t.@.L.L.HAUZ Cast of Characters – MAHo

MAHo

DOB: 8-24-2000

Height: 4”

Weight: Won’t say

Eyes: Brown, but you rarely can see it because her mind drives her crazy

Hair: Brown, short

Appearance: Short, chubby, wears glasses, white shirt, Blue pants, Brown shoes, never without a bucket hat.

Likes: Art, music, video games, movies, cartoons, food (no particular kind, since she rarely gets to eat, she will eat anything), dancing, acting, money

Dislikes: Boredom, not being able to do what she wants, following orders, being hungry, sitting/standing still

MAHo is an acronym for Mad Art Hobo.

I created this character back in college to use as an avatar pic for my online activities.  Since then she has taken a life of her own. She is basically a cute, chubby, animated version of myself; the artist spirit in me come to life. Originally set as the EGO, I decided the ID suits her more as Art is an instinctive trait for her as it is for me.

MAHo makes art because it’s in her blood, her brain, her soul.  She must make art to live, quite literally.  Her mind is buzzing with countless ideas and images and if she does not take them out of her head regularly through drawing, painting, dancing, cosplaying, anything, her head will explode.  Like, really explode into a thousand messy pieces.  She can never be tied down to one spot.  It is hard for her to stay in one place when her brain is constantly buzzing. MAHo like any typical artist does not make a good living.  She is always hungry.  If any kind soul will give her food she will gladly repay them with her art.  

Taking a New Direction…

Does this picture make me look fat? 🙂

In 2013 I decided to make art. And for the next 5 years I fiddled around and experimented with different styles, subjects, and materials, trying to make sense of what kind of artist I wanted to be. Before in college I had put much of my focus on a career path in the creative industry, such as film, animation, comics, and video games. But since none of my endeavors have been fruitful, being still stuck in the rock and a hard place, and a period of existential crisis ultimately led me to realize that being a working artist is not the path I can, or want to be. It occurred to me that making art for ME, not for someone else, was what really made me happy and fulfilled, and it took a giant leap of faith to accept that I will never bear any Benny fruits out of my art and to simply make art for art’s sake.

So 2013 was the start of that journey. And I can honestly say I felt more accomplished as an artist than I ever felt when I was in college. Throwing away any kind of limitations and conformities, I made art of all shapes and sizes and styles, imbuing my inner thoughts and feelings in every stroke of a brush or pencils or whatever medium I chose. Along the way I’ve pursued several exhibition opps in my area, as well as documenting my processes and keeping records of my works on and offline (this blog site being one of them).

It is now 2021. After few years of hiatuses caused by personal emergencies and the worldwide pandemic we known as the COVID19, I’ve come to a fork on the road, and have made a conscious decision to take my art into a new direction. I’ve been inspired by a recent exposure to the “lowbrow art” and the social media to take a small step back to the old days when I had dreamed of working in animation and comics. In my spare time I would be creating my own characters most of them based on my personalities with the hopes of starring them in a major production. But having been disillusioned by the lack of progress and discontented with all the obstacles and loopholes I’d have to cross I had no choice but to bury my creations. Recently I have been creating characters again and setting up for new series of works around them. I may have told you about this in one of my previous post but here it is ICYMI. It is good to be back here again after too long of leaving it in the dust and I am so anxious to share with you my new work. Be sure to stay tuned as I slowly unveil my new work and any potential new endeavors that will follow.

Until then, stay safe and happy!

t.@.L.L.HAUZ Cast of Characters – IKARU

IKARU

DOB:  January 1, 2018

Height: 4”

Weight: Average

Eyes: Brown, but you don’t see it because she’s always wears glasses that hides it

Hair: Black with white bang

Appearance: Tan colored hoodie, red shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, carries red backpack, has two tiny wings on each side of the shoulder

Likes: Dreaming, drawing, singing, booze

Dislikes: Her wings (because it can’t fly)

IKARU’s name comes from the Greek mythological anti-hero Icarus, who was the son of artist Daedalus.  One day Daedalus made a pair of wings out of feathers and wax and gave it to Icarus, who then attempted to fly up to the heavens, only for the wax to melt away when he got too close to the son, which then sends the young man plummeting to his doom.

Unbeknownst to most people, Ikaru is a descendant of the mysterious half-mortal half-god species called the Nephilim.  In the Bible book of Genesis during the early days of Man, the angels of God left their heavenly posts to marry the mortal women on earth, and between them spawned a being of unusual size and strength.  Some time later God sent down the Great Flood to wipe out all humanity save for one righteous man Noah and his family.  All living things perished in that flood, even the Nephilim.  But few have managed to survive and have since lived in total isolation to avoid any unwanted attention from outsiders.

It is for this reason Ikaru has a pair of tiny wings, with the bloodline of the Nephilim in her body.  Sadly the wings do not work and this has been a major source of sorrow for her.  

Ikaru is often found sleeping because she drinks lots of booze which is her way of coping with her sorrows.  And while she sleeps she has vivid dreams, some with deep meanings which she would later draw in her notebook which she calls it Dream Book.  Ikaru likes to stay in her dreams because that is where she gets to fly with giant wings across the colorful dreamscape, and she can avoid facing the harsh gray realities of the waking world.

I AM STILL HERE…

I apologize for the prolonged lack of activity on this blog. I’ve been busy settling down in my new full time job and trying to get everything together, but it is utter chaos right now, both physically and mentally. I will one day sit down and refresh this blog. Meantime you can check out other activities I got going on my social media channels==>

An Artist's Life: Making Art Your Business [Edited 2-9-21]

Art and Business Don’t Mix.

Or do they?

Back in the school days all they taught me was how to be the best artist that I can be. What they didn’t teach me was that I would also need a business degree.

These days if you really really want to make a living solely by your work of art you have to know how to sell them. It’s no longer enough just to get yourself noticed by big name galleries or art enthusiasts in your final year at art school and be taken under their mighty wings of social and financial security and fame. Especially when there are thousands of other artists competing for the same prize. The art world is as vast as the Pacific Ocean, and millions of fish swimming about in search for food.

Thanks to the Internet, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to not get themselves noticed and to sell themselves to prospective buyers and grow their business. But that is much easier said than done for introverts like myself. Artists by nature are introverts – keeping to themselves and not being able to open up to the outside world. Artists would rather hole themselves up in their studios making bunch of paintings to their hearts’ content than to mingle with a crowd and talk away about their art. (And that’s the worst part- explaining to others what your art is about. But I think I will save this part for future post)

Luckily, it does not take another four dull years of college to learn about business. There are plenty of resources online that can help one to learn the art of deal making (NOT the one by Trump, mind you) as well as ways to promote yourself as an artist. Not all methods taught online is for everyone however; it takes trials and errors to figure out what works for you best.

So try I did. And the result? Wish I had something positive to say. Sure I knew it was not going to be an instant hit, but I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I had hoped to be an overnight sensation. To be honest, a lot of these guides I’ve fished out online gave me false impression that I would see instant results. If I could just find that perfect guide that fits neatly into my needs and situation…but I know that’s never going to happen. I have to go out and find it for myself. As mentioned, Trials and Errors. And it will be a safe bet that it’s going to take a loooong time.

Peace Everyone.