Reaching Goals and Gen Con
Gen Con has been an important marker in my career these last few years. It was at Gen Con 2009 when I realized I could make a living drawing Zombie Portraits. It’s also a time that I get to show my work to a lot of art directors and other artists to get feedback.
The first year I was told how to fix a lot of stuff. Last year I was told I was really close, but that I needed to keep pushing; however, those who saw my portfolio the previous year were surprised by how far I had come. This year I started to get job offers.
I can’t quite put into words how amazing this is for me, but I wanted to share. When I started this blog back in 2008 I made a choice to share my Artist’s Journey with friends, family, and random people on the internet. Fast forward to 2011—after a lot of hard work and a lot of help I’ve reached a new milestone. Thank You everyone who’s taken the time to review my portfolio, critique my work, taught me how to paint better, shared illustrator career secrets, and babysat my kid.
Gen Con this year was awesome! The art show was right in the middle of the dealer’s room floor (in years past it was off to the side towards the back). Business was booming! I drew many a Zombie Portrait, sold some Evil Penguin shirts, a bunch of prints and guin cards, and an original painting!
I got commissioned to do my first Angels vs. Demons Monster Portrait by returning customers, thanks guys!
And my knowledge of Blood Bowl came in handy, too!
All in all it was a great year! Thank you to all the Gen Con staff who made this year’s show so great!