If you can find Ein from Cowboy Bepop you win a cookie.
Hey, hope everyone’s having a great holiday! I have a lot of unfinished work and potential ideas lately, but still nothing concrete. On a side note, my art was hung up in a coffee shop here in Queens. It’s called Fairweather Cafe, check it out!
Well it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this blog. But the cold winds of the coming winter bring change.
I’ve recently celebrated my one year anniversary with New York. It was around this time in 2013 that I set out to the big city with a suitcase and an empty wallet. I’m actually quite surprised that I had the luck I did, finding an affordable place to live and snagging a job as a bartender. My year as an urbanite provided much inspiration for my writing and art, which was one of my intentions moving here. I’ve also had to learn a lot about myself and my interactions with others because of how many people I see on a daily basis. This has been a difficult task. As someone who spends a great deal of time in my own world, contemplating my own characters and THEIR problems, I tend to forget what’s going on in the outside world. But I’ve learned that injecting a bit of sincerity into my interactions makes all the difference. A smile seems to go a long way.
For example, at this years New York Comic Convention, I met so many creative and enthusiastic individuals that took the time to look at my art. There were a lot of positive reactions to my portfolio. I was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who, after meeting me, looked up my comics, gave them a read and then E-mailed me their thoughts. That simple interaction makes all the labor put into making free art totally worth it. So, if you were one of those people, I want to say Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Here’s a few photos from the event.
For the past 9 months of so I also was drawing a comic called Nekyia about a man in a dystopian future who can control the dead with music. I made around thirty pages and got some good feedback on it. But honestly, I started that story without an ending (or even a clear idea of where it’s going) in mind and it became almost impossible to proceed through the comic that way. But I liked the concept. So I have been working on a long-term plot for the series. But it will take a bit a bit of time before this new comic is written and produced. I am thinking of completing an entire chapter first before launching it on here. I will however be posting concept art, sketches and character designs on this blog and a few other places! So stay tuned!
I usually refer some musicians and artists at the end of this blog post. I’d like to keep that up.
I recently went to a Flying Lotus show at the Terminal 5 in NYC. It was my first time going to any live electronic music. The opening acts were kind of forgettable, but man did FlyLo deliver. I’m talking about giant holographic cubes, flame jets , glowing eyes and a 9ft grim reaper walking the crowd. It got so heated the security had to step in when the crowd tried to trample Mr. Lotus. Shit was unreal.
If you aren’t a fan of the L.A producer I suggest you hop on the flying train to enlightenment. He’s got some great, experimental electro-jazz fusion stuff going on and I really dig it. You may remember him as the guy who makes the trip hop beats for many of Adult Swim’s short animated music videos. His most recent album “You’re Dead!” is relaxing and jazzy. His meandering piano melodies really remind me of his late aunt Alice Coltrane. It’s clear that musical talent runs in his blood. He also has a rap alias, Captain Murphy, who drops sickly sinister rhymes in that bizarre fashion only west coasters seem to be able to pull off.
The artist I wanted to mention is someone I met at NYCC: Xenia Pamfi, a Romanian Illustrator and extremely nice person. I initially approached her comic publishing collective, Action Lab, for a review of my portfolio. But I was quickly drawn into Xenia’s book MISHKA AND THE SEA DEVIL. At first I thought it was an anthology as each of the eleven chapters (separated into days stranded on a magical island) are drawn in a different style. However, all the very different styles are drawn by her. She’s quite a versatile artist. After picking up her book I wanted to see what she could do with my characters. Check out her version of Lute and Kore. Super cute!
Alright that about wraps up this post. I’m going to be making a more concentrated effort to get my stuff out there. I will be trying out several different platforms: Behance, Patreon, Twitter, ext. I will also be at COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL @ BROOKLYN. See you there!
So I recently moved to New York for an increased probability of inspiration and art propagation. A few months time will reveal if it was the most profitable decision. So far however, I am having a great time and getting a lot of idea’s for the next few pages of Nekyia, which will involve a dystopian super city. I’ve been up here for about 2 weeks now, and I have a lot of backed up photos that I felt I should post for anyone in Florida who actually reads this. My current living situation is pretty swell, It’s a Live/Work artists studio in Ridgewood, Queens, with some cool artsy roomates. Because I know have the space you will be seeing more actual paintings from me, as opposed to just digital comics.
As evident from the photos, I’ve visited almost every part of NYC so far. Harlem, East Harlem, Lower East Side, East Village, Union Square, Times Square, Brooklyn Heights, Bedstuy, Bushwick, Midtown,
Now that I have finally caught up on pages and am in between doing another one I figure I might as update this blog. I recently purchased the pc/tablet hybrid, Surface Pro by Microsoft. This is a big change from my old Asus G7, mostly due to the portability. I can attest how difficult it is to haul around a 17 inch laptop, a 2 pound power brick and Wacom tablet everywhere. I was pretty much using it exclusively as a desktop computer. With this new tablet I am super mobile, which hopefully means I will be blogging and posting new art more frequently. In fact
And I can draw on the screen! Its flippin cool!
So besides finally making my page deadlines there is some other news since my last blog post.
Firstly, I had my first experience selling my art at a con. Florida Supercon to be exact. Guess how much I made?
…Times zero. I made zero dollars. I did however get to do a bunch of hilarious PokeFusion drawings and got to commission a character from the works of an aspiring author.
Also, for many months I had been attempting to get a job as a store artist at the whole foods near me. They seemed very interested, with lots of contact between me and the manager and 2 interviews. Sadly they did not select me for the job. But on the Brightside, I got to keep the expensive set of Woodcraft markers they gave me for my drawing applicatio0n. Score! And I happen to be really good with them!
Below are the 2 pieces of art I had to create for WF as well as the con commish. Also included is the illustration I did for a friends wedding invite and some inking I did in Illustrator over pencils by my buddy Rob Regis, local artist and wordsmith. So much art…my phalanges hurt…
I leave you with Isan…Amber Button. So simple yet haunting.
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