Dallas Comic Con

Howl - Watercolor, Ink
Howl - Watercolor, Ink

nce upon a time I happened on an event going on in my area called Dallas Comic Con.   I've always been a geek aficionado of sorts.  Sometimes I think it has more to do with growing up in the 90s than it does with being an actual geek.   Nonetheless I could talk for hours about X-Men, Lord of the Rings, and my new favorite comic book/anime/etc. 

 

Before I ever really considered myself an artist, I occupied myself with illustration.  I always made scenes from made up stories, or developed looks for characters.  Growing up in the country, I had plenty of time to draw, and that's pretty much all I did.


But back to the topic at hand,  I had heard about the convention through Facebook and was excited to see what it was all about. I've seen events like this depicted on some of my favorite programs.  I decided I'd drag a friend, throw on a quick outfit, and find out what the hoopla was.   I don't think I was fully prepared.   Up until that point I'd only been 1 out of a small group of people that geeked out about superheroes.  In this environment I was 1 out of an overwhelming number.  Everywhere  I looked there was cosplay from every corner of the geek universe.  The merchandise was catering to me, from the toys I haven't seen since I was a kid to the artists that made a lot of it come to life.

My friend and I quickly came to the same conclusion, that this was something I should try.  My work was on par with many of the booths set up in Artist Alley, why couldn't I do this too?  After hours of walking the aisles almost thrice over and talking to many artists and booth vendors about their experience, I decided this idea was a go.   I grabbed my bestie and fellow colleauge in arts, Andre, and we set out to conquer the geeks at the next convention. 


We did better than we thought.  We shared a table, and made prints of only 5 different works.  Maybe we lucked out being next to a big comic artist, even in the same room as many great artists, but we got a lot of traffic.  It felt like validation, and it was fun!  We did it 4 more times, each time improving our stock and marketing.   At the end (so far) we decided to take a break until we've improved our stock completely.   Not to mention most of our work was becoming heavily lenient on competition and pleasing the crowd.  While its not a bad thing to please the crowd, I'd wager its better to surprise them.  We came out of it with an extensive illustration portfolio.  I think for a geek artist, there might not be any greater pleasure than working on your favorite character. 


 It was a great sense of accomplishment, and I can't wait to try it again in the future.  We met great industry professionals, and learned a lot about putting yourself out there.   If you'd like to see more of my work in illustration, click here!   What was your first big gig like?  What made you feel a sense of validation? 

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About the Artist

 I would call myself a Jack of all Trades, but mostly because I'm interested in many areas of art if not all!  I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the University of North Texas with a focus on Watercolor.   I always had dreams of creative writing, and in 5th grade I wasn't too bad!  Art clearly won out for my attention, but writing will always have a place in my heart!

What better way to write, I say,  than to share a blog, and practice my second love while talking about my first! With that said, I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and please hit me up with any questions.  :D

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