Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 26, 2017 12:48:47 GMT
Decided I need to get my act together a bit to ensure I can handle the pro work in comics, so today I've deleted all the clutter off my desktop, streamlined the folders and changed the background wallpaper. That should do it! XD
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 25, 2017 6:01:50 GMT
Haha thanks. I think the winners usually get published a couple of months into the new year.
Also, I was at the writing competition on Saturday and I can't wait to draw the pitch that won, based on the reaction the twist got from the audience... apparently the only time it's happened where the crowd has audibly gasped. I can't say was the story or the twist are, of course, but it's going to be controversial bwahaha!
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 24, 2017 19:31:48 GMT
Wowser. Okay so here's how today went.... as soon as I walked into the room I knew I was a finalist because they had the list of image files on-screen, titled after each artist. That was a relief, because I'd worried I wouldn't know if I'd made it until they'd showed all the pages and that would have been agony haha.
Unfortunately the other thing I'd worried about WAS true and that was that you had to take a microphone, introduce yourself and 'respond' to the critique as it went along. I was nervous at first but I think I was OK after a few minutes. I won't go through all the comments I was given but the most reassuring was that it was rare to see a page submitted where the style doesn't look like anyone else's and that was something I had over most who submit.
So yeah, it got to the vote and they were actually stuck between me and another guy and I thought it was going to go the other way for a moment. They spent a LONG time deliberating.
I'm still in a state of disbelief, to be honest. Some people aren't exactly sure what it is I've won so I'll spell it out: the prize is fully paid work as an artist in the comic on a 4-page strip. They also did a writing competition and the winner of that will write the story that I'll illustrate, so that's a neat little thing that they do. It's a pretty big deal to me because it's the comic that inspired me to start drawing when I was a kid and, although it's always been an ambition, I never dreamed I'd actually appear in it's pages. Wow.
The good news on a personal level is that the point of me quitting Illustration at the start of the year and focusing on refining my style was to get good enough that I might win this competition so I'm glad it wasn't a wasted year!! Hopefully this'll be a springboard onto other things.
Now I have to draw something that's actually going to be seen by hundreds of thousands of paying customers lol. Aaaaaagh!
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 24, 2017 7:23:39 GMT
This popped up in my FB memories today. A self-portrait I drew when I was 11 which I always enjoy creeping my friends out with... I've been told it looks like a mix between Bart Simpson and a mock-up of a paedophile 😂
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 23, 2017 20:20:14 GMT
I wrote more this morning, on the previous page. It's the guy who played Xander in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. He borderline-assaulted her last night at a con she's at and then that's what happened today after she decided to go ahead with the booked photo ops etc.
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 23, 2017 19:49:50 GMT
Also there were some guys dressed as Michael Myers and..... some kind of random horror psycho. The second dude had a kind of a "what I had in my house" vibe to his costume. But anyway the weird thing was they weren't even doing the usual cosplay stuff, I didn't see them taking pictures with people or anything..... I just kept randomly seeing one of them standing completely still in odd places. Like I'd turn a corner and Michael Myers would just be standing there glaring at a bin
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 23, 2017 15:29:50 GMT
Just heading back, I left a little early as I was a bit overloaded with so many people about. I can't believe how many people were entering the contest, there must have been 60 queuing while I was there and I really started to worry I wasn't going to be able to enter as there's a one-hour window to submit. But luckily I got through near the end and they accepted my portfolio so I'm in the final tomorrow. Even less convinced I have a chance after seeing so many other amazing entries but you also got a portfolio review when you submit and I got nearly all positive feedback so that's something.
Amber has a sister, Leah who is a writer like her dad and I saw her there signing autographs. I'd promised I'd say hi (I went to her birthday party earlier this year) but I felt too weird queuing in her autograph line to just then make chitchat so I waved from a distance. I'll probably buy one of her books tomorrow and ask her to sign that, which will also be awkward since she's a mate.
There's also a guy who had a table there - I can't really call him a friend, rather someone who's career I've followed since he was just putting his own diary comics online - and in the last year he got his big break when he was hired to do the official Rick and Morty comic. His table was PACKED... I was looking at his price board and I couldn't believe how much it was for him to doodle in the book or comic you buy: upwards of £50!! That's usually the price you see for big name actors ha.
Post by SketchyMagpie on Sept 23, 2017 10:27:05 GMT
Omg I haven't even been anywhere yet and Thought Bubble is already the best place ever. People dressed as comic characters all over the place.... Robo said when he came with Amber she spent the whole time pointing out the characters based on her dad's work. This is awesome.
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