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ApolloCon! (update)

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 19, 2015, 10:50 AM

Howdy, ya'll!

So I'm back from the fine state of Texas, where I had the pleasure to serve as the Artist Guest of Honor for Houston's coolest convention. There was art, writing, costuming, music, gaming, a plethora of goodies that made the nerd in me drool, and a life-size cutout of Spock beaming people up to a free all-you-can-eat buffet.

Creating art is a solitary effort, so getting out of my home (and my shell) now and then is a welcome change, and a way for me to truly replenish my reserves of inspiration and creativity. It's especially fun to share tricks of the trade with aspiring artists and fans, which I did during a two-hour live drawing demo. The resulting piece was a big hit at the charity auction:

A Taste Of Copper by MJWilliam

I didn't get to participate in as many panels as I would've liked, but what I did take part in was fun, educational, and memorable. So, if you were there, it was a real pleasure to meet you, and if you weren't, maybe next time.

In other news, there's a pile of unfinished projects sitting in the corner demanding attention. I better see to them.





Banished by EsthervanHulsen Silence of the Dew Drops by Pevansy Final berth by ghostbow Rosa  - Chelin Sanjuan by aaamelie
Each beginning is difficult by BritaSeifert
It's Love by Tannany Sector 05 by MvGorlei Joan of Arc by ser1o An Unhappy Camper by 5kypainter le retour du printemps : contest by ptitvinc

Girl with Dog by Spiegellicht S E I J I N S H I K I by burningmonk Orianna by Venesmir XXXV... by roblfc1892 daria by MartaSyrko



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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
  • Reading: The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer
  • Watching: Under The Dome
  • Playing: Dying Light
  • Eating: salad
  • Drinking: coffee


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Maria J. William
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Hi there, and welcome to my gallery! I'm a self-taught artist/illustrator, and I've been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I've been doing art professionally for about 12 years.

Many things have inspired and influenced my work, from the Far East to the Pre-Raphaelites to post-apocalyptic and steampunk fiction. I love to blend fantastic and real life elements. My work is mostly traditional, but I also do some digital art here and there. I'm a creativity junkie and can't live without making things and experimenting.

I believe we creative people are never truly complete, and continue learning and discovering ourselves for as long as we live. It's like a pilgrimage to our muses, and I'm enjoying mine for all it's worth, cracks in the road and all. I don't really care about pushing the envelope or being a visionary, I just like to paint pretty things that I hope will bring people joy.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband, our two young sons, two trusty feline sidekicks, and more books and movies than we have room for. When I'm not appeasing that finicky, fickle art muse, I hang out with my family, write novels I hope to someday publish, dabble in photography, and play a delicious profusion of violent videogames.

Thanks for looking, and alons-y!


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PaulWeber Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the favorite.
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
ArnelSaric Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
First of all, love your work. Really do. You simply rule blending the different elements in one scene.

Come check out my stuff and get very, very disappointed. I'm here to make you feel better about yourself all the time! :D
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, thank you! I appreciate the kind words! :)
MagnusMansson Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Maria!
MJWilliam Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure!
SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Party Happy Birthday, Maria!
superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Happy Birthday!
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday! Party
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :party::cake:
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