Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year and Holiday Song for Creative Tuesdays!

Here is a Holiday card that I made, using blue and gold hues to give it a wintry/New Year feel (for some reason, I always think of cold hued blues and gold-- sometimes silver-- perhaps because NYE decorations often use those colors).  Because the girls are singing and playing music, and celebrating the winter seasons and the turning over of one year into the next perhaps, I thought it was appropriate for the "Creative Tuesdays" theme of Holiday Song.

2012 has been a year full of many many things, for which I am grateful.  And on a related note, I am very grateful to have found Creative Tuesdays (two years ago, eep!).  Forums full of friendly people, creative and beautiful artwork, and interesting discussion and thematic interpretations make me happy.  So, thank you Creative Tuesdays, for being something full of inky/markery/painty contributions from everyone!  Mister Toast and everyone on here, this site is definitely a highlight and was a pleasure to participate in, and look at everyone else's work in, in 2012.  Looking forward to everything C.T. will bring with fun themes in the New Year!

To see other holiday and winter-esque cards I have done, please go to:

To submit to Creative Tuesdays by January 1st, tomorrow, for the theme of "Holiday Song" please go to:

Have a Happy and Safe New Year's Eve of Twenty-Twelve  --!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"Snow" for Illustration Friday

This week's I.F. theme is "snow."

I'm a busy and scattered bee, so, I shall not say anything further.  The above is a pretty self-explanatory, blank holiday greeting card.  Onto links:

Submit to I.F. here:

If interested, click onto other holiday cards by myself here:

Thanks for reading, and wishes of happy holidays to all.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Creative Tuesdays: Mittens

Hello, C.T.-ers  --!!  So I'm back to posting work.  Boo that I missed the "Starry Nights" challenge, but since this new one is "Mittens," I am very excited!

"Mittens the Kitten" was a silly nickname my Mom gave me as a kid, and mittens are quite nice and warm.  I've been trying to make lots of new holiday cards, and this one features snuggling kids who are wearing mittens, and also have mittens (as well as hearts, holly-- which I learned the correct definition of from Creative Tuesdays, actually!--swirls, and happy moons), and have little pet kittens.

So, thank you Mister Toast for this fun challenge, and I encourage everyone to submit to it!

By Tuesday December eleventh, you can submit to this challenge here:

To see this and other holiday cards I've made, please go here:

Thanks for reading, and happy Creativity Wishes to All!

Friday, December 7, 2012

"Explore." Illustration Friday.

Above is my submission for this week's I.F. theme of "Explore."  As per my last I.F. submission, I talked about needing to return to the grindstone for making Christmas cards.  And, well, here we are!

I wanted to make some Christmas cards that didn't entirely use the traditional colors of red and green, and this deep yellow-orange has been making an appearance in quite a few new cards.  There is still a lot of red in the various cards I've done, but some have been more pink and green instead-- the above card a case in point.

I thought this one fit well for the "explore" theme, as this girl is going on an adventure and exploring with her magical (and enormous) Christmas kitty, as they fly through a holly, ornament, and heart filled atmosphere.  Apparently, the kitty's baby sibling didn't want to mix any of the exploring fun, so he secretly attached a leash to Kit-Zilla's tail!  Hopefully they'll all find fun things while they explore.

Anyway, must get back to freelance work and card-making, so, onward.  Oh, and have to get to bed for tomorrow's event!  Details in the links below.

To see more holiday cards (including a batch of new ones, visible in the first two lines and last two lines of the image lines in this link), go here:

To submit to Illustration Friday's theme of "Explore," go here:

And finally, for L.A. peeps, to check out a cool holiday bazaar (where I will be selling stuff, amongst the company of a lot of fun crafters, food makers, and performing artists) this weekend, come to the Artists Underground Shindig!  Details in the link below:

Thanks for reading, and hope the season's merry wherever you may be.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Whiskers" for Illustration Friday

Despite my gazillion drawings that have whiskered rabbits/cats/critters, I'm going with the "whiskers as a term for beards" meaning for this I.F. challenge!

But, really. I'm posting this, largely, because I have a ton of Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday cards to get done within the next week (and the week after that) for fairs I have coming up, and to remind myself that I must get cracking on said thematic wares.  Will hopefully post about those fairs soon.

Off to run to work, but here are some links!

To see more holiday cards I've created in the past, please go to:

To submit to "Whiskers" for I.F. (you have until tonight at midnight!), please go to:

Now, to forge ahead into the L.A. Rain.  Still a bit out of it from only having gotten back from T-Day Trip/Freezing Greater NYC 48 hours prior, but, that is for another blog.  Which may never get written, but, I  digress.

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Zoom" for Illustration Friday

This week's I.F. topic is "Zoom!"

And, I'm taking it literally, as in comics and films, there is often a moment when the panel or camera "zooms" in.

As can be seen, there is a big "Zoom" in, in the last panel.  A story in which a lonely stuffed toy, feeling sadder after reading the "Velveteen Rabbit" while left home alone and wishing his human was around to play with... unknowingly, has a Kreeper Koala in the background.  Dun dun dun... how very different the phrase, "I only want a friend," can be depending on the context.

In any case, I did this for fun this past Tuesday at the Comix Jam that happened at the For Your Art space, across from LACMA.  It was very cool!  People got to come in and take down comic book pages hanging off the wall.  It was possible to choose a blank page, or a page that was partially done and finish it (or to only finish part of yours, and see if someone else would then pick it up and finish it), and people did lots of neat and different things with their stories.  Everyone's work was really different really strong, so it was a great time creating and getting to read all of the comic pages.  There was also a wall to draw on.  Where ever it was possible, I snuck in several marsupials.  Perhaps those will be posted in the future.

I chose to do a whole page.  Surprise surprise, I used the opportunity to finally do some sequential drawings with Fuzzles.  It was fun to draw a quick comic story, and cool how an initially sweet/sad story about a toy feeling lonely and "not real" all of a sudden turned "Swimfan" when it turned out he had a secret and insane "real" koala admirer... organic and strange, but it was fun.

In any event, here is the link to all of the cool Comix Art events that is holding this weekend!

And here is the I.F. website to submit:

Happy Weekend  --!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Creative Tuesdays and the theme of NEWS

After forever, I am returning to "Creative Tuesdays!"  It has been forever and I have really wanted to catch up on the posts of Mister Toast, Fred, Heather, Linda Dots and Doodles, and so many more people I am too night-owly (why am I not asleep??) to name.   I have really missed looking at the wonderful posts and artwork, and I'm hoping to be better at balancing deadlines and blog-lines (that probably should say updates, huh) in the future.

In any case, my news piece is a quick sketch reaction to Proposition 37, which was a big thing on the "News" (the weekly theme) last week.  It was a measure on the California ballot which, unfortunately (at least in my opinion) failed.  Prop 37 would have allowed consumers to know what we are eating, as it would have required the labeling of Genetically Modified foods.  I personally am not a fan of them, I know they're pretty much in most things unless you buy organic here in the States, and I find it outrageous that this is even a thing allowed to be done to consumers-- to my knowledge, GMOs are severely restricted/banned outright in Europe, and I see no reason why they should be allowed Stateside.

In any case, the measure did not pass.  My quick sketch shows a girl thinking of this/being sad at this news and consumed with thoughts of these GMO fruits, while the same girl spins her head to watch the newscast initially broadcasting the verdict, while creepy marked-with-a-question-mark-GMO-fruits burst forth from the TV stand and almost in her face.

So, I guess we get to go along assuming that if an apple is the size of our head, then likely, it's got some GMO in it-- although we won't know officially, as it won't be labeled.  Sigh.  Perhaps the law needs to be re-drafted, and when it (hopefully) returns, it will be free of any weird wording that would hurt farmers, and fixed up so it would be a proposition to keep consumers informed and safe, knowledgeable of what is in what they are eating.

Anyway, hello again!  And forgive my rant :-p  I am happy to be on C.T. again, and I am wishing everyone well!  If you're intrigued by this topic of "News," go to the link below on November 13th to submit your entry:

Thanks everyone!  Hello, Mister Toast!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Shy" for Illustration Friday

Between visiting home/NYCC, LBCC (both of which still need a recap; iBehind on those), across the country checking in/being terrified of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween, the most recent election, and teaching/freelance deadlines...  I have been very remiss in posting.  

Have said it before and will say it again; I do miss posting on Illustration Friday, Creative Tuesdays, and Inspiration Avenue.  I'm slowly dipping back into the pool of posting submissions, and hope belatedly returning as a regular poster won't be too jarring for anyone :-p

In any event, here's my first shot.  Barely in time for this week, but here we are-- this Dia de Los Muertos inspired greeting card of mine is what I'm submitting for the theme of "Shy," for Illustration Friday.

While some of the dancing skeletons are happy and confident-- and the central girl is happy-- a few of the skull flowers she's holding wear a shy expression, the skull framed with blue and green leaves to her left seems shy, and her suitor tentatively hugging her and standing behind her also wears a shy expression.

To see other cards I've done that are also romantically themed, please go to:

And it might be the theme, but don't be shy yourself!  Submit today and get something in before tomorrow's new I.F. prompt, by going to:

Thanks for reading!  Take care, all.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Con Recaps: Portland Zine Symposium

Hello, world!

Summer and Fall have both been insanely busy, and I just returned from being at the Artist's Alley of New York Comic Con.  Great event, that merits its own blog-- but for now, I'll quickly recap the festival I did before NYCC, which was the PDX Zine Symposium back in August.  I also did L.A.'s Chinatown Summer Nights Festival at the end of August one night, which was also quite fun.  For now, though, I will stick mostly to Convention recaps.

Portland is a somewhat London-y city, in terms of weather, and is a very indie place.  It almost feels as if the college I went to turned into a Northwestern town-- at least that is how I felt when I was in the city.  DIY Culture is pretty big there.  There's even an independent publishing center that helps people print their self-published works, and the community there is very supportive.  Here are the links relevant to that resource center, as well as the Zine Symposium itself:

In any case, this is more of a picture blog recapping my own travels and space at the Con than anything-- especially since I've been battling a headache for a few days, given that I didn't at all sleep much during NYCC, I don't think waxing eloquently would work out so well right now.  But I want to get back into posting on this blog more regularly, so, here we go.

As you can see above, marsupials who love to caffeinate themselves are here to welcome you into this post.  Fuzzles, on the left, had a  new outfit for the PDX Zinefest.  It's a crinoline that doubles as a collar, as well as a blankety-lacey-skirty thing.  (#Insanity, but I still think toys, silliness, and being yourself without caring what naysayers think are awesome, so, moving on).

The event was held at a place called "Refuge," in PDX's SouthEast district.  Very nice space, wood floors, and even a stage!  I snapped a secret picture of this girl whose pants I thought were awesome, and I wish I could somehow find a pair to wear.  Either human size, or mini-sized for Fuzzles.

Above is Fuzzles and Ball'O (that right hand Koala's name is "Ball'O Fun," which is because of his round ball like shape), chillin' on my table. I had some new things for sale that were made just before this con, including some prints and a new portrait zine, so that was fun.

Koala Creepin' behind table, with a Blair Hairbow, Take one.

Koala Creepin' behind table, Take Two.

Just a full shot of the table.

Close up of the table, showing greeting cards/greeting card books/a new print/an old print/various comics and zines/and, the new "Faces" portrait zine.

One of the new things I had at the Zine Festival were prints of "The Fur Tree," a piece I made some time ago.  

The final version is the colored one, but I liked the B/W one very much so I made prints of both.   Actually, the B/W print is a coloring page, for kids and kids at heart to color themselves in marker if they so choose!

When I went to get food at a nearby pub during a break, I actually ran into my friend from L.A.  Small world!  He took this silly picture of me and Fuzzles, and emailed it to me.  I look cray cray, but since it showcases Fuzzles in all of his cute glory, I'm posting the picture anyway.

Final pic: Being on the MAX Rail, heading back to PDX Airport.  Which is actually a great airport, and Elephant Cafe is my favorite place to eat in there.

So long for now, and looking forward to posting on more blog challenges when there's some more time, and also, recapping the awesomeness that was #NYCC!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Illustration Friday: Crooked! And also, Which Image for a Poster?

Below, is the piece I'm submitting (with its title listed) for this week's "Illustration Friday," for the theme of "Crooked." 

1.  "Clowning Around."

With her mischievous head tilt, the main character in this piece is holding her head at a "crooked" angle.

(Incidentally, there's a place I like in the LBC called "The Crooked Duck"-- it's a place to eat, and while I've only had their coffee, I am a fan mainly because of the fun name-- this challenge made me think of that).
For others who want to submit to I.F., the link is here:

Now, the blog's being opened up advice from teh Interwebz-- from likely mostly Facebook peeps, once I've posted this over there (although any strangers just seeing this via I.F. or elsewhere are welcome to comment as well).  With various big conventions coming up, I want to figure out what new things to have.

As I've recently been doing this "Faces" series with portraits, and hidden hair and face imagery (which is out in a little zine I made), I want to figure out which of the faces people like, and which ones people would like to see in postcard (about 3"x5"), print (9"x12" ish), or poster (11"x17" or bigger) form.

I've put up five, that I was thinking of-- and, I am putting it out there on the Internet to find out which ones people like-- and/or, which ones people like better as something small, or which ones people think would be cool enough to be bigger, tack-onto-the-wall-able prints or posters.

Look at the first picture (my I.F. submission) to start, then scroll down to see the other five (the last one being what I submitted a couple of weeks ago to I.F., as well the image I'm using for my NYCC icon-- and therefore, perhaps something I should print? Hrmm).

Any help would be much appreciated (-:  Thanks  --!!

                                                            2.  "Hitched."

                                                                   3.  My Turn

                                                                 4.  Swirlie Skulls

                                                             5.  Goth-Waii

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Imagination" for Illustration Friday

So, this is part of a series I'm doing called "Faces," showing cartoon portraits with hidden imagery in and around the heads.  This one's called "Goth-waii," for obvious reasons.  See any hidden ponies, puppies, bears, or kitties?  

Oh, wait.  I just said what they were... so, effectively un-hid them.  Whoops.

In any case, the I.F. prompt is "Imagination," and if the above girl has these critters pouring forth from her because of what's on her mind?  Well then, she does have an overactive "imagination."

Haven't had any time to update to blogs in forever.  That said, since I am using this image here, I will also link to another link where this picture is shown, if one searches my name:

Nerves and excitement and yes, oh my!

In any case, here's the link to more samples of the "Faces" series:

And here's how to go and submit to I.F.-- Click the below website, follow the instructions:

Thanks for reading  --!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Inspiration Avenue and "Fairies"

Here is a card, just to say, "I love you, in ev-fairy way!"

Very fun theme, and here are the links to submit to this week's I.A. yourself :-D:

I am too overheated/uncomfortable from the heatwave to write or say too much more, but I hope everyone else is feeling comfortable and off to a "fairy" fun weekend!

"Teacher" for Illustration Friday

This is a mother/daughter greeting card, but as your family always teaches you things throughout life-- and as they're your first real teachers-- it seems appropriate.  I thought a little girl and her Mom, learning how to do crafts together, fit the theme.

To submit to I.F., please go to:

To see other such cards, please go to:

And on the subject of family and childhood-- come check out the "Memories are Made of This" show tomorrow night, Saturday, at the Munky King Gallery on Melrose!  Thirteen year old curator/artist extraordinaire Cooper Berella curated this show (his third Munky King curated show to date), which I am proud to be a part of.  He's a great kid, and his shows are always for a good cause.  Learn more here:

Thanks for reading, and happy Friday!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Zentangles? ZENFUZZLES --!!

I had never before heard of Zentangles, but as I am into hidden imagery and swirlies, this made me very happy!  Thank you, Inspiration Avenue, for introducing me to something new, fun, and inspiring for future work :-D

I made a sketch for this challenge, based on my plushie toy who gets featured on this blog every so often.  Fuzzles the Koala.  Appropriately, this is a "Zentangles" challenge, and I have named the above drawing "ZENFUZZLES."

And now, for some links!

To submit to the "Zentangles" challenge on I.A., please go to:

To learn more about "Zentangles," please go to:

 And I think I post this every time, but here is a silly post I made of me and Fuzzles (to see the marsupial, the myth, the legend... not really, but I think it's fun to be young at heart and silly sometimes):

Thanks for reading  --!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Perfectly Pink" for Inspiration Avenue

For this week's I.A. (which I am so excited by, because I love this color), the above girls partying in a Friendship Card are doing so for this week's theme of "Pink!"

The caption is, "You Totally Rock!"  Silly and simple pun, but I remain easily amused :-p

Incidentally, as someone who is a very weird combination of girly and not-at-all, the girly side loves this color and cool outfits in various shades of this hue.  So, this was a fun challenge!

As per usual, links below:

Submit to I.A. for "Perfectly Pink" at:

See other cards of mine, like this one, at:

Thank you for reading and hoping all is well for you guys! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Swirling, Swirly, Swirls! Inspiration Avenue

So I use swirls a lot in my art, but this piece seemed to have a few more than most.  It's part of a series I'm doing called "Faces," and these portraits tend to get swirly in the hair, especially with the hidden images.  This girl is "Dia De Los Muertos" themed, and there are swirls in her curls, as well as swirls in the bodice of her dress.

Sorry I missed I.A. last time, and I LOVE Paris so I was so bummed.  "Phantom of the Opera" is an obsession of mine.  I've been super swamped with work on a summer project, but am happy to get the chance to post here, and excited I finished this new piece in time to submit.

I'm turning into a Pumpkin, look at the time.  But here are some links before I shove off:

Here are the "Faces" I'm talking about, if you'd like to see the others:

Here is the link to submit to Inspiration Avenue for this week's theme, to submit at the most recent entry about "Swirls:"

Thanks for reading :-D

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Beatles Song" for Creative Tuesdays... Guess Which!

I created a card, and played around with it a little bit, for the "Beatles Song" C.T. Challenge... any guesses which route I took?

"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds!"  As evidenced by kids playing in the clouds (I've not yet decided which girl should be Lucy, but perhaps the one on the right), and with the border surrounding them of said gem.

Hope everyone is well!  To submit to C.T., please go to the link below:

Thanks for reading  --!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

"Carry," Illustration Friday


Here is a Momma carrying her little boy, thus, staying on the I.F. theme of "Carry."  A family Valentine's card.  A bit out of season, but dreaming of more wintry weather to combat the oppressive heat lately.

To see this and other Valentine's or Romantic cards, please go to:

To submit to Illustration Friday, please go to: 

Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Lost" for Illustration Friday

I initially posted this image for a challenge some months back, called the "Thirty Character's" Challenge.  I didn't sign up in time to be officially on the challenge, but I did it on my own as practice.  Essentially, it was to draw thirty characters in thirty days-- as well as come up with character traits and personalities for the characters.  I did a number of characters.  Fell a bit short of creating a full thirty, but it was a good exercise.

Below is Priscilla-- she is "lost," not in the literal sense, but in the overall life sense.  The world is dark and difficult, and she is not sure what her next move should be.  Determined, though, she wants to keep pushing ahead in spite of the difficulties.  Priscilla is clipped from a larger piece, but for purposes of this illustration challenge, I'll only focus on her.

The whole piece shows anthropomorphic animals struggling, with faceless, human-esque policemen adding to their struggle.  I began it quite some time ago, and while it originally mostly focused on homelessness/how cruelly law enforcement sometimes can treat those who are on the street, the point of the piece seems to have also grown to expand the strife between OWS protesters and the polcie.  Other animals in the piece are a hummingbird, a rat, a rabbit, and a bat, to name a few.

Below, I've copied and pasted the character description I came up with. for the original challenge.  If that's a bit TL;DR (as they say in Internet-land, to describe those of us who are over-verbose like myself), scroll down to the very bottom for more links:

"Priscilla was living in a shelter, and is young-- she's only just turned eighteen.  Her parents passed away in an accident when she was sixteen, and after being bounced around, she knew she'd be better off being by herself.  She'd been at the shelter for about a year and things had been going all right.  She had a good friend, someone who was like a sister to her-- as an only child, that was something Priscilla craved.

Yet, the best friend she made at the shelter passed away.  And then, Priscilla decided to leave.  She's been by herself and on the streets for two months.  In her shopping cart, she carries her own belongings, as well as useful things she picks up.  She'll trade and barter them with other people.  The only thing she won't trade is her Dodgers tee-shirt (the one she's wearing), because it was a gift from her Dad.  She doesn't care how tattered it gets, it's the one thing she has that holds her to her old life.

Priscilla also collects stuffed animals that she finds abandoned on the  streets, and cleans them up whenever she is able to go and wash up.  She  gives a lot of them away to kids on the street who she thinks could use  them-- yet, she keeps a lot of them for herself, because she's always  loved them and finds them to be good company.  After all, a toy can only  smile at you, and never judge you-- if you have enough childhood in  your heart you can believe they're secretly real.  On an even more  practical level, a toy cannot get sick, choose to hurt you, or ruin  their own lives, thus breaking your heart in the process.  She  particularly loves stuffed toys because her Mom did.

Here is another shot, showing Priscilla's cart of items, her teddy, and even a Viola.  She traded and acquired it recently, and means to try and play it soon-- she played it seriously until she was sixteen, and keeps hoping things will calm down enough for her to pick it up again, and perhaps make some money with it.

Lastly, this is a close-up of Priscilla's face, as she is happening upon the scene of Bettina being arrested.  She is saddened but not surprised, and is planning on circling the block, hiding around the corner, and watching to see where Bettina walks, in hopes of helping her.  The two know each other in passing."

Link to Bettina the Bat, and her story here:

Link to submit to Illustration Friday:

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creative Tuesday's "Christmas In July"

 Woo-hoo!  This Christmas date is going on in a tropical place, although the characters have insisted on dressing still with the colors of the season, as well as the layers.

It's July in this magical, tropical world-- the sun is brightly shining and smiling down on these two lovebirds.  There are actual lovebirds flying about-- bluebirds, and a few of them are even holding holly (which I previously had thought was interchangeable with Mistletoe, as can be seen in this 2011 C.T. entry: ).  With candy canes, sweaters, red, and green, this guy and gal are enjoying Christmas.  And with Palm Trees and A Happy Sun, they can enjoy it in July :-p

To submit to this week's "Creative Tuesdays" challenge, please go to:

Make sure to sign up by July 24th so your submission is on time (-:

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Paradise Island" for Creative Tuesdays

For some people, a paradise island would be all about being surrounded by water, being isolated from the rest of the world, and if you were lucky, only having the company of the most special people you cared about!

Such is the case for this little couple on a floating island, surrounded by pink heart-esque water.  It's a greeting card that says, "I just wanted to 'wave' hello, because it's true-- I love you so!"

Their island may have no trees, but it's enough land for them to sit and play together, and eventually I'm sure it'll float towards a body of land where they'll have all the tropical shrubbery around that they need.

To submit to C.T., please go to:

To see other cards like this, please go to:

Hope everyone's weeks are feeling like paradise!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Fly" for Inspiration Avenue

Missed two I.A.'s recently!  So swamped recently, but I want to see everyone's wonderful works and get the chance to post, so here I am.

This is a greeting card, without a caption, showing a little boy and his Mommy, playing with their bird friend.  Who, it seems, fancies herself a fashionista and is wearing a hat-- but I digress.  The point is, she is a creature who shall "fly," and is therefore on theme :-D

To see other cards alongside this one, please go to:

To submit to I.A., please go to:

May everyone's inspiration take flight for this challenge!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Illustration Friday: Suspend

I just finished this piece and wanted to share it.  It's part of my "Faces" series, which are portraits of people with hidden imagery and stories around the figures, in their hair or clothing/background-- mostly thus far, it's been the hair.  Here is a cartoon portrait to honor Karen Huff Klein.  it is titled "Live With Integrity."

For anyone who hasn't read the story on the news, Karen Klein was a bus monitor in Greece, New York, who was bullied by middle-schooler boys while on the bus with them.  This story went viral because the children thought bringing someone to tears with cruelty was funny, videotaped the whole encounter, and put it on Youtube.  Presumably, they thought people would be amused.  That was not so much the case.  After it went Viral, a man named Max Siderov set up an account on IndieGoGo dot com to help raise money for Karen so she could take a vacation.  The goal was five thousand dollars, and it has well surpassed 6K by now.  Karen's story hit a chord with many people.

I personally can't watch the video because it will make me too upset, but I read the transcript and was really horrified.  I can never tell if things in the world have always been a certain way, and the age of the Internet has just made it impossible to not see things for as awful as they are-- or if things are continuously getting worse.  In any case, kindness to people-- especially people who are somewhat older, or somewhat younger-- is something I think should be natural, and come naturally when dealing with others.  (I mean you as in the overall you, more like in Spanish when soemone says "ustedes"-- an actual word that, more or less, means "you all").  Someone who has weaknesses, at least in your estimation, should not be someone you gleefully think of as a target.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

One of the things that the children teased her over was her purse, which has several inspirational sayings on it.  Two of those are "Be Remarkable; You Already Are," and "Live With Integrity."  Karen herself has said that she tries to live by those words.  By all accounts, she very much seems to-- hence the title of my drawing.

Karen did not speak back against her tormentors.  She has been very kind, and surprised, in all of the subsequent interviews and events she's attended, with her newfound fame.  Now she will be able to retire, and with the remaining money, she is going to donate some to Down's Syndrome research, and she is going to give the rest of it to her grandchildren.  As for the bullies, nobody really knows what prompted them to do what they did.  Since the events, they have received death threats, harassment, and a suspension.  The city of Greece is now working to protect the students, as going after them for what they did is not going to help anybody. 

That last fact is why I am submitting this piece for "suspend" and Illustration Friday.  That, and I think mean spirited-ness should be "suspended" indefinitely, but I digress.

In any event, the boys have been suspended for a year, will go to a continuation school of sorts, and will have to do community service where they work with the elderly.  Again, I do not know why they felt the need to be so cruel, but I hope the experience really changes them for the better.  If they have serious problems in their lives and they were acting out, I hope they are able to overcome those problems for themselves, and so as to also never so hurt another person in the future.  If they have more of what you'd call a charmed life, and have been indulged to the point where they're young teens and have currently forgotten about the importance of treating other human beings decently, I hope this experience wakes them up and teaches them something valuable.

The massive support of Karen, and the fact so many people donated to her fund-- something she never asked for or even thought of--  because they felt for her and her situation, was an incredible story over the past few weeks.  I read many articles about her, because I wanted to do a portrait.  I wanted to show things about Karen as a person, and not reflect the bullying or cruelty she experienced in the drawing.  I finally found an article that discussed her life in detail, and the below article was what I drew much inspiration from:

Any interested readers can look at her hair, and see which things from that article are alluded to/hidden in her portrait.

To submit to I.F. this week, please go to:

To see more works I've done in the "Faces" series, please go to:

Thanks for reading, and hope all is well for everyone ^__^

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Simply Cute" for Creative Tuesdays

Yay, so excited for the "Simply Cute" challenge! (-:

 Below, I'm posting a piece I finished at the end of the spring this past May of Twenty-Twelve, with little forest animals, creatures that I myself always find cute. It's a bit of a blend between North America and South America, as one of the little critters is mostly from the latter (But can be in the southernmost, westernmost part of the former). Below, check out "The Fur Tree." Yup, that's a pun. Two versions below, with the second one being the final!

The final version is the colored one, but I liked the B/W one very much so I kept a scanned copy. Curious to know which version people like, or would be more drawn to as a print. I feel like the colored one pops, and in that sense works as a print, but the B/W one could be cool if printed on paper that was possible to color in, for a child perhaps.

In any event, could anyone guess which animal was the one from a different region?


Ding ding ding!  The Coati, on the right hand side, who is a type of raccoon that dwells in the Southwestern United States, and then in Central/South America, from what I recall.

I first saw one at the L.A. Zoo recently, and he was the cutest.  Coatis are long nosed creatures in the raccoon family (whose noses move around when they sniffs for things).  The one I saw in person seemed comfortable in the enclosure, curious enough to come right up to the people.  His nose moved all over the place, leading him to walk in different circles and paths depending on how it guided him.

My heart is divided on zoos.   I think they need to exist for the conservation of animals, particularly ones that will get hunted, and those with a great conservation effort I think are doing invaluable services.  Of course, unfortunately, there are also some zoos that are more about the displays than the animals themselves.  And as much as I love being in such a close space with all these wonderful animals as a zoo-goer/animal lover, the fact that some do not do well in captivity, and/or humans are not always respectful enough of their needs, and are too loud/glass banging when visiting, makes me feel torn and sad.  Unfortunately, when the other option for some species is to be in the wild and be at risk for being hunted and poached, I think there's a better chance for them to be treated kindly, both by keepers and zoo-goers, and for them to adapt to the as-closely-as-possible-but-still-recreated environment they're given.

In any case, here is the link to submit to the upcoming "Simply Cute" Creative Tuesdays Challenge, July Tenth!

Check back on that date for everyone's posts on "Simply Cute."

Thanks for reading, everyone!  And, Happy Fourth to anyone stateside doing anything.  Have fun, be safe, and--speaking of animals-- snuggle your pets if home when fireworks go off and they get scared/unimpressed (-:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Blog/Icon Button, for Creative Tuesdays!

Whew!  So, this might be a little busy for a blog button.  But I figured that my blog is largely about drawing, and that koalas come up a lot-- as something I discuss, and something I draw.

So, I pieced together these koala pieces as a logo of marsupial madness:

The border is from a previous C.T. challenge (one of "patterns," which has inspired me to make more), and the main figure is a girl from my new "Faces" series.  I thought the black and white looked neat throughout the piece, and I felt these pieces were my best koala-related things, especially for capturing the essence of the blog as a whole.

I fear this is a little too vertical for a blog button, and should be square-er... but perhaps I can still get away with it?  Hrmm, hrmm...

But without further ado, share your logo with the world, Mister Toast, and C.T.!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Illustration Friday and the theme of "Space"

For the I.F. theme of "Space," here is a Space-y themed Greeting Card commission I made some time ago.

Just now, I'm realizing that the Moon, Sun, and Saturns floating around kind of look like a fruit basket.

*Perplexed Blink*

Odd, but perhaps it's more like a Calypso Space drawing?

Anyway, the "Fruit Basket" thing reminds me of Disney's "The Jungle Book," when Mowgli gets a black eye, I believe?  Or Baloo does.  In any case, they're both worse for wear, Mowgli tells Baloo he looks terrible, and Baloo grumpily says, "You don't look like a basket of fruit yourself."

And now that I've gone on an entirely random tangent to both "Space" and the point of this blog in the first place, here's a useful link!  Submit to I.F. over here:

Hope everyone's having great Fridays!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Creative Tuesdays: Gift!

I'm coming to C.T. with a new birthday submission-- last week was "Celebration" and I showed birthday celebrations.  This week, the theme is "Gift," and I am going with birthday gifts!

I, perhaps, have birthdays on the brain, since this past weekend three of my closest friends had birthdays and making sure to spend time with each of them kept me very busy Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Plus, my own birthday is later in the summer, but I will not dwell on that until the time comes!

Without further ado, here is a greeting card with the theme of "Gift," being submitted for the June Nineteenth Creative Tuesdays!

Upon drawing this card, I thought that it was the girl on the right who was being given the gift.  Now, I'm not sure.  One the one hand, the left-hand girl looks like she's excited, dancing, and about to hand over the gift.  But then again, she appears the most excited gift-giver in the world (to the point of being more dressed up than the birthday girl, and perhaps stealing the show from her unfairly).  Perhaps, the girl on the right actually IS the birthday girl-- and the girl on the left handed her that gift off camera (off paper?), and now Birthday Girl and her excitement/new gift/diva-y birthday outfit are cavorting around.

Also, there are three cats.  One flying by way of balloon, one dancing en pointe (and probably being partially held in air by her balloon), and one being snuggled who looks ever so slightly confused and scared.  *pets virtual fraidy cat, to let the kitty know all will be okay*

So, I've written enough silliness, and will present everyone with some links, without further ado!

To see other cards like this one at my website, please go to:

To submit to Creative Tuesdays, run by the fabulous blogger, Mister Toast, please go to this link on Tuesday, June Nineteenth:

Hoping everyone's having a good week <3

Monday, June 18, 2012

"On Holiday" for Inspiration Avenue

For the I.A. "On Holiday" challenge, I'm submitting a card of some Victorian backpackers.  They might be carrying around too much luggage, but at least they are going to have many fabulous changes of clothes (as well as, hopefully, necessities) without having to worry!  With a purse, a roll up-suitcase including an umbrella, a suitcase, a bottle, and a bucket, they're pretty well covered.

If anything, they'll have a vacation where they are over-prepared.  Apparently, one stop on their Holiday involves the beach/seashore, because I'm not quite sure why else Little Miss Girl on the Left would be carrying the bucket on her head.

This card's caption is, "I Could Never Carry On Without You!"

To see other friendship greeting cards I've created, please go to:

To submit to I.A., please go to the Inspiration Avenue Blog, at the entry that says "On Holiday:"

Thanks, and hopefully we all get to take a fun holiday soon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Ilustration Friday: Secret

                                               "That's why her hair is so big... it's full of secrets!"

Just kidding.  That's a "Mean Girls" quote, only referenced because of the hidden imagery in the hair of the girl above.  This I.F. submission of mine is for the theme "Secret," and is a follow-up to one I posted a while ago.  Her face is loosely based on the protagonist of "Revenge," and the goings-on in her hair tell hints of what happened throughout the story of the initial season.

I think she's the perfect character for the theme of "Secret," because her big secret is that she's living under a false identity, and none of the people she lives amongst know that she's returned to town, to avenge her father's framing for a crime he didn't commit, and death.  If they knew she'd been born Amanda Clarke (and was the daughter of the man they had to conspire against, to save themselves), her revenge-y plans would fall apart.  The name she goes by is Emily Thorne, so, on the interwebs she's usually referred to as "Emanda."  But, nobody knows her "Secret."  On a technical level, I think the images hidden in her hair constitute "secret," or hidden, images, so there's that :-p

Above is a picture of this same "Emanda" inspired piece, when it was in progress, where I used computer manipulation for that Old-Timey, Sepia-y, "Faded" look.  I submitted that for the I.F. theme, "Faded."

I posted this awesome GIF last time, to showcase Emanda's perfected rage glare, so here it is again:


Now that I've officially dipped into the pool of fan-art, I will swim away quietly!  Links below:

To see other pieces I've done in the upcoming series about "faces," please go to:

To submit or see other work at I.F., please go to:

Happy Illustrating and Happy Friday!