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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Employees Only - He's Got "The Sugar"

It's the return of Susie and Learning Monster!

I don't think that I've actually had recurring characters yet with Employees Only, but if it's going to be any of the guys I've drawn up so far I've got to go with Susie and her out of touch instructor. Their comic was actually the biggest influence over the current style of Employees Only, so its only natural for me to want to bring them back. A very close second goes to Moses and his iPads from Mt. Sinai - I don't know, maybe I'll have him be a big Apple fan. I'm also obligated to resurrect the mighty Inspirasaurus Rex from extinction as well...how can I not?

The comic has come a long way from the many incarnations it's taken over the last decade, and I'm happy that I've finally found my stride with it. Now that I've found niches for some returning cast members, it should go more smoothly during the creation phase and that means I can enjoy making the comic even more.

And hopefully you guys are finding it enjoyable...maybe even educational - although I don't blame you if you're as lost as poor Susie!

-ic

Special thanks to the Mix for technical support on diagnosing diabetes jargon! I'm hoping you know what the hell this stuff means!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Employees Only - Who You Gonna Call?

The fact that they call the show Ghost Hunters is a bit misleading, but so much the better for my comic. As for the actual show itself, I'd describe it more as Ghost Surveillance, which I guess doesn't have quite as snappy a ring to it.

Almost every episode I've watched, and admittedly I've seen quite a few, has been more of a ghostly tease than anything else. I remember one episode where James and Grant swear they saw a full bodied apparition and wouldn't you know it, it happened off camera. Oh, it was exciting for them though. Usually that's all you get - vaguery and hints at something spectral; except, I should say, for audio recordings - for some reason ghosts love yapping it up for EVP.

-ic

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Employees Only - Dental Deluge

My sister recently had me on the floor laughing about her experiences with dental devices like the water pick and I couldn't help but make a comic. Of her opinion for the Water Pick, which admittedly I use and find very worth while, my sister has this to say:
"Worst Invention Ever."
I can only hope that for the sake of my comic she continues to try out new devices - the results are worth it!

-ic

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Employees Only - The Pianist

I hear he likes to close his sets with "I'm A Little Teapot" to impress the ladies.

Learning piano, I'm finding, is all about starting with the basics. I'm not even talking about simple songs - I mean you need to relearn how to push something with your fingers. That idea you might have had that it's just pushing buttons is laughable. I've spent the past three months trying to relearn how to move my fingers; and naturally that means I'm not playing any concertos any time soon.

My latest triumph is actually a piece called "Frisky Little Rabbits". I rock the house with it.

-ic

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Behind the Front Lines - Portrait Business Going Up a Notch

Time for an art business update.

This month begins a new serious foray into my art business over at IanCastruita.com. In the past I've always thought of portraits as a side income, but truth be told, learning more about illustration and the fine art business has made me think I might be happier making my main income from portraits - at least to start with.

In the past my portrait business has mainly come from Christmas and other holidays such as Father's Day. However I've consulted with a top-notch marketing executive, and I'm told that there is potential in dipping into the wedding market, which is why I'm beginning a Google Adwords campaign to try to drive some of that business my way.

Even though I've already started my campaign there are still a lot of things that I need to do. Fortunately my past clients have been amazing in providing testimonials to put on my website, and I've also been able to figure out a few good questions to mark down on a FAQ. In addition I imagine that I should probably put up some advertisements here on EN•blog.

I have a feeling that I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I'm hopeful that this will end up being something that can move my career into a more solid "art-centric" direction. There is no denying that I'm still interested in becoming an illustrator and painter; for right now though, I'm hoping that this will give both of those businesses the boost they need!

-ic