Eucon 2015, Terryl Whitlash and Kelly McMorris

I made it to Eugene’s second con this fall, Eucon! And I saw many amazing artists. By coincidence the author of this book was there.

I picked it up a few months ago from a Portland Art store and I’ve been sharing it with my students to many “oohs” and”aaahs.”
She was charming and answered questions and talked about her career. She told us the secret to making believable animals in fantasy worlds and films is to base them on the structures of real living animals. She shared with us how she would go about designing a “jabberwocky.” (she would combine a pteranodon, a rahmphorincus, with an Ethiopian  wolf, a long neck and a rabbit head)  I asked her what does the jabberwocky eat with those rabbit teeth? She said, “little girls!”

She said she wanted to illustrate biology but got into film almost by accident when Lucasfilm’s art director saw her work in her school’s gallery. Here is a long video about her career.

My favorite part of the video is where she says, “keep yourself teachable.”  
She is behind a massive free online course for designing fantasy animals, Creatures of Amalthea.

( maybe it’s an ad campaign for copic markers, but it’s pretty cool!)

Thank you Terryl, you are an inspiration.

I also met this fantastic Portland artist Kelly McMorris who illustrates for Disney, Scholastic and cricket magazine. Check her work out here. She has a blog where she talks about art technique! Wow, I could learn a lot from her.

Here are some of the coolest cosplayers I saw.

 What time is is? ADVENTURE TIME!

What kind of crazy fan fiction would have Marty Mcfly meet Ant Man?


 That adorable pink storm trooper outfit is made out of yoga mats! 

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Erin Mckeown and Natalia Zuckerman


 Fun show with these two folk artists. I prefer Erin playing with a band behind her, her more “rockabilly” material, check out her songs,” we will become like birds” ” white city” ” blackbird” and “le petit mort.”

She played with Natalia Zuckerman backing her up on the lap steel guitar.

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The Shivas and Go!Zilla

Recently back from touring Europe, the Shivas stomped and swayed in the Star bar in Portland. They played an old gem about Jack the Ripper for Halloween


The opening act was Go! Zilla from Italy.


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Shannon and the Clams

A few years ago I was in Toronto for nxne and someone told me they were looking forward to seeing Shannon and the clams. The name stuck in my head and I looked them up and dug their sound. They were playing a post haloween show in Portland. The show was very fun, and they bring their sound of their records very accurately to their live show.

  Here is my warm up drawing.
Whoops, forgot one of the ns. Better draw them over again. Form where I was standing, the drummer was hard to see.

Beautiful music! Very surf garage! I love the 60s style organ sounds and the gritty rock vocals.

Here are some photos. 


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Happy Haloween

Maybe you are watching creepy movies as a part of your Haloween traditions. Here is a video I made in tribute to Peter Lorre.

If you enjoyed this, I made more

for Bette Davis, Cary Crant, and Toshiro Mifune.

I started one for Humphry Bogart, Norma Shearer, Marcello Mastroianni, Fred MacMurray, Audrey Hepburn, Samuel L Jackson, Javier Bardem, Jean Harlow and Clara Bow  and but never finished them. I suppose I ought to get around to that sometime.

Eleven Eyes

Eugene’s funk pioneers Eleven Eyes tore it up at the hi fi music hall. Andy plays in Bustin Jeiber and the Cherry Poppin Daddies. He subbed in on sax and kicked all the asses!

Is it a weird coincidence that there is an anime named “11 Eyes?” 
 I have drawn them before check it out.


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