Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Loncon 3 has come and gone

So that's done then. It was really worth being a part of a World Convention, my best chance to get seen by people from other continents. Also good to be featured in the big art show program, a booklet of 96 pages, and have my name next to some of the biggest illustrators of this time. It's like a sort of finality, a nice statement, I am small fish next to these but I am there, it's all I could ever dream of when I was younger.

I also had a portfolio review, with Irene Gallo and Greg Manchess. Nothing new there, in all of my endeavours, artistic or otherwise professional I am always going in a thousand of directions and not really getting anywhere precise but that's the way I am and the life I like. It was very satisfying to see that my art has reached a level where professionals will acknowledge it, it's encouraging for the next step. The next "level up" moment. I have a ton of projects so this gave me a good boost.

I had several originals, not framed since that would have been a nightmare to organise


You can see my table in the back there

And prints, as well as my art books



And of course my jewellery. That's what I had been working on since last December, I had some nice remarks and even one Tim Powers fan asking some specific questions, that was nice. I was invited to one panel about Art in Jewellery (bit odd for an illustrator but see above) and that went really well. I had some nice feedback afterwards. My fellow panellists were fabulous, and it was an interesting discussion.



In between sitting by my table and sketching, I had time to meet most of the people I wanted to meet, not all but you really can't see everyone in such a huge place. I finally met Ursula Vernon and her husband Kevin, long time online friends but we had never met before. I spent time with old friends and made some new friends. Among which the fantastically talented Margaret Walty and the lively and fabulous Goldeen Ogawa, my fox and dragon friends have guided me well once again.

Speaking of which, one of the Guests of Honour was Robin Hobb. I missed a lot of her panels, the one I managed to reach almost on time was full so I had to leave again. But I managed to be in the first row during her GoH interview. Jane Johnson is a great interviewer, of course she has known Robin for many years but she knows exactly how to conduct these and entertain everyone.


All in all a great experience. Now to plan the next step, try to prioritise things a bit and move onwards.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sketching

So in between preparations (see previous posts) I am trying to do some more quick drawings. A bit between sketches and illustrations. Just to see if one day I'll manage to loosen up enough to get where I feel I've really progressed towards the goal I set a few years ago. Still nothing happening but I am keeping at it.





Sunday, 3 August 2014

Preparations

I'm in the middle of preparing my art show in London. It's starting to feel real as it's in eleven days. These past six months have been interesting, but I've started to loose the thread again. Doing too many things, out of need mostly, need to find a job or more commissions and it feels a bit like have four parallel lives. I wouldn't mind slowing down a bit if I can.

Until then I am on full speed ahead. Took photos of the finished pieces, so I can build a shop on my website later this year.



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Steampunk jewellery

I have new flyers. A total revamp of the ones I had previously.  Slowly getting ready for Worldcon which is in a month now!






Monday, 7 July 2014

Coloured

Here you are, all done :) I feel all odd using US formats, I'm so used to the balance of the European formats.

It's up for voting for now

News and such

Been busy and busier times are approaching. Mostly my time is taken by trying to find a job.

I've been practising with posters. When I was much younger I loved to fool about and design my own Fillmore inspired posters. I'll see if I can find some of them, but a lot of my early stuff went to the bin at some point. I've meant to do some new ones for at least a year but never got to it. And now it's a theme at Creative Allies. So it was an incentive to finally start on this idea. The theme is to design a poster to go with the new release of an iconic show:

Outlined and hopefully coloured today (or I won't make the deadline)


I'm not sure what will be in the centre yet so it will have to wait a bit. I know what colour scheme it will be. So stay tuned

Saturday, 28 June 2014

And this too

I finished my course in graphic design at the London Art College. These are online courses that give you an overview of a subject, not in depth but it's a good basis. I've added my own to it and learned to use all the basic software that you need for graphic design nowadays.


My next aim would be to develop a project just for practise and also build a proper website in Dreaweaver and all. But for now I must concentrate on finding a job as I never really trusted the idea of being totally freelance. And I want to work on a book idea I've had some month ago. The other projects are all on hold, hopefully they will re surface one day.