Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Year in Review OR Did I bite more than I could chew?

Hey there sports fans, Al here with the latest:Well like the title implies Did I take on more than I could do?   I run around thinking about that as I look back on this last year.  But before I can get down with that lets take a look at what I and Black Box Visual Arts was able to accomplish this year.

1) The small scratchboards (5"x7"). 
  These little guys were the work horse of any shows that I had the pleasure to attend this last year.  If I sold one piece of big art I could move 4 or 5 small pieces.  Only issue was making more to make sure I had a stock of at least 30 at any one time.  Of course I do have a ton of scanned copies of but have yet to get postcards made of them.   And I hope to have more of them ready to go this next year.
Lots of one off pieces.

But let's get down to brass tacks
The New Brow show

2)  Gallery Shows for the year:
   The New Brow show
    For the Love of Portland
    Hawthorne Hideaway show
    Monster Mosh
    One Man Show a.k.a. O.M.S.
    I Think therefore I am
   The BIG 400

Crypticon 2013 with George Leon
Chrome Stag for the Love of Portland Show
The BIG 400- 'nuff said!


3)  Commissions:

    Re-based Natural V.S. Supernatural
    The Sorry Devils. -album cover
    Hops Zombie - t-shirt design
    Ratpriest-  album cover
    Gilradree-  private commission
    Bigfoot- private commission
    The Re-scrubs- album cover

4)  Shows attended:
   Stumptown Comic Fest
   Rose City Comicon
  Jet City Comic Show - This was the last comic show to be had but pull out at the last because of the expense of traveling.
Next year might be a different thing.

5)  Completed Comic Stories

Corpse Cop Arctic Wolf
"Dreams of Elysium"  marker compt
   Corpse Cop Arctic Wolf.  This little guy is a done written, drawn and printed up comic.  Also it is one of the first to be offered as a digital download as well.
Corral the Seeker.  The bird man of the Future.  A continuation of Vega through the actions if the sidekick.  A fun story but it brings all I have learned about digital coloring along with black and white and marrying the two of them together.  Awesome.  With a few tweeks to to the story it should be ready for next year.
Funny thing is I had been looking over a ton of story and THUMBNAILS for Vega that I would love to see put back into play but again I think I will still put it on hold til Dreams of Elysium is done.  And there may be more than just one version to be printed.  I have started looking at the script and begun marker thumbnails on it so I could see where I need to shore up the weaker parts of the story before I start to apply them to finished pieces of scratchboard.
Things have been pretty good and can't. complain.
I JUST WISH that I could win that lottery or sell a a bunch of art work so that I could I could just work on the comics and get them completed like I would want.  

If your wanting to look at some of the older blog for Black Box Comix you can check them out here. Black Box Comix Blog.
There is also Twitter to follow and Tumbler The Other Scratchpad   as well 
Or if you're interested in purchasing something that catches your eye  check out here on the Big Cartel web site.  Big Cartel.
And of course is always the backlog of comics here at Indyplanet.

And that is it for the kid and I am out of here.

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