Sunday, September 25, 2011

Preparation for a busy month

Well, Here comes October!
Every year for the last, oh, I don't know, SEVERAL years, I've been saying I'm gonna leave the Day job buy October. We I can't say with any certainty that that will be so, but I am about to take a couple of major steps in a direction that may make all my Artin around more legitimate. Hopefully profitable.
fist, I hit my goal and then some in finishing my 20 pager for Jenni Gregory's Dark Mischief   Two White Horses, (my contribution to this anthology) marks a mile stone for me personally. Stepped way out of my comfort zone and I think I think of all my books this one will attract a much wider audience.
Second, APE the Alternative Press Exposition is this next weekend.  I will be tabling with Denver Wagner, Michelle Kondrich an Charlotte Cheng   I'm hoping for a BIG weekend of connections and fun interacting with folks who come to the show.
and Thirdly, on October 6th I have my first Gallery Show ever. Here in downtown Fresno, at the K-Jewel Gallery I'm very excited. I thought that I would be nervous, but I'm really not! I feel like it's just time. Time I started to let people see what I've been trying to do in ernest since 2005. Here are the pieces I'm putting in;    
Trust is like my Masterpiece. the Show is for illustrators, but I hope to demonstrate that the visual artist should not be limited by an imposition of labels. We do think deeply about our contributions. they are quite personal and hopefully thought provoking. I slip it in to the category of editorial illustration, but it is to me a work of fine art.
And other pieces will include;
The Mayor's Wife
the final page of For the Public Good.
I had a large print made through Zazzle 24x36
plus My KnickKnack the Kat story all framed in sequence.
It's really hard to decided which pieces to include. I might try to work in a couple of the Priest from GREW, but at any rate, being my first show I can't wait to see how my work is received. I do hope that this last big push to get my work out there is met with a positive response. Either way I plan to learn as much as I can from the experience and grow from there.  




  1. Good Luck, Sam! You are on your way. It has been a pleasure watching your style and skill grow just over the past year and a half. Amazing! Plus your outreach and connection to the creative community is genuine and deep. I will celebrate with you when you bid the day-job a (not so) fond farewell.

    PS - I wish I could stay out in CA for 1 more week to support your gallery showing! Congrats!

  2. Me too buddy, that would be awesome! I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, But I must say the "wild trapped animal in a little cage" syndrome is really getting bad. Takes all I can muster to control myself on the day job.


    Have a safe trip out and I'll see you early Saturday morning!