Arisia Schedule

Here’s my schedule for the Arisia convention coming up!


10:00: FINDING YOUR MUSE. We all dream of making a living doing what we love. How do you make your art profitable without losing your inspiration? Several artists who have managed it talk about choosing a direction that satisfies both needs.

11:30: JUDGING COSTUME CONTESTS. What makes a good judge? How involved is the process, and what are the expectations of the judge? And why does it take so darn long? Our panelists will discuss what goes on in the judging process, the difference between presentation and workmanship, and why skill categories exist, in addition to offering their advice on how to prepare yourself to be judged…or be a judge yourself.

2:30: BRAIN HACKS FOR ARTISTIC EFFECT. The brain works in mysterious ways. If you understand how it accomplishes some of those things, you can create unexpected and sometimes astonishing experiences for your audience. Come to this panel to learn about some of the more commonly used tricks and how you might use them in your art.

7:00: MANUFACTURING CREATIVITY. What do you do when you’re out of ideas? There are proven techniques for keeping the creative process flowing and generating new ideas. The panel and audience will discuss what gets their creative juices flowing and how to get around that block.

8:30: MATERIALS SAFETY. Artists are exposed to some pretty toxic substances: heavy metals, volatile carcinogens, and nasty particulates. In addition, there are bad ergonomics and other unhealthy conditions to contend with. How can an artists stay healthy? If you have a disability, are there special considerations for handling hazardous materials?


8:30: STUFF FOR FREE. Dumpster diving has a long and glorious history, and Freecycle can yield some interesting goodies if you are patient enough. We’ll discuss how to turn one person’s trash into your treasure without getting into trouble, and maybe tell a few tales of epic loot drops.


Hey, Look!

While browsing the Niche Awards web page recently, I noticed that on their page about the competition they show the gallery where the finalists are displayed, and there’s my “Dali in Dryer Lint” prominent.  How nice!



New work!

I’m very happy with my two newest pieces. These were done on consignment for someone who loves foxes and ravens, so they’re not available for sale. Hope you like them! (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)foxes



My Ravencon schedule

I will be a Guest Artist at Ravencon this weekend (April 29th). It’s a fun little convention in Williamsburg, Virginia. Here’s where you can find me:

OPENING CEREMONIES (Friday 7 pm): This is where everyone is welcome and guests are introduced.

INTRODUCTION TO COSPLAY MATERIALS (Friday 8 pm): Are you new to cosplay? Then swing on by and learn the basic materials you will need to start sewing. We’ll also discuss armor making and material safety. With Kyle Ellis and Jillian Ryan

COMPETING IN COSPLAY (Saturday 10 am): Panelists will discuss what judges look for, the difference in masquerade vs. hall vs. fashion show competitions, how they are judged, what the divisions and the kinds of awards mean and other issues that will help you compete in cosplay. With Wade Cutrell, Cailin Hammer, and Jillian Ryan

DRYER LINT ART DEMO (Saturday noon): I’ll be showing how I make my unique art, along with a slide show.

PRE-JUDGING FOR THE MASQUERADE (Saturday 5 pm): Costumes will be pre-judged for workmanship and detail. I’m one of the judges along with Wade Cutrell and Loren Damewood

THE RAVENCON MASQUERADE (Saturday 6 pm): Fan costumers show off their latest creations. With a miniconcert by Jonah Knight.

BEING A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (Sunday noon): Advice on portfolios, how to enter judged shows, how to get into galleries, and other things you hadn’t considered. With Joe Bellofatto Armand Cabrera, and Vincent Di Fate