I wanted to post this yesterday (Thursday) as a TBT piece to follow up my "look back at blank variant comics." In that post I mentioned that I feel like the demand for blank variant comics is slowly fading and I'm not doing nearly as many as I used to. This came along with a decline in convention profits for the past year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing this solely for the money, but at some point you get used to a certain standard. I think for me the decline in sales isn't so much about the money, but it makes me question the integrity of my work and makes me wonder if my work may have gotten stale. That along with a ton of competition on the rise, makes me wonder if I no longer stack up against the competition. And again, I know that's not what it's all about, but that seems to be what my mind defaults to. But maybe it's all just a sign to make a change and try new things.
I really want to start pushing out more original or unique work and try my hand at more art walks, galleries and pop-up shows this year and next. And in all honestly, I'm getting a little burnt out on drawing varieties of Harley Quinn to please a certain audience. She was fun to draw for a good 5 years. But enough is enough. I feel like I can't progress as an artist or come up with unique concepts by limiting myself to fan art. And unique/original is simply not gonna fly at conventions.
I'm not saying that I will never do conventions again. But I will be very selective. And I may even wait until I have an original book of sorts to make a comeback.
Needless to say, the last few years have been a blast. And I hope that someday I will return to cons with a fresh mindset and regain that feeling I used to have. Enjoy the photos below and see if you can find yourself in them. I've met a ton of great people through cons and made a few good friends. I hope you all keep following and supporting me through social media. Know that I will NOT stop creating and I promise there is some cool stuff to come. So stick around.
A special thanks to:
My wife Cassidy
My daughter Alice
John Kratky @coffeetimecomix
Stephen Yan @syngeist
JD Correa @jdcorreasketchart
Rich Mprezya @mprezya
Jose Rodriguez @jtrod88
Danny Silva @dsilvadesigns
Tee No Evil (Franco & Francis) @teenoevil
Richard Garcia @artbyrichard
Hip Hop Trooper @hiphoptrooper
Greavehearts Cosplay @graveheartscosplay
Cimarron Kuskie @cimarron_1
Earth 2 Comics @earth_2_comics
Phat Collectibles @phatcollectibles
Just to mention a few off the top of my head...
Many if not all of you have been there since day one supporting me. So I thank you for the support and the memories.
I wanted to take a peek back in time and recover as many images of sketch covers I've done as I could.
Here are some of them.
A lot of these have found homes, some of them I still have and some were commissions.
It saddens me a bit that this trend seems to have died out a bit over the past year, at least for me.
I still have a box full of blanks that I'm not sure what to do with. Do People still collect custom covers?
Sketching on these covers used to be what cons were all about for me. I enjoyed doing them so much. It gave me so much adrenaline and motivation seeing people's reactions when they picked up their commissions. It was also always a challenge because I'd get requests for characters I had never drawn or perhaps never even seen or heard of before. It gave me the chance to experiment and push my limits.
But it seems that the time has come to move on. In my next post I will address more about my decision to cut back on cons for a while, or forever, along with some images of the past. I was going through all my iPhotos yesterday and recovered so many memories. I really miss the way cons used to be. But maybe that chapter is over and it's time to embark in some new adventures.
and thanks for reading.
For the past few years I've been vending at the 626 & OC Night Markets. These are amazingly fun events that take place at two locations here in SoCal. 626 Night Market takes place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and OC Night Market takes place at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. In a nutshell, this is primarily a food festival based around asian/american fusion food. But as of late a lot of other cultures are jumping into the mix brining their own amazing flavors. You'll find anything from lobster to boba to churros and ice cream....tacos, burritos, sushi, noodles....etc.
Me? I don't sell food there....I eat it. But I do sell my art there as they set up a small area for artists and crafters. This has become one of my best and biggest events of the year. I really enjoy the variety in the audience, it's not just your typical comic book/movie fans one encounters at a comic convention.
This event is getting bigger each year and I am glad to be part of it's growth. These Night Markets take place about 8 times per year over the summer spanning from May through September. Labor Day weekend will be the last event of the year, the link to their site is provided on this page either to the right side or the way bottom of this page (depending if you'r reading this on your desktop or your phone). So if you haven't had a chance to drop by this event, you last chance for 2017 will be September 1-3, Labor Day Weekend at Santa Anita Park. Come find me at the Art Walk.
If you're ever in the down town Los Angeles area, head over to the Hive Gallery and check out my art wall. I'm currently a resident artist there. You can find me there during the LA Art Walk which occurs every second Thursday of the month as well as their monthly show openings.
For more details click the banner on the side to check out the Hive website for show info.
Below is my wall set-up as well as progress on a piece I'm working on for next month's show themed "feminine"
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I am currently overhauling my website to make it a little less sales driven. I feel like it had too much of a "buy this, buy that" type of feel with my shop ads. I want to make this site more about the art and the process as well as the progress of my current projects.
This landing page will serve as a conversational ground. Here I will share the latest happenings in my journey as an artist, blog style. This will also be a good place for you guys to comment and let me know what you would like to see or read about.
I've never been great at writing, so I'm hoping this will force me to engage more with my audience.
So stay tuned as this site goes through its changes. The Gallery and Shop are still available in the menu bar for those interested.
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