Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cripple Con

I just returned from another fantastic Cripple Con. This year's (third annual) was held in San Antonio. It was my first time in Texas...although I didn't get too far out of the hotel. However, the 65 degree and sunny weather was a welcomed change from the frozen tundra of Minneapolis. It was so nice to see everyone! That's the great thing about caricature cons, you only get to see these people once a year, but when you do it's so full of fun and energy. Plus I learn so much just by watching everyone else draw.

Last year I drew a bunch of the guys as little figures on sticker paper. This year I decided I would do groups of boys based on their locations. What can I say, I love my caricature boys. Here's what I did on day one.
The "EastHeads" (Chris Chua, Alex Clare and Matt Zitman)
The Orlando Boys (Alberto Gonzalez, Nick Mitchell, Sean Gardner, Trey)
The Ohio Guys (Jamie Rockwell, Eric Smith, John Sebastian, Nolan Harris)

I liked the drawings I did on day two much better, as I was warmed up and having a lot more fun with them.
Kev Jackson and Patrick Martinez-both from San Antonio.
And this was my drawing for the themed wall, this year's theme being "Threesome". I wanted to keep it clean and this is what I came up with. The guy on the right is Ryan Haecker from Texas. I ended up winning an award for this drawing, best themed piece.
My first ever Crippie, made by Stacy Pierce.

FantaShanty opens on the ice!

The FantaShanty is done! We finished install last Sunday night(the 7th) and slept out in the shanty on Weds. night. The woodstove was great, we had a cozy fire and were really warm...until we woke up to no more fire. But all in all, it wasn't so bad. And although I was in San Antonio for Cripple Con, the shanty just had its first weekend debut out on Lake Medecine. I was told things went really, really well and I'm really looking forward to getting out there this weekend. Anyhow, here are some great shots taken for us by friend/housemate/fellow print grad Josh Winkler (thanks Josh!).

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Little Press

I wrote a brief account of my experience working on the shanty and it was posted up at Twin Cities Daily Planet. We move out onto the Lake Medicine tomorrow...it's going to be a cold one. Fortunately I have San Antonio to look forward to next Friday, almost Cripple Con time!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Work work work!

It's been a long past couple of weeks working vigorously on the shanty. With help from friends, I've made about ten paper mache trees, hundreds of handmade paper leaves, flowers, mushroom stools and then some! It goes up on the ice this weekend, and opens to the public on January 16th. Come out and see us! In the mean time, check out the FantaShanty Blog for updates and photos on our progress.