Monday night I dreamt I went night swimming in an ocean. I was enjoying myself immensely, taking in the night, the waves, the feeling of the water moving around me. Then, I felt a scratching on my leg, like it grazed a barbed wire fence. When I got out of the lake, the calf of my leg looked like it had a mushroom-like fungus growing on it, with a huge mound of pus forming that was causing huge discomfort. I poked a hole in the pus mound, and a viscous form stretched out slowly from the hole in the form somewhat resembling a lobster leg. I would clench my calf muscle and it would come out faster. I later got a crowbar and started to pry the mushroom-like fungus off of me…it turns out the viscous gel was part of the parasite. It was forming inside me, trying to change my body from within. Luckily, somehow some way the crowbar removed the entire parasite from my leg….but it left cuts and gauges all over my leg that I strangely could not feel. It was like athletes foot went wild. Little glistening caves and pouches perforated me. The wounds didn’t hurt yet, but I knew I would be feeling them later that night, and possibly for the rest of my life. I guess I learned something from that dream…let yourself get lost in the sea, and it can consume you.
So, I’ve been failing #Inktober of late, being caught up with IndieGoGo and all that. I’ll do ink drawings anyway, because it’s fun. This is what I finished yesterday.
Hey gang. As it stands, I have 13 hours left of School issue #6’s #IndieGoGo campaign; and I am 80% funded – that’s actually very, very close, because that last 20% is only $410. That’s 21 new backers to contribute $20 to put me over the top. Pretty simple, and totally reasonable! This will help me offset costs so I can organize more appearances at conventions nationwide and local events around the Fox Valley. Horror fans, what better way to celebrate Halloween than to donate $20 to your favorite independent ghost story? We can do it together! Let’s kick this thing to the ninth level of hell!
Hello all. This is a reminder that there are THREE DAYS left to my School: A Ghost Story #6 IndieGoGo campaign; and I am currently Fifty Percent funded. There are tons of perks not used up yet and are still available, like this 11×14″ original ink drawing of Lindsay. There are also prints and original art available. Let’s keep independent horror alive!
INKtober is an exercise created by Jeff Parker that is a wonderful idea:
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.
Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
Sure, I’ll take part! Here is my first ink drawing of 2014, 11×14 in size:
Big announcement! School, Issue 6 has been given another “Indie-Go-Go”! Since Kickstarter, the campaign has made some changes – the print count has gone down, to make it more reachable. AND, the quality comes from a local Wisconsin printer (I just prefer these things to be kept within the state). Lastly, if I reach my stretch goal of $3000, I will re-print issue #5 of School, which is currently out of print.
My first ever live art show for the fine folks at Indiehorror.tv was a lot of fun! All in all it went for about 90 minutes give or take. Being it Friday the 13th themed for Camp Crystal Lake Weekend in Eagle River, Wisconsin, you can guess what I chose for subject matter. I think I’ll title this “Slurp Suck.”
Oil paintings I did over the last month. From top to bottom:
“Transistor Infection” – oil on wood, 24×24″.
“Downstairs” – oil on wood, 12×12″.
“The Butcher” – oil on wood, 12×12″.
“Suburban Sky” – oil on wood, 12×12″.
“The Burning” – oil on wood, 24×24″.
Find more of my work and comics I self-published here at www.deftoons.com
“Cityscape #1″ – Oil on board, 24″x24″. Photo courtesy of Alacrity Photography.
Finished this on Friday night – “The Lake,” a 48″x24″ oil painting on 3/4″ thick wood board. Complete image at the bottom. Very happy about this! The last step is, this spring, I will go outdoors and put a thick coat of resin on top, which will protect the painting while adding contrast. Eventually I will put this painting up for sale – if you’re interested, email me at email@example.com.
So over the last few days I have slowly been putting up my work for sale on Ebay. These are previous paintings and illustrations I had fun doing, and now they need a home to be in.
Also wanted to announce I am available for commissions, and I am *super* affordable. Seriously. Try me.
Below are works that are currently for sale:
“Homicide Morning” – 20″x16″ acrylic on canvas board painting. Starting bid is $80.00.
“Alice’s Tea Party” – 20″x16″ acrylic, pen and ink on illustration board. Starting bid is $100.00.
You can find more of my work for sale as time goes on under my Ebay username deftoons666 .
Less than two bidding days left!
It was close. 80 percent funded isn’t a total failure. It meant there were still a good lot of people out there who believed in me, and believed in the story I started back in June 2005. It gave me hope in believing there is still a chance for me out there.
Admittedly, this time yesterday, I was completely deflated and depressed – I wasn’t even 50 percent funded and I had less than 24 hours left. If I couldn’t get even halfway funded, that would have been a huge wake-up call for me, telling me I’m not anywhere close to making a quality graphic novel. But in the last 12 hours of my very first Kickstarter, friends, family and fans alike came through – that donation scale rose like crazy, and I actually found hope again. Also, I had the immense love from the most amazing wife I could ever possibly think of. I don’t know what I would do without her, she is so very wonderful and incredibly supportive of my dream. I am so lucky.
I will likely make School #6 a downloadable PDF, to salvage the last year and a half of my time. It would be an even greater tragedy to turn all of that time into a waste by hiding it from the world. I will also be submitting to Comixology and see if the comic has any legs there. I have some magnificent pages in issue six, but I’m biased.
Despite how close I got, I can’t help to think about what mistakes I made, and what I can do/could have done better. The fact of the matter is, to me when it comes to living the dream, it’s about finding enjoyable work that is profitable enough to live on – not to get rich from, but enough that it can afford something of a decent wage. I have been touring conventions for as often as my working class butt can afford for years and years now, and yet here I am, still struggling to make a printing bill. Something is missing in my approach. I likely missed opportunities. Or maybe this story just hasn’t captured as many hearts as I hoped it would. I have said before the comic is mostly a one-man show; so to extend that logic, if I have lower-than-expected fan response and support, then the blame is on me. I will be going through some soul-searching for the next few months; rethinking my approach in selling School to the masses. Or, perhaps finding a new dream to chase. Maybe I will take up painting, who knows?
Until then, let it not be said that I, or you, did nothing. We gave it a good solid go. That has to count for something.
Next $50 donor to my Kickstarter receives the original art of this page, which is page 109 of the first volume (splash page of issue #3) if I hit my goal!
This is page 18 of the first volume of School – for the next $50 donor to my Kickstarter for issue 6; you get the original art of this page if I hit my goal. It’s on 14×17 Bristol paper.
Haven’t your parents ever told you not to play with broken glass? Good – but they didn’t tell you to WEAR IT. This necklace was made by Randella Defferding using glass and acrylic paint. Anyone who donates to my Kickstarter will have their name entered in a raffle and will win this piece of gothic swag along with everything else you will be rewarded for the donation level you made. The glass edges have been sanded down for your safety. But for others safety…..
For the next $100 donor to my Kickstarter, you will get this two page spread (provided in two 14×17″ pages, it’s shown here as one image) from issue #5 of School! I personally call it “The Bridge of Sighs.” Two days left to donate!