Realized I should have written something sooner given my previous announcement of eviction by wildfire. The scary part too is that wildfire season in northern California seems under way already, with another sweeping Napa Valley as I write this (my thoughts and prayers to those who live in that area). Let me start again by giving thanks to those here for sending the thoughts of well-wishing. This is one of the few places online I take care in establishing relationships with other fellow artists with similar tastes (and sometimes warming up to new tastes/styles), despite who many love to trash on Deviantart as a whole I'd still rather hang out here than most certainly meat-grinder black holes of human discourse like Twitter or Reddit. I know people follow
me here casually cause they stumble upon my quaint gallery and end up liking my style and hope to see more, sadly even before the fire I've been awful with uploading new stuff because honestly I am my own worst critic (and sometimes procrastinator) and am not fully confident to share something if I feel it could stand to be improved. I did re-supply myself for materials, there's an art supply store here www.rileystreet.com/
that were kind enough to offer 30% savings on those who were affected by the fires (still had my ID form the address that got hit as proof) which was terrific. New sketch book, supply container, Micron Archival ink pens (never used those before but I like em'). Hell we got these credit vouchers from Goodwill and found a very decent drafting table at one that we snagged which is serving me needs rather well. Finally my mother got me tickets to Silicon Valley Comic Con which was held this last April so I'll talk about that now.
This was only the 2nd SVCC I've attended and I have to say it was a bit disappointing compared to last year's, and not to mention Big Wow! Comics Fest which was the convention held at San Jose's Convention Center before Wozniak started this pet project and made it more about technology then comics. This year there was barley ANY artists in attendance that I haven't already met prior since I assume their locals already. I met William Stout last year who was one of the nicest guys ever to whom I hope returns to San Jose one day. But this year was a big gap where there used to be more rows in the artists' alley, just more space for lines with the celebrity/actor section. TBH I almost never really talk with any actor in their booth, I mean what am I gonna say to them, "hey I loved you in _______"? Then what? I don't know just seems like they come from a different world I cannot relate to, so I don't really engage. The other group I normally like interacting with (despite that I don't partake in the hobby myself) that was sadly lax this year also were the cosplayers. At BigWow! there was two particular ladies I had the pleasure/privilege of meeting back in 2011, that was
, two of the nicest most down to earth ladies whose ever been so bold to dress up like sexy superheroes and be seen at the kind of place which garnered a reputation for a gathering of smelly introverted dorks like me (I'm self deprecating of course). Unfortunately whoever is in charge of booking at SVCC didn't see fit to invite Riddle, and this year Valerie Perez was supposedly booked, I mean she was pictured in the program, but to my dismay was a no show. I even asked others in the cosplay booths and they weren't savvy to her whereabouts either, I hope whatever reason for her cancellation didn't have anything to do with some kind of falling out with the convention itself and was merely some other conflict, and if it was a personal emergency I hope it wasn't anything too serious. But if it was conflict with the convention, and she's never coming back as a result well, I'm not sure I wanna return if the booking is as weak as it was this year. Even bought a copy of Paula Peril DVD and TradePP for her to sign
There were some positives though, there was this great booth that just gave away sci-fi/fantasy books for free (albeit a tip jar which I happily obliged), had some stuff I owned before but had yet to start reading yet which were lost in the fire, they have a website here: science-fiction-outreach.org/
There was this other art-related booth who had a nifty product which was a sketch book with practice comic panel layouts for doing sequential art, perfect for a beginner like me in that arena: www.goodatdrawing.com/
And I took some good pics too of some roaming cosplayers in the wild too, need to get off my ass and share those soon.
As for my art, I'm actually working on some new ideas, but also revisiting stuff I've done but KNOW I can do better today. Particularly my Junun Efreet from Magic the Gathering
which is coming along nicely, can't wait to finish that and share how much better the centipede body came out then this old one. Still motivated, not letting awful turn of events in life destroy me. Take it easy everyone!