Whoo, boy, APE has come and passed! It was quite the planning and work getting there, but my first time as an exhibitor at Alternative Press Expo was well worth the lack of sleep, eye strain, and busy September. I shared a table with three amazing artists and friends: Annie Wong, Andy Malpica, and Allentine Tanujaya. Although I didn't get everything I wanted to finish done in time to sell at APE (still working on my comic about Catholic school), I did get a lot of things made. I had 8.5 x 11 prints, postcards (printed at Moo - as well as my business cards), and made my first keychains and necklaces.
Since I couldn't make buttons (couldn't afford a good button maker), I decided to try and make some keychains and necklaces. After searching on Etsy, I got a trial DIY package from Sun and Moon Craft Kits.
The first six.
I was hooked. So I ordered some more and (lightly) crafted my hands away.
Many a late night...
My tablemates and I also collaborated on a zine/comic called The Cadence of Dreams: A Door to Another World. We each interpreted the title how we saw fit. I knew I wanted to make a comic. Then I decided I wanted it to be Sci-Fi. The story came quick from there and I got to sketching, planning, and inking.
Day 2: The Sunday of INK
We printed and bound it all up and voila!
Annie created the great cover. I really loved collaborating with those awesome ladies. It was inspiring to work on a project with other artists.
I packed everything up Friday night, checked it twice then three more times in the morning, and was on my way!
My part of our table
Table full of awesome! Unfortunately, I didn't get Annie's banner name in the shot. Fail.
Peek-a-boo, art! Annie and Andy - watchers on the table
The four of us and our sweet table.
I really enjoyed exhibiting at APE and will definitely be doing so next year (hopefully the exhibition changes don't alter my plans). Now it's time to keep drawing, but also look for more exhibiting options in the future. It was a great experience and I would love to do it again. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know! Right now the only one I'm planning for is CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo). Plenty of time to make more comics!
In the next two weeks, I'll be updating my Etsy shop with prints, keychains, and necklaces leftover from APE.
Now, lastly, here is my submission for our collaborative zine The Cadence of Dreams: A Door to Another World:
This past weekend was a mad rush of comic making to finish my part of a collaboration for APE (alternative press expo) this weekend! That's right, I got me a table at APE with some kickass ladies: Allentine Tanujaya, Andy Malpica, and Annie Wong. We've been working on a collaborative comic/illustration project and the deadline is nigh! As in now. Like, right now.
Four pages drawn by the end of Saturday
Four pages inked by the end of Sunday
Today I finished inking dialogue, scanned, and finished the layout of our collaboration. Tomorrow I print!
If you're in the SF area, come visit me at APE this weekend, October 4th and 5th! We're at table 714. Later in the week, I'll share more of what I'll have to sell.
I'm participating in a fun drawing challenge called Stickathon! For the entire month of September you draw on a post-it/sticky note each day. I'm going to stick them around the Bay as often as I can - most likely along my commute.
I did it! Here are the final best fifteen in the last hundred of the one thousand head-drawing challenge! It's taken me just about two years to complete, but it's been worth every effort. Progress photos ahead!
transferring drawings to bristol for inking
in process inking while listening to Coast to Coast AM
all thousand head sketches
And just to recap the entire project, here are all of the best of heads from each one hundred in the challenge. When I look at it all together I can really see the progress.
I made this illustration for my boyfriend's birthday. He's a big Simpsons fan and wanted my take on them. Previously, I did a series of illustrations involving my dead-chicks-style inspired by early twentieth century nude photographs, and he wanted something like that. Just, you know, not nude.
(pencil drawing on printer paper; Maggie in ink so I could trace it accurately through the finished painting)
It was a lot of fun drawing The Simpsons! Luckily, a class I took at AAU involved drawing Homer several times in the style of The Simpsons, so I was a little familiar already with emulating it. After already transferring the drawing AND completely painting it, I was looking it over and something was bothering me..... Maggie! I had completely forgotten to draw Maggie in my original sketch so I did the entire painting without her. Thus, Maggie became a ghost.
(ink and gouache)
The benefit of being able to draw: endless birthday and Xmas possibilities...
I am a freelance illustrator with a BFA and MFA in Illustration. I specialize in editorial illustration, especially genres of fantasy, scifi, and horror. I love reading, playing video games, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.