Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Caricature- Nate Kapnicky rea(de)ranged, Ken evil eye (JAN 2008)

This is my friend, Nate Kapnicky. Who does some of the coolest craziest caricatures out there! I'm a big fan. Nate's drawn a couple AWESOME caricatures of me and I owed him a decent one. The one I did at this past NCN con(see prior post) was super weak. Then I was planning on drawing him at Cripple Con 2 a couple weeks ago but my brain wasn't working and was drawing a blank for most everything I drew. So I finally got around to it now. I have some issues with it...little stuff that bugs me and areas where I could have pushed it more but overall I think it's a good starting point going in the right direction. I was going to scrap it and not post it but I figured it's decent enough. I plan on doing one that's crazier than this...I was going to jump in and start on it, but I figure it's best to step back, learn and figure some more stuff out and come back to it with fresh eyes and tricks. anyhoo, hope ya like this one for now, Nate! oh and I ruined the original piece by experimenting with some marker stuff on it that didn't work out. luckily I took a picture of it before (the one posted above). Nate's a Steelers fan too. I'm an Eagles fan, boo hoo :( would have been cool if both PA teams were in the Superbowl. but oh well, hope at least 1 PA team wins.

This is Ken. A real cool dude that works at Busch Gardens, Tampa and loves getting drawn. For some reason I had a lot of trouble with his face. I attempted to draw him a bunch of times while I was in Tampa last month, but nothing was coming out right. I wanted to try and do something different and maybe I was trying too hard. this one took me a long time to figure out as well. I have issues with it as well and I think some of my sketch studies were better/with better likeness...but overall, it's prolly the most decent one I can do now. I like that long swoopy curve, on a whim I just threw it down and wanted to see how I could improvise on that. That's the kinda stuff I want to do more of. I'll prolly have to come back to it later with fresh eyes and do another one of Ken. Ken likes background elements, so I thought I'd do something a bit more intricate, I thought it came out kinda neat.

I've been working some more stuff out these past few days and it's gotten me even more excited about where I want to take my caricatures. yes, yes, I know it seems impossible for me to get any more excited about caricatures, heh. It might not necessarily be all "new ideas" as some of what I plan on focusing on I've done in the past, but it's about having a clearer direction/ game plan on where I want to go which has always been my problem. I always have SO many different things that I like in a caricature (and art in general)--from making it funny to exaggerated to crazy to simple to complicated to retaining likeness etc. a lot of it conflicts with each other and it's tough to figure out which takes priority or to what extent. also it's a lot to try and remember all those different thing while drawing. I'm trying to figure it all out and focus so that eventually it becomes more instinct instead of a process and then you can free up space to be more creative, fun and create new and unique solutions. I feel like in the past few days, things are all coming together and I'm excited about the new focus. at the same time it's going to be a LOT more challenging and forcing myself to take more risks. most likely there's going to be lots more failures, but that's what it's all about. It's a fine line, but having confidence in your drawing is good but at the same time if you are too confident and know you can rely on the same tricks and techniques that have worked in the past than you are not growing and will be stale and plateau. You will become bored, your viewers will become bored and that's something I constantly try to avoid...not sure if I'm always successful but that's always been my mindset. when you have that fear of not knowing, of not knowing how it's going to end up, it's excited and challenging and THAT's when you rely on all the hours of hard work and practice that should hopefully start to become instinct and you make it work somehow. in those instances are usually where you come up with an unexpected unique and awesome solution that can be THE most rewarding.

anyhoo, that's enough outta me for now. I'm working on a bunch more caricatures, so should have some more posts soon...or if not, it's cause I'm too busy throwing away all the gigantic failures, heh.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Caricatures- Cripple con 2! Chua/Philby & Chua/Kapnicky collabs! and a joker (JAN 2008)

last week I attended Cripple Con 2. the most fun 3 days of art and partying and debau geometry ever! (check the website link soon for I'm sure will be tons of pics and video) Some of the most talented and coolest peeps you will meet attended. I had a great time, prolly most fun I've had at a drawing party but once again, like the NCN con a couple months ago, I didn't really draw anything too cool and was kinda just blah. oh well, I had a great time though and did some fun collabs with some friends which was the highlight for me artistically.

1. Chris Singleton and Ryan Foerster. two really cool dudes from San Antonio, Texas.

2. Randy Delgado, another cool Texan.

3. Nolan and Mike. Nolan was the grand champion of this year's Cripple con ART FIGHT! I thought Mike looked like a snowman and of course someone's gotta be peeing in his mouth and Nolan would be the perfect candidate to take on that task, heh. a quick simple sloppy sketch, but I liked the idea of it.

4. ugh. this is suppose to be Jon Young. This is the worst thing I drew at the con AND should have been the best and only thing that needed to be good. Jon was looking forward to me drawing him and I was excited to draw him. I was sketching him for a long time and nothing was really clicking and time was running out. I think I was trying too hard to come up with something really crazy and unique and it ended up blah, then I tried covering it up/making it better by throwing blood splatter but even that didn't really save it. I'm going to work on a better one of him soon. at least he got an awesome caricature by Aaron Philby.

5. Jessica Bloom. this was the last sketch I drew at the last second, literally. I got the idea from something my buddy, Stacy Pierce, was talking about. I just threw in myself and all my mushroommates at the con (7 of us in 1 room!) for fun for no reason. from left to right: Alex Clare, me, Cat Hupp, Mike Dias, Matt Zitman, Stacy Pierce, Sean Favre. oh and Brian Oakes did a much better and awesome sketch of Jessica at the con. check it out! it was one of my favs from the con.

6. Ramon. cool dude from Texas. those Texan kids are a cool bunch with lots of talent. This was a collaboration between my pal, Aaron Philby and myself. Aaron is one of my favorite caricature artists and one of the best out there in my opinion. He also won the award for best overall at this Cripple con. He drew the left side then handed it off to me and I drew the right side, then we colored our respective halves. It was a ton of fun and I thought it came out pretty sweet.

7. here's the step-by-step process.

8. Carley! here's another collaboration between my buddy, Nate Kapnicky and myself. Nate is also one of my favorite caricature artists and one of the best out there, he really jacks people up. check out his work!

9. for this one, we each drew a few lines and passed it back to the other person. We didn't plan anything out beforehand or tell each other what we drew meant so it made it really interesting and challenging. what's awesome about this one is that at step 5. I meant for that line to be her neck because I felt that we needed something in that space to the left to balance the page. Nate didn't know what it was and thought it was her arm. at step 9. I meant for that bottom line to be her body and Nate turned it into her hand. awesome! also at step 7. I meant for that line below her chin to be the 3-d form of her chin, just like what I did to her ear and Nate amazingly turned that into her body at step 10! how friggin cool is that!

collabs are sooooo much fun and challenging, these two sketches were the best thing I drew at the con. what are you saying, chris chua, that the only good thing you drew was because you rode the coattails of 2 more talented and amazing caricature artists? is that it?!....yes. yes it is. that's what I'm saying. oh. ok, then. carry on. I think I feel more comfortable drawing on the same paper and using the same supplies I use while drawing in the park. everytime I go to a drawing party like this, I draw on smaller paper and use different materials and it usually comes out looking eh. I should prolly just draw on stuff I'm used to next time.

I'm planning on doing more collabos this coming season with Matt Zitman and Alex Clare....bwahahahahah.....:)

10. then I drew a Joker in my friend's sketchbook which is going to be filled with only Joker sketches. I just threw some swoopy lines down and kinda winged it from there.

oh and I'm listening to the new "The Bird and the Bee" album called "rayguns are not just the future" GREAT album. I dig it a lot, it's sorta like a mixture of Eisley, Blonde Redhead and Lily Allen with some cool electronica, piano, rock, orchestra, jazz and more.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Caricatures- Worm John, mouth Antoinette, future Kara, Tr3y, crazy Kisha, shapes Robyn, mass Sean (Busch Gardens DEC 2008)

Here's some co-workers I drew last month during my stint at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

1. John Lafree- assistant manager who has a killer caricature sketch. A really cool and funny dude as well. He's suppose to be a worm.

2. Antoinette- I liked this one mostly except for the hair that should have been more straight down.

3. Ashley Gaia- I like her last name "Gaia" sounds pretty cool. I messed up the chin area a bit, weird round line that doesnt read right.

4. Kara- she's got a really cool great face. I didn't go as nuts but was happy with the look and vibe of it- kinda futuristicy. I ended up going in a sort of robotic vibe by chance and it turns out she really likes that old-school retro robot look, with those round bubble ray guns and stuff. hooray for good coincidence! messed up the shape of her ears though.

5. this is Nigel Williams, a relatively new caricature artist that really impressed me with his sketch. he did some awesome stuff and if he keeps going at the rate he's going he's going to be a force! He's a funny guy with a great laugh, heh. he's got a great face, with crazy teeth and I just kept missing on him. this was my 2nd version which I liked at the time, but now, don't like it as much, I like the look of it, but weak likeness. Nigel didn't like it either.

6. this was my 1st try of him. Nigel liked it more than the 2nd one. I like the 2nd one better. I think I lost likeness in the nose and eye area. I'll have to do a better one.

7. Genesis- a cool name too. I like this one, but nobody else likes it, heh. I saw an egg shape and then made a crack and had an egg yoke that doubles as her necklace she has.

8. Chaz- every week we'd have an art night at a local boba house (bubble tea). this was the owner I drew.

9. AJ- a caricature artist at Busch Gardens

10. Carl- another caricature artist at Busch Gardens

11. Kayla Gales! this was one of my rad roomies while I stayed at Tampa. Kayla has an awesome caricature style. It's cartoony, exaggerated, she gets likeness and it's cute. I know she has some vicious live jacking up abilities in her and have been trying to get her to do more of it, heh. and her caricature style away from the park is even cooler, lots of shapes, I've been trying to get her to do more of that in the park, it's just radtastic! Kayla also drew one of me that's prolly one of my all-time favorites.

12. Trey Archer. Trey's good peeps with a great caricature sketch, he really goes for it which is sweet. John is his real name. Trey, being his nickname cause he's the "3rd" John. So I decided to make his hair a "3" as well as his ears. I think it takes away from his trademark poofy hair and prolly should have indicated more hair mass.

13. Kisha! Kisha is silly and wacky :) I like the more aggressive and flowy lines on this.

14. Robyn Rey! this is prolly the most out there one I drew down there. I was happy with it for the most part. Robin likes to crochet and she likes bunnies so I threw them in there. and the color pwerple! hooray! Robin drew one of me that was awesome and shapey!

15. Sean Gardner. Sean's a jerk :). but still my good buddy, heh. He's one talented mofo, check out his work on my links. this is a pretty simple one, but I still like it. I'm going to be doing a more crazy one soon of him. I just didn't get a chance to do one while I was down there, even though I planned on it. gonna have to cook up something good for him, he's a good guy and fun to talk caricature shop with. he did a pretty sweet one of me, it's on his blog.

Caricatures- Nose hairs, Venom, Merge faces, Yellow robot shirt, Lip eye,1 line caricature(Busch Gardens DEC 2008)

This past December, I went down to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, to draw caricatures for a few weeks. I had an amazing time, mostly due to all the awesome people down there. Big thanks to Dion Socia and everyone for having me and making my trip awesome-licious! also big thanks to my roomies- Ticqui, Kayla and Ben who all rock!
Business, however, was REALLY slow. It was said it might have been the slowest ever. Things only started picking up a bit after Christmas and even still, only about half as much business than usual. I did manage to get in some decent drawing time so I still had fun.

1. I was pretty happy with this one, maybe my favorite I did in Tampa. I liked the different contrasts of the 3 people and felt I was more loose with the lines and made for more bold interesting shapes and silhouettes. I liked the connect line from the kid's hat across to the other kid's hat but afterwards didn't like that it merged the bottom kid to the dad, killed the separation.

2. this couple was watching me drawing the 3'er above and said "wow, that's a cool style" and I was all in selling mode and said over my shoulder as I was continuing to finish that one, "you should get one!" they didn't say anything and I guess walked away. Later on, just as I got back from my break, this same couple came up and were talking to themselves "yeah, he's the one" they specifically wanted me, as I realized that they were the same couple earlier. they said they've gotten caricatures done before and that I had a cool different style. and it's always cool when I really go for it more like the 3'er one, and people like it and want one similar. It's very relaxing knowing I can just do my thang...unfortunately, I don't think this was as bold as I could have done. he had a great crooked smile and I could've went more for it. I don't know, it's one of those moments where I was sort of drawing a blank. I don't think it was bad, I think it's decent enough, but don't think I pushed it as much as the previous one. I think the likeness is off on the guy too. I do like that line from his face to her cheek.

3. He was laughing pretty hard when he saw his sketch...partly cause it's funny, partly cause he's pretty shocked and confused at what he saw. He was cool and bought it, but a few minutes later had another one drawn by my co-worker. double sale! It's an all right one, I could have gone much crazier and it's a bit too neutral.

4. I like the chin to hair line.

5. this one was kinda disappointing. this couple gets caricatures done everywhere they go, so there's some pressure to make sure they get a good one. I felt I messed up on both likenesses. I think it's enough that you can tell it's them but looking at it after wards, there's just some stuff that I did that's wrong. I do like his chin to her cheek line, that stuff usually makes me like a sketch a bit more, and keeps me posting it rather than not.

6. this could use more separation between faces but overall I was pretty happy with it. they had fun contrasting faces. I was really jumping around on this one, I'd draw a few lines of one person than jump around to another. I find that fun to do, and usually baffles any onlookers, heh. I was getting a bit nervous as I realized I might have run out of room for the guy's lower half/her hat area, but managed to squeeze it in there- still could have left more room for his chin. I gotta work on drawing a bit smaller to avoid those siches. I had to rush the coloring a bit cause they were getting antsy, but they were really fun and cool people. when I was ringing them up, the woman points to the nose hairs I put in on the guy and started laughing, hee hee.

7. I was drawing some kids from the same family and this was the 3rd one. the previous 2 were more tame, but the mom (or aunt?) says, "make this one REALLY funny." I was glad she said that cause, obviously, I like to let loose more, this kid had a great face and third, sometimes when you draw a bit more tame, then that sets the style for any other ones, if there are people watching and waiting for you, which sucks. So this was a chance to break out of that slippery slope. (gotta learn to never draw tame then!) so anyways, everyone was having a blast and laughing at this drawing. I finished it and the mom says to me, "That one was REALLY cool, it had a cool style to it." she hadn't really said anything about the prior 2 I did. "hurray!" I think in my head. then the next one I draw is her daughter and the mom goes, "make sure to make this one really good, it's my daughter." she says that a few times to me. hmm. ok, so you just really liked the previous sillier one and that style, but's back to tame? and after liking all the previous ones I've done (tame and the sillier one) you tell me to make sure this one is "good"? as if suddenly, I'm just going to suck and draw poopy? hmm. I can understand where she's coming from to an extent and yet it baffles me at the same time and I find rude. I could see her saying that before she saw how I drew, but after 3? c'mon. anyway, I just did a tamer one of her daughter and this is the only one of the group that I liked.

8. this is my first real Venom body. I've only drawn spidey in the black costume before. not that this one is too much different, but he's bulkier and has got claws. I was thinking about going nuts with the teeth but then thought this guy has a small mouth and I could loose likeness so I came up with a small yet big mouth, heh. I liked the connect line from his teeth to his eyebrow. I usually don't do too much of a gag on caricatures but I liked my lil spiderman spider. and if you look closely, there's an actual fly on the lower right hand side of the paper of the 1st pic, too bad spidey and venom don't see the tasty treat. wait, what?

9. the venom one above got my this sale. His brother later came and got one too but it didn't come out as swell.

10. just a cute one. toof!

11. I liked the leaving the hair mostly to color.

12. gold teef.

13. I really liked this one, this one is pretty pushing it with both faces kinda merging together as one. I was pretty surprised that they loved it, the woman especially, she really liked it and thought it was cool. and she figured it out right away (I could totally see someone looking at it and not knowing what it is) I drew this on my birthday so it was a nice birthday present for myself, heh. one of my favs I've drawn, I thinks.

14. not too jacked, but fun and stylized. I like the connect line of his face to her cheek line, don't think I've done something like that yet. hmm, could have given her more chin.

15. her eyebrow to his hat and her lip to his eye connect lines. they were cool and had a good laugh. think I made him look a lil too mean with the eyebrows.

16. I liked this one a lot. that connect line from the left's hair sweeping around to her eye. and I think I got both their vibes.

17. demo, heh. I think it looks like her, but my co-worker didn't think so, ha ha.

18. another demo. he didn't know what I drew though. he was like, "what's that?" but was still cool and appreciative as was his dad who thanked me. It's nice to get thanked for doing a demo, don't get that too often. I say that boy's gonna be a good chap when he grows up with that kind of parentage.

19. he came out too mean looking.

20. demo. his daughter said to make him a squid. just random. magnetic grilled cheese sandwich.

21. she reminds me of a girl I drew at Busch Gardens. oh wait, it was her.

22. I was pretty happy with this except for the eyebrows, they just seem kinda there-too neutral. glad she stopped crying too so I could take a decent reference pic. That's always that fear with potential crying kids/babies, that you might do the best drawing but never be able to get a good pic. It's also always my fear that I'll get eaten by a magnetic grilled cheese sandwich. that's why I never attend any of those magnetic grilled cheese sandwich conventions.

23. messed up his skin tone. I like the floatiness of his eye area.

24. I was happy with this one for the most part, I don't like that connect line from the dad ear to the little one's ear. distracting. I really enjoy drawing more than one person caricatures especially if there's great contrast in each person that you can really play off of. I actually got a chance to do a decent number of multiple people this visit. I did a 6 person family one but all their faces looked too similar and I didn't push it that much, added there were 2 twins in the bunch too!

25. this kid was excited about the caricature but his aunt wasn't sure if he'd sit for it, he had a hard time waiting and was getting spidery, I mean antsy (he was a bit autistic too). I really dislike when kids ask "are you done yet?" yes, I'm done and just sitting here wasting my time, staring at your finished caricture like an idiot, thanks for asking, otherwise I wouldn't know when to notify you, I've been sitting here twiddling my thumbs this whole time then I ate a magnetic grilled chees sandwich. this kid must have won the lottery on endless supplies of that line. He didn't like the finished caricature, he said "next time, when I come back, don't draw it like that" heh, oh, kids. those hair marker lines are distracting, eh. trying stuff.


27. he did have a little piece of hair sticking out, but then his friends told him about it while I was drawing it so he fixed it. I liked this one more at the time I did it. the chin is wonky, I should have stuck to my initial guns and just made it a perfect box instead of shaping it, now it's wonky, in a bad way.

28. should have made the eyes further apart.

29. hm. forgot to sign my name. I usually don't like doing just black and white, but this one was a super quick silly. the neck is weird, heh.

30. I got two guitar bodies requests close to each other. I'm not like Brian Oakes and have tons of variation for each body request. He's just unreal!

31. should have made his nose bigger. I like the connect line of her face to his neck. his mouth to her eyebrow connect is more subtle.

32. I drew the kid way too big.

33. so my co-worker, Kayla, spots this kid who has the same shirt as I. I've never seen anyone else with it, so I said to her, I should draw him. but he was already walking away, she urged me do it. so I ran after this kid a ways down, told him I had the same shirt and asked if I could draw him as a demo. the family agreed. He was fun to draw too. it was weird, I thought I got his likeness early on and only when I was about to finish it all up, did the mom go--oh, now I see it looks like him. his family all loved it and they ended up buying it. hurray! the 1st line I drew was that oval forehead.

34. I was happy with this. I liked the leaving of the left side face of the dad open and implying it with color. at the last minute I decided to add that extra top tooth on the dad, should have left it alone. could have gave him a bit fuller top lip too.

35. eh, I like the lines here but think the likeness got away from me and the body pose doesn't really work. I tried pushing the lips a bit. the dad didn't seem to like it and did one of those "do you like it, son? I don't like it, but if you like it, we'll get it" they bought it. I bet my awesome hats prolly made the difference, heh.

36. more leaving the face open.

37. the kid was like "aw, c'mon!" after he saw it. heh. still sold! needs more chin.

38. they waited to get drawn by me and they were happy with the results but wished I had pushed it more. I like the tall one's ear/other bro's hairline merge-ance. hey, I just merged a new word with merge-ance. hooray!

39. this is a collab between Kayla Gales and myself. Kayla went 1st with the guy and I drew the woman. I did a collab with Ben Bloss too, I don't have a picture of it, I know he took a picture of it, I'll try to post it once I get it. Ben's got an awesome style as well. yay, shapes! those two need blogs to post their sweet caricatures!


41. after I drew this one, and she went on her way, a family was getting drawn by another artist. I was free and it seemed like there were more people needing to be drawn from that family. they didn't speak too much English but didn't seem to respond to me asking if anyone else needed to get drawn and that I was available. they kind of just ignored me. then another artist at our stand started drawing another one of their group. oh well, guess they just didn't like my style, which is fine. at least let me know, so I'm not standing there wondering. finally this little boy in their group wanted one done and all the other artists were drawing and I was just standing there. one of the kids in their group who spoke more English comes up to me and said that I wasn't going to draw him as a box, right? referring to the one I just did. I assured them that he doesn't have a box face, so no boxes. the younger kid then translated to the mom, who had the issue, that that's what he had thought. I guess they were discussing it before. So I went really tame, but still solid on the kid, just to show that I could do that sort of stuff. they had no issues.

on a side note, well, really the same note- I really like it when I'll be doing a really crazy one and then someone will see it and when I ask if they want to get drawn they'll say that they are waiting for another artist or say my work is too crazy. Then I'll get another customer and I'll draw really really cute and fun and cartoony just to stick it to those that think I only draw crazy. yes, I'm a jerk that way sometimes, heh.

42. fun face.



45. open face...turkey sandwich.

46. needs more chin.

47. eh. I really tried going for the nose, but lost likeness with the placement of the eyes. he had on a Family Force 5 t-shirt, great band!

48. this is the brother of the one right above with the nose. as he was watching me draw his brother he didn't seem to have any real big reaction. He said that he was thinking about getting one but wasn't sure. I thought after seeing what I did to his brother he might be kind of hesitant, but he was like "what the hell, I'll get one too" after he saw his, he wasn't sure what it was either, I had to explain it to him. both of them were real cool kids and pleasant. I was happy with this one and really pushed it the way I should be pushing it more.

49. so this french dad comes with his 3 cute french girl daughters to get drawn by me. hooray! :) they all had their own distinct looks which is great for contrast too. I like looking at family and seeing how they are similar- two of them had similar eyes, two others had similar mouth shapes. If I saw both parents enough, I bet I could see where everyone got all their features, I really enjoy looking for that kind of stuff. As for the sketch, I didn't really go for it, just tried to get a good likeness and push the cartoony enough. I gotta admit, I was a little taken back by the middle girl. I thought she was really striking. and she was staring directly at me which was making me nervous a bit, heh. I think I could have made her cuter but was thrown off my game a bit. she was the first girl I drew and the dad was right behind me watching intently. they were all cool and seemed to like it so it's all good.

50. I like the hair but made her face too round, accidentally colored her jacket flesh color and not enough chin.

51. I like this one and their merging faces.

52. this is one of my favs that I did during my visit. they both had fun faces and a fun couple. I just shouldn't have put that line for her chin.

This is drawn with 1 continuous line.

53.I started at the nose. my friend was drawing her friend at the same time and he had an awesome face and I was jealous. I didn't really see anything to go crazy on on her so I thought I'd try the one line thing. my friend jacked up her friend and got a reject, it was an awesome drawing. the dude was pissed too, heh. my caricature, she just bought and went on her way, pretty uneventful.

54. weeeee!!!

55. the family of this kid was talking to my co-worker and asked her if I knew that this was a boy. she said that I did, heh. hey, he's got long curly hair, just drawin what I'm seein!

56. hmm, I feel like this one could have been pushed better. his left side ear gets lost too, it's under her mouth.


58. these kids are just too exciting! tooo muuuuch exciiiitemeent! I can't staaaaand it!!! ahhh!!

59. these folks were from Alaska. the off shape of his mouth bugs me

60. I like this one. both had great faces, great attitudes and they both loved it. success!

61. I was intending to go all out, but ended up with just sorta all out.


63. their friends were laughing hard as I was drawing them, mostly cause of how I drew the guy. they were really good sports. they wanted black and white and then they got it in color after. that's why the black and white has a lot more line work. usually I don't do that much line work when I know I'm going to color it.

64. this was my last one I did during my stint. I was happy with it, they were a cool happy couple. I got a good vibe from them as soon as they sat down. prolly should have made his eyes bigger and wider apart though.
well, I still have issues and things I still need to work on with what I did during my visit but overall, I'd say I was pleased enough. I was in a funk and ended my season at Dorney with disappointing caricatures and the work I did at the NCN con was subpar. but I think I'm back on the right track. I have new goals I want to tackle after looking back at this work. I liked that I pushed the graphicness and the shapes but think I forgot about flow as some of these are kinda stiff and could use more movement and energy so that's what I want to work on next. Cripple con 2 is next week so I should have some more artwork from that then!