Monday, April 22, 2013

If this thing is on my business card, I should probably keep it updated.

For as much time as I spend on Tumblr, I still suck at blogging. That's part of my problem: I have so little to say for myself. I have little to say about my art most of the time, and when I DO have something to say it either only has meaning to me or is just complete and utter bullshit.

So, let's see what I've done since January:

This came as an accident from a failed graphic design attempt for a customer who went in another direction

This is one of the most extensive things I have done in my life. I started out with the mandolin, and ended up with this:

And these were the buttons I did for NewCon.

I've done a few other things, but nothing noteworthy enough to post. I got my artwork stolen by an artist on Redbubble who apparently steals vector art and claims it as his own from all kinds of people. Redbubble took it down, but there still isn't really any way for me to press charges. Oh well. At least it wasn't one of my better pieces. Does that say more about me or him that he chose one of my worse designs to steal?

Anyway. here's an update. I'll try to put something better up in the near future.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New Pieces

Oh hey. Look at that. I keep forgetting I have this, and I really should update it. It's on my business card, and I'd hate for someone to pick here instead of somewhere else to look at things and miss something neat.

SO. Lots of things. I went to my first convention this week. I went to NewCon in Portland, OR with my friend. We shared an Artist Alley table. She and I both sold buttons and prints. She has a much bigger following than I do, and I actually forgot to advertise I was going. It was a teeny, tiny con, but it was nice and comfortable for someone like me who has never gone before. I sold some My Little Pony buttons, and a Doctor Who print. I ended up having to leave early because I was really sick, but it was a new and interesting experience.

I'm going to be working on setting up things like my Etsy store in the very near future. I want to try and get back into the swing of things. My job nearly sucked the life out of me, and I've been horrendously sick since I quit in October.

I now have a Tumblr for my art which is probably an easier place to catch me (since I'm on my personal one like my life depends on it.) The link is here.

I'll be posting some of my newer stuff up here in a bit. I updated "Prepare Ye", and it looks SO much better now. The original looks unforgivably bad in comparison. I can't believe I was going to send that off to somebody. I'm really glad I went back over it and fixed it. The silhouette of the face looks SO much sharper now, and it looks a hell of a lot more like Victor Garber. (Something to be said for watching 4 seasons of Alias.)

I've done quite a bit of Les Miserables fan art recently since A.) I love Les Miserables almost as much as I love Godspell, B.) It's back and popular and in demand, and C.) because it makes really great art. I'll be posting that later this week.

Keep checking back. I don't know if anyone actually subscribes to this, but if you do - prepare for a landslide of posts coming up. I really want to try and keep up this blog a bit better from now on.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

For Gallifrey

Ok. So, before I even got started watching Doctor Who, I discovered Gallifreyan.

The circular patters of Gallifreyan I found online are absolutely beautiful. I love round objects and patterns made with them. The first thing I ever saw was The Doctor's name, and I thought it was beautiful. It looked like a clock mechanism.

So here I am, two Doctors into the series.

Surfing along the internet, I found The Seal of Rassilon.

According to Wikipedia, Rassilon was the founder of the Time Lord Society on Gallifrey. The design for his seal is beautiful. It's almost celtic, with Art Nouveau curls.

What is a girl to do? Make her own.

I give you "For Gallifrey". My tiny little piece of Doctor Who fan art.

It doesn't "say" anything, it's just lovely.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Daily Deviation feature on DeviantArt!

I never thought it would happen, but I got a Daily Deviation feature on DeviantArt! They chose my Gotye piece  for a feature on the front page!

I thought it didn't really count if you submitted yourself for a DD, but I guess my piece was good enough to warrant it!

It's only been up since about 2 this morning, but it already has over 2100 views, and about 200 favorites on it.

I keep getting comments saying how they think it's one of the best uses of hand-lettered words they've ever seen. It makes me really proud :)

and now I'm really glad I didn't say no to finishing this because I think Gotye is a hipster.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ignorance is Bliss - Button design

"Ignorance is Bliss"
Button Design
Vector - Adobe Illustrator CS5
Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet

I did the face for this months ago, but never had anything to do with it. I was originally going to put spider legs on it and make it insanely creepy. I called it "Ignorance is Bliss"

The starburst represents the bliss, and the eyes represent 3 things:

1. What we see
2. What we want to see
3. What we're afraid to see

The smile reminds me of the smile I see on people who I've seen follow blindly into bad places. I get really creeped out when I see this smile. Like the girls you see on documentaries about cult churches.. how they're so "happy". It's truly a terrifying thing to see.

I think this will be going into my first "button basket" that I have printed.

I had a bit of a difficult time with this. For whatever reason, I had a hard time getting the shape cropped out into a circle. I almost ended up just using a mask, but I forced myself to look it up again instead of being stubborn and thinking I know everything. I had missed a step, and sure enough, once I fixed it it cropped just fine.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Somebody that I used to Know - Finished

Finished calligram of "Somebody that I used to Know" by Gotye feat. Kimbra.

15 hours, cumulative
Vector - Adobe Illustrator
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet

I love how this came out. I was originally going to do the background the same color as the album cover (since the colors are from the album cover as well), but the colors were too light to show up on that background, so I figure it works well enough on black. Plus, it gives it that kindof ominous feeling that comes with a breakup.