This past weekend, I participated in my first comic con. I had a table in the artists’ alley where I displayed not only my children’s books, but also my fantasy work that I’ve done over the years. I even had a few originals on exhibit that caught conventioneers’ interests. I thought I would share some of that work here.
I did this piece to have another sci-fi painting in my portfolio. The only other two are a Star Wars/Sistine Chapel illo I did for the Village Voice and a Star Trek first episode image I did for the River Front Times. For this painting, I thought I’d do a mash up of rockabilly and robots: robobilly.
This painting, titled “Afrika”, drew a lot of attention at the con, not just because of the imagery, but also because of the rusty nails I hammered into the sides of the canvas to create a frame.
I created this painting last year after attending the Illustration Master Class in Amherst. Jeremy Jarvis was one of the guest instructors and after speaking with him, thought I’d do a sample piece to get some work for Wizards of the Coast.
I painted this for the Illustration Master Class. One of the assignments was to illustrate “Beauty and the Beast”. I chose to put a twist on that title and make a fun book cover image.
This is a painting I did a few years back for promo purposes. I had the original on display at the Con and a lot of people recognized it from when it was published in Spectrum.
I did pretty well at the event, selling several books and prints and even an original painting. Best of all, I met a lot of really talented artists and made some good connections. I would like to take a wack at the San Diego con this year and check out that circus.