Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BCAF Black Comix Arts Festival Presented by the NORCAL MLK Foundation

It's almost like something that happened way in the past. A long time ago. The memories are warm and feel good just like those childhood memories where everything was sunny and golden and you can only remember the good things! The First Annual Black Comix Arts Festival is like that for me. Although it was just this past weekend it's chronicled in my mind as one of those sweet dusty rose and soft memories couched inbetween the first time in the Pacific ocean and the first time on an airplane. This is the first west coast Black comixs expo I've heard about and or have been too and like Eugene Young told me, " BCAF felt more like a family reunion than a comic book convention!' I couldn't agree more, I've never felt so at home and welcomed by the visitors before. Most if not all who stopped by my table wanted to know about my comic book in depth and detail and spent a good amount of time chatting me up about my vision and my experiences making the comic book.
Some folks wanted practical advice and information and others just wanted to know "how I did that?" I was overwhelmingly humbled and honored by all the kind attention and graciousness shown to me by the arts festival visitors. I typically exchange business cards with a myriad of artists and creatives,makers and media but this one,this one was different! It felt so groundbreaking an right.
To top it off to celebrate and honor Martin Luther Kind Junior on this day and in so many ways only served to make the event all the more special and imprint it in my mind and heart! I'm grateful to all the organizers and countless volunteers for their hard work and diligence! I met Daniel Zarazua who does amazing work as a teacher and community leader. I also had a great time talking with Eugene Young who I'd met before at A.P.E. It was also great to briefly chat with Bill Campbell publisher at Rosarium. I was in awe taking in all the talent and creativity in the building. Literally all the indie artists and publishers that I have read about all in the same place. I could barely take it all in and kept feeling like, 'should I cry,am I going to cry? Is this really happening?"
Maybe if I pinch myself I'll wake up and this will have been a dream!?
As always I posted a few photos on flickr here
Here are a couple of my fav shots from the day!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine Fest

"In 2010, two Bay Area writers/zinesters decided it was time the East Bay had its own indie media celebration modeled on the amazing work people were doing in San Francisco and Portland. Tomas Moniz and MK Chavez organized the first East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair. It was a wonderful experience and a huge success, bringing over 50 participants into Berkeley City College. In 2011, Brooke Appler created the flyer and helped organize the event. Again the tables went quickly, with over 60 vendors and artists participating, and attendance doubled. In 2012, Tomas teamed up with the amazing Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Collective member Ara and volunteers Jamie, Olivia, and Crystal helped the event grow to new heights! That year also came with a new name: East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Festival, or EBABZ (say, "e-babes,") Fest for short."
From the EBABZ Web-site.

Every year I try to add either a new event,art show,fair or zinefest to my schedule of tabling. This year I added several. Usually I would be complaining about how hectic the year was and how jamming so many shows into my schedule is insane and super tiring but not this year, I just tabled at the Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine fest and had an amazing time.  I went into EBABZ just recovering from a bad bug or virus, not really thinking I would have a good time but just "make it through the day"! That's how crappy I felt leading up to the show. I truly believe you can think things, or say things into being. In my humble opinion it's  really about perspective,attitude and where you place your energy. I was determined to share,be open hearted and as sappy as it sounds love. I mean love what I was doing and be present, and stay mindful of being in the moment. Really our lives are just about taking it moment by moment because they all eventually add up. Moments into minutes,minutes into hours... etc. you get the picture! I really believe if you love what you are doing then it will shine through in the work you are producing.
So I was humbly surprised by people who remembered me from the year before and stopped by to say hello, other zine makers who smiled and made me feel welcome, other artists who complimented my work, other creatives who wanted my contact information so that we could build later on and collaborate on future projects! Just AMAZING! I am truly shocked when I question myself or doubt the value of my art but then decide to take positive action in spite of how I feel, something wonderful happens. I am slowly learning to remain faithful and creative and learning to listen to my inner voice. The day was really fun and I had awesome interactions with amazing people.

As always there are too many people to name so I will just highlight a few dynamic artists! Had an awesome time speaking to Michael Manomivibul a talented illustrator. I was able to buy a few of his prints. Check out his web-site yourself. Michael Manomivibul illustration. It's not that often you meet an artist who can capture the essence of a person in just a few strokes, but Ajuan Mance does just that! Check out her work at 8 Rock Press. Also check out Primahood by Tyler Cohen, a great story teller and just a sweetheart of a person.
Always dope and rocking something new also go check out  The Forsley Brothers. Some of the most genuine and kind folks you're going to meet who just happen to have superb art skills.
If you like intricate and soulfoul art with a hint of mysticism please take a look at the work of Rani Goel.
 Can't wait till next year! And a special shout out and thanks to Tomas Moniz of RAD DAD and all the volunteers and organizers who make the Eastbay Alternative Book and Zine fest a one of a kind event. Plus a big thank you to folks who bought things or traded with me and or spent time chatting.
Here are a couple of photos from Saturday. You can find more pics on my flickr page too!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Finishing up Inktober

Inktober Day 23
Halloween was also the last day of inktober. I learned alot this year drawing everyday for the month of October. Grateful to be able to see the progress too. I really should look back and view my drawings from last year but honestly I can see the difference just from the new drawings this year. It was hard to draw everyday but the drawings themselves seemed to flow alot easier. I bought some new pens,copic markers and a copic marker sketchbook which helped me practice using the markers. I am on a mission to teach myself how to properly use copic markers. Inktober was a great exercise for this goal. Here are the last of my favorite ink drawings. Just like my earlier posts, if you'd like to see all of the drawings go to my flicker page. storm1sky

Thanks for reading and looking!

Inktober Day 28
Inktober Day 30
Inktober Day 31

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Inktober Drawings

Inktober Day 15
So everyday for the month of October I've been drawing in ink. In my last post I said that my favorite inktober drawings would be shown here. I'm also posting in progress shots on my flickr page.
It's been fun but sort of hard to keep up and draw things from life and not photos which was my challenge this week. I decided on shoes since everyone who knows me is aware of my shoe fetish!
Very nice exercise in looking and seeing the details. Shoe laces and individual threads and bindings take intense concentration to get right! So here are my favorite inktober drawings from this week.
My flickr page storm1sky for more details.

Inktober Day 17
Inktober Day 18
Inktober Day 19
Inktober Day 21

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inktober Project

From Jake Parker, "Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."

Essentially it's 31 drawings in 31 Days!

Just like last year I will post my favorites here and if you'd like to see all of my ink drawings you can find them on flickr.
Here is the link to my flickr page!

Thanks for following and reading! Enjoy!
Inktober Day 1
Inktober Day 3
Inktober Day 9
Inktober Day 11

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Go Color! My first color Issue of Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m.

To say that I was intimidated is an understatement. I've always enjoyed working in color with watercolor paints,acrylics and even colored pencils but to draw and map out a full comic book issue in color seemed overwhelming. I don't like to operate from a place of fear though so I made a decision to create issue number 3 of my comic in full color. I'm new to comic book making in general so this assumption that I could do this was foolish bliss. I wanted to keep my line drawings black and white so my plan was to draw the full comic book,have it reproduced cheaply and then color the printed pages. Anyone who has followed my process knows I never give myself enough time to complete my pen and ink version of the comic book so doing double the work in the same amount of time? I know. I know. Impossible right? Alot of late nights of sketching and drawing,inking and praying,drawing and sweating, the black and white version of the comic book was finished with 3 weeks to complete the coloring. I make SF Zinefest my deadline every year for a new issue of the comic book. I need a deadline so the Labor Day weekend is it!
I was very happy with the pen and ink version but I had no clue how to approach the color.
I just jumped right in and used watercolor paint,color inks,colored pencils and then black in on top of that. The storyline is a simple continuation of the previous comic books so my main characters were back in full color!
Here are a couple of making of the comic book photos and some finished full color photos.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Zine Anthology: Hell and Demonic Possession Part One

Recently I was asked to contribute to a zine anthology loosely based around the "doorways to demonic possession". A satirical take on the often published list of beliefs,activities and pop culture icons that will damn you to hell and make you "possessed". Since it was Shayna Why asking who makes awesome paintings,drawings and comics I couldn't refuse. Although I found humor in the list, I really do like to think about God and having a spiritual purpose and our lives extending beyond this world in our human physical form. I was raised by a very strong willed woman who questions everything so of course I do not whole sale believe in just any religious ideology. I also question everything especially when it comes to matters of the soul,faith and spiritual redemption. That being said my contributions to the zine would have to revolve around larger issues that I've wondered about within religion and human nature when it comes to faith in general.
Many of the traditional "demonic" practices on the list were astrology,eastern religion (cults) and things we watch on television and in the movies.Many of my ideas crossed over between politics,government and media control as well as corruption within religion so I had a myriad of concepts to cull from. I decided to use pen and ink to keep it simple and easy to reproduce. My first drawing was based on a true story of demonic possession told to me by a family member who I will not name but lets just say this person scared the S%#@*&%T out of me with the re-telling of her story.
In my next drawing I wanted to address the all encompassing power that leaders in the church have and how that impacts us. I decided to use the image of a priest and alter boys. My focus was the shift in power dynamics when authority is not in balance.
In general most of my drawings are explorations of light and dark,getting lost in the media and creating and illusion of some kind but in this drawing I wanted to highlight the narrative aspect of what I was saying in a single page.
I'm not sure where my fear of catholic icons and symbols come from? But religious statues,nuns and even some church interiors scare me and I mean really scare me. My next drawing was simply drawing some those things.

 My contribution was a total of seven illustrations. The zine cover was created and printed by Shayna.
There were thirteen contributors and the zine can be purchased on-line or at up coming shows. I only have a couple copies now which are not for sale but soon I will sell them at shows.
Please also take the time to look up the other contributors.
Shayna Why,Kane Lynch,Tyler Cohen,Tessa Brunton and Scott Longo.

Please also go to my comic page to read the latest,
or my facebook,

Hell and Demonic Possession Zine Anthology Part 2

A collection of prose,illustrations,comics and poetry  comprise this anthology hand bound and cover printed by Shayna Why. This zine anthology explores the idea of hell and demonic possession in a fantastical tongue in cheek way.
I jumped right in and laid bare some of my fears and attempted to capture snapshots or vingnettes playing in my mind informed by my personal religious experiences or creepy stories told to me by friends or family.
Not only was this fun but gave me an opportunity to depict a theme I love to mix into all of my art work. Even in the most subtle ways I like to slip in a spiritual component to my work. A large percentage of my creative expression is represented as a dialogue either between myself and the viewer or myself and my unconscious mind and or spirit,enlightened energy,soul or God (however you define this for yourself).
My work is meant to engage and hopefully ignite a conversation around the subject matter. Here are photos of my contributions to the zine.