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.
I have not done a lot of art this week. I did a lot of cleaning over the weekend, worked, errands, and just kind of recovered from the rush of the skulls. Sometimes doing a series in a rush, like I did, just drain the artist and a recovery period is needed. I do not do much cleaning when I am in a rush like I was, so that was a huge thing to get done.
My cell phone died on Valentines day. I woke up and the alarm had not gone off, the screen would not turn on and the notification light was blinking away. I spend most of the day running around doing errands. I had to take stuff back to the print shop because the prints were not cut right and some of the cards had weird lines on the insides… Can not sell stuff that is messed up!
Today I did a loose illustration style ink wash painting of one of my cats, Nunzio (he is named after a body guard in the Myth Adventures book series. Totally worth reading if you like punny stories.) I was going for something that reminded me of a storybook that I might have read as a child, something that is still used in books or in magazines.
This style was hard to do! I like to have details and vibrant colors and a lot more definition in my work. Not with this style. This is pale, low color saturation, and just loose, and soft. It was so hard to stop adding things.
I also did this on watercolor paper, usually I use Bristol, which is very smooth and a brilliant white. Watercolor paper let the inks bleed and feather more easily, so things are just naturally softer. I did not have to work as hard to make them seem soft.
I will be doing several more in this style on the watercolor paper. I have been practicing drawing people so I can freehand them on this paper. I have to practice and not use my light table like I would normally. I got a watercolor paper block. Which is a bunch of sheets of paper glued together on the sides. This helps prevent warping for those of use who are to lazy to stretch or iron our paper (I did not even know that was a thing until last year.)
I am trying to get my Instagram account follower numbers up to 300. When I get there I am going to do a drawing for a mouse pad with the Grunge Skull on it. If you are interested in a super cool mouse pad follow me on Instagram @bycarissac.
I have spent the past week working on new art (yaaay!)
I have been looking for places / events to sell my art.
It can be hard to find places that work for dark or creepy art. Harder to find ones with reasonable table fees and that does not make one jump through crazy hoops.
I have confirmation for two so far. Dark in the Park in July in Pacific, Washington. Yes, there is a town in Washington named Pacific. That threw me when I first found out. It is just north of Puyallup. I also signed up to do a dark themed event in November, right after Thanksgiving, the Feast of Beasts.
I sent out applications for five other events, one is a wait list. I hope to hear back on those, soon. They are in Seattle. I will post more about those when I hear back. There is another Seattle one that has not posted their application yet. I am eagerly awaiting it, as I already have someone to share the space with. If all goes well that will be 8 larger events. I hope to get some smallish ones in as well. I really enjoyed Oddmall Tacoma last year.
I want to expand my inventory beyond paper products. I picked up a silk screening kit. I want to see if I can design something to put on shirts or maybe tote bags. One color jobs as it only came with one screen. I have an idea for a few things that might work.
Suggestions for things that can be easily hand made and/or and cheaply purchased are welcome.
In other events:
I am gearing up for Emerald City Comicon. I have been working the event for many years, 6 or 7 years I think. I am super excited to go through Artist alley and see what new stuff my favorite artists have done.
The Holiday season is hard for lots of people. We remember friends and family that have past. You might be one of the many that are in a seasonal relationship or not in a relationship.
Make sure everyone feels the love of the season, so give your Scroogy friends a big hug and invite them over (if you can.) The invitation means a lot even if you are sure they will decline. Who knows, they might surprise you!
Today I have lots of art to share.
First it is Time-Lapse Thursday. A new video is available to watch on my Youtube channel, or you can watch it below. Santa has come to town!
The first one has metallic gold paint for the background. It looks very nice in person. It has a good feeling of depth.
The second has a gold leaf background. It also looks better in person. The gold leaf does take over the image though. I will not be using it as a background anytime soon. It is definitely better as an accent. It is extremely shiny though.
I will not be making prints of the second one. The gold leaf just does not photograph or scan very well (as you can see.) The creepy wreath will be available next year. Maybe I can do a Christmas in July thing. hmmmm….
I am already starting to plan new things for 2018 and trying to figure out what shows and events I want to do. (Gotta get a new business licences first.)
I have reached a landmark on my Instagram (@bycarissac) account of 200 Followers. So I did a drawing… more of a raffle. I used two of my Inktober paintings as prizes.
I will do another contest when I hit 300 followers.
Tomorrow I will do a similar drawing for my Facebook account that reached 200 the day after Instagram did. The prize will be two other Inktober paintings.
One Day I imagine being able to hold give-away contests on YouTube and even this blog.
Today I started working on an octopus painting I started a few months ago, but set aside to work on commissions and Inktober. I am also in the planning stages for another set of drawings that will be made into a coloring book.
Today another time-lapse video was uploaded to my YouTube Channel today. It was the Flash inkwash drawing.
The good started on Tuesday. I got paid for PAX (earlier than expected -WOOT) and paid for my part time gig. I was able to plan out how to take care of some bills.
Tuesday evening was productive, painted and ordered postcard prints of a few of my creations. Even though it was cold, I dyed my hair purple. I got things done and was pleased with my progress.
Work was pretty easy (Wednesday.) There are still things I am not sure about with the job, but I can count things (most of the time!) Even the ride back home was mellow. I got to chat with a new co-worker.
Then the financial issue rears it’s ugly head. Now I have no access to my pay checks to order prints or post new art on Etsy. I have a few dollars in cash and I just put money on my bus card (thank goodness.)
When (if) the bank calls me back, I can try to get things coordinated again. Forward movement is great. Being stuck in a pit or haning off a broken rope bridge is not fun. It is worse when there are things activly pushing you back down. Be it slippery pit walls or Mola Ram trying to take your heart out, up and out is the goal.
Holiday RAWk – December 13th. My second attempt to particpate in a RAW Seattle event. This time there is a lot of notice and I will be creating Christmas and other Holiday season art for this.
As soon as I have my finances straight I will be setting up print packs. They will be on sale on Facebook and Etsy as well as any events I am able to do. Remember support a living artist. We need the money and acknowledgement. The dead artists are well past those needs. ❤
Djinn (genie) based off some art from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I will have prints of this available at Jet City Comic Show.