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 to enter your image at the link (-:

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

Friday, January 1, 2016

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

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

More soon, and Happy 2016!