On a table beside Ryan sat Lius Lasahido, an artist hailing from Indonesia. He sat on his table busy sketching on a commissioned blank playmat. One of the many goodies you can get at the artist’s booth if they offer the service. I immediately noticed a huge pile of tokens and of course, the zombie tokens were especially popular this time around.
Me: Has there been any instances or meaningful interactions with your fans in these kinds of events that touched your heart?
Lius: Actually, yes. They really appreciate me. They gave me a cut-out of my cards the artwork and it’s like a 3-D portrait/sculpture. Not only one they gave me two and some chocolate. They really appreciate me and for me it’s really meaningful.
Me: If there was one thing you could change or not change with your work, the community or the Industry what would it be?
Lius: Okay. I think it depends on how long (the client) gives me time to work. Sometimes I can see my artwork if its good enough for me (given enough time). The deadline is sometimes too tough.
Me: If you could be a creature not limited to Magic: The Gathering what creature type would you be?
Lius: Probably a Merfolk because the designs are really nice and you know, really cool because they can breathe under the sea.
I came away from that pretty satisfied having a glimpse of both of the artist’s personalities. My only regret is that I did not bring enough cash with me on Day One and I was dismayed to see that the Ryan’s Endless Ranks of the Dead print has been sold out along with Lius’ postcard prints when I came back on Day Two. Do not make the same mistake I did by underestimating our local art fans. Well, at least I still have my awesome signed Johannes Voss prints of Restoration Angel and Blood Artist from GP Manila 2015!
So next time you attend a Grand Prix anywhere in the world, please do drop by the artist’s booth and show some love to whomever is at the booth and please DO NOT forget to at least tip your artists after you have them sign your cards.