Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Sketch

Been sick for a whole week now, which is unusual for me, and like for everybody, it has not been fun.  I can't remember the last time I ran a fever of 102F degrees for 3 days even while taking acetaminophen -- unheard of.  I've begun to suspect that whatever bug I have might be the West Nile virus and I've got the West Nile Fever.  Although I don't have to take my flu medicine to feel semi-decent any more, I am still experiencing a higher-than-normal fever and residual body aches that just refuse to go away.

This was a sketch I did fairly quickly once I was able to sit at my work station finally for any stretch of time.  I wanted to get the lines inked in time for the end-of-August release as a digi, but this will have to wait till next month.

Between all the commissions I've got going and this crazy bug I caught, I just had to let my creativity flow in a unrestricted way.  Commissions are great, but so many of mine are series work at the moment, and my mind does start to crave a bit of variety.  When you do the same thing over and over, it feels too much like 'work'. ^^;  And that's one of the quickest ways to lose the feeling of the flow, where you feel your creativity is free and active. ^^

At any rate, I hope to feel stronger soon so I can get this one done.  I've been itching to draw! :D

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CAT SAYINGS: wit and wisdom from the whiskered ones

    Available September 1, 2012,  the book, "CAT SAYINGS: wit & wisdom from the whiskered ones" by Bradford G. Wheler, from the Book Collaborative, features famous cat quotes and cat art from 60 contemporary artists from 9 countries.  I am pleased to be included as one of the 60 artists, showing 3 of my fantasy art in this fun volume for cat lovers everywhere.

   My "Circe" (based on the Greek mythology's immortal beauty/witch), "Freyja" (based on the Norse mythology's fair-haired goddess of spring, beauty, and love, and the Queen of the Valkyries), and "Santa Muerte" (inspired by the fusion of Catholicism and the native Aztec goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl) are the pieces included in this publication.  My fantasy artists friends from Enchanted Visions Project, Katerina Kukiotis, Kristin Palmer, and Jessica Morgan-Chase also have their feline pieces included.

   The book is available from the publisher's web site (save 10%),  at Amazon (save 6%), and at Barnes and Noble (save 6%).   The book is 8.5 x 5.5 inches with 136 pages.  You can also see inside the book at the Amazon link (select pages).

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sneak Peek on Upcoming Digi's

   Two Koume-chan (from my Cosplayer Cats, Inc. series) line drawings in seasonal costumes.  One as a little Halloween witch who is scared of a spider, and the other dressed as a Catrina doll for the Day of the Dead Celebration, complete with a skull painted face.  These will be released on August 30 during the Scrapbook Stamp Society's release party for new products.   (The party takes place on their special Facebook page.)

   I have one more line art planned for the Halloween or Dia de los Muertos theme, which will be more of my usual vintage manga style with lots of details.  I'm hoping to squeeze that in between my commission load.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A New Magazine from Scrapbook Stamp Society!

   Here's a new magazine from Scrapbook Stamp Society called "Color and Create".  The introductory issue just became available both as a printed edition ($9.99 + S/H) and as a digital download ($2.99).  It features many hand-made projects that uses digital downloads of line art that crafters can color with such media as Copic markers.

   Some of my line art digi-downloads and stamps are featured in the projects.   You can order either the printed copy or the digital download copy at this link

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Signed Print Giveaway

   The next round of giveaway for the month-long period of August 6th through September 6th, 2012 is for a chance to win a signed 5"x7" professional matte photo print of my dark steampunk fantasy "Unless".  This is a piece originally created for the Enchanted Visions Project's monthly theme earlier this year.  It shows a girl dressed in steampunk Victorian outfit holding a doll which is identical in every way except for one missing eye.  The piece has a lot of fun details tucked away to keep your eyes moving throughout.  It's one of my favorites.  Don't miss this chance to win this print!

   You can enter my giveaway at this Facebook apps link.