Sunday, January 30, 2011
This week SoArtFul has posed another lovely challenge, and a popular one for this next week and the week after-- Valentine's Day!
So, for the theme I am submitting a card from a while back that I made. I don't remember the caption, but I do remember being inspired by old Victoriana-styled illos with girls playing with one another's hair.
To check submissions, submit one of your own Valentines, or to see lovely examples of Victorian valentines/read the lovely description of their historical significance, please go to:
This challenge really spoke to me, because old Victorian illustrations and cards are what inspired me to start making and selling my own handmade greeting cards three years ago. I started them for a Valentine's fair, and now do them for any holiday I can think of. I sometimes draw people in old-timey clothing, and I rip the edges of the bristol board to make them look old-timey, too. So, thank you, SoArtFul!
Hope everyone is having a good day ^_____^
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The rotund flying cats are called Flying Witties, c. 2008 by me, and are little characters I made up who amuse me greatly.
In any event, to submit or see this week's submissions, please go to:
Whimsy For The Win!
Friday, January 28, 2011
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This week's theme was "scarf," and as such, Mr. Toast said the theme came with a twist! Hee, I do love puns. In any event, I actually quite like drawing characters who have donned scarves. Many of my greeting cards have characters who wear them.
In this particular illustration, which is another greeting card of mine, the little boy is wearing a rather traditional scarf. I'd say to keep warm, but his lady friend is wearing a teeny scarf but is wearing a strapless top... so perhaps their scarves are merely for fashion's sake.
The caption for this card inside is, "You're The Queen Of My Heart."
To check out other scarf submissions, please go to http://goodteatoo.blogspot.com/. And remember, stay warm!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Honestly, my favorite month changes all the time. I've a special spot for August as I'm born then-- and hooey on those "new" astrology signs, because I am a total Leo (with admitted Cancerian elements, because I can listen/adapt/recede backstage when necessary to not be full on roaring into the spotlight Leo). Rant over, but I've been a Big Cat too long and I'm not going back!
Anyway. Onward. December has holiday cheer, and commercialism aside, people who do truly enjoy kindness and giving to others. Even the corny music and decorations everywhere make me smile, and I always get a little sad come the New Year and the festive cups in cafes, the music, and all the holiday things kind of fade away.
February has Valentine's Day, which no matter one's status, guarantees lots of chocolate and drugstores flooded with cute plushies holding hearts, who need homes, etc. Valentine's Day is a good excuse to treat oneself, a friend, or a partner to a plushie critter who will get to leave his or her store! Yay.
However, I can safely say, that (obviously) October is a pretty strong candidate for a favorite month, because Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to dress up and to give and receive candy. Yet, I also think that my love of theatre, stories, and characters is why I take Halloween so seriously. The idea of being whoever you are, and want to be, is something I've always valued-- but it's easier said than done.
For people who draw, or do anything theatrically, it's possible to create new worlds, characters, and other things, to a pretty good degree. Yet, things like Halloween allow anyone to be themselves, or an extension of themselves, on a day of the year where being silly/free/dressed up is to be met with celebration, fun, and playfulness, whereas those things are harder to swing during the rest of the year.
So, that's all for now, folks. Curious to see what months everyone else has posted about!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Amazing Arizona Comic Con was a great one! I went down with a chunk of the Samurai Graphic Novel crew. Hopefully, all of us will make the next convention! The road trip itself was full of joking, laughing, and commentary on the desert on our way there. We headed down in the morning, and made great time. We arrived just as the sun was setting. And the desert sunset is a pretty incredible thing.
People say Los Angeles is the desert, which it is, kind of. Sans the beaches at its peripheries. But when you're barreling down the 10 Freeway, into the stretches of land where California ends and Arizona bgins, there are true stretches of desert on every side. You even cut between the mountains at points. And you realize how very truly city-like Los Angeles is, even in the parts that are spread out and classic urban sprawl. You just haven't seen real desert, or real sprawl until you hit those parts of California and Arizona.
Once we were to our destination, I noticed the layout of urban/suburban Arizona. Everyone says nobody walks in L.A. There's even a song about it. But to be honest, people do. And. not just me ;-) While the bus, trains, etcetera are a far cry from New York's public transit, it is possible to use it and get around okay. I do it on a daily basis. But Arizona (at least Mesa) is a place where driving is an absolute necessity. So having to drive a few miles to get anywhere in terms of food, entertainment, and the like, was kind of a trip (for once, no pun intended). The first night, we drove out to a strip mall which had some of the best Indian food I've ever had in my life. Super cool and authentic tasting, in the middle of Mesa! It was fun and surprising.
Anyway. On to more important, comicy, and conventiony topics.
The convention was great, and everyone was super nice. It was the first convention of the year, and the first ever Amazing Arizona Comic Con in Mesa, so the lines were super long and people were super excited. People of all ages came, and lots of different vendors were there. The dealers room was varied, from booksellers, to publishers, to artist's alley creators-- where we were seated.
It was exciting, since it was the first time the book was getting released to the public. People have responded really well to the diversity of artwork and story material in the anthology. It was great fun to meet so many people who loved art, loved comics, or both. And it was really nice to get to meet the first people to buy the Samurai book (it was first made available for purchase at this con, its debut), as well as sign it for them. Very cool and very fun!
Sadly, as all fun things to, the convention eventually ended. We hit the road straight away, and it was a good time. Everyone was a good sport about my being silly with Fuzzles the Koala, which I was amused by :-p Roadtrips full of laughter are quite fun. In any case, Arizona doesn't do Daylight Savings. So even though we were on the road for six hours, we got back to Los Angeles at only a quarter past eleven in the evening.
So without further ado, here are some creator links, and creator links/pics of the crew. Links for those who were there and didn't take a photo, or for those who couldn't make it. Thank you, Mesa, for having us!
Karl Alstaetter, Samurai Cartoonist and EIC: http://komickarl.deviantart.com/
Samurai Cartoonist Geremi Burleigh! Check him out at: http://optichouse.com/.
Samurai Cartoonist Dan Smith! Check his website out here: http://www.smifink.com/.
Above is a picture of me doing my best Blair face (I know, I'm silly) with one of my prints. I mention it often, but in any case I'm at http://drawdvl.com/
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
It is inspired from a photo taken... Well not yesterday. Any way, good tidings to all for a good weekend !!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Along with drawing more fashion illos, a N.Y. (as in New Year, not New York (-; heh heh) resolution I've made is to add a spot illustration section to my website.
Here are my newest illos for the year, c. 2011! 2010 felt like it went by rather quickly.
In any event, while the spot illo part of my site is not yet done, I have at least gone ahead and posted these three that I've worked on.
And with this final post of the night, I must be off. There are errands to be run before the morning. I am excited, as the whole Samurai group of artists is heading down to the "Amazing Arizona Convention" tomorrow.
If you live in the Phoenix area, come to the con on Saturday and/or Sunday to say hello. The convention is being held at the Mesa Convention Center, in nearby Mesa.
And, hey. If you like Samurais, pick up our anthology! You will get a breadth of style and work from several very cool artists.
This week's challenge for "Inspiration Avenue" is very fun: Color!
Specifically, we were asked what Colors are we relating to lately, and how are they coming out in our art.
While I love working in Black and White, Color is also something I get really into. I sometimes use muted palattes, but frequently when I get into Color, I get verrrrrrry into it.
The above is one of my first 2011 pieces, and it is a commissioned greeting card! I know not yet if it needs editing for my client, but I know that it surely fits the I.A. theme of the week, so, here it is.
I guess this means I am presently dreaming in space, in Bright Red, in Bright Purple, and in Metallic/Cobalt Blue Hues.
To submit, or to view this week's submissions, please go to: http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/2011/01/weekly-challenge-i-dream-in-color-how.html.
Happy Upcoming Weekend !!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
For anyone curious, more linocuts and etchings I have done can be found here at my website:
Back to all things Whimsical on Wednesdays.
This week's Wizard of Whimsy is sure to "light up your life!" I can't resist punning. Winner ahoy, and congratulations!
To see this week's whimsy, or to post some of your own, here is the link: