Hello, this is Victor Cañizares Coleman, but online I am known as James Corck.|
I'm a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, and every day I do my best to improve my artistic skills, trying out new things, drawing for others and myself. You may wonder "Why an artist? Why don't you find a job that pays better and is safer?". Well, I read once that sane people become lawyers, doctors, or something other that pays well and has a secured position. If you are insane you make movies, write books, and do pictures. I guess I am insane then. Besides, I tried that whole "better job that pays well" thing for three years, and those were the most miserable years of my life. I only feel good doing this, I genuinely do. Doing otherwise would be to betray what makes me being me.
I come from a family of artists. My great grandfather was an artist. My grandfather was an artist. My mother was an artist. And I want to continue that lineage.
I'm the creator of Ask Movie Slate, an ask blog on Tumblr where I review movies with my character, a cute unicorn called Movie Slate. I also illustrate the comic series "Old Appleoosa: Tales from Eq-Westria" written by Fernindt, "I Will Never Leave You" and "Sanguine Kindness" written by Rated-R-Ponystar, and the comic strip series "Fur With Cream" (currently on hiatus).
I've worked for "BronyScot" doing graphic design for their convention, and came up with those "Best Pony Logo" edits a few years ago. I am also working with Silver Quill on his review show "After the Fact" as a title card illustrator.
I hope you all like what you see in my gallery, and I encourage you all to let me know what you think of my artwork in the comments.
Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you all have a wonderful time.
My Art Tumblr - awthredestim.tumblr.com/
Ask Movie Slate - askmovieslate.tumblr.com/
My Picarto channel - picarto.tv/JamesCorckStreams
My Twitter - twitter.com/James_Corck
My Commission Queue - docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
This convention was pretty insane, actually, from the vert begining. The first few days not much was going on, just walking around to get used to the area, sight-seeing, looking at the places, breathing in the chilling cold air of Scotland, and generally feeling right at home. I’ve always considered Scotland as a second home, and this trip confirmed how comfortable I feel while being there.
The most remarkable part of this day was going to see “Steve Jobs”. Really good movie, I can easily see Michael Fassbender nabbing an Oscar for it. Plus easy to follow for a movie written by Aaron Sorkin, who’s well known for complicating the dialogue with too much information.
I also ended up making friends with a hot dog seller who happened to be from Catalonia, and he was the sweetest guy ever. Liked his burgers so much we went twice in the same day.
This was the big cluster, the part of the trip where everything happened. Setting up the convention table took less than I thought, but it was a bit of a pain. Those mesh-wire cubes they use at conventions are way more complicated to assemble than what they look, but in the end the structure got put together, and the merchandise displayed.
What followed was eight hours and a half of people coming around, chatting, being really sweet and respectful, and saying more than once that they loved my artwork and my art style. Each time someone came to me saying such, they were also taking away weights out of my depression, and making me feel lighter and way happier than I have been in a long time. By the end of the vendor session I had the stupidest smile in my face, and I loved it. I sold out on five prints, sold both canvases, sold a few pony hearts, and in general did enough profit to cover the convention costs, and then a bit more. This means I won’t have to open for commissions in December, thus giving me an extra month to complete more work that’s been pending.
Also I did an artist panel with Mad Munchkin, and it was good enough to spark questions in the audience, and I hope some of them went back home wanting to create their own drawings. The only part that surpassed this was the charity auction (which raised over a grand), and the Midnight Scribe Creative Vibes podcast that closed the panels’ run.
Overall it was a really intense day, I collapsed in bed almost brain dead (more than usual).
This day will never end, because it’s still happening right now.
Yes, at the time of writing this I’ve had literally no sleep since Sunday. I will go get some bed rest after I’m done typing this, I just have to type it first before I forget about it, before I think this has all been a dream.
We spent the entire morning looking for an ex-change money place with good money ratios from Pound to Euro. You’d think it’s the same everywhere, and you’ll be wrong. The airport gives me 1,2 Euros for each pound, while the place we found gave me 1,4 Euros for each pound. In the long run, that 0,2€ marks the difference.
With my money converted we spent the rest of the afternoon walking about, until we gathered a group to go to the Disney Store in the outskirts of the city. I didn’t buy anything, but boy I don’t get used to see Star Wars, Avengers and Mickey Mouse all in the same place. It’s like the crossover that nobody knew they needed.
The night time was the real cluster of the day, because looking for the concert venue for Rock Nessie 2015 was an adventure on itself. It was located in an underground bar, in an underground street, so you could imagine the acoustics were actually pretty good. This is the part that surprised me the most, since they were going to auction the Rock Nessie banner that I designed, and that all the musicians had signed, and the one to introduce it was none other than me. I don’t exactly remember what I said but people seemed to like it, it was fun. I was a nervous wreck by the time I ended the speech, but it was fun.
I only stayed until the banner got auctioned, then decided to leave. Not out of my own volition, my flight was leaving stupidly early. I went to the hotel, took my luggage, and spent the last few hours playing “BUCK: Legacy” with a small group of friends.
And then the airport reminded me why I hate flying. Terrible wait, terrible flight, and just uncomfortable from beginning to end. The less details I give you the better.
Still, even that wasn’t bad or strong enough to ruin what I can now call the absolute best convention experience I’ve ever had in my life. Fun, enjoyable, and I felt like I could be myself with these guys. Nobody judged, or insulted, and there was a lot of respect floating in the air, for all the people involved and not just the guests.
This is why I’ve decided to approach things differently from now on (this goes from the way I draw to who and where will I go to seek criticism). This convention happened at the perfect time. A little bit later, and I think I would’ve needed some serious help.
Thank you BronyScot, for making this such a fantastic experience.
Streams will come back next week. Commission work will resume today.