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!

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. ;)

It's (a)LIVE!!

TL:DR 
Yay!  The new site is up!! *happy dance~ happy dance*

If you know me at all, you know I've gone back and forth about changing anything on this site.  But I think it's come together nicely.  Squarespace is ever so helpful in making updates a breeze.  I'm sure it doesn't look like much has changed, but I've toiled over quite a few things.  And if you notice in the upper navigation... There is an additional link to my first online store! *extra happy dance!*

I've set up shop on SOCIETY6!!!

I've decided to make my Alice prints open edition and they're now available on Society6!!!  I'll be uploading more pieces slowly but surely, but I wanted to make sure it was up and running to coincide with version 2.0 of heyitsgrace.com!  I will be adding a couple of my July Jewels pieces, and any suggestions would be fab!  I always appreciate your feedback and would love to make my art available as prints and eventually as other goods as well.  

Ahh... I feel renewed and re-energized!  I'm feeling good about August you guys... And the rest of the year's looking mighty shiny too!   

In other news... I will be setting up shop at DESIGNER*CON this November! 

My awesomesauce friend Diana and I will be sharing a booth at Designer*Con!  It will be held on November 21 - 22 at the Pasadena Convention Center!!  Stay tuned for a Facebook invite and some promo pieces coming soon!!!  

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! ;)

Words are hard...

Hey... It's Grace... And it's been a ridiculously long time since I last posted a "real" blog?  :\  

hey... 

hey... 

Like embarrassingly long...  Pretty much a whole month...    

so...

so...

I don't have any excuses.  I really should have a better handle on posting regularly...  

um...

um...

But, hopefully these random faces (that are pretty accurate and true to life, I might say!) will suffice as an apology to my blog.  I am working on something for the upcoming Halloween Show at A Little Known Shop (follow them on Facebook!).  

It's going to be traditional graphite...  Which is a nice change of pace to staring at a computer.  And... here's a little sneak peek!  

So many cats!!!!  

So many cats!!!!  

I'm really happy with how it's turning out so far... And I might just post a few in-progress pics as I get further along.  

Hope you all are enjoying what's left of the weekend! 

P.S. Words are hard... 

 

WHWW: Real talk... Real quick...

Disclaimer:  (If you didn't already know...)  I am by no means a professional blogger...  So this will be a quickie post... And probably a bit ramble-y...  

I've been a little down and out lately.  And it's been really hard to keep up a positive attitude when it feels like you've been thrown in the deep end and you've been treading water for years...  I understand this is rather depressing, especially right after such a feel-good vibe in the previous post.  But bear with me...  

I try to remind myself that I need to take action.  I need to take responsibility.  But... in all honestly... I'm scared.  Things are changing.  And I'm not sure yet if it's good or bad.  I've always thought my "go with the flow" attitude has been valuable.  And while it has its up sides, I now see that it's also made me comfortable.  Too comfortable, perhaps...  And that's led me to become impassive.  

I've lost my enthusiasm... I've become complacent, ornery, and generally just cross.

And I really can't afford to be that way any more.  There is still so much more in life that I should be grateful for.  There are lots of people that I care about, (& I hope care about me).  I am very blessed to be alive in a great time, and to be afforded a lot of things that I probably take for granted.  

WIth that said, I've been trying (extra extra) hard to keep my head up and be inspired by all these great things around me.  I've even compiled a pretty good collection on PINTEREST.  I seriously am dangerously addicted to this site.  Someone send help...  

One of my recent PINs is from design.work.life (which is a wonderful blog!)  And they highlighted a short post by Seth Godin (another wonderful source of inspiration and go get'em posts!)

The post reads:

"But what if I fail?" 

You will.

The answer to the what if question is, you will.

A better question might be, "after I fail, what then?"

Well, if you've chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will be wiser and stronger and you almost certainly will be more respected by all of those that are afraid to try.

So... What then??

When? Huh? What? Wednesday! - Skillshare edition

I found out about Skillshare through a friend's post on Facebook.  And I am so glad I did.  I think it's a brilliant idea to have a cooperative community of creatives (whoa, alliteration) sharing ideas, techniques and skills for an amazingly affordable cost.  I only wish things like this existed when I first graduated.  Their list of classes is amazing and growing every day.  

Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself. (via the Skillshare Manifesto)

But I digress...  I've been a fan of beautiful calligraphy before I even knew what a nib was.  My mom has spectacular penmanship and her friends always joke about her use of a fountain pen for her schoolwork.  Pinterest has been feeding my eye candy appetite and fueled my curiosity even more about modern calligraphy.  

Enter: this class...  The Art of Modern Calligraphy by Molly Jacques.   I haven't completed all the steps yet, but the clips I've seen so far have been concise, informative and really got my creative juices flowing.  I've only enrolled in this one class, but I'm sure I'll be signing up for more soon enough.

Still getting used to gripping the pen, but a good start, I think. :)

Still getting used to gripping the pen, but a good start, I think. :)

I just think it's an amazing resource.  Not only is it very affordable, but the classes and workshops let you learn at your own pace.  

 I'm a firm believer in kinesthetic and visual learning.  That's always worked best for me.  Being a grown-up sometimes doesn't allot for much time to do creative things, and I've found that has been quite taxing on my soul.  I think this opens up a whole new avenue for learning and creating.  

So needless to say, the reader's digest version of that is that I highly recommend Skillshare.  This is by no means a sponsored post (as I have no real clout and I've only enrolled in that one class...) but I thought it best to be honest and say that the last link is a referral link which helps me get some credits towards more classes.  But I really do believe that sharing this will benefit everyone, so pass on the good stuff!  

 

Nervous... But excited!

So I think the website is pretty much as done as possible. (Cue excitement!). But it's still not quite as complete as I'd like it to be. (Cue nervousness!) but I think it's just time to bite the bullet and put things out in the universe again.

Keep moving forward!