Pancakes & Booze – June 2017

I participated in my 4th Pancakes & Booze art show this past weekend, and it was great!  I debuted pieces that were both new to shows (the cats in boxes) and to the Pancakes show (the Stormtrooper and Bees, which everyone seems to love).  I brought some bee “specimens” that people also enjoyed.

The biggest kicks I got out of the show were my installation diagram that was dismissed (but still worked out!) and my pin bucket.  The Stromtrooper was supposed to stand on top of the black shelf I brought, but whoever installed the shelf installed it upside down, leaving not enough room for the Stormtrooper’s feet.  So Ryan and I shared the shelf with other stuff.  So the Stormtrooper stood on the floor, which was still fine.  It was big and bright enough for people to take notice.  Then the pin bucket…I started this idea during the last show where people to take a free unicorn pin if they follow me on Instagram.  I noticed that not everyone was READING the sign in the bucket.  They would just take a pin and not follow!  So this time I typed out another sign with funny small print, hoping that people would read the whole thing and be more obedient/amused.  I still had about 5 thieves out of maybe 20 honest new followers.  So those thieves will be getting impaled by a unicorn horn!

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Line Art at The Hive

I had submitted a few of my Inktober drawings to The Hive Gallery to possibly be a part of their upcoming Line Art show.  Little did I expect to instead be invited to have a small feature that would showcase however many drawings I wanted to display on a 4’x5′ wall space!  This would also mark my 1st feature in a gallery!

They opening was pretty cool, and after the month-long duration of the show I was able to sell 1 of the 19 drawings I brought, so I consider it a small success!


Curio Con

The first Curio Con, as a vendor, was…..a learning experience.  Attendance was poor due to many factors (mostly the lack of advertising both online and on-site, and possibly the fact it was on Mother’s Day weekend), so a lot of the vendors had to make the best of it, whether it be interacting with each other or bringing projects with them to work on.  Might as well be productive if nothing else is going on, right?  I happened to be able to do both.  I met a new “supplier” for blank vinyl figures and parts, and I also worked on more 3Doodler pieces.

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I’m not sure I’ll be having a space as the next Curio Con (if there is a next Curio Con), or if I’ll ever be vending at the first of any other kind of convention after this experience.  Without proven success, it’s just and expensive gamble.


May the 4th Be With You

The Force was strong on the night of May 4th.  I had pieces in 3 different Star Wars related events and two sold!  The rainbow stormtrooper was shown at the Poppy & Prime Star Wars  x Stranger Things fan tribute show and the Princess Leia light display sold at Thumbprint Gallery’s “May the 4th Be With You” pop-up show!  Thanks to those who bought these pieces.  You totally made my  night!

My setup at the Poppy & Prime show.

You can catch my Princess Leia light at the very end of this clip from the Thumbprint Gallery Show.


Hive Gallery 12th Anniversary Bee Themed Show

I was invited to make a piece for The Hive Gallery’s 12th Anniversary show, which was going to be bee themed.  I was supposed to come up with my own avatar (a self portrait but in bee form in “hiveland”).  Portraits [of people] aren’t things I do, but I did have a great idea for a 3D printed and 3D drawing shadow box light display.  I ran the concept by Nathan, the curator, and he liked it!  So I got started on it.

I’m new to 3D printing and definitely a beginner with 3D modeling.  But after reviewing a few simple Blender tutorials online, I felt confident enough that I could make an extruded hexagon as my honeycombs.  About 2 hours later, I figured it out and I was ready to send it to print, using clear plastic on my Micro3D printer.

Take a look at the progress of making this display.

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There are:

  • 96 3D printed honeycombs that took 1hr/pc to print (so 96 hrs of printing, not including a few of the scrapped pieces)
  • 13 3Doodled bees, including a queen bee.
  • 100 LED lights.

A look at how I made the bees:

Making the rest of the 🐝 🐝 🐝 with my @3doodler.

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And here’s a look at it at the show!

If interested in purchasing it, please go here.


3Doodler Ambassador

It all started in 2014 when I decided to back “the world’s first 3D pen” on Kickstarter, the 3Doodler because it looked like a fun thing to experiment with.  My first 3Doodle was a shark.  And since then I’ve done all sorts of other figures, like an octopus, some Pokemon, hummingbirds, Haku from Spirited Away, Ironman, Star Wars figures, snowflakes, light displays, a wallet, and bees.  I’ve enjoyed 3Doodling live at the shows I have booth spaces at, and people are always interested in what I’m using and making.  Last year I met one of the co-founders of the 3Doodler, Max, without even knowing it, as he came to my booth, recognizing some of the pieces I’ve made.  He was really excited with what I was doing and it wasn’t until he handed me his business card, I realized who he was.

A few months later, whether Max had anything to do with it or now, I was contacted by 3Doodler, inviting me to become a Power Doodler (Brand Ambassador).  How could I say “no”?!  So now you’ll be seeing more of my work, and I’ll start to be doing some tutorials, which I’m excited about.  Make sure to follow my Sydtropolis accounts to keep up with my projects!


Carrie Fisher Fan Art Tribute Show at The Perky Nerd

The Carrie Fisher Fan Art Tribute Show at The Perky Nerd in Burbank had to have been one of the most special feeling shows I’ve been a part of.  A light saber moment of silence was held for Carrie Fisher at 9pm….and it felt sad and magical at the same time.  It’s hard to explain.  Having the 501st Legion there made it even more special, too.

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Carrie Fisher Light Saber Tribute [Video]