Every year, the NCN (The National Caricature Network, which soon will change it's name to the ISCA) holds their annual caricature convention where 200+ caricature artists from all over the world get together to draw each other for 1 week. Some of the very best caricaturists attend. Everyone then puts their work on the walls and everyone votes for certain categories. This was my 1st year attending and I had an absolute blast! I got a chance to hang and finally meet so many artists that I've admired and chatted with online. Everyone was just as wonderful in person as their work was. I recommend anyone interested in caricature or just art in general to attend. this year was in Raleigh, North Carolina. Next year will be in Ohio, inside a giant indoor waterpark! I'll making it a point to attend every year.
As far as my artwork that I did was concerned, I had a really weak showing and was REALLY disappointed in myself. I just couldn't focus. I don't think I necessarily did bad work, just didn't do anything that was that inspiring or "wow!" overall. I had already been in an artistic funk for a couple months and added I had a really stressful few days leading up to the con with extremely long hours at work and then had to drive 9 hours to the convention immediately after. I know peers I greatly respected at the convention had also mentioned that they were disappointed in my work as well. Which I'm glad they said, as it reinforced what I felt and just makes me even more determined to figure out what I was doing wrong. right after the con, I had some time off and spent the next 2 weeks in deep focused mode taking more notes and drawing caricatures for about 10 hours a day. I figured out a lot of things, things that I used to do that I forgot about. Then I left for my month visit to draw caricatures at Busch Gardens, in Tampa, Florida to see if I could put what I figured out to the test. which is sometimes harder to do than it would seem. I'll post those caricatures soon. I have to get a new USB cable connector to upload my pics from my camera to the computer, I think I left it in Florida.
Anyhoo, I still had an amazing time, and it was a nice kick in the ass to get me on the right track again. At least I hope so, heh.
here's a video shot by fellow caricturist, Brian Vasilik, to give you an idea of what the convention was like. I make an appearance at 3:44 into the video. enjoy my eating and squeaky voice, heh.
Busch Gardens caricatures post coming soon!