APE to the Third Power
Well, many things have been changing in my life recently, from new diggs to new kinds of giggs. But what always gets my focused and inspired is The Alternative Press Expo, which is an event that has helped shape me into the illustrator that I am today.
I have gone the last two years solo, and been so fortunate to be meet an undeniably talented community of artists who are independently achieving a very difficult job. I've always walked away with a nice, big, sleep deprived smile on my face.
As one of my comics teacher told me,
"From the kid stapling together their first comic to the most accomplished illustrators and press in the bay, APE is something every comic artist should go to." -Matt Silady
Before my first year as an exhibitor, I went as an assignment for school to visit as a guest by my teacher, artist Matt Silady. The following year I went for it as a exhibitor and two years later, I'm very proud to be able to represent my business for a third time strong. Working with my illustration clients is something that keeps me dedicated to my job, but my personal work is something else all together.
Exhibiting at conventions is something I truly love as a con goer myself since childhood. I have been going for so long that any nerd convention is like a home to me, no joke. The honest truth if you don't know, it is that I'm a retired competitive Cosplayer, the type who spent the entire year making plans and insanely elaborate costumes of my favorite anime and comic book characters. Upon setting down the sword, I promised myself the only way I'm going to a con now is if I'll be at my table or on a panel. So far, mission complete. There are so many I want to table at, and so many in the CA alone, so keep a look out on my blog for future conventions!
APE though, (being that it also happens to be incredibly close) makes it an event I look forward to being at every year without fail. This new space at San Francisco's Fort Mason looks like a beautiful venue though I'll always prefer the good ol' Concourse downtown. It's actually where my CCA graduation took place- Ha! The only thing I'm really bummed about is that I cant make it to Sunday, so I'm making the most of Saturday in all its glory! Sandra, my ever-talented assistant will be holding down the "fort" so to speak on Sunday.
Many of my medium and larger cannabis paintings will be available for purchase this year at APE as well as some brand new mini cat series!
Sneek a Peek
Introducing my "I Love Sushi" Series of paintings and mini paintings available for purchase at my Etsy store. 8"x10" Acrylic and ink on canvas.