ECCC seems to grow by leaps and bounds each year. And it still amazes and humbles me that new folks swing by and decide that our wares are worth spending money on even when surrounded by such awesome talent everywhere. So to those of you who collectively made 2015 a success, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
RoosterMonkey has been and (we expect) will always be a labor of love — and a means of escape, perhaps, for both of us. Maybe even a reaffirmation that we can still “do” things, even if small or incremental. As artists, it’s really not a good idea to ever stop “doing” anything.
We made RCD greeting cards this year, and a print of the 2014 Monsters and Dames entry. I had a very small handful of fresh marker sketches that didn’t make it to Sunday. The “Robot and…” series seemed to have gone over well every year and they disappear from the small stack on the table every time. I had a chameleon, a sparrow, and butterfly. (I owe someone a Robin. :)) There were three new mystic Space Girls, two of which had baby Griffons on their shoulders.
We took joy in the “aww, how cute!” reactions from convention attendees as they start from my side of the table and then their faces go “what the–” as they get to the other end. The look of bewilderment is both amusing and endearing. Or if they start with the RCD stuff, the expression of gleeful “Ha! That’s awesome!” goes to “huh? Oh! Pretty!” and they often stop dead in their tracks and playfully demand: “Wait, what’s your theme??”
I think we need to refine our story. Nowadays my space girls have taken on an air of the mystery that was born from the Big Egg illustration. Mystic Space Girls. I have yet to expand on the Pioneer Spirit image. My subsequent drawings of that theme have become more sultry and I wasn’t sure if it fit my original goals asI don’t fancy doing something that so many others are already doing so well. But maybe it really just doesn’t have to fit! If I can say to someone to “allow your art to evolve”…. I seriously need to take my own advice.
2014 was a little rough on me, though. Work crunch drove whatever creative energy I had out of my body. But I really enjoyed playing a lot of games with my kids and my family — something I had not been able to do much of, and it was addicting! I was enjoying leisure time I haven’t had in a while. I touched pencil to less than a dozen sheets of paper. What little time I managed to spend on drawing went into a holiday card for Bungie, and the rest went into the Monsters and Dames piece that was accepted into the 2015 book. The canvas print of that turned out well, and earned $200 for Seattle Childrens’ Hospital. Which makes me want to do even better — not just the final piece of art, but in general to be more industrious. Need to dig deep and find the drive. Too many years have gone by where I don’t do anything for myself.
If you’re an artist and reading this, I hope you’re learning at least what NOT to do, right?
So what do we want to do for next year? We have a few months to really think this through. Besides making our space more efficient and working on our presentation, I have thumbnailed out the next series of posters, and I have a newer version of the Pioneer Spirit poster that I think I’ll do a little larger. Robt’s book is almost ready. We haven’t decided how to make them — do we hand-build or print? The latter being bit expensive for a now-single-income family of four, the former may be a bit difficult given the amount of time we do have available to us. The second set of RCD greeting cards will get made — Robt has art he has done over the last year that could be leveraged. Maybe we could build the sets at the convention instead of pre-wrapping them as we expand the cards collection. There are two new shirts that we want to do as well. And I need to do an ode to my current motorcycle, two illustrations of classic bikes, and at least one modern one. I also promised to do an illustration for a racer to help him through a season.
I gotta get cracking. I can feel art Fridays returning….
(Edits: Maybe I was too sleepy the last time, but hopefully the above is more coherent!)
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Thanks again for coming by! And let’s go once more around the sun!!