Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Ceramics!

Up on Etsy! Yay.
I also found a company that does art printing on anything. So there might be some textiles in my future.

*photos courtesy of JJ

True Love

Here is the vectorized version of "True Love" for the new tote. I have asked some clothing designers I know who about transferring images in ways other than traditional screen printing. I really liked what the end product was last time, but this illustration started out as gouache (the other was vectorized to begin with) and I wanted to see if there was a way to transfer that quality to a tote. I have totally seen it on bags and shirts before and if the quality is super high, washable, and accurate than I would rather do that than have to have everything be flat color. I still think it looks cute it just loses some of the delicateness of the original illustration that make it so appealing.

(note: the other issue is that more than two colors on a screen printing job gets super expensive. I have three here and I think that might double the price...but all three colors are super important. The heart as an outline is just not as awesome.)

We got back from worldwind tour of family land Sunday night and I opened Monday and yesterday so I am feeling really behind on my art activities. I have a few new illustrations I will post later today and last night I painted two new mugs and a serving bowl so those will go up too. I am also waiting on the arrival of my mock up of the Ugly Sweater to arrive. This process takes so long and it drives me crazy. I just want it to go out already. I also have to get my work together for the Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Its hard to know what to submit because they have different judges every year and there is some work I did a couple of year ago that I still love. So I think I will send a combo of old and new. Anyway, more to do and my computer is getting slower by the minute.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Placed an order for The Ugly Sweater. It should come next week maybe. If it looks good then I will order a bunch of copies and off it will go. It will be great, but I after shipping at 22 dollars a pop there will be no money for my "new computer fund."

I have been planning to get a new computer as the current one is sooooo slow and at this point almost 4 years old. I think if I get a refurbished and buy Adobe Illustrator and InDesign (JJ has photoshop and word) it will be 3000. I could get the student package, but updates would be a good. I was planning to wait until I get published...but it is going to take more time than I want to wait. I have savings, but I would rather just start from 0 and leave my savings alone.

Ok, enough boring. Will post new work today as we are hiding inside from the snow. I rode my bike today out in the elements and I felt hard core, but now I am going to sit and stay warm.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rock the Boat

I love ugly things. I happen to think ugly things need more love and so I drawn to them. Right now I am working on making more ugly things. Stay tuned.
In the mean time here is something to ponder:

Today: I will be sick by my computer correcting the children's book and I WILL print out a copy/get it ready to print on lulu.

Friday, December 11, 2009

In flight

New business card and more ceramics for the holidays, yay!
Its a shame I am coming down with something resembling bronchitis....meh.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Yappy Holidays

I have been so busy I can hardly handle fact I have a cough that reminds me of the cough I had that led to bronchitis. I am going to give it a couple more days before going to my unsympathetic doctor.
I think more than ever people are trying to avoid department stores this holiday season. Apparently, the Bust Craftactular was so crowded they had to hold people back because it was too crowded. I believe it. In the past 4 days I have sold 6 things on etsy and 4 prints in the shop...and I cannot keep count of the holiday cards. Its great, but I hardly have the time to make new business cards, for example. I did print some new cards today and I am really happy with them. They look similar to the old ones, but the icon is different. I used my amazing gocco, which I am still too nervous to really experiment with, and I printed on cardboard from packaging like soda containers. SO basically I made the cheapest business cards ever.
I am still mired in the children's book, but I have had so much holiday art stuff to do and the addition responsibilities at Joe, I have had zero time. I am hoping to have things under control by next week. I have to put up the Joe art show tomorrow night and then maybe there will be time for other drawing.