Monday, August 22, 2016

Creative Tuesdays: Journey and Plum







































Hello All at C.T.!  So I didn't finish my "journey" illustration on time, but, I did combine it with "plum."  I'm using it in the sense of the color, as seen throughout the illustration, in addition to the fruit.  Both that she is holding, and that is printed on her shirt.

This girl is off to a journey (and is dressed for it, as she's wearing a backpack, kicking around a compass-- admittedly probably not the best way to tell direction-- and wearing a skirt patterned in planes), but maybe one she didn't plan for.  This plum she's holding has burst forth with color, and perhaps is taking her to a new land.  I imagine that it's a portal transporting her to a magical world, through a plum-my, deep purple portal.

And now, without further ado, here are some links!  I'll update this when it's time to post the actual linksy link, but for now, please check out the link to this theme and prompt (plum), and below that, to our great collective organizer and founder, Mister Toast's, Blog:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/08/next-creative-tuesdays-theme-is.html

http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Take care and all the best!  Hope everyone reading is well.

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Donna




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Fish" For Creative Tuesdays

Hello, everyone at Creative Tuesdays!  Just like last week, I have been a little swamped (family stuff and I am also working four jobs and running all over L.A. County teaching art and cartooning at art centers/summer camps), so, I digitally collaged together pieces from a piece I had already done for this "Fish" challenge as my new piece, and am also including the original piece which has fish as well as other sea creatures (it's a coloring page from my self-published coloring book, and it is all about the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, CA).

Below is my pattern, featuring Weedy Seadragons (my favorite kinds of fish/seahorses, they're so cool), Catfish, Seahorses, and Jellyfish.  All "fish" just for this challenge!










































And below, is the original page this fish pattern came from, including corals, an aquarium-y girl, and a California Sea Lion.







































And now, for some links!

Here is the link to submit!  I myself am doing this last minute, but, you have until later today to submit your "Fish for Creative Tuesdays" piece:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/07/sign-up-now-for-fish.html

And here, please check out Michael/Mister Toast's blog!  He's the amazing artist, organizer, and leade rof this great collective:  http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Fourth!  Too many Fireworks in my neighborhood were painful for my ears and head, but I am hoping the celebrations are a little tamer now that we're moving forward into July.  Happy Creative Tuesdays, All ^_^

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time For Tea And Coffee At Creative Tuesdays!


Hello, everyone at Creative Tuesdays!  I'm so sorry I missed the last challenge.  I was in New York visiting my Mom and Dad, and I had just gotten through visiting my Alma Mater for my College Reunion!  Ten years, eep :-\  But anyway, I was swamped with good things and stressful things, and missed that challenge, but now I'm back.

As for this challenge for C.T., I made a new piece for this challenge (seen above) using compilations of old pieces, and am also including a piece I already completed (seen below the description below), because I think it's too on theme not to <3 nbsp="" p="">
I LOVE COFFEE AND TEA (whoops, caps lock is the typed version of being loud), and I love puns, so, be warned both of my submissions involve bad jokes and marsupials.  Above, I took am illustration of a little teatime Koala I drew (a koala-ty drawing, I hope), and digitally collaged it to be a full illustration with a different part of the same piece it's a part of.  I made a paper doll illustration last year for a class I took that was huge, I cut it down into several pieces, and then folded it into a book.  Anyway, scanning in other parts from the book, I used the section with macarons as a teatime cookie styled border, and collaged the Koala-tea Koala to be in the center of this piece.

Below, is a card design I drew a while ago, that I get printed on Watercolor Printer at a favorite printer, and sell at Comic Cons and Art Shows. The bad joke and tea silliness I hope speaks for itself.


And now, for some links!

Below, please click to submit!  You have until later today to submit a coffee and tea related piece:
http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/06/sip-and-savour.html

And here, please check out Michael/Mister Toast's blog!  He's the great illustrator and organizer that runs this collective, and you should check out his amazing drawings:
http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/2016/06/creative-tuesdays-time-for-tea.html
http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/

Thanks for reading guys and hope you are well!  So excited to see everyone's great pieces for this.

Donna

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Comic Convention/Zine Convention Season, and News Coverage Update! Plus Coloring Books, Ink, and Art By Kids, Oh My!


Hello, All!  As it's Comic Con and Zine Season, and I had a really cool opportunity today, I wanted to post a quick update to my blog!  My work can be seen as you keep scrolling down, but I have neat update first.  At Barnsdall Art Center, where I teach, the very nice people over at Los Angeles News Channel 36 came to the park, to feature us in their "Art Zone" segment.  It should be released online and airing in a few weeks.

In any event, (as can be seen from the photo) I got interviewed, and got to talk all about teaching comics, art, illustration, to kids, and the importance of storytelling and education for kids in the sequential art medium.  I also talked a lot about Barnsdall Park in Los Angeles, and the great arts education we offer for kids and adults.  Check out our class schedule at www.barnsdallonline.com!

In addition, I've been working on some newer things myself.  At Comics and Zine Fairs coming up,
my bi-coastal coloring book is one of the things I'll have for show and display, which you can see some samples of below.  The color sample is the cover, the rest are the book's interiors.



I am originally from New York (suburbs of NYC, although I far prefer the city), live in California, and go back and forth frequently. So, I have two homes, two places, two sets of people. Home is where the heart is, and mine is split between each side of the country, so I decided to make this coloring book to speak to that.  Anyway, the color cover was drawn with Winsor and Newton pigment markers, and the black and white below is for anyone who wants, to color it in.

The first Summer Con I know I'll be doing is the Latino Comics Expo on August 6th and 7th, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.  I'll have bilingual card-toons, comics for kids, and the coloring book I'm showing samples of here.


































Next are some sneak peeks from this coloring book, including the LES Cat Cafe page, the Vintage Coney Island dedicated page, and the page honoring food in both CA and NY!




































And lastly, in addition to the How to Draw Zines for kids I have been self-publishing and expanding on (teaching kids character design, story structure, how to explore panel design in a comic, inking, and so on), I have also been able to act as a publishing company for my students!  I photocopy their zines and minicomics, and I work with Color Images (an amazing printer in Burbank), to get their accordion books, postcards, and other color self-published materials printed off site.

I teach Cartooning at several places, but at the Barnsdall Art Center, that is where I also teach the aforementioned Zine Making.  So, I have been able to get to display student comics, minicomics, accordion books, and art zines, when I table at fairs!  Their work was a big hit at this year's Los Angeles Zine Fest, and I'm looking forward to showcasing more of their stuff at other shows.  A sample of the Comics and Zines made by kids is here, below:



Well, I guess that is all for now, folks!  Take care, be well, and I will update again with more comics, art, and education news soon.

(-:

Donna

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stars For Creative Tuesdays

Barely getting this in! My life is still crazed with diffcult things going on and also running around like mad (some of that is good and arts and education related so yay), but I am going to get to reading everybody's "stars" posts ASAP. Again I am posting from my Droid.  Michael and Alex and everyone who has expressed concern, thank you, I really appreciate it. I will try to email or private message you as soon as I am able.

I did this little sketch in my new sketchbook (which I like very much), with a zebra pen and Kurarake markers.  All amazing Japanese pens which I highly recommend. This Koala has seen a lot of Disney films, because he is wishing upon a friendly star.

To submit to "Creative Tuesdays" this week and the theme of "Stars," there are still a few hours left! Click and submit at the link below:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/i-need-rainy-day-in-endless-summer.html?m=1


Thanks again you guys for being an online community of great artist friends, and bright shining stars even when night is dark,whether in the literal or metaphorical sense.

 Corny I know, but I mean it (-:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Creative Tuesdays. Little Monster Wearing Striped Socks!

Hi C.T.,

I'm sorry that this is so late! This is for the Creative Tuesdays prompt this week of striped socks.

 Things have been crazy stressful for me of late, and I've been dealing with some stuff in my own life and across the country stuff with my family so I missed doing the little monsters prompt last time.

But here he is, and he is wearing striped stops which are unraveling and attached to a ball of yarn. He is a Koala Dragon Tiger Lion. Soooo... A Dragoaliger? Not sure what to call him. But I made him from a bunch of different animals because when I teach my kids in after school cartooning programs how to make monsters, one of the ways that I do it is to combine different types of animals together and that ends up with a fun weird monster creature.

I really apologize that I am so late today that I missed last time and that I still need to catch up with everyone's work for this week and last week.

Please go to the link at the end of this blog entry before the end of the day today to submit yours. Thank you Mr. Toast and everyone for all that you do!

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/04/fit-to-be-drawn.html?m=1

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Light Up! And Lamps (For This Week's Creative Tuedays)

Hi Everybody,

I am about to get this in, just in time!


Many of you guys know I work in bright color often, but I also work darker and in black and white. Here are a couple of quick comic panels.  The lamp falls in the first panel, and is reflected in the highlights of the eyes of its horrified owner in the next panel.  I had fun playing with the ideas of lamps and illumination/light, as well as reflecting an actual lamp in someone's POV and eyes.

Please check out the work and submit some yourself at Michael/Mister Toast's Blog below:


Thanks as always and happy C.T.-ing!