SOOONNNNN... Booth # 1010

T-Minus 6 days until DesignerCon!!!  I am a little bit giggly... a little bit wide-eyed... and a little bit sweaty. :P  But mostly, I'm quite excited to be able to showcase some pieces and sell some art!  

I've also set up my very own online store for the first time EVERRR!!!  Please check it out for a sneak peek of what I'll have at the con.  

Thanks to the magic of SQUARE, I will be able to sell prints and originals very very very soon!  The storefront is ready and viewable, but won't be officially open until after Designer Con, so stay tuned!  

We are at booth 1010!!!

We are at booth 1010!!!

Diana and I will be towards the back of the hall (booth # 1010).  Hope to see some of y'all there!

xoxo // grace

Fan*ey Packs! Cats! And Cons!

Oh My! (This is said with a George Takei voice, BTW)  So many things in the works! So excited! Exclamation point! 

Sneak Peek! :)

Sneak Peek! :)

Here's a little rundown of what's coming up!

September 22 - Fan*ey Packs are rolling out!  

I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in this month's Fan*ey pack from one of my favorite places...  Fan*Alley!  I'm so excited!!  The theme this month is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  And it was so much fun to create new and exclusive things for it!  Sign-ups are still open, but there are only a few more boxes left!  Sign up HERE to pre-order!

This is just a placeholder cat.  Submission sneak peeks to come!

This is just a placeholder cat.  Submission sneak peeks to come!

October 3 - aka CATober/Famous Cat Gallery! 

And to continue this theme of awesomeness... I'll be participating in a gallery/event dedicated to our lovely feline friends.  The Famous Cat Gallery opens from 12pm - 9pm on Caturday, October 3rd at Fan*Alley!  And their shop neighbor Tin & Velvet will be holding a fun event as well! Check out their Instagram page for more updates.  

November 21, 22 - Designer*Con!!!!

If you haven't already heard... Designer*Con is coming up again this November!  It will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center November 21-22!!!  My awesome friend Diana and I have a ton of ideas in the works.  Plans are being made.  Maniacal laughter is ensuing.  Good times all around!  The "official" facebook invite is COMING SOOOONNNNN... 

 

Diana and Grace at Designer*Con 2015!  

Diana and Grace at Designer*Con 2015!  

#BeBrave

Happy (relatively) New Year friends! :P  

The ending of a year usually fills me with a bit of ennui, but 2014 was surprisingly different.  I'm not sure if it's the result of getting older, but this year end was full of acceptance and contentment.  Maybe it's the prospect that tabula rasa of the new year or the fact that I've got a few art-related things already on the horizon, but I have a positive vibe going into 2015.  

I usually stress about resolutions...  it's hard not to fall into the hype, but I think I just have a few (albeit fairly important) simple goals this year...

Be Brave.  Make Mistakes.  Start Again. 

 

If you follow me on Instagram, I've posted about having some shows lined up in the next few weeks.  I'm obviously nervous, but excited!

I feel so lucky to be asked to be in another great group show at A LITTLE KNOWN SHOP in Anaheim.  It's definitely become one of my favorite spots ever (in life!!).  

The show is a Tribute to Don Bluth and is being curated by the lovely ladies of 2 Sketchy Dames and Jesse Greenberg.  The gallery opens on Saturday January 24 at 6pm!  I don't think I'll ever be not nervous before a show, but I am feeling slightly more prepared for this one!  I think... :P  

Here's a little sneak peek of my piece:

Sorry for the janky watermark... :|  You just never know!

Sorry for the janky watermark... :|  You just never know!

I used to love watching Anastasia... Who am I kidding?  I still love watching Anastasia!  I used to have the VHS.  Yes, VHS.  Legit.

I've also been selected to showcase my work at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County on Friday, February 6th from 6pm -10pm at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana!  It's my first time working with them, and while I'm intimidated to be showing amongst such talented individuals, I'm also quite humbled to be considered one of their peers.  :)  

I'm a featured artist at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County.  Click through to purchase tickets!

I'm a featured artist at PRESENT hosted by RAW Orange County.  Click through to purchase tickets!

The lineup is pretty impressive with musical acts, spoken word performances and even a fashion show at the end of the night!  If you'd like to support me, please purchase a ticket on my RAW profile page.   Tickets are $15 and each ticket sold helps to cover my participation costs.  I appreciate all of you and I certainly hope to see some familiar faces there!  I'll be posting some progress in the next couple of weeks!

Cheers!  And here's to a spectacular 2015!!! 

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... 

 

One week!

The Firefly Art Deck Gallery is a week away!!  For anyone in the Anaheim/OC area, I think it'll be a really great show.  I find that even the smallest things, when done with heart and passion, usually turn out to be fantastic.  And one should never underestimate the power of FANDOM

Opening Night:  July 12 6pm - 10pm ( with an artists signing panel: 7pm - 9pm)

Firefly Art Deck Gallery Facebook Event Page 

Venue: Community (Anaheim, CA - MAP)

Print Prep!

Print Prep!

It's been a busy (productive!) week.  It's been a long time since I've prepped for a show, and I must say i've missed it.  I don't know what it says about me that I find cutting out and assembling prints a very zen activity.  And, as I am a sucker for cute branded things, there's a little thank you mini card in the back with 3 different designs.  Just for funsies.  

Anyway I hope to see some familiar faces, and I'm looking forward to meeting new ones!  :)  

(& a special thanks to my husband for being awesome and not minding that this event is on his birthday... :P...  Pre- and Post- celebrations will be had!!) 

Progress Report...

One of these days, I will actually post at a normal hour...

But today is not that day!!  (ahem...)

I wanted to post a quick update on how my pieces are coming along for the Firefly + Serenity Gallery next month.  I'm getting equally more anxious and excited about it!  

River Tam - creepy doodle not included...  

River Tam - creepy doodle not included...  

The show will feature a custom art deck (of cards).  The deck isn't final yet, as It's a juried process, but I'm hoping at least one of my pieces will make the cut.  

Wash + Dino and River on the ceiling...  Like she does...

Wash + Dino and River on the ceiling...  Like she does...

I'm surprisingly happy with how they're turning out so far.  They're at about 85% with a few more finishing touches needed.  I've been out of practice painting digitally, so I'm pleasantly surprised with how it's looking.  Hoping to get more opportunities to do this and to have fun with art again...  

And also...  I am in love with Japanese Emoticons.  Especially the creeper ones...  Hmm... I don't know what that says about me.  

w00t...

So... It looks like I got into the gallery!

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Got the confirmation email a few days ago, and while I don't want to jinx myself (from what, I don't know), I'm sooooo excited and happy to be able to show work!  

Here's a super-cropped sneak peek of my full piece.  Cropped for mysterious purposes!!  But mostly because it's so unfinished.  LOL!

WIP (it!... WIP it good!) 

WIP (it!... WIP it good!) 

Well now...

There is a Firefly + Serenity Tribute show happening on July 12.  It is moderated by 2 Sketchy Dames, and will be held at Community in Anaheim.  More info on their event page.  

I'm excited not only for the theme and event, but also because I've actually made things and submitted them! (insert evil laughter here).  This is pretty monumental for me because as evidenced by this blog, I've been in hermit mode for a while...  

My 2 concept sketches || wash + dino || ceiling river

My 2 concept sketches || wash + dino || ceiling river

Anyway, I submitted these 2 concept sketches which will hopefully be part of their art deck and another full-size piece for the gallery.  I'm really hoping to be part of the artist line-up... And I also hope that the finished product will look half as decent as I picture it in my head.  

(● ̄(エ) ̄●)  P.S. Looks like they're still taking some submissions for the art deck! Check out their facebook page for more info!