Tuesday, June 26, 2012

(no name) Art Group Feature Artist

I just got word from (no name) that my article featuring my trip to Spectrum Live is now up and running on their site.  In addition I was also named feature artist!

(no name) Art Group is an organization based in Philadelphia which focuses on helping those in need.  It's an amazing community that I have had the privilege to grow with for several years now.  Last fall they ran a competition for a grant.  I was lucky enough win the grant and use the funds to prep for Spectrum Live.  For more about it click HERE.

Thanks to all who support (no name) Art Group.  In a few months the group will be funding a wine label competition to raise money for a charity.  Check back to the group's blog to see how you can purchase some delish local wine AND rockin' labels.

Please visit and share my kickstarter with your ebook lovin' friends!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Survey Says....UPDATE 6/26

Vote for your favorite animal and historical figure!  

Click here to visit the survey.  I will be updating this blog with results so be sure to check back.

Vote for as many characters and animals as you want and feel free to add your own suggestions under the "other" category.

Please visit and share my kickstarter with your ebook lovin' friends!



Friday, June 22, 2012

Kickstart Me!

While I paint I often listen to a diverse collection of audio.  One of my favorite ear candies was a documentary called "America - The Story of Us".  The premise of this documentary was how the country began and the driving force behind it's inhabitants.  As I listened and painted I often found myself thinking how I could be one who took matters into my own hands to make things happen.  The current trend of the digital publishing industry is still in it's development stages.  Is it possible to be some sort of pioneer in these days of publishing?  I think it might be possible whether it's focus is content, production or marketing.  Which leads me to my latest conquest.

"Animals of History" will be an ebook and if the tide turns my way with Kickstarter it will become a hard copy as well.  I'm getting people involved by inviting their own animals into the book.  What a great way to satisfy the consumers AND research what turns people on in this day and age of publishing.  I see "Do it Yourself" projects are booming.  They can pinpoint small markets without the overhead of a big business and they can get their consumers involved.

Personally, I'm crazy about my dog.  I was always an animal lover growing up.  But other than my mom and myself I didn't see this type of love, so I always considered myself alone.  That was until I created an illustration that erupted a collective voice of animal lovers.  The target market of "those who love animals" is a whole lot stronger than I ever anticipated.  Take a hint....right?

When the wind shifts you can catch it or get blown away.  I'm setting my sail and now let's see where it will take me.

Please share my Kickstarter with those who love animals!

Click Here!

More information on my kickstarter in the next post.  Thanks so much for reading down this far!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sneak Peek - "Animals From History" Kickstarter

This is a sneak peek at my kickstarter.  It will be posted in the next few days.  I'll be sure to update this post when it's live.

These are mock layouts that will be modified and added to the ebook.  Click on either image to enlarge.

There will be many other awards for funding so stay tuned!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Good News and What's Up and Coming

I know.  Bad blogger.  I have been MIA but it is for good reason.  A lot has been going on and I'm happy to say that it's all been good!

As you see above I received my award from the Society of Illustrators West.  In addition I found out while attending the David Grove exhibit at the Society in New York that I was accepted into 3x3 Magazine's Pro Show!  This is so exciting!  AND three pieces got into Expose 10!  I'm humbled and amazed.  Spectrum Live was such a wonderful experience and now all this good news.  

It doesn't stop there......I have been notified that I'm up for consideration for a Hugo Award.  Here's the blog link.  I'm still finding out about it so hang tight until I get more info.  Also, Spectrum 19 accepted my "Next Season" and "Patchwork Girl".

On the drawing board and in the upcoming posts....

• I'm finishing up a piece called "Bruno the Brave".  If you are connected with me via Facebook you have seen some of the teasers.  My projected finish date is in the next 2 weeks.  It's a private commission and will be printed, mounted and painted.

• Just finished up a book cover for Rebecca Minor.  I can't post anything until the release date which we are both anticipating.  I'm excited about it because it's different from most of my work.

• I'm finishing up a Kickstarter campaign that I'm hoping to officially launch this Monday!  Yikes!  It's a publication on "Animals of History".  More info to come.

• In addition I will be taking my moth painting to the next step by painting some embellishments to it for my portfolio.

I also have been updating my etsy store so keep checking for new items. 

Now, off to paint!