Thursday, October 29, 2009

Boston Comic-Con?!

This has been a busy, busy month. Boston Comic-Con was nice, it's not a huge venue but the people there are always nice and you can have more intimate talks with the artists.

My friend and I received signatures and sketches from the legendary Tim Sale!! It was sweet, Tim's a really nice guy and I had a pretty nice conversation with him about his art and the fact that I'm an animation major.

I also met a Kent Archer, the inker for Dr.!!! (If you haven't seen Dr. McNinja, I highly recommend it, there's a link to it on my "Talented Individuals" window under the name "Chris Hastings")
He was crazy nice and I ended up chatting with him at his table for about a half an hour. He also did a full page sketch of a Spiderman bust in full color, FOR FREE! I felt guilty taking it so I bought one of their anthology books of the webcomic, which is sort of a win-win if you ask me.

The rest of the convention was pretty average, it never gets too huge or full of celebrities, and it's only a comic convention, not one of those huge all enetertainment venues like San Diego. I didn't buy any comics, BUT, I saw a Dr. Fate comic that re-sparked my love for Dr. Fate (you might be seeing some posts about Dr. Fate sketches in the near future, as I've become very interested in drawing him).

That's all for now, have a happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 19, 2009

OIAF News!

Well I have news for you! I got back from the Ottawa International Animation Festival (the second largest Animation festival in the world, or so I've been told) and it was wonderful! I met some amazingly talented people and saw some fantastic animations during my time in Ottawa.

It was my second and easily more successful year going to the OIAF. I schmoozed my ass off in the hopes of making some new contacts in the biz. I'm not holding my breath for any of the encounters to end up making a huge difference in my attempts to enter the Animation community, but it was certainly inspiring.

A big point of advice I got was to stay creative, always tell the story first, which is really motivating for me. That's why I became an Animation Major, I love telling stories and my biggest hope is that my artistic skill can match my overactive imagination someday. Also, quite a few people said it's important to know Flash and other computer animating programs, so I'll definitely get cracking on refining my Flash skills and hopefully finding the time to teach myself some After Effects and Toon Boom (once I find copies of both those programs).

I'm so ready for my art to hit the next level, too bad it's taking its sweet ass time getting there. Ah well, these things don't happen overnight and in the mean time I'm going to be enjoying every step along the path to Animation mastery! ho-HO!

Buh-bye for now, guys and gals.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Morrrre skteches

Because it's 1:30 in the morning and I have nothing better to do... :D
Everything but Green Lantern came from my mind, a dangerous place to be.

Friday, October 2, 2009

A different side project?!?!

When will it end?!

I've been throwing around ideas with a couple of friends about projects, I don't know if any of these will come to fruition, but I'm going to post the sketches just to show that I am in fact still alive.

I put the painting to the side for now, as I'm hitting somewhat of an artist's block with it. I have ideas I just don't know can't decide on a composition for any one that I'm happy with.

Trust me, it's better that I took poopy Photo Booth pictures than tried to scan them, my scanner is AWFUL.

And what is this? More than one update a year?! Truly a indication of the Rapture (the biblical event, not the band or bad movie starring Mimi Rogers).

Alright robot internet people! Keep with your 0's and 1's!