LIFE: Shuto Con Update

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Kaiden and I at our artist alley booth at Shuto Con 2017!

Last week I attended Shuto Con 2017 and had a wonderful time! Here are just a few of the highlights from the weekend:

  • FIRST: MY CAR DIDN’T BREAK DOWN!!!
  • I spent the weekend with my fiance, two closest friends, and a new friend.
  • I shared my booth with Kaiden, and had a blast selling our work, tag-teaming commissions, and sharing my book with those who stopped by! You can check out some of my favorite commissions from the weekend below.
  • While I didn’t cosplay, I saw many amazing cosplays (and didn’t take as many photos as I would have wishes, but that’s okay!)
  • Two photographers also came up to our booth and took photos of us, which was pretty awesome! (I wonder where some of the photos ended up…)
  • I went to the Mystery Skulls concert and panel, and had my print signed by both Mystery Skulls and Mystery Ben! I also had a photo with them and gave them each a print.
  • Best of all, I made quite a few new friends and had dozens of new readers sign up for my newsletter to stay updated with me novel! How exciting!

Overall it was a busy weekend that seemed to fly by, and I had a great time. I can’t wait until July where I can apply again and, hopefully, have a chance to sell my book at the booth!

 

 

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ART: December Drawing Challenge

Happy (almost) New Year! For the month of December I decided to challenge myself to draw a picture every day. To go with the theme of winter, and to promote my novel, I chose to draw winter and holiday themed doodles with the cast. Feel free to check our the sketches below! I may one day outline and color them in, too.

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ART: Youmacon 2016

Last weekend I attended Youmacon 2016 in Detroit! While I wasn’t holding my own artist alley booth, I did commission come wonderful art from fellow artists! They drew the original sketches, and I colored them in over the week. I love how they turned out, and I’m very excited to share them with you all!

*Credit to the artists within the caption of each picture.

ART: Evolution of My Art

While my passion is writing, my first love in life was drawing. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid – starting with copying the art styles of my favorite cartoons such as Teen Titans, Kim Possible and Danny Phantom.

At first, I used pencils and paper, then eventually moved to using MS Paint to draw digitally. When I was in eighth grade I finally convinced my mom to buy me a pen tablet and started learning how to use Photoshop.

Around this time, I joined DeviantArt, a popular art sharing website. Now, it’s been ten years and my art has changed a lot.

As you can see below, I compiled some of my best pieces from my accounts into one document where you can see the improvement in my art.

Looking back, despite how embarrassing it may be, is a great way to see just how much you’ve improved as an artist. It’s been a long ten years, but it feels like yesterday I posted my first drawing on this website.

While I may not draw nearly as often as I used to, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

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ART: Thank You for the Support!

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It’s been a long year or so of trying to get The Art of Falling off the ground, and I’ve done a lot to try and spread the word about my novel. I’ve entered the manuscript into several Inkitt contests (getting into the Top 10% several times, and winning First Place once!) I’ve going to conventions and told people about my novel, even selling artwork to promote it. I’ve reached out to agents and publishers hoping for a break. Lastly, I’ve been able to share the story with dozens of beta readers who were able to provide kind reviews and pass along the word.

So, thank you so much for all of the support and love you’ve given. It means the world to me, and I’m so excited for when The Art of Falling will be able to be shared in print. I can’t do this without you.

AOF: Promo Poster

Two years ago on this exact day, I drew this promo poster for The Art of Falling. I plan on drawing a new promo poster that will feature more characters later one, as my art style has definitely improved in the last two years. For now, enjoy this old print from 2014!

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