spoon9001: (Haydn)
Ok so the last time I went to PMX was 2004, its first year. There was no Artist Alley, and by the time there was, the convention had not grown. At all. If anything it shrank. It's still doing ok, but they haven't expanded much, partly because they changed dates a lot, and locations even more.

So registration for a table was a huuuuge cluster fuck but thankfully [profile] catnapcaps was splitting her table with me so we worked things out.

She came over the night before and we got ready with our merch and luggage. Drove over, checked in, got our badges, got our table, and started setting up a bit at a time. They had us starting to late in the day, it was weird. But they combined the swap meet with the artist alley so we got to sell all night, which was really nice. Also their tables were SO NARROW that they put two together and gave us more space than we usually get at cons. 8D

Had a lot of people come up to me asking about ALA since registration was going to go up the Monday after PMX, so that was interesting. ~_~

Lots of my ALA buddies were at the con, [profile] rebootable was actually able to make it and stayed in the room with us...

Nothing really spectacular happened, other than decent amounts of sleep. Sold a few things at the swap meet, found a Vagrant Story strategy guide for $5 (I was so excited!), and then a FF12 guide for ~$15. Those were my only purchases. The Dealer's Hall was... OK, but catered to Lolita and fashion more than anything else. There were a few manga booths but they had nothing I needed.

On Saturday [profile] sanjicat and I hung out for a bit and talked about rooming with Kevin from ALA Signage, for ALA.

I didn't do too well in sales but I mostly made back the cost of the con/hotel, the bulk of which CNC paid for since I was driving her. >_> Made a few new buddies though :3

Rebootable took CNC home on Sunday and that was that. 3 days of PMX, over.
spoon9001: (Issa)
K so uhm holidays and stuff. Happened. Blah.



New (free) printer.

Doll money OMG.

More holidays.

Imperative Reaction concert, New Year's.

Getting ready for ALA.

I'll update later. On all of it, in theory.
spoon9001: (Mikki)
So I'm gonna call it.

Quote of the Year goes to Tacce:

"How do you plagiarize a fucking APPLE?!"
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (eye)
So, PMX is coming up in a few weeks, and my art sucks. (Not utterly, but... well... it doesn't sell.)

So, after submitting art to 4chan, I actually got some great advice and help amidst the insults.

I'm now taking it upon myself to redraw my Jrock portraits. In particular, the Black Tank top series. Finished Toaster tonight, working on Miya right now. Yujje and Satochin afterward, and maybe Tsukasa if I have any time left. I might go back to PolyKarbon to get more tips from less anonymous sources. XD

I also want to get my Mortal Kombat!Scorpion art up to snuff since MK9 is coming out soon, so hopefully I can get some pose help with that.

I'll scan it all when it's ready to be colored. :D

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Photobucket Been working on this for a while. What I'm most impressed with is that I can flip it and it still looks good. :D
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Con TL;DR )

After putting my stuff away we went downstairs to the concert. We got front and center and Did Not Move. >) It didn't take long before the band came out and started. OMG seeing them live is so awesome. :D I don't even like their music too much (though after hearing them live and listening to them on the drive home, I do enjoy listening to them now). [livejournal.com profile] zombiequeens has their set list after we found it on Facebook, btw. Lalala, so as the show was starting, this tiny little Kyouko cosplayer from Japan came up next to me, her mother right beside her. I asked if she was part of the fan club, and indeed she is. She was literally a foot shorter than me, though, so when the music began playing I just about shoved her in front of me so that she could uh SEE THE SHOW that she paid $3k to see o_o;;; Her mom was a bit taller so she was able to see over some shoulders. So, front and center were two Kyouko cosplayers, an Akira right behind them, and off to the side another Kyouko and a Jyouji. Short of there being a Zin, I think the band was pretty happy to see that. ^^

After the first song I felt a tap on my shoulder: Another girl about a foot shorter gave me the puppy eyes and "You're tall :'(" so I made some room for her behind Kyoukotan. ........Turns out she didn't expect to get assaulted by hair during a METAL SHOW, so when Kyoukotan was headbanging and whipping her hair back and ultimately smacking the girl in the face, she felt compelled to retaliate. There was some intentional ear-drum shattering shrieking to be had from her. :| Not appreciated by either of us. I'm all for excitement and being stuck in front of a speaker when it comes to reasons for going deaf at a concert, but doing it purposefully is NOT COOL. Be respectful, especially when you were shown respect first.

Blah blah blah, Lots of hard songs were played, lots of headbanging, and Jyouji had a few solos. ^^ He makes the silliest happy faces with his huge mouth. And Zin was such a creeper on Kyouko, sneaking up behind her and such. He did most of the audience interaction (Clapping and what not) and with his striped socks and school boy shorts he looked so adorable doing it. Akira was... Akira? I think he made eye contact with me a few times, but he smiled a lot in general. They all seemed really excited to be playing their first American show. :3

At the end, Kyouko made introductions and.... Akira gave us a lick of his drumstick THAT HE DID NOT THROW OUT TO US WTFF. I'm always hoping to catch a drumstick, but I would have muscled out for that one. *purrs*

While we waited for SeikimaII to come out, staff brought out water. WATER. And asked if we wanted any. Hoh shit that was awesome. After hydrating, Kyoukotan decided that she wasn't going to be able to deal with another, longer, performance of a harder-loved band while front and center. Security escorted us out so that we could get to the back, and.... I discovered that my horn broke. :( The Model Magic is drying out a lot, so I'd resolved to make a new set and retire the first after getting them signed by Inugami.

Found a place to sit in the back by the water coolers and SeikimaII came out. Blah blah blah I'm tired and don't want to type it all up right now. XP Just know that BOYS LIKE MANKO and one of the guitarists likes the sound of swinging tits. Awesome performance.

Unfortunately Inugami's first autograph signing was during the Seikima show and so we didn't want to bring anything to get signed with us (I wanted my poster signed; not risking that up in the pit). Looking back, I figure that we could have gone and come back since we were wearing what we wanted to get signed, but whatever.

Late night shit )

Good first day! Despite crappy sales :(
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BACK FROM A-KON, PEOPLE!! OMG I have a week of catching up to do on Facebook, twitter, LJ, DeviantArt, forums.... SOB.


Highlights include:
Stress-free packing (a first since 2004!)
25 hours of traveling to get to Dallas from the Inland Empire.
The girl in the check-in line not being Mandy.
The Alphabet game at 2 in the morning with minimal road signs and even less light to see them. But it kept me awake.
Buzz Lightyear on the building wall across from our hotel window, Crown Royal in the reflection of our building wall on the Citibank building next to Buzz Lightyear.
A gorgeous view of Dallas from our 20th floor window.
Cure magazine wanting our photo as we wandered around dressed as Inugami Akira and Kyouko.
The SeikimaII concert right after. :D
Meeting other Inugami cosplayers.
Making new Artist Alley friends.
Getting my Inugami art signed by the band.
Getting. My. Melon. Farming. AKIRA HORNS. Signed. By. The. Band. *flips her shit*
Seeing Manny again. :D
His GPS having a dumb.
The 5 Silent Hills we drove through.
Waffle House babysitters.
Coming home to overcast and 91 traffic. Dallas ain't got shit on our Rush Hour.


Full report someday because it will be LONG. I was gone for almost a week.


May. 22nd, 2010 12:14 am
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (wolfried)
The only thing worse than deciding to draw an Epic Crossover Drawing of EPICNESS at 11x17 is my idiocy to plan on drawing another one that A) won't be half as epic and B) won't be seen by many because not only is it NC17, it's got teh man secks with 4 mans in it.

I guess my only saving grace with the second one is that I don't plan on making it Watercolor, so the lineart doesn't need to be PERFECTO.

BTW the Epic(TM) is uh.... well... epic, but I forget. :| I'm hoping it'll be done by JUNE but IDK, man. IDK.
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (eye)
And here I thought Zin was gonna take forever.
Akira is kicking my ass. But he looks so freakin' good doin' it so it's mildly okay. I have half of his hair, his horns, and his belt, and then I'm done with his top half. After that it's onto the legs, boots, and tail!

And then I get to do the background..... FFFF

In related news, I've had this Wacom Intuos for nearly ten years. I got it my junior year in high school, and I'm class of '02. I'm still on the original pen nib, but Now alluva sudden I think I should change it since it's no longer... round. For the first time in a decade, I can't find the replacements. :||||

Also, I haven't said anything in a while: Trevor's doing fine. He's got some mucus-related breathing issues, but he's still on Potassium (6ml a day), and we've gotten him a fourth kind of antibiotic which he still hates but wtfe, cat. If I get this stuff in my mouth, I don't mind at all. >:D (Also it seems to be helping better than the other stuff did, WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW IT TASTES TO ME). And past all that he's actually doing fairly well! He's 17 so he's not a spring chicken anymore (nor is he grooming) but he's social, he eats, he cuddles with us a LOT, and he goes outside still.

Oh, and we're closing my parents' office down this month. Thank you, Carter/Bush1/Clinton/Bush2/Obama administration. I blame all of you for this, because you're the ones that didn't see a problem with giving loans to people that couldn't afford them. And then of course we all blame the banks/lenders/evil brokers when these people have to foreclose on their homes because SURPRISE they can't make the payments. How dare they expect these people to pay their debts like responsible adults!
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (wolfried)
Here he is with base shading down.

Now is the time to nitpick and critique because once I start refining it you're just gonna get the Finger in response. XD

Akira Shades

I can already think of a few things I've forgotten... =_=

Anybody think I should pierce his ears?
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Inugami Kyouko

Akira or Jyouji next?

Zin goes last because he will be the haaaaaaaaaaardest. @_@ Oh, wait. You guys haven't seen the sketches yet. D:!

Inugami Jyouji Inugami Akira Inugami Zin
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (eye)

Here's the latest I've been working on this week. :D

Inugami Kyouko of Inugami Circus-dan.

Since the band will be at A-kon, I'm working feverishly to get their four portraits done.

Yes, I realize there's something off about her one sleeve.
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (wolfried)
Alright. I need to start getting ready for this con. I have 6+ new prints to make in the 3 months. I also want to start making 11x14 prints, but the problem will be if I make too much or not enough. Make too much, I wasted money. Make too few, I can't make more once I sell out. So, I've figured that I can bring 3-4 of my more popular prints, no more than 2 of anything that's sold at all. Trouble is, I'm not that popular to begin with, so if I can get some extra opinions, that would be awesome. I want my display to catch some attention, but a lot of my pieces use the same three colors only: Black, White, and Red.

On to the Inventory:
Renji Kenpachi Ikkaku Yumichika Yachiru - Renji sells fine on his own sometimes, and Yachiru has only ever sold as part of the full set.

Geisha Probably gets the most comments, and is currently sold out. Looking to tweak the colors some to get more attention.

Lioness Siberian Tygress SS Trio Probably my three most popular, though 2 and 3 not so much lately. I think it's because I "enhanced" them too much.
Scorpion and Wife Scorpion and Wife 2 Scorpion in Chains These ones did okay in the past, but not so much lately.

I know what hasn't sold, and that's mostly my new stuff, which boggles my mind. Some of the things that are popular here haven't moved once in Artist Alleys. So, I'd like to know which of my works that you like and that aren't listed above (My Gallery), should be included in the 11x14 pile, even if for no other reason than display purposes.
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Leaving on Thursday. Making my pirate tunic with Mom's help/supervision tomorrow. No time to make pants, so I'll be wearing grey crops instead. They still look good ^^

Half of my clothes for the weekend are on the floor awaiting packing.
Need to get drugs, make one last set of prints, find the printer CD so that I can install it onto my laptop ON THE RARE CHANCE that I run out of prints. Pfff. I've done that once and yeah. That was a fluke. But whatever.

I'm this close to giving up Artist Alleys. I want to give A-kon's a shot, but that's it. I think I'll quit kidding myself after that.

See ya.
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by ~rivetspoon on deviantART

Even though she's quite secular >> Anyway.

Enjoy! She'll be at ALA next month. :D
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*quietly orders belt buckles for her doll* I ordered 10 and paid $12 at one site when I could have ordered 10 and paid $10 at another, but the second site is badly managed.

Uhmm... Hm. Trevor's condition is still fluctuating. He's not bouncing back like he had been. Saw a giant goober of snot on his nose, though, so the sneezing might stop.

I had to draw different skulls for Anthropology. :O

Went to Club Skandal with Hannah for Halloween. I dressed as a priest. No pictures.

Yessi painted Satochi's portrait for me with watercolors. :D I love it.

Got the seating chart for Artists' Alley all done. Will be posting that soon.

Date on Saturday and my sister+niece are coming to visit :D

The end.
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (Default)
Animé Los Angeles' Artists' Alley frickin' doubled in size since this year, and SOLD OUT in less than 24 hours! HOLY CRAPS. That didn't happen last year! It took nearly a month to sell out. WTF. O_O;;;;;; I don't know whom to give credit... I mean, I spammed the hell out of the thing, but...

Holy shits...
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And the last of it.

Day 4 )



Mar. 6th, 2008 02:50 am
spoon9001: An eyeball staring at you. Judging you. >:( (Default)
Our manga didn't make it into the top... 31 slots. I'm bummed, naturally.

Maybe a little too bummed. But whatever. Now I won't bother drawing the rest of it.


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