Over the weekend my boyfriend and I took part in a 24 hour Art-In/Art Party/Arty with some friends. These are a few quick sketches I did of the people (and cat) in attendance...
Quite fun and much more productive than I thought I could be! I used to hate working in front of people in a classroom, but working with friends under blankets and purring cats is much more relaxing. Looking forward to doing it again.
I. Love. Christmas. Mostly I love giving gifts. This time of year it's like everyone's having a birthday all at once and I get to gift them all. I love every part of gift-giving, from planning and making lists, to wrapping each box lovingly (wrapping is sort of an addiction for me), to seeing a person's face when they open it up. There are very few things that make me feel as happy.
This year has been passing so quickly! It feels like I only just put my Christmas boxes away. I'm so excited, and I've been quite busy with a number of holiday projects. Like...
working on holiday art...
decorating the house...
...and sewing up geeky little felt ornaments for our tree.
(Yes, we have a Buddha living under it.)
I have more ornaments to make and to hang, and gifts to make, and cards to order! I'm also prepping a few holiday items for my shop. So don't be surprised if this blog is non-stop holiday until Christmas Day ;)
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If you're looking for a sweet Christmas gift, now is the time!
♥ Weird, USA: My dearest Angie B's ongoing NaNoWriMo project. It's absolutely incredible; roadtrips and monsters and urban legends, romance and mystery and ghosts! This year she's planning on finishing it up, so if you want to start from the beginning and keep up with her as she goes, you can read it here at her writing journal. It's so worth a read.
Time to reveal the big project I've been working on for the past few weeks - Folio Weekly's Scariest People issue hit stands yesterday, illustrated by me! Floridians, be sure to pick up a free copy for five life-sized, full-color, clip-out masks of Northest Florida's scariest... otherwise you can see them with the descriptions here on Folio's website! You can also view just the portraits here by clicking the images below:
Left to right, top to bottom: William Morris III (The Florida Times Union), Pastor Mac Brunson (First Baptist Church),
Governor Rick Scott, Stephanie Kopelousos (Clay County Manager and former head of the FDOT),
Tony Nelson (former JaxPort Chair)
This was such a fun project to work on, and I'm so happy with the results. The printed issue looks great. Many thanks to Folio Weekly for the awesome gig!
Neat things of note... ♥ If you live in the Northeast Florida area, I have some news about the big project I've been working on... the next issue of Folio Weekly's Scariest People of Jacksonville features the five "winners" as illustrated by me! Look for it October 25!
♥ I'm also thinking of offering custom portraits through Etsy, as well as new prints (Goldfish Queen?) and other new items (tote bags in the works) ... be on the lookout for these sometime very soon.
♥Oreo Cameos by Judith G. Klausner: I love Oreos, I love cameos, I love weird art. Be sure to take a look at the rest of the website - she does some amazing work.
Hope you all are starting your week off right! Since I'm done with the Scariest People project I've had Halloween plans on my mind, girls with cats and witch hats, and a special project with my dearest Angie B about ghosts and trees and unsolved murder. I've also been sewing up little plush ornaments and I'm thinking of making some little bats to hang around the house. Perfect fall projects <3
This week's Monday Mix features three female illustrators, three of my favorites, who were a part of the Golden Age of Illustration: Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley. The women were nicknamed the Red Rose Girls by Howard Pyle, master illustrator and their teacher, after the place they lived and worked in together called the Red Rose Inn. The name also reflects the nature of their art - their subjects were mostly women and children, very feminine (although some of Violet Oakley's work stands out against this generalization). I've collected some of my favorites here for you... click Read More to see!
Inked and colored! Something light and fun before I dive into an actual, professional project during the next few weeks (although that will be fun too)! I can't give any details yet though, hush hush ;)
♥ The Post-It War: Window art made with Post-Its! This reminds me of being in college, when I worked at a newspaper with another artist friend of mine, Chris McAlister (check out his portfolio... I promise you won't be disappointed, he's incredibly talented!) We decorated our shared cubicle with tons of Post-It scribbles, although nothing like this. Makes me want to give some window art a try.
♥ And some music...since David's been playing Ocarina of Time lately, I've been listening to this piano/violin medley of Zelda songs while I work. Give it a listen even if you're not familiar with Zelda, it's absolutely beautiful:
Look for another Wednesday WIWT this week, and possibly a final on Friday!
This contest is very important to me - the Harry Potter Alliance does a lot of good work for important causes like this. And my work could potentially be seen by some truly awesome people, including Evanna Lynch, Harry and the Potters, Jason Alexander, and John and Hank Green...
♥ Last week I received a gorgeous Artist Andrea Little Mermaid Eco Tote in the mail, from a giveaway through Art School Grad, an amazing Etsy team that I belong to. I love mermaids (I used to be really into them and have a small collection), and I've recently started using tote bags for summer rather than a purse, so this giveaway was perfect timing! Andrea does beautiful work; you can see more here at www.artistandrea.com, or at her Etsy shop. Thank you to Andrea for the tote, and to Allie from Art School Grad for putting together the giveaway :)
♥ The What I Wore Today Drawings group is putting out a book! So exciting, I love What I Wore Today and can't wait to get my hands on a copy... I'm thrilled that one of my drawings was selected to be in it:
What I Wore Today 5/30
♥ And I'm sure this is old news to anyone who is already a Björk fan, but I'm getting all worked up by her newest project, Biophilia. A couple of songs have been released already and I've been listening to Crystalline on repeat. I love the end.
My concept: A representation of our creative ideas as our world's Patronus; pollution will leave the earth essentially soulless, victim of the Dementor's kiss of greed, wastefulness, and apathy. Our own ingenuity is what will protect us from having the life sucked out of our planet. It can act as our Patronus, drawing on our positive outlook on the future, a power much stronger than the powers of greed responsible for our current crisis.
I would be eternally grateful if you were to vote or share... thank you guys!!