I haven't updated in a month! That must be a record for me. I've been so busy with work that I haven't had much time to draw for fun, and since I can't post my work stuff I have nothing to post. I have done some doodling though, so here's a recent drawing for Sketch Dailies.
Last weekend I had the weird and wonderful opportunity to spend the day following around Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer. Neil has been one of my artistic heroes for years. I read Neverwhere just before starting college, and since then I've read nearly all of his novels. I used Stardust as the basis for a handful of illustrations in school. And last year he chose one of my pieces for his Calendar of Tales project (which of course I didn't mention to him, because AHH). So to say I'm a fan is... well, accurate.
It was surreal to get to spend a day with him. He's the quiet, introverted artist type, which makes it even more impressive how much he pushes himself to be appreciative and kind with his fans. And Amanda is super fun. I went in not knowing much about her (though I had watched her awesome Ted Talk when it was going around a few years ago and I had vague knowledge of The Dresden Dolls), so I wasn't sure what to expect. She's hilarious and fearless, and immediately puts you at ease... I came to really admire her. Plus, her eyebrows are excellent. Here's a photo I took with her phone.
Meeting your heroes doesn't have to be a disappointment! Sometimes, it's just wonderful.
Some of my artwork is currently hanging on the walls at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. Design director Diane Teglassia-Hymes did a great job setting up the display... it's pretty cool to see my art on the walls like this!
I made a gif! Exciting! I'm currently having a lot of Lawrence of Arabia feelings. Sometimes stories/characters hit me like a freight train and I just have to draw it out of my system. Like, literally draw.
I went to New York Comic Con last Thursday and it was awesome! I got to watch Juanjo Guarnido draw and ink Blacksad, so that was amazing. And I got to meet --and make a fool of myself in front of-- most of my favorite comic book illustrators (particularly Francis Manapul and Cliff Chiang). Overall it was a very, very great experience. I look forward to going again next year :)
I got home and immediately wanted to try inking something again. The previous weekend I went to the Bronx Zoo and fell a little bit in love with the camels, which are delightfully weird animals. So between that and a recent viewing of Lawrence of Arabia (don't even get me started on gloriousness of the Blu Ray), this happened.