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Pop Culture Data Artist, Infographics, Network Design Art, Technical Writing...

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Is It Really Art?

I'd say that for the past two weeks I've been doing my art. That said, I haven't put pen to paper in all that time. So how can I say that I've been doing my art?

The answer can be found in the subtitle of this web site in the words, Data Artist.

When people look at the Star Trek Duty Roster or the Buffy Body Count, they ask me how long it took to create that. I respond, three months. Of that three months, over two months was spend collecting, sorting, and normalizing the data in Excel in preparation of moving it over to Illustrator. It's a long and laborious procedure but there's no other way. Each sheet… each row… and each column must be painstakingly checked to ensure that the data is correct. Then, and only then, do I open up Illustrator and begin the process of creating the final chart.

So that's what I'm doing do. Watching each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation to collect the data in order to make this next project.

Is it art? It's part of the process I use to create the final data visualizations. So I believe it is art. Just not the traditional actions most artists do when they create their own art.


Con Season Is Over

The con season for 2017 is over. It was good and bad, but generally more good. I am not preparing for 2018. I've started signing up for the cons I'd like to attend. I will be updating this page on a regular basis this winter with news of future projects.

I'm also getting some new projects underway.I'll be getting back to the Star Wars Timeline and have started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation in preparation to create the NextGen Duty Roster. It won't be quite like the Original Series poster. Too much data to fit into that format. There will have to be a redesign. I'm working on the best look for this new project. Both are scheduled to be done by the 2018 con season.

I've also got two new comic pieces started. First is Semicolon Girl, a character thought up by a friend at a newspaper after have an in-depth discussion with another copy editor about the use of the semicolon. Secondly is my resurrection of an old character I did in the 1990s, The Pearvert. It will be a bit more of a risqué style based on some of my favorite 1960s underground comix. I hope to have them for the April Steel City Con.

More updates on these projects coming soon.


Now that that's settled…

I've been quite busy the last few weeks. After attending a few shows in the past two months I've realized some things I did well and others, not so much. So I'm in the middle of correcting things. And that has taken up most of my time.

The main thin I'm correcting is product assortment. For the most part I had mostly large and most expensive items (i.e., the posters.) The realization that this might not be the optimum mix was when I got many people saying, "I don't know if I've got wall space." It certainly hammered home the point that big isn't always better.

So this last month was devoted to figuring out what projects I had finished, or had in the works that could be finished, to fill in that lower end range. So y schedule has been much trial and error getting as much as possible together to have printed for December.

And that's why I've been ignoring this blog of late. Too much to do and not enough time.


Weekly Update

I'm going to work at putting up an update at least once a week. Just need to get into a goo habit.

Attended the Indie Creators show in Youngstown Ohio last weekend. It was a small show but what it lacked in attendees I found a few good contacts. I'm looking forward to these turning into something more than just new people to talk to. Can't say anything yet as nothing is set currently. More as things are divulged to me.

I took in an SCA event this weekend. Ran into the man who was king of the East back in the 90s. He originally set up having art count at Pennsic as one of the war points. Today he got to see the Where The Wild Things Are pieces I did for the contest and he still loves it today as he did 22 years ago. So I told him I would get him a copy since without him setting up that art contest I would not have done the piece.

It appears that the Book of Attar project needs to find a new direction. The piece I did in the 1990s used some glorious glittery stickers from Sandy Lion which are no longer produced. I did find some of these stickers on Etsy but the cot was 20- to 30-fold the original price. Too much to make this project viable in the way I originally wanted. Al looking into a Photoshop alternative. Not as happy as using the stickers but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.


Digital vs. Traditional Inking

After some time and a lot of thought, I'm going to phase out the digital inking from my artwork.I was really hoping I could make it work but after a year and a half, I'm still unsatisfied with the results. Plus the fact the amount of fixit work that needs done to the lines after I've laid them down.

So I've taken stock of my pen stock and have started practicing proper inking. Well, maybe not that proper as I'll be moving into fiber pens. And at that, I'm not enthused with the microns and the like as the line is such a dead looking line. They're good for some things but I don't feel it for the overall look I want. I have a variety of brush pens which I'll try first. If after some testing and actual work I'll determine if I need to move back to my Series 7 sable brush and India ink.

I don't think I can just switch over in the middle of the Spider Queen story as the inking might stand out too much. Would have been better to have made this decision before I started this section.