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Upcoming Events for September 6, 2011

This is a press release for my upcoming appearances and classes. Feel free to share it (except for the contact info at the very bottom) on your website, or other promotional media. You can also download a pdf file of the article.
Press Release
September 6, 2011
Upcoming Events and Classes 

Mike Leuszler, party and event caricaturist and local entertainer will be participating in the following events and classes in the upcoming weeks. Contact information for each event is provided in the description, or you can email Mike at MikeTheArtGuy.com@gmail.com. You can also contact Mike to inquire about having him at your upcoming events, fairs, festivals, and fundraisers.

Saturday, September 10th, 11 am to 4 pm: (free admission)True North Arts Fest/Sheffield Family Pride Day at French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield, OH. Fine Arts shopping and browsing, music, caricatures, family activities, food, fun. This is a well-attended, fun show that is in its fourth year. You will be delighted by the variety of artists and music. Find out more at the TNCA website: http://www.truenorthartsfest.com/index.html

Thursday, September 15,  6:30 to 7:30 pm: (Five dollar class fee) Creating Comics and Manga Class at Schoepfle Gardens Metropark, Just off State Route 113 on Market Street in Birmingham, Ohio (440)965-7237, Learn to create comics and manga by creating comics and managa. In addition to learning some of the methods and tools used, you will learn a little bit of the history, business, and inner workings of comics. Find out more by calling (440)965-7237 and register here:
http://reservations.metroparks.cc/programs/index.shtml?id=22258&sid=934865.78114&uid=

Saturday, September 17, 12 to 5 pm, Shiloh Company Picnic, Wellington. Back again for a second year, I will be doing caricatures at this private event. If you know someone who works for Shiloh, let them know!

Thursday, September 22, Creating Comics and Manga Workshop, Lorain Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, OH. 6 to 8 pm (10 dollar class fee). Introduction to creating comic strips, manga and other sequential artwork. Learn to make comics by making comics. Learn
basic comic terms, concepts, history, business practices, and some of the tricks that creators use in creating comics and manga, and have an enormous amount of fun. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Saturday, September 24, 7 to 9 pm, Taste of Firelands Wine Tasting Fund Raiser at Matus Winery, Gore Orphanage Rd., just off Rt. 20 in Wakeman. Doing caricatures at the Firelands Endowment Fund Raiser. For 25 bucks, you can get a sampling of Matus’ wine selection. Plus I’ll be doing caricatures. Did I mention that? There will also be light refreshments and a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds go to Firelands Endowment Fund. Find out more here: http://www.firelandsschools.org/drupal/?q=endowment

Sunday, September 25, 11 am to 4 pm, Invest Elyria Art Show,  Ely Square, Elyria. Painting, crafts, sculpturing, music, preforming art. If you have a question, just ask. I will be doing caricatures, and will probably have some blank notecards (with my art, of course) and other items for sale. Here’s a Facebook Event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189773187756730 and here is the NEW Invest Elyria website: http://www.wix.com/investelyria/ie#!special-projects/vstc1=art-show

Thursday, September 29, 6 to 8 pm, Caricature Workshop, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain, (10 dollar class fee). How to get turned into a cartoon and the fine art of caricature. Demonstration of techniques in both doing quick party event caricatures, along with regular caricature artwork. How to emphasize, distort, and do other things to create a comic work of art. Lots of fun for the up and coming cartoonist or doodler. Learn some potential uses for your newly learned abilities. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Thursday, October 6, 6 to 7 pm, Monster Drawing Class, Lorain County Arts Council Gallery, 737 Broadway, Lorain (10 dollar class fee). To draw using classic monsters from the movies. It’s a drawing class that uses monsters as models! Learn some tricks to make your drawings more monstrous! Learn basic drawing techniques that you can apply to most sketching and drawing projects. http://www.lorainartscouncil.com/index.php

Mike Leuszler is a professional party and event caricaturist who has been working professionally entertaining many people with his inky trade for the last six years. You can find out more about him at MikeTheArtGuy.com, his official website.

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Contact Information:
Mike Leuszler
MikeTheArtGuy.com@Gmail.com
home office: 440-988-2256
cell: 440-897-2178

 

Third Thursday at Granny Joe’s

On Thursday, June 16 from 6pm to 9pm eastern, I will be doing caricatures at Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. 5598 Liberty Ave Vermilion,  OH  (440) 967-3663. Stroll about downtown Vermilion, listen to a variety of musicians and get some good ice cream.

 

Artwork Commission Price Update

I have updated my Artwork Commission Price List. I think you’ll like it. I’ve added 9″ x 12″ prices and the options that go with it. It’s very simple now to calculate the price for a commission, but if you still have trouble, hit the email link there and ask away.

 

Keystone High School After Prom Update

On Sunday Morning May 8th, at 12:30 am, I had the privelege of being the caricaturist for the Keystone High School after prom. I can’t remember how many I’ve done there, now. I know it’s at least three, and it could be four.

I do know that a good time was had by all. And this year, I know I drew at least 50 kids (or 25 couples, if you will) in the span of 2.5 hours. Yeah, that be a lot head shots.

I’m very grateful that I’ve been allowed to return year after year to do this event. The Keystone event is usually the first really big marathon type gig I do every season and it always sets a great tone for the year.

Thanks again, Keystone.

MikeTheArtGuy.com Anniversary and Lore

Monday, May 9th, is the anniversary of MikeTheArtGuy.com, the URL. I have already renewed the domain so there will be no interruption of service or any nonsense like that. I did it way ahead of time (okay, a few days ago) because I knew I would be in zombie mode today (after staying up all night doing caricatures at the Keystone High After Prom).

This website used to go by MikeLeuszler.com, but one year, I missed the payment date and an Asian entruprenuer bought my domain and started putting up things on his MikeLeuszler.com website. Later on, it became an online auto mall. Some people who live locally, and that see me in my 12 year old Ford Contour ask why I don’t have a new, cool car, seeing as I sell them online.

Which, of course, I don’t. So, long story short, I had to get a new domain. I didn’t want to go with anything less than a dot com. No dot net, info, tv, ca, uk, etc. I wanted an easy to remember URL. I’m all about making it as simple as possible for my clients. The less mental work for them, the more they like it. Plus, I thought this was a good opportunity to put some keywords into my URL, making it easier to find and remember.

I don’t know why, but Leuszler seems to put the fear of God into some people when it comes to pronouncing it. And perish forbid you ask someone to spell it. That sz combo in the middle, on its own, causes grown men to wet their pants.

To be truthful, though, I’m not a big fan of my last name either, but I really didn’t want to change my name or get a psuedonym, since most of my online identities use Leuszler.

Eventually, one of my acquaintances and clients, Christian LaVeck, owner of ManforAllSesaons.com, suggested MikeTheArtGuy.com as my new dot com. It has my first name, it has art, and the word guy is a pretty friendly and easy to spell word. It gives a casual, approachable feel to the business. So after a short talk with Kathy (a whole other story), I decided to go with it.

And I have to admit, the response has been a lot better since I’ve changed over to MikeTheArtGuy.com. No more stammering, hesitation, or confusion on how to say it (as long as I capitalize all of the words). And, as I would always point out, the less confusion on a potential customer’s part, the better. Or, on my crankier days, “Keep it Simple, Stupid”.

So there you have it. Happy birthday to my domain. We now return you to your Mother’s Day festivities.

This Project is a Bitch

Jack Russell Puppy Copyright 2011 Michael A. Leuszler
First 2011 Puppy

I will be doing a series of puppy prints for the upcoming season of animal-related shows. I will be selling them as blank note cards, and possibly some prints online. This is a partially finished Jack Russell terrier, the first puppy in the series.

eBay Sales This Week

Batman Dark Knight ACEO / Sketch Card Batman Dark Knight ACEO / Sketch Card 2011

Joker ACEO / Sketch Cards
Batman's big baddie, the Joker.

This week, I have 26 eBay auctions listed. My seller name is Mike_Leuszler. Don’t forget the underscore!

They’re all ACEO / Sketch Cards of various characters and subjects, including Mario, The Hulk, Superman, Catwoman, and Santa.  Some of the cards feature a change in technique, too.

I also have some of my oldest ACEO for sale from five years ago. FIVE years ago. Yeesh.

Don’t wait, because the auctions end Sunday night around 10 pm Eastern time.

And if you could tell your friends, that would be great.