Monday, July 17, 2017

The waiting game.

The hardest thing about motivation is that when you need it, it seems most fleeting.

I've had a fairly uneventful, dare I say it, fairly normal sort of last few months. The summer has been brutal in heat, and with that, I have felt a large amount of lethargy overcome me.

I'm not going to kid any of you, it's been pretty bad. Thankfully, I've got at the moment one project that is keeping me active, but a solution to how to fund shows that are rapidly approaching this next year (159 days till Christmas) will hopefully begin to show themselves as the more than welcome Autumn weather will usher in some cheer in my mood.

I've been updating my YouTube channel and have been pretty happy about that, as thanks to some great finds deal wise, and the small but growing Patron support I have, I have been able to upgrade my filming equipment with some much needed portable lights, extra camera mounts, and microphones.

The first video above is my casual vlog I update, the second is a series of art related time lapse videos (for those of you who've not yet checked out my youtube channel).

I'm going to make this quick, because I have to be at work in a few hours, and I'm not starting tomorrow in a bad mental place if I can help it.

Until next time, support your local artists, be kind to your fellow beings, and always take the path less traveled!

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
Illustrator, Podcaster, Writer, Toy Collector, and Animal Rights Activist

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hey June

Royals Stadium about 6:50 am on a Tuesday.
I do some part time work at Royals stadium these days as a manager for Aramark, which has begun to help level out the financial burden of slow art sales, and no current art shows to attend. The plus to this has been as it always has been with a myriad amount of side jobs I have done over the years, experience to add to the resume, new experiences, and new research of sorts for future comic book character livelihoods.

Being freelance has it's ups and downs, as along with it, I've been now working two part time jobs, while still writing, recording, creating content for youtube, the podcast, and now more than ever KKFI, since it seems that very possibly, the radio show will be coming to fruition sooner than I had anticipated.

Along the way as I travel, I also like to find places of hapstance, and I happened across a mini museum and garden upon the site of the old Gerald Ford home. The garden wasn't yet in bloom, but the area was quite nice, with an interactive display in the center. It had pre-recorded audio of President Ford, and an assortment of cool things on display from his time as president, as well as a bit about his being an Eagle Scout, which, being one myself, is always cool to see what accomplishments other Eagles have contributed to history.

(Left) Ford folding the flag with fellow boy scouts. (Upper Right) A model of his birth home, which no longer stands. (Bottom Right) The entrance sign to the rose garden.
Anyone that works with video knows that it's a majorly time consuming prospect, the most of which is letting your machine render out and create videos. I have been enjoying creating newer ones as of late, and the project below was from the video I posted from my last update for my poetry group at KKFI, "Unpacking Poetry".

It used to be that I just carried around a camera for getting photo references, or for images to sell through Dreamstime, now I find myself with a checklist of B-roll shots that I try and get in, or the occasional vlog post that I will work on when I get spare time.
A lot of people ask what I use to edit. I work on a PC and use AVS software.
I've also got another review coming up for Tenacious Ninja this next Monday, of the Kubros series "Hellboy" kit. I had just been doing time lapses, but I decided to get more interactive with this new video and review.
It's actually hilariously cool looking in all the best ways.
Thanks to some recent freelance work and income from Patreon, I've been slowly upgrading my video equipment bit by bit. I managed to find this INSANELY bright cold shoe mount light on sale for $20, with all kinds of metal accessories, and two rechargeable batteries w/ charger.

It's the Bower VL8K. It's not quite prosumer level in build, but it is light, durable enough, and bright. If you look at the iphone screen below, the only two light sources were the flash on my camera to take the picture, and the light coming from the Bower, which fully illuminated the studio area behind me, which was showing up on the screen.
The size of it in my hand, and in a solid dark room, the light is mounted on the assembly I have on the wall used for my vlogs and other youtube content.
I've had a few people ask me if I am using tripods, and yes I do, but the lion's share of shots happen using mounted camera supports strategically placed in my studio, so I can run and shoot most everything solo with bluetooth controllers and wired/wireless audio. The light I picked up helped round out the lighting issues I'd been having during evening to night recording sessions.

I may start adding reviews of some of these things, because honestly, they are also counted alongside my other tools of my trade, and help chronicle and create my art.

Until next time, support your local artists, be kind to your fellow beings, and always take the path less traveled!

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
Illustrator, Podcaster, Writer, Toy Collector, and Animal Rights Activist

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summertime Blues

They let me loose in the KKFI recording booth.
A series of images from what the past few weeks have been like for me.

First of all, I belong to a poetry group called Unpacking Poetry, that has been working and creating a lot of content for online and eventual radio play. I somehow managed to continue my voice over work by joining up with an interesting group of poets, that not only opened my mind to new works and ideologies about writing and creating poetry, but have also allowed me some cool new opportunities and new friendships that I am ever so grateful for.

It's something that I never would have believed I would have been doing, and I am pretty stoked to see where this all goes. But that's not the only thing I have been up to... 
Miss these kids a lot.
I teach part time for Young Rembrandts, a group that provides additional art instruction for kids here in the KCMO area (and many other areas as well). I had previously taught through other groups like Scribblers, but this is a bit of a different take on what I had done prior.

I'm glad I had friends that are teachers that I could go to and ask if these weird feelings of almost empty nest syndrome I was feeling, were normal. I loved the challenges and especially the personalities that I came across in my classes at Brittany Hill and Cordill Mason.

I am ever the better a man for these experiences, and am looking forward to teaching more this summer at schools and at the Kansas City Zoo. Speaking of animals...
So cute. So little. So inquisitive. I love skunks.
I had a little fuzzy new neighbor show up not too far from my yard. Now skunks are indeed wild animals, but not a lot of people know that some are domesticated and can make very wonderful companions/pets. In my younger years, back when I owned around nine ferrets, I knew people that had owned skunks (scent glands removed), and the little guys are just insanely cute and loveable, with a demeanor in between a cat and a dog.

That said, I simply watched this little one from afar. I didn't want to frighten him, nor get myself sprayed. After a few minutes of hanging out and eating what looked like an earthworm, the little fuzzy one went on its merry way.

Buskerfest in Lawrence, Kansas went down, and I met up with some of the Unpacking Poetry group to spread some poetic words, make connections, and record some sessions for KKFI. I covered some of our shenanigans in my latest vlog.
No words really... Rest in Peace Jim.
If you are from the KC area, and into comics, chances are that you knew about Clint's Comics and probably knew Jim. Suffice to say, I still have not managed to make it back into the comic shop, and I think it will be some time before I can.

I hope wherever you are Mr. Cavanaugh, that you know peace, and tell Jack Kirby hello for me.
A dad raising his kid right... no pun intended.
A little while after I stopped by Clint's Comics, I ran some errands, and was feeling a bit down. When out of the corner of my eye, I saw Superman.

Walking. With his father. When the little Superman got to the intersection, his father picked him up, and as the boy went up in the air, he struck a pose like he was taking off in flight, and had the biggest smile as his father set the boy into his right arm to carry him across.

In days like these, it's wonderful to see love and family like this out and about.

Until next time, support your local artists, be kind to your fellow beings, and always take the path less traveled!

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
Illustrator, Podcaster, Writer, Toy Collector, and Animal Rights Activist