“Cryptid Command” Bigfoot/Nessie/UFO Embroidered Patch Set on Kickstarter

Cryptid Command Bigfoot Nessie UFO Aliens embroidered patches on Kickstarter

Cryptid Command“, my latest embroidered patch set is now live on Kickstarter until October 31, 2015. The patches feature Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and Aliens/UFOs all with a fun military-themed look.

The main funding goal was reached in under 6 hours on launch day, and the campaign has since unlocked the first of many stretch goals, which include additional patches, stickers, magnets, PVC emblems and more.

Campaign pledges are funneled back into the campaign reward merchandise to offer backers more and more merchandise the higher the campaign funding gets. Pledge now and help unlock more stretch goals and get more free items with your reward!

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“Sasquatch Brigade” on Kickstarter

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I’ve been so busy running my “Sasquatch Brigade” campaign on Kickstarter that I nearly forgot to update this blog to let people know. The campaign fully funded in less than 18 hours, was made a Staff Pick on day one, and as we head into the final week, the campaign just surpassed 1000% funding and the $10,000 mark.

That also means that a LOT of stretch goals have been unlocked, some of which will be Kickstarter-exclusive patches. New to this campaign is the option to pick up the patches with Velcro backing, perfect for your tactical/EDC bag, short or hat. Morale patch fans are going to love this. Ten bonus items have been unlocked. You get a ridiculous amount of stuff for backing at the $25 reward level or higher.

I’ve also got a bunch of upcoming campaigns for other embroidered patch and merchandise sets to follow this one up. A ghost-themed kit, a Bigfoot/Nessie/UFO 3-patch set, more hairy ape-men (Ohio’s Grassman, Florida’s Skunk Ape, and Austalia’s Yowie), a Cthulhu/Lovecraft themed kit, and Halloween monsters. Also in the long-term plans is an extensive trading card series based on similar themes to the patches just mentioned.

Head on over to “Sasquatch Brigade” on Kickstarter and pledge now. The campaign ends Friday, June 12th, 2015 at about 3PM.

 

Don’t Do Your Best

The perfectionist artist is constantly near or in that mindset where one has built up internal expectations extraordinarily high because it’s been so long between creative output. Because one hasn’t created anything in a long time, somehow the belief that the very next creation needs to somehow “make up for lost time”.

I suspect it’s yet another subconscious procrastination technique designed to hold off the feared judgment of the results. Again, the perfectionist fears results because they have come overidentify themselves with their creations. A negative judgement on the creation is seen as a negative judgment of the self. Curiously, the perfectionist never seems to place the same validity on positive feedback, nor give it equal importance. No doubt a result of the negativity bias of the brain. In other words, it’s not “you”, it’s just an artifact of how the brain works.

Yes, yet another insidious form of Resistance. But there is a solution   Continue reading “Don’t Do Your Best”

Indifference Guru

One of the demons I’ve had to repeatedly face along my path of creating and sharing my artwork on a daily basis has the indifference to which the creations are received. I know that far more followers on various social media outlets see these posts than do those who interact with them (like, star, fave, etc) because other, non-art posts on those services get that kind of interaction. Not a ton, but enough to contrast that which the art gets.

As a recovering over-identifying artist, this can be a constant jab at the ego. In a way, this was one of the things I wanted to face directly with this practice. Increased production requires the relinquishment of other consumption habits. Social media was an early time-sink that I let go. You discover quickly how tenuous those connections actually were when there isn’t a mutually-flowing dopamine reward of recognition maintained. As Stephen Pressfield says in “The War of Art“, “There is no tribe”.

After a recent vacuum of response from a posted drawing, again the hurt ego reared up and attempted to begin the indignant tirade against its perceived oppressors. But a thought crept in, which slowly defused this rant. I had really been enjoying this last round of art creation. I felt at home, in a style which came easily and allowed me to create more. I knew there was something deeper going on here.  Continue reading “Indifference Guru”

Mysterious Corridors: Recent Drawings

I started allotting weekends for personal, non-illustration/cartooning artwork. The days fill up quickly, and I wasn’t getting to work on any of this stuff in the evenings as originally planned.

Here’s a collection of all the drawings to date. You can see more over at my personal art portfolio website. The term “visionary art” seems most appropriate to this kind of approach, so that’s what I refer to the art I create in this style as. Definitely influenced by H.R. Giger, Alex Gray and others.

More Halloween Monster & Creature Art

More recent Halloween-themed illustration artwork I’ve been creating for my Daily Sketch practice. Be sure to follow my Coghill Cartooning blog on WordPress.com to keep up with all the Daily Sketches.

Halloween Monster & Creature Art

A spine-tingling collection of all the recent Halloween-themed illustration work I’ve been creating this month for my Daily Sketch practice. Be sure to follow my Coghill Cartooning blog on WordPress.com to keep up with all the Daily Sketches.