“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Sunday, July 01, 2012

HEROES CON 2012_update

[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]

[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]


[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen on 100lb/300series bristol board]








I had a blast.

That's an understatement to say the least. I can't explain in words what an overwhelmingly good time I had at this show - even more so this year because I was with the perfect set of people to be at a convention with. DAN PANOSIAN, DAVE JOHNSON, ANDREW ROBINSON, MIKE CHOI, and MATTEO SCALERA were all my table mates at the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL booth and being in such perfect company, it was all I could do to keep my inspiration and enthusiasm in check. More than that, I had to do my very best to keep up withe the art they were producing for their fans. And yes, I've said it before - it's like playing with the 1992 Men's Basketball Olympic Team

Speaking of - I have nothing but great and admirable words to say about the people who dropped by my table in order to show their support of me and my work. Once again, the attendees at HEROES CON proved to me that you dont need a massive multi-media spectacle to have one of the most memorable shows on an annual basis. SHELTON DRUM - along with point-man RICO RENZI - set the bar at an almost unreachable height. They treated us like kings, they accommodated for all of our artistic eccentricities, and we got the care that I feel really enriched our personal experience. The entire weekend I felt like I was hanging out with my good friends. A lot of my good friends.

The inaugural installment of the HEROES CON FUN RUN turned out to be a very successful event. I cannot believe how many participants came out to get their 5K on. Hehe. But more importantly, I was overwhelmed by the number of students who took me up on the offer of running the distance in order to get their portfolio reviews. It was very satisfying to think that these kids took their health as well as their soon-to-be professional endeavors as seriously as they should. Thanks, guys. I really hope the portfolio review was well worth the aches and pains of running for three miles. But more importantly, I really hope that you guys don't stop with your exercise regimen. It'll go a long way - I promise.

And finally, I'd like to thank any and all of the people who dropped by the booth, discovered CASSANDRA POULSON'S work, then asked her for a commission or two. That was a pleasant surprise for the both of us, and your positive response and enthusiastic support for her work really did a lot for her first Heroes Con experience. The requests came so fast and furious at one point that she had to turn people away. As an up-and-coming artist wanting to prove herself and creative output, she mentioned to me she felt guilty about not being able to fulfill everyone's orders. I told her it was a good problem to have and that there will always be more, upcoming shows in the future where people can get an image from her.

And that leads me to this:

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON is coming. It's a juggernaut that will destroy anything and everything in its path without  rhyme nor reason. There is no avoiding it. There's no way to stop it. The best you can possibly hope for is to hunker down, pray it doesn't touch down right in front of you, and that you've done all you can to prepare to survive it. I don't believe I've done enough preparation. 


I'm sitting in ARTIST ALLEY TABLE DD10 where I will be more than happy to draw commissions and sign books, and sell you copies of my sketchbooks CHOCOLATE and ENCORE


And for the first time ever, my dear friend and personal art dealer JASON SCHACHTER will have a table on the main floor for his company, ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL - BOOTH 5557. What's more is that Jason will have copies of the ENCORE LIMITED EDITION available for those select few who absolutely must have the bad-ass version of my art book. Check out the link about to see what the goodies are that come with your purchase of this masterful edition.


I will be signing and drawing there intermittently throughout the weekend, and just as soon as that schedule is forwarded to me, I'll put it up here so you'll know when I (along with my cohorts in the group, including PUNK ROCK JESUS rockstar himself - SEAN GORDON MURPHY) will be available at the booth. And as I've mentioned earlier, Cassandra will have a set of pre-done works for sale at Jason's booth. And none of those drawings capture your fancy (ie: you want something more specific), then it would do your original art collection some good to get on her commissions list as soon as possible. Please e-mail her to inquire about details and availability.


Okay, that's it. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Please drop by my table at SDCC - both in Artist Alley and at the Essential Sequential booth - so that I can personally thank you for all the kindness and support you've extended to me. I truly am grateful.




I'll see you all in a couple of weeks. I hope.






PS - Some of the images above were part of the 'ENCORE -1st/13' promotion. I know that many (if not all) of them are accounted by people who purchased a copy of the art book at HeroesCon 2012. If you did not get your image and you were promised one, please contact Jason Schachter at the link provided above and he'll get to the business of sending them out to you. Thanks for your patience.


3 comments:

Michael Dooney said...

Now that you are doing more 'in the spirit of' type con drawings, I'd be curious to see you post what people actually asked for along with the sketch you did. Some are so specific I wonder where they are coming from ')

She-Thing said...

'MAZING. INCREDIBLE DISTRIBUTION OF MASSES AN SHAPES. You handle priorities in a risky-like excellent way… MORE, MORE, MOAR!!!!!

Adam Temple said...

Amazing commissions! I love your original stuff. It'd make a great book.