Pop Culture

WONDERCON 2016!

by ncwinters on March 21, 2016

It’s almost here!

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This Friday is the first day of Wondercon, a three day comics, pop culture and art festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA. Sort of a smaller, more sane version of San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon is a little more low-key and from the time I’ve gone before, less manic. Who knows how it will be this year though, as it’s my first time as an exhibitor! The convention runs from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27. The hours are a little different each day, Friday: 12PM– 7PM, Saturday: 10AM–7PM and Sunday: 10AM–5PM. Full details about attending the show available here. I’ll be hawking my wares and drawing live the whole time at corner booth #341, on the left side of the convention center in Hall G next to Small Press and the Lounge. Here’s a little map for your quick reference:

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We’re in corner booth #341, in Hall G just outside the
small press area, on the left side of the convention center.

For my very first time exhibiting at Wondercon, I’ll be teaming up with the good guys at Yesterdays pins. To commemorate this unholy union, we’ll be releasing my very first enamel pin as part of their artist edition series. “Avion” is a 1.25″ soft enamel black nickel plated lapel pin that comes in two vivid colorways: “Fire” and “Ice.” These pins will debut to attendees of Wondercon for $12 each. Any available remaining pins will go in the online shop after the convention ends.

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“Avion” artist edition enamel pins from Yesterdays
1.25″ soft enamel black nickel plated lapel pin w/ single post black rubber backer.
Available in two colorways: “Fire” and “Ice” for $12 each.

Next up is a brand new screenprinted sketchcard, a return of the super popular experiment from last year’s Mondocon. I’ve upped the detail this time around on these sepia screenprinted cards on Stonehenge printmaking paper. The paper is perfect for ink drawing, which I’ll be doing on each and every card, in essence making a set of limited edition of 200 originals. Only a limited amount will be available at Wondercon, as last time I offered sketchcards, demand exceeded supply (see also: I couldn’t draw fast enough) and I had to cut the line off. I’ve learned my lesson and limited the supply and also slightly upped the price, though at $40 a pop for a limited edition screenprint that is ALSO an original drawing, it’s still an amazing deal. For those wanting something extra special, I’ll have embellished colored ink ones in super limited availability for $75 apiece. I may have to cut the line off again if demand is too great, so get here early to reserve a spot. In addition to working live, I’ll have a handful of finished sketchcards with more detail and full color available for $100 apiece.

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Screenprinted 6.5″ x 9.5″ Sketch Cards
Limited to only 200, one color screenprint on Stonehenge Printmaking paper.
Each screenprinted sketchcard print will feature an original hand drawn sketch, done live.
Each sketchcard is hand signed and numbered.

Regular one color black or sepia simple pen/ink sketch cards $40 each.
Elaborate color/embellished sketch cards $75 each.

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In addition to the sketchcards done live at the event,
several finished full color sketchcards will be available for $100 each.

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each card will be hand signed and numbered.

And finally, as usual, I’ll have several small original drawings and paintings, some giclee prints and maybe even a custom framed original or two available at the show. Never quite sure exactly what I’ll pull out of the stack to bring to the convention, so keep your eyes peeled.

I hope to see you there!

*NCW*

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Interview on the “Products of the Mind” Podcast.

by ncwinters on February 1, 2016

My first podcast!

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You can listen to my interview on Products of the Mind, a podcast about the intersection of business and creativity, created and hosted by a great friend of mine: David Lizerbram. We talk about a range of subjects, including a bit of my artistic history, my entry into the art world and how I’m slowly trying to phase out of making art exclusively about pop culture. And of course, I ramble on about other stuff I’m interested, such as the mind and how headspace-related topics in conjunction with art. Give it a listen, and if you dig it, please give it a rating in iTunes! As I understand it, it really helps with ratings or somesuch for the show. You can listen direct here.

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*NCW*

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It’s that time of year…

Crazy 4 Cult is back, for the ninth time! For those unaware, C4C is an annual pop culture-themed art show at Gallery 1988, where several artists are asked to create a unique piece of art in honor of their favorite pop culture films. From Gallery 1988:

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There are over 200 artists (!!!!) in this year’s exhibit, and it truly is shaping up to be one of the best. Paintings, prints, sculptures and plush, all inspired by your favorite movies. See where it all started this weekend!! The artwork will first be available at the opening reception, then online for purchase starting Saturday afternoon at gallery1988.com. This show will run through Dec. 5th.
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For my painting this time around, I took on the amazing 1988 anime Akira, based on the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. I’ve been meaning to capture Tetsuo’s climactic metamorphosis for some time, and this seemed the perfect opportunity. It was an extremely short timeline, and the restraint made me push that much harder. I’m very pleased with the result. For purchase inquiries, please contact the gallery directly: gallery1988melrose (at) gmail.com.

Enjoy “Tetsuo Becoming.”

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“Tetsuo Becoming”
Pen/ink, ink wash and acrylic on paper, mounted to wood panel.
14″ x 18″ (2015)

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*NCW*

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