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Playing with different ways of creating videos and entertaining yall so I decided that for this week’s demo I would change it up a bit and include myself in the video. I’m not sure if I should continue doing this in the future…I don’t know…we’ll see. In the meantime have fun with this one and have a good laugh at the dorky bloopers at the end of the actual demo.
P.S….my skin tone is not a bright shade of orange in real life
Seems like everyone I know right now are either newly weds or proud parentsto beor both. And here I am at 28 (yrs old) barely able to take care of a cat who seems to be developing some sort of a tick as I type sigh
Very exciting times!! Especially for two very awesome people I know who are going to be proud parents of a baby boy due in a couple months! I hope mom and dad enjoy this little welcome gift for baby Jaiden. Can’t wait to meet him.
Want a personalized copy of this print? Market version coming soon at the good oleEtsy Beautique. Stay tuned. Can’t wait? Email me at ninarose(dot)m(at)gmail(dot)com and I’d be happy to set somethin’ up for you . Until then Happy Monday!
Marilyn Marionette’s life is not much different from the woman who inspired her look. She gets pulled in so many different directions as if someone else is in control of her life…sigh
First day of Sept! Which means we’re only ten days away from my birthday. Yes. Exciting times. Honestly though it feels like I just celebrated my last birthday…where does the time go…ah well..here’s to hoping for an amazing new year to come!
This little vamp was actually inspired by a dear friend who’d been requesting this little girl for quite a while now. And what an appropriate time to finish it with Halloween right around the corner! Hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Check out the new video on how I vectorized our little friend! Every chance I get to work with vectors I try to make a point to remember (but I usually forget) to document the process since its always so much fun to watch it all come together…kinda sucks that you tube automatically disables my audio though…seriously annoying. I had to upload this things twice to get some type of audio in there.
Growing up watchingBob RossI was always fascinated with the creative process. There’s something oddly tranquil about watching something unfold right before your very eyes…although I can usually finish a painting in less than one day, this one actually took me a lot longer to finish because I was little miss mopey head for three weeks…but whatever! Its finally done! This is the first of a few videos so I’m hoping the quality and production should get better once I get use to this new software. But in the mean time…Enjoy!
The video linked was suppose to be a lot longer and had included the coloring and pattern design of the doll but the file got corrupted sorry kids. I forgot where I got that instrumental so I don’t know who to give the proper credit to..but whoever you are…you rock.
What does a cat, a cow, and a table setting have in common?Absolutely nothing. But combine them together and you got yer self a funny little rhyme and a kick ass addition to any nursery room.
This 5.5×5.5″ three piece wall art set was inspired by one of my all time favorite rhymes of randomness “Hey Diddle Diddle“.
Fun fun stuff. I wanted to keep this a 3 piece so I left out a line from the rhyme. Besides that line about the little dog laughing sounded a little too far fetched for me (oh if only sarcasm transferred well when reading.)Put them in any order you want. One of the best part about this rhyme is that it doesn’t make any sense so order doesn’t exist.
Currently working on a few sketches for Highlights (yay!) for a poem very much similar to a project I did during my sophmore year of undergrad called “Thumbprint” by Eve Merriam. My approach to illustrating “Thumbprint” were silhouettes of children on a large hand each representing a different finger print…this current assignment for the magazine oddly calls for the same type of approach as suggested by the art director. Weird!Who says you can’t really apply things you’ve learned in school to real life…who!? …me.
Well I use too.
Thumbprint by Eve Merriam (1916-1992)
On the pad of my thumb
are whorls. whirls, wheels
in a unique design:
What a treasure to own!My own flesh, my own feelings.
No other, how ever grand or base,
can ever contain the same.
thumbing the pages of my time.
My universe key,
Impress, implant,I am my self
of all my atom parts I am the sum.
And out of my blood and my brain
I make my own sun and rain.
Imprint my mark upon the world
what ever I shall become.
“I wish I were pretty too…” – Coco the Caterpillar “Don’t we all.” -Slimey
The weather in New York these days has been quite moody (like me …hehe…no seriously)…But sooner or later, there’s a gonna be plenty of days where I get to find one of these stuck in my hair, sliming around our backyard, and fluttering in my room (if I’m lucky!)..I’m hoping to see more flutter than anything else though..
Quick one for the week. No video for this one but I wish I had! The tree and texture adds were a lot of fun to do. Boo… Maybe next week.
I found a CD full old works, unfinished stories and forgotten pictures unintentionally shoved in the back of my memory bank and a box full archives. Every time-capsule like folder filled with unorganized chaos made me smile. I found so many awesome things
plenty of my old sketches and scanned paintings…
a picture of the signed poster I got from an old friend.
I even found a couple of old sonnets I wrote for a writing class …
Giant Birds and the Trees, that’s where baby mangoes come from.
Had the pleasure of working on a quite special and personalized illustration for the past couple of weeks. So much fun working on this! Trees are one of my favorite subjects to draw even though I rarely get to draw’em. With the clients very impressive art direction we were able to take two previous roughs and basically mesh their attributes together to create our super awesome tree final. I don’t know where my head was during the coloring phase of this illo but this would’ve made for an awesome video. Ah well.Next time.
Ahh yes! My ideal breakfast on a typical Saturday morning. But nowadays, this type of meal would only be served on special occasions (especially after a very heavy night of drinking) since it’s not exactly the healthiest of combos to start off with. (Yes in our household canned and processed meat deserves a special occasion) But gosh darnit, there’s nothing like waking up to the smell of rice, spam, and eggs (and hot sauce) in the morning!
He’s crying because he’s a meat grinder and he doesn’t want meat coming out of his nose anymore…his BFF Doug is a parasite. I’m assuming its from one of the meats..that’s disgusting..I swear I didn’t mean to draw that combo together…
I decided to switch from mouse to tablet yesterday…and now I feel dumb…why the hell why was I using my mouse in the first place when I have a freakin tablet!?…It just cut my coloring time by half…kudos to super productive days.
..no thanks to my assistant who scratched the side of my mouth today…must complain to HR about this, she’s gettin way too lazy.
Flipping through my old sketchbook today made me smile. Sketches to me are like a time machine. Within every line, curve and shading it takes me right back to where I’d drawn it. It reminds me of the smallest detail of that particular day I drew something, from the type of pencil I used right down to how the weather was or the silly things that were occupying my mind at the time.
Old sketches for me are like getting a whiff of an old familiar scent. The kind that bum rushes you in some idle afternoon and fills you up with all sorts of memories that your mind has attached the smell to.
Amazing. I think if I ever lost my memory these old sketches would help bring it all back..
OK no more procrastinating. I have so much to do today.
What is it with boys and fast toys? You can’t comb its hair, you can’t put dolls in it…it just goes round and round and you dont even get to ride it..well you can, but it probably wont run any more. Much like the time daddy got me a flying toy airplane when I was 4. I thought it if I sat on it, it would fly me to my dad who was out of the country at the time…I sat on it….it flew no more…sigh.
Subtle juxtapositions always makes me smile. I wanted to post up this little guy since I probably won’t be able to finish him on time for MA’s deadline. Booness. Sorry kid. Ill get back to you as soon as I can.
Being on a really tight budget totally sucks doesn’t it? Even more so when you’re in the business of self-promoting. Since I realized I can’t afford to pay for new prints every time I need to send out mailers, I decided to have a go at making them myself. Which was quite a daring move for someone who if asked to cut a straight line it’ll end up looking like a map of Lombard St. in San Francisco.
My office is pretty stocked up with all types of paper and last year I bought an Epson Workforce 500, which is a good printer but really drinks up its ink pretty fast…I’m sure there are plenty of better printers out there.
I actually had a lot of fun doing this. I started off printing my fishy monster on a 6×9 envelope and with that I also printed out some stickers shaped like cloudy bubbles with mailing addresses on them. I made them stickers incase I decided not to send it to the company I wouldn’t feel bad about wasting an envelope. Can’t waste paper!
After the envelope and mailing sticker labels I had to plan out an execution for the actual samples and since I’m making them myself I decided to have a little bit of fun with this:
Step 1: Marinating The Meat
I chose some work to print on an 8.5×11 card stock front and back, this would be my main sample so I made sure to include my information in every nook and cranny (tastefully of course…)
Step 2: Cooking The Meat
I folded the sample set four ways so that it would have a front, interiors, and a back. Yes like a card.
Step 3: Creating the Meat Tray
On an 8.5×11 card stock again, I printed out the little case in which I would place my samples in, I also used it to print out my letter of introduction. I then cut the paper in half – 5.5×8.5 – so that I can
Since I’m almost done with my Love Es Strange Critters (12 in all), I decided I try to make my own critter doll yesterday…
I’ve always been a GO FOR IT kinda girl when it comes to trying new things. But when it comes to planning and strategizing on how I was actually going to make this such doll, I didn’t really have a plan (as you can tell).
Even my cat wont go near this one!
Made from one of my many abandoned shirts laying on our attic floor and some freaky ass buttons my mom likes to save (for what? I dont know maybe she hopes that 1910’s fashion would be back in style soon.)
Yayers. The Love Es Strange critters is finally complete! 12 Sets of critties! One for every month of the year! If you collect them all you can tell your special weird one how Love Es Strange with a different set of critters every month.