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I'll be in attendance at Ottawa Comiccon 2014 on May 9th! Be on the lookout here and on my blog for images that will be sold at my booth!

Also! Commissions have opened up! Look below for info!
SO MUCH NEWS!

Let's get you all caught up!

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'The Littlest Knight', my first childrens picture book, has been doing great! we're coming up on half our initial printing sold. That's 250 copies! Regardless if we sell out of the full 500 I'm really proud at how my first publication has come along.

Littlest Knight Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/TheLittlestKn…

Etsy Store for Online Purchases
www.etsy.com/listing/130631365…

Author Tanya Chang's blog
tytanima.blogspot.ca/

We had a public signing for the book at a local store, Tag Along Toys, which turned out to be a great success. 31 books sold in just a couple hours and some very happy children who were given colouring pages I redesigned from moments in the book, stickers that the author had printed up and buttons minted off my brand new button maker!! YEAH!

Proof
fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net…
(I have no idea if facebook photo links will work here in the journal if not check out my HueTwoArt facebook page!)
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In other publication news, I've got a great comic book deal under way with a writer that I'll be beginning a treatment for in the next few months, we're going to finalize 6-10 pages and present it to Image and Top Cow for consideration. EXCITING!

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I attended my first ever craft fairs these past few weeks, Ravenswing (www.facebook.com/pages/Ravensw…) and Savoir Faire (thesavoirfaire.ca/). It was great to get out of the home studio and spend some time meeting the hundreds of people who stopped and shopped at the table I shared with my lovely fiance and font of inspiration, Shawna.

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I have another Wonder Geeks show I'm attending in Ottawa, Ontario! Those of you in town or visiting please make a stop by the local bar, Zaphod Beeblebrox, on June 17th between 8pm and 11pm! We're going retro for this show so be ready for stylings of the '80s and '90s. I've been developing some new art using some era specific styles like that of Andy Warhol and Patrick Nagel crossed with popular characters from video games/comics/anime of the times.

Wonder Geeks Activate! Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/WonderGeeksAc…

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If you're interested in seeing some of the work in progress take a trip over to my blog at www.huetwo.blogspot.ca
I tend to post unfinished or work in progress pictures to my blog and keep finished work for Deviant Art so if the process as well as the final product interest you I humbly suggest you follow said blog!

I'll be posting buyable prints of my new work from the Wonder Geeks Retro-Activate! show here on DA after their unveiling on the 17th. Keep an eye out for them!

Thanks for all the love folks!

Darren Bird
HueTwoArt
I just received the first copies of my children's illustrated book titled 'The Littlest Knight' The author (Tanya Chang) and I have been working very hard and with great big smiles on our faces as we took the plunge into creating this lovely and adorable tale about a boy learning that not everything is as it seems in life.

Tonight I go through a few dozen of the 500 copies to sign and prepare them to be shipped out to eager fans who have even gone so far as to place pre-orders with us on the book! For those of you who are interested in the book we have set up an Etsy store that has shipping costs included in the sales information for North America and International shipping.

The Etsy store can be found here: www.etsy.com/listing/130631365…

I encourage you to buy quick as they won't last long!

It's a great gift for a family member or friend and knowing that this will be read to little souls around the world fills me with joy.

Both Author and Artist have much to be thankful for and we hope that you enjoy the labors of our love.

Yours Truly,
        Darren Bird
        HueTwoArt
Things have been pretty interesting the last few months!

I've finished several commissions for artwork and begun two fairly large projects!

One is a children's book called 'The Littlest Knight' which should be completed in about a month and a half.
The other is creating conceptual art for a kickstarter campaign for a game called CoreTechs.

Links:
coretechsgame.com/
www.facebook.com/CoreTechs.Tea…

Both are very different in their styles but have helped me really vary my portfolio and skill set. It's exciting!

I'm looking forward from hearing back from another few prospective clients and in the meantime have really been hitting the 'networking' scene. I've been trying to get all my sites updated and add a few more places to post work.

For example, just this morning I opened a facebook page dedicated to my art brand.
www.facebook.com/Huetwoart

I also have to get on posting more of my work to Tumblr ( huetwoart.tumblr.com/ ), I've never really used it before and it often slips under my radar in the morning when I'm thinking of where to do all my updates.

Also this morning I'm opening up an account for Livestream, I've heard from other artistic colleagues online that it's a good way to show and share your work with online communities. I'm going to attempt to run a session from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm EST today. So if you see this and want to poke your head in to see what's going on feel free to join me!

I hope I can get it working right!

Thanks for your time and love!
  - Darren Bird
I'm now accepting commissions.

Those interested in custom art can contact me for further details on projects at Huetwoart@gmail.com

I offer the creation of:

-Forum signatures
-Character artwork (portraits, full poses, etc)
-Graphic design (logos,business cards,web banners/headers)
-Comic book / novel covers
-Animations
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If you have an idea for a project you'd like done that doesn't fit into these categories don't be shy, drop me a line and we can discuss it.

Prices vary dependant on technical requirements but as a general rule my pricing guide is as follows.

Sketches: $10

Cleaned linework: $30

Painted/coloured: $40-$50 (dependent on style and complexity.)
It's always a mixed bag of fear and excitement when you chart out a course into unknown waters.

     I've worked in the animation/game industry for about 7 years now and I'm taking my chances striking out as a freelance artist claiming small contracts and working on independent projects to start forming a portfolio of my own work.

     It's scary trying to make sure that I can pay bills and enjoy what I love to do at the same time. I have fantastic support though. Family, friends, an incredible spouse, and the few I know who have seen and commented on my work thus far in my career have given me the drive to do this and make this a real career.

     So I'm getting serious about the presentation of my work and my study of style and technique. I'm going to make places like Deviant art, and my art blog at huetwo.blogspot.com homes to grow in and mature as a professional artist.

     Whether its logo designs, commissioned artwork, animations or concept art I look forward with absolute joy in making each piece add to the portrait of who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life.

     First stop, my profile.

     Next stop, inspiration.

     Last stop, when this heart stops beating because I wont dare put down my pencil until the lights go out for good.

- Darren Bird