Hi, gang .... I continue to write, sketch, work Home Depot, and try to get those "mythical" arcade games out to a waiting public. But I have now launched an actual e-commerce Web site called "Apron Art by Tom" to do aprons for Home Depot associates. I do the decals, actually, not whole aprons. I mail completed decals to the purchasers and they iron them on their own aprons. The tipping point toward e-commerce came when my district peeps asked me to do 58 aprons for a big walk event. THAT'S A LOT, in case you didn't guess. I figured I must be onto something. So far I am heavy in California, but have a toe into Oklahoma through a former associate from my store. Arkansas is also in the works; same kind of connection. It will grow slowly, but with 365,000 total employees and scads of events each store hosts, well ... I like my chances. I am very liberal with disclaimers about not being affiliated with Home Depot and have doctored many images to minimize the implications(s), so we'll see what happens. I also donate to H.D.'s charity, the Homer Fund, which might mitigate things. So far I am getting orders through the site from local associates. I'll keep y'all posted.
I'm still working on little index card art to sell at the con. I really hope they gather some interest... I'm probably not going to be able to put together the extra money for sketchbooks, so the only new stuff I'll have are prints and these little marker/ink drawings. I've been having a lot of fun working on them... they haven't really taken that much time. I'll still have my old books to sell, too. I had a large binder of sketches from EQ and such and folks looked at those drawings but I don't think I sold one of them at RCCC. Of course I sold almost nothing at RCCC, so that might be the best gauge. We have a much better spot in the heart of Artist Alley this time around, so I have higher hopes to at least break even. I'm so happy to discover that my brushpen lines don't bleed when I use the Copics over them.
I'm trying to get back to the regular Tuesday posting thing....But in lieu of anything new/worthwhile, lemme share some more childhood art, this time from High School and my earliest felt-tip tom-(or in this case, Marty-)foolery.
The "album art" I worked up for what was going to be a collection of girl-themed songs recorded by our No Wave band Exit House. In my mind I envisioned a full-on double album with wrap-around jacket art (I went so far as to gesso my entire "KISS: Alive II" blank white in order to make a full-scale mock up--oy!), but realistically we were only going to make a few color xeroxes at the local Kinko's and put them inside a few personal cassette copies--but we didn't even get that far. Album was to be called "House of Chicks."
The art teacher at my Chino high school used to order in lots of these very toxic, very intense basic marker sets--just BLUE, RED, GREEN, YELLOW, etc., no fancy Pantone shades, no "Indigo Blue" or "Blush Pink" "Light Flesh" of the professional set. So I had to resort to mixing colors to get what I wanted. I learned early to love a hyper-saturated multi-color mix. Here's my double self portrait as bug (I was big into Kafka at the time--so pretentious!).
I tried to keep going with markers in college, (the "Anonymous Superheroes" piece), but all the love had gone out of it. I'd felt invincible in High School--artistically speaking. I thought of myself as totally fearless, (tho' I was too maudlin and narrow-minded). But college really kicked the stool out from under me. Not because the teachers were harsh...more that they were indifferent.
I'm not sure if I've shared this before... this was a drawing I did on spec when I was between jobs a few years ago. I kinda like the characters I did for this, but they never saw the light of day. It was a sort of steampunk dungeon crawler, hence the magic with nuts and bolts crystal thingies.