Hey everyone, as always, it's been so long since I last posted. As I look around my office there are of course many comics, art books, and illustrated children's literature. All of them wonderful and equally inspiring visually.
However, I've come to appreciate most of all those pieces of artwork that I've had a personal interaction with the maker, whether that's doing coffee and hanging out, meeting them at a convention, or even just hearing about their work and talking to them through social media. I love being a part of the fabric of the present art/illustration community in a very active way, by contributing work and inspiration to fans of that community and by supporting the endeavors of my peers in that community.
There are a lot of online venues for patronage today, Patreon and Kickstarter being maybe the most recognizable ones. I personally love just visiting the artist's online store and purchasing there, if you can't make it to a convention and meet them in person. Here are some of my favorites: original art from Cory Godbey, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, and Kent Ambler. Comics by: Sam Bosma and Joey Ellis. So get out there and "shop local," you'll be glad you did and so will everyone else.