I attended the Anime Festival Orlando 7 convention last week, and I had a fantastic time. Highlights: I spent Sunday with my cousin, Chandra, the artist alley was in a fantastic location, my panel was well attended, I met a lot of fans (was great meeting some of you fellow deviant-artists!!) made some new friends, and to top it off, I was able to hang out with voice actor Quinton Flynn, who I absolutely adore. *^_^* (You guys would probably know him best as the voice of Raiden in MGS2, Axel in Kingdom Hearts II, and Reno in FF Advent Children).
Here's what Artist Alley looked like on Friday morning, positioned right outside of the dealers room. We pretty much had a steady stream of traffic all weekend long.[link][link]
Me at my artist table.[link]
Me and Chan (I love how this photo turned out ^_^). Fun fact: our mothers are twins, and we were born about a month apart. So she's like my sistah. [link]
Chan sharing the artist table with me on Sunday (that's her art over on the far right). Check out her website at [link][link]
Me and Katie. She volunteers as part of the AFO staff, and always gives it 110%.[link]
Me and Quinton. Quinton's a lot of fun, and a sweetheart to boot. Friday night at his panel, I gave him a print of my Army Boy Raiden pic ([link]
teehee), and a copy of Peach Fuzz (on the premise that I'd love for him to voice a particular character should it become an animated series), and he read it the same night and came by my artist table the following day and told me about his favorite scenes... How awesome is that?! He also spent a good amount of time just chatting with me. It was a dream come true. *swoon* ^_^
I didn't get a picture with him, sadly, but I should also mention that voice actor Jeff Nimoy was also a really cool guy. Seriously.[link]
Fellow artist alley residents Dee Jay and Miriam. They're always so cute together!
And ze face sketches...
Since these are pain to save, and I always end up doing over 80 of 'em throughout the weekend, I've decided to just select a choice few favorites to share.
(this lady rocks)[link][link][link][link]
(this little girl was so shy and so cute)
More faces... these coupled with their owners. [link][link][link][link]
A lovely kimono-clad group of ladies...[link]
And their portraits...[link][link][link][link]
(they're wearing fox masks on top of their heads)
And I always love doing sketches for couples:[link][link][link]
On Sunday, Chan set up to do some portrait sketches too.[link]
Here's one Chan and I both did:[link][link][link]
And, of course, every con comes with its share of cosplayers, and there were plenty of great looking costumes abound at AFO. Some of my favorites included:
Utena and Anthy[link][link]
(This is one of my favorite pairings, and these lovey ladies pull it off beautifully -- an *awesome* likeness, right down to Utena's footwear.)
Michiru and Haruka[link]
Phantom of the Opera[link]
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this. She totally rocks for cosplaying as one of my favorite characters. :>
Queen Beryl, Evil Mercury, and Zoicite[link]
Hurray for Mario! This dude is always awesome.
Positively the splitting image of Zelda--just gorgeous.
So there you have it. Let's just say, I had a lot of fun, and this is definitely a weekend I'm going to remember for years to come. ^_^Digital Manga Workshop
I just found out that an excerpt from my Digital Manga Workshop book was recently posted online. It's from the chapter that covers my cel art coloring technique. Check it out: Part 1
, Part 2
and Part 3
Of course, if that piques your interest, Digital Manga Workshop can be purchased here
. ^_^ It's also available in bookstores (see the computer section--I usually see it sorted under "3D art", unfortunately, probably because "digital art" is equated with "3-D animation").Peach Fuzz
The first three chapters of Peach Fuzz volume 2 are now up on Tokyopop's website. Go check it out!
In other news, I'm starting on the conceptual stage of working out Peach Fuzz volume 3. Reading through my detailed outline for the book again, I'm finding lots of great scenes in this one that I can't wait to plot out in storyboard form.
On the other hand, since the outline is so jampacked, it's looking like
I might have to cut some scenes so I don't go over my allotted page count for the book. Ideally, I'd prefer to split volume 3 into two volumes so I'd have lots of room to spread out, but requests for additional volumes aren't taken into consideration until after the third book is done. Therefore... *puts on ye old editor's hat and dons a red pen* I'll just have to find a way to make it work. ^_^;
Speaking of which, I have some unfortunate news on the Peach Fuzz volume 2 front. Due to some mishaps on the production side in which older versions of pages accidentally ended up being used (o_O), the release date has been pushed back to October (it was originally going to be September). The good news is that at least the problems are going to be fixed before the book goes to print. Better late rather than flawed, right? Not happy about the delay, but glad I caught 'em!My ferret Elf
Rest in peace, sweetheart. I miss you, my little fuzzy mink.
He was 4 years, and 8 months old.
August 9th, 2001 - April 15th, 2006. ;_; Links and Info
For more art and information, see my official web site at: The Art of Jared and Lindsay
My how-to art book "Digital Manga Workshop : An Artist's Guide to Creating Manga Illustrations on Your Computer" is now available for sale in bookstores and through Amazon (link here
). If the any of you have picked up the book and enjoyed it it please leave a review there. Click here
for information about my Peach Fuzz manga, which is published by Tokyopop and can be found in bookstores nationwide (and if your bookstore doesn't have it, please special order it!). It's a comedy about a spoiled ferret named Peach who thinks she's a princess, and her owner, Amanda, who's hands she views as a 5-headed monster.Artist Bio and Livejournal
If you wish to know more about me, check out my personal bio here
, which details more about my interests, and for updates on my life, see my livejournal
High-quality glossy prints are available in both 8.5x11 ($10 plus $3.50 shipping) and 11x17 ($15 plus $3.50 shipping) sizes for all the images posted here. I can accept payment by Paypal, so please don't hesitate to send me an email if you're interested.Comments and favs
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has either faved a picture, friended me, and/or commented. Although it's not always possible to comment back, I do make it a point to look at everyone's deviantArt site who has done one of the above. Thanks minna-san!