The Business of Being an Artist – Catching up

Part of being a commercial artist is running a business. While there are aspects of this that I’m horrible at and procrastinate on (accounting, marketing) and parts that I very much enjoy (comic book conventions, book fairs, meeting fans and showcasing my latest books, and art), I still have to do all of them. This series of my process blog will talk about different aspects of the business.
It’s been a busy time since my last blog. I’ve done a series of conventions, and prepare for Niagara Falls Comic Con this weekend. My website has been updated and is ready to be released to the world. I’ve been on a few podcasts, with Snake Oil Comics being the latest. And of course there is my main job, which is working on the third book of The Arcane Awakening for Mess Bucket Comics. All of those things are connected to each other in very immediate ways, but I also have to prepare for the future, and that’s why I’ve joined a few social networks, a critique group and plan on going to a life drawing class, so that I can bring something new to my next series of projects. And it’s almost summer so that means patio season is here, and with that my favourite activities of drinking beer and spending time with my wife, family and friends.
I’ve had some great cons this year and look forward to another great one, Niagara Falls Comic Con. It’s a three day event and is held by the same organizers of the Hammertown Con out of Hamilton which was an amazing con I was a guest at last year. I’ve heard nothing but great things about NFCC and so I was very eager to have a table and do a panel for this year’s con. You can look for me at table A41 in the Artist Alley section, and listen to me talk about creating a children’s book on Sunday at 2pm in room 201.

Niagara Falls Comic Con Logo
At the Motor City Comic Con this past May I met Devin who is a co-host of the Snake Oil Comics podcast. He interviewed me at my table and recorded it for there MCCC podcast. It was great fun, so I was happy to do another interview, but this time with me as the featured guest. I do love to talk about myself after all. Last week we chatted over Skype about my art process, working with Mess Bucket Comics and with my time on the Disney Movies, Winnie the Pooh and Princess and The Frog. They were interested in how I met Dom Riggio of Mess Bucket and what it’s like working from his script on The Arcane Awakening books. I chatted about Concrete Martians, and the process I use to creating the book. We chatted quite a bit, so if you want to find out what more was said please go to this link. It was a really fun interview, I promise you that.
And finally, I can formally announce that my new and improved website is ready for the world. I’m very happy with the outcome so please feel free and peruse. Let me know what you think. It’s an ongoing process, so I know there are things that I still need to work on, but for the most part it’s ready to access.
I look forward to the summer, as I’ve booked a few vacations with my wife and family. I have one more con, Miami Super Con, but it’s in Florida, so really that’s more of a work holiday. I’ll be wrapping up Arcane Awakening sometime in July and would like to take a bit of time off, to visit friends I haven’t seen and do some patio beer drinking. Summer will also allow me to work on some new projects. Remember that crit group I’ve mentioned? I’ve been working on a new children’s book that will be my first foray as the solo writer and artist. I’ll probably post some of that prep work on my new website. I also start on the third children’s book of the Up-In-The-Sky series that my mom and I co-created. It’s always fun to work with my mom on those books. Plus there’s always something new and fun just looming around the corner. And with that I think I’ve caught everyone up!

What plans do you have for the summer? Let me know in the comment section. Have a great one!