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!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Egg (And late submission for prior) Creative Tuesdays Entry!

Happy Easter, All!

This was such an exciting challenge Mister Toast/Michael, thank you! I interpreted the prompt by drawing on egg shaped sugar cookies, with special frosting and food coloring markers, meant to be drawn on. 

Three of the cookies in particular I wanted to look like decorated eggs for C.T., w/an Easter Bunny, Easter Bilby, and Easter Koala. There were five all together. Detail shots and group photo below:





Everyone should sign up for Creative Tuesdays by this Tuesday March 29th! Link here:


Have fun and happy egg decorating!

P.S. I did the baked goodness entry but finished it too late for last C.T. Sorry it is late! Check out my baking kitties below.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Meet N' Greet for Creative Tuesdays!

I am getting this in on time!  By minutes.  I will actually go back and edit the writing in this, I've been home all day sick with the flu.  But, I've been working on this coloring book page (with a drawing of myself and some of my favorite YAY things/creatures), and did an edit of it for C.T.  Thank you so much for this, Mister Toast!  This Flu is brutal.


Presenting, me and a drawing of myself with some fluffy likes, and a list of likes and dislikes:

Go to www.creativetuesdays.co.uk to see all of these cool About the Artist Submisions!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Creative Tuesdays" and the (Incredible) Theme of FUZZY! (Wuzzy Was A Bear :-D )

So, anyone who even knows me vaguely and in the slightest knows that I love all things FUZZY (be it a teddy bear, a cat, a dog, a pet, anything with four legs and fur, regardless of if it walks around and breathes, or is secretly alive like "The Velveteen Rabbit"), so, this was a super exciting theme for me!

Below is a handmade Valentine's Day Card I made for the fair I mentioned in my last C.T. blog entry, which was great fun and full of lots of great people, crafters, artists, and even chefs/musicians.  I actually drew this Valentine's Day Card, specially with this C.T. challenge in mind:
























I can't recall the exact pun in side (I'll have to look it up and then edit this blog entry), but, it used the pun "eres maravill-oso," which in Spanish means "you are marvelous."  However, "oso" also means bear in Spanish.  So, hyphenating the end of the original word ("maravilloso") just so, with the front image, was a silly pun for anyone who could read it :-p

If you look closely, you can also see that one of the bears is actually a Marsupial, and yes, is meant to look like my little stuffed animal Fuzzles The Koala (who I am so obsessed with).

One more photo that I have to share, related to the theme of "Fuzzy."  One of the vendors made nail decals and also customized pencils, and I had her make me some special pencils, all for my favorite teddy bear!  Er, marsupial.  Anyway, the proof of that is below, and I am probably irrationally excited to have all these customized marsupially magnificent pencils now:
























All right.  Without further ado, everyone should go sign up and enter this challenge.  If they have yet to create something Awesomely Fuzzy, there's time before end of day today; check out the rules at the link ^_^ Thank you a ton, Michael/Mister Toast, for C.T. as always, and for this theme allowing me to (continually) obsess over something I love, i.e., stuffed bears, and drawing them.

(BTW, I LOVED the image prompt with the fabulous bunny from Kei Acerda's work; I love Acerda's work as well as all of the work out of Imaginism studios/also Bobby Chiu, and both Acerda's and Chiu's amazing concept design, character design, and illustration work).

Head on over to www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk to see Mister Toast's blog overall, and then go to this link to enter this specific challenge: http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/02/half-past-nine-by-kei-acedera-of.html

Happy Tuesday!  Thanks again everyone for being awesome (-:

P.S. Speaking of Fuzzy.  I went to something in Long Beach CA, called the "Bulldog Beauty Parade" on Sunday/Valentine's Day... AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.  In the spirit of "fuzzy," I'll end this blog with a few photo highlights of fuzzy, beautiful, wrinkly, glorious bulldogs.  Can you tell I like wrinkly puppies?  Heh (-:

In order, below: Mimi the Bulldog dressed as Cinderella (and yes her owners made her a dress as well as a doggy stagecoach, complete with magic horse), a Hula Girl Bulldog, and a Pug and Bulldog pair of Best Friends.

I can't even emphasize enough how glorious I found this event (I go every year).  I don't have a Bulldog (Beagle Mix; he stayed home), but, they let spectators who love them come to this event, play with them, pet them, and watch them do a little parade as themselves, and/or themselves in outfits like the ones you can see below.





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Creative Tuesdays. Box of Chocolates!

Hi All!


Valentines Day is fast approaching so it was fun to be able to make a C.T. card for the occasion!


The theme for this week's C.T. was Box of Chocolates.  On the inside, this card says "Eres Tan Dulce" (that means "You are so sweet" in Spanish, keeping with my punny punni-ness).  The girl is holding a box of chocolates, there's one cracked open on the floor, and there are floating chocolates framing the couple.  Flowers and chocolates are a classic Valentine's Day theme, and I thought they would be fun to put into this "Creative Tuesdays"challenge.


Like my piece last C.T., I used ink and colored it in with my new Winsor and Newton pigment markers, which are great and work like Gouache.  I had fun with the yellow and purple, too (I love using complementary colors and making things pop out whenever possible).  

I am making a bunch of these little cards for a Fair I am doing on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day.  This week's C.T. was a huge help and inspiration, since sometimes I get stuck trying to think of new and fun ways to illustrate romantic and/or V-Day themed cards.

The fair I am doing is at a great local arts center close to where I live, called Self Help Graphics.  And in 2008 it was the first place I ever sold work that I'd made/the first time I ever tried out selling my totally handmade little cards.  It was a lot of fun and a wonderful first arts vending experience.  Anyway, I was very happy, and am happy to be vending again with them and supporting an organization that is a huge boon to Los Angeles in terms of art, education, and culture.

Anyway, I have rambled too much as usual.  Onto some links!

To submit to Creative Tuesdays, you must do so today by the end of the day!  The theme is "Box of Chocolates," and you can submit at the link here:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/01/diving-in-to-our-new-theme.html

To check out C.T. Overall, please go to:

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/

To check out the work of our co-op creator and organizer, Mister Toast, please go to:

http://dottyhill.blogspot.com/
 


And lastly, for information on the art fair I spoke about, here it is:

http://selfhelpgraphics.com/event/mercadito-de-amor/

Thanks for reading and hope everybody has a sweet day (yuk yuk, although I do really most sincerely mean that ^_^ )



Monday, January 18, 2016

Creative Tuesdays, "Home is Where the Heart Is"


Here is my submission for "Creative Tuesdays." and the challenge of "Home is Where the Heart Is!" I've been working on an illustration all about home/places/both my homes.  I've made different version of it. so I am submitting the version of it for this challenge that is in color, and includes hearts. Some are suspended, and some are attached to things, as per the specifications of this challenge.

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 this challenge feels especially apt for me right now. If home is where the heart is, sometimes it feels like I have several homes, and at other times no homes. I guess with difficult goings on in life, and with house issues and repairs, it can make the idea of home seem lonely. But I know I am lucky and do not mean to whine. A lot is happening in my mind too, so, guess my blog is reflecting my wandering thoughts.

I am working on a grown up coloring book, so, another version of my cities/homes and heart piece is below. I colored it with my new Winsor and Newton pigment markers, which I love, but liked the black and white version as well.

Anyway, you have time to sign up, until Tuesday January 19th! Go to the most recent entry at Mister Toast's blog at www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk to enter your image at the link (-:

Hope you are all well, Happy New Year, and may your Homes and Hearts be Happy!




Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Hope Everyone's 2016 is shaping up to be Ama-Zine

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I have been very busy of late, but to start the New Year off right, I am posting new works and works in progress!

I've spent the past six weeks in New York.  Even though I go back and forth frequently, I usually can only stay for a week or two.  But this time, I got a longer time off to go see family, from work in L.A.

Anyway, I have been inspired-- both from my travels, from the city I've adopted/the one that can't quite shake me yet, old activity books I've found in my Mom and Dad's house that were mine-- and adult coloring books!  So, this year I am creating and self-publishing my own Color-Zine book. Work in Progress shots are below:

I'm going to put Activities in this book, as well as Games/Facts.  It can be kept intact, or, cut apart for the games/activities, and so when you color in the images, you can then display them with your own coloring work!

It will cover fun facts and information pertaining to both L.A. and New York, and be accompanied by drawings that Grown Ups who are Kids at Heart can color in!  Even kids too.  And, hopefully everybody will be able to learn something (-:  Above is a character from the Color-Zine who has lots of hidden facts about both sides of the Country.  Some more touristy things are easily recognized, but I'm more excited for people to learn about lesser known but cool things (i.e. the Felix the Cat statue near USC).

Below that is a girl inspired by the Huntington Gardens, and a Princess/Witch full of Magic.  And by Magic, I mean she'll be accompanied by an Activity (can't tell yet, it's secret!) having to do with learning about Succulents.
Next is the girl from the book who will have facts about Long Beach, what people (who are out of towners, or locals) can do when visiting the city-- and most importantly, will have an activity about Aquatic Life!  Her outfit is comprised of Jellies, Coral, and her pets/spirit animals are Weedy Sea Dragons.  Honestly, stop everything and go visit the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  They are great for animal conversation of Marine Life, and Weedy Sea Dragons are the most magical, Giant Sea Horse Esque creatures there are.  This activity section of the zine encourages people to visit said Aquarium, while making clear what their hours, activities, and so forth are down there.  
And finally, I am working on the cover of my Color-Zine.  The original is being colored in with these amazing markers I discovered at the CTN Expo, called "Winsor and Newton Pigment Markers."  They're pricey but worth it!  Coloring books usually have a colorful color to give some inspiration.  But I hope everybody colors in the Black and White NYLA girl however they see fit.


More soon, and Happy 2016!