Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My FIRST children's book is available



http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-Princess-Erik-Peterson/dp/0985887656/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388524932&sr=8-3&keywords=the+dragon+and+the+princess

The Dragon and the Princess a counting book is now available through Amazon.com. GO ORDER IT NOW!!! It's the super sweetest for all ages. Not to mention I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this project and I just want to share it with the whole world.

If you already have a copy and see me at a con be sure to say, "Hi" I'll autograph it and do a quick sketch inside for FREE!!!

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Dragon and The Princess Kickstarter UPDATE 10/23/13

**Update 10/23/2013**

There are three days left still in the Kickstarter campaign to donate. We have been successfully funded but we could always use more money and to get the word of this adorable book out. We are 140.8% funded but haven't hit our first stretch goal yet. LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! For more information and more illustrations check out the link below. Thanks again guys!!!







http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556816435/the-dragon-and-the-princess

This was my big secret and I can finally talk about it. The Dragon and the Princess is a lovely counting book full of lots of great stuff for kids and adults a-like. I'm in full swing working on all the illustrations. This will be my children's book debut. It is essential, if you are a fan, pinky punk, friends or you just fancy my work, That you donate to this kickstarter. Donations are as low as $1 and that gets you a digital copy of the book. In the listings there is also a special edition hard cover that has exclusive pre-production sketches from me. If you are unable to donate please help out by spreading the word. This is a huge step for my career. Thanks everyone for your continued support!!!!

Here is an hour long session of coloring for your enjoyment!



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Friday, September 13, 2013

Roc Con and Rhode Island Comic Con are a GOOOOOOO

Hey there ladies and gents. Phew, sorry it's been sooooooo long. I've been busy getting my life back together. I wanted to through some Appearance dates your way!!!

2013 Appearances  NYCC ADDED!!!

**09/20/13-09/22/13: Roc Con
Location:
Yes I'll be returning to Roc Con this year with all kinds of goodies.
More info: http://rochesterscifianimecon.com

**09/26/13 at 6:00pm: Dare to Draw
Location: Society of Ilustrators NYC

I will be hosting (not demoing) at this event. Are you an artist needing some time away from the drawing board? Come do some figure drawing with some guys and gals who have been in the comic industry for YEARS. (honestly I'm scared to death cause these guys are really good... and Imma host this.... AHHHHHHH) So yeah come be my support structure; I'm going to need it. Did I mention Alex Maleev was mentoring for this event. (O.O)
More info: http://www.dare2draw.org/About.aspx

**10/10/13-10/13/13
NEW YORK COMIC CON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be walking around NYCC tweeting and instagraming on behalf of Copic Markers. Come find me or just follow the twitter feed.
https://twitter.com/search?q=copic+markers

**11/02/13-11/03/13 Rhode Island Comic Con
Location: RHODE ISLAND CONVENTION CENTER, 1 SABIN ST, PROVIDENCE,RI 02903
The biggest convention in the smallest state. Pretty cool. There is going to be a lot going on for this show. But most importantly me!
More info: http://www.ricomiccon.com

**11/10/13: Albany Comic Con
More info to come. Not a definite booking yet.
More Info: http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/index.html


**11/16/13 Manga Drawing session
Location: Monmouth Library main branch NJ
More info to come.

There is more to come just hang tight!!!



Friday, July 26, 2013

Yes I am still alive

I know I haven't posted in a long time but I swear I am still kicking. I'm a bit bogged down with big and awesome projects. I still need to recap Wizard World NYCE and uh other stuff... Just not tonight. Maybe tomorrow I'll have a nice big post for all ya'all pinky punks. In the mean time here is a picture of me freaking out!

See you tomorrow-ish?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wizard World New York Experience 2013

Directions to see Chris and I at Wizard World NY experience.

1) Stumble through the main entrance

2) Walk your drunk booty to the left till you get to B2.

3) Arrive at B2 and buy ALL OF DA ART WORKZ!!!!

See you there my loves!

http://www.wizardworld.com/minasanwald.html
http://www.wizardworld.com/chrishanson.html

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Before I go to WWNY I will be attending Albany Comic Con on June 16th. For more info check out their site!
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/guests.html

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It all happens May 20th plus kickstarter stuff

Alright my Pretties It has come down to this. The count down has began. May 20th is the day of my operations. YAY!!!! My adams apple will be removed. To be more specific my left thyroid will be removed along with the large mass attached to it. If it does turn out to be cancer and if it has moved to my right thyroid the Doc is just going to take the whole gosh darn thing; but that is a worst case scenario.

On the bright side of things

I'm pretty sure i will have a table at the Wizard world NYexperience... just waiting to hear back from the.... I mean they took my money.. so i wanna asume yes. :) oh and as a plus I'll be there with the Awesomely talented artist of the ApocalypZe card game Chris Hanson.

(<,>) SOOOOOO since you can't really help me out with my operation stuff and getting better you could do me a solid.

Blatantly using her operation and sickness to manipulate people to support her friends' kickstarter... (-_-)
**It would be super awesome if you could donate some money to the ApocalypZe KickStarter. it's well worth it... plus you could get some cards from him; HE IS SO TALENTED!!!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9kpublications/apocalypze-card-game

Another artist you could help out is Annie Stoll of Squid Salad. Her art is BEAUTIFUL ands she wants to make some merch and go on a comic con tour....... DONATE TO HER KICKSTARTER WHILE YOU ARE AT IT.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/anniestoll/squid-salad-makes-merch


GIVE THEM ALL YOUR MONEYS!!!! and it may spead up my recovery. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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Maybe I will post before I "go under the knife" I just hope the operation doesn't go anything like this->



Okay everyone TOODLES!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

*Adams Apple update* Post Biopsy

ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch
I'm being so candid with you guys...

Had my Biopsy on Friday. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Even with the pain killers injected it was very unpleasant. In fact I think the injection was the worst part. They said I would feel burning... I would describe it more as jabbing me with thousands of needles... yeah, thats pretty accurate.

The Doc stuck me with 7 needles. Moving then around and trying to get good samples. Unfortunately for the Doc and Myself he couldn't get anything good. He just kept drawing blood out of it.

The good news is there is no calcium built up in my adams apple. However because the biopsy was inconclusive we still don't know what this lump is. The Doc says it's time to have it just removed.

I set a date for May 20th to go under and have this lil fella finally removed. Down on paper it states he hasn't decided to remove my whole thyroid or not.  Once removed I'm donating it science. I love Science! (Any of you med students out there better take caution, you may one day handle my adams apple in an experiment) Good news is after a two hour operation I will get to go home and rest up for a week.

I'm scared of the operation and what it may mean for me after. I will have a scar that I have come to terms with. I know if any one asks I have concocted this crazy story about rescuing a cruise ship from Pirates... lol. This operation may alter my voice... that scares me. I'm no singer but I LOVE my voice. Also i may need to take supplements for the rest of my life to regulate my thyroid. I really don't want to get fat... like REALLY REALLY REALLY. (no offense to my curvy friends. You are all beautiful.) So my life may change significantly after this... or it may not change at all. But I will try my best to make it a positive change.

And for everyone who asked, "Is it cancer?" I don't know. But it is getting removed. Maybe I will have an answer after... but really who knows.

I'll see a whole bunch of you in Albany come June and I'll show you my awesome scar!

Thanks so much for all your support. It means a lot... now you guys have to start yelling at me about getting work done... Ginger girls is still not done and I have a book i need to work on. AHHHHHH!!!!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Big "C" word

lol What am I doing?
Cancer... I might not even have it!

A lot of you have been messaging me with concern that I haven't been as active this year. I normally would have my appearances posted and I would be setting dates to come out and see all you wonderful Pinky Punks.

I have been sick. Those that follow me on facebook know this already. There is a possibility that I have cancer connected to my Thyroid. There is a big'ol mass in my throat this look a bit like an Adams Apple. I have so lovingly decided to call it my... Adams apple (how fitting). At first it did not bother me. it could barely be seen, but over the past few months is has grown a lot.

 About a week ago my left thyroid became inflamed and I was having trouble swallowing. I went to the emergency and got a cat scan done. They let me go and set up a date for a Biopsy, FINALLY!

My biopsy is tomorrow morning... and I'm terrified... of the needle. If this does turn out to be cancer it is very very very operable. I'm not going to die. Thyroid cancer is very common. But that doesn't change the fact that I am terrified of getting an operation. Cancer or not my Adams apple need to GO like yesterday.

I'm sick often and I just want to get back to work. I have an animation to finish and a book to begin. There is SOOOOO much I want to share with you guys. Just hang in there and I will too!

Please don't worry to much. I will be okay! Once I get the results of the Biopsy I will let everyone know.

Thanks for your continued support. I love you all!!!!!!

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In the mean time I will let you know my next big appearance is at The Albany Comic Con, June 16th. For more info head over to their website http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com

I'm also considering Wizard World New York experience. Although the price is a table is a bit much.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Asbury Park Comic Con 2013

I first public appearance of the year is here. :) Asbury Park Comic Con is Saturday March 30th, 2013 at the convention hall, asbury park NJ. Doors open at 10 AM. I'll be sharing a table with the lovely and talented Erica Schultz of M3. I will be selling my books prints and taking commissions. Come with some money and ideas about what you want drawn. 

For more information go to http://asburyparkcomicon.com



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This is a big-ol-post

Part One: Ginger Girls update

It's like 11 minutes from the deepest darkest part of earth... my home studio. But really this was a semi-tutorial video of what I learned while working on the ginger girls animation (which i'm still working on) This will also be posted on the producer, Alexia Anastasio's blog

For now enjoy my soothing, monotoned (due to stressing too much) voice as I try to explain how I am an animator.

Part Two: Paperman



I pride myself in almost always knowing what technique used in animation. I can, with a small margin of error, almost always pinpoint the program or style used. Admittedly I'm a little smug about it. And then I saw Paperman...

OMG DISNEY HOW U DO THAT??? AINT NOBODY GOT TIME TO CREATE A NEW STYLE OF ANIMATION!!!

I started to cry like a little confused baby. Was it 2d animation... or 3d animation?

Disney has always been a pioneer in the animation field. in the 1930s Walt and his gang developed the glass multi plane camera. Background painted on multiple glass slates with a camera suspended above it. Moving the glass at different speeds created the illusion of depth. (I can now get the same results using toon boom studios camera... it's pretty darn awesome.)

Mult plane camera in toon boom studio 7.1


Well Paperman marks yet another break through in animation. Based on what i have researched it is a 2d/3d hybrid. To this I can only say, "FINALLY!!!!" 2d or hand drawn animation is starting to become a lost art. most big budget films are now cgi. I'm not saying CGI is terrible... but I feel like it just doesn't have the same connection to the artist as hand drawn.

How? How did Disney animation studios do this? Well based on youtube videos, they built a new program and bodda-bing-bodda-boom we have Paperman. The Disney Animation Youtube channel has a wonderful set of videos explaining the breakdown of Paperman. One in particular shows how you can draw on the character model on 2 different frames and it will create an in-between for the draw... THE DRAWING. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

I could try and explain the details of this mind blowing new style but I think you are better off going to the Disney Animation youtube channel.

So Pinky punks this is the end of the line. I have a lot of work to get done and I think I spent enough time gushing over Paperman. Back to the grind stone!

It's just so pretty!



Monday, January 21, 2013

Ginger Girls update: I can do this!

Just chugging along on the Ginger Girls Animation. For those of you who follow me know this has been in pre-production for a while. And due to many many many complications I'm running behind. (Outdated OS, change in script, death of computer harddrive, steep learning curve, and laziness due to frustrations.) This is my first time being an animation producer and I'm learning the hard way how many things can go wrong with a production.

But with mistakes comes learning. I will be the first to admit I am new to being an animation producer so I WILL make mistakes. It is frustrating but I can do this!

 With everything that has gone wrong it is easy to lose site of all the positive aspects.

For one I have the BEST boss ever! Alexia Anastasio Is the must understanding and patient person I know. She is always willing to listen to my griping and turn it completely around and make me feel better. She goes well out of her way to find me the help I need. I only wish other animators out had such a supportive companion.  I want to make her proud!

I want to get this animation done in time to enter Annecy 2013. The due date for entries is Feb 15th. My personal deadline Feb 10th. Can I do this? Yes, I can. It is just going to take a lot of work.

A shot of the animatic in toon boom studio 7