Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Comic Book Day 2016 is this Saturday!


Join Curls Studio this Saturday, May 7, 2016 for Free Comic Book Day at The Amazing Comic Shop in University Mall near George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. We will be there when the store opens at 10:30AM and continuing until mid-afternoon.

We will have our original comic books for sale and I'll be able to draw a sketch for you inside books if requested. We hope to meet you soon!

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Different shops have policies on how many free comics you can receive, but you will receive at least one free comic if you enter a participating shop location.

Monday, May 2, 2016

ABCs of Country Music Project


Launching the tail end of March and continuing through the month of April, I embarked on creating custom typography for letters A to Z in the alphabet. I decided to concentrate on representing country music artists visually with the first letter of their name -- from Alan Jackson to Zac Brown Band -- we have several music acts ranging through the generations from Uncle Dave Macon to Johnny Cash to Shania Twain to Kacey Musgraves!

My Instagram account was updated daily with a new letter and the hashtag #abcsofcountrymusic was used to document all the letters. This week I will be posting some of the alphabet sketches for Patreon supporters only, so please pledge to be able to see behind-the-scenes content for this project and other projects I'm working on.

I've even created a pattern for fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap that you can get here.

Work With Me
If you are interested in my illustration and/or design skills, please email Carolyn Belefski at info[at]curls-studio.com. View my portfolio: www.CarolynBelefski.com.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Reuben Awards Voting


I found out today that I'm being considered for an "Advertising / Product Illustration" Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society. The voting process is internal for current members of the NCS, so here is a shot of the password protected website. It is a honor to be considered among other talented illustrators.

It's best in these situations not to get my hopes up because I have additional skills to achieve in my career before true celebration. I wish everyone who is nominated the best of luck! Thanks to NCS.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Design Your Own Superhero" at The National Archives Sleepover


On Saturday, February 6, 2016 I took part in a special event at the National Archives. Kids ages 8-12 along with their adult chaperones participated in several activities and spent the night next to America’s most precious treasures: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights for a sleepover!

The children were very eager to learn and several of them arrived in superhero or historical outfits. I saw Captain America, Clara Barton, Dolly Madison, and more! Half of the participants were local from DC, Maryland, or Virginia. There were also several people coming from Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New York, and a few other states!


The sleepover had an overlapping superhero theme and I was there to lead an activity station called "Design Your Own Superhero with Carolyn Belefski." In the same room behind a glass case were original Captain America and Batman comics.

For the activity, I created a sheet so everyone could grasp the concept as fast as possible. There were several stations and kids could choose to stay for as long as they wanted during the activities timeframe, but if they wanted to visit everything they would only have about ten minutes at each spot.

On one side of the sheet we discussed our personalities and potential shapes and accessories that could be used to create a character and their symbol. I encouraged kids and parents to make a hero character for themselves or choose a figure from history and make them into a superhero. One the other side of the page was a simple body figure guide they could use or if they wanted to go free-style, we had blank paper.


As you can see in the image above, we had a variety of heroes. I did an example for myself (in the center of the image) to show my personality: a mask to shield my identity, holding a pen to represent art, wearing the gold bracelet I always have on, boots because I like country music, my outfit resembles a western "Nudie or Manuel" design, color palette of primary colors, the "C" symbol belt for by name, etc.

As the kids (and some parents) were creating their characters I asked them about their decisions and helped to pull out inspirations for them to draw from.


After the activities, I was able to stay in the theater to watch Archives Reports featuring costumed historical personalities Elizabeth Cady Stanton, James Madison, and Sojourner Truth. The children were able to ask them questions during an active live Q&A session.

It was nice to meet some new faces, but also surprising to run into a few people who had either heard of me or met me at Small Press Expo or Baltimore Comic-Con. I also got to meet one of the Curls Kickstarter backers whom I did not know before this past weekend! A wonderful surprise!

This is a great opportunity for families who enjoy history and interactive activities. It is delightful to see the younger generation interested in the past and ready to build upon it for their foundation.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Black Magic Tales published in Magic Bullet #12


The latest issue of Washington, DC's Magic Bullet comics newspaper hit the streets a few weeks ago. Look for your free copy at many bookstores, restaurants, shops, and other establishments in and around the Washington, DC area.

In this issue, Joe Carabeo and I tell the tale of world famous criminals Roxy Monroe and Dean Casanova, along with reporter Sallie Ginger, in "Black Magic Tales: Breaking News." 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Carolyn Belefski - Nominee for Best of D.C.



I am nominated again for Washington City Paper's Best of D.C. Readers Poll in the category of "Best Visual Artist." Last year, as well as the year before, I got runner-up. Let's see if we can beat that. It only takes a couple seconds to vote. I'd appreciate if everyone took a moment to vote. Thank you!


The poll closes March 1 at 11:59PM EST

Carolyn Belefski has been nominated for Best Visual Artist
Carolyn Belefski is the writer and artist of the comic strip Curls at www.curls-studio.com/curls. She is constantly improving her skills and touring the east coast appearing at comic conventions and art shows.

Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie and Instagram


The news of David Bowie's death hit everyone this morning and I felt like I needed to do a Curls tribute illustration to honor his life. In all actually, I don't know much about Bowie. Sure, I've heard "Under Pressure" (the song resurfaced for me when My Chemical Romance covered it) and "Heroes" and even sought out to reenact the tunnel scene from The Perks of Being a Wallflower in Fort Pitt, but I never really went out of my way to get into Bowie.

Having Instagram is allowing me to showcase one panel comics and supplemental material for Curls. I may get ideas that I don't want to interrupt the storyline for or simple one panel jokes or thoughts and Instagram is a good outlet for all those reasons. The other week, I posted my first "one panel Curls" and Free Comic Book Day reposted it on Facebook -- the reception was interesting -- reaching nearly 1,000 likes, several shares, and comments.

While illustrating this David Bowie art I listened to his last album, Blackstar, released this past Friday. I think it's awesome that he planned a final album to his fans and created art up until the very end. It makes me feel how sad I will be when one of my favorite musicians dies. I have respect for David Bowie as an artist. I only wish I'd got into Bowie earlier, but better now than never.