This year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) was a lot of fun. Audrey and I stayed once again at the Best Western Carriage Inn, where each room is named after a different famous San Franciscan. This time we stayed in the Isadora Duncan room; below is the portrait of her adorning our wall (unfortunately I can’t find the name of the artist who created the portrait):
I shared a table with the amazingly talented, Sacramento-based artists Joel Smith and Jacob Magraw-Mickelson. To my other side were the amazingly talented, Bay Area artist Cody Vrosh and his wife, Sheatiel Sarao. Intimidating! Still, we did all right at the Jesse Baggs table. Thanks to everyone that came by and said hello, bought a comic, t-shirt or drawing.
As always, there was an overwhelming abundance of amazing comics and crafts to choose from. Curse you, opportunity cost! Hopefully I’ll have time in the near future to write a little something about the purchases I liked most, and upload scans of convention sketches other artists created for me. But in the meantime, here are the sketches and drawings I made.
First, general sketchbook portraits created while people watching:
Other people paid me to draw them. Here are three such portraits, accompanied by a photo of the subject for comparison purposes (I hope none of them mind being on the Internet). If you like what you see, send me an email; I’d be happy to draw you, too! You can also check out more portraits in the new Caricatures section of JesseBaggs.com!
One guy asked me to draw him as a “male Sarah Connor”:
A nice young lady asked me to draw her Maine-Coon cat eating an orchid:
Someone else asked me to draw a “cartoony Mona Lisa”:
Other people tried to stump me, asking for things like “a space-walking goblin”:
Or, “Rocket Squid. All I’ll tell you is that he’s part man, part rocket, part squid”:
Toughest of all was the one-word request for a drawing of “nihilism”:
But my favorite drawings were these last three. First, a guy that looked very much like Martin Starr as Roman DeBeers in Party Down, asked me to draw the TARDIS with a hedgehog. When I handed him the drawing, he said, “It’s beautiful.”
And finally, the funnest drawing of all: someone asked that I draw Abraham Lincoln fighting a praying mantis:
But all that fun wouldn’t have been the funnest without my booth baby, Audrey, who was there to lend moral support, buy food, and keep me from spending too much money.
Looking forward to APE 2013 already, and watch for me at Sac-Con this March!