I wanted to thank everyone that made ToshoCon at East Orange Public Library and North Bergen Comic Con at North Bergen Public Library. You guys rock. This was my second year with both, (it would have been my 3rd year at ToshoCon but I had to cancel due to moving issues)
It was great to see everyone again and I had fun. Many of you know that these are my last cons in NY/NJ as I will be moving to IL soon. I hope to continue supporting you guys any way that I can. Thanks for the support and memories.
Also wanted to give some shout outs to Reypurposed from IG for letting me vend at VSPOT in the city. Its amazing to have such a great platform for artists and you are a true gem. Go check out his wood burned creations.
Until I move, see you darklings later. Take care and keep being awesome.
Hi guys. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have been super busy between attempting roller derby and drawing. My convention appearance will start up again in May.
First up is :
Hope to see you there!
If you have any suggestions on any fandoms you would like to see me draw some art for, feel free to leave a comment below or on any of my social media.
Look forward to meeting you all at Clark Public Library!
Hi loves. Its been a while since I updated on these posts. I am sure alot of you have been following me on Instagram for updates and such.
I will be attending the North Bergen Comic Con on Sept. 16th. I will have copies of "Simply Sinful" the horror anthology by HellCat Press, which features my comic "Late". I will have some other goodies as well so I hope to see you there. Check out the event page here.
Dec. 2nd was the Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Spectacular at Fort Hamilton. I wanted to thank them for having me. Highest point for me was when Santa came to light the tree from a fire truck. Pretty awesome. So many families and friends.
Shout out to The Real Mike Wilson for manning the Dzhelasi table since I was sick. I am sorry for having you set up a pink table while I was gone. Here are some photos of the table set up he did for me while I was home miserable. He took great pics too. To MING for being amazing during the crazy at home set up for the past week or so, you are more creative than you let on. Thank you for everyone that stopped by the table, purchased goods, took a card, helped the tent that practically flew away as the wind was crazy yesterday, the people that helped take down the tent when Mike had enough of holding the dam thing down., and everyone that made the event possible.
Dzhelasi will definitely be back for the next event we can do at Fort Hamilton. Thank you for your services, you guys are amazing.
Good Evening Darklings! It's another day and
another fundraiser! I love to donate to causes that mean something to me, something personal. With that, I had the pleasure of creating a piece for Domestic Violence Project in New York City. They will be having a fundraiser, DVP Fall Ball, October 6, 2016.
My piece is untitled, 11x14 inches in frame, 8x10 without framing, but has a hell of a lot of meaning behind it and took a total of 9 and a half hours to complete. (Alot of details that might be hard to see in the photo above.) I wanted to take this time out to explain it to everyone. The piece was made on cold press 140lb. paper, with Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Metallic paints and markers.
The birds were taken from inspiration by the species known as Grosbeak, and used a meaning for its representation from here:
Grosbeak teaches it is a time to heal wounds for mental and emotional harmony. Forgiveness and caring should be exercised as relationships are evaluated. She shows the fine balance of situations and connection to family. She aids in recognizing the spiritual and physical aspects of all things. Grosbeak teaches to awaken to surroundings in increase activity in life. Watch for movement in new experiences. She helps in recognizing your own voice and internal power. Grosbeak shows how to increase psychic perceptions while remaining balanced within the new awakening you are experiencing."
One bird represents a mother, the other a child. The purple ribbon is for domestic violence awareness. It is tied to a key, which I drew scales of justice on to show the family being released from the "cage" which is held by a man's hand. It shows how someone can be held prisoner by a relationship. Sometimes people can be "jaded" into thinking the person abusing them, loves them, Hence the usage of green jade-like gems and heart shapes on the cage. The cage also has a short veil to show that sometimes these things aren't visible on the outside. The hand has no color because domestic violence has no color, anyone can be a victim. The color is mainly on the side of the birds to show freedom and an uplifting positive outlook on life and the future. The mother bird is looking away from the cage, while the child bird looks back. Sometimes its really hard on children and if they are too young, they might not understand why one parent leaves another, often leaving them with a haunting question of why that other parent is missing in their lives.
Domestic violence comes in various forms, not just physical, but there's emotional, mental, even financial abuse. You don't deserve it, no one does. No amount of it should be tolerated. Don't convince yourself that its ok, or that its not bad or not bad enough to leave. Take a stand against violence.
So if you get a chance check it out their page and support a cause.
Thanks for your time guys and as usual, Take care and Stay Creative.
Here are some coloring pages that were made for the Viva La Comida event I had the pleasure to be a part of in September. Now you can print them out and color them at home. Yay!
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Enjoy~ Oh if you want to have more coloring pages just comment below and I will try to make some more.
Take care and stay creative.
I have been on vacation, out of state, for the summer. Butt...... I will be back in NY in a few days. Here is an updated version of my schedule for the upcoming weeks.
Sept 8th: Japan Nite at Lovecraft (listed as InkdBat Collective)
Sept 17th: Viva La Comida (as part of CONARTISTNYC)
Hope to see you guys there. Take care and be creative.
Saturday, June 18th marked my second artist alley table. This time it was at Anime ToshoCon in New Jersey. This is the post to discuss how everything was, just so I can keep everyone updated on my experience. CHECK OUT THE VLOG OF KPOPTOKKI HERE
Toshocon is a free to the public convention held at East Orange Public Library in New Jersey. Artist Alley tables were a $10 donation. They have a great Anime/Comic community and service several events through out the year.
Jan 20th: I applied to Toshocon.
May 20th: Received acceptance email for Artist Alley. This email was detailed with everything I needed to know: Where the event was, what was near the event area, how many artists were accepted, contact info and phone numbers, a event flyer to share on social media, information on parking... like everything. I did send an email asking about wifi, electricity, table size and how many helpers I was allowed. I received a response within minutes. So helpful, organized and detailed. <3
Their facebook page was updated frequently as well as the event page. They posted links for all their artists and guests. Super nice of them, I got to check out some of the artists before the event. Program schedules were released as well.
June 18th: CONVENTION TIME
AT THE CON:
I left my house at 6.30am with Yaya and KpopTokki. They were my helpers for the day. I felt sick all morning as I did not sleep and stayed up all night drawing last minute stuff (Sailor Moon) and organizing things. I am such a worrier and tend to not be able to sleep before events. We took the subway ($2.75 each way) to make our way to NY Penn Station ($6.75 each way). There we took the 8.11am train to NJ. It took approximately 30mins from the city to get there.
When we arrived at East Orange, NJ, the library was a short distance from the station. It was such a relief. We arrived there alittle before 9am which was our set up time. The main entrance was closed but we walked around and met with a Janitor at the side entrance and he showed us were to go. He was super excited for the event. I was drained already but my team was lively.
We took the elevator where a woman greeted us and asked us where we were heading. We told her the artist alley area and she happily took us up to where we needed to go. We made our way and were greeted by staff that were so nice and helpful. We found our table which had my name on it. Also on the table were our badges and a bag. Inside the bag was a bookmark/event calendar thing, a pen, famous amos chocolate chip cookies, a bag of chocolate chip muffins, and a bottle of water. I was loving this place already.
My team helped set up as I sat down and got myself together. The sleep deprivation was taking its toll early. Since my last con experience was alittle iffy as far as selling was concerned, I was really nervous about if I would do ok here.
Staff continued to walk around, introduced themselves and make sure it was known that they were available if anyone needed help. They were all dressed up in cosplay. My favorite was Cruella DeVille as I have a soft spot for 101 Dalmatians.
People came in exactly when the doors opened at 10am and strolled thru artist alley before some people were finished setting up. Maybe a warning of someone yelling "Doors will open in 5mins" or something would have been helpful but my team and I were ready before then. :)
Alot of kids and cosplayers at the event. Super cute to see all the kids dressed up as superheroes thanks to the free event area for them to make masks and capes.
This time I had some more anime stuff than the last convention. That was a smart move thanks to KpopTokki for being my advisor on what to make. My across the way artist alley neighbors were the sweet and super sparkly Valley of Stars (definitely check them out, they have some soap that smells of amazingness and unicorn horns, just sparkly goodness.)
Tons of people passed my table, stopped by to say hi and check out my work. My sis and her bunch came by to support me as well as an unexpected visit from my friends. I am grateful for all of it. It was fantastic.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Brimstone, who was superbly awesome. We spoke for a while and it was just great. He is all over the place, a true hustler for his brand and I am so glad to have met him.
And I met ThaGataNegrra who was great and her team was so pumped and lively.
Highlights included a few interviews, pictures and a young girl that bought a Vampy pic and asked me to sign it. *swoons* It was great. I sold some original print pieces and buttons...tons of buttons.
Main sales at my booth were misprints of prints that I may have cut wrong or just printed on different paper, stickers and buttons. Sailor Moon and Danganropa. Cosplayers of Undertale, Danganropa, Sailor Moon, Naruto seemed to be the bigger crowds.
Overall: WAY better than I expected. I got a lot of great feedback and comments. It was surreal. Everything was great. I will definitely love to do this next year. Super excited for it.
MY MISTAKE: Not enough sleep. Not enough clay charms. The donut rings and charms were a hit. I did not bring any notebooks, which would have probably done well too. This time I did have anime stuff AND I had a square so I could take credit/debit cards at the event, which was my mistakes from last event.
I crashed hard when I got home and am still recovering.
Take care and Stay Creative.
So the question that has been on many followers and friends minds is:
HOW DID YOU GET...
...Your comic into a horror anthology?
...Your art in a bar/lounge/gallery for showing?
...Into an art collective?
The answer is simple. Hashtags
#calltoartists #callforartists #submissionswanted #callforsubmissions #artistwanted #callforentry
Check for these hashtags on social media. Tumblr and Instagram have given me the best results. You can definitely look for these hastags on other sites including Facebook.
Many people that are looking for artists to submit work from anything like a photo for a zine to a piece or work for their theme specific art event. Browse and apply to the ones that you feel you can be a good fit for. Constantly keep an eye out, as some places may ask for entries/artists on a regular basis.
Check out their websites. Sign up for their newsletters. Stay in there feeds. The more you know, and the more often you check, the better your chances are.
Good luck loves. Take Care and stay creative.
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