And here is the rest of the stuff from my sketch book.
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“Tall grass,” by Louie Del Carmen.
I picked up a little booklet by Louie entitled Steel-Noodles. The above illustration came rather naturally, as it’s some of the imagery featured in the Steel-Noodles story.
“Sitting,” by Sarah Mensinga.
I found Sarah at the Flight booth. Most people had little books or one-shot comics laying around, but she only had a tallish notebook with some postcards and large prints. It was unfortunate, as I’d have liked to pick up a book by her. She did say that she would be coming out with something within the next year or so. Her art was very flowing and she had streaks of purple in her semi-curly hair.
“Grass stains,” by Scott Bevan.
Hooray, White Ninja! Scott said that he and Kent took turns drawing the comic, but that most people couldn’t tell who had drawn which strip. I can sort of tell after reading through many. While I was perusing one of the collections, which I ended up buying, he asked, “Have you heard of this before?” I said yes and he expressed relief at not having to explain what exactly was going on in the comic. Apparently some people really needed everything spelled out for them, which is kind of tricky with something like White Ninja Comics. They also had a really wonderful shirt for sale that I really wanted, though my funding was limited by that point. Some day!
“Grass guy,” by Steven Silver.
Steve is probably best known for his character designs for the series Kim Possible. I found him Thursday evening, when there was almost nobody around. He was a bit flummoxed with my request, finally jotting down the above sketch. I probably found him at the best time, as every other day his booth was completely swamped with lines of people.
“Relaxation,” by Val Hochberg.
I picked up my first button at Val’s booth. I really liked it but it became my first casualty when, by the middle of the second day, I found that it had vanished from my bag. He was giving away this odd action comic about Jesus.
“The Grass Elf,” by Wardell Brown.
Thursday, when I first asked if it was possible to get a sketch, Wardell said that he was all sketched out for the day and to try the next day. So I did, and he remembered me and asked that I leave my sketch book for a while. When I came back I found the above. I had a few artists ask what exactly I meant by “grass,” so I always tried to be clear when I first made the request.
Steve Leialoha is my favorite artist discovered at the convention. I had never heard of him prior to stumbling across his inconspicuous booth the first day. He doesn’t have any sort of web presence so I feel obligated to go on a bit about his work.
He does the inks to a comic series called Fables, but the inks really say little about his true talents. I visited his booth all three days I was at the convention. The first day for the sketch, the second day to buy a book, the third day to talk about the book. His art uses very delicate, careful lines. I’ve scanned one just to give an example from the book I purchased. Each is about 3″x5″ and he said he tries to do one a day every day in a little moleskin sketch book he carries around. He doesn’t have any story books of his own out, though he’s mulled the idea for a while.
As I was talking to him on the last day Percy happened to walk by. I called her over and we three had a conversation about art. He had something to say about the artists we brought up and he even passed along information about them that we didn’t know. Percy ended up buying her own copy of the book I had and we suggested that Steve create a daily art blog posting his little creations. He admitted that he hadn’t considered it before, and we tried to assure him that it had the potential to become very popular due to the quality and quantity of his work.
There was never really anyone around his booth, save for someone eying a book and wandering off. Which was really unfortunate. I really hope he actually does create a website or a daily art blog, as more people need to see his work!
And that’s all of them! It was a fun project that I’d like to try again some day.