Friday, May 16, 2014

ArtBar Aurora: Geeks Start Young

May 2nd's ArtBar Aurora was my third foray into the local art-fest held at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, Illinois and the topic this time out? Geek!

Yes, you read right, Howlers. Geek-inspired art was the catch of the evening as the masses convened to share their take on what defines "geek." Admittedly, this was a toughie.

And I'm an idiot (you probably all knew as much anyway). Though I knew what I wanted to render and had my visual references already filed, I sat on my thumbs UNTIL THE MONDAY OF ARTBAR WEEK (the caps are to accentuate my idiocy). See, I've done marathon pieces - stuff I considered very good - over the course of one day. That said, those were also during times in which I really wanted to be left alone - by everyone.

These days, it's the total opposite. :)

But your favorite obstinate artist/editor thought he could hit the three-pointer from the key nonstop, starting Monday, April 29 and finishing somewhere around 3 a.m. on Thursday, May 1.

See? Idiot.

OK, so enough of that. What we have here is a comic-style piece inspired by our daughter, Makayla (four next month!). She's gussied up in geek regalia, which includes Superman's boots, cape and pants, Wonder Woman's golden belt and magic lasso, a red lightsaber from "Star Wars," Batman's gloves, a blue shirt from "Star Trek" (probably Spock's) and a Pinkie Pie stuffed animal from "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (incidentally, I drew pointy ears ala Spock but you can't really tell).

The piece was done on Bristol Board (10 1/2" X 13") and rendered in Micron pen, Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (black and white) and Copic markers.

My biggest issue - other than my flagrant procrastination - was how I rendered the fabric. My being in a hot rush resulted in major suckage, therefore I name and claim said suckage.

Still, I think it's a pretty cute piece and it hangs in Makayla's room today - and she loves it.

That's really the most important thing I took away from this.

Next month at ArtBar: "Freak"! And yes, I'm not waiting until the 11th hour on this one. :)

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