Balticon: May 23 - 25
Anime MidAtlantic: June 13 - 15
AnimeNext: June 20th - 22
More to be announced...
May, 2008 - Just to let you all know, I will not be attending Dragon*Con this year. There are a number of reasons that I came to this decision and I'm sad I won't be there to enjoy the convention, but it was a necessary decision to make. I will be doing other conventions this year and will keep you up to date on which ones I'm attending.
October, 2007 - Well... the summer conventions are pretty much done now. It was an up and down season with some good highs and not so great lows. Overall it went pretty well. I can only hope that things will pick up as changes in my life occur. Hopefully I will have some good announcements in the upcoming weeks. I hope you had a good summer and I hope to see you at the conventions I have coming up!
February, 2007 - Just to let you all know, I will not be attending Katsucon this year. Due to some misunderstandings and mistakes, I was unable to get a table in the artist alley - and as it is an expensive hotel, even with the con rate, I cannot afford to attend if I don't have the money from the table sales to offset the cost. I apologize to those who were looking forward to seeing me and my work there. I will miss seeing you all and being at the convention as it has always been one of my favorites. Hopefully things will work out better next year!
In other news! NEW MERCHANDISE IS AVAILABLE! You can now purchase some prints and the ever cute and fuzzy baby animal sets in my Merchandise section. Just click your add to cart button and purchase them online via paypal. And as always, my book is still available and ready for buying!
August 29, 2006 - HOLY MOLY BATMAN! The books have finally arrived! And now YOU can own your a copy of my book to put on your book shelf... add some class to your coffee table... impress the ladies... or the men! Just click on the Merchandise button and you're on your way to owning this one of kind (okay so we printed a lot them it isn't THAT one of a kind) book that will make your friends green with envy... Okay... maybe not. But its a really great book! And it will debut at my table at Dragon*Con 2006 in Atlanta, GA this Labor Day weekend. Even Ernesto couldn't stop my book!
June 2, 2006 - Just recovered from Balticon this past Memorial Day weekend. Whew! What a show! I was kept hopping with panels and workshops all weekend, as well as having a Artist Alley table (their first year offering) AND having art displayed in the art show. And.... On top of that, I was given the honor of moderating a panel with the Guests of Honors... That included noted writer Gene Wolfe, Lisa Snellings-Clark, Lorraine a' Malena, Adam Stemple and Marc Hempel... Did I mention it also had the main Guest of Honor, Neil Gaiman? Yes, I was able to talk face to face with my most favorite writer! Of course, having eight people on stage was very difficult, but I wouldn't have traded the opportunity for anything. Everyone was very nice and as always, Mr. Gaiman was gracious and simply lovely to talk with. Gene Wolfe is a lot funnier than you might think when you first see him and certainly a whip-crack of a wit. So overall, the workshops went extremely well and people seemed to be getting the techniques I was showing them. I was very happy to another chance to see artist/teacher Ted Reed's "Seven Deadly Sins of Illustration" presentation... and Mr. Reed (Sorry, Ted as he insisted I call him) come back after his panel was done, to sit in on my drawing class. Which only goes to prove that even professional artists like to go back to the basics again and that those basics are important!
ALSO, if you didn't notice the news on the front page... I have been working hard on putting together an art book featuring my art from the last ten years... and beyond! It is currently off getting printed and will hopefully (crosses fingers) be done by the end of July.
April 18, 2006 - Greetings everyone! Wow... long time since I last wrote... Life just seems to flow so quickly that you just get swept away in the waves sometimes. Anyway, as you may have noticed if you are keeping track, I DO NOT have paypal up and running as I hoped way back in December. For this, I am deeply sorry. There seems to be an issue with the shopping cart on my web provider and paypal that they haven't responded to yet. I AM working on it and will try to get it going as soon as possible. Trust me, I want it working as much as some of you do. Other than that, I wanted to give a quick report that Katuscon (in February) went VERY well. I had a great time as always and business was swell. To all my new viewers, "HI!" and to my fans who came back - "Hi again and thank you thank you thank you for coming to see me again! I hope to keep you coming back for more."
I also attended Lunacon in March and that show was VERY interesting for me. I didn't have an artist alley table (since there was no artist alley) so I was free to actually see the convention and panels. I did well in the artshow and thought it went pretty good for my first time there. On a 'cool' note, I was on some nice panels with some great people. My very first panel was with David Mattingly who was Lunacon's Artist Guest of Honor. I must say, he is not only a great artist, but a really nice guy and his wife was simply lovely. It was a great honor to be up on a panel with him - even if it was the very first panel and only one person showed up. That was fine because it gave us time to talk. There were a great many wonderful artists showing and doing panels there. Among them were Tom Kidd, Donato, Ric Frane, Wendy Mitchell (whose website I could not find), and Mark E. Rogers. All of whom I was able to talk with and some of whom I was able to hang out with and get some really great information from.
At Lunacon I did my drawing workshops which were small groups. During my gesture drawing class, who should come in? David Mattingly! He remembered my mentioning it that first day and decided to come in and see what it was about. Considering he was the Artist Guest of Honor, I was nervous! But after the class he said it was a great workshop. I thought maybe he was being nice, but his wife approached my mother and I later to tell her that she was a great model and to tell me that David thought I was a really good teacher and that he really enjoyed the workshop - so much so that he was going to start doing gesture drawings again! He left some of his gesture drawings behind, so I do have ORIGINAL David Mattingly art, but he didn't sign them... *sigh* Anyway, it was a great feather in the cap for me on a personal level and overall, it was a great convention in a lot of ways. It certainly helped me to refocus myself a bit.
December 27, 2005 - Well, this has certainly been a long time in coming, but yes, I finally updated the site. More updates will be coming. I apologize to everyone for the lapse in taking care of my website and I won't go into the ton of reasons as to why it hasn't happened. Hopefully, in the next week or so, I will not only have all the images updated, but will also have.... (drum roll please) PAYPAL! That's right, you, my dear friends, will be able to purchase items from me online!!! Other than that, I can assure you I am still alive, so any rumors of my death have... well.. been wrong.
June 02, 2004 - Been a long time since I've updated this area, or even the website! Apologies all around everyone. Just to update everyone on what's happened and happening - Pittsburgh Comicon went pretty well overall. Aside from meeting some great people at the show who stopped by my table, I got some good advice from some pros and terrific feedback from the attendees. My sales were pretty darn good too! I may go back next year! I've mailed out artwork to Anime Next which will be this month from the 18th to the 20th. It looks like it'll be a good show and I'm sorry I'm not attending, but I kind of missed the boat being able to go. I'll be sending artwork to sell in art shows at future conventions I am not attending - I'll let you know as they occur. In other news, I'll be heading out to California next month to attend the San Diego Comic-con. I'm flying in and will only be going with my portfolio in hand to show around. This show is going to be less about sales and more about getting and seeing about some work... I'd also like to see what is going on in the fantasy/sci-fi/comic/etc. field and that's a good place to do so. As far as Otakon, I will be attending, but I am waiting for them to get their butts in gear and get the information I need posted on the website so I can get a table. On the bright side, I will be running two workshops at the convention that will each be two hours long - One will be Contour Drawing and the other will be Gesture drawing. I'm nervous and excited about that, but loving the fact that they will be long enough for me to allow the attendees to really get some drawing done! So... that's about all professionally with me! I had better enjoy my time this month and get work done, because next month will be busy!
April 29, 2004 - Just getting into this month right under the wire! Well, I just got back my mail in art from Madicon 13 and I'm slightly annoyed at FedEx for getting my stuff kind of bent. The art wasn't really too damaged, but still... grrrr... Anyway, only one print sold - kind of dissapointed, but that's okay. I'm still learning and figuring things out for mail in artshows. I am going to be attending the Pittsburgh Comicon this weekend, so if you happen to be there, come by and see me. This is the first time I'm attending the show, so I'm a little nervous about it. I usually don't jump into a show like this - normally the first time I go to a show, I only go as an attendee to get a feel for the convention, but this time, I have a table and will be working the con. I have been confirmed for a bay and table at Dragon*Con 2004 and have a room, so that is definite. I am waiting to hear about tables from Otakon in regards to the artist alley and art show. I am also waiting to hear if I will be able to teach a drawing class there. I will also be mailing out more artwork to more artshows, so that even if I'm not there, you can still check out my work and maybe even take some home with you!
March 11, 2004 - At some point I'm going to delete my first entries in here... It is getting long! Anyway, things here are still up and down. I'm trying to arrange my schedule of events for the year. That means planning conventions to attend and conventions to send artwork to. I will be attending Otakon and Dragon*Con again this year, but I'm also going to be attending Pittsburgh Comicon. We'll see if I attend anymore and I will of course let you know. I once again submitted artwork to Spectrum - I'm waiting to hear back to see if I made it into the book. I am doing my best to get back to more steady work on commissions and such - as usual, my work life and personal life seem to get very busy! Here's hoping that the days ahead will offer me time (I can hear the angels giggling even now).
February 15, 2004 - Hey everyone! well, I'm back from Katsucon 10 in Crystal City, Virginia. There was a large turnout of convention attendees - mostly young people - this year. I think it was due in part, to the buzz and talk of last year which was the convention that didn't end. (Some of you may recall from my "news" last year that about 200 people were stuck at the hotel for 2 days after Katsucon because of the big blizzard). Thankfully, there was no snow this year and for the most part, the weekend went off without a hitch. All my work in the artshow sold with about three pieces going to auction. My table sales did rather well and I did some table commissions with requests for more. I guess my biggest news is that I had my first panel at the show. It was a gesture drawing class and it did really well! I figured I would have about 12-15 people who would show up to 'check it out'. The reality was that about 30 showed up ready to learn! I was nervous at first and it was kind of wonky in the beginning, but the class went great soon after. I have to give a very special thanks to Leo, who served as my model (dressed) for the class. Buzz the day after about the class was very positive and enthusiastic with many students coming up to me and complimenting me on my teaching. Right now I'm set up to teach two classes at next year's Katsucon (a gesture drawing class and a contour drawing class). So overall - great show! I'm hoping to teach some classes at some other conventions too. I will keep you all posted on how that goes. Thanks to everyone at Katsucon for making it a great show! Thanks to Richard, Kevin, Colette, Joe, Mark, Tex, Dar and the rest of the staff for everything! I look forward to next year.
January 06, 2004 - Happy New Year to everyone from Stormwolf Studios. I wish you all a year of good health, good cheer and good friends. I can honestly say I am glad that 2003 has come to an end and I'm looking forward to what 2004 has to offer.
December 26, 2003 - Ahhh the 'day after'. I hope none of you had to return anything at the store! Well, one of the things that is new here, is the Prints section! Now you can purchase my prints online... sort of. I'm sorry that I'm not set up to simply order online just yet, but you can mail order the prints... Just head over to the "Prints" section to find out how and what's available. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!
December 15, 2003 - Hi all. Well, things here are still hectic (what a surprise), but they are changing. I sent some work to Anime USA to display in an artshow. I received word from the Artshow coordinator that my work did rather well! So that's good to know. I am relocating my studio and that will hopefully mean that I will have more time and ability to do my work as opposed to being forced to deal with stuff going on around me. I am registered to attend Katsucon in Crystal City VA in February so I hope that I'll see some of you there. Now I'll take this moment to wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS! And when I say that, I mean, Channuka, Christmas, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, and just about everything else.
November 10, 2003 - I'm back from Virginia Beach VA and Nekocon. The con-goers were kind and had lots of positive things to say about my work. I hung eleven pieces in the artshow and all of them sold! There were some shaky points during the convention but overall, it was pretty cool. I'd like to say thank you to Sydney who was in charge of Artist Alley. She had a lot of obstacles to deal with and she was very kind and helpful to us. I also have to thank the artshow staff for doing such a wonderful job with the artshow and making it such an easy process - even with the long line at the end. And last, but not least, thanks to all the attendees who stopped by my table in the artist alley. You were all very nice and you make my trip worth while!
October 22, 2003 - Well, at the very least, I've managed updates once a month for a little while. That being said, here's what is coming up for me... I will be attending Nekocon from November 7th to the 9th. I look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new people there. I was invited by Anime USA (November 21st - 24th) to show some of my artwork in their Art Show / Gallery this year. I will do so, but will unfortunately be unable to attend. So, yes, new artwork will be showing in their art show, but I will not be there in the artist alley. Other than that, there have been a few changes in the Merchandise. I am hoping to have some new designs and such to sell one of these days. Please keep checking in and asking me about it. Mushroom Circle is still hard at work on their Aftermath book featuring my cover illustration and it should be out next month.
September 7, 2003 - It's been a week since I got back from Dragon*Con 2003, but I needed the down time. The drive down to Atlanta, GA was long, but worth it. I did very well at the show and got a lot of exposure, on top of very positive feedback. I sold two pieces in the art show - one going to auction. The other work got lots of attention for me and I'll probably be making prints of the pieces so that they'll be available at the next show. I made a lot of contacts and may get some new work in the future. I was also informed that someone who purchased by "Baby Dragons" set last year is using it as the basis for decorating their baby's room... Overall, the show was a successful business trip and it was fun. Thank you to Patrick and Joe for making it a wonderful Art Show/Bazaar and thank you to everyone who was so nice to me. For more of an in depth report check out my Dragon*Con Report in the Odds and Ends section. I learned a lot can happen in four days.
August 10, 2003 - I'm back from Baltimore and from a successful Otakon X. I designed the Cosplay badges (which will be displayed online shortly) and so I was gifted with an "Associates" badge which gave me a little bit of status around the con. It was nice! It also meant that I didn't have to wait on a 20 mile long line for registration... hee hee hee...Thank you Terry for giving me the work to do and I hope to do more work for Otakon in the future! The Art Show was a bit wonky. Those who were there know what happened and thinking about it, I don't really blame anyone for it... It seemed to be a case of lots of things going wrong that couldn't have been predicted or planned for. Tim, I know you did the best you could under the circumstances. I might have bitched and moaned about it, but I do realize the pressure you were under and I do know you hung in there. Regardless, I left the Art Show with no artwork to take... it ALL sold! That's a first. Usually I have to take one or two home. So that is very good news! As far as the Artist Alley - it went extremely well. People seemed very pleased with the work I had at my table. Particularely popular were the Dragon Hatchlings and the matted pieces. I met tons of wonderful people and everyone who talked to me was very nice and supportive. Thank you to all of you who stopped by to either take a look at my work or just wanted to say "hi". To Rebecca who ran the Artist Alley - you did a great job. I for one certainly appreciated everything you did. As for everything else, I had a great time and so did "Con Mom"... I wish I could have spent more time with my friends from the Artist Alley, but work is work. You know I love all of you nuts! I look forward to next year's Otakon to see what happens.
August 05, 2003 - Its not just a new logo on the front but new artwork in the gallery! And now there is Stormwolf Studios Merchandise! You can buy cool t-shirts, hats, mugs and lots o' other neato things! Just click on the Merchandise button and check it out.
July 28, 2003 - My White Wolf book is out! "Right of Princes" is a Dark Ages book and inside I have five illustrations. I still haven't seen the book, but I'm hoping to have a copy by Otakon '03. And speaking of Otakon, I have done two illustrations for the wonderful people there. I have also been hired again by Mushroom Circle Inc. to do more artwork - This time a wrap around cover for their new book "Aftermath" which is a sci-fi/magic game set in the future. In other news, I again have to apologize to those of you waiting for commissions from me. I won't go into a whole sob story, but please, do know that I have not forgotten promises made or anything. I keep hoping to be able to set up a schedule and then... well, life happens and smacks me upside the head. Sigh... Here's looking forward to Otakon.
April 23, 2003 - Well, happy spring holidays, whatever it is that you celebrate... I for one am glad that spring finally seems to have arrived. Right now, I am trying to recouperate from some personal family issues and will hopefully get back to doing artwork and commissions. (Trust me, I really haven't forgotten!) I will be attending Otakon 2003 though I am waiting to hear about getting a table in the artist alley: hint hint Russian... I will also be attending Dragon*Con 2003. This year they had a jury to determine who was going to be allowed to show in the Art Gallery and I am pleased as punch to say that I passed the jury selection and will be allowed to exhibit! (whew!) So far, I have no plans to attend any other conventions but that may change, so check in here to find out where I may be popping up next!
February 18th, 2003 - I have finally returned from Katsucon 9!!! Or Katsucon 9.1 if you prefer. As far as how I ended up doing at the convention, I did really well - I sold all but 2 pieces in the Art Show and made a nice profit from my sales of items at the table in the Artist Alley. Due to being stuck 2 extra days thanks to"Snow Storm 2003" I was able to get some of the other artists to draw great art in my sketchbook. I will try to write a more full report of the con for my Odds and Ends section. I'd like to thank the staff and volunteers of Katsucon for really rising to the challenge of having a bunch of refugee con-goers confined in a hotel for up to 3 days. You guys were great and all the hard work was appreciated. The staff took good care of their guests and I look forward to going next year! Oh, and a special thanks to the deli across the street for staying open for us!
December 31st, 2002 - I will be attending Katsucon 2003. I not only have registration for the show, but remembered to get a hotel room too... Yay me!
October 19th, 2002 - I have been hired by White Wolf Publishing to do five black and white illustrations for their upcoming Dark Age Books.
September 1st, 2002 - Have returned from Dragon*Con 2002. It was a spectacle as usual, but lots of fun. Made lots of great contacts (crossing my fingers on some leads for work) and met a lot of great people. If you ever get the chance you should go down to Atlanta and check it out. I would like to thank everyone in the Art Show and Art Bazaar for all their help, and for just being really nice and sweet people. I look forward to next year's convention already.
August 17th, 2002 - Otakon 2002 was once again in Baltimore's HUGE convention center (Hi Dave!). I was slightly disappointed in the placement of the art show and artist alley, considering they had the WHOLE convention center, but the art show and artist alley staff were on top of things and took very good care of me - Thanks guys! This year, I had the pleasure of designing the Security Staff badges and having artwork published in the Program Book.
February 19th, 2002 - I have recovered from a wonderfully successful
showing at Katsucon 2002 in Baltimore MD. I met lots of great people
as usual and the staff was incredibly helpful (as usual). Almost all
of my artwork in the Art Show sold, with a few going to auction. There
was also a great response to the display of card illustrations I did
for Mushroom Circle Games. I'd like to thank the staff of Katsucon,
especially those involved in the Art Show and Artist Alley for making
this such a successful trip for me - and a special thanks to the staff
at the hotel who managed to keep smiling no matter what was going on.
And of course, a really big thanks to every single person who stopped
by my table!