Let's be honest here, I have always been HORRIFIC at posting! Sometimes, I wouldn't post for like, 8 months. HOWEVER, I have finally absolutely mastered this skill! CHECK OUT MY TUMBLR!! (Consider signing up if you have not already. It's loaded with amazing artists and viral images, etc.) I've always drawn a lot, every day, in fact. Last month, I started to finally post these comics/illustrations that I've always done (but never felt they were good to post). This was a good plan, because my Tumblr is doing very well! It has over 7k (and climbing) followers and in the past three days, for example, almost 20k hits (not including private feed posts). Thanks to those who have been sharing my comics. This is really a dream come true, since I've always enjoyed doing these and now I have an audience for them. I will still keep using this blog! I will use it for news, long-form posts and longer comics.
At Q Pop Gallery in Los Angeles
Oil on canvas
All ya gotta do is place drawing paper over heavy stock or something else for a cover. Install a heavy duty needle in your machine, sew the center and fold. DONE
I trimmed mine into this shape for a composition challenge. Enjoy.
© Klaas Op De Beéck
I couldn't miss a caricature event just because it is financially out of reach. I haven't been able to work legally since I moved to Canada from the USA. I've only been able to perform small freelance jobs. In order to obtain residency, my Canadian husband, Nick Cross, and I had to hire a team of lawyers and endure the long and expensive application process. After a year of patience, I finally received my Visa just last week. (now I will return to teach university, and work in animation like I did previously) The one advantage to all of this down time, is that I was able to work on a series of large paintings.
I thought, there has to be a way to get to the ISCA Japan mini-con. Nick suggested starting a fund raiser because he's had so much luck obtaining money for his indie films. So, I released one painting for sale as a print, which helped raise funds for this trip, (Please stay tuned for release of the rest of these paintings!) as well as commissioned drawings. Fortunately, this worked! (see previous blog post)
Thank you to all who purchased or shared. There is always a way, so surrender to your dreams!!
LANDING IN OSAKA
Due to an Air Canada error, my luggage was stuck in Tokyo. I had no clothing or art supplies. This did not matter, because I was thrilled to be there! I wasn't worried, I guess I was just happy to survive the flight, ha. The next day, I took the train (I asked bystanders for help in broken Japanese) to hotel #2 at Osaka Castle where I met my friend Klaas. There we did some sight seeing, window shopped and got stared at by the local inhabitants. I found a couple dresses on a sale rack, which I had to re-wear several times. The food in Japan is incredible and not expensive like I expected. Art is everywhere and is very respected. I learned useful phrases before the trip, or the first few days would have been impossible.
© Wilfred Lee
ISCA MINICON (July 4-7, '11)
When we got to the convention, we had to pay hotel and registration with cash and the only way to get cash was to get on the subway back to the airport and use the international ATM there. This ate about 5 hours out of the day, causing me, Klaas and Wilfred to miss the dinner and opening ceremonies. That night, I gave myself a break and started drinking heavily which resulted in a serious hangover. Somehow, I recovered and was easily able to do my caricature seminar the next morning, which turned out really well! I did a live caricature demo of a surprise subject, a local news reporter. My drawing was filmed and broadcasted on a large plasma screen. I did an intro in Japanese, but thanks to Chihiro for interpreting! The reporter subject interviewed me earlier, and assumed that I was not an artist but my friends were. I made sure to show him that I was indeed an artist by giving him a good "beasting."
The luggage arrived 5 hours after the competition time ended. (thank you to Tomo, Derek and Chihiro etc for your help) I think my competition work was okay considering my situation and lack of supplies. I pre-mixed all my colors and tones in labeled tubes and have specific supplies in mind, but I was without them. So, I managed to do an oil painting with only burnt umber, burnt sienna and white. I did some ink drawings with only a few colors. Thank you to those who offered their supplies: Wilfred Lee, Derek, Tom, Tomo and especially Klaas. The days went smoothly without my little suitcase because I am a minimalist by nature anyway. I ain't no hoarder. It was like camping in a way.
There were a couple really cool seminars. My favorite was with Kenichi and his portraits performed at hospitals of people who are terminally ill. It was so beautiful to watch filmed reactions of people who have lost hope, but seeing themselves in paintings gave them a sense of self again.
If any of you have ever been to a Caricature convention, you'd remember the beautiful kimonos the Japanese attendants wear during the awards dinner. To my surprise, I was offered to wear one on loan. All the women changed in a dressing room and I was wrapped up. This was a very special experience. Thank you to those who helped!
I managed to place in the top 10 caricaturists, which I could not believe since there are so many talented and hard working artists there. (nothing was mini about this con) My work was limited, but I won anyway. However, just going to Japan by myself, on a budget, with no stuff was the achievement in itself. I even stayed chill the whole time. (BTW, the banquet food was unbelievable!)
I did some more drawings, but the photos are out of focus. Maybe I'll post them later. I also have some commissions to post.
The convention itself is a very low price. The hotel was only 40$ a night, imagine that room shared? I strongly recommend attending the next one!!
The best reason to attend these conventions is to see old friends and make new ones. I was in Japan for 9 days, which was way too short. I will miss you all and I hope to be back soon! Thank you to all the members of the Japan ISCA board for making such an amazing experience for everyone and doing such a wonderful job, and also your personal assistance. Thank you to Chihiro, Tomo and Derek and many others. You have all my love and respect. This was the most dream-like and exotic experiences of my life, and I can't wait to return to Japan. Hopefully I will attend the Korea and Japan cons to come. Wa-shoi!
-- Marlo Meekins マルロ
This July, I am hoping and dreaming to travel to the Osaka, Japan Caricature Convention.
With your support, I could go!
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"Dog Head Lady" Oil on Linen, 24"x36"
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If this blog was a human, she would be attending Kindergarten. Oh, how adorable! I am going to celebrate my blog's anniversary and so should you. Here are some drawings that I did today just for this post.
These be fresh from last week @ a He-Man themed Dr Sketchys, Toronto....(because we moved here!) I went with Seo, Dylan and Noam....& met some great new folks too.
Also, I was asked to make propaganda for the Cripple Convention, NSFW! I sing at the end!!!
Kristen is one of my true and dearest chums. We've been through thick and thin mustache-wearing and bed acrobats. When you are with her, all your problems go away because not only will she do impersonations and make clever wise-cracks, but she will lend an ear and hold your hair back. Today is her Birthday and I slaved over this hot oil painting of her to show my love. Thanks for the friendship and beautiful drawings you've always done for me.
This is actually part of a finished comic that I am going to use for something fun. (I'll post it soon) I've been doing straight-to-ink comic panels since my inking is pretty clean and they just get finished faster. Plus I get better flow when not looking at a pre-sketch. I'm learning now that it's more important that something is complete rather than absolutely perfect. Cartoony stuff should never be serious anyway. Thoughts?