Another year, and another Otakon has come and gone. I seriously love this show with all of it’s Manga, Anime, J-Rock and Cosplay inspired crazy goodness. Once again I was asked to take up residence in Artist Alley in the lower level of the Baltimore Convention Center, and spend 30 hours creating a massive mural, this time based on the work of artist Del Borovic.
A theme to this year was “Cooking”, going so far as to have number of recipes throughout the official program. The image I had to recreate was of Otakon mascot Hiroko in a kitchen TRYING to create pancakes, but obviously having some difficulty. In the background is a stuffed toy version of their other mascot, Hiroshi, along with several photos of him on the cabinet doors.
Throughout the piece are a number of Easter-Egg references to cool things at the show. In all, the detail, lighting and amount of background work in the piece was amazing, and it was certainly a challenge to recreate.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi, and most of all thanks to the staff of the Otakon for, as always, letting me be a part of an amazing event. Can’t wait until next year.