Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Teen Titans Portrait Project Finished!

Recently finished this series. Came out really nicely. Loved the Teen Titans growing up. This is the original 5 from the T.V show, following their T.V show looks.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

End of the Year in Review: Networking endeavors, Art update, life update

Hello one and all!
This is the big blog/journal entry for the end of the semester/year. So if you are in the mood to read a lot, or just skim, over an ocean of text about some random guy's life then I wish you luck!

End of Semester/year entry

I've been kicking it back in Austin for some time now, and I will be returning home to finish school which ends two weeks from now. It's been a rough year, but I've managed to push through. Also, within this year I have had what seemed like some near death experiences, near amazing experiences, and experiences that have really made me think while out of a job and focusing on school. Financially it is extremely rough, I mind as well be homeless in my raw position as a citizen, but I got people that are in high places that are helping me through till I land a job.

It's times like this semester that really mature you and make you more understanding of how the world works. It's been to the point where I have had to try and make 45-50 dollars of junk food (which is well ration-able) work for me for two and a half weeks at a time nearly all semester, and 100 dollars work for gas for nearly a month with weekend travel. I've been able to do nothing I do annually because of no income this year, and on top of that trying to afford expenses for college art class materials, along side financial aid saying my loan limits are just about up which is a worry for me as far as proceeding to graduate goes. And that's not all, But I just want to leave it at that. Depressing? I know, but that is just life, and I continue through it with a smile on my face, because there is always a way to get you up off the ground when it knocks you around a little. Do I regret leaving my job/income outside of Financial Aid to focus on school? not one bit. Even if school at some times isn't worth it, the things around it really teach you special things you would've otherwise been naive about in the world. And it has taught me to respect the work force and the principle of the importance of having a job, the strategies of when to leave a job, and managing your expenses even more than before. It's been a painfully healthy learning experience I appreciate putting myself through.

Introduction out of the way, I want to do the fast and simple art updates first and then hit home with a rather big one. The first update is about my lack of getting art up online. Oh believe me, I have stuff to post that I have done over the year, it is just been really slow with classes, building my website, getting sick, and traveling places via with very close family and friends, and learning other new things which I will touch base on later.

I do have some things I would like to share with you that are made obvious in the title of this article.
First off I've not been building a 3D castle, but instead I have been building a massive convention center which is also doubling as part of my environmental design class project.

This Is coming along nicely I tend to finish it and classify it as my second ever Google SketchUp project next to the 3D car to this date. I am extremely happy with how fast I am picking up the program, and the underlying 3D modeling principles and techniques it is teaching me via in a simple interface and toolbox of functions.

My second art update is on the Futurai series, which is coming to a much needed close. The deal with this series, aside from what I have mentioned about it in the past, is that is mainly derived from feeling and time. The feeling and time of the day have to be there to make this series as perfect as I can make it. If my mood is off, and/or the time of day is just to late or busy and tiring, I will not proceed with it. I have had a lot of those as of late. I do not want to rush this series and make it half par. I want to take my time with it and provide excellent quality to the best of my ability. With that said, the Ninja is done, and quite different in looks from the rest. The ninja is in shiny black metallic armor. It might look like the odd sheep out of the family of five, but it is at its fullest intentions, and the vision is perfect from what I had in my head. Black metal was an extremely difficult challenge for me, and for a first time really focusing on it, I think I did rather decently. Note, this image is actually a spoiler version for the alternate Futurai BG series- Rising Sun Edition.

The image quality is halved for the security of the image being printed. Also, the Sumo has begun its rough stages and will be the final addition to the family of my second largest illustration next to the PSO anniversary tribute. It's release date is unknown at this current time.

The last art update I have to give you is a rather exciting one. I'm doing a A-chromatic fan art portrait series of the Teen Titans. It's been a while since I have done fan art, and I really enjoyed that show growing up, and I already have Raven done out of the five. I might do Terra. But for now I am sticking with the official 5 from the show. I don't want to post anything visually from this series until it is complete. I want it to be more or less one big surprise finish, unlike the Futurai updates. Like the Futurai, I will strive to achieve the best visual quality I can do at the time of each piece being made. I do plan to get this one done more quickly though considering there isn't much to it except the bust shots/faces and the the shading.

Digital painting has been going through a small freeze. I'm in more of an illustration and 3D mode mostly due to getting school projects done and finishing my personal series', but I got a great holiday painting lined up that I am looking forward to doing. Till then it's all just small studies.


Now for the big update: The artist' year in review...

Aside from my intro, I have been growing a lot as an artist, and finding out new things about my skills each class I have had, and each drawing, design, project, or painting I do on my own time. Between art and pure design, I have found that I am not much a designer as I am an artist. These later classes have really put me to the test and are weeding out my weak points from my strong points, and are helping me clarify where I stand, and where my interests lay. Web design and environmental design have been my strongest design points in my college career so far. Not just the execution of it, but the understanding of it. The rest have got me by the balls, but I am pulling through.

I have also picked up on something this semester I feel like, and know I really enjoy doing along side art, and want to learn as much about it as possible, and maybe make a career out of it when my art career is not active and bringing in no income what so ever, which is pretty normal even with commissions. It is Networking. in specific Networking in technology. Internet protocols, DNS systems, and server based activities. I've prematurely grown a curiosity about it over the years, starting with setting up Phantasy Star Online back in 2010, and trouble shooting why it was not working, and then again in 2012 but with it working that time. I was introduced to subnet masking, a more thorough hands on experience in IP management and configuration, and other such things just to get this gamecube to operate online with this game through personally managed servers and hosts. Then I was hit with it when I had a heated argument with my room mate about the router being jacked up or not because of an online game, or the router just acting shitty, and from there began researching a bit more about how routers work.

It finally really starting getting to me this semester in a positive way when I was told knowing DNS is very important to land a job at a cloud hosting company. company aside, I was very curious about DNS, and wanted to know what it stood for. I found this hour and a half long youtube video of a DNS intro lecture that got me on the edge of my seat. Perhaps it was the way it was explained, or just the amount of content that I felt like I should know more about. I'm pretty sure it was both. From there I began researching certifications, Linux OP tutorials, server administration, and network engineering knowledge online and now I'm just hooked on it, and want to strive to achieve a professional/expert level networking license in the distant future. I feel/know this kind of knowledge about how the web works on a deeper level will not only keep me up to date with technology, but learn how to manage and solve future networking problems in the world while making a doodle or 1000 right next to it. lol

Alas, I now have three things I want to focus on in life, with the one I mentioned being the most recently discovered. I want to create beautiful digital paintings and illustrations, Design websites via CMS, and try to strive towards being a networking engineer. The flow of these three are funny; Painting being the most right winged mental discipline, web design being in the middle, and then networking being on the far left wing. I think they are a great flow of balance that an artist or any person should have. It opens up gate ways of new ways of thinking, and brings them closer to the world while under the umbrella of what they love to do. It sounds very renaissance in its path, and I enjoy the feeling. I feel these things will launch me into a new height and chapter in my life as I exit college at the end of next year.

I ultimately have my web design class last semester for opening up my mind to the world of the web, and how it functions beyond just design, along side my girlfriend's stories at Rackspace that really made the push into a field of knowledge I was at first scared to venture into because of my history with
being encouraged to do art because I loved art, and told I would never be a a techy guy in grade school because artists were not technical, and anything techy related had heavy math (not as true as the counselors made it out to be btw), and I was bad a math growing up, which implanted a fear of learning networking and development in my brain, when it was all just a scare of people trying to make a path for me of what they thought was best to a third grader, 8th grader, 11th grader, etc. Well, I think that challenge has been thoroughly overcome, and now that I am older I know how the world works more than in the past, and to follow what you think is considered interesting or a passion no matter what any one tells you. Some people discover things that click with them sooner or later than others, and most of the time they are very un expected. This whole journey this entire year has been one of the unexpected, and it has worked out brilliantly in making me stronger and wiser as a person.

This year has really been a year of branching out and discovering more about myself, and devising game plans for my future when I graduate a year from now. Adaptability is essential, but if you are going to be adaptable make sure you make yourself marketable and they are the things you at least are highly intrigued about learning and doing. Having a top 3 like myself is a great way to organize your time outside of what ever consumes most of your day. I look forward to seeing what next year has in store for me. I am armed and ready with time for a full time job if I can land one along side finishing school, and I plan to see where that leads me, and what I have to share from it.

I also want to make note on one last thing before I close, which is mobile apps. I did have plans to make my first app this year, but given the circumstances of our developer in my team, it only was half done, and I want to make one more after this one that I feel can solve a problem I found out about as well as to say I made/came up with an app or two to myself as a life goal.

I want to try and get my first one 100% complete by next year, and then try to find some way to begin working on constructing the blue prints for this second one. It is a massive learning experience making an app with your friends who each have something creative and constructive to bring to the table, and I want to continue at least for a little while longer building these two apps together before moving on to other things.

To conclude this entry, I encourage you to hold on to the things you love to do, learn as much as you can about it, and discover things you have tried avoiding in the past out of some senseless fear. Hell, make it your New Years resolution, I fulfilled mine this year. You never know what kind of possibility or endeavor it can bring into your life. There is always room for some one some where to contribute something for yourself or society. I want to be a contributor, a problem solver, and a creator to the world, and I feel my top three major life goals/career paths I have affixed myself with total confidence this semester will help me do just that, and I wont let anything convince me otherwise.

Till next entry, Have a happy holiday every one, and go out and share the things you have learned about this year over the Christmas and New Years holiday's with those you care about and love.
Now I got to get back to drawing and learning more about networking. :-)



I should be updating more regularly after college is done this year, and the next when I have less classes
to focus on.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Update: Futurai, and end of semester

Things are starting to slow down just slightly. A lot is going on, and I picked a bad time to start doing daily/weekly blogs when I revived this thing. Things should pick up around December if I didn't already mention it in my last post. Especially when my website is done.

Website is coming along nicely, and I got the slooooow Futurai piece of the warrior monk done. Finally! I am also going back to the ninja. the consistency is way off. I also dabbled in Google Sketch up again, as I am planning to build a castle (not a car this time) for my first big Matte painting. I'm going to explore 3D just a little more, as I feel that it is a vital supplement to my scenic paintings. I've also been studying hard for a possible full time job as a web tech. Which will be a nice indirect gateway into learning more about the web, along side doing web design and CMS building.

In my final bit of info, I've been helping/art directing you could say, my girlfriend's comic. I'm so excited about working with her on this via support and feedback. It is coming along nicely, and is very unique in dialogue and style from most other comics.

School is just about done for this semester, and a year from now, for good. I'm really excited!!! I will have a blog about that when that mile stone comes for sure.

Also, love the new time change. There is something about this time change that makes me feel much more productive than usual. And the weather has cooled down, plus it's been very rainy, which is a big productivity bonus!!!

Here is some visual candy on the Futurai updates.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Futurai Spoiler

It's coming soon....
Late October. But for now, here is proof that I have been sloooowly working on it.

warrior monk.
Photon Color: Red

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two new pieces of work. Been getting into adding photography and 3D in my paintings. We'll see how that pans out. Working on a 3D simple futuristic house design. In other news, San japan is this weekend, but it is likely I will not be able to attend due to critically low funds. I wish I could pick up work some where. I'm trying, but no one wants me. It's rather depressing when you can do multiple forms of creative work, and can get no work. Things have also gotten a little slow lately. Blog should pick up around September.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Reviving this Blog

I am currently under construction with building my own website, and I thought having a blog to go along side it would be just fantastic! So, if you are an occasional lurker, or a subscriber, you will notice that things have already begun updating from the old look and idea of this blog. I will be posting WIPs, advice/thoughts, events, and completed pieces of art work or exercises more frequently now. I will try to keep it at one or two posts per day, with a log of 10 post per page, so you can see past stuff upon scrolling.



WIP Update: 01

Some digital WIP stuff to share. Been working on a couple drawings and paintings at once. 
Prepping for Futurai series- Warrior Monk, as well as brain storming some ideas on a character illustration or bust shot abstract piece I whipped up earlier in the year.

for now, here is what I can show:

Concept: Glove Energy. Thinking about doing another piece similar to hammer energy.

Concept: future racer built a futuristic looking car in Google SketchUp, and have painted over it.
progress is slow due to a rock solid visual concept/idea still marinating in my head.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Game production interview and San Japan

Short blog log on some recent events going down. I'll be attending San Japan in Texas this August as well as having our indie videgame production crew getting a filmed interview by an online gaming magazine next week. I'll send a link to the post when it is up. maybe around or after San Japan in August, pending on how long the editing takes.

On that notice, I guess I can give some helpful advice and say that great things will come for those who push hard. I've been pushing hard lately, and its showing. getting your feet on the ground is not that difficult. you just got to take your time with your content, and make it sellable. this involves doing research. know what gets people interested in your story or creation by looking at what others have done to reach a healthy audience. ultimately an audience will come to you. just do what you love to do on the inside, and make it look professional and sellable on the outside. even WIPs are some thing special. everything will fall into place slowly but surely in the end. and hopefully you'll have a life you feel comfortable with/a life you've dreamed of having.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Akon 23 Adventure log

A-Kon 2012 adventure log

Oh-My-Gawd! This convention was literally the most eventful and fun convention I’ve been to yet. I have attended A-Kon in the past the last 2 times. But when people say “a third time is the charm” they are not kidding! I networked with wonderful artists, attended some awesome panels, showing the artwork I've done to other artists, and just engaging in random and productive conversations like never before. The Cosplays were also amazing! I was really glade, as near broke as I was, to attend this convention!


The drive up starting at 4:30am was, as usual, pretty quiet and boring. However, later on one of my friends would NOT stop playing overrated anime pop music on the way up. But when we hit Dallas everything hit silence as we anticipated our future activities and things to do for the Kon. ;D we finally arrived at 9am.

We actually found reasonable parking! We got to park at the usual space we had parked at the last 2 years. And might I say, we got lucky this time. Only one spot left!!! After we did that, we checked into our room and proceeded to our registration lines. All my friends were pre-reg except for me, so I had to wait in the on-site registration line. Oh what a joy that was.

As soon as I got in line however, my Friend Lauren L. called soon after, needing help with her parking, as this was the first time she had ever attended this convention. So I did what a good friend does, and jumped out of the loooooong registration line and helped her out with finding a spot. We eventually found one at the Chase Tower parking center and jumped for joy that we found a spot, and the daily ticket renewal was at a reasonable price. Soon after, I walked with Lauren and her little sister through the 3 buildings this con was held at, and tour guided them a bit on where things were and stuff. We eventually hit the convention center again, and we then split ways into our registration lines.

After waiting about 2 hours for the ticket, I dashed on by the LevelUp Studios booth my friend Fred (trunks) was working at. Upon arrival I ran into another friend, Bryon (psyguy) and Gabby, whom I remembered meeting and talking with along with Bryon, Riley F. and Lavetta last year. It was so nice to meet/ catch up again.  We 3 then turned around, and BAM!!! Curtis Arnott (Takahata)-(Team Four Star) glomps Bryon along with his very well made, personally constructed metal WWW (farse on WWE) championship belt.

The rest of the Team Four Star crew was there and we chatted and goofed off about a few things for a solid 30 minutes or so. However near the middle of the chatting, Bryon alerted me if I knew who they were, and then it got awkward in a funny kind of way. For I did not know the guys were actually team Four Star at first. Never seen their faces, except for their super star guest host, martin Bilany, before. XD Martin however, was not there amongst them.

So I then shook hands with them, announced whom we were to each other, and talked a bit more. Took some pictures of a ghost Nappa that came by, and Curtis’s WWW belt. I then found out, as Curtis told me, he was from Canada. So I pushed the question about if he knew what Yuvon of the Yukon (a Canadian show) was in a sarcastic/joking matter. A slight "screw you"/hilarity ensued for a short moment from him. Twas all cool though, however everyone else, though they followed along with the joke, did not get it quite as much. I also brought up the topic about the Vancouver shooting of the Animation director of Ed Edd and Eddy. That sparked some interesting flow of conversation.

We all then split our ways a while after, and I finally pestered/ said “hi” to Fred and the rest of the crew working behind the booth. I then asked Fred, amongst the casual greeting conversation, of how one can participate in the Iron Artist panels. We talked about that for a bit, and then eventually I was in! After that whole mess of fun, I homed in on my other artist friends that had booths this year. I hit Yidi Yu (Kiriska)’s “Fake Lemonade Stand" booth next to see how she was doing since the last convention and the move too Seattle. She’s always so bombarded with buyers that it ALWAYS makes our conversations soooo awkward! Lol but it was fun catching up with her for the 3rd time in a row since Staple and A-Kon of last year.

The next friend/artist I was going to hit was Arc Zero, or Jimmy/Jimbo, as he was coming in from Washington D.C to run a booth here. Along they way, I stopped by the booth of Mary Cagle or…. CubedWatermelon, as I found the art style to be very familiar. I had no idea she was actually here at the convention, so we actually ended up greeting and then having, by far, the most random/fun conversation about just stuff that lasted about 15 or so minutes. I then told her who I was on DeviantArt, and then showed her a sample picture of one of my works on my phone to get a remembrance of whom I was when I post on her DA page. For “Chronoskun”, is not, and has not exactly been on the tip-top of everyone’s memory banks.

It was about 3:40 and I went to see if David Hutchison, from Antarctic Press, was around. Unfortunately, he was not, and for a good reason. He was catching up on his Dragon Arms Comic.  It was totally cool, for he is really working hard on that, and is doing it digitally, which does take a while.

I then hopped around the various areas of the convention for a while and took some shots of cosplayers and such. I did not nearly get as many pictures as I wanted last convention, so it was in my book to take A LOT of pictures as one of my main missions. I bumped into Bryon again with Gabby and Jake, chatted a bit. After that I stopped back into the hotel room for lunch and stuff, then swung back down to meet Jimmy (Arc Zero). I queued him off on who I was by mentioning the Link air brushing/coloring I did for one of his pieces a couple years back. He remembered, and we instantly connected/started to get to know each other more, and just talked for about the same amount of time as I did with Mary Cagle. Twas defiantly a great conversation, and he enjoyed the company of another online artist-friend attending the convention that knew him.

Later on it was nearing the hour of Fred’s BanCast Panel. When the time came for that, the audience was literally like 8 people. Not to impressive, but not too bad for what it was. It was a failure in some sense, but it was hilarious. And of course, to keep the panel moving, I was just shooting out random questions. The first one was an identifier/joke, “Will it blend?”  as I typed this question into the questions feed for the Bancast online months back. Fred reacted with “ so it was you who sends in those troll questions from time to time!” after the panel was done, and hilarity ensuing came to a close, I talked a bit with Michael DeVillar, one of Fred’s friend’s and Bancast members. We got into Phantasy Star Online talk all the way down and back to the LevelUp Studios booth down stairs from the 3rd floor.

I grabbed dinner at my room, and then I bumped into the Anime club at my university on the way down an elevator. upon exiting the elevator I bumped into Rachel/Andy, a high school-college friend of mine. when the doors opened to our destination the guys along with me in the elevator did the Fonz’s “Heyyyyyy” to the waiting crowd. This is when I saw Rachel and in the same tone as the fonz’s “heyyyyy”, we said hi, and I asked if I could get your picture of your cosplay, she said "maybe tomorrow, for I gotta go to my room", and then I responded with an ok, she then followed with an ok, all in that same tone. The immediacy of the situation and continuation of the voice from just the two of us got the entire waiting line laughing. I then did some random stuff and found out one of the elevators got busted as I was heading to bed. I arrived back an hour later to find that the people in the elevator were still stuck and hotel management and security were trying to pry the door open. Quite a sight. So I took the opposite elevator and settled in for the night.


This next day was so event filled, I slept past my alarm on Sunday without even hearing it. Which is very rare/only if I’m extremely tired.

The very first thing I did was dash down to the parking lot to re-new my ticket. Afterwards I went to get some breakfast at McDonalds, a place I had seriously have not even touched since like November or some close by month of last year. That felt SOOOoooooo fattening. But was the only thing open. Plus I had forgotten about the breakfast my group packed for the trip.  However this worked out well, I ran into Lauren and her sister on the way back to the convention center, and ended up turning around to help and/or walk with them back to their parking spot to renew their ticket. I then travelled with them back up to their room to check out the Saturday schedule for the convention, and talked with them a bit more about events, and the Vic Mignogna Signing they were ecstatic about! 
I then took my leave and walked the first floor of the hotel and outside to cross what I called “the Rio Grande” or street that severs the hotel from the convention center. I ran into another Matt I knew from college this semester along with another guy from our/my school. We talked for a good bit and then split after some idiot came up to us and started talking randomly, pulled out a joint, and then started smoking it in our faces. This was the smoking zone, yes. But NOT the weed zone. Ever. I did not want to get my self smelling like weed. So I left the conversation politely, Matt told me later on that he soon followed. As that was seriously a stupid move on that guys part, and wanted no part of being caught with him. I mean the guy was smoking it right in front of the convention center where security was all over the place. really stupid.

So I continued to venture for a good while taking tons of photos. I was going to attend some panels I had scheduled for the day, but before I knew it they were already over, as I was taking tons of photographs of cosplayers non-stop. The line up was really impressive this year! A good mix of everything! Nothing was to theme heavy, and there were many non-anime cosplays. I proceeded to the LevelUp studios again to talk some more, showed Fred some of my illustrations amongst the conversation, and he was quite impressed,  He and I found it interesting that he had never seen my work before. And I’ve known the guy since San Japan in 08. He then showed me later on what he purchased (one of them being final fantasy 3 in the original box). what a score! Lol 

From there I headed to the food court for lunch and bumped into Lauren and her sister AGAIN lol, and in their very well crafted FMA Edward Elric and Alphonse Lolita cosplays. We sat down and talked/ate and then walked around the convention together a bit. I then proceeded to the hotel room to take on some delicioco’ stir fry made by one of my friend’s sister.

I then traveled far and wide, and around the convention shooting more photos and such, stopped by my artist friend's again, and then talked with other new artists at the convention. And I swear to gawd, there are some artists that you just KNOW IT, you know that they are trying to sell themselves way to hard for their own good and up-sell the crap out you. I ran into a few and it generated some awkward conversation. I was trying to be myself and personal, and they were seriously as dry and un-personal as hell. It bothered me so much! It was like a robot being programmed to only say certain things, and if you cannot start talking in a way that its not programmed to understand/respond it just fricken stares at you in silence like you're an idiot. I eventually found a break away from the conversation. But I remember people/booths like those, and do not return to them! They are usually the ones that look almost like the Udon, Antartic press, etc. booths in the con, except they are indie owned, or a promotional comic stand that looks indie owned with as bunch of highly professional looking comics, big banners behind them, etc. This is a future red light for me. As I can not seem to get a decent conversation at the very least with "those people" every single time. It’s like game stop! :/ 

Heading back down to the bottom floor of the convention center I happened upon the voice of Gir (Riki Simmons). I was surprised to see him in an artist alley for one, and wanted to know why he had a table at the artist alley. Aside from voice, he apparently also did cel-coloring for the characters in the show. Pretty sweet hybrid of duties as a member of the invader Zim production crew.

After my adventures at the artist tables, I ran into Lauren AGAAINnnnn! XD in the autograph line with her sister for the Vic signing. I did something so nice, and had fun doing it to, … stood in line with them, and literally waited with them for an hour and a half to help them take a photo with Vic. We had so much fun in the line and was glade to have done that. My standards as a friend are too chivalrous. I can go great lengths for other friends if need be. The time was not a sacrifice by any means. However we ended up not getting to have them see Vic/me take a photo of them with him. The time was running out to see him however, and we eventually became those 10 people and beyond that had to get cut from seeing him. But we did see some one propose with Vic recording the proposal right in front of the signature table!  Welp, I sure hope they got his signatures and photo on Sunday. We then split ways again, and I headed up to the panel floor to get ready for my first panel debut at Iron Artist.

Along the way to Iron Artist, I ran into Nick Landis and Scott Frerichs of  team 4-star again, minus Curtis. We talked for a brief 5 minutes about some panel stuff and a few other things. However, they were quite tired from all the bouncing around they have been doing, especially since their 18+ panel they had last night. So we concluded, as I had to get moving to the panel I was going to be a co-host/artist in.

Bryon, Gabby, and I were the select chosen for the under 18 Iron Artist. As we awaited entering the room, one of the things we were talking about was nick names for a bit. I told them my whole story about how I get called every name in the book this semester, so I had dubbed myself Anonymatt (twist on the word anonymous) because of the random names people kept giving me. Bryon thought I hit the nail on the head with that one, as the substance and story content behind it was golden. And after other people have said the same, I officially have started converting my IRL alias to that. Of course Chronoskun will still live on. But this new one has substance. It is not a new nick-name in the worlds of nick-names, others have it as well  (probably not with a cool back story like mine XD). But Chronoskun will not be gone. This new name is more a vocal than a net alias. Chronoskun is still the top dog, as no one else on the net, from my searching over the years, has this name, and imbedded it in as much online crap (that I’ve done) on the search engines.

Afterwards we got called in! and my very first panel had begun!!! It was so much fun! We were up against some legit publishers, but we mixed and matched the groupings as we drew/competed. I was rather quiet though. Being my first panel, I was nervous as hell. Which is not like me in some sense. After the panel was over,  we apparently got tips, which was quite surprising to me. Plus Lauren and her sister came near the end to support me! That was very nice of them. As for the friends that did not, well, they were at the team four-star panel in regards to their own con ambitions.  So I then get told by Fred that I could possibly get put on the Iron Artist 18+ panel later on tonight.  I was a bit shocked, but happy to hear that. I then exited the room only to find Team Four Star, God bless them, were getting chased, no, trained, like literally a train of people, trying to touch and jump all over them, sign stuff, etc. I raised a brow and said hi to Curtis, and he impatiently said hi (as he was getting bombarded by fans) as they sped past me to get to the autograph tables. And con Security looked like they were on their shoulders for safety reasons. Simply amazing to see that. I felt kinda bad for them, on the count that it could have been handled better for their sake. Like them getting to the tables first, and then having the crowd release to go too them.

That was the last I saw of them before my con adventures ended. I hated that I didn’t have a formal good bye to go with the formal hello at the beginning. But it was fun just chill’n with them earlier on in the con non-the-less for a few brief moments. and that is a reward on its own. Not a fans reward to me, but a reward between just meeting new people or artists from all professional practices and just having a good time without any fan servicing involved.

I then ran into Rachel and Matt again near the outside perimeter of the hotel. We sat down, and I caught up with Rachel, which was really nice.

Later on the 18+ Iron artist panel was about to begin. I then met back up with some familiar faces, and some new artists to join in on the mature rated fun. I was engaging in great conversation with Michelle Jordan of Absurd-comics, who I found out was the girl in a cosplay earlier in on the regular Iron Artist panel. We talked art, and art business for a bit. We then got a thunderous applause from the audience as the artists and I were called in... wow, just wow. during intro, I mentioned my self in the intro as being a first time panelist and Iron Artist, and got a great big cheer. I then told them I did concept art and illustrations, but not published yet. Fred and the other artists got some mileage on my intro, as they used it in a humorous way throughout the panel. The panel was extremely crude, but I got through it. The stuff the audience comes up with I swear… XD

Speaking of what the audience comes up with, I had to go up against the crown winner of last years iron artist. She was so sweet, but I forgot her name as I type this. I did not hear from Fred how much time we had. But we had to work with “Not Jackie Chan” and “Basement” in a minute. I was taking my time, fast, but still not fast enough! For I wasn’t nearly done until he started counting down from ten. So I did this super incredibly, almost in-decipherable caricature/situation/ including Jackie chan (woops!) hold it RIGHT THERE!!! Jackie chan. Uh oh. And I admitted to the crowd during my presentation that it was Jackie chan. But it was supposed to be “NOT" Jackie chan. I got slammed hard for that one quite humorously, but made a nice recovery on my wording for presentation, shouting out my faults, and identifying the picture as “look at this hot undecipherable mess… etc.” this however did not win me the round. But it was fun. And I swear I’m going to be labeled as “that guy who does not know what  “not Jackie chan” meant” lol but I’m so cool with that. XD

We ended the panel with some pretty outrageous stuff, and we even got to autograph the pieces we put our sketches on and give them out to those who wanted them. Then this guy who works for this company (I’m also thinking he's the head) had us, on a fresh sheet of paper, draw something and sign it, so he can put it in his company office. Of course I did my signature/robot persona “Determined”. ^^ all around the same time, some people came and talked to me about some things. It was an interesting feeling to see people actually engaging with you because you were on a panel. 

The few attendees left in the room and I made fun of my failed etching of “not Jackie chan in basement”, but then some one actually wanted it! So that was cool in its own special right. And of course I did not talk much on this panel either. But I had some great ideas of how to word some pieces AFTER the panel was done. Ya, typical me to think of awesome things to say AFTER the pieces had been presented. Lol We ended at 1am, and the tips were great and awfully generous. :3

I thanked Fred for this wonderful experience and that I’m willing to do it again. For the more I do something like this, the better/more comfortable I get with it. It was such a rush, and if this is what all panels are like, then it’s something I look forward to doing more of in the future.


Welp, I woke up 3 hours after the time I was supposed to wake up to re-new my parking meter ticket! Yep, I was so tired from everything I did yesterday, I slept in so hard that I didn’t even hear my alarm go off, which was at full blast and right next to my head. It is literally almost unheard of/rare for me to not wake up with my alarm going off. The check out and packing the car was tedious and long as usual. I then said goodbye to friends, except for a few I just couldn’t find, and headed out. Sunday’s were never always fulfilling days for me at cons. Because I never usually want to get home late, and I’ve done mostly everything, or can do mostly everything I want within 2 days for a convention like this or smaller.

We then drove home with me being the DJ. Half way home my friends and I talked about how cool the 90’s were and then brought up some bands we used to get exposed to back then, and we escalated to randomness from there.

Our improvised song list on the way home.

Backstreet boys- larger than life
Ricky Martin- Loca
NSync- space cowboy
Mambo number 5
I’m a scatman.
Jelly fish Jam
Goofy Goober ROCK
A series of prank calls and short songs from radio comedian “Ned”
Tanuk Tanuk
Safety Song
Blue song
And ending on the home stretch, with windows down in the car, and radio blaring… Nyan Cat.

Over view: it was seriously a blast. There was so much more going on and networking I did in between that could not be put into words here, as I think this event entry is long and summarized enough! I had an awesome time and hope to have an even better time next convention I attend. Many artist I talked to, and whom I showed my work to, seriously encouraged me to get a table, as I would possibly make great commission. I have many things to think about on that. I also like to get up and free roam conventions as well. So I might need a partner to help with that.
My friends I went with never attended my panels or tagged along with me at all, even when they had time to enter the 18+ panel. I was disappointed to some degree, as I would support them in an activity if they were engaged in it. I kinda wish I had a picture of myself in these panels. Being they are my first. :/ their way of seeking a good time at a convention is no where near the same as mine.

This convention is a blast, and I encourage anyone who read this to go. It is a great place to get the “big convention” experience. There is so much you can do here!

Till next time, WOOOOooooOOOoooOoooooOOOooOoooOOoooo!!!!!!!

~Matt R.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Doodle Me a River

written on the spot, no edit blog: automatic writing/rant

Some people in this day and age focus so greatly on the quality and clean cut perfectionism of a piece of art rather than looking at its vision. They lean toward aesthetic appeal on the outside, in turn, losing, or not grasping the valued story behind a piece of work in the inside and what its meaning is from deep within the person. In my greatest opinion artwork should not be held down by the chains locked on it by the fickle society it is created under, and some agree with me, but for others, well... this is what I think of it...

 We artist's create, or rather should create, from what is in our souls and minds at the given time. Does it matter if your art looks like a crappy doodle? or does it look like a "professionally" rendered life-like illustration? perhaps it is the depth in the abstraction? or the light strokes of washed out painting that describes your work? <-all this pertaining to you and the other around you.))) what I'm saying here, is that it shouldn't matter how "good" others are, and you should never beat your self up for ever having be/been surrounded by people who get praised all the time with work that is eye candy and you don't.

 You are your own Picaso, your vision, the story you tell, the substance behind that doodle or life-like render is what truly matters. You shouldn't sell aesthetics, you should sell a vision, which in turn tells a story about you to the world. So I'm not saying to try and make something aesthetically beautiful to be up to par with others and not feel this way. It makes no sense because what is aesthetically pleasing to some one is subjective. That said, you should always try your best. this rant was written with this in mind. your personal style tells a lot about you. your line work, the way you interpret the world through your art, it is all as good as the next DaVinci.

Screw those who judge you and slander you for not being up to par with the standard of "quality" work you are surrounded by. You give it your best, you're unique in how you work. The greatest artists were vastly different in style. some with the most elementary/kindergardener styles, the most abstract, realistic, etc. but they all shared one thing in common, a vision… a vision behind their works, and those visions created an uproar of fame and insight about the world to the public.

So do not ever ever think that you are not good enough, or that you cannot produce work up to par. give it your best. there is a niche for you some where in art. you already… no, your body, mind and spirit already know this is your natural calling. so learn to work and adapt with it with enough pride to to feel confident and secure. never do I want to see some one who wants to pursue art, has drawn all their life, doodled, etc.  fall away because of judgment and self esteem led by others.

So go forth and design, draw, paint, illustrate, animate, sculpt, etc. etc. etc. with no fear and sheer confidence so powerful you will blow your teacher's and the world's minds.


btw: do not ever worry if you hardly get any recognition for what you do, like on Deviant Art, or in a class room by a teacher. I'm always in situations where I get hardly any praise, but have found that the most fruitful praise is by going out and personally showing what you do by your own initiative face to face. the spark of a conversation with another person involving your work is incredible. what goes on in online art communities is a hierarchy of artist clicks in a small world. What goes on in the air you breath, well… you'd be surprised how many people appreciate your hard work in the big, real world.

ie. Just the other day I was showing another artist, a music artist, my stuff. he was blown away by not only the quality, but most importantly the concept behind the pieces I have done. It felt like I had received 1k in feedback and comments from a gallery website that hosts art (which never happens there.) truly wonderful experience. I'm sure getting a table at a convention some day will have the same effects.

On that note, do not ever ever ever think that all because many people do not buy your work at a table at a con, even though prices are extremely reasonable, that your work sucks. oh no, it is an utter misconception. Even if your work does not sell well, but gets talked about, you are leaving an impression on the people. and that is an award on its own. of course if people are just flat out catty and rude, then they shouldn't be worth your time, or thought.

TL;DR / authors note:
I was just thinking about a few people I have met in life when I wrote this. it is a rant for sure, probably my roughest of the bunch, and of course I might have left a few things out, idk. But it was all typed pretty quick. but I feel we should give it our best in art, and shouldn't judge the visual so much as the vision of the piece. in our world today we are bombarded with so many visuals, we, and I, have been around people,  that turn into art natze's about how something looks crappy, awesome, etc. and completely by-pass the vision within. hell, I even fall guilty under that at times. But art is subjectivity, it is fickle, and it is a fierce job like no other that has rocked the world. let your quality of style send you to its greatest heights. give it your all, but don't make it look shotty… make it good enough and beyond to where people can tell what your vision and style is/who you are as an artist. screw those who judge you and ignore your art for what ever reason.