Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Finished Doctor Who Converse

Continuing from this previous post...

Here are the FINISHED Dr. Who custom converse sneakers, I painted for my friend and her boyfriend. The original design they requested was created by Sandirareddy.

I liked painting on fabric. I am have to incorporate that into products for my artist alley table next year at AX 2013.

Anime Expo Artist Alley 2013

Yeah! I got myself a table for next year's Anime Expo in the Los Angeles convention center. This will be my first time doing artist alley. And I have one word for how I'm feeling about it, EXCITED! Then the excitement turns to anxiety and then the anxiety to being overwhelmed then back to excited.  I'm researching this topic so I can be prepared. There are SO MANY resources to properly research how to do artist alley properly. I'm thankful for them but still overwhelmed! @_@ So much to read! Where do I start? Who do I ask? What kind of timeline do I make? I have alot of questions but, I'm ready.

Right now, my main focus is to research what fanart to sell and CAN I sell it. I don't want to be sued on my first attempt at this. My list of things to start making art for are (in no particular order):

Fooly Cooly, Powerpuff Girls Z, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Avatar the Last Airbender + Legend of Korra, Adventure Time, Bayonetta, Dead Space, Portal2, Team Fortress2, Empowered, Alphonse Mucha, Gil Elvgren, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Totoro, Jem, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Miku Hatsune and friends, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Trigun, Samurai Champloo, Ouran High School Host Club, Gurren Lagann, Lucky Star, ROD, Paranoia Agent, AND D.N. Angel.

That's the start of the list. It will shrink, depending on how I plan my time and what I learn from my research. I would greatly appreciate anyone else help or advice in planning this event. So far, I've brought together these links.

AX Community Forum: http://community.anime-expo.org/
Artist Alley Information Tumblr: http://artistsalleyinfo.tumblr.com/
Anime Artist Alley Convention Survival Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1ApauE6NiCVBgjQ6Yf8rnbPlmxcLIWKVVRWN9mKPAHQ0&pli=1

Wish me Luck or say a prayer!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 Demo Reel and Dr. Who Converse

I finally got a demo reel up! Yes, it's a start and simple but, it displays my current abilities. It can be viewed HERE or down here.

 I've received a few critiques on it so far. From the critiques, I'm going to change "2D Generalist" to 2D Animator or 2D Artist; take out the illustrations at the end and replace it with a final i did for an animation class way back when and...hmm...I'm gonna do a third thing...which I've...forgottenrightnowbutwillrememberlater. :D If you have a critique for my reel, I would enjoy reading your constructive criticism.

2nd Matter of Business

 My friend and her boyfriend commissioned me to paint two pairs of converse sneakers they recently purchased with a Doctor Who theme. I haven't done fabric PAINTING before but, I have done art on fabric with permanent ink markers. Nor have I seen an episode of Doctor Who, unitl now. I've seen the fans and merchandise and that gold thing that reminds me of R2D2 alot. So this was new and exciting to try out.

This week I started on the right shoes for each pair. Next up will be the "sonic screwdriver" and then the TARDIS on the left foot shoes. I did not create this Dr. Who design. I am following the design of this etsy artist, who has beautiful hand in fabric painting, btw.

These are really fun to do. Of course, I've seen custom sneakers and a bags everywhere, now it's time for me to try my hand at it. The paint I am using is Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (Matte). My friend purchased it at Micheal's. Each tube was around $1.60 and I liked that price after seeing the price for other fabric paints. I don't have anything to water proof the artwork and these are going to be worn. So far my reasearch has turned up polyurethane-varnish as a sealant. I wonder how much at will cost.

 I wouldn't have been able to paint on shoes without this commission. I'm working hard on these shoes to show my gratitude to my friend. :) Thank you, you guys!