Dragon*Con 2012 with Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Dragon*Con is one of the largest popular culture conventions in the southeast. This year 52,000 people turned out, including myself, to revel in everything science fiction/fantasy, gaming, comics, writer and artist workshops, and so much more. As it turns out, EBSQ artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith was a part of the 2012 Art Show!

The Dragon*Con Art Show is a juried exhibition and artist market. This year was Jasmine’s seventh Dragon*Con. She is a fan favorite. I experienced first hand the allure of her fairies, mermaids and even pirates.

Friday afternoon, soon after the doors opened, I made my way to the Hyatt’s Grand Hall West. I zig zagged through a maze of people and art til I found Jasmine’s art booth tucked away in the back corner. It became clear at once I would not be holding an actual interview. Her booth was surrounded by young adults, 20 somethings and middle-age fans. In no hurry, I took it all in–the smiles, the gratitude, and the fans Jasmine knew from previous years.

The experience was magical.

Jasmine was all smiles. She made sure to speak to everyone and always knew her repeat buyers. We chatted for about thirty minutes and during that time I witnessed at least four long-time fans who came seeking out her art. As you can see from the photo above, taken on the last day of Dragon*Con, they nearly cleaned her out! Below is a glimpse of her booth before they opened the doors.

  

Meeting Jasmine, seeing her artwork beyond the monitor, is something I will never forget. I even bought a couple of signed prints for myself!

Want to meet Jasmine too?

She’ll be at FaerieCon East November 9-11 2012.


Follow these links to learn more about Jasmine and explore her magical art:

Strangeling.com

Jasmine on EBSQ

Jasmine on LiveJournal

Jasmine on Facebook

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Lee Lynch

Who and where are you?

My name is Lee, and I am an experienced oil painter and sculptor living in Boston, MA. I migrated with my wife and two cats from Texas this last year to escape the oppressive heat and enjoy the history of Boston.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I was repeatedly asked by an old friend until I caved in and reluctantly joined. I resisted for a long time, trying to minimize my pc time to paint…right! I’m doomed now.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

The most important thing that comes to mind is one’s expectations. Facebook takes the same dedication as a blog in that the best results are seen over an extended time and very frequent attention. It’s wise wise to look at artists who one knows are selling well, and see how they engage their readers in their posts. I enjoy those who start actual discussions, so the readers feel more included and stick around for the commercials. One may or may not actually generate many sales from Facebook, but no matter what it’s an opportunity to see how one’s art affects the public. I mainly look to my page as an information tool over a sales tool at this time. Those who respond help me understand more about what subjects are strongest, and that does go into deciding my future work in some ways.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

This one is difficult, because I’m one of many who wish Facebook would just find good function and stay put. I like core features over the added cosmetics. My favorite feature For my purposes I definitely would say the thumbnail links. This seems basic, but what hits the reader’s eye means everything in whether or not they link will be clicked. That one feature defines the very purpose of having a promotional page. The visual contact is made, and the customer explores because it’s something he or she enjoys. I am also liking Insights, which offers a graph of page performance.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I am still putting the second to last nit-picky touches on The Gift, a 34″x55″ oil on birch board. It is a water nymph painting showing the nymphs gifting a magic key to a beautiful elf girl. The key is meant to protect her from a curse incurred from eating human food. I am also drawing for my next round of paintings but will have to show them on my Facebook page as they emerge.

Lee Lynch on Facebook

http://leelynch.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Mark Satchwill


Who and where are you?

My name is Mark Satchwill and I’m an artist and illustrator using both traditional and digital media. I live in Watford, a small town on the outskirts of London where it’s far enough to be green and leafy but close enough that it’s just a short train ride to all the city has to offer. I live with my partner Mike, our dog Dexter and cats, Will and Lyra, and a couple of demanding chickens.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

I don’t really remember! I do remember hearing about it and thinking it was another fad and being wary at first but I still joined up. I soon realised it was quite a useful tool in many ways. I joined in late 2007 and then set up my art page at the beginning of 2010. Though a lot of my regular Facebook friends follow me on the art page, it was set up as a place to send people who were interested in or who had purchased my work but who I didn’t necessarily want to share my day to day non-work stuff.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Remember it’s a tool to use. If people have joined your page it’s because they are interested in your work, so post regularly and interact, even if it’s just saying thank you if someone comments. The big difference between a blog or website and a Facebook page is how easy and direct communication is, so make use of that, because many people enjoy the interaction with the artist. Direct people to your page from your blog etc. using the available widgets and links.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I guess just the fact that it’s so direct. If you post a new work you get feedback almost straight away (or not!).

What’s coming next from your studio?

There will be more of the NoHo Noir series which I illustrate and collaborate on with writer Katherine Tomlinson, and we hope to have an e-book version for sale soon. I’ll also be doing more digital paintings, possibly a new historical series. I’m also planning to do some work for a graphic novel.

Thanks for talking to me!

Mark Satchwill on Facebook

http://marksatchwill.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Carmen Medlin

Carmen Medlin

Who and where are you?

I am Carmen Medlin, and I am an artist living in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my wonderful husband and three cats. I am continually inspired by God’s creation around me, and nature seems to always find a way into my artwork ; it certainly helps to live in a forest, also! I have a storybook kind of art style, and love to paint things that have a sense of childhood or innocence about them.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

At first I was just using it to visit family and old friends, but a friend of mine who also licenses my art for rubber stamps at Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design talked me into trying a Facebook fan page for art purposes, as she was starting one also. I’m glad she talked me into it, because it was just the sense of community I had been missing since leaving LiveJournal years ago – which is where I met many of my fellow artist friends in the beginning. It has helped me to keep connected both with other artists and with art collector friends.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

I think it is good to give people a peek into your world as an artist – post sketches, a bit of daily life, works in progress, that sort of thing. I am always fascinated by reading about other artists’ lives and their art process. It even makes me like their artwork more and more just getting to know them better. Use a lot of pictures!

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

Definitely the ability to make friends with other artists and collectors. I really love that. This also helps me to see what types of artwork people like best, as you can get more or less immediate feedback. Then I know what to paint more of!

What’s coming next from your studio?

I have several commissions featuring cute mice for different seasons and holidays coming up. I’ve also been sketching a lot of “bird girls”, which I am sure will end up being painted. They either have bird wings themselves or are wearing clothes that have bird wing shapes. I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about birds and rodents lately!

http://www.facebook.com/CarmenMedlinArt

http://dancingdoestudios.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Facebook Artist of the Week: Susan Brack

Lady in Waiting by Susan Brack

Who and where are you?

I’m Susan Brack of Enchanted Sleigh Studios. I’m a self taught folk artist living in Indiana. I’m lucky to have been able to live most of my life in a rural setting. Our area is rich in farm land, crafting culture and antique shops. While raising my family, I taught quilting and followed the arts and crafts show circuit selling my original folk art dolls, bears and Santa figures. I think that early influence can still be seen in my work today.

How were you introduced to Facebook?

My daughter Rachel Sharp is also an artist living in Scotland. Which made it hard for us to share our latest art and artistic endeavors. She kept telling me I should join Facebook. I was reluctant. You know the old saying, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. ha. I finally signed on. I have never looked back. It has opened a new world to me. I can keep up with my daughter’s activities, share my own work and network all at the same time with other artists, collectors and Facebook friends. Our family also owns a small antique / gift shop in Centerville, IN called The Enchanted Sleigh. So I’ve been able to create an additional business page to share and promote our family’s store.

Any tips for other artists starting a Facebook Page?

Yes, first decide how you want to use your Facebook page. Do you just want to be sociable or do you want to use it to network and promote your art. Try to remember if you are using it to promote your art or business you should always present yourself in a professional and friendly manner. No gossip, political or mean spirited comments. I also try not to over do my postings or make a nuisance of myself. There are features on Facebook that allows you to post every single listing you might have on Etsy or Ebay. If you post all the time, your Facebook friends may end up blocking or unfollowing you. When I do post my art or listings, I try to include a short friendly comment that might be of interest. Facebook can be an awesome marketing tool.

What’s your favorite Facebook Page feature?

I like to be able to follow some of the other artists that I most admire. It is always nice to be able to see how they are using Facebook to promote themselves. It’s a great way to become more educated in my own marketing habits.

What’s coming next from your studio?

I hope to keep producing new Christmas, Halloween and Fantasy illustrations. I have just signed with a new licensing agency. I’m very excited to be back in the licensing world. I’ve always enjoyed designing collections for Holiday and Home Decor products. When the economy took a dive, so many companies seemed to quit using freelancers like me. I’m beginning to see signs of the economy slowly improving. The industry seems to be starting to use more outside art sources again. Thank goodness I had sites like Facebook and EBSQ to help promote and sell my original art to collectors which kept me afloat during the last few years when times were tuff. I hope all artists who want to expand their fan base will take advantage of today’s technology. If I can do it, anybody can.

http://www.facebook.com/susanbrackart

http://susanbrack.ebsqart.com/

EBSQ Friday Five

The EBSQ Friday Five offers a brief look at noteworthy news from around the EBSQ Artist Blogosphere. Today’s post is paying tribute to some of the amazing art blogged in May.

Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous

1. Organix 1 by Cynthia Agathocleous

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Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner

2. Grandma Rings by Angie Reed Garner

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Summer Cat ACEO by Lisa Nelson

3.  Summer Cat by Lisa Nelson

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Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland

4. Spoonbill Rosette by Barbara Haviland

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Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket Griffith

5. Alchemist Instructor by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Have a wonderful weekend!

EBSQ Blogger of the Week: Carmen Keys Medlin

Artist Carmen Key Medlin

Who and where are you?

I’m an artist and illustrator living in the gorgeous, foresty Black Hills of South Dakota. I’ve got a wonderful husband and two squishy kitties who keep me company. My favorite medium to work in is watercolor, and I often use colored pencil in conjunction with it. I enjoy painting whimsical things that bring people back to a sense of their childhood and their inner selves. What touches my spirit the most and how I connect with God the easiest is through His creations… ie, critters and plants and such beautiful things of nature, so those are common themes in my work.

Bee and Mustard by Carmen Keys Medlin
How did you get started art blogging?

I started about six years ago (around the same time I joined EBSQ ), at first just to connect with other people and try to figure out how to start selling my paintings. I learned SO MUCH from the people I’ve met via blogging and made some lovely friendships. Reading others’ art blogs really inspired me that I could make a go of this art career. I would have to say that blogging was the number one factor in making most of the connections I have in this business.
I like having a way to immediately post paintings I’ve finished and be able to share them with other people, get feedback, and visit with them. I also like to blog about my life in general, because that is always what I enjoyed most about reading others’ blogs. I like seeing who the person is behind the art; in fact, this usually makes me like their work *more*, because I can connect with the artist better.

Wandering at Dusk by Carmen Keys Medlin
Any tips for other EBSQ art bloggers?

I’ll admit I’m not always the best at this, but post often – even if it is about your day or some photographs you took on a walk you had, write about things you love and definitely lots of pictures – whether they are paintings, photographs, digital art, whatever you like doing. If you tend to take a long time to create your artwork, perhaps consider doing a work-in-progress kind of thing where you show stages along the way. I think that’s a great thing to do if you work quickly, too.

Also, if I am coming up empty for content sometimes I’ll do an entry for Illustration Friday, even if it is just a sketch. The art exhibitions at EBSQ are also great ideas for creating something, which you can then post on your blog.

Fire Contained by Carmen Keys Medlin
What’s your musical inspiration of choice when you’re working in your studio?

For me, music is most important in the sketching/drawing stage (as that is the most difficult in my opinion). It helps me get into the mood of whatever I’m drawing. My favorite types of music to listen to for art are ambient electronic works (such as Ray Lynch, Robert Rich, Mychael Danna, Steve Roach, Vangelis), movie orchestral scores (like from The Dark Crystal, The Secret of NIMH, Legend, The Village, and such), Iona, Mickey Hart’s world drum music, and lots of classical. Too many favorite composers to count, but I tend to go with things from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist eras. Love choral pieces. I also really enjoy drawing to the music of my very own brother, Travis Keys! It is along the lines of some of the electronic music I mentioned above; he goes by Free Energy Workshop on SectionZ.

When I get to the painting stage, it’s usually all about movies, tv, and radio dramas. Hulu and Live365 help a lot with this. I’m a big fan of sci-fi shows and things that are strange, like The Outer Limits, Fringe, X-Files, etc. Alfred Hitchcock and Murder, She Wrote are also shows I’ll paint with.

Owl's Hollow by Carmen Keys Medlin
What’s coming next from your easel?

Along with working on a lot of rubber stamp licensing designs right now (which can be found at SCACD), I’m focusing on bringing forth more nature-oriented paintings. I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching to focus my efforts in more or less one main direction so I quit confusing my audience with all this bouncing around I’ve done for the past couple of years (heh), and that direction I’m calling “nature whimsy”. I’ve got a lot of nature whimsy to do! There will be more of my favorite dressed-up little animals in woods and fields, and more botanicals.

Thank you Carmen for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!

If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?