Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CTN Animation Expo

Thank you to everyone who stopped by at Designer Con this past weekend! 

November is one busy month!  Coming up in two weekends is the CTN Animation Expo.  It will be November 21- 23, 2014 at the Burbank Marriott. I’ll be there sharing a table with Helen Yoon (T068) and running the Motivarti table (T071). 

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Designer Con 2014

Happening this weekend!  Find us at booth 801. 

Designer Con
Saturday, November 8, 2014 |  9am – 6pm
Sunday, November 9, 2014 | 10a – 5pm
Pasadena Convention Center – Exhibition Hall
300 East Green Street,  Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WonderGround Gallery November 2014

I can’t believe it’s almost November!  The year has flown by so fast!

While I have a few events going on in November, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be back at Downtown Disneyland’s WonderGround Gallery showcasing my art for the whole month of November!

They’ll be showcasing and selling my original artwork (like the one featured below), prints, pop-ups, and holiday products!

I’ll be making appearances the first and last weekend of the month.  Here are the dates and times:

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 2-5p
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 2-5p
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 2-5p
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 2-5p

Friday, October 24, 2014

Heart & Soul for Tiny Treasures Show

"Heart & Soul" (piece above) has headed to TR!CKSTER in Berkley, CA this week for a show!

"Tiny Treasures" will feature all art that measures 5"x7" or smaller to prove that good things do come in small packages.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6pm - 9p

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Iron Giant Tribute Show

My friend, Jessie is curating an Iron Giant Tribute show!  There are a ton of amazing artists from all over making pieces for this show.

The background is done with watercolors while the middle ground is made from paper.  The foreground, featuring Hogarth is actually etched into the glass!  So it has a frosty appearance on the original.  No photo can really capture what it looks like - it’s a must see in person kind of piece.
The show is for ONE NIGHT ONLY.  So if you’re a fan, you must check it out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014
6pm - 10pm

A Little Known Shop
423 S. Bookhurst St.  
Anaheim, CA 92804

*UPDATE: In case you missed the one-night-only Iron Giant Tribute show, you can still snag one of the amazing pieces of artwork from it here!  Pieces are available until September 30th, 2014. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Octobook & HOW Magazine Award

I've been holding off doing a blog post about my collaborative project with Helen Yoon called, Octobook because I've been waiting for the September issue of HOW Magazine to arrive!  Our project was one of the Merit Winners for the 2014 HOW Promotion & Marking Design Awards! 

HOW’s editorial and design team evaluated nearly 1,000 entries and selected winning projects that demonstrated an ideal mix of concept, strategy and execution. Entries were judged by type of work (i.e., Designer Promotions, Client Promotions, Personal Promotions) and also by how effectively the design achieved the stated business goals.

Octobook started off as an idea I approached Helen with - I wanted to try a new kind of pop-up that featured and octopus coming out of a book, but I was so exhausted after engineering it, I didn't feel like illustrating it anymore.  So I asked if she might be willing to take it on for me. 

From there it was a lot of push and pull.  I always approach my pop-ups as a fine dance between the art/illustration and the engineering.  Helen wanted to do some stuff that was simply impossible unless I could change the laws of physics (which I wished I could do) but also pushed me go beyond what I thought I could with previous engineering techniques. 

You can read more about the process here, on Helen's blog. The end product is what you see above - a true labor of love. Check it out, along with all the other winner's in HOW's September 2014 issue (page 42).  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thoughts on SCBWI

This past weekend was a huge blur of inspiration!  I attended the SCBWI summer conference that was held in LA.  For those that aren't familiar with SCBWI it's the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

The conference was held for 3 days and featured lots and lots of speakers.  They ranged from agents to art directors to editors to authors.  They had well established and newly established authors and illustrators speak and everyone was just as inspiring as the last. 
Here a few of my biggest take-aways:
  • Find your 'voice'"The only value you have is your individual voice."  - Justin Chanda
  • Tell the story only you can tell - "It's not about knowing what to do; it's doing what what you already know."
  • You can't just be good, you have to be great.  - "It only takes one great thing to be remembered and change the world." - Stephen Chbosky
  • Do better. - "Last year's success is this year's mediocrity." - Felicia Frazier
  • Reject is part of the process. Focus and Persevere.  One author had over 126 rejection letters before she got her first deal and this year she was being honored for an award!  So as Judy Blume said, "Don't let anyone discourage you.  If they try, get angry, not depressed."
I've been to a lot conferences and conventions over the years and I will say the SCBWI community is hands down the most welcoming of the all.  Even though everyone at the conference is competing on another to get the next book deal, everyone was still so encouraging.  The established artists whole-heartily welcomed new artists and made me believe that their is always room at the top.  It was something quite special.

If you ever get a chance to attend, please do.  It's absolutely worth your money and time.  Think of it as 3 day pep talk that will get your motors running again.