Boy.. I must be full of myself.. 5 websites now? Do I really need five websites?
Well, no, I suppose I could be very happy with just one.. It would make life a lot easier. Most artists have and really only need one or two. Most artists, though, do pretty much focus on one thing. My career have been lead by my ability to be flexible and work in many styles.
I originally started with just one site. JoelAdamsDSG.com (Dynamic Style Guides). It was my portfolio site that original contained everything I did. Amongst what I had on the website was “Art Nudes” and sexy work. Some of my favorite work. I am usually one who will say to you that if you are offended by arresting representations of the nude female form or the nude female form as art, that you are not one I care to share my work or social energy on, but… clients on the other hand, had commented that they found it hard to suggest me for projects due to the adult nature of my site. I am the first to say that as an artist, I am a whore. I will do whatever I need to to secure work. So I moved the the “offending” work to a new site, JoelAdamsSketchbook.com, and all was good…
As a character designer and licensing style guide designer, I spent a lot of time developing the look of other peoples product/licenses. I worked for some of the biggest licenses out there. I learned during all this that I wasn’t going to get anywhere developing other peoples licenses. I needed to develop something of my own. So began Lilz..
The Lilz started out as a bunch of fun, cute and sexy drawings that I would share in user groups on the internet. The art got attention fast between fan groups and some controversy with hobbyists who abused my copyrights. But The Lilz took on a life of it’s and I felt, to move the license forward, it needed it’s own website.. So I bought Lilz.net
Lilz got stuck with a .net instead of a .com because in 2004 just before I started conceiving a site, I had been working with a company in China to make Lilz sculptures. During this process I went to buy a domain. I figured, what are the chances that LILZ.com could be taken. Well it was.. Because Lilz was going to be my brand, I needed to know who else was using Lilz. Apparently, 3 weeks before I started my search, Lilz.com was purchased.. By a company in China… Coincidence?
I bought Lilz.net anyway.. Lilz.com never became anything other than a “buy this domain” website and the popularity and traffic generated by Lilz.net, I believe caused them to jack up the price of Lilz.com. So I am not all that worried about “another” Lilz site.
Lilz grew and one brand began fork out into a few. Lil Creatures, Lil Fae, Lil Pirates, Mermaids,.. etc. All were basically fine there until about 2010, when a major toy manufacturer release a line of dolls that not only looked a lot like one of my Lilz project, but too many of the elements were close enough to make me say WTF! So to protect my work and keep my concepts out there as best I can, I got another domain. LilCreaturesOfTheNight.com. Now if I can drum up the millions of dollars that the big guys used to get the “knock off” out there.
Four sites and now the virtual world has been telling me, for a while now, that I need blogs. Great!
Lilz.net needed a revamp to a newer format that could be set up for mobile as well so I added the a blog to it.. Easy.. (Well.. getting it up was easy, finding the time to write for it.. not so easy). Problem though.. Lilz is a commercial brand. I, when I get to writing as myself, can be.. not so commercial. So Lilz.net needs to be a commercial blog and If I am going to rant, or be me.
I could revamp JoelAdamsSketchBook.com to have a blog, but I want my blog to incorporate all of my work.. Be my blog. So, site number 5.
Just a bit about me. My name is Joel Adams. I am the son of comic book artist (legend) Neal Adams and Cory Adams. I have been a professional (paid) artist since the age of 16. I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1988 with a BA in Illustration.. That BA?… Useless. A lifetime at my dad’s studio.. Priceless.
I started out working for my dad’s studio during and after college where I worked on commercial storyboards and comics. After a few years I went out on my own starting out doing likening art for projects like Jackie Chan Adventures, Captain Scarlet, Power Rangers, The Mask.. etc.. Soon I was picked up by Marvel Animation to design characters for the “Hulk” Animated series. From there I spent 3 seasons designing characters for FOX’s King of the Hill including the Emmy award winning episode “And they call it Bobby love”.
As mentioned before. I decided to eventually start my own thing with Lilz.. With every year it gets a little bigger and a little better.
This will be my place to share a piece of me for anyone interested.