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.
4 thoughts on “Fantasy Illustrations and the Austin Comic Con”
Wicked stuff, Jeff. You are a 60th Level Illustration Wizard with a +12 Paintbrush of Awesomeness. Let me know if you plan to go to San Diego. I just saw that WonderCon is moving to Anaheim this year because the San Francisco venue is being renovated. Plan for SF in 2013!!!
I love the baboons vs. hyenas!
Tim: Thanks for the nerd praise! I would like to go to San Diego, but the deadline has passed for the Artist Alley applications and all they have is a wait list. I just might have to do SF 2013.
Scott: Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the painting. I went and checked out your site. Cool work, both on the screen and in the dirt! We haven’t met through the Austin SCBWI have we?
Nice responsive website Jeff! Love your work.