Thursday, August 6, 2015

Geekie Awards 2015 Nominees Announced!

The Geekie Awards nominees have been announced, and though I didn't make it this year, those who did are seriously amazing.

Check out the list of this years nominees and honourable mentions HERE.

The categories had to be re-jigged slightly to accommodate the amount of entries, so they became Art, Fashion & Lifestyle, and Crafts & Toys. There are lots of diverse entries for things like music videos, podcasts (scripted and unscripted), trailer videos, web series (reality, scripted, and unscripted), web sites, board games, video games, etc. But these are the top three categories I'm personally watching like a hawk, because these have some great artists that I'm really into.

In Fashion I'm pulling for Sent from Mars (they're all amazing, but her bag designs just kill me).
In Art I'm just fascinated to see who wins - I have no idea who to pull for, they're just all so diverse and good. In Crafts & Toys (what would have been my category) there are some of my most favorite nerdy artist people that I have been admiring for quite some time: (1) Nerdache Cakes (check out her YouTube channel), who I've been loving for a long while now, (2) Wax Nostalgic who makes amazing carvings into crayons who I first discovered through Uppercase Magazine, and (3) Tentacle Kitty - because let's face it, Tentacle Kitty is just freakin' amazing.

Even though they didn't get nominated or make the honourable mentions, if you like horror and gruesome things, then you should also totally check out Cupcake Carnage. I am just in love with their cupcake figures!!

You can still view all the 2015 entries, including mine on the website. I encourage you to browse through and discover new makers you maybe never heard of before, there's some serious talent.

Most importantly, don't forget to view this year's nominees and cast your votes! They need your votes to win in their respective categories!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Now you can find me on YouTube: Coates & Jackets

I’ve started a YouTube channel named ‘Coates & Jackets’.  I decided to start making videos because I wanted to join a community, try something new, and learn lots of new skills - like editing and public speaking. 
I got the name from thinking about what most of the things I love had in common. Books, movies, collectibles sometimes come in slip covers - aka jackets. 
'Coates & Jackets' is the amalgamation of all the things I enjoy to do: read books, make art, and collect and customize toys. Basically, I just want to share all the things I'm passionate about with you.
I’ve put up my first video, a quick introduction, and I hope you decide to join me on this exciting new journey :) 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Entry Submissions for The Geekie Awards have officially closed

Hey everyone! As I've mentioned before, I entered my toy designs into The Geekie Awards. Now that they are no longer taking new entrants, what happens next?

Next you'll see the remaining few people who want to upload their content slowly going up over on The Geekie Awards website listed under 2015 entries. These are not new submissions, just people who maybe haven't had the chance to upload their content to the site yet (it's not necessary for the initial judging round).

Right now they are estimating that all judging will be completed by July (except for cosplay, that's being done separately and submissions for that have not yet been taken). In July they will announce the nominees who are going up for awards in each category.

The judging is done by industry professionals! So at the very least just by entering, you're getting your work seen by the people that need to see it! Here's a list of this year's judges. Please do not solicit or contact the judges in any way on anyone's behalf as it will get them disqualified. 

I don't know yet how the categories are broken down this year, but in previous years Art has been further broken down into drawing/illustration, 3D/Sculpture, etc. You can win an award for your sub-section, plus you have the chance of winning best overall in the art category.

New this year is a public vote. In the past only cosplay has had a public vote component (and will again this year). What they're doing this year, because it was community suggested, and because sometimes the scoring between final nominees (the highest judge scores) are so close - they're doing a public vote. You can vote once a day, everyday, for 3 weeks. The nominee with the highest public vote wins the award. To allow the public to make an informed vote in addition to our current information on their website (complete with links) they will be putting up the content that we submitted (in the Art category that is the photos/portfolio pieces we submitted).

The awards show itself will take place over two days in October. The winners will not be announced (or know if they have won) until the live event takes place. The award night will be livestreamed so that you can tune in and watch it all go down.

If you want to read the entire breakdown of how it works here is their website page. They also have a page about the show.

Wish me luck, and don't forget to check out everyone who's entered this year!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New works

Some recent drawings & sketches: