Ghosts, Being Awkward & Other Strange Things That Shape My Art (In My 1st Artist Talk)

I am strange, you know, so I have actually always enjoyed talking in front of people (it’s written in my astrology, in my stars). Given that, it should be no surprise to you that I’ve always wanted to give an artist talk. In some other life, I suspect I was a stand up comedian, hamming it up in front of a live audience. In little over a week, on Friday, August 9th, between 5-7pm, I’ll be giving my 1st ever artist talk at PDX Commons, making my wish come true and perhaps giving me the chance to ham it up in this life too.

This is where I’ll be showing 2 of my larger drawings along with about 20 other artists’ artwork. These artists are my fellow South East Portland Open Studio artists. It will be the only time to see all our art together in one place before the actual studio visits in October (2nd & 3rd weekends).

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I’ve been asking people on and off the internet what questions they have for me. So far I’ve gotten some good ones and will answer them in my talk. They have asked me how do I come up with my characters and what is my medium and why do I work in it. If you have questions, please let me know and I’ll be sure to answer them. If you are not in the Portland, Oregon area, I’ll be posting a video of it afterward so you’ll be able to know what I replied to whatever you ask.

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I definitely plan on talking about the significance of ghosts, being awkward and other strange things that shape my artwork. I think it will make me feel very vulnerable to talk about these things, making me tearful or trembling my hands and voice. Still, isn’t that kind of authenticity what makes a talk feel intimate and profound? I hope so. I’m sure there will be a few laughs along the way too. Wish me luck. And I hope to see you there. Details are below.

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Tiny Strange Treasures: Fox Ghost Brooch Drawing WIP (work in progress)

For the Creeping Museum’s Artist Market, I have a lot of new strange and spooky artwork to show. One of the series I’m working on to display and sell will be these tiny treasure drawings. I love antique, cameo brooches and ghosts so I combined these two loves in these 4 little drawings.

The first one I worked on was the Fox Ghost (each one of them is some adored and special animal). Please scroll through the images below to see the scale of how small they are and to see how I took the line drawing of the fox ghost and developed it into a full color drawing with spooky beauty and mystery.

So far, I’m loving how they are turning out. Let me know if you too love the beginning of this little series of artworks. You can also catch the first 15 minutes of me drawing this one in a sped up timelapse video at this link.

Click image to see the timelapse video of the Ghost Fox Brooch Drawing.

Click image to see the timelapse video of the Ghost Fox Brooch Drawing.

Where Ghost Girls Are Valued & Loved: Gothesque Magazine To Include My Artwork

Gaining confidence in my art, I’ve started to promote myself again. This means I’ve taken a chance and stuck my neck out, asking galleries, publishers and magazines if they could use my artwork. One the places where I submitted my art was to Gothesque Magazine. As you may have guessed, it’s a magazine for lovers of dark and gothic things. They especially value ghost girls, so I thought I ‘d submit some of my spooky art. Although most of the magazine heavily features luscious photography with gothically costumed babes, they also include spooky fiction, poetry and artwork.

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Well, lo-and-behold, a few weeks later, I received a message that they wanted to include my artwork. They said I might even possibly have my art on the cover. I didn’t believe that would happen, but I was flattered that they’d even consider my art. I was also flattered that they wanted to interview me for the magazine. They asked me some compelling questions that I had never been asked before, so I had to give them some answers.

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Coming in mid-July, you’ll have the chance to see some new art from me (not ever published on the internet or exhibited in the real world). I promise it’s as luscious as the photography and you will get to read my answers to the following questions:

1. Where is the "Strange Land of Beelaungeen"?

2. Can you tell us more about the "Strange Secret Society"?

3. Have you had any dreams or nightmares stand out recently?

Make sure you get your digital or paper copy at this link. My interview and art will be in Issue 75. I can’t wait.

My Art Studio Will Be Open to All Those Seeking Strange, Spooky Artwork (October 2019)

In October 2019, I’ll have my strange art studio open to all those seeking strange artwork, meaning my art with ghosts, fairytale like adventures, Victorian gothic girls and crescent moons. It will be open because I’ll be a part of The Portland Open Studios Art Tour.

One thing at a time is getting into place for this big endeavor of over 100 participating artists. The latest news is that the Portland Open Studios’ website has my artist page up (whoo hoo). Check it out to find out why I create strange art and to learn where my art studio is so you can come visit me (yes, please).

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As more and more things are prepared (like a fold-up map with the location of all the artists’ studios) and updated, I’ll be sure to keep you in the know for this exciting art event.

Who Else Wants A Strange, Spooky Picture Per Day From This Strange Artist?

I have been gotten back on Instagram…after a long reprieve….and let me tell you….it’s tough being out there….it’s as scary as a haunted house or a dark enchanted forest (you have to fight self-doubt, comparison, and other evil monsters). I returned so I could follow some spooky and inspirational artists (https://www.instagram.com/ghoulnextdoor/ , https://www.instagram.com/beeskneesindustries/ , https://www.instagram.com/spectralgardens/ , https://www.instagram.com/_virginia_mori_/ , https://www.instagram.com/weird_vintage_photos/) and to be able to send galleries and other art communities a social media account when I applied for opportunities (yep, I’m always trying to promote my artwork and get it out there so I can be found by the right audience—-an audience who appreciates and loves my spooky, strange art too).

I’ve been trying to make a lovely feed of strange and spooky art each day. I know that’s what I enjoy seeing in my feed. Who else wants that? If you do, take a chance on this strange artist and follow my strange feed. Below are examples of what you can expect from me…ghosts, bats, magic, moons and a very special cat named, Katarina…..sssshhhhh….don’t tell anyone….but she’s the inspiration for my next 11 art pieces…you might see some work in progress in my Instagram feed…just saying. Will I see you there?

Who Else Loves Ghosts? Come See My Ghost Art at Wizard World Convention Portland!

Well, there’s still plenty of time to get over to the Oregon Convention Center for Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon. If you come, you’ll get to see my series of ghost artwork and more. Please use my discount code to get 20% off: KOJIMA20. I hope to see you there.

A few of the ghost artworks I have displayed at the Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon.  One of them is an art print for sale at $20.00 each.

A few of the ghost artworks I have displayed at the Wizard World Convention in Portland, Oregon. One of them is an art print for sale at $20.00 each.

Wizard World Comic Con Here I Come (Armed with Strange Art)!

Come February 22-24, 2019, I will, for first time ever, be an artist in the Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, OR. I’m nervous but I’m armed with strange art. I have no idea what to expect, yet I have this nightmare that no one will come to my table. If by chance they do, they’ll look at my art and poo-poo it. Their noses will turn up as they strut away as if they got a wiff of stinking garbage.

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Fears aside, I will put my best foot—-errr——my best art forward. What do I have in mind? What’s the plan? Lots of good things I hope you’ll come see. I’m thinking zines, paper toys, prints and of course some original art. Ghost girls. Night time magic. Moons. Masks. The Secret Society of Magical Creatures. These will all play a role in the strange art I display at my Artist Alley Table. I’ll give you some sneak peeks in the weeks to come.

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