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BJDs-- A Trio of Cat-boys
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Cat anthros are pretty common in bjds, but I only got my first one last year. But now I find myself with three different guys, in different sizes (one large 68cm, one mini-sized 42cm, and tiny at 28cm), different colors (white, cocoa, grey) and styles (two cat-headed, on with characteristics). They really weren't intended to go together, but hey, it just had to be done! =^..^=

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Big guy: Ram Cube Black Leopard Kyle (fullset: faceup, outfit) --just arrived this month.
Mini guy: Dearmine Cocoa Dune (fullset: faceup, wig, outfit)
Tiny guy: Pipos R. Derek (fullset: faceup, outfit, eyes)

BJDs-- My Pirate King ( Granado Charles )
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I just had another BJD arrival this past week, a Granado Charles in Pink skin, with company faceup. I had planned on commissioning a full royal King Charles II outfit, but haven't managed to do that yet. I had a DollHeart outfit for 70cm sized doll just lying about (I couldn't resist--it was such a fantastic outfit!)-- so I threw it on this guy and I think it could have been made for him!

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Carolus St.John Stuart, "Sinjun."
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Here's the Granado Doll website:
http://doll-granado.com/index.php

I have more photos up on Den of Angels:
http://www.denofangels.com/forums/showthread.php?578676-Pirate-King-in-Waiting-%28-Granado-Charles-%29

Cons: Off to SPECTRUM Fantastic Art Live! tomorrow---
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Convention Season starts for me this weekend. Going off to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, in Kansas City, MO. It's an all-fantasy art expo that started last year. It's run by the folks who do the SPECTRUM: Best in Fantastic Art Books. And they have their awards ceremony there. Tons of artists have booths and guest artists do panels and presentations. It's pretty cool if you love fantasy art at all.

Here's the website:
http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrumfantasticartlive/

I'm sharing a booth with Diana Harlan Stein... and friends, Karen and Joseph Bovenmyer will be there to help us out and just hang out.

Other upcoming events:

Illustration Master Class -- (attending as a student) in June
http://www.illustrationmasterclass.com/

San Diego Comic Con -- (booth with Diana Stein in Fantasy Illustrators area) in July
http://www.comic-con.org/cci

GenCon -- (table in art show) in August
http://www.gencon.com/

BJDs-- The Fairy House
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Cons: WonderCon, Anaheim, CA
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Got a free Professional Badge for WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center (across the street from Disneyland), so I thought I'd check it out for the first time.

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Art / Cons: 2013 Events
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One more day to submits stuff to SPECTRUM (the book). --I've done my share of supporting Spectrum through submissions the first 8 or so years, so I haven't thought about submitting stuff in YEARS... but it's still a very cool thing.

http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/

SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE 2 is in May, held in Kansas City, Mo. The booths are reasonable, but sales were pretty low the first year. But people seemed optimistic and understanding when I was there last year. So I'm doing it again this year. I'm sharing the booth, so even better. The show is very cool to attend for an artist because of the folk who are selling there and the panels and presentations. And the Awards show is the next best thing to having an Academy Awards for Fantasy art... it's a well-produced event, attended by the top guys to give it credibility.

http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrumfantasticartlive/

ILLUSTRATION MASTER CLASS 2013 will again be held in June in Amherst, MA. Mike Mignola is the special guest instructor this year. I know it's expensive, and an investment of a week in time, but I still can't recommend this thing enough. Unfortunately, it is SOLD OUT this year. There might be a waiting list. I'm going for my fifth year. It's keeping me alive, art-wise, I think.

http://www.illustrationmasterclass.com/

SMART art courses-- Many of the same instructors, plus more, run classes online. I'm sure this kind of one-on-one, even if not face-to-face, is highly beneficial. These instructors are amazing. I'd do this in a shot if I was interested in improving my career and skills.

http://www.smarterartschool.com/

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON-- Pro-reg initial approvals have passed for this year, they are taking pre-Pro-reg for 2014, though. Actual Pro-reg is still up-coming. If you can prove you work in fantasy art, games, films, etc., you can usually score the ability to try and get a free Pro-badge (after jumping through the required hoops). Regular membership to this con are almost impossible to get! This is a crazy-big con, maybe 150,000 people or more. Almost too big to actually be beneficial, but there ARE contacts to be made. Almost everyone in the known world is there (not really much of an exaggeration, either). Booking a hotel is nearly impossible, as is getting around in the traffic. It really is a big, nasty, incredible thing, the Comic-Con. I share a booth there so I can get out of the way of most of the crowds.

http://www.comic-con.org/cci/professionals

GENCON-- held in August in Indianapolis. Still a great con to sell art at (HUGE art show, they give you tables and pro-panels to hang art so you can be there and sell stuff). Having a booth can be good, too. Also making contacts in the table-top/paper and collectible card game industry. There are smaller game cons, but GenCon is still the biggest and best. I've attended for 15 years or more and it's been worth it. Great for sales, socializing and making connections.

http://www.gencon.com/

ILLUXCON-- I actually haven't been to this, but people seem to love it. Lots of amazing artists and demos and such. I mean to check it out someday...

http://www.illuxcon.com/illuxcon2012

TLC WORKSHOPS-- I haven't been to these, but know the person running them and the folk who are instructing and I'm sure they are fantastic. If you can get to the NW for a short workshop, think about it!

http://www.tlcworkshops.com/p/home.html

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I'd love to hear about more convention recs and fantasy art events and workshops!

BJDs-- Season's Greetings!
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Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men...

Many Wishes for Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year to Everyone!

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Shuttle Endeavour Flight to LAX
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The last flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was on the news all morning. I watched as it flew up to San Francisco... Then I hopped into my car and headed up the 5 to Disneyland, just on the off-chance I could get a glimpse. As I was on the off-ramp to Harbor Blvd. which runs on the east side of the Park I saw people lining up on the overpass...
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Art / Cons : SPECTRUM Fantastic Art Live!
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Yeah, I'm trying to catch up, which is just impossible for me... Anyway, back in MAY, the folks at the Spectrum: Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art series of art books held its first event in Kansas City, MO: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!

Here's the website:
http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/spectrumfantasticartlive/

Brom was one of the special guests, he gave a slideshow overview of his career, which was, of course, fascinating--
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BJDs: Little Lost Android Boy
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Here's another new addition this year, a Mini-sized boy made by Souldoll, a Souloid Iraki.

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Re: Colorado Theater Shootings-- what can I say? It's just horrific.
There is a fund set up for financial relief (I hope it helps with some of the hospital bills of the severely injured, and funeral costs...?)
https://givingfirst.org/index.php

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