Welp apparently I am going to start sorting my journals by subject matter so that you guys can find information easily if you need it. So... I'll be starting all my journals with what it is (such as 'exploring art' or 'convention wrap up' or 'personal babble' etc), then more detail about exactly what the journal holds.
Look. I'm a tiny bit ocd okay. Just enjoy the organization.
Anyway, so this is about LTUE, the convention in Provo Utah that I recently attended. The convention goes for three days, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Traditionally this has been a symposium for professionals in the sci fi and fantasy industry to meet the students of BYU and give them lectures and presentations on how to succeed in our business. However this year they have broken from tradition and moved out of the university and over to a hotel/convention center. This opened things up for more business to be conducted with fans, as well as the schooling to happen, turning LTUE into a more traditional convention.
My participation in the convention was somewhat last minute, and so I didn't have anything together or sorted at all. Luckily everyone seemed to be very patient with the fact that I was just flopped at a table and spazing about randomly during the con. The con head was nice enough to get me set up with a last minute table out in the hall where I could socialize and work and just chatter at people, so that was fun! Sarah couldn't make it with me, but I think I did a pretty good job representing the company and spreading the word about our shear AWESOMENESS!
Day one of the convention involved me settling in and hanging out. For the most part I was more worried about zeus then I was anything else, but I did have a few panels and got to hang with some friends I haven't seen in a while, such as Howard Taylor who does the ever hilarious schlock mercenary and Brian Hailes who does the most amazing figurative work I have ever, ever seen. Paul Genesse was there, another person who I never get to see enough of, and is a wonderful author, and so on and so forth. Basically there were a ton of people who I missed more then I realized, and who always get my brain kicking into high gear.
The panels I did were enjoyable, I have to say that I am impressed by how alert and just... intelligent the con goers were. There was always a question asked, and it was usually really well thought out and information that they genuinely wanted to know. I don't think I ever had a dull moment where people stared blankly at me like 'but you're here to entertain me'. I am! But at the same time I'm almost a resource for information, USE ME WHILE YOU HAVE ME.
Day two was much of the same, running about crazily, Amie and I carpooled and that was hilarious since she texted me that she was on her way to pick me up... and I woke up about five minutes later and went OH GOD *run to get dressed*. More amazing people, and I got to sit down and ask people what they thought of the new way of matting that Sarah and I are doing. Based on the input I got there, we'll be making very SLIGHT changes to our matting/mounting but it's things that will improve the quality overall and will be very enjoyable for everyone who purchases from us!
Day three was the last day of the con and we wound down with more panels. I wish I could remember the names of all the people I shared a panel with the last day, the only one I can remember is Theresa Mather and one of the Keele gentlemen, which is a pity since the other panelist was AMAZING and I rather want to get in contact with him sometime just to chitchat about art. BUT All in all it was a fantastic day and I left the convention feeling the urge to rev up and wow you guys with what's coming.
Sarah and I had a huge business meeting after the convention. One where we made many many many decisions and put the wheels in motion for some big things coming up. BIG things. I think you guys are going to be awestruck with what she and I do when we team up. It's like putting two awesome pieces of jewelry together and getting one amazing thing that is amazing and stuff.. BY OUR POWERS COMBINED WE ARE CAPTAIN-wait a second. Anyway, big things are coming but one big thing I will announce right now is this:
As many of you know, the Apocalypse Angel series is one of my most popular and best selling series ever. Except I have been unsatisfied and unhappy with the 'Strife" part of that set for years and years. Literally since I finished painting it. After hours of debate with close friends about religion, politics, and philosophy I will be redoing strife, and what I am doing will completely change that piece into something incredible. That is my top goal for my personal art this month, so keep your eyes peeled. Remember I said all of my art will have meaning, depth, something beyond 'lawl pretty girl with boobs'. It's coming guys.
I hope you all fastened your seatbelts. This is gonna be a wild ride.