Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday night is the right time.

Hello my friends. It's Friday night and it's my one night to take some "Nick" time. Normally I am glued to the tube watching the re-air of "Ghost Adventurers" (one of my more favorite shows) but they didn't show it a second time like normal. I'm gonna write the Travel Channel a very nasty letter later. lol. Not really. But there is another British Ghost show that comes on at 11 that's pretty good.
My honey was going to go out and do some Karaoke tonight, but that got cancelled too. The person that does the Karaoke thing didn't show up, so she's a little bummed out. We normally go together, but I just really wanted a nice quiet night at home. The Kids will be here tomorrow night and it will be anything but quiet. I love children, especially Andrea and Luke, but they are WIDE open! lol. But I wouldn't trade them for anything. They do bring a lot of joy and pride to our lives. I know they are Cheryl's children, but I have taken them into my heart.
We did have a wonderful afternoon though. When Cheryl got home, she took me out to eat at this awesome Chinese restaurant here in Saginaw. This place is the bomb. I had tonsssss of veggie's and some awesome Muscles. She had Crab legs. We ate so much we waddled out of the restaurant to Wally World where we stocked up on food.
Since I have become a full time artist, we had to cut back on a couple of things to bring our bills down some, but nothing major. But we are still able to eat well, pay the bills and go out and have some fun. To me, for starting a new business, this is awesome. We are doing pretty well, and a lot of that is because of the way the fans have taken to me. Print sales are wonderful, and we're selling some originals as well. That is surprising considering the economy, but i am being realistic and selling things at a price that everyday working people can afford. Right now, we're just like you, trying to keep our heads above water and survive.
We've been talking about me dealing with my past anger issues and not being able to forgive people for the wrongs that they have dealt me. Well, I am very happy to say that in a couple of cases that has worked out very well. Me and a very old friend have began talking again almost like we never stopped, and I am very happy about it. I have always loved him and his family, and looking back on the thing that caused the problem between us was really the best thing for me. If it hadn't happen, I would have traveled a different road and I would not be doing what I am doing now.
But to be honest, a couple of the people that I have contacted are still just self centered jerks, and that will never change. But I intend to keep a professional relationship with them, but that is all.
Cheryl and I have also come to realise (and thanks to you all for the letter of support and advice) that no matter what, there is always going to be jerks out there that want to mess with us. That's just how they get their Jolly's. I really feel sorry for them to a point, but that doesn't give them a right to harass us because they have nothing in life to look forward to. I have worked many long hard years to get to this point. I have made many sacrifices. I paid the price and I did the work. As Ringo sung "It don't come easy" but for some reason people just think this all happened over night, when it reality, it took 30 years to happen.
I have said it time and time again. I made my dream come true, and true, I had the help of some friends as well. An if your willing to do the things I have done, you can make your dreams come true as well. Heck, I will be your personal cheerleader to cheer you on. But there is no short cuts. None. Period.
In the next blog, i am going to write about what you have to do to be a professional Illustrator, day in and day out. This is going to be for all my young artist Friends out there. It will be designed to help them do the things it takes, which is way more than you may think. Since the days of the internet, the way you do business has changed in every way. You have to be able to offer more, do more, promote, build websites, have a good working knowledge of the web, know how to find jobs, and on and on. So, it could be a 3 part blog.
Well, it's almost time for my show, and my Honey is on the couch waiting for me. I love her so much, and I do my best to spoil her. She knows that I will rub her feet while we watch the show. I always have to be doing something with my hands, and I think she likes that, because even watching TV she gets rubbed on a lot. lol
Peace, Love and Blessings my friends.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I am so thankful and feel so guilty

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Hello my friends. It always seems like it is very late when I do a blog and about to fall on my face from exhaustion. Above is another wonderful and best to date video that Utiqano Bloods has made for me. This one is the bomb, I really love the music as well. Very Dramatic, and now we have over 2300 fans in under a week. Utiqano told me that this is a new Face Book record. This kid is for hire, and I will be posting links for you to be able to hire his very reasonably priced services, and he can do the same for you.
I've started work on the Mental Scars cover, and I like it so far, but I have to get the approval from Viper before I take it to the next step. But its twisted, sick and disturbing so it should be good to go.
I have been feeling guilty lately because things have been going so well. I mean between video's , movies, radio shows, books featuring articles and interviews with me an my art almost everywhere and being named by the media the "King of Scream" All within a 2 month period. I am so thankful to everyone, but I have found that I can't spend as much time writing to my fans, or even answering IM's anymore unless it is business. If i did that, then I wouldn't have time to paint, which I am fighting to have time to do now. Karyn told me today that we had to shoot another day of film for the documentary. Man, but she says it has to be done, and she is an award winning film maker. soooooo.
The thing that has shocked me the most is the friends, or the people I though where my friends when I was just a plain old carpet layer. Now these so called friends have turned on me like a pack of rabid dogs, and thats what they remind me of when i see them, spit coming from there mouths, telling me God is going to damn me for doing what I love, and they have even lied about me and stoled my possessions. They've even called Cheryl horrible names that she does not deserve. An you know why, it is just because she helped my dreams come true. Now she has to take abuse from these bible thumbers. But most of it Cheryl and I can replace, i just wish these idiots would quit calling here and leaving insane messages. I went to the Sheriff today to take out restraining orders on them. An to think 4 months ago, i considered them family. Please pray for Cheryl and myself, we're not sure what the people are capable of.
We'll I'm really tired my friends. These are wonderful times and they are times of new ground and I ask that you will keep us in your hearts and pray that we will make the right choices and do the right things. Peace and Blessing all. We love you and appreciate you for stopping by and giving a hoot.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1800 fans in 4 days, wow!!

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Hello my friends!!! On top is the finished version of the "A New False Hope" illustration for the Darc Karnivale book published by the awesome "Evil Nerd Empire" and below that is the Movie trailer for the "Mental Scars" movie. It really rocks folks. On top of that, I found out today that I am being featured in yet another book about horror greats, like for instance, the dude that played "Pinhead" in the Hellraiser books and one of the greatest horror directors of allllllllllll time. More on that next blog, including the the book jacket. Man, life is good, and I thank god, the powers that be, and the angels who watch over me for all the blessings they have given me. An it seemed liked this all started when Cheryl and I fell in love. Maybe it was because I felt like I finally had a purpose, or maybe she was the missing piece. Who knows, but its all good my friends.
The thing that is really blowing my mind is that since the fan club went up 4 days ago, we now have 1800 + fans and it is growing constantly. I am so thankful for this and all the publishers out there that are promoting the heck out of me and Wicked Kitty Studio. The only problem is that I am working myself to death. lol. I'm so excited that all I want to do is work and not sleep. I know I've said this time and time again, but thank you to each and everyone of you for this. I love you all and I give thanks everyday that you even take an interest in what I do.
Tomorrow I start the cover for the "Mental Scars" graphic novel. I can't show you step by step according to contract, but I can show you the finished version. And when it is done, there will be t-shirts and prints available as well. Every since I started selling prints on the site 3 days ago, we have 287 orders!!!!!! If you want one, best do it now before they are all sold out. Get prints and original art here.
I think one of the things that is really blowing mine and Cheryl's minds is that we are getting fans from all over the world and I mean all over the world. We have more fans overseas as much as we have in the states. The hard part is I get letters in languages that I have no clue to what the heck folks are saying to me, but I did find a program for my Imac today that intrepid's different languages for me.
Friends, things have changed in a big way, and to take advantage of them and grow as a company, and to make a good living you have to adjust. So to any artist out there doing what I am doing, adapt. Your dealing with the world now, just not Kanas.
Ok my friends, I have to work on some contracts tonight so I leave you with, I love you all and thank you all. Peace and Blessings in your life. If i can help you or give advice, just write.

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Let there be light" of the dark kind of course!

Hello my friends. Above is the underpainting of a new painting for Darc Karnivale called "A New False Hope" I'll show you the finished version in the next blog. After that i will be starting the cover for the "Mental Scars" Graphic Novel. I don't know why, but ever since I was named a "King Of Scream" I have really been tearing it up and letting more and more of the darkness out. I finally feel like that I can cut loose now without people think I belong in a straight jacket. lmao. But the bottom line is that for the first time i can really paint and draw the images I've always wanted too.
In several of the last blogs I have talked about letting old anger go, and I have. I feel much better now, and my perspective on things have changed with it. By putting the "Bad " things behind me, it is helping me grow and see things with different eyes now. I'm not going to mention any names or even hint at who I am talking about, but recently when everything started going so well for us and we knew it was time for me to move forward with my career, someone that I loved very much didn't handle it well. They even called me an cussed me because of it, and they did a lot of other bad things to me as well. Bt through it all I did my best to hang on to our friendship and forgive them for the horrible things they did to me. But for some reason there anger got worse, and they kept trying to hurt me. So, I had to let them go. I really hate that, but no, I don't hate them, nor am I angry with them, but seeing how they reacted to all of this, I also realize that this person is not someone I want around me or my new family. I do wish the very best for them and their loved ones. But the point is, the old me would have "Went after them". So I am very glad I grew up and learned to forgive.
If you haven't checked out the website lately, I have added a lot. I now have prints up for sale (On it's first day up, we sold 7 prints) and I have a new section called Media, where you can read interviews with me, see a TV commercial and just a lot of Media coverage of Nick Rose. I also have the Viper Production page up, complete with the Movie Trailer and some of the art I am doing for them. This is the most complete site I have ever had, and I built it all. Now you can buy art, prints, see my artwork, read about me and whatever else you want. If by chance you look it over and there is something you don't see that you would like to, please drop me a line and tell me about it.
My buddy George has a new site up too, and it's really nice and hopefully you will check it out here. I just love George's work and you will too if you like horror. It want be long before he is considered a "King of Scream"
Well, time to get back to work folks. Peace and Blessings to you all.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mental Scars, A fan Club, and the filming wrapped up!




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Hello my friends. Yep that is a pic of me at the top. For once i am pleased with a picture that someone (Cheryl) took of me. She shot this today while we where doing the final filming for "Kings of Scream...The Blood Brothers" I should have some film clips that I can show you in a couple of weeks.
After my pic there are 2 close ups from the Mental Scars graphic novel. I wish I could show you the whole page,, but sorry, I am under contract. I will be showing you close-up/cut-a-ways for the next couple of months though as we continue to promote the movie and Graphic Novel. Up next is the cover though, and I think I can show you that, since they will be promoting that right off.
Every day is getting wilder and wilder. This morning I woke up to find this video made by a young friend of mine from Africa named Utiqano, and this video is awesome. I think I've watched it 20 times today. And then this young man started a fan club for me on Facebook, Fanclub link In one day, he got over 600 fans to join. He told me we are shooting for 1000 a day. Now this young fellow is one heck of a PR man. I have fans from all over the world now. He set it up as a Global fan club, and I was looking at the people who joined and they are from everwhere, leaving me messages in languages I don't even know. I am floored by all this, I really am. There calling me,( just plain ole NIck), the King of Scream Kings. On one hand I am so thrilled with all of this, and on the other hand I"m tripping. Just 3 months ago I was still laying carpet to survive. Now I am being featured in movies, books (not just my art, but about me) major magazines, fan clubs and on and on. Man, when you ship comes in, it really does.
I feel like the luckiest man on earth. I finally after many, many years of searching found my soulmate, and now my first love has become a reality as well. I live each day loving everything I do. What more could anyone ask for? Peace on earth maybe? I took a step today to rid myself of all the anger that I feel has held me in chains for so long. When I am rid of that, I keep asking what will I be able to do next.
Peace and Blessing my dear friends. Love to all of you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Life is just awesome.

Hello Friends. I am glad to see you here again. I got the go ahead to show you panels from the Graphic novel I am working on, so starting with the next blog, you will start seeing them. Above is a logo I did for one of my good friends "Iron" Dave Byron. This is a logo for his company and it is also the film company doing the documentary with me in it "Kings of Scream...The Blood Brothers" (I'm still getting a kick out of being named a King Of Scream")
Logo's are something I really enjoy doing. I used to do a lot of them back in the day when I was a commercial artist, but just recently started doing them again. I do them very reasonably, so even a sub-contractor can afford to have one done for their cards, and t-shirt designs. It is my opinion that everyone should have good art to represent them. So i start my logo designs start at 100 bucks. The one above is a 100.
One of the great things that has just made my heart soar is that I have found new love for more than just one type of art. I love horror most of all, but I love doing logos and portraits, comics, just all kinds of things. Every day I get a huge charge out of working, and I work long days. Normally my day starts at 9 (sitting down at the comp and working) till 10 at night. I spend about 2 hours a day networking, but the rest is none stop art, and I absolutely love it. I am more happier now than I have ever been. I am with the woman of my dreams doing what God meant for me to do.
Every day, better and better things are happening. More money keeps coming in, and I am making so many awesome new friends. Now if only I can get past some old anger that I keep with me. But that is next and it will go. I know I will be a better man for it. Maybe then I can find real peace in my soul. I have to learn to forgive, but not forget. After all, isn't the challenge of life for all of us to learn, grow and change? To learn to love deeper and truer, to be the very best that each of us can be?
I know some of you can relate to this. I know when I was young, most people looked at me like I was a f**k up and was a lazy bum, because I had a dream of being an artist. An lord knows, I did some stupid things in my life. I was no angel, but I truly never meant any hard to anyone. But I grew up some, started my own carpet business so I could keep the bills paid while I came home at night, exhausted, and still painting and drawing, because that was my true love and mission in life. I did that for 20 years and my friends, I paid some HEAVY darn dues. But now, it has all paid off. If I died today, I would die a happy man knowing, "I did It"
Each of you can do it too. But it takes a lot of hard work and persistence. No, it's not an easy road, but nothing in this life worth having is easy. No matter what your heart desire is, or your dream, you can make it happen. But only you can. Goodnight my friends. Peace and Blessings.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Original Art for sale.

Hello my friends. I really appreciate all your letters on my last post, it meant a lot to me to know that there are more people out there that feel like I do.
To be honest, I am about to fall on my face tired. I'll probably wake up tomorrow with keyboard impressions on my face. It has been a wild day. The doctor increased the amount of prednisone to fight off the colitis, and I've been running around like a wild-man. If you don't know, prednisone is a steroid to help your body heal.
I was able to get the "for sale" section on my website started, for the first time ever. I have never put originals up for sale before so this is your one and only chance to own one of my original pieces, unless it is a private commission, which will cost much more.
Ok, going to bed now. lol. Peace and Blessings my dear friends.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

WIP,Underpainting and Friends.

Hello my friends. Thank you for stopping by and seeing what is going on. Above is the under painting for the painting I am doing called "Skinwalkers" It is for the Darc Karnivale Book. Tomorrow night I will be close to finishing it, and if it is at a good spot, I will show it to you again then. If not, when it is finished which will be Wednesday night. I am going to show you some of the work from "Mental Scars" but I really need to talk to Richard and Mischa first to make sure I don't post anything that would go against my contract with Viper Productions. I am really pleased with how the splash page came out though. It's Very dark, and it will be shocking to a lot of viewers.
Tomorrow I am also going to do something I have been putting off forever, which is put up some original oil paintings for sale on the Wicked Kitty Website. So, if your a collector, this will be your chance. I will also be offering prints as well of newer works and some older.
There's something I want to talk about, and it is friendship. I have tons of friends on facebook and all over the world. I consider these to be people that like what I do, and I interact with them as much as time permits. One of the great things about doing a convention is meeting face to face with people you have worked with or people that you have met on a place such as facebook. But that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the very few people you let into your personal life, that you talk to on the phone, you go to visit, hang out with, go places together and you stick together, right or wrong.
I guess the way I think is ancient. Being in the army taught me some things and most of things I still hold dear today. For one is the friends you make. A friend always watches your back, never double deals on you. (Like being friends with your mortal enemy as well, because they are trying to be politically correct.) A friend is someone you can always count on and you know they would never double deal you. In this business I have made "Friends" with people a lot of times because I was trying to help them, only to be stabbed in the back in the end, one way or another. Chances are it involved not being one of the things I mentioned above. George is the only artist that I have helped and befriended that never did that to me. We've had our differences, but we always got through them. I know If I asked something of George, with no question, he would do all he could to help me.
The problem is there have been others that I went out of my to help and be kind to. I called them friend, let them into my life, and took them into my heart, only to be "dissed" in the end. One of them I even set up with Master Horne, to get them the training they needed to be an successful artist. I put my word on the line to Daniel about this person, and said they would make him proud, only to have this person totally "diss" Daniel and the chance he was given. Needless to say, I will never ask Daniel to do that again, because to be honest, how can he trust my judgement now. I gave my word. To a poor southern boy, there has been many times in my life that the only thing I had was my word, and that got me through because people knew they could trust that about me.
This same person also likes to play both sides of the coin. He friended the one person in the world that I truly despise and resent, and he knew this. I had to listen to phone calls telling me what a wonderful person that my enemy truly was. Although I had spent several years with the creep. I traveled the country with this person. I gave them there first start in publishing when I was an art director. I talked everyday on the phone to that person for 3 years. Yes, I knew them very well and was floored when they stabbed me in the back. It took me months to get past it, and this new friend that I had done nothing but help, is telling me that he is friends with the creep, and that I was wrong about them.
Today, I sent this person a letter and told them never to contact me again. I let this build up for almost a year before I just couldn't put it behind me any more. I don't know if I did the right thing or the wrong thing, but it is how I feel. Cheryl wrote some blogs recently about people in my life that have used me. There have been many of them. I guess that's the price you pay for being a nice guy. You become a target for all the bottom feeders out there that will do anything to better themselves, and I am not just talking about the art world either. Sometimes I feel like the only way to protect myself is by becoming a Hermit. But that is hard to do when the world seems to be noticing me now.
Thank you for listening. Sometimes you just need to get some things off your chest, and writing about it has always made me feel better about things. I hope to see you soon. Peace and Blessings all. (Part of me doesn't want to publish this blog, but I feel I really need to. Please forgive me for being negative in this one.)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Feeling better and moving forward.

Hello my friends. It just doesn't pay to get sick. I've got so much work to be doing, and I just can't be down for a few days, but I am doing much better. I made some really good progress on "Mental Scars" today, and expect to just really burn it up here the next few weeks, or years. lol I'll be showing you cutaways of the art soon. Probably tomorrow night I'll give you a sneak look. I also have to get back to finishing up the "Darc Karnivale" project soon as well. I showed the sketches for the next illo last week, and I will try to get that one done within the next few days as well. So bare with me. I am way ahead of schedule on that project, so all is good. But I still have to get a logo done for my friend "Iron Dave" pretty soon as well.
Logos are something I really enjoy doing these days. With all the new programs out, it just makes a pleasure to do them instead of the major pain in the kester that it used to be in the old days. I've also been getting a lot of Video Imaging software lately to, to help with my movie work. With the programs I have now, I can make my own movies, make the music, edit it, add credits, you name it, I can do it. The Imac just rules.
But my new friend Adam told me he has a "Work Station" which must be the bomb of bombs. He said the hard drive cost 20,000 bucks, the monitor, a 32 inch one, cost 15,000 and on and on. But he works for major film companies so I guess you can afford that when you do that kind of work. I would love to see Adam's setup, but he lives way out there in California. Maybe one day.
We're really excited about having Karyn doing the filming of our part of the upcoming documentary. You can see some of her work here
http://www.myspace.com/voodoochildren Look for Tension head. That is a documentary she did that won some awards. Cheryl and me think she will make me look pretty good, and that won't be easy. lol But she is very talented. I've already been putting in "The Word" for her with the people I work with.
I really appreciate all the well wishes from my friends, and even people I really don't know from facebook, but it's like having a second family. On facebook this blog gets a get many responses. I think when people read the blog on Blogger, they really don't feel like they know me, but on facebook, I interact with everyone, so I guess people are more at ease. I want to thank you all for the recommendation new blog sources for me, and I am looking into it.
Well, it's getting late, and I have to go through about 100,000 stills to find just the right ones for the graphic novel. Good night all and I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. Peace and Blessings.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's all good.

Hello my friends. I swear i am going to find a new blog source. This one is so limited compared to all the things I can be doing, so look for that soon. Today has been a mixed day. The bad is that I have ulcerative colitis and I have had a flair up the last few months. So that makes me tired, hurt and go to the boy's room a whole lot, and when there is some "Bad" things going on, it makes it worse. Later this month I am having a colonscopetive thing done. I had one done three years ago and it showed up clear, but at my age, it has to be done every few years. But between stalkers and all the changes that are happening, it's been very stressful, but happy.
The things happening in my career are more than i ever though could happen and there just blowing Cheryl and me away. I have no idea about what I am supposed to say about all of this. I'm just going to work hard and do the best I can. Believe me, I am just an old country boy that is scared to death. Every dream I have ever had is coming true, and I just don't know what to say about it. I am very happy but i don't want to disappoint any of the people who have supported me through these many long years.
We meet with Karyn tonight. She is an awesome, award winning filmmaker that is going to be doing my segment for the Movie Documentary. I will be putting links to her her and the website soon. There are things in the future I have not told you about yet, but Karyn is going to be our filmmaker for those as well, I hope. Cheryl was very impressed with her as well, and thats saying something. I want to thank our friend David for introducing us to her. You tha man David.
Tonight I got started on "Mental Scars" and i swear to you, this is going to rock. I can't show all of it to you, but i will show you "Cut outs" of it as I go, and that will give you idea.
Been a long week, bigtime, so I am out of here. We love you all. Peace and Blessings.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Let's get controversial

Hello my friends. Once again I am having to deal with another nut, but we know I am use to dealing with them. I swear, I think I am a "Nut" magnet. Anyways, I don't know if I ever posted this piece before, but I REALLY want to know what you all think. I am seriously thinking about doing a series of prints promoting the gay community. I am straight, but I have a lot of friends that I love dearly that are gay, and I would really like to do some work that would flatter them, but I have to know that there are people out there that would want to buy them. If you don't want people to know about your business, then you can write to me personally at wickedkittystudio@yahoo.com
Something really cool happened today. I am going to be in a documentary about the movie business. I think it is for only about 10 minutes or so, but it should promote the heck out of me and my business partners and gain us world wide publicity. That sure can't hurt business. They want me to talk about my art and myself.
As my friends I truly hope you will understand what I am about to say and why. I have a woman, her name is Cheryl. She is the love of my life. No I do not want to talk to any other women in any way other than professional. 99% of my female friends are wonderful, but there's always that one crazy one out there that tries to cause problems. Things are going wonderful in our life, so PLEASE leave us alone.
Back to life now. Tomorrow I start Mental Scars, and I am excited about that. Going to make some calls too, concerning local business. I hope you all are well and I do remember everyone in my prayers. Thank you for stopping by and we love you all. Peace and Blessings.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Portrait Time!!! Just in time for Christmas!

Hello my friends. It is portrait time again. I normally start doing them this time of year so I get them all done before Christmas, but each year I get more and more. But I love doing them. One of the main reasons i do them is to bring happiness to everyday folks, that is another reason I do them so cheap. I want everyone to be able to have my art, not just the "Rich" buyers, so I do all variety's of things in different ways so everyone can have something by me that wants something. Go here to see my pricing and all
I've got the website looking good. If you got a minute or two check us out please.
I really want to hear want you all think. Did I do good? Do I need to fix something? Your opinion means so much to me, so please take a minute or two to help me out. Go here
Today has been a good day, just very busy. I have so much to do. Tomorrow is printing out artwork for my portfolio and doing e-mails and phone calls to local companies. Have a good one everyone. Peace and Blessings

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Website is coming along.

This is an older sketch that is featured on our website. I have been working on the site all day, and I am ready to call it a day. If you get a minute, stop by and see what I have up so far and let me know what you think please. Wickedkittystudio.com It is going to be a work in progress for a while to come, but I hope to have most of it done by tomorrow. But when it is all done and said, it will have podcast, video's on how to, blog radio to just to name a few really cool things. It will have feeds coming in and going out to over 50 different sites. It will be on Iphones and so many other things. In just a few short years, the world has become an open pearl to everything if you have the right toys. lol.
I know you all get tired of hearing it, but I am just happy as heck right now. To me this is a big deal. Until I meet Cheryl my life really sucked the big one. I can't think of any time in my life that I was truly happy. I guess that is where all the darkness in my art comes from. Trust me, the darkness is still there in a big way and I really don't think that will ever change. But at least now as a man, a human, a person I am happy.
Something really cool happened today. I had a fellow IM me, and he was a fellow artist. He told me he really liked my work and I checked out his, and Wow, this guy is amazing, and it turns out that he works of a major movie company! New line Cinema. He said he would show my work around. I was blown away. This guy was awesome. His worked rocked and he wanted to help me get more into the movie thing. I told him about the gig I had with Viper Productions, and he seemed impressed. I don't know if he will really do what he said, but just to have an artist of his level be impressed with my art just made my day. I'm gonna stay in touch with him, he really seemed like one of the good guys.
I saw a movie last night on demand that was really the bomb. It was called "Black Sheep" and it was a hoot. It was really well made, and it was campy, funny and scary all at the same time. It is one you really want to get for your dvd collection.
As far as I have seen everyone has been happy with the Viper Production Logo, and that is just fine with me. Later this week I will be starting the graphic novel "Mental Scars" I am really pumped up about doing it.
Well, it's getting late and Cheryl has already gone to bed and I'm unwinding. I think I will watch Black Sheep again. Peace and Blessings everyone. Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Logo done, now on to the website!



Happy 4th of July everyone! Today is the day, we as a people declared our Independence from a tyranny that taxed us and worked us to death. Today is the day we said,"No More" It is truly a day to celebrate. But I put a question to you, "What has really changed?" We are still being taxed to death. Probably worse now than way back then. Our voice really doesn't mean much. I mean we can vote, but it's always like voting for the lesser of 2 evils. I think in reality that the only thing that has changed is the face of the evil. It's still there. But heck, at least they let us enjoy fireworks today, and beer! I've had great hope that Obama would change some of this and I haven't given up on him, but so far we are just a lot deeper in dept.
But the people of our country are what make this a good holiday. Cooking out is one of the real biggies, but most folks are happy on holidays and are out just having fun. That's the part I like, people smiling and people happy.
Last night Cheryl and I went out to a real classy club, and I had a blast. It was really a nice place, the people where awesome, the drinks where cheap and I got to hear my honey sing her heart out. Back down south I didn't go to clubs. Down there if you went to a club, you could count on some drunk getting in your face or someone hitting on your date. Before the night was done you could count on seeing several fights, watching people act like total idiots and dealing with the cops. A real fun night, if your an redneck moron. So, I didn't get out much. About the only time I went anywhere is when I would travel to conventions. Now that's fun! Conventions are usually a blast and the people are wonderful, intelligent (most of them) and talented. I haven't been to a convention in a couple of years now and I am starting to get the itch to do them again.
I am going to being doing appearances soon at comic stores in the MI area to start promoting my new work and Mental Scars. I am looking forward to that. I just ordered a bunch of paper to start running prints again. So all the new work you have seen from me this last year will be available when you see me and on the website. That's going to be my holiday weekend, working on the website and spending time with Cheryl and the kids.
You know, Cheryl has never seen the Rocky Horror Picture show. I think tonight is going to be the night! I know she'll love it. Tomorrow she will be singing "There's a Light" lol I"ll let you know how that goes.
I almost forgot. At the top is the finished Viper Illustration. The Lettering I put on the samples above is not the type that is going to be used in the Logo. I just did those for the website. Time to get busy! Peace and Blessings!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Logo, the sequel!

Hello my friends. This is part 2 of the logo design. My clients, Viper Productions loved the original design I showed you in the last post. But they made some suggestions, which is what you expect doing this kind of work. That is why you show it step by step to make sure you don't waste a lot of time. ( I got some letters from you all as well, and you made some excellent suggestions, and I thank you very much for that. But the trick is doing commercial work is creating what your client See's in their mind, and making it happen. Sometimes that is very boring and draining, so that is why you stick to a medium you love. When I did commercial work before, the mistake I made was that I was doing things I hated. But right now I ask myself, would I want to work for some idiot who drinks Monster drinks all day and pisses off everyone they work for, Lies to me, uses me, steals from me and make my life hell for a little money or would I want to use my talents to make something good, make 1000's a week doing what I love and be very happy? You don't have to be smart to figure that one out.)
Life is so good for us now. For instance, while I am talking to Viper Productions via IChat, and their just praising the heck out of my work, I have another movie company IMing me, trying to work out a deal for me to do the work that they need.
In the illo above, Viper wanted me to turn the cobra's head toward the viewer more, and show blood on the fangs. Not a problem, In the sketch above you see the head more turned, and I have to admit I like it. It real time, the illustration is done and approved, but I can't show the final on here just yet. Viper wants to premiere it on their website and facebook first. It is exciting to see a cleint who is excited about the work you have done for them. I will put the final up here next week, but in the meantime look for it on Facebook and the Viper website. Peace and Blessings all. Please have a safe and happy holiday!
I hope that all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and I pray that each of you have peace and blessings in your life. Be true to your dreams and work hard. Later!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Let's do a Logo!

Hello my friends. Thank you for stopping by and hopefully you will find this interesting. Above is the beginning of a commercial assignment I am doing for Viper productions. If you go to the link, you will see the original logo they started with. Now VP wants to update it and make it look more professional and usable for things like t-shirts, hat designs, movie logos and so on. So they hired me to do just that, and like all art, it starts with concepts, which is what I have posted above. From the concept, the client tells me what they like and don't, and then we move to the second stage which I will try to show you tomorrow night. I am showing you this so you can get idea of how commercial work goes. It is very different from just an Illustration, and of course it pays about 10 times the amount as well.
Now that I am a full time illustrator, I need to do about one of these a week to keep the bill's paid and much more. The illustration jobs I am doing are paying very large, but the paychecks are down the road, so we have to pay the bills until then (Plus I want to have a ton of money for when we go to Japan to really have a awesomeeeee time!) This week I am concentrating on getting a lot of my old and new commercial work scanned to put on the Wicked Kitty website. Things are in full swing now and are going to stay that way. They are going to be some major articles and interviews coming out about me with me in publications such as Fangoria. Yep, Fangoria. I am going to be on local and national radio and TV shows over the next few months and beyond with all the movie stuff going on.
But by far, the best thing is all the new friends I have made. All of these wonderful people are following my career and cheering me and Cheryl on. I do my best to share all of it with everyone. It wasn't that long ago that I was watching others and cheering them on. I remember feeling great pride for my friends that I had watched and saw their careers blossom. Now it is my turn, and I am going to do my very best.
I am going to adding more links soon to my clients and talking more about them. These people are awesome. I had a IChat meeting tonight that just made mine and Cheryl's week. We're going out Friday night to celebrate in a big way.
Speaking of Cheryl, (and she gets mad at me for giving her so much credit, but the truth is it is because of her all these wonderful things are happening. She believes in me and she stands beside me 120%. I was about to give up until she came along. So yes, she deserves a lot of credit) she is stepping up to help me make everything happen. She has taken a lot of pressure off of me taking care of things that I just don't have time to do. So she is my hero. Now and forever. I love you darling.
So my friends, I will see you soon. Peace and Blessings to all of you.