Monday, June 30, 2014

Some progressively cooler palettes for some of my favorites from the book! Can you hear the sound of the candle burning at both ends? I can!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Getting my forest vibe on with some California Quails and White Tailed Deer!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Channeling my love for The Lion King on this one ;) 

And channeling my... well, I don't exactly love musk ox, but I don't not love them, but they do make for really good parents of the animal kingdom. 

And now a dose of color to balance out the palette of those musk ox.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Oh man, where do I even start? The kickstarter ended on Friday and all of my expectations were surpassed - we are not only funded but we passed our goal by $3000! As soon as the Totes McGoats stretch goal was revealed, everyone just knuckled down and got us there and beyond. Thank you all so, so much.

Here are some more additions of mine to the book: 

Our work is far from over. We have to finish the artwork and layout for the book, print hundreds of prints for the rewards, make a ton of pillows and paintings and order up the totes and cards and pins and all the things. Kickstarters are work, you guys. WORK! But so worth it in the end!

You'll be hearing from me again soon :)

Monday, June 02, 2014

So there's been big news over the weekend! Jeannine and I launched the kickstarter campaign for Snorffles n' Meeps! Volume 3 and we're so excited to show you what's in store and all of the rewards for backers!

The campaign has been very successful so far - we're just shy of halfway to our funding goal after only 3 days! We are so grateful to everyone who stepped up to pledge or shared the campaign to spread the word. We've gotten so much support, which is terribly reassuring when you spend hours and hours on something in which you have no idea if people will even want to see, let alone enjoy. Every pledge, share and reblog has helped replenish our energy and motivation and we're going to post brand new art as we reach various funding milestones.

But for now, I leave you with some African elephants, our exclusive tiger print (you only get it with the book purchase!) and good wishes for your week. Please spread the word about the kickstarter - this is the hardest part of the campaign! We promise to keep it fresh with new artwork and will give you something worth talking about :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

This week was all about ranchu goldfish, rockhopper penguins and a sneaky little ringtail lemur (with a side of kuhli loaches!) I am going to be caught up for the next week or so with work and last-minute preparations for something big, so keep an eye on here for the announcement. It might have something to do with all of the animal art I keep tossing up here >:)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Ferrets, Pillows, Procrastination!

Whoah, that was a long, unplanned hiatus from this blog! A lot happened in the last bunch of weeks, ranging from bursts of work, a couple of medical scares and a convention here and there. Things are back to being steady for the time being, so I am hoping to be more productive again. 

One of the new things I've been up to is making pillows from my artwork! It started with a prototype of the little sweater ferret and so far the reception has been great!

I decided to do a pre-sale for 10 pillows, since there was enough demand. At the time of this writing we're down to 8 left! You can grab one here if you like!

I'm still drawing, I swear. I will be getting back in the saddle with more animal illustrations for the book, possibly meaning some new prints for the art sale at NightLife on the 15th. Locals, come on down! I might have a few pillows left to sell in-person too!

See you in a bit, most likely with some lemurs. Finally. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ferrets! Ferrets for the book! Because I promised ferrets! :D

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Three weeks from today I will be setting up shop in Seattle! Whereabouts, you say? 

Jeannine and I are doubling up on a fancy booth to sell our book, prints and new prints from our upcoming book. I will also bust my butt to get some gouache stuff done so that I can be one of the cool kids and get some originals out there! 

I also drew some manatees last night. I've never had the honor to meet one in-person, but I would like to some day. We seem like we have a lot in common, including but not limited to an aversion to exercise and a chronic algae problem. Well, maybe not the algae part.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Now sea here, you otter visit this kelp forest! Special guest appearance by Lenny the spiny lumpsucker!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Does anyone think oarfish are as awesome as I do? Sad that we really haven't seen any living ones up close, but it's also kind of cool that they're still so mysterious. Another illustration for the book! :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

There's some color tweaking to do, but for now, I present the first illustration of this year's art book. Nothing like a friggin' neon Habitrail to break compositional walls.

 Yay hamsters!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oh my gosh, have I not updated the blog this year? I am sorry. I am a dufus.

This year marks a turn in my career path, as I am back to being self-employed and buffing up the portfolio in between gigs. It's a scary time right now but I really just can't keep up momentum with working in games these days. I need a change and we'll see what some focused, hard work can bring with that.

But why be bogged down with stuff like that when I have a couple of new personal pieces to show?

Shaking off some of the rust with a Siberian Flying Squirrel study! I was hoping to do a full illustration tonight but I just ran out of steam, so this will have to do for now. I am sure I will get more momentum once I start doing daily animal studies again.

This is a bare-eyed cockatoo Fledgie, the first of two for a customer. Things have been busy these last few weeks but I hope to get the second one done soon!

There's going to be a lot of stuff happening between now and March, so thank you for bearing with me!
There are some biggish announcements coming up but it's a little too early to go into specifics. I can say that I will be at ECCC at the end of March (on my birthday, no less!) so if you're up that way please say hi! I should know my booth placement in the next week or so and will post that up here as soon as I get news!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's that time of year again! See you in Burbank this weekend!

I will be selling the new book, prints, some jewelry and have some felties on display. I am also actively looking for work now, as my job ends in a few weeks. Boooo.

Come say hi and share some stories with me! I will be entertaining and delightful, so long as I have had my coffee first. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Perilously close to the end of this book - last piece is tonight! Here are a few more samples of what I've been up to. This will make for 17 illustrations total for my half of the book and there's even more artwork than what I have posted here over on my facebook art page!

Home stretch...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Some more rodentia dementia for the book! Feeling very nostalgic for New England, so here are some harvest mice enjoying that special crisp air that we seem to lack here on the west coast.

And here is a tribute to my Rocket, who earned her wings SUPER HERO CAPE two weeks ago. All of my rats are special to me but Rocket was just that extra something, she had that certain sparkle about her and enthusiasm that only our most precious companions seem to have. It's been sad times. :(

Onwards with the book...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Petit-pigs anyone? This took WAY longer than I had anticipated, so I will have to hustle on the next illustration tomorrow to make up for all of the noodling on this one. I'm glad that guinea pigs got some love at least! That's quite the family those two have, though by the looks of that Himalayan, there was either a little infidelity on mom's part or some seriously recessive genes afoot.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Channeling even more Nate Wragg than usual, I put together another piece for the book last night. I also had a rare moment of common sense and decided to start selling prints before the book is published, in an effort to help fund the printing costs. 

None of the rats or mouse in this piece are any of mine specifically, which is sort of a first for me. I might have one more rat piece in the book but I am afraid of being redundant. We'll see. Also, my palettes have been getting really dark lately. I wonder what that says about my inner workings these days... or maybe it's because I got called out on having a narrow value range. Booyah! ;)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

So if you're new to this blog, this is probably one of the best times to start watching. The fall is my art marathon, that is, it's convention season and I am a self-proclaimed eleventh hour finisher, so basically I will be updating here often with new illustrations for my upoming animal art book and if I can find the time, some portfolio pieces as well. Some people train for marathons that you can run, I train for art ones :)

So! Another one for the book! It wouldn't have been complete if I didn't include at least one cat butt. This is Fritzy, one of my two new feline housemates, courtesy of my boyfriend. They say we take on each other's baggage as we merge our lives, right? Cats count as baggage in my humble opinion. 

I will be offering this one as a stand-alone print, I think, or maybe do some cropping and do a greeting card run? I dunno!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Took a brief detour from the book to make a piece for the “Searle in America" fundraiser auction! This piece will go live next week on ebay. Hopefully it’s an obvious homage to Searle himself and is titled "Fancy Rat" (you rat enthusiasts get the pun I hope!). It’s the first time I’ve used my pen and inks in about a decade. X_x

Lots of catching up to do on the book now. Unfortunately we suffered the loss of one of our favorite furry kids this week, that being miss Rocket. Her health was declining for weeks and she needed a lot of nursing, so it wasn't sudden like poor Porkchop's passing, but all the same we are still in a state of mourning for her and things have slowed down a bit. I think the next book illustration will be about her, considering she is still on my mind quite a bit these days. 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

IT’S ON NOW! I have begun work on volume 2 of Snorffles and Meeps. The brand spanking new art book will debut at APE in October and then be available online in my shop. I still have about 8 copies of the first volume of the book, so if you haven’t snagged one, this is your last chance!

Let's get this party started with a maned wolf. Hard to believe the chubby little charcoal lumps grow up into lanky killing machines, eh?

Monday, July 01, 2013

Welcome Taiga!

Here's a piece that was backlogged for a little while! It's a gift for my dear friends Bill and Ikumi, who welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world 2 months ago! It was just tonight that they saw the special illustration book that this was part of, along with works from lots of other artists and based on their reaction, I think it was worth the wait!

Welcome, Taiga!

I'm going to be in short supply for a bit, as I am moving this month and tending to a pile of surprise freelance, but the rewards are many and I will finally have a bigger studio space. Time to stock up on caffeine and tissues for the stress-induced crying fits.

Also happy to report that I did not have to resort to violence to secure a place, after 4 months on the rental battlefield. I'm telling you, it's a war zone out there. NEVER MOVE TO THE BAY AREA EVER!!


Saturday, June 01, 2013

...And now the necklaces are listed in the shop too! Big thanks to everyone who's purchased something thus far, I nearly have enough to cover Smudge's upcoming surgery. Smudge thanks you as well, but not enough to share her strawberries with you. Smudge is kind of a brat.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

While I am enjoying the guiltiest pleasures of having minimal work to do this weekend, I did manage to upload listings for the greeting card packs I sold at Maker Faire!  

Head over to the store to see 'em!

Each pack of 10 3.5” x 5” cards and slightly larger envelopes are blank inside and available in cat butt and rat ball flavors. I am running low on cat butts :(

If you can spare the change, pick up a pack and help me save for the next rattie surgery! Smudge is due for her tumor removal next month and every bit helps!

Monday, May 20, 2013

It was a very busy and quite tiring weekend at Maker Faire (why is standing behind a table for 2 days physically draining? GAH!) but it was also a blast! I did well for my first year vending there and I hope they'll let me set up shop again next year. I didn't have a chance to get away from the table much, but I did manage to steal away and snag a Crabby Bear plush! A joint project between Martin Hsu and Lana Crooks, he's a proud addition to my family! Thank you to every one who stopped by my table this weekend and to my booth babe, Rez, shown below :)

I will update shortly with links to the online shop, where I will be adding the necklaces and greeting cards that I made for the Faire. The cards did much better than I expected - who knew that people still sent hand written letters? I'm glad they do!

I am taking some much needed downtime for the next couple of weeks and focusing only on my job and freelance. Once I recharge the batteries I should have some new stuff from my secret project to post! No major conventions or shows on the horizon until the fall, so I will be enjoying this "sleep" and "socialization" stuff I keep hearing about.

See you soon!