Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Best of all Possible Timelines

I've been meaning to post about the chain of events set off when I posted my Inspector Spacetime custom figure. I shared a link to him over at Reddit the same day, and was immediately contacted by Mark from PixelDrip Gallery asking if I'd be interested in exhibiting the Inspector and Constable Reggie at the Six Seasons and a Movie Art Show in Los Angeles.

I had about a week and half to get the figures packed up and shipped out, and meanwhile the wife and I were trying to decide if we should make a last minute trip out to LA to present for the show and reception. We came to the conclusion that there's not a lot of guidelines out there to tell when you're "successful" at something as niche as custom figure art, and that this certainly seemed like as good a goalpost as any. So we arranged to meet some friends out in California and went for it.

It was an amazing experience. You can check out coverage of the show here and it's really worth a look for all the amazing art that the show Community has inspired. There were sketches, paintings, nesting dolls, dioramas, pixel art, comic books, and even a playable "Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne" video game. I got interviewed to for the documentary about the event, we met some great peole, and saw some amazing art.

And that was just the daytime gallery exhibit. That night, there was a reception for artists and special guests. We saw Gillian Jacobs (Britta) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley)being wonderful and gracious to the artists and fans. We bought some prints of Annie and Britta by the amazing Megan Lara. I got to sign the giant thank you portrait for show creator Dan Harmon. It was a really amazing day.

The ONLY downside was, and I guess is, that I'm still learning how to deal with my hearing loss. In normal day to day situations, it's easy enough to adapt. I've still got most of my hearing in my left ear, so it just takes a little maneuvering usually to find a spot where I can hear well. In any sort of crowd though, all I get is noise, which made mingling in the busy evening reception almost impossible. It was a bit of sucker punch to have come all that way to feel so cut off from everything going on around me, but we made the best of it. I wish I could have mingled a little more with the other artists, and would have had the nerves to tell Gillian and Yvette thank you in person, but being functionally deaf in that situation is just something I haven't learned to navigate yet.

We had a great time, I got to show some dear friends what it is I do, and really left the whole thing feeling like I was starting to figure out where I can go with this whole hobby/art thing.

But there was another surprise waiting! Travis Richey, the actor who plays Inspector Spacetime, had seen the figure and even commented on it! He really did use it as his Facebook profile picture! And best of all, in some of the footage from the event, you can see him inspecting the Inspector up close and personal (right around 2:05 in the vid)!

Anyway, school starts back up tomorrow and I wanted to take the time to document my thoughts on all this and brag a little. It's always exciting when this quirky little hobby of mine gets recognized by strangers as something fun and worthwhile, and I'm incredibly thankful the chance to participate in such an amazing event!

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