This afternoon I'm framing and prepping using my favorite lost and found frames.
There's a wonderful event happening tomorrow night, and I am so happy to say that this year I will be a part of it. A fundraiser for a local library using art, music, and of course food and drinks. This event highlights local talent while raising funds for the library, I'm so excited! AND it's happening right as autumn begins, awesome kick off to the holidays right around the corner!
If you are in the central Iowa area, may I suggest a date night or social gathering with friends at this annual event. Hope to see you there!
Art in the Barn
Friday, September 25th
Cost is $20
6169 Northglenn Drive
I'm in between children's book projects and have a few days to work on miniature paintings. Here is the latest mini.
|Prairie Dog with selected frame.|
I think the title will be: Prairie Dog
. It was painted with acrylic paint and is 3x4 inches. I started the painting last January as a demonstration piece at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (on the campus of St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, Florida).
|Painting demo for Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF).|
|Working from photo reference. |
I purchased the magnifying visor for painting miniatures but they just didn't work for me... returned them and went back to a hand-held magnifying glass.
I hope to finish a couple more miniatures in the next few months. I'll need a few more "mini" breaks.
One of my childhood favorite book characters will also be in the show. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
. My painting is an illustration of me as a young boy and my dog, named Scat
This illustration is from the book, titled: Speak!: Children's Book Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs (compiled by Michael J. Rosen, Harcourt Children's Books,1993)
The show ends July 5th so go when you won't need the sled dogs.
With so many shows to prep, art to make and projects to work on, it has been a challenge to keep up with blogging. But I wanted to jump back in here and post a recap of all the shenanigans that has been going on with our business and the many things to expect from us in the future. So here goes:
Following a prosperous if somewhat grueling marathon run of Knott’s Berry Farm Holiday Village that took up all of December, Shawn and I took a much needed hiatus from the business for a couple weeks. We took a road trip to Denver to visit Shawn’s family. After we returned, it was back to prepping for the first show of the year, Salt Lake Comic Expo. This was a much smaller event in relation to Salt Lake City Comic Con in September but our sales were only down by a little. Still, we had fun, ate great food and made some new friends.
Long Beach Comic Expo, I will have to admit, was a bit disappointing. I always try to be open and honest about my experiences at various cons. Many times I hesitate to publicly talk about the shortcomings of a given Con and will debate with myself as to the best way to describe an unsuccessful show without bashing it. But because I strive to be more transparent about my experiences running an art business, I will go ahead and share my experience. Long Beach has always been a tough area for me to cultivate a following. I am not sure why that is. My first Comic Convention was Long Beach Comic Con. That was 3 years ago. While in most shows my sales and fan base expends every year, in LB it seems to stay at the beginning level of that very first show. Last years LBCE was surprisingly good for us and that gave me a glimmer of hope it would improve for many years to come. However, I think that the show expended too quickly, adding significantly more vendors without bringing the attendance that would justify that expansion. Again, I can only speak from my own experience. Although I spoke to many friends at the show who also saw a significant drop in sales.
Spookshow at the Halloween Club in La Mirada
This was a fun, free one-day pop-up Halloween themed event that took place in the costume store parking lot. This has definitely become one of my favorites and I hope they continue to bring this show back every year. Despite the warm temperature that day, the turnout was pretty damn good and everyone was having a great time. Our sales were up from last year. It’s free for vendors with a $25 deposit that got returned to us a week later. The crowd was just really great and enthusiastic.
Emerald City Comic Con and Mosnterpalooza
Double show weekend for Shawn and I. I fly out to Seattle for ECCC, while Shawn tables at Monsterpalooza in Burbank. Like last year, this was one incredible weekend of sales for both of us. What can I say… Emerald City Comic Con is really great show for both vendors and attendees. The people Pacific Northwest seems to have a healthy appetite for unique and original art. Monsterpalooza is more of an industry show. It feels a lot more like a trade show that has evolved to include a healthy mixture of artists, writers and horror themed artisans.
Next Up: WonderCon in Anaheim. Dealers Table DSL- 10. Hope to See you there!
And now for more great news:
1. You might have already heard, Shawn and I are changing the business name to “Ghoulish Bunny Studios”. This new business will include my artwork, plus Shawn’s writing and videos.
2. We are working on a picture book. Me illustrating and Shawn writing. We will be setting up a kickstarter for it.
3. More new art. I am trying really hard to finish work that I have started a while back. And I try to produce at least one new piece for each show.
4. We are phasing out certain products to make room for more. Many of the mini prints we offer will be retired so that we can make room for…
5. Sketchbooks. I already put my first one out this year. my next one will have more pages, more drawings and a better quality print.
6. Spooky stores from Shawn. He as been working on his writing and coming up with some great little short horror stories. We are going to put together a book of his work that will also include illustrations from me.
7. New website and online store “Ghoulish Bunny Studios” where you can shop directly from us. More products will be added, more artwork available and Shawn’s stories and videos.
So far this is as much as I can share at this time. We are always expending, changing and evolving. Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. We strive to produce quality work and products for our fiendish friends.Thanks for reading!
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I promised pictures of my students' art exhibit, and here they finally are. The exhibit went up March 14th, and it's coming down tomorrow so that I can pass back the art pieces Thursday (our last class this year.) The art club is one of the great joys of my life, and I am especially grateful to the South Natomas Community Center on Truxel (Sacramento) for supporting these classes, and to University Art Store on J and 26th Streets for holding the exhibit this year. We had a little reception on the opening day (punch and cookies) and whole families turned out to see it. The students are normally 8-to-13-year-olds, but this year I had one 7-year-old and two 13-year-olds.
Enjoy: (I've only named the artists - all others are "sib", "sis", parent, etc.)
|Danielle, Edgar & their father|
|Claire (center), mother & grandm.|
|Karla with sib & friend|
|Yaritza (right, w. mother & sibs.|
|Antonio (2nd fr. left) w. parents & sibs.|
|Kailee (right), mother & sis|
|Maya (in red), Ella ( in pink), parents |
|Brennan and mother|
|Angeline (center), parents, sibs, |
|Savannah (center), mother (right), and|
|Miranda and mother|
|Madison (2nd from left) and mother|
(next to her), grandmother & sib.
|Kiley and mother|
|Ian (left), sis, and father.|
(Older sis, Kate, artist, was absent)
|Erica (in red), Vanessa (in front of her),|
mother (right) grandmother (left) and
|Kiley (left), Emma, (middle),|
and Madison (right)
|Alyssa and father|
|Reina (right) sisters and mother|
|And that's it -- for another year. |
|I hope you enjoyed|
meeting them and
seeing their work.
Cosplay at big wow comicfest 2015
Just this past weekend I tabled for the first time at Big WoW ComicFest, a fun little Comic Convention in San Jose, California. My friend Tamara from theMystic and I took a road trip together and shared a hotel to save on costs.
As often at Cons, I was dazzled by the many creative cosplayers who attended the show.
I made some cool new friends and picked up a few fun goodies to add to my collection. The one to the right was from Brandon Dicks and the Cthulhu print and comic book was from ComiXpress.
I had the opportunity to hang out with my friend Rick from ZOMs. He was gracious enough to help me out at my table.
Overall I thought the show was well worth the trip.
Thank you to everyone who came to see me. I will see you in September for Wizard World San Jose!
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Ryan Heshka: “Ours” — Solo show at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea (Milano)
I love pimping out Ryan Heshka’s shows, not just because he’s a good friend (full disclosure), and he’s quite humble about promoting himself, but I really adore his work. I know I’m not alone though. Here’s some info about his newest solo show in Milan, Italy. Only a few weeks away!
Se siete in città quella settimana, non perdere questa mostra!
I will be exhibiting for the very first time at Wondercon this year. This year’s Wondercon will be taking place at the Anaheim convention center. I will be at the Artist Alley table AA-185.
Get Your Tickets: http://www.comic-con.org/wc/
Heyoooo! I just finished prepping my pieces for this show. I'm really excited and wish I could be there in the flesh. But if you find yourself in Florida, hop on over! The theme is affordable art to jump start your art collection. All artwork by over 30 artists will be priced at $100 or less… start collecting art and you will be proud of your happy home!
On exhibit: May 5 – June 23, 2012Opening night reception: Saturday, May 5th from 6-10pm
Locals get first dibs, but artwork will also be available online after the opening.Featuring affordable artwork by: Aleks Sennwald; Amanda Valdes; Amy Earles; Aurian Redson; Betsy Bauer; Brian Butler; Cake Marques; Danielle “knee” Estefan; Danny Brito; DATAMOUTH; Eric Garcia; Erika Taguchi; Gabriela Zapata; Genevieve Santos; Greg Ham; Heather Hitchman; Helena Garcia; Jenna Dickes-Deleo; Jim Pavelec; Jimbot; Jonathan Bergeron; Kay Garcia; Kristiana Pärn; Kristin Frenzel; Mab Graves; Marisol Spoon; Matt Cipov; Michael Fleming; Nan Lawson; narboo; Pam Treadwell; Pam Wishbow; Ryan Hungerford; Sashiko Yuen; Tatiana Suarez & more!
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Join me this Saturday, April 21st, along with 50 other Vancouver artists. Buy a 5-pack of cards, then trade them with everyone else in the room for the ones you want. ~Luc
The creators of Hot One Inch Action present CARDED! a one-night only show of art reproduced on trading cards. The work of 50 artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5″x3.5″ cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5. Want a specific card? Get into some fast paced trading action with the people around you. How bad do you want that card!?
It's ONE DAY AWAY. AHHHHH.
I always like seeing artist's process sketches because it's like a little peek into their innerworkings. Here's mine and it doubles as a promo heyyyy. PS: I'm FREAKING OUT (in a good way!). See you there! :)
I thought I'd share a few shots from the Psycho Donuts art show.
You have until July 26 to stop by and see mine and other the artists' creations.
They're all available for purchase.
You can see by the rotating eyeballs that this place is something special.
There are no ordinary donuts here. There's even one covered in Cap'n Crunch cereal.
The staff is extraordinary, too.
My boys are 'special', too. I think we need a
padded room at home, too.
Great art on the walls! I love the sepia watercolors.
One of my favorite contemporary illustrators, Anita Kunz, has work in a group show in Toronto:
Gallery House is pleased to announce its grand opening and annual exhibition entitled “Miles to go Before I Sleep”, a group show of the work of Anita Kunz, Ray Caesar, Gottfried Helnwein and Catherine Howe.
2068 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6R 1W9 (416) 587-0057
The Public Opening is November 29th, 2012 from 5-9
It's that time of year again: the Bologna Book Fair
is starting a few short days! But right now I'm 6152 miles away from it—and that's something that would normally give me a case of the Bologna Blues. BUT!!! I've had a bit of good news...
So if you do find yourself in Bologna (lucky you!), the SCBWI stand is at A/66 in Pavilion 26... that's the area that usually has a majority of English-language publishers present. Stop by and say hello!
Mini painting for an upcoming art show.
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[Jpegs taken from CHAC Valentine's Day showings, 2010 or prior years.]
This first piece doesn't begin in a "heartfelt" fashion, but bear with.
There's an adage about Life being the cruelest teacher: first it gives the test, then it gives the lesson.
Actually, there's something just as cruel that's omnisciently administered in U.S. public schools, that's called the pre-test. Those of you sans children or who've never personally benefited from this experience and don't know how lowly it can make children feel, well, don't despair; at some point in your remaining life you or yours may yet undergo the uplifting rigor of a pre-test.
Why test children--even five-year-old kindergartners--on something they know little to nothing about? For the sake of the BASELINE, a word teachers and students come to know as well as their daily schedule.
A schoolchild's progress (or lack of) and effectiveness of the teacher's skills (ditto), you see, justify the expenditure of millions of dollars and sustain thousands of jobs for "academic" number-crunchers and bean-counters whose existence depends on providing DATA to politicians, education corporations and administrators with the justification for cutting teachers, jobs and closing public schools so charter schools can be opened.
Even Colorado's entry into Obama's Race to the Top includes monies to be used for software, hardware and more numbers-people to cure our academic incompetence in international teaching standards. The thinking is that, if we're behind countries like Singapore, China and Denmark, it must be the teachers' fault.
Those millions of dollars and thousands of jobs might instead have been channeled into classrooms to teach children. Maybe with more teacher assistant paraprofessionals--try raising the educational level of 32 third graders by yourself all day long. Or more education specialists instructing in the classroom--try finding time to give differentiated one-on-one to a special ed kid in that same third grade room. Or more office staff to support teachers with children's behavioral problems and counseling--yeah, try teaching while one kid is hitting others and then being informed, "He's your fault and problem."
But our society doesn't believe in spending money in something so obviously beneficial because its targeted scapegoats are the teachers. The final solution is DATA and the obligatory pre-test.
In my case, for the sake of whatever self-esteem my first graders might salvage from such gauntlets, I regularly tell them that an answer of "Right now, I don't know." is acceptable. Thus I get many pre-tests with such responses. After all, how much would a six-year-old know about an index?
So, this week this teacher gave one of those pre-tests. Among other questions, was the following:
"Explica lo qué es un diagrama." ("What is a diagram?")
A few students had
So, this is really four pieces of news all in one post. First, Maurice Vellekoop finally has a website! He’s one of my all-time favourites, and I’m delighted to see he finally has a presence online (it’s probably hearsay, but a friend of a friend of a friend of Maurice’s once told me several years ago he wasn’t fond of the internet and had resisted having a site. See, now I’m just spreading rumours! Don’t repeat a word of this!).
Second: he’s also started a blog this year. Don’t miss this scans of the Polaroids he took when covering an event for Vogue back in 1994.
Third (seemingly unrelated, but stick with me): Anita Kunz, another favourite illustrator, also started a blog two years ago, and embarrassed to say I’m just finding it now.
But wait, it gets better! Anita and Maurice are having an art show together in Toronto in two days! TWO DAYS FROM TODAY! It’s killing me to know that I will miss this. Mind you, if I did attend and managed to work up the nerve to speak to either of them, I’d doubtless blurt out something idiotic, alienate myself as a weirdo fanboy, and possibly spill wine on them.
It’s called The Naughty Show (personally, I’d have pushed for VelleKunz, but that’s just me) and will feature over a hundred nudes by Kunz, and originals from Vellekoop’s newest pinup book.
Details for you lucky folks who can make it:
ONE800 Gallery, 800 Dundas Street West, Toronto — June 30: 7:00 – 9:00
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Hey everybody, I just wanted to share some pictures from my installation/solo show "The Century Plant" in Philadelphia, PA (at the Paradigm Gallery on 2020 South Street to be exact). If your in the Philadelphia area there are still two more receptions to attend on October 8th and October 22nd, both 5-10 pm.
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Permit me a self-indulgent plug: Me and my friends from the Jupiter Project are having an art show here in Vancouver this week and we hope you can join us! Everything is lovingly screen-printed onto T-shirts, and priced very affordably. And if you miss the show, that’s OK because our Tees will be available at this new shop for a good long time!
For more info, iPad/iPhone wallpapers, and to see the designs and photos, click here. We look forward to seeing you!
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I will have a piece in this show, “Snow Queen” Mixed Media original.
Date: Friday, April 29th
Location: Dogwood Studio & Art Gallery
Pistol Productions presents BOUND! A one night group art exhibit inspired by your favorite books, stories, and characters! The show takes place Friday, April 29th @ Dogwood Studio & Art Gallery in Ventura (next to Architexture Hair Salon).
WE’RE HAVING A BOOK DRIVE FOR WRITE ON! FOR LITERACY! DONATE A BOOK TO WRITE ON! AND YOU COULD WIN A FREE TATTOO AND MANY MORE GREAT PRIZES!!
Write On! For Literacy is a Ventura-based organization founded in 2001 to empower youth through reading and writing. PLEASE DONATE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, MIDDLE-GRADE READERS, AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS. Books must be new or in very good condition.
The notion of art inspired by literature is certainly nothing new. Just as Michelangelo was moved to pick up his paintbrush after reading Dante’s The Divine Comedy so countless artists have been inspired in his wake by the written word. Join us and see an amazing collection of art inspired by literature!
Music by DJ Also
BURLESQUE performance by Lucille Highball! She’ll be performing a routine inspired by a character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”! Come to the show to find out who she chose!
More than 15 So Cal artists, have searched the recesses of their bookshelves and will be creating something inspired by a certain title or character that has impacted their lives…..
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For more information about Write On! For Literacy, please visit www.writeonbooks.org.
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I also am working hard to get all the paintings done and hoping a few people can come and see this. It is in downtown or uptown Halifax. A trendy part of town. The painting are acrylic so that is a watercolor also sort of. Just thought I would show you.
Bonni Reid - “Cartes de Visite”
My dear friend Bonni Reid has a solo show opening in two days (Feb. 3) at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles. These are some seriously gorgeous paintings. If you’re in L.A., don’t miss it!
Having a professional career in creating Saturday morning cartoons, I wanted to break from this candy-coated world in order to depict another side of childhood, one that is much darker, haunting or just plain weird — to evoke a time before we child-proofed everything.
By utilizing old photographs of family, friends and found images, this collection portrays the alter ego that resides in all of us — the real inner child which isn’t always what we as adults want it to be. (via “Cartes de Visite” on Facebook)
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Chris Sasaki & Joey Chou are teaming up with the Darwin Show at Q Pop in Los Angeles, opening March 10, 2012. More info (and a few sneaky-peek pics) on Chris’s blog.
More Chris Sasaki: Character Design Blog Interview & Rigamaru (his shop).
More Joey Chou: his blog.