first thing the first: the featured image doesn’t really have anything to do with this post–okay, that’s not entirely true because i’ll have prints of this illustration of the glorious gilmore casting disintegrate available at plattecon this weekend.
so, yeah, anime milwaukee is literally seven days away, and i am in an epic panic because, ya know, i’m a panicky little squid.
(some of this might be because matt mercer, marisha ray, laura bailey, and travis willingham from critical role are guesting at AMKE? so, i might get to meet them?)
for those of you just joining the show, i’m your host ‘trie (sounds like “tree”), and i’m a mixed media, conceptual artist and writer who has recently become a con-kid/exhibitor, doesn’t like capitalization, and lives in the backwoods of wisconsin.
which makes being a con-kid and an artist a little bit difficult.
at least the trees recognize me as one of their own.
or–more of the same. who knows.
BUT! happy new year (day 2), y’all. we made it, which is something i wasn’t sure was going to happen.
(nb: that video is way creepier than i was expecting.)
the POP! Comic, Manga, Grafitti exhibit goes up on Tuesday, January 6th, and the opening reception is January 9th from 5-8pm. me and my art shall be in attendance. (go here if you’d like a preview.)
so–i’ve been busy again, especially since i just picked up reviewing several comic series for The Rainbow Hub: Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction (who wrote Hawkeye), and Saga by Brain K. Vaughn (who wrote Runaways).
my Sex Criminals and Saga recap reviews come out later this week, but DECONNICK AND GILLEN BOTH REBLOGGED MY REVIEWS ON TUMBLR.
is this real life?!?!
i’m not even kidding. between moving out of my studio at the ARTgarage, The Hub shenanigans (including a podcast–WE DID OUR FIRST PODCAST!), a really important commission (more below), and my own projects like projecTransparency and the sketch-a-day project–ears, y’all, up to my pointed little ears.
it’s kind of a nice change of pace.
now, if i could only manage to do things like go to the grocer or, ya know, other adulting-type things.
I AM ADULT DEFICIENT.
so–commission. i just sent off the variety of sizes of the file this morning after wonder why did i become so adept at photoshop? (protip: i’m not. i just like to pretend that i am.) but, it’s for geonn cannon’s the rise and fall of radiation canary, and the novel is amazing.
and, i think my design is pretty amazing too.
and, it’s available as a shirt–and other goods–over here on redbubble.
y’all should buy shirts. i’ve already been paid, so i say this as someone who just REALLY WANTS ONE FOR THEMSELVES.
…i didn’t think to put I GET A FREAKIN’ SHIRT in the contract. oh, well. live and learn.
i’ve also been sketch-a-day-ing it up with cecaelia and–my little pony.
i also updated the cephalabun and did a funko-inspired yona from snowpiercer sketch, which i kind of adore.
i’m actually thinking about making my piece for the ARTgarage’s pop culture show in january be a polyptych of the core group from my little pony: friendship is magic. *hands*
i have also set up my patreon completely. there are perks and milestones, and i’m even remembering to post patron-only content.
sooooooooooooooo, if you’d like to support me and my endeavor, there ya go, and here’s my intro video to it (as well as the other videos i’ve been forgetting to post because i suck):
there might be more? maybe? i don’t really know.
i did say that i have been horribly remiss.
okay. things to do; art to make; lootcrate toys to play with.
So, yeah, I’m demo-ing digital painting/digital art tonight at Gallery Nite–I’ll be at the ARTgarage–and I STILL NEED PROMPTS.
Y’all are really letting me down, right now. I’ve had two–TWO!–prompts, and they were both jellyfish.
We gotta do better on our communication, y’all.
All the information in the video because I’m mean, and because, two weeks in a row my Community Calendar has still be relevant.
I may get a handle of this yet.
Also, I did a lot of talking about my new series: Paper Towns (Yes, like the John Green novel.) and Midas’ Touch (working title).
But, yeah, I’m going to do the prompts combined with the reduced palette color meme so–extra difficulty!
Did I mention that there’ll be a monitor so that everyone can watch me flounder? Fun for the whole family!
And, I’ll have an array of nifty things that y’all can buy from me if that is a thing that you desire.
*pokes at capitalism*
Sketch-a-day is still progressing apace.
projecTransparency 1.13: (re: inspiration)
a continuation of the inspiration conversation in which i babble about Gallery Nite, ‘Lain, my new series…es, and just general squee.
hush, squee happens on occasion.
*remember that shirts and things are available over on tentacle-made studios’ redbubble.
*and, that tentacle-made studios has commission page!
tentacle-made studios everywhere:
- ‘trie’s tumblr
- ‘trie’s instagram
- ‘trie’s twitter
- ‘trie’s studio blog
- ‘trie’s online portfolio (i.e., flickr)
I may have also bought a craptastic video camera that’ll be coming in the mail soon.
Okay, I gotta go do the thing where I post The Rainbow Hub’s social media and get my junk together for Gallery Nite.
See y’all there.
I’m wearin’ my Pizza-John shirt and everything.
(Is where a Pizza-John shirt to The Night Before Our Stars like wearing a band’s shirt when you got to see them in concert? Am I that person? DO I CARE?!?!)
I have new postcards-prints for my upcoming *handwaves* things. I’m trying to decide if I want to take them to Gallery Nite on the 19th.
What do y’all think?
Ya know, in addition to the previous set of postcard-prints I had made.
(I wish I had the dosh to get t-shirts made because SHIRTS!)
I have, however, gotten myself a sign; although, awful picture taken by me is awful.
Idek why the cephalabun is my go-to for everything, but it is. (It’s probably because the cephalabuns are my nephews favorite. *hands*)
So, yeah, I’m still having difficulty remembering to post the projecTransparency videos/vlogs over here. I’ve only done 11; I don’t know what I expect from myself.
(A lot. Y’all have no clue how much I expect all the time.)
This time I’m talking about where my inspiration comes from and welcoming ‘Lain to the project. (I’ll have her making vids yet.)
So, yeah, stuff and things and excitement.
I’ve also taken up the task of social media person for The Rainbow Hub. I mean, I just schedule posts to happen, but it means that the Boss doesn’t have to worry about it. Kori worries about to much as it is.
I’m still going on the sketch-a-day, and they keep getting more illustritive and less *blech* so that’s good.
And, because I suck out loud at remembering to do this, here’s last week’s projecTransparency in case y’all didn’t see it.
I’ve been having problems getting here and doing the thing where I write at y’all about art and my studio practice, and just, I’m sorry.
I’m honestly kinda–stuck? blocked?–about what to work on lately; although, the sketch-a-day project continues apace, which I never really set any rules for myself other than I would do a sketch every day of 2014 on a 3×5″ notecard. The project has since progressed into a sort of Welcome to Night Vale fauna thing that I have tagged #welcometonightvalefauna and, more broadly, #sketchaday on my Tumblr.
Although I occasionally forget tags so check both?
On Instagram, look through the same tags. I have no idea if anyone else uses them, but part of the joy of Instagram tags is seeing all the things you weren’t expecting.
(Y’all would get them all the time too if Instagram actually had a share to WordPress button. But, that’s why there’s an Instagram widget in the sidebar, yeah?)
So, here are some of my current favorites of the sketch-a-day project:
Interestingly–and completely expectedly–the sketch-a-day project is working itself out into digital paintings as well as pastel paintings (and maybe even painting-paintings, but I need to get more canvases, and they’re kinda price-y). I’ve had requests for a book when the year is done? Is that weird?
But, yeah, the most recent adaptations are these guys:
This does, however, mean that I have committed techno-lust and gotten myself a fancy stylus to make the iPad digital arting easier, which means I’m going to start doing digital commissions soon. Right now, the prices are looking like this:
DIGITAL ART COMMISSIONS
- Sketch (b&w): $10 (additional creature $10 each)
- Sketch (color): $15 (additional creature $10 each)
- Lineart (b&W): $15 (additional creature $10 each)
- Lineart (color): $20 (additional creature $10 each)
Specific Series Creatures:
- unnamed friends (b&w, existing creature): $25 (additional creature $10 each)
- unnamed friends (color, existing creature): $30 (additional creature $10 each)
- unnamed friends (b&W, original-for-commission creature): $35 (additional creature $15 each)
- unnamed friends (color, original-for-commission creature): $40 (additional creature $15 each)
- fauna (b&w, existing creature): $25 (additional creature $10 each)
- fauna (color, existing creature): $30 (additional creature $10 each)
- fauna (b&W, original-for-commission creature): $35 (additional creature $15 each)
- fauna (color, original-for-commission creature): $40 (additional creature $15 each)
I haven’t opened commissions yet, but if you want to leave comments here or email me (in the sidebar) or message me on Tumblr, feel free. Interest is likely to get me to do things more quickly.
Let me know what y’all think I should work on or if there’s interest in any of the things *waves tentacle* mentioned above.
I really, really have had the worst case of exhaustion-related-to-teaching flakiness to ever happen this week. I just can’t. I’m so mad about it.
Luckily, the things that absolutely needed to be finished were completed (a little late but in no way that was more-than-slightly inconveniencing for anyone but me).
But! In all of this, I’ve been developing a couple new series including predator-prey, which is a corollary series to the unnamed friends series; eloi, which was a series I started back in art school and had largely abandoned (but it was inspired by Stargate: Atlantis and its obsession with Frank Lloyd Wright); scales and method, which is an investigation and return to fundamentals and principles that we learn in art school; and something I’ve been referring to as “studio waste” which is still in it’s infant stages, and I’m not certain how or what I’m actually going to be doing with it.
It exists though.
I’m also wandering back into Artist Journals with a series of embroidered, mixed media journals. We’ll see how that goes.
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, evidently teaching actually can spawn ideas for me? Who knew?
So, the first of the predator-prey series.
I’m sorry if y’all have seen them before; they’ve just suddenly decided that they are their own series, so I’m having to shuffle around the designated brain-space for them.
But, the concept behind them–so far–is:
A corollary of the unnamed friends series. While predator-prey shares similar ecology to the unnamed friends series, the predator-prey series is more focused on the potential hybridity of chimeric creatures and non-realistic representations of the natural world.
Of course, because this is me, a lot of this is happening through visual culture products like tv and movies in addition to fairytale structures.