Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Artist Advice

We've been working on wedding plans every spare minute we have. Though as of right now, that is few and far between with his last semester and my second to last. Lots of projects, with concepts completed! For that I am extremely happy and satisfied. I can't wait to show you all the results!

One of my close photographer friends, Sarah Downey (see her awesome site here - http://www.seeingsarah.com/), recently asked me on advice on how to get out there as an artist. I'll give you what I have come to find so far. If anyone else has any extra input, please feel free to comment!

1. The best ways I know to get your work out there is to get involved in gallery shows, participate in juried exhibitions, contests, etc.

2. Network. Bring your portfolio to people you would possibly want to hire you, maybe just to get their opinion. Just keep a hard copy on you if necessary. As well as your resume. Keeping those things on hand is always a plus because you never know when you might run into someone.

3. Don't sell yourself short of your ability. Try not to offer things for free, though use this advice with digression. Sometimes it is necessary to give some time away for free if it will benefit you in the end. This is a talent you have worked on for a while and it has taken time and money to develop, just as any other profession would.

4. Market yourself to your network and beyond. Print up business cards that are memorable. Make a website for people to view your work digitally (if you've done this already, you can always set up an email list to let people know when you have things updated as a reminder that you are still around and active).

5. You might want to pick up Market Guide... Artist's and Graphic Designers Market Guide or Children's Writers and Illustrators Market Guide or for you photographers out there... Photographers Market Guide. They have a market guide for almost anything, but this series is really helpful. I have the one for "Artist's and Graphic Designers Market Guide" and "Children's Writers and Illustrators Guide"... both are great. Full of helpful articles and a complete listing of various companies, businesses and galleries and what they are specifically looking for so you can send your stuff out there.

If anyone has any advice darling, please feel free to shoot it on over here. Even some criticism on my own work would be more than welcome. Hope that helps darlings!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Johnny Badluck comes alive!

It's that time of year and I've decided to bring to life Johnny Badluck.

And look! A comic book strip/page too!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Burn the Witch IV

What I loved about this years BTW was how Nyoka organized the pieces by grouping them into their relative colors. I had a wonderful time and am so glad I got to participate. Met alot of interesting people and amazing artists. I can't wait until next year.

Wall of Infamy

Some vanity.

They even had artists who created costumes for display! How cool is that?

Wall photos...

Earlier on before the evening began... it was already getting full.

Ricky Berger was there with her lovely voice!

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of myself at the event. I was all dressed up too! This is all I have, of myself and my Risa afterward on our way out from seeing a late night showing of "Couples Retreat". We're exhausted, so please forgive the tired faces.

Until next year witches!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Character design for my upcoming one page comic, "The Misadventures of Johnny Badluck"

Original character created by Kevin Lively, Tyler Shanklin and Aaron Logan.

Copyright of Ashleymarie Sey DeBondt

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sweater Weather and My Brother

Officially, the season has changed to sweater weather! I'm so happy! :-D Went to Skipper StandUp last night, and the show killed! Best set I have ever seen. Glad I went. My ewok even closed the show!

In other news, it is Monday, so back to work on projects and what not. Busy weekend of work, but it was fun and the weather was nice. Oh, I love October.

My mother just sent me a video of my brother, Chris, and his bandmates playing up in a park in Portland. Note: The adorable little kids dancing. Miss my little brother! But I'm glad he's doing his thing. :) Can't wait to here him live again.

Video of one of the best bands ever playing. Amazing stuff.

Note: the cute little kid dancing. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hippo Studies

Studies of a hippo for my next illustration. Yes... he only has one eye.