This past weekend was Indiana Comic Con. It came without a preview notice from me due to death in the family. I was unsure if I would be attending, not knowing when services would be. Things worked out and I was able to come out to the convention. The weekend was a nice boost to spend time with friends I don’t normally get to see and meet some new people as well.
I’m going to sprinkle the commission images throughout the report.
The con got off to a great foot with John Rhys-Davies stopping by my table, as well as others, to wish us luck before we opened. I always remembered him fondly as Professor Arturo from Sliders. One of my favorite shows growing up. Never wanted to miss it. While Friday was a slow and steady crowd, I got a nice burst of speed getting to sketch The Flash for a cool kid. Although a couple people tried to buy him while I was drawing it. I had fun making him.
Making the nights full, I watched an artist friend’s band that night, The Shake Ups in Ponyville, a My Little Pony themed band. It may have not have gone the smoothest, due to no fault of their own, but was entertaining when things where in swing. Afterword meet up for a long overdue dinner with a bunch of artists, and wondered the city with a friend checking out the older architecture of downtown Indy, as seen in the top image.
Launching into Saturday at Indiana Comic Con, I was asked if I could make a sketch of Bernie Sanders as Captain America. I keep up with politics and it seemed like a fun idea, even though I don’t really do much in the way of likenesses. While I’m happy with how things came out, I’ll probably turn down politically themed commissions in the future. Since there are likely a number of things I wouldn’t want to draw. I’ll abstain and not to let my views dictate what is and isn’t appropriate. I don’t think commissions is the right place for that. I’ll let my opinions come out in my work.
The above images weren’t actually commissions. They were sketches I had done a while ago, and had at the table. These awesome cosplayers saw that they were represented and couldn’t resist, and I couldn’t resist getting an image of them with the sketches.
Sat night I ventured out with a group of awesome Indy based artists who I always love to talk with when I’m down in this neck of the woods. Unfortunately after a 10 hour day on the Indiana Comic Con floor selling my little heart out, my batteries where a little drained. I would have loved to stayed out longer, but sleep and a hotel bed longed for me to call it a night.
Sunday was pretty quiet, but sometimes things are deceiving. I never really felt overwhelmed during the weekend, but managed to sell more than I had anywhere else to date. Honestly just happy that people like the artwork, and it encourages me to keep making more when I’m hope and get ready for next time.
Thank you Indiana, I’ll see you again in June at Indy PopCon!