Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Broadway Bound

My illustration is up at the Nederlander. Reeeallly cool. What they did with the separated street signs on the marquee looks nice too. I'm batting .000 when it comes to "getting work from other work," but surely some Art Director will see this and like it.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Reclaim, Renew, Reuse

My sister has a piece in the show Reclaim, Renew, Reuse, opening today at Ball State University. Obviously, she has more patience for detail than I do. She made the individual links of newspaper one at a time by rolling thin strips, and finished off the back with links of plastic drinking straw. I think it's pretty cool.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bolt does it again.

If a guy does too many amazing things in a row, does it continue to be amazing? In this case, I think so. Another World Record in the 200m, running 19.19 to break his own 19.30 WR. He went all out in Beijing to get the 19.30, and a year later, becomes the first man to run under 19.30 and 19.20. Stunning.

Monday, August 17, 2009

GP Boston Interview

Three explanations: 1) Magic was not really my debut as a fantasy artist. MML gave me the first shot. 2) This interview was done right after the most hectic part of the day, so I'm surprised I was able to answer any questions at all. 3) The interviewer asked great questions, but he held the camera at about waist height, so I didn't know where to look. So it looks like I'm watching a housefly dart around. But they did a great job of editing so I sound fairly coherent. Thanks Professors!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Usain Bolt is not human.

9.58. It took 30 years to get from 10.00 seconds to sub-9.90 seconds. It took 1 year to go from 9.70 to sub-9.60. It's the biggest drop in the 100m WR since electronic timing was introduced. Simply, without question, the greatest sprinter in human history. And P.S. Tyson Gay ran an amazing American Record 9.71.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Three Year Improvement

Well, here it is: The New York Times ad. Serino Coyne did a great job with the design, and the art came off pretty well on newsprint. (You can click the image to see the ad closer; my credit is down in the lower right corner running vertical, as most illustration credits are.)

In addition, has the illustration splashed all over it, which is pretty cool.

My dad has a print of the ad tacked up to the door of his office. By contrast, hanging on the door to my studio is my first published piece. In March 2006, I illustrated a monthly article, Mary's Farm, in Yankee Magazine. I still think its a pretty good concept and fairly well done.

It was done before I learned to use oils. Before I started painting on a large scale. Before I figured out what brand of paints work best. Before I figured out how to prepare a canvas, how to varnish a finished painting, and how to photograph work. Before I bought a camera, lights and a printer.

It's been a long journey in three short years. Yankee Magazine to the New York Times.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Marathon Training: First 20 miler

I'm too tired to write anything good, and I have to get to the studio. Since it was a zillion degrees and a zillion percent humidity last night, I decided to put off this year's first 20-miler until this morning. Good move, but didn't make it any less painful. At the end, I had veins popping out of new places on my legs (Did you know you have veins on your kneecap?). Here's the map of where I ran. Still raising money for ALSa, and fundraising is going very well!

Friday, August 7, 2009


Be sure to look through or pick up August 9th's issue of the New York Times! My illustration for Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs / Broadway Bound is going to be in the advertistment for the upcoming play.

EDIT: It's in the Arts Section.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My new printer!

An Epson R1900. Another investment I could finally afford, and another thing I can't believe I did without for 4 years. Suddenly, I don't have to settle for cheap color copies from Kinko's. My portfolio doesn't have to have prints that are too dark, too light or the wrong color. I set it up, read the instructions, and the first print was beautiful. The color and contrast were perfect; exactly what I saw on my monitor.

This is really exciting. I'll be selling 13x19 prints in no time.

Even more

Chris from GP Boston sends along his new collection of rare cards. I'll complete his set at a future event.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

More sketches

GP Boston attendee Joe sent along these sketches he requested at the event: A re-do of Strategic Planning. I gave him four different concepts.

Boston Grand Prix Recap

I'm still reeling a little from the past couple days, and I'm pausing just a second to relax before jumping back into work. The Boston Magic Grand Prix ended up being a lot of fun. I continued to learn from other artists and talk to the fans about what was important to them regarding the artwork in their game.

I left Friday, July 31st to head up to Boston. I figured I would get there around the time Friday's events started at 2pm. As it turned out, the entire state of Connecticut and most of Massachusetts was a parking lot. I spent the entire afternoon in traffic and topped it all off by driving into Boston. It seems that John Winthrop's ideal of "a city on a hill" is now a city crammed full of confusing intersections, underground hairpin turns and ridiculously overpriced parking garages.

Eventually, once I found my way to the Hynes Convention center, I set up a little table in the room where the Grand Prix was being held. I quickly learned that Friday was largely a preliminary day before the big event, so I spent most of the evening sitting by myself; sketching, talking on the phone, sipping water and calming my nerves from the day's drive. After the attendees figured out a) who I was, b )why I was there and c) why I was sitting by myself in the corner of the room, a few people stopped by my table and bought some sketches or prints and talked to me for a while. It was a pretty quiet day, and ended with Rob Dougherty of Your Move Games putting me up in the pretty swanky Fairmont Copley Plaza down the street.

Saturday morning, I woke up and went for my scheduled 7-mile run. I used the time to try and find a cheaper parking garage (not a chance), and a good place to eat breakfast (no way). I got back to the Hynes around 9, and immediately knew this day would be different. The room was already packed. Lars Grant-West, one of the other guest artists, was already there and already had a group of fans around his table. I began setting up my table next to his. I had just flung my portfolio down on the table when someone looked through it and purchased two prints on the spot. I had been there literally two minutes. This was going to be a busy day.

The rest of the day was packed with card signings and sketching requests, all the while explaining that I was a "rookie" Magic artist who only has two cards in print at the moment. I had original art on display, which was a great move, as it definitely got people's attention. Even some of the cooks from the convention center cafeteria came over a watched over my shoulder as I sketched images for people.

Cyril van der Haegen showed up around mid-day. Once all three artists where there, we barely had any time to talk to each other, as there was a constant flow of players coming to the table. Lars suggested we all go out for dinner after the event, and we decided to leave at 8pm. Lars and Cyril have an almost endless pool of knowledge to draw from, and I picked their brains for tips and tricks. By the time I got to bed, I was totally spent.

Sunday turned out to be the day of return customers. After I set up, people who had seen or bought my sketches from the previous day came back for more. After a few hours, I had a list of commissions, the most involved being a recreation of some rare cards: Black Lotus, Mox Jet, etc. I did as much as I could before 3pm, when I decided to leave and save some energy for the drive back home.

Throughout the weekend, in between sketches (above), I had many people ask for prints of my work. So with the money I made, I bought a high-end Epson printer. It should arrive tomorrow, and I can start selling prints through the website when I find a cost-effective way to do so. It was a great weekend, and I hope to attend more like it in the future.

(Attention GP Boston attendees: If I sketched something for you over the weekend scan the sketch and send it to me at ryanpancoast [at] I'd like to post a collection of sketches because I think a couple came out pretty well.)