Yes, I'm back! Didn't you miss me? Whatever, I didn't miss you guys either :) I am back in track, rested and writing again. As I wrote in my last blog entry, I spent the last two weeks getting ready for AVN AEE. Even though I wasn't attending as an exhibitor, there was a lot of work I had to do. For starters, I had to finish a couple of images of some of the models there, in order to have something to show off at the convention and make more contacts.
The day went by really quickly. As soon as I was able to get inside the Expo, I started to look for each of the models of my list. The list wasn't long, but the time available was very short. See, Saturday is not only the last day of the Expo, but it's also only half a day (12-4 p.m.), due to the fact that the AVN Awards were being held later on that day. By the way, AVN Awards are basically the "Oscars" of the porn industry; therefore, the nominees have to leave early in order to have time to get ready for the red carpet and the ceremony itself. Due to this same reason, the "effective" time for the Expo is much shorter than the other days. It probably would have been easier to go on a Friday... but that's another story.
So, my first stop was the VNA (Vette Nation Army) booth, where I have many friends, including Vicky Vette, Sara Jay, Sunny Lane, ShandaFay and many more (I'm just mentioning the ones that were there when I visited). Plus, I am friends with several of the members of the VNA network, so stopping by that booth first is a no-brainer. This year I didn't have any new artwork for any of the VNA girls, due to lack of time, so this visit was strictly pleasure, no business :)
Then, I decided to look for Gianna Michaels... who was literally across the aisle, at the CamSoda booth, just a couple of steps away. And when I say a couple of steps, I mean it, literally, the aisles were pretty narrow. Let me mention something: the main problem at AVN AEE, at least for me personally, is to find the models. See, models are always moving around during the different days of the convention (and often even during the same day). Fortunately, I had done my homework, and researched where the models were supposed to be that day. Anyways, I did locate Gianna Michaels with no problem, and I will be talking more about her in my next blog entry. I did render a new artwork piece based on her, and that's why I want to save it for next time. All I can say now is Gianna is a complete hoot, she's so much fun! :)
Next mission: find Sheridan Love, who fortunately was at the end of the same hallway, a few steps away (yay!), at the Burning Angel booth. I also had a new piece of artwork based on her image, and she was ecstatic when I presented it to her. And she wasn't alone: the models and fans around her were impressed as well. That indeed is exactly the point of bringing new artwork to an event like AVN AEE: get the ball rolling regarding my work, not only with the models involved in it, but with anybody around them. By the way, I'll be talking about Sheridan Love and her new artwork in my next blog entry as well, so make sure you read it.
I had two more models in my schedule: Abella Danger and Kendra Lust, whose images you might have already seen, since I released those images last year. I found Abella at the Jules Jordan booth and I spent quite a while standing in line before getting to talk to her. I don't know if I could have skipped the line using my artwork as an excuse, but if you know me, you know that I'd rather stand in line :) Anyway, she was extremely happy when she saw the print of her artwork. She had seen it before, online, when we were in contact getting the artwork done, but she had never seen the printed version.
From there, I went to the booth of Society 15, to find Kendra Lust... but she was already gone (nooooo!) :( I tried to find her at another booth, but with no avail. You win some and lose some. However, don't worry, Kendra Lust and I have been in contact before, which means that I will be able to contact her once I have a project in mind. AVN AEE is a great opportunity to meet with the models and talent in person, but is definitely not the only way to get in touch. :)
By this time, there was only a short time left for the convention to end, so I just walked across the halls, taking a few pictures and saying hello to some friends here and there. It was a real rush to be there, mainly because this time I had a plan (unlike other years, where I just go to stop by and say hello). By the time I left, went out to eat and got back home, it was night time already... and I practically crashed on my bed, due to the lack of sleep of the previous several days. But let me tell you, those are the best times to sleep, when you're so tired that you don't know if you'll make it to bed (zzzzz).
So, now part two of AVN AEE: following up. I will be following up the contacts that I made at this convention. I will be posting photos from the event and also the new artwork that I mentioned. All this on top of the work that I am already doing, not related to AVN AEE at all. Hey, that's life! No rest for the wicked... and wicked I am indeed :)
I want to thank again everybody who keeps supporting me, who keeps helping me following my life as an artist. I am truly enjoying this, and I do look forward to see what the tomorrow brings to my work. I don't know exactly what it is, but I know that it includes boobs, butts and naked parts. :P
See you next time!
Pin-up artist by day… and also by night. Well, mostly by night, because night time is my favorite time to paint.