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Heroes con 2012 has come and gone! and what a weekend it was! I was invited by my good friend Paige to come to heroes con with her and her husband Phil and be part of "Paigey and her amazing friends" The other amazing friends included Fenny from Little Asian Sweatshop fame who was also there (we bonded over Bojangles and white wine), and Christy Sawyer who wasn't present but her awesome wares were. It was my first real convention representing my artwork outside of girls drawin girls and it was a lot of fun! When Paige spoke about heroes being the best convention for artists she wasn't kidding. I got a chance to meet cool people like Stephanie Buscema, (who's work I have loved for a while) Sarah Dyer and her amazing little daughter and amazing designer Vivcore. There were so many others! I have to admit, I did have a "holy crap maria what are you doing here" moment. I kind of felt like a dorky new kid trying to get in with the cool kids! But everyone was SO nice  so that feeling didn't last long. Even attendees were so nice and polite and seemed genuinely interested and excited to be there. I met a lot of great people. It was really refreshing. New Yorkers can be a bit jaded and done it all seen it all bunch :p
Besides the actual convention there was some cool stuff going on. I actually donated a little tiny Batgirl painting to the Heroes con annual auction! I don't have any idea if it sold or for how much, as we missed the beginning of the auction. All the heavy weights of comic art were there so it was pretty darn cool to have been in the same room as them. Stan "the man" Lee was there the whole weekend! He was giving a speech at the end of the auction, and of course bing a rowdy bunch, we got shushed while he was speaking. Probably one of the highlights of the trip :p
 Paige, Fenny and I at our giant booth!

I did a lot better sales wise than I was expecting which was really nice, I even sold out of a few prints! The other awesome thing about being there was that I got to meet the nice people from ZaPow! which was great! I have been emailing back and forth with Lauren from ZaPow for months and it was so nice to finally meet her in person! I am definitely in great company in ZaPow. I got a chance to see art from some of the other artists and the talent level was high.
 Fridays outfit

I am sure I am leaving something out and rambling a bit, but all in all it was a great trip and experience and I am super grateful to Paige for inviting me, because I don't think I'd have ever done this on my own. We had a great time hanging out and it was one of those experiences I'll always remember :)
Now that Heroes con prep is over, I am getting back into my commissions and trying to come back to the real world :p


Last Minute!

I am literally leaving for heroes con in a few hours, and just finished up this drawing of Batgirl. Clearly, I love the idea that she is a librarian. I also cranked out this Supergirl over the weekend, and now I am super tired!
I need to take an "art nap" after heroes is over! I need to recharge so I don't burn out. But I am kind of crazy so who knows! I usually feel so inspired after a con I jump right back in to doing new work!
Oh and Happy Summer!
Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, everyone's favorite crime fighting librarian!

Supergirl! I wanted to give her an all american cheerleader from the 50s look :)



With Heroescon quickly approaching, I have been trying to get some new art work done, while in the  middle of working on commissions and working my full time job. I managed to squeeze this in, as it is something that has been in my head for so long. I am so pleased with how it came out, but I am not sure how others will feel about it. My Gotham city pin ups have been my most popular drawings, and favorites of mine, so I really wanted to try drawing Harley and Poison Ivy together, those bad, bad bffs :)

I also have been trying to get into pencil drawings besides simple doodles, and here is a drawing of elektra. I don't know if I will have time to do more in time for Heroescon, but it felt nice to draw again. Ideally I'd have loved to do small paintings to bring with me, but, time ran out.
*pardon the crappy ipod photo!



Exciting news! I will be at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina from June 22-24!
I will be vending with the fabulous Paigey! and Fenny from Little Asian Sweatshop! I have only ever vended at New York Comic con and that was with Girls Drawin Girls, so I am excited and quite nervous! So many amazing artists will be there, so I am greatly looking forward to that.
I will be selling 8x10 prints, mini print packs, mirrors, original art and more, if I can find time to work on anything. Work has been busy and I have had quite a few requests for portraits which is fantastic and exciting, but portraits can be more time consuming and challenging then my other art.
See you in North Carolina :)


Atomic Cheesecake

Hey I'm not dead! Things got crazy at work for the month of May, so the arts took a bit of a backseat. But I recently got an awesome commission to draw the amazing Action Girl from Baltimore based Atomic Cheesecake Studios. I actually got some photographs taken with some friends a few years ago, and honestly it was one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. It was a great time. So needless to say I am a fan and jumped at the chance of drawing her. We went with a retro appropriate tiki theme :)
I love the way this came out. Drawing that tiki fella was maybe my favorite part! I also liked drawing her tattoos :)
Remember if you are interested in commissioning me, check out the listing on etsy for more information on getting your very own pin up cartoon of yourself.

In crappier news, some of my art was stolen and put up for sale on tshirts on a website called redbubble.com. needless to say I was pissed when I found out. Luckily the thief took the offending tshirts down but redbubble did absolutely nothing but give me a link to their copyright complaint email address. So any young, impressionable people out there--just cause you found it on the internet doens't mean its yours to use to make money. It's literally stealing. To me it was the equivalent of someone breaking into my home and stealing my things and selling them. There is NO difference when you are stealing somebody's art. I have no problem sharing my work online, having people pin it and put it on tumblr etc but please do not ever steal!
Unfortunately I am going to be only sharing work in low resolution and with larger watermarks for my personal work.