“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Wednesday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To participate, we formed the Comic Creators for Freedom– a group of over 100 comic book creators who volunteered our artistic talents to raise money and awareness for this cause. You may not know it, but there are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year. Unlike slavery in the past, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won’t end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand.
So here’s what we did: each creator contributed an original drawing of one of our own female characters, and combined them into a single wallpaper image! The wallpaper features characters from all over the web, including Girls with Slingshots, The Dreamland Chronicles, Kukuburi, Earthsong Saga, Looking for Group, Love and Capes, The Dreamer, and tons more! Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper.
The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from Monday January 9th – 20th. All proceeds will be split evenly between Love 146and Gracehaven House- two organizations working on rehabilitation of victims and prevention of this crime.
Thanks, Gillian! Make sure to give her your attention, she writes short stories and, of course, blogs.
Hello, folks! Got a doodle for you all tonight!
Also been working on my webcomic script, little by little. I’m outlining it first and then I’ll flesh it out a bit, hopefully this week, then email it to some WONDERFUL FRIENDS who I hope will help me edit it. Step one, yeeeeah!
So, tonight I met Gary Dumm, the artist of the American Splendor comics, at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society. He was extremely friendly and just such a cool, relaxed guy (and his wife was pleasant, too). I gave him a postcard and business card and he seemed excited to receive them. He said we may talk again soon, and I said, “Even if it’s just an email saying, ‘Hey, I remember you!’, I’ll be satisfied!”. He also had a really relaxed opinion on the adaptation of books to movies and vice versa, so then he really became one of my new heroes.
I also got to catch up with my instructors/colleagues from school, one of whom is a seasoned art director and designer Larry O’Neal. He gave me sage advice about what to do now that my brain and life are more stable than they were when I graduated in 2009. Needless to say, I feel better about this whole artist thing now that he put it back in perspective for me.
LET’S DO THIS THING!!!
Another Illustration Friday submission! This week’s theme is “afterwards”. Check it out!
This is my first submission to Illustration Friday, where a new subject is posted every – guess which day? – as a creativity booster. This week’s subject is “transportation”, so, here’s Scottie, from my comic Oxford Road (which you can purchase on Lulu.com!), playing with his little brother, being the best dinosaur evar!
Non-photo blue pencil, technical pen, Photoshop.
Tekkoshocon was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I was happy to go not just because they allowed me to show there, but because it was a brand new con for me, as I’d really only been to cons in Ohio. Fresh faces, fresh eyes on my work, and a whole room to the Artists! It felt like we were our own Dealer’s Room. :D The head of the Alley was really nice, too, and the head of the con’s Art Auction bought the piece I put in there – I still have the bid sheet, she was vehement in gettin’ it! I had a super-helpful assistant, and a good time in the Burgh of Pitt. In terms of sales, I made less than I have at the Ohio cons. I was told by a friend who’s done Tekko’s AA that the attendees really like plushies, so maybe that’s where some of my sales went.
At Colossalcon this year, I finally was able to go to the freaking waterpark! The Colossalcon community is calling 2010 “Tornado Con”, “Disaster Con”, etc, because an alleged fire broke out and there was a tornado warning out in Sandusky nearby the con’s location, so we did in fact have to be evacuated to the resort’s basement. In any case, I got several commissions to do, which will occupy some of my time for a while, heh. Sales seemed normal for me, being window-shopped upon on Friday, picked up a lot on Saturday, and average on Sunday. Several assistants this time, thanks to my roomies, heehee!
I love it when people give me their original characters to draw. It means a lot to me, because these people are entrusting me to visualize their own characters which have been in their heads for who knows how long. I’ve been the first person to illustrate OCs (original characters), and I’ve been the latest in a line of them. Either way, I get to do what I love doing the most: character design, and doing a heck of a lot of it! So, thank you, Colossalcon attendees, for giving me a nice stack of commission order forms filled with requests for pictures of your OCs!
I may redesign my commission sign to be a lot simpler. For example, right now it says color work starts at $20 and up, and black and white starts at $15 and up. I saw other commission signs that said something like, “Headshots $20, Full Body $30″, with no mention if you get black and white, color, or any other details. I have to go through negotiations when people commission me at cons, and sometimes I lose sales that way. At Colossal, the majority of what I got were for full-body sketches, some with a little bit of detail, some as just loose pencil sketches, all for the same price. Any ideas? I think simplifying it might make my life a smidgen easier. I can add a price for pieces with backgrounds, too. My sign says “[price] and up” because I don’t want to limit people to just getting a headshot or a full body, but looking back on most of my previous cons, and the commissions I get online, individuals seem to like headshots, full body pieces, and if they can afford it, they’d like a background with a pinup shot of the character(s). I may have just reasoned myself into changing my sign, heheh.
So, I’m open to ideas, folks!
And here’s to the next convention! I’m aiming to do a search for local comic conventions, too, and I’m going to try to go back to Mid-Ohio Con this year. Yay!
Hey, peeps! It’s time for me to get my art on at this year’s Cleveland Colossal Convention at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio! It’ll be my FOURTH Colossalcon! It almost wasn’t: the submission process changed a lot and I was THISCLOSE to not making it, but I got it, babieeees! Come see me, buy stuff and say hi this weekend, and if you’re not there, send me some encouraging vibes, please! LET’S MAKE A PROFIT!!!
Rachel may not like the flower in her hat, but she’d like Kalahari! :D
The price is the one for Lulu. Sometimes it goes down for convention specials, or if you buy it directly from me in person. If there are any questions, concerns, etc., please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally doodled for a friend, who totally didn’t believe me when I said I would doodle him a Rachel desktop wallpaper. XD She’s his favorite “Oxford Road” character. I also composed this so the circle and her portrait would be a heart shape, because he toooooootally fanboys over her. ;} I wonder if he noticed (he will if he sees this here update, heh heh).
There’s a download link on DeviantArt! Enjoy! :D If you would like a different size, I will gladly edit this for you.