The Short Synopsis

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

Follow me on:

Facebook Artist Page - Show and tell about my current artwork

Instagram - Images and posts about progress on art projects. Many will be the in-progress ones when developing a project.

Tumblr - Interesting pages and panels selectively pulled from mostly newer comics.

Earth P.D. comics - My 1940s style comic done entirely digitally. Currently working on issue #3.

Twitter - Not my most active account but I follow some very interesting people.

Comic & Art Events

Steel City Con

April 13-15 2018

Artist Alley

3 Rivers Con

May 20-21 2018

Artist Alley

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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.


WV Pop Con-2017

I intended to be an artist at the WV Pop Culture Con in Morgantown WV but circumstances prevented me from getting things together in time. I have decided to attend in order to make contacts outside of Pittsburgh.


Added One Con And One Show

Added a local Pop-Up Art Show in Greensburg, PA on September 8th followed by the Youngstown Indie Creators Show in Campbell, OH on September 9th. Nothing like booking back-to-back shows.


Poster Display For Cons

After Steel City Con last week, I've had to rethink how to display the posters at a small table. I'm meeting with a friend who had done set design for a local stage company. Best to check with people who have build things for unique situations.

I'm looking to get rid of the table. The posters took over all available space and make it difficult to show anything else on the table. Instead I'm looking at building three walls out of PVC piping and material. The posters, and many of items, will be hung from pipes and cloth. I'll probably look into putting grommets in various positions to string ropes for hanging things.

The other item I'm looking for is a poster holder like I've seen in stores like Spencer's Gifts. They hold a large amount of posters in a condensed space while still allowing people to flip through all the posters. With most of work going large this might be my best bet.

DJ said it would take time to come up with what works best. He was so very right.