The Art of Wonder Woman

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This past friday, June 2nd, was the premiere of the new Wonder Woman movie and to celebrate the occasion we hosted a The Art of Wonder Woman gallery! The gallery was a part of the First Friday Art Trail in town, an art even that happens on the first Friday of every month. Trolleys will run and take people to the multiple art galleries on the trail and it’s a big event.

This First Friday Art Trail it decided to rain, but that didn’t stop a bunch of people from coming out to the gallery’s reception and seeing all the art. I happen to run a group called the Lubbock Artist Collective and try to give artists galleries to show at and provide resources for new galleries. So monthly I’ll put on themed galleries at Star Books & Comics and have as many as 10-20 artists submit art pieces. It’s been a pretty cool experience and I’m glad I’ve gotten an opportunity to do these shows.

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I decided to dress up for the occasion and put together a retro themed Wonder Woman outfit and attempted to do a victory rolls inspired hairdo. It was a very last minute put together outfit but maybe later when I have time I’ll fix it up and wear it to a con.

I think, all in all, we had 16 artists participate in the gallery including myself. The medium ranged from paper cut to acrylic to watercolor and airbrush. We had experienced artists and first timers and it was wonderful to see all the different ways that people thought and perceived Wonder Woman.

A few of my favorites are listed below. I had to do mine last minute since con prepping took up most of my time. I did it with Ink, pencil, and watercolor and was pretty happy with how it came out. Mine is the first one below.

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The crowd was so enthusiastic and excited not only about the art but the new movie. I was lucky enough to see it the day before and it was amazing. I’m so happy with how it came out, that I got to put on this event, and to be a part of an experience that means so much to so many women.

The art gallery is up for the rest of the month and can be found at Star Books & Comics . You can check out the full gallery of images Rony took from the event here.

The next gallery we are doing is Villains themed! It’ll be July 14th so if you’re in Lubbock, you can check that event out!

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Lubbock-Con 2017 Recap!

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This past weekend was Lubbock-Con’s sophomore show and we were tabling! Because we’d done so many of their events and helped out, we got to be in a super cool area just for featured artists. I’ve worked a lot with Lubbock-Con since their inception because Star Comics is involved and a lot of my friends help in some for or another and it was great to see all the hard work go into the show. Plus the number one way to make a con fun is to have friends there and I had them everywhere.

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This year Lubbock-con was taking place on Memorial Day weekend instead of February like last year but they’ll be going back to February in 2018. And it was two whole days instead of one! And there were a ton of things to do. (I don’t even think I got to see everything. I was too busy running around!)

Our town is a college town and unfortunately, Texas Tech was out for Summer and there were graduations happening all weekend. So there was a lower attendance, but you wouldn’t really be able to tell with the business we got. Our sales were only slightly lower than last year but much higher than expected!

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Traffic was slow but steady, but we had a ton of people come up to us and buy things. I tabled again with Erica of Koolaid-Girl Art and we both had a blast. She’s a webcomic artist/creator of Living When Dead and colorist for the webcomic Ava’s Demon so she had a ton of people come by and get her art. Her art is absolutely amazing and she always blows me away with what she can do.

We started making the transition from 11×17 prints and had a bunch of new 6×9 and 8×10 prints of my Inktober art and my Overwatch sketches. I actually sold out of Sombra prints on day 1 and had to make new ones for day 2. It was my first time cosplaying as well and I was overjoyed that people recognized me as Sombra and wanted pictures. I did a punk!version because I could not figure out how to make her jacket from scratch.

I’ll be doing cosplay posts of each of my costumes!

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Everyone was so happy and excited to see our art and there were so many amazing cosplays. I only got a few pictures of some of my favorites but there were sooooo many. I actually got to be in two different Overwatch pictures! One with my friends and one with two AMAZING cosplayers. I am not nearly as cool but it was super awesome taking a picture with them!

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Sunday I went as Bombshell Batwoman and got to judge the Miss Lubbock-Con pageant! That was a surreal experience (I was supes awkward), but it was neat to participate and the winner was just a bubbly ball of energy. Shout out to Alex for forcing me out of my shell and making me do it. I love/hate you.

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Overall, it was a really good show and I really enjoyed myself. There was something for everyone and was such a relaxing chill show. Thanks again to the staff and volunteers! Everyone checked on us and made sure we were okay and we even got some snacks and lunch. Everyone was super accommodating and helped us with whatever we needed.

I’m excited for next year and hope to have more new stuff and see everyone back then! For now, I gotta get everything set for the Wonder Woman gallery on Friday at Star Comics! I’ll post my cosplay photos next so keep an eye out!

Boop!

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-Sam <3

Come See Me at Lubbock-Con!

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Hello, lovelies!

A non-blog post for once! In case you didn’t know, I will be attending Lubbock-Con Memorial Day weekend! I’ll be there May 27th & 28th!

The neat thing is I will actually have a Featured Artist table! You’ll be able to find me in the Pedestrian Hall near the panel rooms and outside the Banquet Hall. I’m FA-3 :)

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Saturday I will be cosplaying as Punk Sombra and Sunday I will be Retro/Bombshell Batwoman. Come say hi and check everything out as this will be my only convention for the year!

Also! I’m discontinuing a lot of jewelry as well as my 11×17 prints so this will be the time to get them while you still can. I won’t be making any more of the jewelry designs and the prints will be switching to 8×11 once they’re gone.

These are the designs that are getting discontinued:

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I’ll also have sketchbooks including my new Inktober one as well as originals and prints of the Inktober sketches.

I’m super excited to see everyone so please come by!

-Sam <3

Blog| Fresh Start

I’ve gone through a lot of blogs. I was part of the Xanga craze, Livejournals, Tumblr, even the journal section of DeviantArt. Blogs aren’t new to me. I’ve always needed some form of written release, being an introvert and all, and blogs are ways I can word vomit and get it all out.

Raicodoll is my art, my videos, my events, but most of all it’s me. So let’s get to know each other a bit better. Blog I shall. If you just like seeing my art and or going to the things around town I host, that’s fine. The News section has my non-personal stuff. That’s cool. But if you don’t mind a bit of word vomit and venting, then read on!

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In October, after the weekend from hell (that is, the three event weekend where I attempted to kill me and fellow artists with exhaustion), me and Rony spent a week in Seattle for a conference he was attending. Seattle had been on our list to visit for a long time. Companies we loved were located there, it rained all the time, it’s a very artsy town and it wasn’t a desert.

Visiting Seattle was magical and we fell in love instantly.

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Cut to this year. You can only grumble that you miss a place so much before finally just saying, we should move there. Before, moving to Seattle was kinda a lofty dream we would say when the weather was too hot and the wind threatened to take the fence down the block. But after a few google searches and some research, it wasn’t impossible.

We made a plan. Two years max we’d move. After some re-budgeting, it was cut down to one year. We’d move in one year.

And that’s the plan. We’re going to get rid of all our non-essential things, save a ton of money, and pack up all five animals and a trailer and move everything up north! Which is wonderful and exciting but also terrifying.

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I’ve lived in Lubbock my whole life. My whole family is in Texas, at most 5-8 hours away. Moving across the country is a brand new experience. Plus I’m a natural worrier so yes, I am already preparing for this move over a year in advance. Everything feels final. Final birthdays and holidays and events. Things I have created I now have to figure out what the future holds for them.

It’s a bit daunting. In the end, I think it’s a good decision for us. Sometimes you just hit the limits of your growth and have to move to a bigger sandbox. It’s scary and uncomfortable but it’ll make you better.

This weekend we’re having a garage sale to start getting rid of the junk we’ve hoarded over the years. I’m purging what I can and deciding what makes the cut to stay. It’s refreshing, like de-cluttering your life. Everything will be a new start and I think I’m excited for that. As much as I love what I do, it’ll be so nice to start over back at zero and not have any pressures.

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For now, I’m going to enjoy life here, doing what I love, and making memories. There’s a lot planned for this year and if I’m gonna leave, I want to leave while things are good.

-Sam <3

New Website! New Directions!

In case you haven’t noticed, the website got a new look!

I’d been meaning to redo the site for the longest time and finally sat down and worked on it all day. It’s been a while since it first launched and my limited knowledge showed, but I think now it’s fresh and reflects my current tastes a lot more.

Growth! It’s a thing!

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Photo by my sister, Amanda Raylee Photography

The business has been going through a lot of growth lately as I move everything more towards what I want it to be now that I’ve got experience. So what does that mean?

  • I will be phasing out certain jewelry and product. 
  • Switching from 11×17 prints to 8×10
  • Not as many conventions
  • More galleries
  • More sketchbook art
  • Splitting the blog into two categories: News and personal blogs. 

I loved making jewelry but the effort to make everything was exhausting and I was starting to feel like I had too much product all over the place. So I’m cutting it down to just the ones that do well or that I really like (If there’s a certain piece you like, let me know!)

It’s more of a cost thing with the prints. 11×17 prints are expensive to buy unless you buy a bunch in bulk and I have too many designs to do that. It’s cheaper and easier for me to do 8×10 which means more will be available and I can actually sell them online!

With conventions, I happened to start at a weird time. Suddenly everyone was getting flooded with conventions so I had a lot of options but now it’s too saturated and I’m realizing that I’m not getting the return I want to for the stress that I’m experiencing. I love them, but I think I like attending them more. So I’m sticking to only a few I know I can do well at and isn’t out of the way for me.

Galleries were always my main goal and with the art scene growing in town, I got very lucky. I get to do exhibits and galleries with Lubbock-Con and now I’m organizing Star Comics galleries. I even have a few other group exhibits I am participating in outside of that. That’s also what pushed me away from conventions. I have to be focusing on all the galleries I’m in!

Sketchbook art is kinda a given. I need to practice more and I like experimenting at a smaller size than I’m use to. The more I do it, the better I’m getting.

And last, the blog. I stopped doing as many Vlogs on Youtube because of the time it took to edit, but I still want to share my personal life and experiences and thoughts. I also left Tumblr because I got tired of the format and the fight for Likes and Reblogs. So since this is my website and in part, what I’m selling is myself, I decided to host my own blog here. Posts that are just news and events and updates of that sort will be on the News page and personal posts will be on the Blog page.

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We’re planning on moving to Seattle next year so I wanted to log our time prepping for that, some of my personal struggles and thoughts, rants, and things I love, but didn’t want to bog down the actual business news so this works best!

Lots of changes but I think this will be good. I need a routine and this helps my art and business further.

Thanks again everyone for sticking around and supporting me!

-Sam <3

2017.

Holiday season was a whirlwind that I’m barely coming down from. I completely overextended myself in October and paid the price for that (mental exhaustion is a thing, folks) and then the holiday season finished me off. This was followed by birthdays and Valentine’s Day and dog sitting (plus we got a new puppy and Almond joined Obedience School) and I’m essentially drained but mending.

Long story short: sorry for the absence.

But I haven’t completely been out of the game. I’ve been working on things.

So one of my goals for this year was to focus more on galleries. I love cons but they’re hit and miss right now as the industry goes through a shift and I’m still kinda trying to figure out what’s best for my business before I do a bunch. I will be at Lubbock-Con this year though, but that’ll probably be my only one. I pretty much barely broke even on Hub City Comic Con and figured I’d lay off cons a bit after that.

We will be at Staple 2017 but only as attendees! I love that show so no matter what, we’re going.

With that said, galleries give me a lot of freedom to paint what I want and let me shake my wrists out, so to speak. I don’t have to worry about what sales and if anything is cost effective or how many I can reproduce. It’s a one and done and I can spend a lot of time on something and not feel bad.

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We started the year off with a Bad Luck Gallery at Star Books & Comics for my birthday (January Friday the 13th. Lucky me!) and for it not being on the First Friday Art Trail, the house was packed! I’m so happy so many people were able to come out for it and it shows that as long as you have something interesting, people will come.

That gallery actually got extended to the end of February so if you haven’t checked it out, go!

March I may be speaking at the Lubbock-Con Artist Workshop covering the business aspect of art. So conventions, galleries, online stores, etc. It’s the side that rarely gets discussed but is extremely helpful for anyone who ever wants to get into art professionally or even just on the First Friday Art Trail. So if you want to get the details, go to Lubbock-Con’s Facebook page and find the event there.

April! Ladies Night 3rd Anniversary! Can you believe we’ve gotten to do 3 years of Ladies Nights? That’s nuts. We’re finalizing the date now but we have a neat artist lined up that I’ve featured before so I’m excited to see what she can bring to Ladies Night! Keep an eye out on my Facebook for the official date announcement and event!

Also, big shout out to Star Comics for always letting me run crazy events and being super supportive. Best people ever. Seriously, I could not do any of the stuff I do without them being willing to partner up with me.

May is Lubbock-Con! Feel free to refer back to said Facebook page for details!

And then June 2nd, there’s a little movie you might have heard coming out. Wonder Woman? Yeah, we’re doing an artist collective gallery for that! We’ll have about 20 different artists all submitting pieces dedicated to the Amazonian herself. It’ll be on the First Friday Art Trail so go see it! I promise it’ll be cool as hell.

There’s a few more things in the works, but that’s all for now. If you have commissions with me, Sorry!! I’m getting back into the swing of things and am working on getting them sorted. My projector that I use to blow up my sketches also went on the fritz but I’m working on it!

I’m also looking into getting my Inktober works in a sketchbook and as soon as all my inventory is replenished, the Etsy store will be back up with all those.

Thank you again to everyone that’s stuck by me and liked my work and just been completely supportive.

-Sam <3