I just launched the kickstarter campaign for Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart: A Pinocchio story by CJ Draden”. Listen to the beautiful story of this projects becoming.
I just created a promotion and applied it every piece of artwork listed to my online store. All items are 10% off, all the way through December 31st. Follow the link to reach my online store:
My first time at NY Comiccon and I found it to be absolutely insane. I will definitely return for 2013. Thank your all your support and prayers for a good release of my Pinocchio project. Stay in touch and Ill see you again soon at the start of 2013. -Draden (this was a large portrait I was working on of a Salvador Dali at NY Comicon).
While performing at a show in Miami, FL I illustrated a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe as a demo for my followers and fans. The end product was so beautiful that I decided to ship it back home with me to Philadelphia and donate it to the national historical site of Edgar Allan Poe’s house in the center of Philly. Just recently I was informed that the national/ historical site of Edgar Allan Poe’s house in Baltimore, MD will be closing Edgar’s home due to financial issues. I have contacted a few other artist involved in creating art work as charity to try and raise the money to preserve Edgar’s house to jump on board with to create a kickstarter project to sell prints, stickers, shirts and original works of Poe illustrations and donate the earnings to the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation to preserve Edagr’s home to the public. Edgar’s life story and work has been an inspiration to many artists as well as a passionate piece of history and culture, it would be a great tragedy to lose a beautiful piece of Edgar’s legacy to something as superficial as money. If you are interested in a print of this Poe image or an original piece of artwork portrait of Edgar Allan Poe or wish for me to illustrate one of your favorite Poe stories contact me and lets get to work and saving a piece of our history. Preserving Edgar’s home in Baltimore is a current issue myself and other artists I have spoken with recently are very passionate about and it would be a damn shame to let a legendary artist that contributed new perspectives for the arts and culture within society to be forgotten. I will keep you up on the kickstarter project as soon as the ground work is a certainty and some contributors are established for this cause.
Over the weekend of Wizard World Philadelphia 2012, Stan Lee’s crew Darren Pasarello, Regina Carpinelli, Yuka Kobayashi discovered me and got me an interview with the one and only Stan Lee. The interview was more like two friends talking. I showed Stan the portrait I made of him and the show piece for my latest graphic novel “Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart: A Pinocchio Story by CJ Draden”. The show piece is the physical Pinocchio doll I have created and have been posting about since last October. Stan loved all of the art he saw at my tables so I was invited out to L.A. as a guest artist and offered a forward endorsement for my debut graphic novel by the one and only Stan Lee.