Sidewalk Comics Fest Retrospective

Me sharing a table with Matt Harding (right)

I wanted to thank everyone who came out to Sidewalk Comics Fest last Saturday to support me and San Francisco indie comics. We had a pretty good turn out even though the chilly wind drove us inside and kept foot traffic to a minimum.

Sales of Little went surprisingly well and I even sold some buttons!

Chris Fenoglio

We had some great presentations during the afternoon. Brie Spielmann shared her insights for effectively using social networks to build an audience and find work. Jason McNamara gave advice on writing comic scripts and revealed what its like to write for comic books, games, and The Golden State Warriors.

Mingling with the other artists was equally interesting: Chris Fenoglio‘s insider stories working on Orphan Black, X-Files, and Star Wars Adventures to learning about Katie Longua‘s record album art project.

My teacher and comics pro, John Heebink

After the fest was over my teacher, John Heebink, invited everyone out for Chinese food. I admit I was very intimidated and almost didn’t join them. My classmates weren’t attending so I would be the only student amongst the pros. But, like every other scary thing I’ve decided to do, joining in was absolutely the right choice. Once the work of the fest was done people could let down their guard. It was a ton of fun to hear all of the stories and opinions from people who are actually working in comics.

Katie Longua & my classmate Josef Norris

The night went by so fast, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity to join in and how they all made me feel that I belonged.

Each step of this adventure has been amazing. The support of friends and family has been incredibly humbling and the talent, kindness, and generosity of those I’ve recently met through this new passion fuels the fire.

Okay, back to the drawing board.

My classmate Sketch Smith

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned Cocktail

2 am last night. Indian Summer. Too hot, too sweaty. Too much coffee late at work. Tired, but my brain is much too awake to sleep.

Took this photo of an “Old Fashioned” cocktail at The Interval last Saturday. The beautiful color and lighting has beckoned to me ever since.

Sketched with a mechanical pencil, inked with a Pigma Micron and a Tomboy brush pen. Shading with warm and cool grey Faber Castle brush pens. I tried to add the white highlights using a white Gelly Roll pen, but it didn’t mix well with the Faber Castle ink and ended up blending instead of popping the whites.

Turned out okay, but wish I had the tools and talent to capture the caramel color of the whiskey and the brilliant highlights. Add these to the practice list.

Now, time to sleep.