Monday, February 15, 2010


I was nominated for a Kreativ Blogger Award by none other than the lovely Brianne Drouhard, fellow unicorn fanatic, RPG nerdette and all-around unstoppable ball of talent. Thanks girl!

There's a catch to this of course! As part of the rules for the Kreativ Blogger award, I have to nominate the next 7 Kreativ Bloggers, and then list 7 random things about myself... right, like you guys wanna know more junk about me but, rules are rules.

So I nominate, in no particular order:

Bill Presing: You've seen his beauties, but did you know that he also makes a mean avocado pie? If a bunch of people start randomly asking him for the recipe, it will confuse him and that will be awesome. ;)

Sarah Forrester: Her work is adorable, full of life and sincerity. Look no further for some of the most expressive critters you'll find online.

Lauren Faust: This woman is on fire! Her own doll ine just launched and she's the new big cheese for the next My Little Pony line. Talk about livin' the dream!

Eric Favela: I recently met him at CTN and just gawked helplessly at his work. He's works at Blue Sky and his characters just make me melt.

Chris Vear: The only person on earth who is more patient with vectors than I am XD Be sure to check out his canyon piece

Shane Corn
: An incredibly productive and inspiring character artist that I look up to!

Daniela Stijleva: Color, character and motion - her artwork has it all. I love her landscapes of the city, she really captures the light and the atmosphere of the Bay Area.

So uh, I guess now the random facts?

1. I'm a girl. I know it sounds redundant but I keep coming across blogs that refer to me as a dude. What's it gonna take, peoples?!

2. I don't mind the sound of nails on a chalkboard, but licking a popsicle stick sends chills down my spine and makes me cringe.

3. I walk all screwed up. It's sort of a lost cause at this point - I originally walked toe-to-heel, which gave me scoliosis and now my left foot sticks out to the side after a bad ankle injury a couple of years ago. That's what I get for not bothering with physical therapy.

4. My favorite things to draw are horses, boobies and fat, round animals/creatures/things. In fact, no matter what it is I am going to draw, I always start by drawing a circle, even if I never build on it. I think of it as like winding up for a pitch.

5. My favorite gaming console is still SNES, after all these years and many consoles later.

6. When I was little I was going to be a whale trainer when I grew up, then an animator, then I realized that I hated actually animating so then I was going to switch my major to biology in college but stuck with illustration. Now I draw animals and continue to love nature shows.

7. I love the smell of wet pavement in the summer and chlorine. The wet pavement makes me think of summer thunderstorms and the chlorine makes me think of the swimming pool I had growing up. No, I do not have a substance abuse problem. Now show me to the nearest bottle of bleach.

Finally, some culinary spooks. They have a reason for being, I will show you more of that after GDC in March. :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

So here's a idea that I've been sitting on (hyuk, hyuk) for a while and recently tested out at art conventions and shows.

Presenting Tampii and her line of women's undergarments: Tampii Cramps your Style!

I have a few dozen left from the first test run for sale in my Etsy shop. Once I make back cost, I will move on to the next design in the series. In case you can't tell at a glance, the idea is that Tampii, the world's happiest wad of cotton, adds some whimsy to that time of the month by acting out various euphemisms for, well, rebooting to ovarian operating system.

In this first design, she's Ridin' the Cotton Pony in full cowgirl garb! While she is factory-made, I also hand silk-screened the logo splootch in each crotch so that you don't have to worry about staining your new panties. I did it for you!

...this will either lose me a ton of friends and clients or gain me some. I am prepared to take that risk. ;) Cute and WTF are two of my favorite things in the world.

So if you can, stop in the old Etsy shop and pick up a pair! <3 Photo creds go to the wonderful Emily Jo Manning!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Thank you to everyone who shared good thoughts about my Dad! He is recovering just fine and is already his old self again. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome for all of this. :)

To continue with happier thoughts, here are some more critters from a while back!

The skinny eel-like thing is a character from Asian mythology who is said to have birthed the Milky Way by swimming across the sky. The fatty lump over there is Abaia, a Melanesian river god of sorts who protects all of the fish in lakes in rivers. And the goldfish is a goldfish ^_~

Here are some random myths, one of my favorites being the Salmon of Wisdom! He lives in a well in Ireland and if you can catch and eat him, you will gain its knowledge.

And finally, something out of my own head, the FumbleBuck. This is what happens when you combine a bumble bee and a hummingbird.

In a month or so I can show you the indie Xbox game I have been working on - it's been really fun so far and I'm working with a super small team of two other ladies and a programmer, so I've been able to be very hands-on and we've all been able to share ideas mutually. Can't ask for better than that! I've been able to do characters, environments and props for this little game, so it's nice to not get too hung up in one area over another ;)