Well, convention season is over for me here in the UK. I managed to make it along to Cardiff Expo and Bristol Comic Expo as an exhibitor, but sadly couldn't afford to make Kapow and MCM. However, I have been invited along to Cardiff Expo in November, Thought Bubble, Leeds (also in November) and Bristol Con in October. This works out great for me as I will hopefully have a new book under my belt by then (see my previous entries on Seven Swords/Working Title with PJ Montgomery) as well as a whole Sumer's worth of prints and sketches and of course my WIP with Tamsin Silver's Moon Over Manhattan. So it's all pretty exciting right now, if not incredibly busy! Now that the cons are over I can finally get back to the real work of narrative art.
Meanwhile, I have set myself a little challenge...
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to appear at Cardiff Comic Expo as an artist and exhibitor. While I was getting my first ever Artist Alley table stocked, I decided to give sketch cards a go... Soon I was addicted. They are a brilliant way of practicing pin-ups, developing personal style, learning how to adapt large figures to small panels (perfect for comic book artists in training) and, of course, drawing fan art.
By the time Bristol Comic Expo rolled around, however, I was incredibly busy with other artwork, acting and helping out as a Senior Editor for Chaos Hour (www.chaoshour.com), so sadly I didn't have half as many sketch cards to offer. I had also recently been bought the best gift ever of Copic Ciao Permanent Markers which I broke in drawing requests at the con. So, I decided, as a learning curve for using the markers as well as a way of stocking up before next Comic Convention season starts (I am hoping to appear at Bristol Comic Con in October and Thought Bubble and Cardiff Expo in November) I would attempt to draw one sketch card every day!
While I know that there are some days where I will be away from my drawing desk what with filming, plays, traveling and festivals; it is also a really nice activity to do when I have that rarity that is spare time. So, on the 17th May I started my challenge, leaving me 155 days until my first convention next season. That's a possible 155 sketch cards between now and October!
You can follow my progress via my Facebook group (www.facebook.com/acatrisart)
. I will also be adding up summary pictures like the ones on my DeviantArt and updating my blog with how I am doing (anastasiacatris.wordpress.com)
. You may also follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/#!/acatris)
for up-to-date info on upcoming conventions, commissions and works in progress. Also, if you would like to commission a sketch card for yourself or a friend, then please visit my Online Store (anastasiacatris.wordpress.com/…
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