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1. Popcorn Habits


You do this.  Don't lie.

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2. Illusionarium Book Trailer

A book I wrote, "Illusionarium", will be coming out soon.  {May 19th!}  My favorite part about this is that I got to make the book trailer!

{A book trailer is, like, a teaser to get people excited about the book.  I made the trailer for Entwined, so it was a lot of fun to do it for Illusionarium too.}  And, like the trailer for Entwined, the first version was totally the wrong direction.




I wasn't real happy with it.  The silhouettes I made felt too cartoony, the gears too heavy, etc.  And I felt like the there wasn't a unifying element in the style.

So, I scrapped it and went forward with a different look.  I made the vignette a lot more delicate, simplified the color scheme, and used images that were from the time period of the book.




I liked this much better!

It was a blast to make.  This is totally  my dream--to have a small-productions animation studio where I get to make, like, commercials and music videos and a bunch of different styles and I can get all artsy and stuff and there are dancing ballerinas everywhere

My other dream is to secretly live in Disneyland for the rest of my life.










A girl's gotta dream.


Anyway, here's the trailer.


A great big thank-you to Matt Gates {who did the music}, Jeff Meacham {sound mixing}, Joe Fowler {producer}, and After Effects, which is my favorite animating program EVAH!  Thanks, guys!

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3. Mary Pretty Profile


Another Mary Poppins picture <3

Some people might say this blog has too much Mary Poppins.

IF THERE WAS SUCH A THING!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA

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4. I can't waaaaaaaaait!!!!! {Cinderella fangirling}

So Cinderella comes out this weekend, and I can't even say how excited I am to see it oiulwengh;aoewgjkn/.lk'adsboihfdba;io

Everyone in this movie is absolutely beautiful.

Cinderella is beautiful.



She's even gorgeous in her rags.


Her fairy godmother is absolutely stunning.


Her stepmother is drop-dead gorgeous.



Even her stepsisters are beautiful.


I want their dresses*

*And I'm totally not just saying that, I think those dresses are adorable and I'd wear them in a shot.  A shot, I say!

The prince is so beautiful I think he's a girl



And don't even get me started on the mice!


I am soooooo excited.

But I'm also nervous.  Because I bawl every time I watch the trailer.


I'm kinda a cryer.  I cry through a lot of movies.













SARAAAAAAAAH!





So with a track record like that, I know when I watch Cinderella, it's going to be reaaaally bad for the other people in the theater.





I've figured out a solution, though:

I'm totally filling the theater with every girl in my whole family.



{We're totally a family of cryers.}


AAAH I CAN'T WAIT

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5. My Epic Mom

 This is my mom.  {You've met her before.}  She's pretty epic.


She doesn't like being called epic, though.


One time we went river rafting.  The raft guide was like:


And mom was like:


And he was like:







And what do you know.




How does she do that??

When my fiance broke off the wedding, my mom felt really bad for me.


So we went to Disneyland!

This is a picture of me in front of the Jolly Holiday Bakery.  This is my favorite place in the park, because it's themed Mary Poppins.  <3 <3 <3 <3



Let's zoom in and take a look at that gorgeous stained glass penguin.

 I'm watching you.

Adorable, right?  

But wait...zoom in even closer--


...And you can see my friend Renee, taking the picture!

And if you zoom in even closer--


Can you see it?  No?

Okay, let's zoom in a little more.

THERE it is!


It's Mickey Mouse, beating a kid with a baseball bat.  And who says Disneyland isn't the happiest place on Earth??

Anyway, back to the stained glass penguin.


My mom couldn't help notice how much I loved that stained glass penguin {I might've been licking the glass} and she decided to make it for me.  My mom is pretty marvelous with stained glass.



She started by having me make a pattern of it.


I changed it a little from the original window to make it a little closer to the cartoon penguins in the movie.

Mom took the pattern and did her magic.


It turned out beautiful.



Thanks, mom :) :)




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6. As Seen at my Aunt's House





David loves dem roll up pancakes.

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7. My Totally I̶r̶r̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶a̶l̶ Rational Fears

Is it weird that I want bus drivers to like me?


I was thinking about this the other day.  Like, why does it matter if I'm on their good side?


I've never seen the same driver twice.  It's kind of an irrational fear.


But then I thought


Is it really that irrational?


I mean, nothing's really stopping THIS


from happening.



















Later...



*******





Another Totally Rational Fear I have:

Why waiters scare the tar outta me.

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8. Speedpaints, Speedpaints, Speedpaints!


I haven't kept on speedpainting like I should, but that's one of the joys of setting New Years goals.  You get another chance to flub it up!  Hahaha.

Anyway, here are some 30-minute speedpaints from last year ^_^

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9. Haunted Mansion Mary



"Is this haunted room actually...stretching?  Or is it your imagination, hmm?"  Actually, I think this room is getting cuter, it makes me kinda wish the Haunted Mansion was themed Mary Poppins.  They could call it "Mary's Mansion" and they could turn on all the lights and there would be flowers everywhere and people would ride umbrellas over rooftops.  Why is this not a thing?  Someone make this happen.

I spent my Christmas vacation drawing this, which means it was the best vacation ever :) :)  Hope you all had a jolly holiday!

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10. Yes to the Dress {Again}

Hi.  My name is Heather Dixon, and I'm an addict.

I like to watch "Say Yes to the Dress."

It's a terrible addiction.  There are so many other good, wonderful things I could be addicted to.

Like mathematics.  Or oatmeal.  Or cocaine.


I don't know why I keep watching it.  It's a terrible show.

All the dresses look the same.


A lot of the brides are absolute monsters.





So why do I keep watching it?  Why???*

*probably because it's free on Youtube.


Here's what's really dumb about the whole thing:  I already have a wedding dress.


No, I really do.

I was going to be married earlier this year.

I'd wanted a wedding dress like Grace Kelly's:


Isn't she so pretty??

Unfortunately, wedding dresses that looked like they stepped out of a 50's musical haven't been in style since...well...the 50's.


So when I went shopping, there were a whoooole lot of sleeveless dresses....

But not a lot of Grace Kelly dresses :(

I found one that almost came close.

It cost $5500.



{I didn't buy it.}

I'd pretty much given up on my 50's wedding dress fantasies, when on the fly I decided to visit a tiny little dress shop tucked away behind a storage facility.

It was so tiny they didn't have enough dressing rooms {and to be fair...I did show up without an appointment.}  But they fit me in anyway...and they fit me in a broom closet!

That's where I found It.


Not the mop bucket...The Grace Kelly dress!  

It was sooooooooo pretty.  

{And way cheaper than $5500.  Which made it even prettier!}

 The lady who runs the shop told me her secret--she orders plus-size dresses in smaller sizes {she says a lot of dress shops don't know you can do that} and so that's how she finds dresses with sleeves.

Here's a picture of It:


I know right!  It's even prettier when it's not a badly-drawn grayscale cartoon!

That was then.

This is now.

A month before the wedding, my fiance broke up with me.



But enough about him.  {Though I really enjoyed drawing that last frame.}

All this to say, I still have a wedding dress.  And even worse, it still had to finish being altered.  Which meant I had to re-live everything every time I put it back on...

Thankfully, the lady who fitted me gave me the best advice I'd ever gotten:


And so, with the money I'd saved from returning his wedding band and other wedding expenses, I bought a 22" inch cintiq...which I am using right now.


Some people would say that's definitely a trade up.  {Oh, but not me!}

The dress currently hangs in my closet.  It's too perty to sell :)


I bring this all up because the other day, I was {yet again} watching the show.


A bride came in with her grandma and her entourage.


The grandma had very definite ideas of what she wanted.


The bride had very definite ideas of what she didn't want.


To make her grandma happy though, {because grandma was paying for the dress}, she decided to try on a dress with sleeves.

She hated it.


I had to stop drawing at this point, because I was like:


And it did.  It was absolutely gorgeous.

But the bride didn't just hate it.  She really hated it.




What made this all totally worse is that this was "Yes to the Dress: Atlanta", which meant that all these terrible things were spoken in a Southern accent!  Something as adorable as a Southern accent should never be used to say such horrible things.  There oughtta be a law!*

*I really mean that, too.  My plans for Can-merica are moving along and when I'm dictator, the second law* I'll put into motion is that people with Southern accents can only say food-y things.  Like, "Honey," "Sweetie-Pie," "Possum with a sweet potatah," etc.  I have Plans.

**The first law is that every Mountie has to learn how to tango.

The bride comes out to the dressing room floor...


And her entourage is like:


Oh yes, that dress with sleeves surrrre is funny.

Grandma just sits there.



It IS pretty!!




It was. :(

The bride goes back to the dressing room and tries on a dress that looks like every other dress in the store. :( :(



They love it.



Long pause.





NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!





I haven't stopped drawing since the episode ended.


This blog isn't very famous.

There are about 4 people who visit it a day.

One is my mom.  {Thanks, mom!}

But there are 3 others.  One of them could be that Southern grandma.

This blog post is for her.

Southern Grandma, you were RIGHT.  That dress with sleeves was beautiful.  Don't you listen to them.  You gotta go with your GUT and your gut was RIGHT.




The End.

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11. Thanksgiving Movie




















I'm a really fun person to watch movies with.


Addendum:  Thank you so much for the kind words on the new blog design!  It was a long time coming.  We should do something to celebrate...like maybe seeing a movie or something...?*

*But only if you've read the book

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12. Cinderella Umbrage



They obviously found their target demographic:  Me.

Anyway, here's the trailer.

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13. Cinderella and the Prince



Recently, I read that in the early developments of "Cinderella," after she tries on the glass slipper, the Grand Duke brings her back to the Palace, and when they arrive, the Prince comes running out to greet her.  He doesn't care at all that she's in rags.

I thought that was the sweetest thing I've ever read.  So of course I had to draw it :) :)

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14. The Lamest Cool Dream

 The other night I had the coolest dream ever.

Or at least...it could've been.

The dream began when I found myself at the secret wizarding headquarters of the Harry Potter rebellion group!  {Dumbledore's Army..or the Order of the Phoenix.  One of those!}  And they wanted me to join their resistance!


Me!  A muggle!  Me!!

Brace yourselves...the dream is about to get COOLER.

Our entire strategy and battle plans were laid out in a giant field...


...of LEGOS.



That's right.


We weren't fighting Voldemort.  We were fighting...


THE EMPIRE.


Ok, so now you are thinking, "Wow, Heather!  This really is the coolest dream ever!!"  And you'd be right!  It was!  It was the coolest dream ever!

...Until this point.

Because at this point, Dumbledore be like:


And I'll be darned


I spent the entire rest of the night dreaming about taking legos apart.

No battles.  No epic magic force fights.

Just hours of looking for where the stupid legos were supposed to go.


{And that's when I woke up.}



It was the lamest cool dream ever.



{I never did find that bin.}

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15. Onion Truck Adventures

 This is my mom.


She wears pearl earrings and an apron every day.

{Yeah...she's pretty cool :D}

 She also lives in an area where they're harvesting lots of onions.

Sometimes, she drives behind the onion trucks loaded with onions.  This is because if an onion falls out on the side of the road, she can pull over and grab it and make tasty things!  {The rumor is, these fresh-grown onions taste waaaaay better than store-bought onions.}




Anyway.

Yesterday my mom was driving behind an onion truck that took a turn a little too fast...




Eeeeeeeeeerk...


{CRASH!!}


It just makes you wanna cry... :D
 
{Mom said it was the coolest thing she'd ever seen.}

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16. More Mary Poppins

Too soon for a Mary Poppins fanart?
 

A:  It is NEVER too soon for a Mary Poppins fanart.


I met Mary Poppins in Disneyland last week!!

...sort of.

I was there with my family...like, my whole family, nieces, nephews, all (which means we filled up the park!) and there she was, standing next to the band at the entrance.


Well, of course my little nieces got way excited and thought I ought to take a picture with her!


(Ok...I was pretty excited too :)

 Them:


Her:

 And I'll be darned, she turned her back on us!




And I was like:


 


I think that was when we decided Star Tours probably didn't have a line.


If this doesn't satiate your thirst for Mary Poppins* goodness, you can follow me on Instagram, where I'm doing a bit of Inktober and a lot of Mary Poppins  ^_^



*the real one


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17. Food Opera (Part 2)

Chapter 4

Heather opens the fridge.


Heather closes the fridge.


Heather opens the fridge.


Heather closes the fridge.


Heather opens the fridge.


Heather closes the fridge.


Chapter 5


Chapter 6

The Chuggaluggalicious™ Ice Cream is gone.


Heather starts arguing with her "mom".


Chapter 7









Chapter 8

The sofa eats Heather.









THE END.


On a completely unrelated note, does anyone need a Costco-sized bag of chia seeds?

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18. Food Opera (Part 1)

Chapter 1

Heather slams the door behind her.

"From now on, I'm eating healthy!" she says.


The sofa says nothing.

The coffee table says nothing.

The bookcase says nothing.
 

 The lamp says, 
 


Chapter 2

Heather buys healthy food.
 

It costs more than a car.

Heather says, 
 

The furniture looks ominously on.



The lamp says nothing.


Chapter 3

 Heather spends hours preparing healthy food.


It tastes like deer barf.

Heather drinks it all.

 
She celebrates with a quart of Chuggaluggalicious™ Ice Cream.


TO BE CONTINUED!!


Oh man!  What a cliffhanger!

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19. FROZEN Coloring Contest!

I think it's high time for a coloring contest!


Here's a coloring page of Hans and Anna's wedding day.  And here are the instructions!

1) Print out page
2) Color.  The contest closes on Easter Sunday, April 20th.  So you have about a month!
3) Scan or take a picture, and send it to me at storyboarder@gmail.com (with "coloring page" as the title of the email)
4) Wait to see if you win the awesome prize.

And what is that awesome prize, m'friends?  I must've been pretty excited for the Art of Frozen to come out, so I pre-ordered it...three times.  I returned one, but decided to keep one as a prize for this contest.


This delicious book could be yours.

AGE is optional, mostly for if you're like 8 years old and are an amazing artist, that will definitely be taken into account.
YES, this is open to international colorers!

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20. 7 Brothers for 7 Brides

Hey you crazy kids!  Thank you so much for all the coloring book entries.  They look incredible!  Right now I'm going through the deciding process, but you can expect the results to be announced in a few days.

In the meantime...

A week or so ago, I saw my 11-year-old cousin perform in his school play, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."  It was adorable.




He played Caleb.

During the scene changes I got to thinking.  I got to thinking, how much cooler would the play be if it was switched around?  If it was Seven Brothers for Seven Brides??

I can see this going places.  Right now...it's going on my blog!


Starring:  Abigail, Bathsheba, Chastity, Dorcus, Eve, Faith, and Grace.

Who wouldn't want to marry them?

So, these ladies live out in the middle of nowhere on a farm, raising pigs and such, independent, strong-willed, and most definitely not needing any men.


Until...



 EEEEEEEEP!







Abigail surmises the spider situation.








What's a girl to do??

I'll tell you what's a girl to do.  A girl's to get a gun and a burlap sack, that's what a girl's to do.


Shhh....







And on the other side of town...






And then.






Why do I think this is so funny??  I'm a horrible person.





The Escape!









I'm not quite sure what happens after this, or how it will all end.  I like it to think it'll be like the play--they all fall in love with their kidnappers and live happily ever after.


In a horrible twisted way, it's kind of sweet.

Or it could have ending number 2:


After the long winter the boys get an attorney and sue the holy carp out of the ladies for the terrible emotional trauma they were put through.

I don't like that ending very much.

How about ending number 3??



Everyone bands together to fight off the army of massacring spiders!  Danger!  Excitement!  Romance!  In this epic 8-hour adventure of love and war!

(This ending is my favorite.)

And, ending number 4:


The spiders eat all of them.

I don't like that ending AT ALL. :(

What ending is your favorite?  Or is there an ending that's even better than all of these?  I must hear it.

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21. Frozen Coloring Contest--The Vinnahs!

 At last, the results are in!  Thank you so much, everyone, for being so patient.  One of these days life won't be so crazy!

I always get gunshy about coloring contests because I feel like everyone did such a good job, and it's hard to pick just one.  To help me, the judging process was aided by my talented artist coworkers.  I asked them which pictures stood out the most to them, and we went from there.  Needless to say, it was a hard decision!

And now, the winners!


 First place goes to Chiara!  Winner winner chicken dinner!  Congrats, Chiara!

And of course, we would be remiss if we didn't make note of the honorable mentions:





 Honorable mentions will get a beaded bookmark.  If you are a fella, I'll be sure to make it a manly bookmark :D  I'll be in touch with you all Soon!

And, because I think they were all so lovely, I'm including the rest of the entries below, if you want to take a look.  I've blurred out the emails, but if you're shy about your artwork being posted, let me know and I can remove it.  But don't be shy--they look lovely!  Shout out to the Gilbert Blythe and Joker ones ^_^
  



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22. Train Stories

Things have been kind of crazy lately.

A lot of that has been due to "Illusionarium," the book I've been working on these past few years.  It's nearing the end stages of development.


It's about some kids who get the holy tar beaten out of them....the way a good, decent, God-fearing children's book ought to be.  It should be out in a year or so.

(I know that's forever away.  I'm a slow writer.)

A lot of the writing I do takes place on the train.  Since I have to commute into the city for my day job, I get up really early--about 4 am--hop on the first train, and ride it to Ogden, then to Provo, then back to Salt Lake.  


When I get off from work, I ride it from endline to endline again, typing the whole time.  It's pretty much become my second home.


In fact, I've gotten to know all the little secrets.

For example, the train has 3 really nice, new cars--


...And one really old, horrible, creaky, leaky car affectionately called the "Cattle Car."


No one ever rides the Cattle Car....except me.


...which makes me the train creeper!  hahaha!!

The fancy cars are constantly blowing freezing on you...but if you feel the walls of the Cattle Car...



...you can find some toasty hotspots.  It's the best.



I know some other pretty nifty secrets, too.  I swear there is an abandoned grand piano sitting on the hill between the Draper and Thanksgiving Point stations.  No idea how it got there.

 
 One night I nearly missed my stop, and in my haste I left the Illusionarium manuscript w/the editor's feedback on the train.  Oops.  I guess some lucky train person got to read Illusionarium early!


...as well as everything that's wrong with it.

 My best train story though happened one freezing cold night last February.


The train had just pulled into the Provo station, like it always does, and I waited in the Cattle Car, like I always do, for it to reverse and head back to the Ogden station, which it always will.


I guess I must've been pretty into the story, because I didn't notice how the whole train had emptied and sat at the station for a good 40 minutes like that...

...until the lights went out.


...and the train s-l-o-w-l-y chugged out of the station.  In the wrong direction.


It stopped a while later, in the middle of an abandoned railyard...


...in the middle of nowhere.


I, um.  I wasn't quite sure what to do.


 Everyone was gone.


The door was locked, so I couldn't get out.


There wasn't anyone, or anything, that I could see outside the window.  Only the frozen railyard.

I decided that maybe I should just keep working until they put the train back at the station.





I had a good cry.

It didn't really help.*

*crying only helps if you do it in front of someone...dang it.

It also didn't help that I needed to go to the bathroom!

Desperation led me to do the one smart thing I'd thought of all night...look up the train's website online and call their customer service.


...which was closed.




We really don't need to see this.

I don't know how long I remained huddled in the cattle car...maybe an hour longer or so...before I somehow found the emergency number for the entire public transportation system...


A very nice lady assured me that someone would be there very soon.


Very, very soon.


At least within the next several hours. 




 



THEY FOUND ME!!!!!!!!



Hurrah!!


I was saved!!!




I followed them for what seemed like forever, out of the creepy lone railyard and back to the station, where another train would soon be headed north.



Needless to say, I was pretty darn happy I'd been rescued.


In fact it was probably the happiest day of my life.


In fact, I think I'll ride the train...forever! <3 <3 <3

FYI, this draft of Illusionarium turned out to be rather dark and violent.  I can't for the life of me figure out why. 

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23. Temple Square Morning


The mornings have been remarkable lately.

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24. Classy Wonder Woman

I wanted to get this posted by the Fourth of July; but it ended up taking a little longer.  On the other hand, it's never too late to post a Wonder Woman fanart, amiright?


I could've drawn her in that sissy swimsuit thingy...but that sissy cardigan thingy is much cuter.


I spent hours on her invisible jet there in the background.  HOURS

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25. Card Shark









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