering for the right times, laughing together, and just really there to appreciate the movie we were all there to see. And it was a fan. tastic. movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to see a movie again THAT NEXT WEEKEND. I dragged my fiance over Red Rock, and he loved it too!!!

Saturday:

Photo taken by Derrick of Comic Oasis.

Saturday, free comic book day, I was invited to come back to the theater and the Hard Rock Cafe, where John Romita Jr was doing a 50 hour marathon of signing and drawing to raise money for Heroes for Jordan, benefiting Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. It was a crazy awesome event!!!

It was an amazing time! JR Jr said some very nice things about my art and gave me some feedback and critique. He was super nice despite being super tired for being up for almost 48 hours at the time. I got some books signed and a KICKASS 2 with a spiderman sketch on it. He signed my volunteer badge too, lol.

Heroes for Jordan is a project by JR jr that once benefited his niece Jordan, who was diagnosed with cancer after her 2nd birthday. She is now a survivor, and the project benefits children like her with childhood cancer. The About Us page on the Heroes for Jordan website has much more information about the event, Jordan, John and Candlelighters and I encourage anyone reading to check them out.

That night, I talked a LOT with Jordan’s parents while I was drawing (the guy in the phot that I’m looking at is her dad). They were SO cool, such amazing people and a beautiful family. I would love to hang out with them again if they happened to be around Vegas for any other events.

All Together Now:

It’s been a long time since something made me THIS excited about art and art events. Friday morning I got two hours of sleep, but I was vibrating with the energy and excitement of the night before ALL DAY. I couldn’t WAIT for Saturday night when I was able to get over there again. I’m so happy I was able to be a part, even just a little one, of such an inspiring event.

Go big or go home

I got myself an easel, board and big paper last night and dicked around with oil pastels, markers and vodka. Much fun was had.

It was nice to draw in a medium I hadn’t used in a good long while, but I’m not a fan of oil pastels. They’re kind of messy, and I feel like I have to strong arm them to blend them the way I want them.

I switched to marker pretty quick. I found these big fat sharpie markers in our office. I love the bold and irreversible marks of markers.

It felt freeing to draw on wider pages, to use arms more than hands, but drawing so huge is definitely going to be a rare thing.

Ever since college, teachers and sometimes other artists would tell me I should draw bigger. I never really understood this. I like big as a change of pace, an exercise, but I’ve never been fond of large work as a finished product. I can’t work on big things just anywhere. I can’t store them just anywhere. They’re cumbersome, and all around less fun to me.

I like small. I like baseball card sizes, and art that fits neatly within 8.5 x 11 or smaller. I can store it anywhere, it’s so easy to take with me.

I think that’s enough mildly drunken rambling for now. Next post will probably be after the convention at the beginning of March.

February 24, 2011

Long overdue updates. I’m thinking of merging my blogs into one, so site updates will be posted alongside journal entries, illustration friday, and comics.I’ll probably have one more update before March, organizing the last of 2010 work. 🙂
Hope everyone is having a good 2011! I know I am….!

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Show and Tell Friday: NaNoWriMo

Scribbling this before we go out to dinner and a show.

So this month I’ve started National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. Profile here.

It’s great spastic fun. I’ve started a few times in previous years, I finished once in 2008 out of the four or five years I’ve tried it. I hope I can finish this year.

This year I’m putting down into words the idea for a comic I have. Ideally when it’s done, I’ll comb it out and refine it so I can use it as a guide and script when I start drawing.

I also want to finish doing this with the 2008 story, which I did start drawing for a time while I was doing the Sequential Endurance Comp.

The beginning of this one, I have tried several times to draw, and I think I’ve finally settled on how I want it to look. There are a lot of bits of story I want to do, but I’m horrible at connecting them. Hopefully, that’s where writing them out will help out.

Cheers to the other folks doing NaNo! LET’S FINISH!

Show and Tell Friday: Lonely Artist Rehab!

Posting this ahead of time since this friday, I’ll be at Blizzcon!

So lately I’ve been trying to get back into being social. A lot of artsy crap I’ve been doing is solitary, and subsequently, I get lonely. One of the big chats I used to go to I haven’t been engaged in since I work when most of the members are active. I’ve fallen off every forum I’ve ever posted, and I even fell off my art communities.

Bad Erika!

I don’t know why, but when I browse art, it almost NEVER occurs to me to comment on it. I respond to it in my head, but I realized today I never really give any feedback.

So I added getting more social to the list of shit I want to do. While it’s probably a good thing I don’t spend lots of time reading threads and looking at fanart, it sucks that I miss the people I’ve known for upwards of 10 years on the internet. And I want to keep those relationships. And I want my art to have playmates – other people’s art – like I did in college.

I finally had a free friday night on the 16th, which happened to be Ellen’s Sketchfest, a 24 hour sketch challenge where folks posts prompts, and other folks draw sketches/art based on those prompts. There’s a groovy little comment system too. The two pics here are my two sketches for the prompts Lonely Souls and Poison Ivy. It was refreshing to just… draw something. I didn’t have to set time aside for it, didn’t have to plan it, I just got to DO it. Which is a rare thing for me these days. Seeing other artist’s interpretations also was refreshing to my creative guts.

So I hope I can continue with this, mingling, and keep up the spontaneous art and connection with something resembling a community. Time management is my main downfall, but when sometimes… it doesn’t have to be.