Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Lonely" Book Update

Been working on this series, and wanted to post some clips from the first and now third issue.

"Lonely," also known as " (l) o n (e) l y," is a prose memoir zine, with some narrative illustrations to accompany the text.  It's about being an only child, and one's identity in that regard.  For anyone who has read the twin memoir "Her," which poses the question who are you/how do you exist without your twin, this zine series I've been working on explores those same feelings, except from the only child perspective.

Check out the art below; first an art clip and text from the newest zine issue, and then some from the first issues:


"Are you alone, too?  Are you going or coming?  I don't know if anyone will pick her up at the train station.  No one will pick me up, out here.  I have to pick myself up, I suppose.  The more time passes, the more I see through the hourglass there won't be anyone to do that for me.  Literally or metaphorically."









Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gingerbread House for Creative Tuesdays!

Hi All! I'm late but I'm getting my submission in just under the deadline and I had a lot of fun drawing this C.T, gingerbread house sketch, especially as I'm trying to work with new mediums.

 My little Gingerbread House was built by this Intrepid squirrel who is eating an acorn and admiring his handiwork. As far as the mediums that I did this in, same as usual I worked with ink and watercolor paper-- but the brown is actually 4 shots of espresso! I am experimenting by painting with mediums are not just paint, including different types of tea, wine, and good old coffee slash espresso.

This challenge is due today! So please go to the most recent entry at, and click on the link at www.creatuvetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk, to enter your Gingerbread House. Happy Creative Tuesdays, and thank you, Mister Toast!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Inktober Zine Prep: Edition The Second

Happy Post-Halloween!  While I love my favorite Holiday for many reasons, one other reason I love October is the Inktober phenomenon-- when illustrators are challenged to draw an ink drawing a day, every day for that month.  I love ink, I love Halloween, I love October-- it's a perfect mashup.

Like last year, I'm self-publishing a black and white illustration zine of my best Inktober drawings, as one of the zines I will have for the Con and Zine Season in 2017.  For anyone who would like to see some sneak peek/Images I'm getting printed from this bok, scroll down for some Chinese Art inspired Bird/Botanical Illustrations, an Illustration based on "Crimson Peak's" Lucille (both of these were inspired by LACMA-- LOVE that museum and so glad I'm a member to see traditional art, and the amazing GUILLERMO DEL TORO SHOW, which I have seen six times), a map of La Ciudad de Los Angeles, and an Exploding Flower Botanical Illo.

Thank you all for reading, and have a Happy and Safe Halloween!



It's my favorite Holiday, and am happy to celebrate with some drawings.  I'm going to be self-publishing a little character design zine of all my Inktober drawings, probably out early 2016.  I'd love to have it out for the Holidays, but it isn't practical with shows I already have coming up and a big tri






Thank you all for reading, and have a Happy and Safe Halloween!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Treehouse, Creative Tuesdays!

Hi All,

Once again I am doing this from my phone so I hope it turns out okay! Below is my piece.



My creative Tuesday's is a lonely and sad girl going to hide away and wanting to be away from everybody else. Just her and her tree house. However, she has a little koala friend who is climbing around and knows she is hiding and is concerned.

To submit, please go to the most recent post at www.creativetuesdays.blogspot.co.uk.
Due today!

Thank you Michael, and I am sorry mine is so late! Phone is dying but when I get to a computer I will look at everyone's work.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Patterns and Little Red Riding Hood For Creative Tuesdays

Hello, All!  I am so sorry to have missed C.T.  So, I have a few images, for last time's prompt of "Patterns," and this week's prompt of "Little Red Riding Hood." I have combined the themes.

Pattern Piece 1.  I did this for an upcoming "Day of the Dead" show I'm in, and this is actually an homage to a Koala in real life at the L.A. Zoo who died, named Killarney.  I love patterns, and below, is a piece I have full of patterns on the costume, in addition to some images on the bottom that aren't patterns:



Little Red/Pattern Piece 2.  This is my dual submission for last and this week, fully on the Pattern and "Red Riding Hood" theme.  I digitally turned a piece I made called "The Adventures of Little Red Riding-Hook" (as she has a hook for a hand and is in scuba gear) into a pattern.  It's a little Magic-Eye ish, I think:



And, 3.  Original Piece (Little Red Riding Hood): In case anyone wants to see it, the above piece came from this original below:



I am looking forward to seeing what other people post!  You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, to post something.  Please sign up at Mister Toast's Link Below, until Midnight tomorrow Mountain Time

http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/2016/09/new-ct-theme-is.html

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is well <3 br="">

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Happy Halloween! #Inktober zine in the works, as well as "Echidna and Echeveria" Accordion Book update

Happy Almost Halloween!

It's my favorite Holiday, and am happy to celebrate with some drawings.  I'm going to be self-publishing a little character design zine of all my Inktober drawings, probably out early 2016.  I'd love to have it out for the Holidays, but it isn't practical with shows I already have coming up and a big trip home soon.

Anyway, below are some Ink (and Jack O' Lantern) Cacti, Punny Ink and Gouache Cats, Ink and Marker DOTD characters I drew to honor my late Great Grandparents, Grandmother, and Grauntaunt, and a Zomb-balerina.  If you scroll past those, you can see an update on Mister Echidna!

 



So, the next pictures are some further illustrations I've done on my "Echidna, Echeveria" project.  It's an illustrated story for kids, and I am going to initially be releasing it as a self-published Accordion Book.

I have seen some great zines created in the accordion book style, and I am excited to draw something that can double as a self-published book, as well as a folded piece of art that can (literally) fold out and stand on its own.  Also, I love the tiny accordion books that I've seen my students in zine-making make, and am inspired to make one of my own.

In my project, on one side, the book will showcase the part of the story where the Echidna gets lost in a Cacti Garden and makes a friend, and be in color (original drawn in Prismacolor pencil).  On the other, it will show another garden, where the animal friends Echidna got separated from, are still strolling through.

Scroll below for some sketches I'm doing to prepare for drawing out this section.  Again, I won't have this finished in time for Christmas, but if you love spiky animals/plants, look for it around Valentine's Day of 2016 ^_^




Thank you all for reading, and have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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!

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!