But yeah, all the art posted here is all that I drew for Inktober. Since November is already here, I have mention that project: HANASU is actually starting in less than two weeks! Pretty soon, the website for it will become live and I shall be making updates regularly on it so please be on the look-out for that!
Until then, I will see you guys around!
Hello everyone! Well, I've had a busy month (it didn't help that I was actually sick for about a week) and I have a lot to share with you all. I recently attended two conventions: Gamer Grace and Madison Mighty Con.
Gamer Grace is another convention that was making its first year debut in Saint Charles, IL in the lovely Pheasant Inn. The building itself was nice and it also hosted a cool golfing club in the back of it. Unfortunately, it was hard to find parking whether you were a vendor/artist or a con-goer.
Despite that, I was very surprised that an inn let Gamer Grace borrow some of its space for the weekend--the staff was allowed to use one of the inn's hallways for the artist alley and they were also allowed to use three exhibit/meeting rooms for the gaming area, a few panels and a dealer's room.
Unfortunately, the dealer's room and artist alley was pretty small but the gaming room was a decent size. However, I know that they were dealing with a limited amount of space and they had to work with what they were given--they managed quite nicely in my opinion. The staff was also very attentive and helped me when I needed to lock up my art display for a night (also it did take a little while for me to get my art OUT of the secured room, but the problem was solved nonetheless).
Another thing that I want to bring up is that the traffic was a bit slow despite having the golfing club next door. The convention did need to be advertised a little bit more but, like I said, this is a very new convention and they are planning on making it an annual event.
While I was there, I did see some amazing cosplay that were from one of my favorite video games at the moment aka Overwatch and it was a delight to see despite there being a low amount of traffic. I also got to draw a cute little Yu-Gi-Oh! commission of the character Marik so that was a plus.
(Some more pictures that I liked of me and the gaaang and Greg. :D)
I didn't make that many sales that weekend (the table itself was ALSO pretty pricey)but I did have a memorable experience nonetheless. With more advertisement (aka word of mouth and Facebook), I believe that Gamer Grace could really grow into something big...and possibly snag a different venue so that the artist alley and the dealer room can thrive.
But one step at a time, right?
ONTO MIGHTY CON! This convention was actually one of the first ones I applied to...well, I guess there wasn't really an application process. All I had to do was pay for the space and Mighty Con. Now this particular convention has multiple locations, one being in Chicago. Unfortunately, I was not prepared for that one at the time so I snagged one in Madison, Wisconsin.
But yeah! Those two cons are last ones that I've decided to do for 2017. I will update you guys on the cons that I have next year and some stuff in between. My main focuses now are Inktober 2017 and the release of Project: HANASU! If you guys have any convention recommendations aka know of any applications that are live right now, please let me know!
Until next time!
“Split Lit: A Book Fair is an intimate gathering of authors and comic book creators and storytellers. This is a great opportunity to meet indie authors – network with other emerging authors and attend some cool panels. All writers are encouraged to attend.”
Split Lit: A Book Fair is a new convention that happened on August 27th (this past Sunday) that was meant to bring creative minds into one place that we could network with one another. The venue was small but the set-up of the place was convenient for what Paul Barile (founder of Split Lit) wanted to happen.
There were authors set around edge of the space with books and graphic novels on their tables--I did feel a bit out of place only I wasn't someone who had a few books under their belt, but I was thankful that Paul chose me to come to the event regardless.
A few authors in the room did stand on this stage that was located at the front of the venue and read an excerpt from a short story or novel that they have written as well as gave a little information about themselves--this is what we called "panels" for this event.
The tables were huge and I was actually closer to the stage than I thought I was going to be.
In my mind, it felt more like a creative writing or speech class as opposed to a panel, but that was what I found interesting about Split Lit as a whole. I enjoyed listening to what people had to say about their subjects for their novels, such as John Borowski (right) who has studied and written on serial killers and the cultures behind it and Bibi Belford (left) who taught us the basics of writing children's books/graphic novels.
While there was nothing else to really fall back on, I will say that I think Split Lit can definitely benefit from "panels" or talks like this in the long run if it is pushed in the right direction. I also think that the event itself is more beneficial to writers as opposed to illustrators such as myself. While I did meet some interesting characters there, I don't know if I will be coming back to this event until it finds that balance it needs.
Some crazy cats, a cool brother, and one of my best buds. Thanks for always supporting me, dude.
I have two more events that I are coming up but I'll wait a little bit longer before revealing them to you guys. But for now, I shall run away and work on whatever else I need to finish!
Until next time!
Salutations, everyone! Hope you all are doing well while I've been running around and going to new events to promote my comic. Speaking of new events, during the Sulzer Regional Comi Fest last weekend, I was invited to have a table at a convention called RETCon.
"RETCon aims to bring diverse voices within the comic book industry to the forefront and encourage thoughtful consideration of work within the comic book community.”
It was a two day event in Chicago (August 12th-13th) and it wasn't a bad turnout for a first time event--they even brought in a cosplay circus where there was a pole dancing Wonder Woman. I don't know about you, but there is no way that I could do something like that at any given point in my life, haha.
(Me and my squad. Thanks alot for stopping by and supporting me!)
So the next event I'm going to is coming up at the end of the month! I know, I know...I CAN'T REST! This one is called Split Lit and it's a book fair. It's a one day event this time around but I'm ready for it...........I think. :D
"Split Lit: A Book Fair is an intimate gathering of authors and comic book creators and storytellers. This is a great opportunity to meet indie authors – network with other emerging authors and attend some cool panels. All writers are encouraged to attend."
The event will be on August 27th and there are tickets available for it right now! For more information, please click on the link here!
And I guess that's all I got for today. And for anyone that's going to Split Lit, I will see you there!
Owen Haag variant cover (above)
But if you were curious about the prints, just go on ahead and become a patron or subscribe to my Patreon page to see more content for project: HANASU here! I also have a tumblr page for the comic as well which you can click on here.
Aaaand I guess that's all I wanted to update you guys on today. I am also thinking about changing around the layout for my website but I'll think more about that later. The next time I post here, the whole page may be different. Until next time!
Whoa, another post so soon? Yeah, well...surprise! I told myself that I would take a small breather from the artwork after the Wonder Woman Weekend but I realized that it was Pride Month! So what better way to celebrate it then by drawing the LGBTQA+ characters in Project: HANASU? And trust me, there's a lot of them.
The first character I decided to draw was Adam Conley. He is but one of several characters in the Project: HANASU comic so you're going to be seeing him more often. I also drew him with the flower tie for the last Inktober. I don't know how many more of these that I'll do but I just wanted to get started.
But yeah, that's about it. Expect more posts for Pride Month really soon!
Hello, everyone! I'm sorry that I basically disappeared for two months but as of late, I have actually been pretty busy! I haven't had a life drawing class in a while but I will still post the sketches/drawing that I like below.
Life drawing session: April 2017
Other than these sketches here, April wasn't a busy month of art for me. May, however, was an entirely different story.
At the beginning of May, I was invited to this event at this store called Chimera's Comics. There are about 3 locations but I was invited to the one in LaGrange, IL. The manager called it Wonder Woman Weekend (June 1st-4th) in celebration of the release of the Wonder Woman film. The good thing about this was that I had a chance to advertise my comic prose series Project: HANASU.
I accepted it but boy was it rough.
I had decided to make a couple of new prints for the event as well as make an entire sample comic with full color down to the last minute. I lost sleep over it but it was actually...VERY rewarding. It was one of the first events that I have ever sold my art in and to be so well received made me feel...good.
Anyway, here's the prints that I created for the event!
And finally, the last thing I did was make the Project: HANASU comic sample. It was sort of a last minute decision and yet somehow I managed to pull together something that didn't look half bad if I do say so myself. But with this sample, I am now fully ready to start scripting the rest of the first few chapters and get started on drawing it. So stay tuned!
Project: HANASU: May 2017
I also colored in three of the flower boy drawings I did from the last Inktober and that is all that I sold at the event. And NOW I must let myself get some rest and mentally prepare to make more art for the future. I know this post was kind of long but thank you for sticking around to read it.
Until next time!
Whoa, it's already March! Soon my life will be consumed with the Nintendo Switch and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. BUT FEAR NOT! I have been drawing, only it's been of the life drawing nature. So I will warn you now that there will be nudity in this post.
So a few months back, I discovered this school in Park Forest, IL called the Tall Grass Arts Assocation. Every second Sunday they have a life drawing session where you can just come in and draw from a model. It costs $15 per session but essentially you are just paying for the model alone. You can bring your own supplies and it's a free, chill environment. I am out of practice so I decided to take advantage of this class to do what I miss about being at the Academy. The human body is honestly my favorite subject to draw, hence why I love character design so much. So I'm just going to post a few sketches/drawings I've made from the sessions! (Model: Gen, 01/12/17)
I decided to use my watercolor markers again for a quick close-up and color study of the model. I didn't turn my sketchbook horizontally so I didn't capture all that I wanted to draw. Should've trusted my instincts the first time.
ALSO I have decided to start up a Patreon account. It was a bold move on my part and I'm pretty glad I made the decision to do it now. Just to quote myself: "Patreon is a place for content creators (artists, musicians, podcasts, etc.) and what it does is help us, well, create! You, the supporter, would pick out the amount to pay per month with the available tiers shown or per post and you will actually get rewards back such as a new print or a private live stream...you know, things like that!" With the Patreon, I hope to start on a comic book series that I am currently calling project: HANASU.
Here's the link to the Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/avdoodles
So far, I've decided to post about once or twice a week. Reminder, the higher the tier, the more content you get to see from me behind the scenes! :D
But that's all I have to say for now. I'll probably have more to post when I get my Patreon up and running! See you later!
It's been a while, hasn't it? I said that I was going to make a new post before January went and gone so I just wanted to show you guys a new tool that I just randomly decided to buy: Watercolor markers! I got them from Dick Blick not that long ago. Anyway, here's my quick review of them so far!
They're a kind of expensive but after trying them out, I think I like them. I only got the pack with 6 colors but you can (I think) buy the markers on their own or you can grab a pack of 37 markers...I have no idea how much that set is.
(Left) Fine tip end, (Right) brush end
So the markers have 2 heads: one with a fine tip and the other end is a brush. I combined the markers with a water brush that I recently bought and the results of it are to the left.
The colors that came in this set are:
Also, I'm still going to try and upload more blog posts this year instead the once a month type of thing. But, until next time!
I was a little late to the party but I just wanted to share my "art summary" of 2016 with you guys. I has been an interesting year for me with art--from my new job as an painting instructor to commissions to fanart projects-- and I have enjoyed every last bit of it. But this year I am going to be seeking improvement for myself and a renewal of my goals and my self-confidence in myself. I'm going to try to draw more for myself and what I want to draw and not be motivated by commissions alone. I have to remember that I chose this career path because there's really nothing else that I see myself doing for the rest of my life. Will it be a struggle? Of course it will but that doesn't mean that I should just give up and move onto something else. What else IS there for me other than art?
Nothing. That's the answer.
So, yeah, I just wanted to share that with all of you and wanted to give myself that reminder. There will be another blog post coming up really soon but until next time! :D
Illustrator. Concept Artist. Co-creator of project: HANASU.