Waiting for my books and thinking about the FUTURE

The story is told, the whole thing is off to the printers, and I have a mountain of framing to tackle! The books and prints will be sent out to my Kickstarter backers and also will be available online. But so far, only eighteen of the the original illustrations have found their way into my vintage frame constructions. Only eighteen. Out of seventy-one! Though, truth be told, I probably won’t frame every single one.

I’m pretty preoccupied with the details of getting the stuff up on Etsy, getting ready for the book release party (woohoo!), and getting ready for a January Gallery Night show at Grava Gallery here in Milwaukee. But in the back of my mind, I keep coming back to the shock of finally finishing the book. I’ve been drawing these characters for so long now that they sort of became friends and I’m really going to miss them.

When December is passed and the dust starts to settle, it will be time to toy with new ideas and feel out a fresh direction for my work. I’m a bit burned out, but am vaguely leading my ideas in a fantasy/sci-fi direction. I’ve always been a huge fan of those genres and would LOVE to go that route. I did NaNoWriMo in 2010 and most of my 50k words of rambling were of a space opera type story. But it was much more of a novel and didn’t have any visual elements. Which of course will have to be explored. Because I like my stories to have pictures. They are worth a thousand words, I hear.

So I suppose that will be where my next adventure takes me. To the places Ingrid Von Aviary dreamed of reaching and beyond! A new set of characters and possibly some time travel and definitely a rag-tag team of space orphans who find themselves marooned somewhere on earth. This is going to take further development. And lots of friends doing silly things in front of a camera. I think I might know some good space orphans.

Friday Kickstarter Kick-off and Gallery Night

It’s happening again… Gallery Night in Milwaukee is this Friday and the Hide House will be buzzing with all kinds of activity. Up on the second floor we’ll have a bunch of artists, a bunch of food and drink, and live music by The Vitrolum Republic! I’m also using this as the kick-off event for my Kickstarter campaign to publish the book, so it will be extra exciting.

It’s been interesting doing these open studio events this year. It’s something new for my studio partner and I (Jason Krukowski) and welcoming the public into a private creative space still seems a little weird, but also fun. I try to clean up our pack rat museum and make it look presentable, while still keeping it functional and comfortable to create in. In many ways though, it’s futile to “clean” our room, which is full of years worth of thrift store finds, dumpster dives, and rummage sale beauties. Not to mention the slightly embarrassing yet endearing student artworks I can’t just toss or hide away. Also, there’s Jason’s toy collection, my jewelry boxes and doll furniture, and more clocks than anyone actually needs that are all showing different times… kind of like Doc Brown’s art laboratory. I’m working on some adjustments to the Gaius Baltar shrine (aka Baltar Altar) so please excuse its current state.

In creating a set for my kickstarter video, we just pulled interesting and fancy looking items from the room and arranged them in the hall: instant circus ambience!

Stay tuned for more details as the Kickstarter campaign begins! And if you’re in the Milwaukee area on Friday night, make sure to stop in at the Hide House in Bay View for a spectacular evening of art, music, and revelry.