There are prints, comics, jewelery, key chains and other original art up so far. Larger prints and more jewelery will be added in the next few months as I get time to produce it. Thanks so much for your patience everyone!
Please do NOT buying anything from Rob Granito. Hopefully he will not be at the Con tomorrow (if the Con staff grow some balls and ask him to leave) but before showing up at the Con tomorrow armed with your wallets please read this:
But some people aren’t so sure, and I’ve been sent a number of allegations saying that Rob is basically nothing but a chancer, faking a biography in order to sell his work, a number of pieces of which look rather familiar. And people like Jan Duursema seem to think it’s been going on quite some time.
People like Rob Granito make me sick, especially as I am a comic artist trying to break-in to the industry. Douches like this make it harder for real, hard working people to get their foot in the door because when cases like this come out editors, fans, Con staff, become very jaded and wary about accepting new talent. You go to a Con and buy an ‘original’ from an art thief and later discover that it’s just a traced sketch from a piece by Brian Stelfreeze? You sure as hell as going to think twice about buying a sketch from an artist in the future.
Ethan Van Sciver confronted Rob to tell him to stop stealing work without crediting it but sadly at this stage it looks like MegaCon isn’t going to ask this guy to leave or ban him. So I plea to all of you to talk with your wallets. Avoid this guy like the plague.
As promised, a tutorial to paint yourself some awesome Wonder Woman shoes! I drew on these myself but if you’re feeling slightly less artistic instead of painting onto your shoes you could always decoupage printed stuff (like comics!) onto your shoes using this tutorial.
To start let’s talk materials. You’ll need a pair of clean shoes, a black sharpie, some paint and brushes.
For paints I used tins of gloss enamel paint. Enamel paint is great for shoes because it can take a lot of wear and tear, has a beautiful gloss finish and is not water soluble when it dries. I don’t recommend using acrylic paints because they won’t last as long.
After you’ve drawn your design on your swanky clean shoes with the black sharpie it’s time to paint! Make sure you have some newspaper or something to sit your work on because this tends to get messy. You’ll need at least 3 coats of paint to get a nice flat coating.
Your first coat will be very streaky but that’s okay, with every coat you add the paint will build up nicely. Be sure to make sure every layer dries before painting a new layer on top.
As you can see I’ve painted over quite a few of the sharpie lines but that’s okay, I’ll be going over them again when the paint is dry.
The layers are building up nicely and you can see the gloss finish emerging.
Another shot. Wait until the paint fully dries on your shoes before going over your line work again with the black sharpie.
It’s sharpie time again!
Aaaand, we’re done! Feel free to ask questions about these on this post or in my ask box.
Going to be in Perth for a few days with-in the next month or so, I’ve never been to Perth before so I’m excited. I’ve already planned to visit Quality Comics, Comic Zone and Empire Toys when I’m there.
Are there any Tumblrites that live in Perth that have any other suggestions for places to visit? My Mother-in-law is bringing me a map of the city on Thursday to take with me so I don’t get lost. So far the tentative date for the trip is April 7th ad a few days after but some of the other contestants are still discussing their availability. I’ll make a proper announcement when the final date is confirmed.
Hi! I saw you at Armageddon today and I bought I print from you, and forgot my wallet at your table and then we came back and bought bookmarks from you. Anyway you are fantastic and still fantastic and now I am following you on tumblr. Also I don't know if this means anything to you but I showed my mum all the stuff I bought and she said your print was "just really lovely isn't it". I hope you had fun in Sydney.
KAY THANKS BYE
Thank you, it was such a pleasure meeting you and everyone else who recognised me from Tumblr. :D I’m so glad your wallet was safe, I was worried! Hope I get the chance to see you again in the future.
This past weekend I was also trading at a local anime Convention called AI-Con. I was one of the first people who helped organised it years ago in it’s inception but now I just go to trade. I can’t take the stress of running a Con any more.
Here are a few photos from the weekend, I won’t be posting them all here because that will make this post rather big but you can see the whole set here.
Because Erika and I booked our twin tables together before she moved to Melbourne and didn’t know if she’d be back or not she left her stock with me and I sold it for her.
All of my Harley Quinn bookmarks sold out at Armageddon Expo and this weekend I sold out of all my Ivy and Wondy ones. There’s only Powergirl left, poor Peej!
Rowan set-up a web cam on one side of the table to show me drawing over the weekend.
Con sketch of Sailor Moon and Luna. I’ll always be a Sailor Moon fan, it’s very nostalgic for me as a series because I grew up watching the anime and reading the manga.
Wizard and Hikaru from Angelic Layer.
Work in progress.
Sunako from The Wallflower.
I dressed in Lolita on Sunday because I knew Erin and Jayne were going to. We met another awesome Lolita Emily. From left-to-right: Erin, Jayne, me and Emily.
Erin and Jayne wanted a picture of the three of us together so I sketched this up.
So sorry for the delay between my last post and this one. I had another Con to go to last weekend and I’ve been wrecked since then.
On the way to the Con on Sunday we stopped off at McDonald’s for breakfast. Amanda stayed the night at Dee’s house with us and we were all fairly tired.
Busy Con floor!
My first sketch of the day was of Cass Cain.
Amanda and I! She bought one of my Wonder Woman brooches that matches her shirt, yay! Gail roped Amanda into doing little chibi sketches at her table. During the afternoon she ran out of paper and I gave her a sketch book. She drew me a little Jeanette picture as thanks. <3 (I share a photo later, I promise!)
Working on a marker commission. This one was amusing to draw, I was drawing someone’s RP character based off a two-page long description. It was awesome!
This was the guy that commissioned the previous sketch. He was so happy with it that he ran back to his stall and gave me a Dr. Who poster! 8D
During the morning a woman came up to me and asked me what I’d be willing to draw and handed over a photo of her dog for me to draw. He’s a cutie.
Sketching Pixie from the X-Men.
Scott stopped by again during the day to hang out and he asked why I wasn’t doing sketches at Gail’s table like Amanda was. I told him that before the Con I had contacted the Con organisers about doing so but they told me no which is why I booked my own table in the artist’s alley. It’s basically because I haven’t got much ‘big name’ stuff under my belt and I’m not really famous yet. Scott got really offended and exclaimed ‘they didn’t ask Gail!’ I had to laugh. Gail and Scott are awesome and give me way more credit than I deserve. Love you guys. <3
Who knows, one day soon I may well be a special guest at Conventions!
There was a cute little remote-controlled k-9 zipping around.
I didn’t have a reference for Wondy’s new costume so I tried to remember what I could.
I had so much fun drawing this. I hate to admit it but I love classic cheesecake comic characters such as Vampirella and Lady Death. The guy who commissioned was named ‘Emilio’ and laughed when I put him name on the tomb stone. Emilio was a really awesome guy too, he stood at my table nearly the entire time watching me draw this.
An adorable astromech droid stopped by the table to say hello.
This was my last sketch for the day and my this stage I was fairly exhausted. Cam commissioned this one but I think he gave it to Gail.
After I finished sketching I dashed around all the stalls to have a look (my first one of the weekend) to maybe buy anything. I bought a print from Stewart’s table and he signed it for me. It’s now framed on the wall in my lounge room. I also promise to share photos of it later too as well as the pic Amanda drew me.
Gail, me and Amanda together. I love these two so much.
I said goodbye to Gail and went back to my table to pack up. While I was packing up I was gob-smacked when a guy I didn’t recognise walked up to me and asked ‘are you Cassandra, the artist from Tasmania?’ I nodded and he introduced himself as David Yardin. DAVID YARDIN STOPPED BY MY TABLE GUYS. D8 I’ve been a fan of both David and Nicola Scott for so long, as fellow Australian comic artists those two have been such a inspiration to me. I’ve chatted to David online a few times before but we’ve never met so I was totally blown away.
I asked him why he wasn’t an invited special guest and he said that he hasn’t been asked for a few years now. I told promised him that I’d try and get him invited to my next one. (Who knows, maybe we can make them bring him down to my home state for Armageddon Expo Tasmania this year?)
After Rowan and I were finished packing we waited by Stewart’s table for Dee. David was there and I got a photo with the two of them and we hung out and talked for a bit before we all left for the night.
So that was the end of my Con weekend and wow it was amazing. I didn’t make enough money to pay for the cost of all my flights and merchandise but it was worth it for all the amazing people I got to meet and the fun Rowan and I both had.
That night we had a dinner of people from Gail’s forum including Gail, Scott, clownyprincess and her partner, Cam, Emmet, Rowan and myself, Amanda and Stewart and his wife. We went to this great Turkish restaurant near Dee’s house called ‘The Sultan’s Table.’ The staff there were wonderful and catered to all our specific dietary needs although we all agreed to have a banquet-style meal.
We forgot our camera but Dee took some photos and I’m sure I’ll have more to share in the coming days.
From left-to-right: Me, Rowan, Cody, Elise, Scott and Gail.
From left-to-right: Cody, Elise, David, Me, Rowan and Dee.
Scott and Stewart!
Gail and I.
Elise, Gail, Dee and Amanda. My head is poking out from the back there, who knows what the hell I’m doing.
I’d taken two gift bags to the Con full of a few small things for Dee and Gail as a thank you to each of them for all the wonderful things they’ve been doing / done for me. I really owe a lot to those two. In Gail’s gift bag I included this the original of this picture of Jeanette I drew last year:
I’d had it in my portfolio during the day and Scott had been drooling over it, I also originally drew it for Gail so it made sense that I give it to her.
In Dee’s gift bag I put this sketch I had drawn for her during the day:
Now a photo of all the Gail boarders! Me, Amanda, David, Gail, Cam, Elise, Emmet and Dee.
After dinner it was getting late and she still had some work to do so Gail and Scott left as well as Stewart and Wendy. The rest of us went to a local bar and then back to Dee’s for more drinks. Rowan and I excused ourselves at 1am because we had to get up early the next morning for the next day of the Con.
After an awful Friday I knew it could only get better so I started the with a feeling of cautious optimism. I finished setting up my table and started sketching! During the morning I met my first fellow Gail forum-er, (besides Dee) David!
In December I drew a variant cover for the second issue of one of his comics called ‘Gemini Storm.’ He came over to gave me a complimentary copy!
During the weekend I also met many awesome people that knew me from Tumblr or Livejournal! I took a photo of everyone who said they knew me from either place for my mega post-Con update. :D I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my fantabulous Tumblr-peeps!
Then I got my first Con sketch for the weekend, Wonder Women wearing rollerskates! Surprisingly I mostly was commissioned for pencil sketches over the weekend, usually I get far more inked and coloured commissions.
The completed sketch.
While sketching I had another visitor to my table, Scott - Gail Simone’s husband. He’s such a nice guy and it was a pleasure meeting him. Scott came over to tell me that Gail was currently signing but wanted to see me during the day, we arranged for me to meet her at her table at noon. Gail had also brought my copies of The Gathering volume II (the anthology in which Gail wrote a two page story and had me illustrate) over from the U.S. for me to sell at the Con but they’d forgotten them at their hotel. I felt so bad because Scott was clearly feeling guilty about it but I told him not to worry and that if anyone was interested in buying a copy they could come back on the Sunday.
I got a Con sketch request to draw Steph! Yaaaaay! When I finished this it was 12.05 so I dashed over to Gail’s table only to find that none of the comic guests were there. Dee helped me track down a volunteer who told me that Gail was in the green room and that she’s have to check I was being expected before taking me up. When the volunteer came back she led me up some stairs to the green room and when I poked my head in the door I spied Laura Vandervoort, she’s so cute and I’m such a huge V fan! *ahem* And then was led to a table and introduced to Scott, Gail, Ethan Van Sciver, his brother Noah and his partner and Ami Cusack from Survivor Vanuatu.
Gail jumped up and gave me a big hug and I shook hands with everyone, they were all so nice and asked me about what I was up to, and how I was enjoying the Con. It was clear they were all having lunch so I excused myself and Gail and I organised to meet for time to talk either later in the afternoon or during dinner that night.
Then I got to meet Cam and Elliot! Two more amazing people from Gail’s forum who were also joining us for dinner that night. I’ve known them online for awhile but it was our first time meeting face to face, such nice guys.
Another pencil sketch, this time of Impulse.
Just after I’ve started a sketch of Harley Quinn, the gorgeous clownyprincess appeared! I swear she must have some crazy sort of ‘Harley sense’ or something.
My first completed Harley Quinn sketch.
This is what I drew for clownyprincess.
During the afternoon I also got the chance to meet Stewart McKenny. His art is awesome and we’d added each other on Facebook before the Con and after I introduced myself he remembered who I was. Woot! He and his wife Wendy were so lovely.
My first marker sketch for the weekend. I don’t like doing portraits at Cons but this lady was really nice so I agreed.
She also wanted a quick picture of her daughter who was adorable.
By now it was late afternoon and the Saturday of the Con was winding down when Ami stopped by my table with fellow Survivor entrant James Clement. James actually bought one of my Catwoman prints and then I got a photo with the both of them.
Before the Con finished that day I was invited to participate in a comic creator bumper car showdown since there were bumper cars at the Con and it seemed like a crazy awesome way to finish the day. I agreed and wow, who would have thought that smashing into each other in tiny, primary coloured cars would be such a great bonding experience?
After Rowan and I finished packing up our stall for the day we meet up with Dee, David, Stewart ad his wife Amanda to catch a cab back to Dee’s house before heading out to dinner that night. I’m going to make a separate post now for the dinner since I still have a few more photos to share and this post has become fairly big already.
I got back from my trip to Sydney for Armageddon Expo last night but didn’t feel up to re-sizing and going through all my photos last night so my post-Con posts begin now! Sadly I won’t be making it to the Adelaide Con this weekend because I didn’t have the money and already have two tables booked for AI-Con this weekend.
I arrived in Sydney Thursday evening after a hectic day trying to get my entry for the next challenge in iiNet’s Top Geek challenge done. (Which I did manage to, whew!) Dee picked Rowan and myself up from the airport and then rushed off because she and her husband had an Iron Maiden show to go to so we stayed back and I started hemming up part of one of Dee’s costumes.
The next day Rowan and I had planned to go and start setting up my stall so I didn’t have to do it all the Saturday morning. To be honest Friday was awful! Rowan and I didn’t know that a train ran to Olympic Park when events weren’t on so we walked to the venue. We spend an hour walking in the hot sub, sweating and carrying a suitcase and a myriad of bags. By the time we got there I had a headache, had pulled a muscle in my leg and wanted to sit down so bad. We walked through the entrance and some volunteers were chatting outside the main door, I asked for help (i.e. where to go to set up my table, where to get my exhibitor pass from.) and was greeted with sarcasm and douchery. One of the volunteers, we’ll call him jerkbag #1 told me that I had to pay a $50 security fee just to get in the door. After standing there for awhile stunned I realised he was being sarcastic and just kept walking inside.
Rowan and I found where the fan traders were supposed to set-up but no tables had been laid out. By this stage I was really upset, I’d injured myself walking in the heat and had endued many screw-ups before I even got to Sydney trying to get a table and it seemed whenever I tried to seek help I was met with rudeness and sarcasm. So Rowan and I left, on the way out jerkbag #1 said ‘that was fast!’ and when we asked when the trader’s tables would be set up he said ‘not until tonight.’ Although in an email I was sent before the Con I was told that we could start setting up from noon onwards.
Thankfully there was a cafe just down from the Convention entrance so we sat down and had a cold drink and a sandwich. (By this stage it was about 3 in the afternoon and neither Rowan nor I had eaten anything.) After a rest and time to compose myself Rowan suggested he go back inside and ask another volunteer, I didn’t want to go back in at all because I didn’t want to see jerkbag #1 so Rowan went in by himself. A few minutes later he came back and said that many fantraders were setting up and that a volunteer had told him that we could just grab a table off a stack and start setting up ourselves.
So we headed back inside and started setting up.
Here’s Rowan putting up my prints. We tried using gaffa tape but they kept falling down, another trader gave us some velcro sticky dots to use but before we arrived on Saturday morning someone stole them.
I am so tired.
Other traders setting up.
I kinda feel like I wasted an entire day, by the time we got back to Dee’s house it was after 4pm and I was so sore and tired that I didn’t feel like going anywhere. Instead I started making some biscuits and cupcakes for us to take to the Con.