Thursday, June 30, 2011

New! Edible Art Cake Sheets Now Available!


*Images courtesy of Party in a Box Designs

I am really excited to announce the new line of products from the Party in a Box Designs today.  My fantasy art is now available as edible CAKE SHEETS (Visit the link to see all designs available.).  Great for birthday, anniversary, graduation, and many other occasions to dress up a cake in a truly unique and unforgettable way.  For example, I think the one shown at the top, "Along Came a Spider", would be great for a Halloween party.  These cake sheets are available in three different sizes: full cake 8 x 10" ($12.99), round 8" ($12.99), and quarter cake 5 x 7" ($9.99).  You can customize it with a name and age for a birthday cake by giving this information in the Customer Comment section during the checkout process.  International shipping available.



Visit the beautiful Party in a Box Designs site today!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Abundance -- Now Available on Fabric for Crafters


"Abundance" is now available at the Fantasy Fabric Blocks Art and Crafts on different sizes of fabric piece as well as iron-on transfers of various sizes as shown.  This is the latest addition to my collection at this wonderful online fabric shoppe.  If you like sewing and other fabric crafts, please take a look at some truly unique fantasy fabric pieces there.  My fantasy images are also available as U Color It products, which are items with my line art printed on for YOU to color however you like.  Available under U Color It products are: umbrellas, T-shirts, greeting cards, coloring pages, and more.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Lower Prices at My Aurora Wings Shop

*Shown here is one of the popular mouse pad designs available at my Aurora Wings Shop.

June has been a very good month for me business-wise.  Although the month is not over yet, my little online shop's performance for this month has already been better than the figures from last Christmas season (October, November,  and December 2010).   For almost all online venues, the holiday season is THE best time for business and my numbers are usually consistent with this general observation.  So I am thrilled to see this happen in the middle of the year.  Also my rubber stamps at Queen Kat Designs took off and did very well last month.  It's also good to see, not just personally, but also from the standpoint of overall US economy.  Let's face it, we, the artists and their products, are not the priority items on most people's shopping list, and things can be especially tough when the economy is less than stellar.  So, to celebrate this good trend, I've reduced prices on the popular items in my shop -- mouse pads, prints, greeting cards, and post cards.  Some items have been permanently reduced by 20%.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Young Artists Contest 2011 (Traditional Media)

 *YAC 2010 award certificate featuring an artwork by a young artist, metal-icarus, who was one of the winners of the 2009 event.  She will be participating this year, which will be her final eligibility year.  I look forward to having her on board the judges panel in the future YAC. 


   I am so pleased to say that this contest is in its third year, and we are able to offer more prizes than ever, including deviantART subscriptions (in length varying from 1-month to 12-month), gift arts, prints, features, and dA points.  I started this contest in 2009 when my daughter complained about having no chance at many of the contests (either publicly sponsored by dA or privately by individual deviants) where many of the participants were professional artists.  
   
   With the widespread funding cuts all across the US school districts, artistically inclined students seemingly have less and less opportunities for showing (and competing for due recognition of) their art.  When I was growing up in Japan, I had art competitions twice a year, that were sponsored by the city government and the school district, supported by larger communities as well (Winners from city competitions had opportunity to advance to regional competitions.).  Art and music were regular part of the school curriculum as was P.E. all through middle school/junior high school. 
   
   It was my humble wish to host this contest for the youths in dA community to have a fair shot at competing, so this contest has three age categories -- Category 1 (13 year olds), Category 2 (15 and under), and Category 3 (17 and under).  I have past winners moving onto study art at college and university level, as well as young artists looking forward to this event every year and hoping to join me in coming years as one of the judges.   With entries into previous years' events numbering around 300, it has always been a wonderful event.


   I am blessed to have many dA community members/friends come forward with generous donations to make this event possible again and more fun than ever.  This is the first time in the contest's history that we are able to offer subscriptions all the way down to the third place winners.  With winners chosen for each of the three categories, this is a contest that can be hard on the wallet, had it not for the volunteers and donors who give freely.  I'm just so grateful for the many friends (new and old) continuing to support this event.  I am looking forward to seeing the wonderful art that will be coming in.  

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Rubber Stamp Release from Queen Kat Designs

*Photo courtesy of Queen Kat Designs.


   Seven new rubber stamps were just released yesterday from Queen Kat Designs .  This batch of releases features my Cosplayer Cats Inc., which was an original character series of cats in anime style.  You'll see Stephanie (a sleek Siamese cat) in a Victorian dress (seen above) and dressed up as Marilyn Monroe, and Koume-chan (a white kitty) in a mini-kimono, a Victorian dress, and in three ballet poses in fairy costumes and pointe shoes.  The ballerina Koume-chan series was originally done for my ballet gift shop on Zazzle (Custom Dance Gifts by Studio Miyabi) and a mug featuring all three ballerina images had just won a Today's Best Award from Zazzle.

   Line drawing is something that I see as the foundation of my art, and the completed pieces of mine always have line work visible -- it's an integral part of my style of art and manga-style art in general.  So it's no wonder how well the drawings transfer to the rubber stamp form.  When I work in digital (as in the case with my Cosplayer Cats), the line art is its own separate layer in the file, and when I work my traditional/digital fantasy pieces, the line art is on paper, which is available as the scanned file.  Both of which are perfect for the manufacturer to work with.   

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011 Tour Stops in San Francisco, CA




The next stop of the Sketchbook Project 2011 Tour is San Francisco, CA from Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 18th at the Madrone Studios, located at 1417 15th Street.  The gallery hours will be Noon to 5:30 pm daily.


After this stop, there are only two cities left on 2011 tour, which are Chicago, IL and Winter Park, FL during the month of July.  According to the Art House Co-op web site, after August 5th, the books will be permanently located at their Brooklyn Art Library as part of the permanent collection.

*Shown here are some of the 2-page spreads I did in my sketchbook.  I grew quite fond of the little tomte girl.  In fact, I think I will be drawing her and her snail friend in my next picture. ^_^

Thursday, June 9, 2011

New Pillow Kits from Fantasy Fabric Blocks

Pillow Kits featuring my 'Along Came a Spider'
*Photo courtesy of Fantasy Fabric Blocks Art and Crafts

Fantasy Fabric Blocks Art and Crafts now offers Pillow Kits in two sizes for crafters. They feature brilliantly reproduced fantasy images on fabric blocks by many wonderful contemporary artists. I believe these will be a quick and unique project to do. "Along Came a Spider" is one of my personal favorites as this image incorporates folklore elements from my native Japan, and I do believe this one is one of my brightest in style as well.

Click on the picture to go directly to the shop!!
5" X 7" $12.99
7" X 10" $19.99

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011 Tour Stops in Seattle, WA





The Sketchbook Project 2011 Tour will be making a stop in Seattle, WA this weekend, Friday June 10th through Sunday, June 12th at the following location.

Form/Space Atelier
2407 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA

Gallery is open from noon to 4 pm daily for this travelling exhibition.

If you'd like to view my sketchbook, you will need my name Mitzi Sato-Wiuff for the look-up. The theme I worked on was "Happy Thoughts". I hope someone out there in Seattle area could 'meet' up with my sketchbook in person. ^_^ ** You can view the scans of my entire sketchbook at my dA gallery folder link.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Abundance

Just finished this morning. ^^ Now I have updating to do on my portfolio, web site, dA, etc. -- fun fun! This will be the last EV submission for now. As I've written in an earlier post, we're going on a break till October (tentatively...). Whatever happens, I have other projects I'd like to tackle outside of EV as well as the Young Artists Contest for the third year, which I really need to get judges lined up for on dA, too. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to hold this contest, but looks like this (EV going on a hiatus) is a sign that I should go ahead with the YAC. ^^

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Abundance - WIP

This piece's color scheme is inspired by a particular Japanese textile design from a book on modern Japanese textiles, which had red ochre background with beige, yellow, tan, grey, orange, and burgundy flowers and leaves, and gold outlines. As an adult, especially after I started painting fantasy images, my interest in Japanese textile design has grown tremendously. Many of their floral styles have such strong appeal to me since I tend to do detailed work. (Who knows... maybe I was one of the textile artists in my previous life?) This color scheme has an added appeal to the Feng Shui meddler in me -- the colors red and gold are the ones often used to energize the chi.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Abundance - line art

Finally got done inking this one. My eyes are really tired now. XD There really are a lot of flowers. I must have gone through half an ink tube in my pen on this one. I can't wait to put color on this one. I need to get this one finished by the 5th or I'll miss the deadline. And since EV is going on a hiatus till October, if I miss the deadline, there will be no more updates till then. *must make the deadline*