This is me promoting myself. Or building my platform. Pick any buzzword you like.
Truthfully, I’ve been doing things with YouTube that I enjoy. Do these things help me establish myself as a writer? Critical thinker? I’ll leave that answer up to you.
For the past few years, I’ve given drawings out at Christmas. This year it was to save money, but usually it’s just something I want to do for a few members of my family.
The first time, I drew a picture of my Dad almost a year after his death. A year later, I drew Mom and Dad for my sister.
Changing things up, I decided to draw this picture of my nephews.
There’s a link on the sidebar of this blog, a simple label showing that I have a page on DeviantArt. For years, I did little with it, not giving it much to grow from. It was a place where some of my art chose to live, sometimes loved, sometimes forgotten.
In the past few years, my skills as an artist have increased on average. I’m strongest with an F pencil, though I’m willing to play with pens and Photoshop when the need arises.
At Cape Comic Con, I took a short period to look at some of the other vendors. One of those was Here There Be Sculpture, which features many lovely dragons of different shapes, colors, and styles.
Of the dragons featured at the show, there was a little red guy I fell in love with and had to adopt. I named him Rascal.
Having now run a table at a convention, I can say that pursuing artistic employment is harder than I though it would be. It’s tough because the only stories that matter are the ones available to purchase at that moment. The only images that matter are the ones people can see without any prompting.
This is no different than usual.
I enjoyed my experience at Cape Comic Con. I’m sure I’ll do it again, if all goes well.
Appearing at Cape Comic Con is a big deal for me, not just because it’s my first con selling things. This is an opportunity to really test myself, to see how good I am at sharing my creativity with the public as a whole.
I’m not just going to share my writing at the show. I have art as well. And not just prints.
For years, I’ve managed to stockpile drawings in several sketchbooks, some of which I’ve shared here in the past. I’m pleased to say I am taking the next step and compiling a collection of these images and making them available for purchase.
In putting together a small art book, I’ve looked at a recent drawing and found myself conflicted. Here is the picture in question.
Each day, I think of my Dad for a variety of reasons. Working with heavy machinery was part of my current job and his work. Sometimes I see people who wear a similar coat, cap, and glasses. On some occasions, I see something I know he would really like (I suspect Interstellar would be a movie he would adore).
Along with his influence on my love of cartoons, Dad could draw, though he didn’t do it very often.
For years, I’ve loved drawing. I started by copying and altering imaged from comic books, then moved onto making my own images and characters. In all that time, I’ve toyed with doing some art on a professional basis.
Now, it looks like I might be able to make something of that.