Third Friday (3F) was a complete success. It was my very first time going to that particular event, but not my first time meeting new people, potential customers and clients, or talking about my artwork, techniques, and inspiration. Mentally, I am always prepared. I know what I want to do, who I am as an artist, and how to make my visions come alive with art. I met a lot of new people who were eager to ask me questions and give me feedback on my process and overall style. I also met a lot of people that were clueless to things that I mistakenly assumed was common knowledge. I spoke a lot on ATCs (Artist Trading Cards for those of you who don’t know what that is), how to make your own sketchbook (which means I need to do a tutorial!), and where my ideas come from. My sketchbooks were a hit, I sold a lot of graffiti stickers, and I sold the following pieces from my portfolio: Hippie, Seahorse Parade, One-Eyed James Dean, Hop Notch Holiday, and the Stylized Horn Guy! I also got offered a group show entry, a tattoo commission, a mentoring job, and plenty of guestbook signatures and ATC swaps! Can you believe that!?
Explaining inspiration to people is difficult. Sometimes using the phrase “stream of consciousness” works, but in the end it really does depend on the person. I worked really hard that last couple of weeks preparing and I really think it was worth it. I sold art and promoted my website. I learned a lot yesterday about people, artists and non-artists alike. I learned even more about myself. This is what I want and need to do for the rest of my days. I will teach and I will learn.