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Hello all! It has been quite a long time since I last posted here. As this post's title suggests, a lot has changed for me. I am finally a mom!! Benjamin Lee Yoshimitsu Kemble was born September 26th, 2013 at 7 lbs 4 oz. and is going to be two months old in just a few days.
My twin, Mei, was blogged about in the Vacation Adventure Society Blog!
She drew a three-page comic with her own version of the Kill Joy comic (written by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and drawn by Becky Cloonan). It took a long time for her to complete and I remember going over her roughs and talking about font types and reference (Akira manga car-chase scenes were a super awesome help- see example).
Anyway, they sought her out to get her pages posted! Pretty rad, eh?
So, if you want to see click here.
Lots of news and more art! Josh and I found out that we are having a baby boy just last week, I started a new book project with a new company (that for the time being is still top secret- although I was given the ok to post an occasional work-in-progress image so long as I blur any text and don't give too much away), and I still have final images to create for Fadenrot!
I wish so much that I could post the entire PDF of my storyboards for this story as it is very funny... and I'm pretty happy with the images. I tried to be a lot more loose and a little more "cartoony" with the figures... I think it just fit the story more. So far, this has been a fun project!
I'm also well into the second trimester of the pregnancy and the morning sickness is truly behind me. That was SO hard. Four months of being sick as a dog, and sometimes for the entire day (!!), and just in a total haze... I missed feeling normal... but as I said, I am back, and working hard! :) This has been already pretty crazy but at the same time, I'm sure things have yet to change... hee hee... lucky for me I have plenty of girl friends who have just gone through or are going through this at the same time. I'm sure having a little guy to draw will be very fun, too, and hopefully, we can draw together in the future, my little bean and I... ;)
Fadenrot is always going to be my favorite client... I describe the way we work together to other artists and it is always the "ideal" situation/relationship... I get a theme (and these themes are always wonderfully inspiring and something I would LOVE to draw) and then I sketch like crazy these things that come to mind and my client picks and chooses what she likes... I do some revising, some fine-tuning, and then there it is!! A new image for her to print and show the world! It's the best... especially because sketching always inspires some really great ideas for me... :) It's also just kind of cool to see your art on clothing! :)
I'm just feeling very grateful, I suppose, and had to share... :)
So here are images to reflect what I am writing here...
First, our Benjamin Lee Yoshimitsu at 5 months:
So I know I have been a bit MIA from my blog... which is rare, but I found out several months ago that I was pregnant :o and so I have been dealing with that along with some pretty intense morning sickness!! I am now safely in my second trimester and feeling well enough and at a point that I can write about it.
Josh and I are excited (it was planned) and looking forward to meeting our "Boo." We won't know what we're having until a few more weeks but I really just want someone healthy!
I have sketches!! Lots of Fadenrot work... and some fun sketches I was inspired to do as I was watching Coraline... (I watch that movie a LOT).
Let me just say that I am busy! I wish it were more to do with freelance work, but it isn't... I've blogged before about working on my mom's house and that is taking much of my time. However, it's slowly... very slowly... going to get done and so I also have a strong sense of accomplishment (??). We have for many years wanted to upgrade and renew my mom's house... and it is finally being done. Of course, we are also planning on selling it, too, so it may be a short lived sense of accomplishment, but I think it will still be nice to know that we DID it. :)
Josh was saying that he thinks people get a different kind of feeling when they do things or create things than when they get the easy way or someone else to do it for them... and its a GOOD kind of different- the kind that makes you feel like you are ALIVE. :) I totally agree. And its not really a pride thing either... more that you are just sort of satisfied more when you do something yourself and make something out of it.
So, that's good...
BUT, like I said, I'm still really busy! Since a lot of time is spent working on the house, the free time I do have is spent more cleaning, cooking, and trying to sketch ideas for collectible figurines, a small project for my niece's school auction, and submissions to publishers/magazines, etc. I ordered postcards and have a list going but haven't made the labels or actually sent them yet... I have sketches for my niece and more ideas sketched for the figurines...
So, I hope that this post makes some sense... I am writing it before I have to go to bed.. sigh.
Well, here are the sketches... :)
Ok, so here is a sneak preview of the final image I did for Fadenrot. The theme is martime, as I've blogged about before, and I hope that it captured all ideas! In any case, it took a LONG time to clean all of these images and place them "just so" but it was well worth it... I'm quite happy!
I had posted some earlier sketches for an illustration of the poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod but here is an updated version...
I also got approval on my maritime fabric designs so I will be cleaning up those images so I can send them off!
Text of Poem:
I am working on some revisions and to warm-up I did a couple sketches that I am digging... :)
And so our holiday ends and the New Year is here and moving quickly... I had a nice week of family and presents and fun. Josh and I rarely take that much time off and it was actually kind of hard not to think about work. I received many awesome presents (including some books like It's a Small World - illustrated by Chou and the Annotated Anne of Green Gables) and was able to see nephews and nieces. Of course, now it's all over and I must return to work and being work-oriented! It's only been two days and I am still a bit out of sorts.
More images of my current studio space... painting in progress is a fabric print for German Fashion label Fadenrot and the theme is maritime ♥
I was asked to draw some images to be printed on fabric...the theme: maritime wonders! I will be added a few more elements... but I really had fun with this... I have been kind of interested in prints and licensing... so who knows?
Its pretty rough but I hope it is clear enough to get the idea.
When you click on this link it re-directs you to my site and you can then use the $5 off.
but it only works from this link.
I did add some of the newer paintings there to if anyone is interested.
Here is the painting that I did for a series I thought of doing... It is based on French Country Home Interiors that I love. I just like to bring a narrative into these wonderful backgrounds/settings :) So I used some reference and altered them to make them into an image I liked..... and also thought up a character.
I wanted to wait to post this until I was sure all the images were available, but you can now buy not only adorable lingerie, but totes, jackets, hats, etc as well with the new Marie Antoinette inspired images... ;) I always try to mention that not all of these are my images- you can see which are mine by referencing my website under my "freelance images" link.
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:) I'm so happy to see these all on actual merch!! Never gets old!
So Fadenrot has more merchandise available with my images printed on them here!
These are so adorable :)
One of my loves is home furnishings and decorations. I really love victorian homes, french country homes, london townhomes, and many others. So, I decided to use these as themes/starting images for a new series of paintings. They don't have stories (yet?) but when I see photos of these interiors I can't help but add a little character into the picture in my mind. I think I have this habit almost in any picture :)
So here is a sketch:
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My husband's poster for his MFA show!