Friday, August 27, 2010

Holy Crap! Should I do an Art Show?


I have one of those "fake paper mug" ceramic coffee mugs with a plain white unglazed exterior. Being the doodler I am, I wasn't able to resist the pristine surface, so I doodled all over it. Anyway, to make a long story short, one of the managers at my local cafe saw it and told me that she'd be willing to hang my art in the cafe!

So I'm all in a tizzy now. My stomach feels funny. What do I bring? How do I present it? Maybe I'm not ready for a coffee shop show. Are microdungeons too inaccessible to the non-gaming crowd?

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24 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

Not at all! The microdungeons are totally cute. I mean, maybe they won't make total sense to everybody who sees them, but that's art.

August 27, 2010 at 9:40 AM

 
Blogger jgbrowning said...

Hell yeah you should do an art show! Are you mad? :)

August 27, 2010 at 9:41 AM

 
Blogger Paul said...

Do it, and have fun!

August 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM

 
Blogger Brendan said...

Dude, even if they were, inaccessible is good in an art show. Go for it!

August 27, 2010 at 9:53 AM

 
Blogger Steve Lawson said...

I think that even people who aren't interested in RPGs will find quirky or evocative maps interesting. Do it.

August 27, 2010 at 9:55 AM

 
Blogger Jim said...

Go for it!!! Love your stuff!!! Where's the coffee shop?

August 27, 2010 at 10:18 AM

 
OpenID sirvalence said...

The artwork on the cup is awesome, it's no wonder it caught her attention. Go for it: what have you got to lose?

August 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

 
Blogger Clinton said...

You should definitely do an art show. Some of your more metaphorical dungeons are totally accessible and very artistic.

August 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

 
Blogger Jason Morningstar said...

Your art is beautiful and deserves to be shown. Get it up there! People will love it. LOVE IT.

August 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

 
Blogger Marc Majcher said...

Holy crap, yeah. Not only is the art awesome on its own, but a sneaky foot in for new potential gamers is always good...

August 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

 
Blogger JDJarvis said...

Yes, give t a shot. The worse that happens is the unenlightened philistines don't get it ;-)

August 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM

 
Blogger John Evans said...

I agree with Steve Lawson:

"I think that even people who aren't interested in RPGs will find quirky or evocative maps interesting. Do it."

August 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM

 
Blogger Posr said...

Make dungeon cups and sell them please! I have the two dungeons I purchased from you hanging proudly in my gaming room/basement/nerdvana

August 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

 
Blogger Ben Wray said...

Yes! What everyone else has said. Your maps are full of quirky details and evocative labels, at worst people will think they're entertaining little maze-things, but I suspect more people will get them than you think.

But your non-map stuff, judging by the artwork on that mug at least (it's the first of it I've seen) is just as good, so by all means, go with what you feel comfortable with.

And for the record, I'd pay sick money for a poster-sized megadungeon map. I'm just saying.

August 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

 
Blogger imredave said...

Heck if certain artists can be famous for paintings of soup cans, microdungeons can be art as well. Your fifteen minutes of fame await!

P.S. you put them in nice frames and stick some price tags on them you might make some cash as well.

August 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM

 
Blogger Chris Bennett said...

Doodle on coffee cup + Cafe owner notices + ?? = PROFIT!

Where ?? = hang art, add price tags and keep copies of your Microdungeon books for sale at counter

August 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM

 
Blogger Jason Morningstar said...

Oh, Tony, you know what else is art? You facilitating strangers playing How To Host A Dungeon. That's fucking ART right there. You know what else is art? You running people through your D&D/AW hack. ART. Schedule times to play your games as part of the exhibit.

August 27, 2010 at 6:27 PM

 
Blogger Fitz said...

Buy some cheap, plain, matted frames from whatever chainstore stocks that kind of thing (they have them here in New Zealand for about five bucks each). Everything looks better and more professional, and therefore more purchase-worthy, in a proper frame.

August 27, 2010 at 6:34 PM

 
OpenID ancientvaults said...

Not to argue with Fritz, but I would not buy cheap frames. I have had art shows over the years and I always use really good frames or make my own (I buy the molding from an art store or even from a store like Home Depot). I also invested in a matte cutter.

Good luck with it, you will do super!

August 27, 2010 at 11:39 PM

 
Blogger Felbrigg said...

A posh frame enhances the art. A cheap frames cheapens the art. The better frame helps people take the art seriously. :)

Post some photos of your show!

August 28, 2010 at 2:22 AM

 
Blogger Tony said...

Wow, you guys are awesome is all I can say. I am definitely doing a show. I'm not sure exactly what it's going to be, but it will definitely include dungeons!

August 30, 2010 at 11:37 PM

 
Blogger Philip said...

I just want to know how you're going to drink your coffee while your custom mug is on display in the show.

August 31, 2010 at 2:55 AM

 
Blogger Saeblundr said...

you should draw the micro dungeon that exists under the coffee shop :)
and the dungeon that they pull the coffee from.
and the dungeon in the cow that the milk comes from :)

I love flicking through the little images that trickle into my RSS feed ... each one makes me smile. If the same can be done in the coffee shop, I would think that would be one very happy cafe manager.

September 7, 2010 at 6:12 PM

 
Blogger mylescorcoran said...

Your work would make a marvelous show. I'd love to see it if the Atlantic wasn't so inconveniently placed.

Good luck!

September 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

 

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