You will answer to no one else but me.
Last winter, I auditioned for the role of Regular Show series artist.
It was pretty exciting, to get a call from an editor saying “I think you’d be great for this project, can you do some sample drawings?”
In my months as the freelancing guy that I have become, this was the first time that a professional acquaintance (Note: not a longtime friend) approached me about a longterm art commitment. For money.
I did my best- sample drawings, a sample page, all on time. Boom Studios was receptive about what I was turning in, and I consistently offered to tweak if necessary. I excitedly told like two people in secret, and felt as though I’d finally made it- that the struggle was over, I had finally found a gig that would more than cover my rent and coffee house bills.
And then: I got the news that they went with someone else.
Separately: I like the word “crestfallen.”
I looked at the positive aspects of this: I was on the short list for a gig, I was on an editor’s mind, and I was good enough to get that far. It’s not Cartoon Network’s or Boom Studio’s job to tell me why somebody else got the job, I just had to take it as a learning experience and an opportunity to see how I could improve my art and storytelling.
With Boom’s permission, I’m sharing the sample page. I want you all to know that not every audition lands you the gig, and while it’s easy to lose steam and get depressed, you can always always always take these lemons and make more lemonade. Even if you don’t like lemonade, you can give it to your friends. Do you get what I’m saying?
Enjoy the doodles. I was gracious about not landing the art duties on Regular Show, and I’ve managed to keep a good relationship with that editor, so there may still be work coming from that avenue yet.
Wait and see,
I wanted to take a second and write in more detail about the Rogue Screen Print shirt I made. Those pleasant guys in the UK convinced me to work with them for two reasons: complete creative control, and great track record. Their website boasts some fantastic designs, a collaboration with Riley Rossmo (squeal), and ethical production with fair trade materials. Win, win, win.
The guys over at Rogue let me pick the cut + color of the shirt, placement of design, and allowed me to do a custom hang tag. They even took a risk and allowed me to roll forward with the dark and sexual piece, aptly named Pussy Vapour. The shirt’s been in constant rotation in my wardrobe, and I love love love the scoop neck, light cotton, and just-right fit. I aimed for a more unisex/ american apparel feel.
We only made about 30 pieces, and I’m told that they’re already running down to a handful altogether.
Go to www.roguescreenprint.com to order one. Be the coolest kid on the block.
I got my prints in and I’m shipping them out today and tomorrow!
The fantastic silk screen artist Dave Kloc (www.davekloc.com) and I worked together to do a limited edition 5X7 print for Valentine’s Day. Show that special someone you love them with this three-color bad boy.
Want one? I’ve got about a handful left… Just paypal $6 to conosina (at) yahoo. Each one comes signed and with an envelope. Only U.S. orders, please.
Exclusive Valentine’s Day print time!!!
I don’t know if this makes me a hopeless romantic or a true cynic that I’m commodifying love. Let’s say it’s column A mixed with column B.
At any rate, amazing silk screen artist Dave Kloc (www.davekloc.com) and I worked together to do a limited edition 5X7 print for Valentine’s Day. Show that special someone you love them with this three-color bad boy. We only made 35… so supplies are limited.
Want one? Just paypal $6 to conosina (at) yahoo. Each one comes signed and with an envelope. Only U.S. orders, please. I’ll take down this portion of the tumblr entry when I’ve sold out.
Love you all.
A Gwen Stacy drawing I did a while back… I really should have posted this when it was more relevant.
Why I do it. #mcqueen #art #life #death #love (Taken with Instagram)