Wow, this piece went through more revisions than the script for Frozen!
The crew was going to have lighting more accurate to the sunset landscape, but when I “stepped back” and looked at it, they all looked so mucky and lifeless. So, I pulled out the linearts again and re-did them with “normal” lighting.
I think I finally understand the difference between fine art and graphic design. A fine artist makes everything work together. A graphic designer makes things stand out. You’d think that’d be the first thing told to you on the very first day of graphic design school…
Anywhoo, this piece was heavily inspired by one of the scenes in the credits for Star Fox 64. I’d show you the screenshot, buuuuuuuut, I think you should just go and play it yourselves, since the game is still one of my favourites to this day!
Aaaaand, here’s the RedBubble link!
I don’t know why people knock Photoshop filters. I’m making a pretty good Nintendo 64-era ground texture just with the “clouds” filter and some maneuvering.
No, I’m not givin’ you any peek above the knees yet!
Wow, I’m worse at drawing lipstick on people than I am at applying it in real life.
I’m sorry, Inara…
I know it’s still in the inking stage, but for some reason I’m just really proud of how River’s expression turned out.
I want an ice planet…
Another print done in anticipation for FanExpo! This time, a tribute to a pair of DC Heroes that I’m glad are getting more attention nowadays (Now hurry it up with a decent Wonder Woman, DC!)
I call it: A Heroic Game Of “Chicken”
As with most of my backgrounds, I kind of scribbled about experimentally to make what I needed. Originally, the background was much brighter, but I decided to decrease the saturation of it and increase it on our heroes so that they’d stand out better. (Also, let’s be honest: The lighting in Arrow whenever he’s in costume is just TOO dark! Can barely get an accurate sampling!)
As always, if you’re not going to be able to make it to Fan Expo, or would prefer a size of the print that’s NOT 11x17, you can special order it at RedBubble.
Next up in prints…A certain beloved space-western, slightly inspired by an ending screen of a game featuring jet-flying animals!
Hello to my fellow artists! How did things fare this year at the artist alley?
Last year, I barely broke even - and money for gas really dented that too. (For reference, I live close to Canada’s Wonderland. It’s one helluva drive to Hamilton)
From what my fellow artists told me last year, they didn’t fare too well either, so I decided to skip this year (Which was a bummer, missing JonTron and Awkward Zombie.)
Aaaaaanyways, I was wondering if you guys did better this year. If so, I may consider comin’ back for 2015.
As a thank you, have some Lucky Squares. Made ‘em myself!
So until then, see y’all at FanExpo, k?
How many people would like to see a fanart of a tribute to some so-bad-its-good films?
I mean, I don’t mean to be a birdbrain, but I’m sure a tornado of chibi cuteness with surely start tearing you apart…
"Why change what’s working?"
I spoke that phrase to my mother the Friday of Atomic Lollipop. Granted, it was about radically changing a beloved family recipe, but the intent is the same.
This year was the first year that APop held its Artist Alley in a “night market”, meaning the show hours were from 6pm to 2am, with no Sunday alley. My confidence in this was quite low, so I opted for a smaller 3ft table rather than the larger ones I usually spring for.
It was a good idea. This year I only pulled in a quarter of the sales from last year. Once it hit midnight, the market was so dead even sentient doornails would go “DAYUM!” Some fellow artists asked me how I was doing, and when I said “not so great” they were surprised, as I had one of the tables closer to the front, and therefore, more noticeable to customers.
I do wonder if no Sunday really hurt things. I can say that I get just as many sales then at cons as I do on Saturday since the people who were on-the-fence about buying things usually make up their minds and come back. Now I feel bad for the ones here…Only to realize that the Night Market is over.
Therefore, let it be known that if APop does the same hours next year, I will not be attending. If it goes back to the more “standard” hours, sign me up!
But don’t just write me off as being a big ol’ grump! At least I got to shoot the shit with some other great artists, snagged some free pizza thanks to the Pizza Underground, got interviewed by some people (and yes, I am just as much of a stammering fool in real life), and got to poke around some exhibits all on my own while I waited for my ride on Friday night!
I’ll see y’all at FanExpo! For my fellow artists that are doing ConBravo in the next week or two, let me know how you did after the show! Last year was pretty bad earnings-wise not just for me, but for a number of other artists, so I want to know if things got better.
For now, if any of you Sunday con-goers were hoping to grab something and no longer could: Prints, shirts and stickers are for sale here! I can even put a button design onto a sticker or shirt or whatever if you let me know!
Ask and ye shall receive!
For the people who wanted a t-shirt or a sticker version of Just Cloning Around, now you can order ‘em! Just click on the pic and away ye go!
Sadly, because of the layout of the shirt, I had to remove Felix because he’d just be floating in limbo rather than poking in from the bottom. I guess we’ll just have to call him a print-exclusive!
(Which reminds me, I never got any yay or nay about a second print. While Fee-centric, Jennifer and Tony would also make cameos if you knew where they were hiding. Speak up Clonesbians, I can’t hear ya!)
Soooo, who’s totally psyched about Jason David Frank announced as a guest for FanExpo? (Tommy may have been one of my first fictional crushes)
This image was based off one of the posters for The Iron Giant, and I went really experimental with the light and shadow to try and follow the poster.
I used gradients at some points. I’m not proud.
But y’know what? I really like the end result. I may actually use this as a portfolio piece.
If you want a poster of your own and can’t make it to FanExpo, here’s the RedBubble!