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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

 

JFK 50 years Later

John F. Kennedy Digital Sketch
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2011 Michael A. Leuszler

Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration and in honor of the event I did a quick sketch of the former US president.

This was done on a Wacom Tablet with Manga Studio 4 Debut. It’s just a quickie warm-up sketch. I hope to do more of these more often and post them here, on my Deviant Art page, and my Facebook page.

Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.

Mike

Back to Work: Commission Slots Open

Hey guys. Before I get down and dirty on my to-do list, I thought I’d let you know that I am always taking orders for caricatures and other drawing commission work.

NOW is the time to order such things for the winter holidays. Hanukka is December 1 – 9 this year, so if you’re buying for your Jewish friends, now is the time.

It’s really simple, just email me with what you want drawn, and then I will go to my price list and give you a quote for both the price and the timing. You can drop the payment in my Paypal account, or send me a check, and I will keep you informed as I am working on your piece.

You may need to provide photos. Fortunately, the Internet is good for sending such things. E-mail rocks.

Simple? Yes. Nice price? You bet. Hard to regift? Oh heck, yeah.

Keep in mind that I do houses, pets, and many other things.

Don’t wait, get to the front of the line by ordering now!

Thanks.

The Dark Side of Librarians

Just a heads up, here… I am now posting older artwork on DeviantArt.com. My account name is Leuszler, of course. Today’s post is a Star Wars-oriented piece commissioned by employees of the Lorain Public Library.  It celebrates one of it’s librarians being promoted to management by going over to the “dark side”.

Here’s the link, if’n you want to cut and paste it into your browser window:  http://leuszler.deviantart.com/#/d2yndae

Lowest Commission Price of the Year

I am having a sale today and tomorrow at my Bonanzle booth on caricature commissions from your photos. Normally, I sell these commissions for 50 bucks, but today and tomorrow, you can get them for 15 dollars plus whatever extras you would like to add. Just read the sale description to find out more.

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/leuszler/items/Custom_Caricature_Drawing_Original_Artwork_B_and_W

Holiday shopping season is coming up soon. Why not get a head start on it and save some money?

eBay Bargain for My Customers

Hey, all. I just wanted to remind you that I do the occassional ebay listing for an original caricature commission drawing, from your photos, on America’s Marketplace, ebay.

Here is the listing for this week: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190443900712#ht_1212wt_1137

The buy it now price is 25.00, which is half of what I normally ask for for this item. If you want to get ahead of the holiday crush, this is the place to go for a great gift that is very difficult to regift.

This Weekend, April 22 – 24

Getting back into busy season here at studio and I’m looking forward to it. First off, on Friday, I will be at Skyview Lodge in Brunswick for their monthly Friday Night Wines Art Event. There will be various arts and crafts people vending their wares, I’ll be doing caricatures and selling art, and there’s usually a band. That runs from 7 to 11 pm on Friday, April 23.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, I will be at the Mill Hollow Reservation Herb Fair. It’s an odd fit, I know, but it’s a fun break from all of the flora, for sure. Saturday, April 23 is from 11 to 4 pm and Sunday April 24 is from noon to 4 pm. Hope to see you there.