Collectible Cards for Convention Goers

bb-cards2.pngCollectible Cards that you can play with! In the interest of value and simplicity I’ll no longer print business cards. Instead, I’ll do collectible cards that can used to play a simple game of war. Their value will be based on the villain’s “badness” to be determined by me.

At public appearances (like conventions) I’ll have starter sets available for purchase in the grab bag of goodies (or would it be baddies?) with specialty items like stickers and pins that I don’t sell individually.

ALSO, at each convention, I’ll have a new card folks can come by and pick up for FREE. They will double as my business card for that event. So conventions goers come see me! Say hi and nerd out with me.

Is it Magic or is it Alien?

I once asked a fellow artist pal why he didn’t create his own superheroes and villains. Why do fan art? Why not create something all his own?

As if it’s that easy! Thinking is easy… doing is hard.

piechartI know from my personal experience that my drive to “make” far exceeds my imagination. Meaning that in the my pie chart of creative skills, “artist” makes up only a small percentage.

Recently, I read the word “darkling” somewhere on the internet, and it made alarm bells go off in my brain. It has since developed into a really neat character with a lovely little story.

Where does inspiration come from? Is it really a thing? Can it be sought out? Do some people get more than others?

The other night I watched a TedEd called “Questions no one has the answers to” with my son Judah. At one point the narrator, Chris Anderson, ponders the question. “Why haven’t we seen evidence of alien life?” and he talks about the possibility that advanced intelligent life may be microscopic in nature.

“Maybe the very ideas in our heads are a form of alien life.”

Sometimes that’s how inspiration feels. Alien and other-worldly, but hey I’m game, I’ll take that magic carpet ride and see where it goes.

So, in 2019, you can expect more Bitty Baddies at Michigan conventions, and the development of my own character that will fit right in with them. And if all goes well maybe by the end of the year I’ll be selling a children’s book featuring her.

Stay tuned!

Dear Hater,

You know who you are. If you go out of your way to read this. You are sad and I feel sorry for you. Life is not meant to be lived angry and resentful. I don’t hate you. I don’t think of you until I’m confronted by your venom. For the sake of peace and prosperity I hope you can let it go and use your time and energy for more positive things – move on. It not worth it.

Your fellow flawed human,

Jody Parmann

My Strategy for Getting Shit Done

I’ve been asked repeatedly recently how I manage to do it all, art, Raven, children, etc.

Like everybody I always feel like I could accomplish more. Today I took a nap with my toddler. For 2 hours I accomplished zilch… or did I? For me a nap with my toddler is not wasted time. I get to comfort her to sleep and I’m there for the moment when she wakes up and smiles at me.

So I try to keep things like that in perspective.

One of my secret weapons is my husband. He’s an artist, so he gets it. He makes dinner so that is a domestic duty that doesn’t eat up my time. And he’s an amazing cook for the record.

Another is multi-tasking. I can spend quality time with Judah while feeding my creative demon. I do cooperative art with him! Have you seen thesunandthesparrow.art?

My iPad and Apple Pencil are a major factor – I don’t have to buy art supplies. I don’t have to clean my always messy workspace to start a piece. It’s portable and not messy. A perfect tool for a busy mama.

At the Raven my role is to make it look good. So while some projects are time consuming others are not. The general running of the business is handled by, my husband, Sadaat and our managers. They are the amazing ones that make sure the food and service is on point. That’s all them.

But here’s the bit that people giggle about…

As a child of the 80s I was basically raised the TV and so I think my life in terms of episodes (days or weeks) and seasons (months or years) and try to accomplish things like a television series. Each episode is a small manageable project I can accomplish in a short time period. This helps me feel like I’m moving forward. I also have larger projects I’m plugging away at that I’m working to complete as my “season finale”.

It’s weird, I’m warped by TV, but it works for me.

As I see it…

Confession… my love for reading began with historical romance novels. I shamefully devoured them in my teens.

That’s not a typo – I meant “shamefully”. I’d rip the covers off if I dared take them to school.

The covers were terrible and did no justice to the heroines I read about. Women who were quirky, fearless an had the balls to save themselves. Yes, they’re was a love story with a pretty dude, but that wasn’t the main draw for me.

It was their settings in history. My favorite stories were the ones that intertwined with real historical figures and events. I’d research real history to figure out what was fact and what was fiction. I learned more history from romance novels than I ever did in history class.

Beyond the heroines and history I loved to redraw the covers as I thought they should be. I would create images that were just suggestive enough to make would-be readers curious. They’d hint at the story instead of graphically illustrate coitus. This inclination is what lead me to graphic design as a profession.

The inclination to create images as I see them remains. Recently my husband and I took our kids to see “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and it was great except Disney Pixar left me wanting a scene that never came. Without giving too much away I wanted to see Vanellope evolve and grow up a bit for her role in Slaughter Race. It just made sense! So reaching back to my roots I created the moment “as I see it.”

Bitty Baddy Jason Vorhees

I have especially loved doing Bitty Baddy Jason. I grew up on Friday the 13th movies and my favorite part was always the glimpses of humanity. Particularly in the Friday the 13th: Part II where the token survivor girl donned his mother’s sweater. The head tilt would always make me wonder if there was a chance at redemption.

Doing Jason presented the challenge how to make a Bitty Baddy without eyes? Jason is mostly recognizable from his hockey mask and machete. So, I went back to the first Friday the 13th movie where we see Jason as a child drowning. It’s never established whether this scene was a dream or reality, but I used the face as a reference. In particular I used the a sculpture by Casey Love for reference.

To be recognizable as Jason though, I’d need to feature his mask. Always inspired by the prolific Margaret Keane I used her 1963 painting “Happy Mask, Unhappy Boy” for the the composition.

To date, he’s my favorite!

Newbie Adventures

I have a CONfession… 2 years ago I went to my very first comic con. About 8 months later I attended my first comic con as a vendor. I’m a newbie to the convention scene and a veritable virgin to horror conventions – which is rather surprising since I’ve loved horror movies ever since I can remember.

When a seasoned convention-goer said I should bring the Bitty Baddies to Motor City Nightmares Convention I jumped at the chance, but as soon as I paid for the table I began to feel a little trepidation, so I need your help peanut gallery – who should I be working on to bring to the party?

Where do you see this going?

“Where do you see this going?” I was asked this very question from a fellow entrepreneur friend regarding the Bitty Baddies. “I can see this blowing up?!” She exclaimed. This assessment is a high compliment coming from her. She’s done some incredible things with her own business ventures.

My reply was this, “I don’t know. I really just like doing them. I like drawing them. I like going to conventions and nerding out with the attendees. The money I make from selling prints and whatnot pretty much gets funneled right back into my artistic endeavors. It’s a great way to support my “art habit.”

That said, I do have one thing on the horizon that I’m pretty pumped about.  I’d like to start producing trading cards that would double as business cards and also play as a simple War game. I’d have a new one at each event I attended. I may even sell decks, and expansion packs eventually.

As a game of War I’ll need to assign them a value. I’d like to do it based on their perceived “badness”. I’ll need some help with this peanut gallery.

VOTE NOW!

 

Heart Swap… ahem, ART HOP

Recently I got a communiqué from Downtown Port Huron reminding me of the upcoming Fall Art Hop happening downtown Friday, October 12th. As the Raven Café’s marketing person, I’m in charge of scheduling an artist for the event. While brainstorming who’s art would be perfect for the October event, I had an epiphany – the Bitty Baddies!

October being the vessel month of Halloween, my cute little ghouls would fit right in. My next scheduled Comic Con isn’t till March of next year. My spawn are languishing at home, unloved. Many folks ask if I have more designs printed than what I have available at the Raven – YES, I DO!

“So, Boils and Ghouls, get out your diePhone and open your KILLendar and pencil me in!” <insert Cryptkeeper laugh here>


FACEBOOK EVENT LINK – https://www.facebook.com/events/525244361266541/

Covet & the Dark Crown

I received this email from Covet Fashion:

To which I replied:

Thank you for taking down my crown. I realize I’ve been a pain in the ass the last few days. Please know my crusade had less to do with seeking personal compensation and more to do with the principle of the thing. Designers like Marcus Lee Tam erode trust in the online creative community. I’m not the first DeviantArtist he’s taken from liberally.

It’s one thing to be inspired by another artist’s works – it’s another thing entirely to crop their work, claim it as your own, and to add insult to injury, collect compensation. My wish is that you make a statement to your designers that blatant plagiarism won’t be tolerated. Your app relies heavily on creativity. My hope is that you respect and value artists and their contributions to the online community.

Sincerely,

Jody Parmann