Hey! It's Update Time!

Hello blogosphere~ Is that still a thing?  What are the kids saying these days?  (insert grandma emoji here.)

Anyway, as the title says it's update time!  I've been trying to change and streamline my website and print branding for a little while now and I've been slowly making updates here and there!  I like to keep the website a bit more minimal and let my art and design work speak for itself, but the portfolio pieces will slowly but surely be getting a makeover too. 

In other news, I've got my 4 major events set for the year with (hopefully) a few more smaller things in between.  So here's where I'll be for the next few months.  I hope to see some familiar faces and maybe meet a few new ones!  I'll try my best to have a lot of new art and merch and some other fun goodies.  (Success Pose!)

2017 events! :D

2017 events! :D

Cheers! 

Girl POW-er!

Hello friends!  I'm so excited to announce a new project I'm involved in! Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

It is a crowd-funding campaign via Seed & Spark to get some wonderful vintage FEMALE heroes to star in their own short films.  In the golden and silver age of comics (1940s-1950s) these bad-ass ladies headlined their own comic strips.  Here's a bit about the project:

Thanks to the internet, many of these strips can now be found online. And thanks to many of these characters falling into the public domain, these amazing heroines can now return for new adventures!
Of the over 75 characters we identified in the public domain, our writers chose three for our first round of filmmaking. They are: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman. (We will share more about each of these characters in updates as this campaign progresses.)
Each of these fantastic heroines will be the star of a short film, which will serve as either a proof of concept for a feature, or the pilot of a webseries. These shorts will be uploaded to the internet for public consumption as soon as they are finished, so we can spread the word and share the love.
— https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/her-pow#story
The Veiled Avenger (aka Ginny Spears)

The Veiled Avenger (aka Ginny Spears)

Vicarious Films is asking for your help to see their vision come alive!  And here's where I come in!  One of the incentives for backing the project will be a new original illustration of the Veiled Avenger by yours truly. (insert gif of my shoulder shimmy here)  Or if you are so inclined, there are several other fab female illustrators on their line-up!  

I really hope you're able to support this project if not through backing, then spreading the word would be greatly appreciated!  If things go SUPER (wink) there may even be a second print run down the line! 

Hey it's Update Time!

Hello Blogosphere!  So many things have happened in the past couple of months & especially the past few weeks! ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒

First off, I just came back from a EuroTrip like 4 days ago. I feel really lucky to be able to travel and have these great experiences.  It was so much fun, and I can already tell I'll be reliving the whole thing through my photos.  ⊂((・▽・))⊃

I didn't get a chance to post about it much here, but I attended and tabled at my first ever Long Beach Comic Con this past weekend!!!!!  If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a few updates and needless to say, I had a FANTASTIC first time.  In fact, I had SUCH a great first experience that I'll be there again next year!! YAAASSSSS!!!!! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑ 

No lie though, I'm pretty sure I fell asleep with my eyes closed during the few quiet moments.  Hahahaha...  I was super jet-lagged after arriving home just 1.5 days before the event, but seeing familiar faces and positive reactions from people enjoying my artwork was a super energy boost like no other.  

Day 1 at my table! 

Day 1 at my table! 

Not only was LBCC a lot of fun, but it was also a great learning experience.  I'll be making a few changes to my setup and also trying to better manage my online store.  It is currently empty and ready for an overhaul, but hopefully I'll get it back up and running soon.  

Some mini originals I painted on-site.  I'll be putting the bottom 3 and a few more in my store soon! SOOOONNNN!!!

Some mini originals I painted on-site.  I'll be putting the bottom 3 and a few more in my store soon! SOOOONNNN!!!

In other news, I can't say enough good things about the stickers I got from StickerMule.  They were a pretty big hit and the quality is just top notch.  If anyone out there is looking to get some made, I highly recommend them. ;) 

One last thing, I've made a Facebook page specifically for my art stuff!  I'll be posting sneak peeks, event updates, and a few little surprise goodies here and there.  It'd be great if you could swing by and hit the like button. ;)

Phew!  That was a lot of words to go through.  Thanks for reading and see you all in November for Designer Con!

It's event season!

Hey y'all... If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you've seen this already, but I also wanted to post this here for funsies. ;)  

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And in case you haven't perused recently, I added a couple of pieces to the illustration gallery.  I'll be updating some more as the weeks progress.  I have a few series in mind that I'd like to explore and a few series that I *ahem* had honestly kind of forgotten about.  

Speaking of forgetting... I realize I never posted the full image of my Sailor Moon piece that I did last month, so here it is in its full glory!  I'll have prints of these at the events listed above.  Along with a few different goodies. :)  Experimentation is scary and anxiety-inducing, but I think it'll be worth it in the end.  

Yowza... Summer (event season) is coming...

Real life, amirite?!  Cosplay Expo is just a few days away and I'll be peddling my wares in the Artist Alley area.  It's shaping up to be a fab lineup.  Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased online here.  It's $15 if you want to attend panels or just $10 for the vendor/artist alley area.

Saturday 06.18.16 10am - 6pm
Odd Fellows Lodge
721 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
 

 

P.S...

Long Beach Comic Con is also just a few months away (insert surprised emoji here)...  Tickets can be purchased here .  Please note that Early Bird pricing ends on June 30. ;) 

Here we go...

I'm happy to announce that I'll be tabling at a few events in the coming months!  (insert awkward happy dance here).  I'll post more details as the dates approach, but here are a few links for more info!

Cosplay Expo by Fan*Alley
*Not sure if this date is finalized... But will update as soon as I can. :)
@ The Odd Fellows Lodge in Anaheim
Tickets start at $10 ($15 if you want to attend panels)

Art Crawl Experience
Free! It's an art walk located in Downtown Anaheim

Long Beach Comic Con
Tickets go on sale March 28! 

Designer Con

The end of 2016 is shaping up to be a busy one. I'll be honest... I'm feeling a little out of my element, but I think it's pushing me in a good direction.  And hopefully it's an ongoing momentum. 

*success pose*

Gemini

Hello? It's me... Have you wondered after all these months, of what you used to see? 

Art, that is...  And a lack of it!  That's definitely my bad.  I've definitely missed my personal posting schedule, but I want to look at it as a lesson learned.  I think I work better on a daily doodle schedule and will continue that from now on. 

I will still continue to post more finished illustrations, but I will post them a bit more sporadically.  I think my self-imposed weekly timeline was doing more harm than good and got me down more often than not.  

With that in mind, here's a piece called Gemini.  Because nothing explains my restless, impulsive, indecision better than my zodiac sign. ;P 

And also... you know... boobs.  

And also... you know... boobs.  

I made a promise to myself to draw more this year, and to also put more effort in those pieces.  So here's to that!

Gossamer Thoughts

I feel my thoughts have been insubstantial as of late.  I'm not quite sure which direction to go, and I'm surprised that it hasn't spiraled out of control.  I usually like structure, and schedules, and having a plan of action.  And having a contingency plan if that fails.  I tend to overthink... And worry about overthinking... Which makes me sooooo indecisive about my art.  

Honestly, this week's theme had stumped me until about 5 hours ago.  My husband suggested "Imagination".  What a wonderful and daunting word to visualize.  But in the end, what felt right was something more organic and cathartic with a few colors, a series of blended textures and a simple silhouette.

Gossamer Thoughts

Gossamer Thoughts


The Best Laid Plans

We are 10 days into the new year, and 2016 has already taught me a valuable lesson.  Sometimes the best thing to do when you're stuck is to just start over.  I've seen the "new year, new me" meme floating around, and I know I'm part of that crowd.  But I can't help but like the idea of a clean slate and a clear "start" to something new.  Except, somehow, it's always been a difficult concept for me artwork-wise.

My main art resolution was to focus on finishing illustrations, and instead of posting a daily doodle, that I'd try for a more polished piece per week.  And let's just say that the struggle is real.  I feel like I have been so far removed from the illustration side of things (gallery pieces not-withstanding), that I'm still trying to find my groove to get back on the regular side of an art routine.

This is what a contrived idea looks like people.  I'm hoping to learn to recognize this for what it is so that I may avoid it in future projects.  (Or at least learn to maneuver around the humps.)

This is what a contrived idea looks like people.  I'm hoping to learn to recognize this for what it is so that I may avoid it in future projects.  (Or at least learn to maneuver around the humps.)

I found myself forcing an idea into fruition, and it just was not happening.  Evidenced above by my 4 attempts at formulating this sketch into something resembling the idea in my head... and failing.  Not to say that failure is a bad thing.  I'm still trying to get the hang of it as a potential lesson to learn from and not a detrimental foe to be rendered immobile by.  

So with that in mind, here's the first official "art" post of the year!  She's nowhere near perfect.  And even as I tried to finish strong, the ink gods were against me.  (Hello, I see you giant blobs... You are bright and shiny and fat.)  But I'm happy with where she's at for now.  I've accepted her as is, and she'll do for a "first step."  

That Cheshire cat is a smart cookie.  Every adventure requires a first step.

That Cheshire cat is a smart cookie.  Every adventure requires a first step.

Analogy very much intended. ;)