Panda has been working on commissions because upcoming conventions were canceled because of some icky thing. If hoomans want to get an original panda, visit the commission page and sign up. Panda say thanks in advance for being such smart hoomans for getting commissions.

Hello, hoomans, this is panda. Panda woke up from two-week nap and found world going nuts with some weird icky thing. Panda was going to be at Emerald City Comic Con and WonderCon this spring, but icky thing messed up plans. Panda still going to be at ECCC which was postponed to August 21-23, but panda had to bail on WonderCon.

In the meantime, panda is open for commissions. Also, panda have prints and originals available in panda shop. Please visit links to help offset the cancelled events and help panda buy more bamboo since all the grocery stores have too many hoomans in them.

Also, panda want to wish all hoomans stay safe healthy during these times. Panda need hoomans healthy so that hoomans can get free food for panda.

Panda out.

Hello hoomans, panda, Penny, and Randy made it back in Monsters and Dames art book for ECCC 2020. Book will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital and will be made available at Emerald City Comic Con, March 12-15. Panda will update post with Artist Alley table number. Panda expect to see hoomans along with free food.

Panda had a late ECCC commission for hooman. Hooman wanted mountain-biking pandas or panda with dog… or maybe mountain-biking panda with dog.

Panda also want to remind hoomans that panda texting stickers are available on iMessage and LINE. Download your sticker pack today and be cool.

Panda had great time at ECCC last weekend. In addition to regular hoomans, panda got to see lots of hoomans dressed as their favorite cartoons and comic book characters. Unfortunately, panda only saw one hooman dressed as panda. Panda think hoomans can do better.

Panda also got a bunch of commissions from hoomans. Below are all of the commissions hoomans requested from panda which panda forced pet hooman to draw for him.

Also, panda received special commission from hooman who actually kickboxes. Best commission request ever.

Panda want to thank hoomans for visiting panda and spreading panda propaganda joy to other hoomans. Panda hope to see hoomans again at ECCC next year if panda can wake up in time. Panda out.

Hello, Seattle hoomans. Panda will be at Emerald City Comicon at Table J4 in the Artists Alley March 14-17. Hoomans can check the map below for the placement. Panda is also opening up precommissions if hoomans want a commission ready to pick up at ECCC. Sign up for a commission today… or else.

Hello, hoomans. Panda here again. Panda have new entry for Emerald City Comicon’s Monsters and Dames art book. Panda getting tired of winter weather. Then again, panda usually tired all the time.

Also, panda will be at ECCC this year at the same table, J4, right next to hooman friends Patrick Ballesteros and Genevieve Santos. Hoomans should come by and visit panda, give high five, and free food.

Pet hooman Nolen also made fancy schmancy timelapse video. And below that, hoomans can also see Monsters and Dames pieces from the previous years.

Panda has special announcement, panda will release new book, “The Panda is Fat and Other Panda Haikus” at ECCC, March 1-4. Panda will be selling book for hoomans visiting convention. The book is panda’s biggest book with over 90 panda pages with drawings and haikus. Panda will have hooman pet hooman Nolen update the shop because he too busy drawing panda’s book lazy. Below are some samples from the best book in the world.

Panda will also be at Table J4 in Artist Alley. Panda drew directions in map below, panda is so talented. My pet hooman will be chained to at the table to help you with all your panda needs. Come visit table and show some panda love, or else.

Panda out.

I’m happy to announce that my entry was accepted into Emerald City Comicon’s Monsters and Dames art book. This year’s entry also includes a cast of three compared to my last couple of entries.  I will also be tabling at the ECCC artists alley again Mar 1-4, so if you plan on purchasing the art book, come see at Table J4 so I can sign your book. You can read more about the details and other artists in the book on ECCC’s Monsters and Dames page.

Monsters and Dames 2018

It took a while for me to land on a concept. I knew I was going to do something with northern lights, so my first concept had glowing fish flying out of a lake and forming the lights in the sky. After trying out several compositions, I felt like the idea wasn’t working for me. I was also starting to run out of time to work on the piece, so I decided instead to go with a different idea for the figure in the sky.

I also doodled a bit with the colors to figure out what the end result could look like. Another reason for abandoning the fish concept was because I didn’t want to make this piece feel like a continuation from last year’s entry which was also on a lake.

I started playing around with the lines of the northern lights and ended up with a stag-like creature. Northern lights have a flowing quality to them, and it felt like the stag was a good solution.

Lastly, I gave the Panda Courier a winter makeover and included the red panda just because I feel like it’s about time he gets included in one of these pieces.

Oh, and one more thing. Next week, I might be taking over a certain Instagram account. You’ve been warned.

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Paul Hong, aka Dreamlander, who does these great video interview essays on people and passion. He was able to record some of footage while I was tabling at ECCC as well as provide some sneak peeks into my messy workspace at home. I’d say he did a smashing job, although, the guy in the video could put on a few pounds. Check out the video below:

If you’re wondering why I had a bandage on my left thumb during the interview, I had a little bit of a cutting accident with a paper cutter. Don’t worry, it’s all healed; let’s just say it’s not as big as my right.

During the interview, I also made a sketch which I made into a  timelapse video of the panda pals below. If you want to see more of my timelapse videos, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel.

You can watch more of Paul’s other videos on his YouTube channel, also give him a follow on Instragram.

Lastly, I just received my table assignment for Geek Girl Con! You can find me at Table A103, I’ll make a separate post with a map. It’ll be my first convention after my break, so it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get back to work. Have a great start to your week, everyone!

UPDATE: I just added the piece to my store as an art print. You can check out the link here.

Convention season is here, and it’s time to open up pre-commission slots for Emerald City Comicon! I’ll be tabling again in the Artists Alley at Table G-10, and this year, I have the pleasure of having the awesome Patrick Ballesteros as my neighbor, so be sure to check out his table too (that is if you can get through the crowds in front of his table). Also, my Panda Courier piece was accepted for the Monsters and Dames art book, and I will have prints available for that piece as well as prints of my latest Pandamonium pieces.

Prices

Today, I’m opening up pre-commission slots exclusively for ECCC. All prices are for a single character with a simple background. Prices are subject to change depending on the complexity of the character. These prices are for ECCC pre-commissions and ECCC commissions only.

  • OPTION 1: 8×10 BW ink original on watercolor paper – starting at $75 USD
  • OPTION 2: 5×7 BW ink original on watercolor paper – starting at $35 USD

 

As a quick reminder these are the guidelines for the submissions, no porn, sexual activity, lewd content, explicit nudity or gore, mimicking another artist’s style or hyper-realism. Other than that , I’m open to drawing animals, people, creatures, fairies, robots, fan art, original art, video game art, all kinds of art!

To sign up for a commission, please email me at nolen@nolenlee.com. I’ll confirm within 24 hours with your position on the list and if the request is accepted, I’ll send you my PayPal information, and I’ll begin work once I’ve received payment. Also, please indicate which day you plan on picking up the piece.

See you there!

PS: Below are some samples from previous conventions.

Panda shark for @thefuzzyslug

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Roscoe panda for @stuckonaneyelnd

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Bonsai panda, an OC commission

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I just submitted my piece for next year’s Emerald City Comicon’s “Monsters and Dames” art book benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital. I decided to make an update to the girl character from last year’s piece. One of these days I’d like to do some stories with this character, for now her working title is the “Panda Courier” who transports baby pandas.

In the meantime, I’ll have to wait and see if this piece gets accepted. I’ll update this post once I hear back from organizers, but for now, I’m gonna sit here and twiddle my thumbs.