Help support your ol pal Amy...As she fights to the death in a cartoonist battle royale! This is a bit of a long journal... but I can't wait to share this stuff with you all-
Episode 5 of Strip Search is out and features a very strange experience on the streets of SeattleÖ I wonít spoil anything but there is certainly a big surprise at the end!! You can see me scheming like a real Petyr Baelish in the very beginning... Muahahaha.
Strip Search is also coming to PAX East on FRIDAY 3/22 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Arachnid Theatre. The panel is shaping up to be a huge one and space is really limited, so head over early! Mike, Jerry, Graham, and half the cast will be there, and Iím proud to say Iíll be on the panel myself. So come cheer us on and ask those salacious questions you've been holding back.
I was lucky enough to win the design challenge in the 3rd episode of Strip Search. the Official T-Shirts are now on sale through the Penny Arcade online store and even come in ladies sizes! I do receive 100% of the profits from the sales, and for that I am truly honored and grateful. I hope you all considering picking one up, not just to support me, but to show Strip Search to as many people as possible!
I want to cry pretty much everyday. A shirt of mine is on sale at Penny Arcade... I get to be on a panel with Gabe and Tycho with PLENTY of time to catch the Rooster Teeth panel... I met 11 other amazing artists... The internet has been very kind to me. I only hope to give everything I can to make each comic better than the last!
Lastly, if you haven't check out everything going on at FullPickle.com GET TO IT ALREADY. It's the new hub for , Action Food, and my journal comic Cardigan Weather. PLUS we added out first video series, with much more to come. (hint... a 404 error might be fun to try and get)
Strip Search, Penny Arcade, LRR... Shiiiiit.So I know I've been mumbling about being part of the new Penny Arcade project Strip Search. The site finally went live and you can see me being the cold-heartless bitch you all know and love here:
WelpIf you guys follow Penny Arcade, you might have heard about their reality show StripSearch. I just wanted to let you guys know I am so sorry I missed you this past month, but I was actually competing on the show. I wrote a whole big thing on my blog. Things might be a little crazy for me when the show airs, but I love you guys first and foremost. You liked my comics before I was anything more than a derp with an out of date tablet... which I guess is still true.
In other news I am officially a full time freelancing fool. So fluffing exciting you guise. [breaths heavily]
You know...I doubt I would get any "for fun only" drawings done if it weren't for the 15 minutes I spend doodling the Speed Paints every week during the RTpodcast. Despite the lag on my end and the usual mountain of work I should be doing... Well I just like finding the time for them and I love seeing that people get a kick out of them too. :D
tl;dr Amy gets seriousTwo characters Iím working on for a mock videogame: HeroEnemy Most of you know me through my work on comics. Rightly so, I spend most of my creative free time producing  and other projects on our website. I will always make comics. Visual narratives give me the weirdest boners. My first love is always just good old fashioned illustration.
Recently, Iíve been compiling my portfolio for conceptual art. Everything is 2d at the moment, but Iím close to beginning work in ZBrush and Maya once my schedule clears up in January. Thatís one big issue with being a visual artist, you may know these programs on a professional level, but if you donít have any proof, youíll never get the chance to show potential employers. In all my day-jobs, Iíve been able to fudge experience to my needs, but not in this case. ďOh yeah I know how to professionally compile fixed camera assets for a Gatling gun.Ē WELL WHEREíS THE BEEF AMY? You have to nut up or shut up.
Working in production isnít just a dream, itís an inevitability. Itís a matter of time and work, but I WILL work for a production company of some kind. Even if my skills need honing now, all I have to do is work more. Thatís it. Just more work. Easy.
My typical day:
6:30am Get up
8:00am Get to office job
5:00pm Get home from office job
6:00pm Ė 2/3:00am Design Characters, sketch environments, develop weapons, dream up props, assemble color themes, paint over old work, research professionals, confront self-doubt, conceptual mid-bosses, storyboard fight scenesÖ etc etc etc
This has been my schedule every day, with exception to the days I work on a comic release. Sometimes I can sneak in creative work at my day job, and that helps. Some nights I pass out at midnight, but I make up for it later on. I try to limit myself to the most minimal amount of social activity I can. Writing this all out, I feel insane. If I could do this all day, I guess Iíd just be a good employee and not a sociopath that spends more time on unpaid work than I do for my day-job paycheck. Right now all I can do is keep going until Iím at a place where I feel Iím ready to apply places. Iím definitely tired, maybe all the time, but Iím getting things done. Eventually Iím going to make some art team very happy when they realize how much work Iíll do for their projects. So, so much work.
I have some crazy things coming down the pipe... I'm nearing the final round of a competition, preparing a portfolio for video game conceptual work, and in talks to do the art production for a little platformer my pal and web guru is heading up. I really hope to keep making great work. I just hate when I'm too busy to update  more than once a week. It's funny, because I have only been out of my apartment for my day job and errands lately. This unprecedented influx of work came all at once and I'm doing my best to keep at it.
Right now, I am genuinely happy when I'm working. Last night I stayed up until 2am and got up this morning at 6am for my day job, but you know what? It felt great. It felt fucking astounding. I really hope to make it into an environment where I'm working professionally with other artists or a creative team (sooner the better). For right now, however, I'm content to put in my time and push myself to improve. That's more than most-