By Justin Gerard

Drive-by post today!  I just got back from Illuxcon.  As always, it was an immensely rewarding convention and one from which I always leave tremendously humbled and inspired. And like most who attend, I also leave with a sense that I just can’t wait to get back to the studio and start painting again. I can’t wait to try out new techniques and start on new ideas.

But the best part of this year’s Illuxcon for me was picking up this amazing little gem from Omar Rayyan:

Omar has long been one of my favorite illustrators.  I love his work for its lively brushwork, its wonderful sense of humor, and for just the sheer charm of his characters.

I knew as soon as I saw this one at his booth that I was going to be walking out of the show with less money.  The new tires? Fixing the broken washing machine? Meh, those can wait. I knew that what I really needed to do is put this on my wall as soon as possible.

It was a great show. If you haven’t been to Illuxcon, you should try to get out there and see it.

In other news tonight:
As of this writing, The Lamppost Guild Kickstarter has reached $27,000! It’s been amazing and I am really looking forward to getting the courses out there and into everyone’s hands.

Also, if the kickstarter reaches $30,000 by tomorrow night they will be adding a new marketing course to the line-up. To learn more check them out at: