Playing Catch Up: Or Stuff I've Been Busy Doing

I realize that I have neglected this blog for a bit, and it's for a good reason. I've been busy!

At the start of the month I was fortunate enough to make it into the jurried art show at Gen Con in Indianapolis. I've been attending this convention since it moved to Indianapolis in 2003, and have only missed attending for two years. It was great to be able to go again, especially as an exhibitor. And especially with my best friend Lucas!

Me at my booth!

Me at my booth!

Lucas!

Lucas!

There was a lot to do in preparation for the show that included restocking prints and organizing everything as well as pricing out a lot of originals and commissions. Achsa Nute (the wife of Christopher Burdett) was kind enough to have him send me a copy of his pre convention check list, and I am eternally grateful to them both for it! I only forgot two minor things that didn't matter for the show at all. 

And since I know a lot of the artists who are veterans of the show I felt comfortable enough to ask a few in the time leading up to the show for advice on a large number of things. They are all amazing, and it really does go to show that all you have to do is ask politely.

Lucas and our buddy Jacob were both catty corner to me, and it was great! It was also nice to have met so many of the artists in years prior (I even had a couple who were shocked I wasn't in the show before now), and to meet a ton of new people!

Hanging out with friends!

Hanging out with friends!

Conventions are made all the more fun when you combine hangouts after the show closes with new and old friends. It's true that after a while you begin to look upon these folks as part of a family, and it's great to stay in touch with other creatives in the community for the times where you really need a pick me up!

There was also a night where all the artists in the show got together in one of the hotel lobbies to mingle and take part in the Gen Con Art Show Awards. This is of some importance as it's the only award show for game art. I am proud to say that some of my friends were able to win awards, a lot of them were also first timers to the show so it made it extra awesome! Lucas even won an award that night!

Most of the time during the days are dedicated to the booth, and it's a wonderful experience for sure. 

I had a commission I did for a buddy before the show, and he was able to pick it up during the weekend. I do miss my gamer friends quite a bit since I no longer participate in games at conventions, and so it was an extra special treat to have a few of my friends stop by to see me and chat for a little bit. 

A commission I did before the show that was picked up over the weekend by the happy owner

A commission I did before the show that was picked up over the weekend by the happy owner

An example of a rare sketchbook commission I did at Gen Con

An example of a rare sketchbook commission I did at Gen Con

In the spare time at the show I worked a little on my Glamazons project

In the spare time at the show I worked a little on my Glamazons project

MTG artist Jeff Miracola and I teamed up to surprise his wife Silvia with this commission of Wonder Woman!

MTG artist Jeff Miracola and I teamed up to surprise his wife Silvia with this commission of Wonder Woman!

I did a few commissions at Gen Con, and I talked a bunch with potential clients. I always make it a point to send out emails to all my contacts after the show, which I did, and have already heard back from a few. I really can't stress the importance of this enough to those of you who want to network at a convention. I also make sure to keep a small notebook with me where I can jot down notes about such encounters so that I know exactly what I talked about with who, and I keep my business cards I pick up in these pages for later. 

During the lulls in the show I was able to work a little on a project that I signed onto right after Origins back in June. Matt Loter of Prettiest Princess Games was at the convention doing his bit, and he was super excited when he stopped by my table and saw me working on one of the pieces of art he had commissioned me to do for his game. 

I have been having a lot of fun with this project, which has been a dream as it combines both my love of pin ups, fantasy, and gaming all in one! For more information on the project you can find it here at Glamazons and The Curse of The Chainmail Bikini. 

Where I stand with my progress on Glamazons, I only have 5 paintings left to do!

Where I stand with my progress on Glamazons, I only have 5 paintings left to do!

I am pleased to say that I am a little more than half way finished with the project already, and I will be spending the remainder of the month working to finish up these paintings so that Matt can get on fulfilling his kickstarter. 

But wait! That's not all!

I am finishing up some Harry Potter pin ups that I will have available starting September. I am on the very last one and then I can get them all printed out and ready for Cincy Comic Con, which will be at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center this coming September 12-13. 

And stay tuned for more news on what else I have cooking up for the entire month of September. I'll give you a clue: It has to do with Harry Potter!

Until next time!