I went to the Drink & Draw October event at Frank’s Power Plant in Milwaukee on October 12th. Because it is primarily a drawing event, I’ve dedicated the rest of this post to the things I drew there. Enjoy.
Last weekend, I went to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. Unlike last year, most of the presentations were at the Kenosha Public Museum, but this year was extra special, as one of my favorite cartoonists made an appearance: Stephan Pastis of “Pearls Before Swine” fame. I gave him a copy of “Drannik & Lizzep” while I was there. Whether he’d be into the comic or not is another story. Anyway, here are a couple of photos from different events that took place:
Last Saturday was the first Artwalk I had been some sort of part of since I took a trip to Los Angeles back in July. Unlike that Artwalk, however, this one didn’t turn into a riot.
In all seriousness, though, I had a good time at the event, despite only selling one comic and not staying the whole time due to weather. It was very cool and windy because it was right next to the just-completed Wisconsin Ave. bridge, and later on it started to rain. Despite this, I made my presence known, and I got a few photos from the event as well.
I visited the Drink and Draw event at Frank’s Power Plant last Friday. It was a good opportunity to meet new people and make connections, as well as draw to our heart’s content. While there, I showed off my portfolio as well as “Drannik & Lizzep” to several different people. Many of them compared my stuff to “Scott Pilgrim” as well as to Skottie Young, another comic book artist whose work I’ve checked out. A good example of his art can be found here.
Photos from the event can be found on the Drink & Draw Milwaukee Facebook page, specifically here.
Although I have no photos of the event myself, I do have sketches that I did while I was there:
On May 12th, I went to the “Heaven and Hell” opening reception at Artworks in Kenosha. Because of how busy I have been over the last few months with the Drannik & Lizzep comic book, I did not enter this show, but I did stop by to see what other people did for it. All the pieces on display had the theme of Heaven or Hell, so most of the show involved religious imagery, but there were a couple where the theme was more allegorical (like a painting of a partly-cloudy sky). My personal favorite was the “tryptich” of Scott Walker, mostly because it was done more like a political cartoon, plus it’s quite the topical subject given what’s been going on in Wisconsin politics in the last year or so. There was also a dance troupe doing their routine throughout the show. I took a few pictures, of course:
Speaking of Artworks, I have Drannik & Lizzep #2 on sale there, so if you ever happen to stop by there (or Lost World of Wonders up in Milwaukee), pick yourself up a copy. They’re only $4 at each location (I also plan on making some more copies and dropping them off at one of the Collector’s Edge locations up in Milwaukee).
Unrelated update: I have added some new links, as well as some new stuff to my portfolio. Also, I’ve made the portfolio tab in the menu above clickable in case the drop-down function doesn’t work.
Last Saturday I went to C2E2, which is a huge comic convention down in Chicago. While most people there were there to purchase comics from the big names such as Marvel and DC, as well as dress in silly costumes and the like, I was there to gain some comic career advice, support the indie comic creators, as well as spread my name (as well as Drannik and Lizzep) by giving some leftover copies of Drannik & Lizzep #1 to the vendors around the con (after I bought something, of course). Here are some photos from around the con:
I only went to two panels, but I did take some photos of one of them:
I also took some video of various goings on around the con:
I got to meet some other fellow indie comic creators, including Anthony Del Col of Kill Shakespeare, as well as Trevor Mueller again, whom I last saw at a con over a year ago. Here are just a few of the books I purchased along with the names of the creators:
By David Gruba and Rene Castellano:
By Various Cartoon Creators:
By Matt Chic, a Milwaukee native:
By Russell Lissau and Marvin Perry Mann:
By Trevor Mueller and “Gabo”:
Also By Various Cartoon Creators:
Finally, I got some autographs from Gail Simone, Dan Slott, and Robert Atkins. Also, Autodesk had a booth where they were giving away trial versions of Sketchbook Pro. I got to try out the program, as well as the 21-inch Cintiq they had to demo it. Having only used a Cintiq once, and even then only a 12-inch version, there is something about using a monitor to draw directly onto a computer as opposed to having to get used to a disconnect with a tablet like an Intuos.
All in all, C2E2 was a pretty good time. If ever you want to go to it, make sure you take public transportation like I did, as it is in the heart of Chicago and Chicago is a nightmare to drive through.
I will be at C2E2 on Saturday, April 14th, so if you’re in the Chicago area, come and find me wandering around. I will post more on the event after I’ve gone there.
I went to several different art events over the last couple of days, and since it would be pointless to post about them all separately, I decided to put them all in one megapost.
Art Milwaukee recently had one of their monthly Art Jamboree’s, this time at Flux Design on Vienna Avenue, just south of Capitol Drive. I actually had a table near the entrance where I showcased and sold some stuff. Because I took so many photos and because there is a lot to talk about, I’m going to have to put the rest of this post below the fold.
“The Rita”, as it has been dubbed, had its grand opening on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. “The Rita” is a massive expansion of the old Communication Arts Building, and from what I saw tonight it’s a massive improvement.
There were a lot of different activities and events going on throughout the event, including several different art exhibitions going on in the different galleries, as well as airbrush painting and live performances.
There was also printmaking demonstrations, and what you see above is sort-of an example of that. What we did was we had this pan filled with oil, then dunked and swirled in some color, and finally put a piece of paper in and wash it in water. Considering what little it took to make, I really like how it turned out. I might use it in some form as a background for future comics or something (especially since it looks so psychadelic). My friend and I worked with an airbrush as well, but I let him keep that considering he did quite a bit on that one.
All in all, “The Rita” is quite the nice expansion to UW-Parkside’s creative departments. I only wish it was there when I went, and I also wish I had my camera to take photos. Well, maybe I’ll put some up before the week is out, as I’m likely going to visit again.
Site Update: If you’ve seen the header bar recently, you’ll have noticed it’s less cluttered and more organized. I’ve placed the animations and books under a drop-down under portfolio to clear some space, plus they fit under portfolio anyway. I’m hoping to do some more with that when the time comes.
Edit: Here are a few pictures I took a few days after the event. Hope you enjoy.