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DRAGON CON 2016!

Aedan Roberts

It's been a bit since I've updated this. There is a reason for that: I've been entering my annual "HOLY SHIT I ONLY HAVE A MONTH LEFT BEFORE DRAGON CON" crunch-fest. Every evening/weekend/spare moment has had me in my studio desperately trying to squeeze out just one or two more pieces before I have to pack it all up and lug it off to Atlanta.

And that time is quickly approaching. In less than a week I will be on the road and I am gripped with the usual excitement/dread/fear that I experience every time I'm staring at a particularly tight deadline. Hopefully the work I've been able to squeeze out will be enough and the momentum I've acquired this month will continue into the following months- we will have to see.

As for Dragon Con? I wanted to write up how the event will go down for me and where to find me:

Once again I have managed, through the good graces of the wonderful and hard-working staff of the Dragon Con Art Show, to procure not only an entire Bay to display my newest works (and a couple older ones) but also a Booth in the Artist Bazaar! Check out the map for directions to my work:

So pretty much you enter the art show and take an immediate left, walk all the way to the end of the aisle and I'll be there in the corner, next to a big black partition.

I will also have some work in the print shop, which will be located where the Comic& Pop Artist Alley used to be (not entirely sure where that went, but whatever). The show tends to be a massive maze of amazing works- and this year it has only gotten bigger. But don't fear, with this handy map you will find me. Please find me. I will be bored without you!

Hope to see you there!

 

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My Nüdtendo Series featured in Animize Magazine!

Aedan Roberts

For a little while now I've been doing photoshoots with the amazing Roberto Araujo for my cosplay. I honestly believe the quality of his work is a product of not only his talent, but also the warm, welcoming manner in which he treats his subjects. You just feel comfortable around him, and trust in his ability to capture you in the most flattering light possible. So when he approached me about doing an editorial about some of my artwork in an upcoming issue of his magazine ANIMIZE I leapt at the chance.

We decided to concentrate on my Nüdtendo Series since the subject matter would fit best with the other content- which is to say brilliant photography of the male form. We spoke of the motivations behind the series, the intent of the chosen expressions, along with videogame/nerd fandom in general. I had a blast reading it when it arrived- so go check it out! And honestly it's worth keeping up with the magazine beyond just this article- it tends to host some fun, fascinating people and things that sometimes escape the wider audience it deserves.

A massive thank you to Roberto for giving me the honor to be included in his magazine. You are such a good friend and amazing peer.

Bob The Motherfuckin' Drag Queen!

Aedan Roberts

All my pop-related rantings go in the Pop Bin, of course, and I'll be making a quick post there about this as well, but since this is a rare cross-over between the two worlds I decided to write one here as well!

BEHOLD! Bob The Drag Queen, current contestant of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8, in her NYC Live Premier Runway Look- drawn in the style of my Nüdtendo Series (costume designed by Domino Couture):

For a bit of reference of what it was based on:

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Why, you ask?

Well first of all I am a HUGE fan of BtDQ. So far she's had a run on her season about as strong as Bianca Del Rio. Second of all- I was inspired to doodle this little lady up as a prize for Drag Race Bingo (a fun game people play at Eastlands during the Drag Race Viewing Parties I have had the pleasure of attending (hosted by Ariel Italic and Lady Bearica Andrews).

The final piece, shown above, will be given away as the First Place Prize during the Finale of RPDR Season 8. So if you want to snatch up this silly little doodle (gouache, oil pencil, and gold leaf)- you know where you need to be in a few weeks time!

I'll be at 2016 NYC MoCCA Fest!

Aedan Roberts

I'm going to start this post with a quick, sheepish confession: I'm absolutely horrible about remembering to submit applications for art shows and conventions in a timely manner. Even with the addition of Google Alerts, alarms, and really wonderful friends sending me proper reminders I tend to find myself realizing the next day that I needed to do it- and by that point everything is sold out and all space filled. I've also noticed that this has been getting more and more intense as these shows become ever-more mainstream. I was at an event the night Illuxcon tables went on sale and even with the alarms reminding me at the very moment the "doors" were opened I still was too late. And this terrible habit is especially true for MoCCA Fest. I have never- not once- managed to register and reserve a table on time, and this year was no different. Worse than that all my friends were already paired up and all my usual avenues to work around the issue seemed to be unable to help.

Yet for the second year running now it has been through the EXTREME kindness of one friend in particular who has made MoCCA Fest possible for me. And while his or her name will be withheld (unless he or she is alright with me mentioning it here) I am eternally grateful for their generosity and kindness in thinking of me when the opportunity to help arose. It reminds me just how important it is to be there for your fellow artists. We are often the people who get the short end of the stick- which makes it even more important to offer support to each other in our times of need.

I am also making it a life-goal to get better at submitting in a timely fashion so I can stop being such a burden to my generous friends. :-)

With that all being said: I am pleased to announce that I will, in fact, have a table at this year's MoCCA FEST!

While I still don't know where I'll be placed I do know one thing: I will be there, nestled in with all my fellow illustrators, animators, artists and friends. Come find me, say hello, maybe buy a print, an art book, or some Nüdtendo Trading or Playing Cards!

For info on MoCCA Fest (where, when, how, etc.) Go here. And for quick directions see below: