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I attended my very first ever event as an artist at Nerd Fest Comic Con in Nottingham, UK on Saturday 5 October. :D

I've been going to Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham since the 90s, back when I was an awkward teenager. I've always been in awe of any artist brave enough to have a table. If you'd told me then that I would one day have a table at an event like that, I wouldn't have believed you. Seriously. :omg: But this year I've been telling myself - if an opportunity arises that you would ordinarily say 'no' to without even thinking about it properly, just take a moment to weigh it up and ask yourself: what do you have to lose vs. what do you have to gain?

As it turns out there was a LOT to gain. Not only did I meet a number of artists whose work I greatly admire but I met loads of other awesome people too! And not just artists. Everyone who came by my table was just so darned friendly. Yes, even the drunk guy in the tweed jacket who passed by at about 11am, swishing his half-drunk pint of beer across my prints :O_o: It was an incredible day. And I saw a lot of kids who reminded me of the me from the 90s - the one I mentioned earlier. You can see the fear in their eyes. And they're looking at my work and I just know they're thinking "I'll never be this good..." And I just wanted to say "But you can be! You just need to be determined, and be prepared to dedicate some time to it." I think I actually said to one guy "If I can do it, you can do it!"

It was a total cheeseball moment, like I was some sort of over-enthusiastic motivational speaker. The guy looked about 25 and he kind of gave me a strange look but for that brief moment, I felt like Yoda and he was Luke. I've always wanted to pass on the knowledge that I couldn't find when I first started taking drawing seriously. Yesterday was like a spring board to be able to do that. I had my speedpainting videos playing on a loop on my laptop and there were young kids watching them, not really understanding what they were watching, but kind of mesmirised and then dad would lean down and say "This is how you paint this kind of thing" and their eyes sparkle with inspiration. That's what made it so worthwhile and so rewarding.

That's not to say it wasn't stressful, because it was. Majorly so for me. I don't have much confidence in what I do artistically. I've always been that way and probably always will be. I know, I know - you're looking at my gallery and thinking "Are you serious?" And the answer to that would be a resounding yes! But after yesterday... I don't know... it's spawned this renewed confidence in what I do that's been dormant for far too long and from the lengthy conversations I had with some people, I need to stop being a self-critical, unconfident, lazybones and just get off my a$$ and do some more drawing! :shakefist:

So really, this is just a big thank you to everyone who came by for a chat, or bought a print or postcard. Heck, even if you just grabbed a business card and ran away like Gollum reclaiming the one ring - collectively, you all made my day. Thank you. :aww:

And if you did say hi and you're a member here on dA, let me know so I can come by your page!! :wave:
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Domyarus Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was fab to see both you and your work! Some excellent stuff - I mentioned how great your vids are, having a 10 yr old daughter I'm just introducing to photoshop and stylus art whilst still encouraging her to maintain her real life textiles studies is awesome and your vids really help to inspire and encourage so big thanks :-) and Def be encouraged!
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BikerScout Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really appreciate that, Ray - thank you. :thanks: Fortunately there are a lot of great resources out there now but sometimes it can be difficult finding what you need. Hope the videos prove helpful and if you ever have any questions about technique, just holler and I'll do my best to help out. :)
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ScottyEdge Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was great to meet you. Thanks for the Walter White print, and not giving away the Breaking Bad finalé! :)
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BikerScout Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You too, Scott! :D Enjoy that finale when you get to it. It's totally worth the wait. :thumbsup:

Welcome to dA by the way! :wave: Exits are here, here and here... etc etc :giggle:
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Awesome big D!! Think Tweed guy was spilling his beverage on everyone's art...maybe looking for a freebie!!
So pleased you had a good un!
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BikerScout Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in a very emotional place when I was writing this and to be honest, I'm still coming to terms with the fact that it actually happened! :faint:

I was there for, and because of, my dad - he was the one that taught me how to harness that ability to draw. I owe it all to him. Just wish he could've been there to see it. I think that's why seeing the kids there with their parents and connecting over that love of comics. It really struck me. That shared passion... that's what it's all about. I loved it. I'm just sorry I was such a bag of nerves! :blush:
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everyone loved you stuff good sir!!
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manycomics Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Something that shocked me to my shoes was Adam Hughes saying in his book Cover Run that he, too, doesn't feel comfortable about his own artwork. I think the word "hate" came up. You and the rest of us are not alone.
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BikerScout Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a strange thing, isn't it. I love Adam Hughes' work. His sketchcard style always blows me away - a big inspiration to where I want to be!
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manycomics Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love his work too, the top of his field IMHO. I suppose it could make someone feel a little bit better, to know that someone like that struggles with the same insecurities as the rest of us.
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