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Post Gen Con and Star Wars

Gen Con was a blast this year! It was so much fun to finally have a booth of my own this year.  It was a very different experience, for the first time I didn't see much of the actual convention.  In the past I have walked through everyone's booth at least once or twice, this year I probably saw a quarter of what was there.  It was great to hear all the compliments from the attendees, and I loved drawing on people play mats and signing cards!  That was truly an amazing experience!  It was wonderful to see past friends and make some great new ones.  Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
Sarah at the booth on wednesday

Me and my Booth

Elisabeth Alba and a true leg man

My first play mat sketch

This woman had unicorns covering her play mat

Another Play Mat

My view all Weekend

Right before I left for Indianapolis, I was given the new Star Wars: Edge of Darkness Expansion pack from Fantasy Flight Games.  Now, this is not the final version of the card image.  The printed version had a square ratio instead of the rectangle ratio they commissioned of me.  So the image was changed a bit... But this is the version that I am most happy with, and the one I will put on my website.
I loved doing this piece, I am a huge Star Wars fan, and it was an honor painting Chewy and Han, my two favorite characters.  The scene I am depicting is literally a 2 second shot from Return of the Jedi where Han and Chewy rig the Empire's control center on Endor with explosives.  

Sabotage!, Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2012


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