Monday, September 16, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Golden Eagle

Delayed Sunday post due to IlluXCon... I almost missed it this year due to lack of planning, missed the bus on Saturday, but managed to get there just in time on the last day (Sunday.) I blasted through on a whirlwind tour, bought way too many books and prints, chatted with a bunch of Really Cool Artists, including Donato Giancola, Michael Whelan, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Mark Zug - who needs to make an art book dammit, Tom Kidd, Kinuko Craft, lots of other amazing people too numerous to mention, including some homies who I'd never met in person, so that was fun... I was running around on no food and an incipient migraine, though, so I was probably pretty dazed and incoherent. I'm not even sure what I said to Roger Dean, I was fangirl-spazzing and talking too quietly as usual and he was hard-of-hearing, so it was a strange conversation. But still, OMG Roger Dean!

One thing I noticed was that a lot of people paint super-smooth, with thin paint, and get some sweet results. Now I'm wondering if maybe I should try painting smoother. Except I like straight-out-of-the-tube paint and paintings that look like paint, too. So I'm torn. Maybe I should try it just to see how it goes…

Awesome show overall. I wish I'd had a chance to catch some of the talks and other events, though. (I also wish I'd brought a portfolio along - some people asked what I do, and of course when you try to describe that it involves a lot of hand-waving and sounds silly.) Next year I want to try maybe doing the full five days. Definitely needed more time.

Aaaaanyway. Yes. Blog. Delayed Sketchy Sunday post featuring some oldie-but-goody sketches of golden eagles, from a raptor rescue center (from the same batch as these guys here.)

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