It is always hard to get motivated to do things after I do a convention (here after referred to as con.) It is not usually the physical exertion that gets me, it is being much more extroverted that I naturally am. I liken it to being hung over from staying out to late for a few days in a row.
Today was the “hang” over day. I could not get my eyes to stay open until 10 am. My spouse was even worse. I could not get myself to cook real food or dress in “real” cloths (wearing pajamas all day FTW.) I read the comic books I purchased. I highly recommend Bones of the Coast. It is anthology of horror stories that takes place in the NW. I also picked up Aaron Alexovich’s Stitched. Cute and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I eagerly await My Black’s Don’t Match #2 from Drew Rausch. I just cannot seem to remember to go to the website and read it. I much prefer the book versions anyway. I got another anthology, short monster stories, some were cute and some were scary. I enjoyed it but I picked it up because it was 1, an anthology 2, the cover glows in the dark and 3, Aaron Alexovich did the cover art. I already shelved it and, being the slug I am today, do not feel like getting up to get the title.
I also acquired several books. By acquired I mean I did not pay for them. They were given to me or left for “dead” at the con. The Lok by Tommy Rice, looks promising. Grunts was given to me so I could “go on a blind date with a book.” Two others were left in the Alexandria RPG Library and have yet to be unpacked and read. It will happen.
I got a few peaces of art. You will want to check my Instagram @bycarissac to see what they were. The lazy slug in me is to tired to pull them over. I picked up stickers for the first time. I did not have a lot of money left on Sunday and I really liked a few things by some of the artists. I have no clue what to do with the stickers. I am not going to put them on my laptop. I would lose them when it dies. I might just put them on the wall of inspiration as space filler.
I took pictures this year! I do not usually have a brain cell left at the end of the day to do that. I saw some awesome stuff. I love the cosplayers. They are artists and brave. One year I would love to do a cosplay. Time and money and self confidence are not on my side right now.
Time to start on a new piece of art. I am going to work on something for a contest for the Badass Art Group over the next few days. We have to create a monochromatic piece in purple. My favorite color.
On Thursday Emerald City Comicon kicks off. For me it starts Wednesday. I will be setting up the area I supervise and work in. I have been doing this for 8 or 9 years now, I think. I have lost track. Either way, I am an “old hat” at it. I am also not as ready as I usually am. This is going to be an interesting year.
During this time I will probably not be doing any art. I will be running around like a chicken that is missing its head. I need to try to do some drawing though. I want to get better at people and this is a great chance to see all kinds of people. I will bring my sketchbook and what not with me in the hopes that I get something drawn.
I have a video scheduled for Thrusday. So make sure you go to my Youtube Channel and watch it. I will schedule a blog post about it as well. A lot of scheduled content this week. At least it will go out at a decent time of day and not at nine in the evening… or later.
The other day I finished this adorable ink wash painting. It is a take on memories, feelings, and “vibes” that the memories give us. I have a few more planned. I am looking for suggestions as well. I am looking for mundane things that you did with your parent(s) or things you do with your kids. Things like grocery shopping, reading, dancing, dinner time… those kinds of things. Stuff that you did all the time, and were routine at the time, but when you think about them the make you nostalgic.
I have not scanned this yet. I have been working on a silkscreen project that is being a bit labor intensive right now. *eye roll* sometimes things are harder then they should be. I probably did it to myself.
Self Portrait of me making a smoochy face for a selfie. Joker makeup theme. It was fun
I had a great con this year.
I managed to snag a hotel room. Worked my butt oft. Bought stuff and saw tons of art. I even managed to hang out with some friends.
I already posted a book review for one of the books I bought, Serenity Rose – 10 Awkward Years by Aaron Alexovich. Now comes the rest of the stuff I acquired.
I purchased a collection of comics published by IDW. Edward Scissorhands drawn by Drew Rausch, written by Kate Leth. This new Edward Scissorhands series takes place many years after the movie. I blew through the 5 comic books available and feel like I will be purchasing them as they come out. They are pretty interesting.
On a visit the the neglected “6th floor” I got a gorgeous print of a lady playing a cello from Sasha Yoss. You can see her work at www.sashayoss.com. This is the only thing that might trump Serenity Rose for the coolest thing I got. I also snached up a Princess Mononoke print and “the Sires of Time” comic by J.M. Dragunas. His site is www.dragunasmonster.com. I have not read the comic just yet. The art is very detailed and it looks interesting.
The 6th floor also introduced me to Martha Hull and her work. I purchased her two books. “Death’s Daughter & the Basket of Kittens” and “Untimely Death Alphabet.” Both were very entertaining to look at, despite the morbid topics. Her work can be seen at www.marthahull.com.
The last things I acquired are not going to be used for their intended purposes. One is a writers guide to the history of fictitious creatures such witches, faeries and vampires. The other is a horror writers workbook, both by Ty Hulse. More items I have not looked at much. I plan on using the books for ideas.
My art has turned a bit dark lately, us artists go through phases. Dark and creepy things interested me this year. Last year not much was interesting ( I was broke anyway) and the year before that I got a bunch of cute stuff.
My illustration today is a self portrait based off a selfie. I really enjoyed having green hair. I am also going to be drawing more people in preparation for a painting/illustration that I will be starting shortly.