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. ;) 

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!

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. ;)

Friday Nights...

Friday nights are made for doodles.  Here's a quick 10 minute sketch in Photoshop using this fan-freakin-tastic custom brush by Marco Caradonna.  

 Quickie sketch in Photoshop CC.  Custom brush by http://www.macalabs.com/

Quickie sketch in Photoshop CC.  Custom brush by http://www.macalabs.com/

I finally made the leap and upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud... And it's my preciousssssss (Gollum voice).  Funny how I just can't live without Adobe anything on my OS.  Creative Cloud is pretty friggin' great.  And I can't wait to learn more about the different software and features. 

I'm in design-nerd heaven~

Long time coming

I've finally added a few new art pieces to the gallery.  I don't know why it takes me so long to update... =___=...  I'm surprised everyday by just being able to post regularly on Instagram.  It must be the convenience of my phone... which is permanently attached to my hand.

 Years of Dreams || Rain or Shine || Dame de Chat

Years of Dreams || Rain or Shine || Dame de Chat

I'm also doing some research into selling some originals and prints... The internet is a wonderful and overwhelming place to get lost in.  

Etsy, storenvy, Society6, redbubble... o___O  Choices!  My ultimate weakness!!  

Grateful

 hey! it's grace... ;)

hey! it's grace... ;)

I am once again humbled by the generous, amazing, kind and just overall awesome people I am lucky enough to call my friends and family.  

As I mentioned in the previous post, I have been preparing for an art showcase for a little over a month.  It went down this past Friday at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana.  The turnout was amazing to say the least, but the outpouring of love and support from everyone has me floored.  

I'm not a very outgoing person.  Surprising, I know. ;)  And I'm not very outspoken either, but I've been wanting to make good on my 2015 resolution to be brave, and I think I was able to accomplish that a little bit here.  This show was a first for me,  and it was a wonderful experience.  It was nerve-wracking, exciting, challenging, and definitely pushed some of my limits.  

I was able to show my work, gathered my courage and talked about myself (yikes!) and talked about my art (double-yikes!), and even sell a bunch of mini originals and prints.  I haven't been this happy about my art in a long time and it's pretty damn good feeling.  

 Original MINIS - Watercolor and inks.   These were super fun to make.  Stay tuned for more! :)

Original MINIS - Watercolor and inks.  
These were super fun to make.  Stay tuned for more! :)

I tend to internalize a lot of things...  I'm an introvert through and through.  But I think little by little, if I'm able to show and share my work with more people, it will get a little bit easier to show more of what makes me tick.  

I'm going to ride out this high as far as I can, and with the rock solid support system of my friends and family, I know I can take it far far far faaaar into the future.  

2015 has only just begun, but I can't wait to see where it takes me.  

 I'm Grace and I'm a RAW Artist! ;)

I'm Grace and I'm a RAW Artist! ;)

Quickie Post...

The best kind of Monday... is a holiday Monday. ;)

Just a quickie post to say that I've (finally) added my Firefly pieces to the art section of my site.  I've been itching to do some spring cleaning and move things around, so keep an eye out for those changes.

In other news...  I'll be participating in another group show at A Little Known Shop in October!! :) Stay tuned for details!  

My dog is SOOO EXCITED!!

 Such Excite! Very Art! 

Such Excite! Very Art! 


WHWW: Thursday Edition!

So. . .  I'm a little late . . . This week's Wednesday post is on Thursday. . . :P  

 Sketch outfit of the day.  Don't mind the other doodle.  That's just my soul...  

Sketch outfit of the day.  Don't mind the other doodle.  That's just my soul...  

My OOTD (that's outfit of the day...).  Except I'm not cool enough to be a fashion blogger... So you get a derpy sketch instead.  

I am in need of so much sleep right now.  Good night moon!