Hello everyone! Here in the United States of America, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. As an adult, it’s a lovely occasion to relax and cook and also be a little bit frantic at just the right times (so many sides! How will everything be done at just the right time?! It’s always a bit of a Turkey Miracle, if you will). As a kid I loved it as a day off of school, of course. I liked helping in the kitchen, but it was okay to be out-of-the-way and enjoy some reading, or maybe games with my brother and sister. My trusty sketchbook would never be too far away either, and I could spend some free time feeling creative.
If you’re feeling creative, but don’t have the energy to start a fresh page, here’s something to get you started:
The sale is almost over, but the fun just won’t stop! Snap them up for a discount now and get unlimited enjoyment from these instant downloads! I would love to know how everyone likes these unique coloring pages. 🙂 Would you prefer a special facebook or website coupon? Let me know, and I’ll consider it before the fall/Halloween season is over!
Generally, I’m a bit crotchety about celebrating the new season before its time has really come. Easter candy in January? Back-to-school in early or mid July? Blech. Autumn might be the only exception. I adore the season, which heralds the beautiful changing of colors for the local flora, plus that delicious cool scent in the air. I’ll admit that I’m usually planning Halloween costumes at least 2 months out anyway, so it seems kind of natural to let myself get carried away with the season in general.
That said, I have a treat!
Sorry for the delay! I have some projects in the works, which I’ll be posting about soon. In the meantime, here’s a special treat:
I’m also preparing some information and pictures on my calligraphy journey so far, and maybe a sneak peak into my next project too. This website is NOT intended for just pushing sale opportunities, so I’m considering ways to show the creative steps in my design and idea process. Let me know if you have suggestions! Stay tuned!
Hey all! Things have been busy: in the last month I’ve opened a store on Etsy, produced a few bookmarks for sale (especially on Etsy), applied for a few opportunities, etc. … I guess that doesn’t seem so busy, but amidst LIFE it’s important to have some form of benchmark. So, before further ado, please check out my new store!!
Oops — I fell off the internet again. Sometimes I’m just super awful about keeping up here. My bad. I’ve been distracted with trying to find a regular, pay-the-bills job. Monetizing art is … difficult. Commissions are just never plentiful enough and sometimes I spend too much time looking for opportunities and not enough time actually producing art. When the opportunities come around, I often feel like I don’t have any art recent enough to show what I can do. It’s a vicious cycle. So, I’m working on finding a job.
Hello everyone and happy holidays! I hope this season has been kind to you all. I feel rather spoiled myself despite a few setbacks. Art has been slowing down a little, though I did prepare a card. I’m mailing it out to personal friends and family, but wanted to share it here, as well. Be cozy, healthy, and well. 🙂
Hey all, sorry for my silence since Halloween. I hope it was a great holiday for everyone. 🙂 A few weeks ago I was taken somewhat by surprise when a good buddy got me in touch with his friend Aaron Dunn, creative entrepreneur behind a musical project: The Silmarillion Symphony. Take a look and a listen, it’s really lovely. The album will release on November 12 — that’s right, in FOUR days!
At any rate, Aaron asked me to illustrate the album cover and I was really excited to get on board with the project. I really enjoy the world that Tolkien developed. I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit (don’t ask me my feelings about the movies) and The Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t read the books, I really deeply recommend them. I was happy for an excuse to start reading The Silmarillion (any excuse to read!). If you aren’t familiar, the book is a collection of stories mostly relating the origins and creation of Middle-earth and its people. I’m enjoying it a lot so far.
Here’s the album cover I designed:
Sorry about the watermark. Anyway, the tree on the left is Laurelin and the one on the right is Telperion. In the middle is one of the lamps of the Valar (either Illuin or Ormal). The sea is pretty significant in the early history of the world and the elves especially. I used watercolor and some gouache on mat board, if you want the specifics. It was a really fun project and it’s nice to do some commissioned work. It was also a pleasure working with Aaron, so if you enjoy Tolkien, music, symphonies, awesomeness, great literature, inspiring music, nice album art, etc. please consider buying (pre-order is available) a copy for yourself.
I’ll try to update on other projects this coming week. 🙂 Until then, have a great weekend!
Happy October! Don’t you just love the Fall? It’s my favorite season, and host to my favorite holiday: Halloween! While we were in Korea, I had the happy opportunity to draw up some coloring pages for our students as an activity during the Halloween Party we hosted. I’m happy to continue that habit by sharing some pages over the course of this month. First up, two pages a lot of my students would recognize:
I’ll be putting up more printable pages over the next couple of weeks, so check back soon! Requests? Hit me up!