When I’m not making comics, I work at my day job, at a craft store.
Something I have noticed is that there are a LOT of people who buy seasonal crap. Halloween wreaths, Christmas decorations that leave waves of glitter at my register, and even the odd Thanksgiving table topper, are all sold to people who think buying these things will get them in the “spirit of the season” (whatever that means).
In case you can’t tell, I’m not a fan of seasonal things.
But I have started doing something that somehow gets me in a festive mood without feeling like I’ve sold my soul to kitschy trinkets.
I hang up posters.
I hang up prints, postcards, and posters I’ve gathered from conventions and traveling.
But I have so many of them I can’t hang them all.
So I only put up the ones that I feel fit the season.
Since it’s fall, I put up a bunch of prints of people in costumes, and prints and postcards with warm colors and dead trees and other related subjects depicted.
It’s unusual, but it’s something I’m comfortable with.
Plus, I get to surround myself with things made by artists I know or have otherwise met at cons! That is WAY more personal to me than a tabletopper you can get at the craft store.
But that’s just me.
Have you been feeling festive this season? Or do you hate this kind of stuff? And why? Let me know in comments below!
So on Thursday (July 24), I went to the Toledo Art Walk thanks to an invite from Packo’s at the Park and my friend Chloe. Packo’s wanted some caricature artists to help promote their restaurant and be a part of the Art Walk this month, and I was happy to do so because…
I like to draw,
My friend Chloe is awesome, and
I drew caricatures at Cedar Point for 3 summers and knew what I was doing.
The day of the set up, we got there early and stopped at The Art Supply Depo.
The Art Supply Depo is an awesome store situated on South St. Clair street right behind Packo’s in downtown Toledo. They let Chloe borrow an easel for the night to draw caricatures on, and they had just the right markers and board that I needed to draw with.
The nice thing was Packo’s advertised for us in the Art Walk map, so that helped a lot in getting our name out there.
Once Chloe and I got everything we needed, we set up our tables by Packo’s.
Our friend Alex also set up just down the sidewalk from us, selling some of her work. I meant to get pictures but by the time we got done setting up people were approaching us for caricatures left and right.
I managed to catch a few pictures before the customers left!
While I didn’t sell a whole lot of bookmarks or prints, I did get a lot of tips for working on caricatures, which is awesome!
Once 9 o’clock hit, we finished up drawing our last customers, and then we packed up.
And then Chloe, Alex and I went to The Durty Bird right around the corner for burgers and drinks to celebrate!
Of course I had to send the appropriate thank-you notes to folks, because I had a great time and the event went really well! I’m planning on going again when the next one happens August 28th. Hopefully then I’ll have more books (if people are interested!).
I intend on getting more involved in caricatures and doing them at art festivals and parties. But since comics and caricatures are both separate kinds of art forms, I’m making a separate blog specifically for caricatures.
It’s called “Caricature’d!” and you can find it here.
I’ll be adding more to it over the next couple of days, so keep checking back to it.
Here on this site I want to keep the conversation about comics, appearances I’ll be making, and the process of making comics (among other comic-related things).
Speaking of which, I’ll be making more of them soon…