Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAIRY TALE

My agent is sending out a promo based on the theme "Fairy Tale". We were encouraged to interpret the theme how we wanted, from reinterpreting an existing tale to making an image with a fantasy feel. I chose the latter. I'm not quite sure what the story is here, but I think it involves a magical tree home to a few woodland sprites who grant wishes to those who promise to keep their existence a secret.

Friday, June 9, 2017

CONTACT: WIP UPDATE

The days are quickly stacking up as it's now been over a month and a half since I left my day job. I've continued to put time into working on my illustrated Contact poster in hopes of completing it by my self-imposed July deadline. I think I'm on track to meet it. Still have a ways to go as you can see in the update below. But it's coming together and I'm happy with it thus far.




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEW DOODLE: SPLENDOR

NEW DOODLE: "Splendor" is complete. As always, prints (5x7=$10, 8x10=$15, 12x16= $35) and the original painting ($120) are available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DoodlePaintings


Thursday, April 27, 2017

CONTACT WIP

Now that I'm intentionally unemployed I have a lot of time on my hands to work on my own stuff again. Unfortunately, my right thumb is is still uncooperative and in too much pain to draw for very long. I'm hoping I can chip away at things here and there. My first goal is finishing up this alternative movie poster I'm making just for kicks. I'd like to get it finished in time for the 20th anniversary of the Contact's release on July 11th. Definitely still tweaking things but the overall composition is close to what I want...



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SO LONG, DAY JOB!

WELL THEN.
I've officially left my wonderful job at The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI where I have had the pride and pleasure of working as the graphic designer for the past six seasons. 

The decision that it was time to move on was made back in January, but I finished out my work for the current season last week. Leaving a job I have really enjoyed is not easy, but over the past five and a half years I have learned a lot that undeniably made me a better designer. Having become rather comfortable in the job, I felt it was time to challenge myself again. My friend Jon has been hired in my place and I couldn't feel better about passing the reins on to him. The Gamm is a fantastic place to work and I am grateful for the friendships I've made in my time there and very proud of the work we accomplished together. 

I hope to return to freelance illustration in the coming months. Unfortunately at present the leaving of my day job overlaps with my need to tend to health issues. So first and foremost I will be focusing on feeling better so that I can get my body to a place where it can physically handle illustrating again. 

In the meantime, I have time. Time to walk and read and take my medications and use the infrared sauna and improve my nutrition and day dream and draw and doodle and REFLECT. Reflect on how lucky I am to have the chance to follow my heart and my art, wherever they take me. 


Monday, February 27, 2017

POST-NERDCON EMOTICONS

😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😢😭😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍




I spent the weekend at NerdCon Nerdfighteria, a convention composed of about 3500 millennials (and younger). I'd guess the median age was 23. If you aren't familiar with the Nerdfighter community, it's hard to explain exactly what "Nerdfighteria" is. Simply put, it's a subculture that promotes unironic enthusiasm. Complexly, it's an internet grown community, a mix of geeky, non-binary, full spectrum, inclusive, science-loving, Harry Potter fandoming, information-sharing educators, vloggers, writers, artists, creators, and appreciators. It's a lovely, inspiring, and beautifully weird thing. Which I guess is the best kind of thing, really. It truly was an exceptional weekend amongst a wonderfully inspiring community. Life's too short not to be nerdy. Unironic enthusiasm is awesome.

Also, on Sunday I had a maker table selling my doodlepaintings prints. Turns out, Nerdfighters like doodlepaintings. And I like Nerdfighters. Win-win.

So...thank you, Nerdfighteria. You're even more beautiful in the flesh. #nerdcon #happytears #imnotcryingyourecrying #DFTBA











Thursday, February 23, 2017

NERDCON HERE I COME

My first post of 2017 and it's nearly March? Oops.

Here's a quick catchup:

  • I completed two small freelance illustration projects in January and early February
  • I decided to leave my part-time job as a graphic designer at The Gamm Theatre after 6 years
  • I was feeling pretty great about the prospect of focusing on on illustration & writing full time 
  • BUT THEN MY BODY BETRAYED ME
  • Lyme disease came back with a vengeance
  • I started going to infrared sauna treatments to help the pain and KILL THE BUGGERS
  • My right thumb swelled up and I was in too much pain to draw
  • I cried a lot
  • I sat on the couch a lot
  • I finished this doodle anyway.


This weekend is Nerdcon Nerdfighteria in Boston and I will be attending as an uber fangirl of Crash Course, Sci Show, and the brothers Green, among others. Looking forward to having a maker's table on Sunday and having the chance to share my doodlepaintings with fellow Nerdfighters. (I hope you like 'em, peeps!)

Regardless, I expect it will be a lovely weekend surrounded by lovely, inspiring people.

So....DFTBA and: