Wednesday, April 09, 2014

My Norwescon 37 Schedule

Here's where to find me at Norwescon.

1) For Game of Thrones fans:

I'll be presenting some behind-the-scenes on the making of my A Song of Ice and Fire artwork at "The Art of John Picacio". 1pm / Friday in Cascade 12.

2) For gaming fans:

Win books and art prizes while learning to play the super-fun game of Loteria (think Mexican Bingo). Everyone who attends scores a free Mexican Tarot card! 6pm / Friday in Evergreen 3 and 4.

3) For Michael Moorcock and Elric fans:

See an exclusive presentation of the best art from the history of Elric of Melnibone, with live commentary by Michael Moorcock, artist Robert Gould, and yours truly. 5pm / Saturday in Cascade 12.

Finally -- if you're attending the con, let me know which of my artworks you would like me to bring as prints for sale. I'm making those decisions this week (especially if there's a particular ASoIaF or Elric artwork you have in mind).

See you soon!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Loteria Grande Drawing Sale! (AKA "How to Score a Picacio Original for a Low Price")

My Loteria final pencil drawings have received a lot of buyer interest, which is great to see and very appreciated. That said, those drawings won't be for sale until well after all 54 Loteria works have been completed.

Here's good news though -- for one week only, starting today -- I'm offering Grande card-sized Loteria drawings for a bargain price. These are pencil drawings on Strathmore Bristol, and they measure 4.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall. Each is signed.

I'll be doing drawings of 'La Luna', 'La Rosa', and 'La Sirena', and they'll be first come, first serve. The sale will run from today until Wednesday, March 26 at 11:59pm CST. Here's an example of each.

LA LUNA

LA ROSA
LA SIRENA


Price is $105 per drawing for orders shipping within the continental US, and $115 each for orders shipping outside of the continental US. (Shipping costs included in price.)

If you've ever wanted to add a work of mine to your art collection, this is an excellent way to do so. Order yours here.

FAQ

Will there be more than one drawing produced for each of these three icons?

A: Yes. If you order one of these drawings before March 26th, then you're guaranteed to get one of your very own, regardless of who orders before you.

Do people who order today receive their drawing before someone who orders later?

A: Yes. I'll fill the orders in the order of when they are received.

Will orders be allowed after March 26th, after 11:59pm CST?

A: No. Once this ordering period is done, then I'll focus on fulfilling the orders for all who reserved their drawing during the order period. If you're tight for cash between now and March 26th, let me know before the deadline, and I can try to reserve one for you, but I can't guarantee that I can do that in all cases.

Will I be the one doing all of these drawings, or is someone else drawing some of them?

A: I will be the one drawing all of these. These are not remarqued prints. Each original drawing will be created from scratch for each buyer. (My name's John Picacio, not Thomas Kinkade.)

Is 'La Sirena' going to be drawn in brown pencil?

A: No. That one will be drawn with the same tone as the other two, but for some reason, Blogger keeps imaging that with a brown tone, even though it's a Gray jpg, not RGB. Weird. Ignore the brown. It'll be shades of grey just like the others.

When will the drawings be shipped?

A: I expect to ship these out after Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 in May. So all buyers should be receiving theirs within the month of May. International orders tend to take a bit longer to arrive. Those who order early (especially those on the Lone Boy List) will likely receive theirs much sooner, but overall, expect yours in May.

Jump aboard. March 26th will be here before you know it! :)

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By Request: LA LUNA Final Pencils

A friend asked me to post my final pencils for my "La Luna" Loteria Grande card artwork.

Ask and ye shall receive.


La Luna
Pencil on Strathmore
14" x 21"
(2013)


Monday, March 17, 2014

Good Luck to All Hugo-Eligible Artists

Earlier this year, I invited all sf/f pro and fan artists to submit links to their 2014 Hugo Award-eligible works. Many responded, and you'll find the links they submitted, within the comments of this post.

This year's Hugo Awards nomination deadline is only two weeks away. Here's a visual glance at the Hugo-eligible artists that responded to that invitation. Good luck to them -- and to all! :)

Monday, March 03, 2014

For Jonathan Ross and Family

This note is for you, Mr. Ross, your wife, daughters, and family members that have been hurt by recent events involving the Hugo Awards Emcee reaction.

I suspect you folks have never heard of me, and that's quite alright. My name's John Picacio and I watched from the sidelines this weekend as the Hugo Awards Emcee situation became a debacle on social media. I've already expressed publicly that I was very sorry to see the way it played out, even though I had nothing to do with it.

I'm writing this though because that's essentially not true.

Because I am a working professional within the sf/f publishing field and an artist who has been fortunate enough to win two Hugos, I am a part of the sf/f community by default, whether I chose to speak out or not, and I regret that I didn't on Saturday. Thus, just by professional association, I DO have something to do with this community when some of its very vocal professionals make emotionally-loaded and potentially hurtful statements that end up reflecting on our entire community.

Watching fellow professionals attack Mr. Ross on Twitter was disappointing, to say the least. They said that Mr. Ross' performance behaviors were justification for saying that he wasn't welcome because those behaviors made some of them feel uncomfortable.

Their comfort levels are their prerogative, as are mine. I have the right to not needlessly demonize or vilify a complete stranger, and assume the worst of that individual. I have the right to not be afraid to speak out and instead ask, "Is it really necessary to allow fear to rule the day and indict someone for behavior toward this event that hasn't even happened yet?"

I didn't say anything. I don't suspect it would have changed what happened. The people that were attacking you have bigger microphones than I do. More Twitter followers. More political leverage. Larger armies.

Whether it would have changed things or not -- I was wrong to not have said something at the time. Lesson learned.

That said -- there has been a lot of good work done by good people in this community to make 'safer' environments for fans and pros alike. I endorse and support this work, and will continue to do so.

However, I saw lines crossed this weekend, when personal insecurities seemed to spawn fear-driven and very personal attacks for actions and situations that had not even occurred, but were merely speculated. Those responses were far less than what you deserved, and far, far less than what I expect of my peers, and this field to which I belong.

There is a human cost, and Mrs. Goldman's tweets illustrate that quite painfully. I post these here not to remind your family of your hurt, but for others who might see this to know that we currently have a large compassion gap in our community -- and it has TWO sides, no matter which side you claim as your own.

There are humans on either side of that gap, and when we ignore the humanity of strangers, we are the lesser, and thus, far less than we must be.

This is a series of messages from Mrs. Goldman to Seanan Mcguire, dated about 12 hours ago:

"Reading all your yay!women! tweets this morning, while you rudely ignore a real, live 17 yr old girl....whom you hurt deeply with your words, is jaw-dropping. You falsely accuse her father of sizeism, she gathers the courage to speak to a bullying adult with 12.5k followers....and you IGNORED HER and casually blathered on about the Oscars. Wow. Just.. wow. But don't worry. Go on. Let's discuss Disney princesses. Don't worry about the three real women whose weekend you ruined. (Me and my daughters.) Women like you. Who worry about what to wear, and get called fat. And feel loved and protected by the man you slandered, and who were brought to tears not by imaginary words, but by YOUR self-involved, ill-considered poison. You owe my daughter a reply. Learn some manners and take responsibility for the effect of your words have on real humans."

I offer this to all -- to the Ross and Goldman family, and to you that are reading this -- we cannot let fear rule sf/f. It did this weekend, and people were hurt in the process. If we as sf/f professionals (artists, authors, editors, publishers, what-have-you) can't understand that there's a human cost to our tweets and public posts when we lash out against people, then we're not as good as we may think we are. I offer this to Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Charles Stross, Ellen Datlow, Seanan, Farah, and anyone else who was a part of this series of exchanges this weekend.

I'm sorry to all of you that I didn't speak up, and say what I should have. I think we're a lesser community for what occurred this weekend.

I feel badly for Farah for being put in a position to voice her concerns publicly, as she alleges she was refused the conduit to express her opinions within reasonable private processes, with due course. That said, the damage is done for Loncon3, for Mr. Ross, his family, for the individuals directly involved in the wordslinging, and for all of us as a part of this community.

My words will not change people's minds about what they want, or what they fear.

What I do hope is that this note will let Mr. Ross, Mrs. Goldman, and their family know that this sf/f community crossed lines that should never be crossed, and acted less than professionally in the reaction. Should you later choose to attend Loncon3 in a civilian capacity, I'll be happy to take some time for us to tour the Art Show together, and share a meal on my dime, at your convenience. Please don't feel obligated, but the offer is there for you, unconditionally. Let me know and I'll be there.

Beyond that, it's time to get back to work. If you ever need anything, I'm here for you. Come as you are -- any time, any place.

Very best,
John

UPDATE: Thank you to Sunil Patel for sharing Seanan's reply on the matter. (Sunil's comment is the 2nd one from the top.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

EL MUNDO

Here's the final color version of my latest Loteria card, 'El Mundo'. In English, 'El Mundo' means 'The World'. Those who scored the 2014 John Picacio Calendar will notice that they possess a progress version of this artwork that won't be available elsewhere. I retained the concept of that version, but completely re-did the art from scratch. Here's the new, improved pencil drawing, created for the revised final.

And for those of you unfamiliar with the traditional game of Loteria, here's the Don Clemente/Pasatiempos Gallo version of the card. This is the version from the deck I played with as a kid. I always loved this icon, but as you can see, I've definitely taken 'El Mundo' in a new direction.

Currently calling 'time out' on Loteria, and working on cover art for Dan Simmons' ENDYMION for Subterranean Press. When that's finished, I'll jump back to revising my 'La Escalera' card art for Loteria.

'El Mundo' and 'La Escalera' will be part of my 54-card Loteria deck that I'll be releasing from Lone Boy. Big Loteria product news coming very soon (and the word 'big' is definitely a hint here)!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth & Magic

The EMP Museum in Seattle is currently featuring a terrific exhibition called Fantasy: Worlds of Myth & Magic. If you love fantasy art, literature or film, it's a must-see.

One of my Elric of Melnibone preliminary drawings is on exhibit next to Michael Moorcock's prototype for Elric's legendary sword Stormbringer.

A couple of my artworks for the 2012 George R. R. Martin / A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE Calendar are represented, alongside a fabulous Hildebrandt painting here.

While you're at the EMP, check out the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit too.

One of my favorite details of the collection is this wall. Look closely and you'll see Yoda's walking stick as used by Frank Oz in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. That spiky sphere is the Kryptonian ship that launches Kal-El to Earth in 1978's SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. And yup, that's hanging next to one of the original suits that Christopher Reeve wore for the Superman movies. In the middle of all of that -- one of my cover artworks. This one is for Nancy Kress' classic BEGGARS IN SPAIN.

It's just a paperback with my art on it. No big deal.

But seeing it on a museum wall in the middle of iconic objects that defined my childhood (with Moebius and WATCHMEN on the wall, to boot)?

It was definitely a full-circle moment.

It reminded me how grateful I am to do what I do for a living, and it makes me want to do more, do better, and dream bigger.

A few more pics of characters, real and imaginary, that you might recognize from the Museum's collection:



If you plan to travel to the Pacific Northwest anytime soon, or if you'll be coming to Norwescon this year -- make sure you check it out!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Selected 2013 Published Works

Here's a one-stop visual list of highlights from my 2013 published works. The awards nomination season is upon us again (Hugos, Chesleys, World Fantasy Awards, etc.), and it helps to know which works from a creator are eligible for 2014 consideration. If you wish to reference this list for future deliberation and sharing, I hope it proves helpful. Enjoy! :)


(above)
THE 2014 JOHN PICACIO CALENDAR
Published by Lone Boy
December 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Award / Best Related Work
and Professional Artist categories)


(above)
EL ARPA
Loteria card illustration
Published by Lone Boy
December 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Product Illustration category)


(above)
EL PARAGUAS
Loteria card illustration
Published by Lone Boy
December 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Product Illustration category)

(above)
LA LUNA
Loteria card illustration
Published by Lone Boy
December 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Product Illustration category)


(above)
THE GOOD LIFE
Editorial illustration
Published by Popular Science
June 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Interior Illustration category)


(above)
THE DIAMOND DEEP
Cover illustration for the Brenda Cooper novel
Published by Pyr
October 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Paperback Cover Illustration category)



(above)
HAUNTERS
Cover illustration for the Thomas Taylor novel
Published by Scholastic / Chicken House
May 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Hardback Cover Illustration category)

(above)
THE FALL OF HYPERION
Cover illustration for the limited edition of the Dan Simmons novel
Published by Subterranean Press
June 2013
(eligible for the Hugo Best Professional Artist category
and Chesley Award / Best Hardback Cover Illustration category)