Is It Easy or a Struggle to Get These Moths to Take Flight on the Magazine Cover?

After the thumbnail sketch was approved, I had to make a final drawing of the magazine cover to be approved before I could move on to fleshing it out with color, shadow and light. Below is the final drawing I sent to the Metaphorosis editor. Did he have any changes? Was I able to capture the feel of the strange story with my strange illustration?

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The editor approved it, only saying that I needed to keep in mind the dimensions of the cover which were a little more narrower than my above drawing. That was easy to fix by cropping off the sides, since nothing of importance was at the edges. All of the essential visual information resided in the middle of my illustration.

So far, it has been easy to do this cover. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure how to portray the boy before I drew him in detail. Did I want to show him as a misfit? Did I want to show that he was angry with his mom? Could I visually bring out the brainy kid that his mother didn’t understand? In the end, I think I showed the curious and fearless kid that I could relate to in the story.

What’s next after the drawing is the color, shading and light. They will be the tougher challenge and may be an actual struggle. If you stay tuned, you may get to see me fall flat on my face in my execution. That is always my fear. It’s like I draw myself into a corner and then I have to color my way out of it. If we have any luck, I’ll be able to pull this out of me like a butterfly from a caterpillar (yes, that was a nod at the task I have ahead).

Which Thumbnail Sketch Will Become the Magazine Cover for Metaphorosis?

Before I even start the wheels turing and scribbling down some sketchy ideas for magazine covers, I get stories to read, so I can decide which one pricks my imagination the most to illustrate. This time for Metaphorosis, all 4 of the stories I read had powerful visuals for me. They were all equally compelling, none standing out from the other. What was I to do? I couldn’t choose one.

I made a thumbnail sketch for each story (as you can see above) and asked a friend which one he liked the most. He picked a couple, but I still wasn’t sure what to do. I decided to send all the sketches to the editor and see which ones he found the most compelling. Strangely, he also chose the same two that my friend chose as his favorites from the 4 sketches.

That gave me confirmation to choose one of the two sketches to make into the May 2019 Metaphorosis cover. They are the bottom two sketches of the spaceship and a boy surrounded by moths. Which one did I decide to create into the cover? Which one would you have chosen? I finally picked the boy with the moths.

Stay tuned during the next few weeks if you want to see the evolution of this cover. I’ll share my work in progress, so you can see if I was able to make this sketch into something worthy of awe and attention. It’s always unknown to me if it will be easy or a struggle.

MOONS & NIGHT TIME MAGIC GIRLS FOR THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON (WIP PART III)

Here’s another peek at my desk as I get ready for the Wizard World Comic at the end of February. This is going to be “Lady Bat” and she will be available to purchase at my artist alley table. I’ll keep giving you more peeks in the weeks to come. If you do come, please use my discount code: KOJIMA20 for 20% off on admission price.

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What Would You Bring to a Holiday Art Exchange? (The Tiniest Ring Master in the World Drawing)

I have been invited to a few white elephant gift exchange parties, but this was the first holiday party where I was invited to do a holiday art exchange. Everyone had to bring a piece of art they created and, just like a white elephant gift exchange, we drew numbers to discover which artwork we’d bring home.

I wasn’t sure what to create. I didn’t have much time, so I drew something tiny. In fact, I drew, “the Tiniest Ring Master in the World”. She is a sight to see, triumphantly perched on top of some kind of green stag beetle. You can see the work in progress below.

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Of course, I was nervous about whomever would receive my art. Would they genuinely like it? Would they just pretend they were delighted by it? I mean, I really wanted someone to squeal with excitement upon opening it and seeing this tiny drawing.

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The gal who won mine got a kick out of my Tiny Ring Master. Others said if she didn’t want my strange, little drawing, they would happily take it off her hands. But she kept it. That made me feel satisfied that I had done a good job.

What did I win in the exchange? Well, the artist was just as nervous as me, unsure and doubting his art. It was a large, canvas, drip painting by a good friend of mine in lovely purples, blues and pink that formed a pretty lady in all those splashes and blurs of paint. Of course, I was happily surprised to receive it. Now, I need to find a frame to make it shine and proudly hang it on my wall.

MOONS & NIGHT TIME MAGIC GIRLS FOR THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON (WIP PART I I)

Yes, I’m still working on getting new art done for Wizard World Comic Con at the end of February. Here’s a peek at what’s on my desk. You can see magic girls in masks and some night time things (Lady Bat). If you plan on coming to see all the strange art I’m creating, please use my special code (KOJIMA20) to get the discount you deserve.

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If you remember from last week, I was working on the moon drawing I’m calling, “What We Do When We’re Queens”. I have made a little progress on the lady’s dress and made her face a little more shadowy.

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I’ll be sure to post more peeks as I make more progress.

Moons & Night Time Magic Girls for the Wizard World Comic Con (WIP Part I)

Here’s the first peek on the work in progress of one of the drawings I’m working on for the Wizard World Comic Con. I don’t want to say much about it since I keep things on the hush-hush until they are fully completed. But it is part of a series of drawings with moons and night time magic girls. I’ve been calling this one, “What We Do When We Are Queens”. I’ll reveal more in the weeks to come.

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Who Else Is Haunted By the Moon? (Moon Lady Drawing WIP)

I have a friend who has some moon tattoos. He has a different phase of the moon on each arm. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of people with different moon phase tattoos (do you have any?). I think all these people are haunted by the moon. I too feel the moon’s irresistible pull. In fact, you’ll find many moons in my art.

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For my friend with the moon tattoos, I made this Moon Lady homemade card. I thought it should look mysterious and lovely, strange and unworldly. To make sure the card did that, I cut out a little flap to open and see what was behind the face of the moon. What would the moon be thinking or feeling if you could peel back her face and take a peek? I came up with 2 ideas: 1) stars sparkling 2) colors sizzling. Which one do you like better? I ended up choosing to put the sizzling colors behind the flap, but made a gif so you could see both of them.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Top 5 Strangest Things That Happened in 2018

#1 GETTING A SOLO show started the year out with a bang!

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#2 GETTING TO DO COVER ART for a sci-fi/fantasy fiction magazine was a dream come true!

#3 LOSING THE SOLO SHOW sent me into a downward spiral of depression.

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#4 CHECKING OUT OF SOCIAL MEDIA, I tried to gain some perspective & sanity.

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#5 CREATING WHIMSICAL, FANTASTICAL, PLANTIMAL SCULPTURES and getting them into the J. McVarish Gallery ended the year on a high note.

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Trio of Homemade Super-Hero Birthday Cards for My Friend and Family

I have 3 friends and family birthdays in a row, so I usually end up creating handmade birthday cards that have a theme to make it easier and quicker to do a set of 3. I chose super-heros for these 3 cards, and they sort of looked like the person I was giving them to….okay…if they were all powerful, super-hero persons. I think they really enjoyed getting them. How would you feel getting one?

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