I just finished attending 10 of 10 UK comic conventions over the last 10 months. A great experience, which I hope to write more about in the near future.
Chatted with loads of great people over the course including Deviantartists:
(sorry if I missed anyone out)
Was great to meet so many artists all doing their own thing and making the effort to put themselves out there
Currently plans are to slow it down- attending two or three cons a year unless I decide to create more con-friendly artwork, i.e. fan art to make it financially worth my while. How-To Books:* 'Digital Manga'
is available on my website at www.benkrefta.com/shop
: An in-depth tutorial book teaching virtually everything I know about Photoshop and colouring characters.
* 'The Artist's Guide to Drawing Manga'
will also be available at the end of August : A beginners guide to manga and character creation. It's effectively an updated version of my older book 'The Art of Drawing Manga'.
With, 67,000 words of written content across both books, I'd like to think there's at least something in there that most artists could benefit from and enjoy Art Related:
* I've got a vague idea for a new book project, but no publisher on board thus far, so might just release pages as a series of Blog posts on my website?
* I created a new portfolio at www.benkrefta.com to replace my previous personal site Organic Metal.
* I'm still tattooing part-time, coming close to having carried out 300 tattoos or sessions to date.
* Looking to do more sketching and produce more personal artwork over the coming year. I don't feel as though I devote as much time to my artwork as I should at the best of times and would like to change that and execute some of the ideas that have been rattling around in my head for years!
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