Monday, June 27, 2011

Nursery Rhymes for I.A. Bo Peep and Her Sheep !!

The "Inspiration Avenue" Challenge for this week is "Nursery Rhymes!"

So, I am submitting a card I did that is based on "Little Bo Peep." My Peep, and her Sheep, are slightly goth-ier (steampunk-ier?) than the original version.

The original nursery rhyme goes:

"Little Bo-Peep has lost her Sheep,
And can't tell where to find them.
Leave them alone,
And They'll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them."

Other versions of the rhyme go on a bit longer, and Bo Peep is climbing hills and valleys to find her poor lambs, and is not at all happy. In my version, they've come home (perhaps they weren't lost for too long? nobody seems too stressed out), and everyone is hugging and smiling. My lambies also seem to think they are shepherdesses themselves, given their little outfits ;-)

Sadly, the Bo Peep above and I sort of look alike right now. Not because I've suddenly gone blonde, but because I drew her with little red cheeks, and my cheeks look like that because I got caught in the sun today, sans sunscreen. Aloe Vera is my good friend right now. Oh well. At least cartoon characters in a picture can be under bright suns (like last week's challenge), and not have to worry about such things :-p

Onward! To submit to Inspiration Avenue for this week's challenge, please go to:

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Hope everyone's week is off to a good start!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Posted a day late, for yesterday's victory :-D

The above picture is a collage of romantic cards I have done-- I made it last night, to virtually celebrate with everybody who was in NYC. So, this post is more to express some thoughts, and gratitude, over recent events.

I'm originally from New York, and I can't describe how happy and proud I am of my home state for doing the right thing (-:

(The ESB, lit up on the night of 6/24/2011, in celebration of the passed legislation)

I support Equality For All, and I am happy that in New York-- even when most of those who voted on the bill were Conservative (and were expected, because of staying true to party politics, to be opposed to the issue)-- marriage for the LGBT community was recognized as the Civil Rights issue that it is. And, therefore, was passed! I hope this is a sign of good things to come, more acceptance, and more love-- both in the States and abroad.

(I wanted to post something happy and cute to celebrate, Googled "Rainbow Hug," and found Pooh and Co! Even Eeyore looks happy here)

I want to say more, but for as verbose a person as I am... I don't really have words. Just feeling smiley, relieved, and very happy for the people in my life who I love dearly-- and people who I have never met--who are finally able to enjoy this freedom and joy that is their right.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Midsummer Night for Illustration Friday

This piece, entitled "Woe Is Bottom," is one I have posted before-- but I wanted to reuse it for Illustration Friday this week, as the theme is "Midsummer Night." And Bottom, shown here on the right, is a fun character in Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream."

As I have explained before with this piece, I mixed characters from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the fairy tale, "The Old Woman In The Wood"." The Tree-Man from that story is actually a human being. However, he has been trapped inside the tree by cruel magic. All of these things have combined to make him both tree and human-like in appearance.

The link below tells the story in more detail, for any interested parties.

Anyway, in this piece, Bottom has arrived too late-- so, as Titania first saw the Tree-Man, she fell for the wrong person. Hence, "Woe" is Bottom.

So, to conclude: click below to submit to I.F.!

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Hope Beginning Summer (compared to Midsummer, since we're not there yet) is treating everyone well.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Sun for I.A.

Inspiration Avenue this week is themed "Summer Sun," so I am submitting a card I was just commissioned to do this past weekend for "Father's Day."

It depicts a little girl and her dad on a high-sea adventure on a Summer's Day, with the red sun setting behind them. Also, there are teddy bears included as part of this nautical outing.

For their safety, and from that old saying about "Red sky at night, Sailor's Delight (Red Sky at Morning, Sailor's Take Warning), I decided it was a setting sun.

So, hope everyone's weekend this past weekend was well! Belated wishes for that. For anyone who wants to submit to Inspiration Avenue, the link to this week's challenge is here:


Friday, June 17, 2011

Illustration Friday and Web of Whimsy: "Launch"

My interpretation of the theme this week is using the phrase "launch into," which means "to start something with energy or enthusiasm."

So, these little girls are "launching into" a game of leapfrog! As well as having a whimsical day by the water, while playing with an actual frog.

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Sending good weekend wishes to everyone!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"So Romantic" for Inspiration Avenue

I figured I would submit something Victorian-y for I.A. this week, as the theme is "So Romantic."

The above greeting card is captioned, "I'm Your Biggest Fan!"

I make romantic greeting cards rather often, but with the style of outfits these characters are wearing, the prominence of red, and the body language/scene between these characters, I felt that this card would be an appropriate one for the challenge.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


On Saturday June 11th, I and several other artists participated in a show to benefit Japan called NOZOMI: Hope for Japan. The show was a success, with people coming out to look at and buy the art, or watch the many performances, and a successful bake-sale, with the proceeds of every sale made going to Japan for earthquake and tsunami relief. So, thank you, to people who came out to help! :-D

It was held at the Pacific Winds Sculpture Garden in Long Beach, which is a hidden gem. The garden is tucked away in a residential area. But once you find it and come inside, you find that it's got a nice variety of plants, really fun sculptures, and a very peaceful atmosphere. The garden definitely reminded me that I need to get on visiting other gardens around the area (like the Huntington Gardens) as well as gave me impetus to make sure to check out botanical centers and gardens when in other cities (still kicking myself for having not gotten to the Japanese Tea Gardens every time I've been in S.F.!).

Here are a couple of photos of the garden and the NOZOMI show itself.

This sculpture is super cool. I like that this guy is standing on his head! Props to this sculpture's composition, since I don't think I had ever before seen a sculpture when someone was not posing in at least a quasi-traditional way.

The NOZOMI bake sale table, above... NOM NOM NOM. The cupcakes and cookies were delicious! And for a good cause, so, double win.

This is a quick picture I took with my phone of the piece I donated to the show. Hard to read the artist's description, but...

I'll include it here, under a closer shot of the drawing:

"Waiting" is a spot illustration that depicts a girl and her mother (and their cat) sitting inside from the rain. Both the girl and her mother are pensive, although the girl seems more worried while the mother is happier (the cat is just inquisitive, as kitties tend to be). The mother is pregnant-- perhaps why she is happier. The girl, on the other hand, may be afraid of how things will change once she has a new sibling-- perhaps she won't have as much attention focused on her. She may worry that things will be harder for their family with the change, or she may be worried for her mother's health. Perhaps she is just feeling gloomy because it is so cold and wet outside. But overall, the drawing is meant to convey a sense of positive things to come. Life is full of uncertainty, but beautiful things can still come out of dark and scary places. While the girl thinks of all the things that could go wrong, perhaps she should look at things in a different way-- hopeful that a new person in their lives could make things better and brighter, even with all the difficulties that will come with it. I submitted this piece to NOZOMI as the overall theme of the show is about hope, and because I wanted to submit an illustration that would give others hope in looking towards the future, even when the present is very foggy.

These next sculptures were cartoony favorites of mine. Smiling ants! Brightly c0lored, smiling ants! It was like playing with gigantic Pixar characters, come to life! Except, you know. They could only stand there and smile, and not actually talk or move.

I tried to imitate the shocked expression of one of the ant sculptures, but the sun was in my face and it didn't quite work. Fuzzles Koala had to put up with my silliness ;-)

Shocked! Shocked I tell you!

I hugged one of the smiling ants, posing for a photo with Fuzzles Koala. I really was quite obsessed with these sculptures.

A group photo of the ants.

And, that sums up my photographic chronicling of NOZOMI.

Again, many thanks to anyone who made it out and was able to help with any kind of donation!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cloudy with a chance of talkative (or flying) bunnies

I haven't done a new work post in a while, but as I am creating a new piece for an upcoming forest-creatures themed show, I am sharing the progress thus far here. My mind went all over the place with this one, from pin-up art, to faeries, to bunnies and birds, to steampunk-y retro flying machines.

So, there is only a bit of color in it so far (and I'm still debating what colors to use when coloring it), but here is my thus far untitled and inked piece. Hope any readers enjoy it.

Faerie on a forest phone.

Zooming out, to see her outfit and her bunny friends. One of whom is also on a forest phone.

A bird Pilot of the steampunk-y flying machine.

A bird Co-Pilot of the steampunk-y flying machine.

Zooming out, to show the creatures and their flying machine.

Zooming out a bit more, to show the creatures, the flying machine, and the gossiping bunny.

Zooming out to show the entire scene.

'Tis all for now!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Illustration Friday: "Swept," and Long Beach's NOZOMI "Hope For Japan" Weekend Art Show!

This week's theme for "Illustration Friday" is "Swept!"

While I didn't have a piece featuring anybody cleaning, I decided to interpret the theme nautically. These two girls are busy exploring and having fun by the sea.

They're "swept" up in the moment, probably feeling their hair blow in the wind (and therefore feeling wind-"swept"), and perhaps not noticing the boy watching them in the distance. Does he hope to "sweep" the older girl off her feet?

In any case, to see more cards like this, please go to:

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And on an unrelated note to I.F. (but a related note to art), if you are in the Long Beach/L.A. area, please come out this weekend to the "NOZOMI: Hope for Japan" Art Show!

It is a show I am happy to be a part of, and it is for a great cause. As the above poster states, it'll be held from three in the afternoon until eight at night, at Long Beach's Pacific Wind Arts And Sculpture Garden.

There will also be vendors there, musical performances, sweets to eat (NOM NOM), arts and crafts for little ones to occupy themselves with, and an art raffle. So, anyone of any age will enjoy it, and is welcome (-: And also, all the proceeds will be donated to Global Givings Japan Earthquake and Relief Fund.

So, hope people will be able to make it out! And here's hoping everybody's weekend sweeps them off their feet! ;-)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"Baking" for Inspiration Avenue/Web of Whimsy

So, a quick rambling before explaining the below I.A. and Web of Whimsy Picture, which for this week is themed "Bake!" Well, I.A. is themed "Bake," and Web of Whimsy is open to interpretation, as long as the submission is whimsical.

I just traveled to New York for a week and a half and got back tonight. It was nice to see family and what friends I could catch up with, as well as attend my college's five year reunion. There was great art to see in and around New York, and it's given me a new zest to go hop around and see cool things in L.A. as I've returned. I am recovering from the heat! The East Coast has beautiful summers, but the heat can be a little overwhelming.

The heat insanity is, in part, why I am posting a picture that is on theme but also set in the wintertime-- thinking of cold wind and snow and such, to counteract thoughts of ninety-five degrees and humid weather.

So, the above greeting card is a picture of two girls baking pink cakes/and cookies, to celebrate both Christmas and Channukah.

To see more (admittedly out of season, but hopefully wintry enough to cool you down on a summer's day!) Winter Holiday Cards of mine, please go to:

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As a cupcake/cookie/cake/sugar person, I am excited to see what people will draw (or perhaps even actually bake) for this Art Challenge!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Illustration Friday-- Shadows

This week's I.F. Theme was "Shadows."

Above is a piece I did in January, "Featherbrained," where the main character is cast in shadow, as well as holding birds that are shadows themselves. It is sort of fashion-illo-y, but a bit on the darker side to be one fully.

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Hope everyone is getting along with their shadows, and not afraid of them ;-)

Storefront for Creative Tuesdays!

What a fun theme for "Creative Tuesdays!" The theme is "Storefronts," and as an addict of cupcakes, sweet things, and other things found displayed in Sugary Storefronts, I was excited by this challenge. Mister Toast mentioned french bakeries in his challenge description, which makes me dream of all kinds of nom-nom-nomy things.

Below is a card I made of a family exiting a little bakery, standing outside its Storefront. A welcome mat has been placed outside the door, the door is painted with the name of the bakery, and through the window a tiered cake can be seen. The family themselves are munching on cupcakes they purchased from inside.

I believe it had been captioned with something to the effect of, "I think you're super sweet!" In retrospect, maybe I should have gone with something like, "You're sweet as sugar!" But both I think get the point across ;-)

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Hope everyone's having a good day!!