October is well underway and I’ve been enjoying my weekday workout of creating Creatures, Creepies and Crazies. Have you been enjoying them? Well why not?!? Go follow me somewhere or sign-up to get them sent to you.
Hope you’re October is shaping up to be simply terrible. Here are a couple of horrible images to make your mobile buddy more feel Octobery. If you don’t use it you may just have bad luck. Look for more free downloads from me all October long!
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For the past couple of years I’ve been away making Halloweirdos with a bunch of creators at Wide Awake Press. We took this year off, so now I’ll have time for the return of Creatures, Creepies & Crazies!
What are you going on about?
Basically, I’ll draw monsters every weekday. All month long and then share them with everyone. You’ll find them on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Dribbble, Flickr and wherever else I can hide them.
I’ll also be e-mailing out special downloads and spooky stuff subscribers of my CC&C e-news:
Are you ready? Great! Go see some of the previous year’s Creatures Creepies & Crazies here!
I’ve been ultra busy recently and not doing illustrative fun stuff. So I’ve tried to squeeze in something here and there. With less and less free time in front of the computer I decided I’d interrupt my bedtime phone surfing with some drawing time.
Here are 9 selfies. The 3 on the bottom are drawn on this stuff called “paper.”
Download a simple drawing app and try quickly drawing yourself in different styles with different effects. Do one a day. You can even use them on the millions of social media homes you have across the internet. It’s fun and fast and it’ll give you something to post about. I just created a blog post about them, you should read it.
Oh wait, you just did!
Come out to Monstercon in Greenville, SC! July 26-28 and is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be at Richards Comics & Collectables booth withVan Jensen and Bradd Parton. It is a new show for the upstate and is shaping up to be like nothing we’ve ever seen around here. There will be Celebrity guests, comics and toys vendors area, panels and discussion groups, local and independent artists, horror and sci-fi themed entertainment, film festival, bands, anime, sideshow performances, late night entertainment for adults & much much more! So check out their website for more information and maybe we’ll see you there.
Kick-off Father’s Day weekend on Friday June 14th and enjoy the museum after hours. Starting at 6:30pm you and your little ones can play games, explore the exhibits, eat yummy snacks and create art projects together. Or, you can sit back and let them make something for you. After all, it’s all about YOU.
$10 per person in advance*, discount available to members. $15 at the door.
*The 1st 100 people to pre-register will receive a FREE DVD from WTCM Studios.
A robot for the kids
A few years ago I got the opportunity to do an illustration for a client of mine that was developing an exhibit for The Children’s Museum (TCM) in my hometown. The exhibit was Tic-Tac-Toe against an interactive robotic arm and yes, I got to draw a robot!
He is there on the wall now and it has been nice to see him every time we visit the museum with our kids. We try to get our pictures with him each visit. He is like an old friend that doesn’t speak or move. I guess he is more like a comatose old friend with an eternal happy smile. He is the one thing I’ve done that my kids actually think is cool. So cool my son told an employees that his dad drew the robot and they took my contact information.
Greenville is lucky to have such a fantastic Children’s Museum. It’s one of the top things to do when visiting the area and we’ve had a family pass for a few years now. It has 3 floors of everything a child would want to learn about. Space, nutrition, recycling, animation, music, farm, science… it has it all. All except enough seating for kids and guardians that need to take a break from everything.
Take a load off
You’d think it was an oversight but it was designed that way to help ensure the parents stay involved with the children’s learning instead of being an observer. But after a few complaints they decided they should probably do something about the lack of resting spots and came up with a great idea. They would get local artists to create special benches that could add visual interest to areas of the museum while also providing a place for visitors to rest.
Thankfully my son had mentioned to the correct someone that I had drawn the robot on the wall of the museum. And they remembered. So they asked me to make a robot bench that could be placed near the exhibit with my robot illustration. Can you guess what I said?
Robobench to the rescue
To participate in the bench project we had to submit a concept drawing of what our work would be. Almost immediately I knew I wanted my entire bench to be a robot. A happy robot you could crawl up into his lap and take a rest. Once it was approved I found out that it might be possible to make 2, so I submitted a design for a girl version.
The museum supplied the readymade bench so that everyone had a secure structure to create from. It wasn’t until we got both the naked benches to the woodshop that I realized how much work it was going to be. And the short amount of time I had to get them built and painted. Thankfully I had the help and tools of my Dad, who is a lifelong power tool expert, with a million hours experience building things out of wood. All I had to do was figure out what I needed to do and he helped me figure out how I needed to do it. So we worked on them pretty much everyday until they were finished!
Random Access Memories (RAM)
I like to hear from my family and friends when they’ve seen my mural robot on their visit to TCM. It’s cool to think that I might be a little bit of their visit. Now there are 3 pieces of me there and I hope to see more and more photos. Kids smiling and waving from the laps of my robots. Maybe it will become a photo op for every time they visit the museum. Each new picture showing their feet getting closer and closer to the ground as they grow.
I have always remembered seeing unusual things when I was a kid. Giant bikes, cars & cows; all on top of buildings. An old train that was a restaurant. Those things have stuck with me my entire life. My robobenches may not be as out of place as those things. But I think they are as unusual and it’s neat to know that there are others who might always remember resting on the lap of a happy robot.
I did not do it alone
It all went pretty well and I think they turned out fantastic! I’ll post information about the process soon. I’m very grateful for all the help my family gave me by allowing me time to work on them. I’m also super thankful to my Dad for his assistance, use of wood shop and his input. The benches totally wouldn’t exist without his help.
May 4th is Free Comic Book Day!
Every year there is a singe day when participating comic book shops give away loads of comics for FREE! Usually you’re limited to just a few free comics. But the coolest thing is that most shops have creators come in do sketches for free! Check with your local comic book shop to see if they are participating and what their “rules” for getting free comics.
This year I’ll be in my hometown Greenville SC at Richard’s Comics and Collectables. (I designed the poster with both Green Lantern and Richard.) I will be there with a load of fantastic creators: Duane Ballenger, Bradd Parton, Tracy Yardley, Nikki Lynn-Stegall Davis, Robert Venditti, Nick Pitarra, Megan Wilson, Corey Godbey, Christopher Lockwood, Siike Donnelly and John Aston!
There will be lots of free comics to choose from! Also a Kid’s Art Contest, Ghostbusters and other Costume characters available for photo ops. Charities being promoted: Animal Rescue, Brain Aneurysm Foundation AND Stars for Hope.
There will also be a large selection of comic books for only $1 and many other items on Sale!
I’ve been appearing at free comic book day for 6 years and it is a fantastic event that I look forward to all year long. Stop by and see me and say this snazzy coupon and I’ll give you a limited edition glossy Neatobots Postcard!