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Good grief, is it Monday already? O.o

quote of the week...

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.” —Albert Einstein (1875-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher


current projects...

Well, mostly I'm working on preparations for the convention. I need to print samples of my most recent works and find a place to stuff them in my portfolio (seriously considering buying one of those expandable Itoyas, or just sucking it up and moving down to a smaller binder that I can add to), and my mind is going in a dozen different directions.

It is time, ladies and gentlemen, for lists. LOTS of lists. I keep a couple of sheets of paper next to my computer, and they're slowly filling up with notes of things I want to bring to Pittsburgh, ideas for my panel, things I need to do... yeaaah. :)

A huge huge thank you to everyone that suggested topics for me to cover! I'm thinking I'll have everyone write down the questions they want to ask, give a brief presentation, answer the written questions that haven't been covered/Q&A, then a demonstration of what the medium can do. I feel a little weird about the last item, as I don't think my own artwork is a terribly good representation, and I left it a little late to go around asking the artists I admire if I can show pieces of their work as examples. Not sure how I'm going to handle that. It would probably help if I had.. you know.. ever attended panels, but... I seem to have a habit of leaping into the deep end without learning to swim first. ;)



Detail shot of current painting



I am really excited about this painting, as it's really pushed me past my comfort zones and forced me to do a lot of artistic stretching. I also realized after my last painting that I have a bad habit of calling things done before I should, so I've taken a bit more time with this one to make sure I'm not rushing and that I'm giving it my all.

I have a few more details to finalize, I did some color tests this morning digitally to see what direction I wanted to go, but I should finish it today.


This week's agenda is... starting a new painting this afternoon or tomorrow, sending out some customer related emails, and getting my marketing materials together for the convention next week (YIKES!). Somewhere in there, I want to do some housework, since we have a house guest arriving next Tuesday to come Pittsburgh with us.



future plans...

The paintings from FCN have done a real number on my brushes, so I am probably going to be looking at replacing them after AC. In order to finance that, I will be doing a free icon day after the convention, as soon as I have more details, I will let you all know. :)

Also, I am planning on starting to write again. I have no desire to maintain a separate blog, and the stories will be set in existing gaming universes (which makes them technically fan fiction, but it's my intent that people unfamiliar with the universe can enjoy them). In order to save people's reading lists, I'm thinking I will make them available on an opt-in basis. More details on this later.



happenings elsewhere...

Returning to providing links to interesting reading elsewhere on the web! Today is the webcomics/online graphic novels edition.

Paradigm Shift - I resisted reading this for ages. [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky kept raving about how great it was, and I just... didn't want to pick up another online reading source. I finally did, however, and I must say I'm really enjoying it. It's a Manga, which is not usually my cuppa, but the realism in the backgrounds really drew me in (it helps that it's set in Chicago, my adopted hometown). It has the flavor of Gunsmith Cats, one of my favorite anime series, and I'm really enjoying it. If you like supernatural cop stories? Check it out!

I think you're Saucesome - A daily webcomic from Chicago resident Sarah Becan, this one speaks to me where I live, so to speak. One morning the artist woke up and decided she wanted to do something about not only her weight, but her perceptions of her body. She works through a lot of issues women face about beauty and self-love (not THAT kind of self-love, c'mon guys!), and she documents everything she eats that day in cartoon form. This has been a motivator for me; I've been writing down everything I eat, and while I'm not about to divulge it to you guys (ohh, so many tortilla chips. The shame!), it does help me get a more accurate reading of what I'm doing. Many many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus for pointing this comic out to me, and continuing to mention it til I visited. :)




And that concludes this week's update! I am hoping to start posting more often, but.. we'll see. :) Hope everyone has a great week!
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Wow. I have a con next month. Eep. :)

I haven't scheduled anything to go into the art show, although I would like to complete one more bookmark design. I found a lead on a place that will print and cut my bookmarks for me inexpensively, leading to a better/cheaper product for the end user. Hopefully their quality meets their advertising.

I'm going to order a new set of business cards as well, but I'm thinking it's going to be a short stack, as I want to coordinate them with the final design of cheekitty.com. I have a couple of new magnet designs I want to make as well, so I'll be busy over the next couple of weeks, figuring out what pieces I want to turn into merchandise. Have a favorite painting you'd love to get on a magnet or mug or something different? Tell me about it! I have reproduction rights to everything posted online right now.

In other news, since I got the new phone, I now have the ability to take photos of works in progress, such as this painting for Tigerwolf:




Click for larger version



The lighting is really atrocious, and I need to learn to photograph art better, but it does give you an idea of what I'm up to! The story behind the piece is the two friends are wandering in the woods, and the Tiger isn't paying attention, and.... gets stuck. His buddy climbs up on the rock and tosses him a rope, and he, without thinking, throws it back. The speech bubble says, 'You're supposed to hold on to it, not throw it back!'

I thought it was a cute story, and I'm really pleased with how it's coming out. The grass in particular has some really nice textures going, and I'm about ready to start delving deeper into the textures on the rocks. It's been a fun painting!

At any rate, I just have tomorrow left to get through, then it's a weekend. Yaaay weekend! Have a great evening folks!
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When you awake to hear your spouse exclaiming, "Oh dear LORD!".... you know it's going to be one of Those Days.

[livejournal.com profile] roho has had early workdays all week, and usually I drowse until he's ready to head out the door, then I get up and wander downstairs to collect my kisses and see him off. This morning... hoy. The dog was apparently not feeling well, so she did what dogs do and ate grass. A lot of grass. Which she then proceeded to vomit up all over the main floor of the house, and upstairs outside the guest bedroom.

So we cleaned dog vomitus this morning. She's fine, she's currently begging for her breakfast. Anyway, it's been a busy busy week! Classes are going well (I'm still rockin' along), I'm slowly learning CSS, and hoping to start learning how to do web design for Drupal.

Art-wise, I'm doing excellent. I've finished two paintings already this month, they should be uploaded this weekend, and I'm making good progress through my queue. I'm thinking I probably will not open up for commissions again until late April, but if I find myself with leisure time, I'll work on some non-commissioned paintings. It should be fun!

Anyway, I need to go run through the shower, and the dog wants to go out (no doubt to assuage her hunger pangs with more foliage munching). How are you guys? LJ seems so quiet lately. :)
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quote of the week

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” —Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973), 36th U.S. president


art

Wewt, artwork is going well. I completed three sketches this week, and another painting. I haven't scanned one of the sketches, I'll share that next week. If you have been watching my FA/DA accounts, these are already up. For those that do not have accounts on either site (or don't want to use them for personal reasons), [livejournal.com profile] roho and I are working on getting my website gallery back up and running.

(The image with the thicker border has nudity and as such may not be appropriate for work viewing. If your journal style does not show the borders, it is the image on the right.)





current projects

I still have 4 3 commissions to wrap up from MFF, and 3 others that were non-convention related to finish! Making progress! The current painting will go quite smoothly, once I can get the background done, but that's proving trickier than I expected. I am finding pleasure in the knowledge that these commissions are definitely stretching my comfort zones. My next convention appearance is FCN in early April, and I think I might limit my commission offerings at-con to badges and sketchbooks. I reaaaally need to get caught up. O.o

School is going to be insane this semester. Tuesdays are a wash for accomplishing anything but being at class - I'm on campus for 14 hours. I have a 2-3 page paper (rough draft, really) due tomorrow, with the final version due on Thursday.. Environmental Biology is looking very interesting, too. I'll be really really glad when the semester's over.


links

Flying? Find the best seats! -- I found this while reading an article on Consumerist about the problems overweight people encounter while flying. (I ran into non-moveable armrest problem myself while flying home from Boston) At any rate, I fly fairly regularly, and I know a lot of non-beanpole/long-legged friends do as well. So I hope this is helpful!

Tax Updates for 2009 -- Aimed primarily at visual artists, this had information for everyone! If you are a student, PLEASE READ! The Hope Credit has been updated! (If you don't know what the Hope Credit is, and you're paying for your own education, DEFINITELY read!)


Anyhoo. I need to go write my paper, as alas, it will not write itself. Hope everyone has a great week!
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Well, I'm changing things around to a weekly post, and I will endeavor to post during the week as time allows. It's been a really busy few weeks, and school starts tomorrow (eep!). So... while I'm pretty sure I'll have time to post once per week, I know I'm not going to be able to manage something daily. :(

quote of the week

“One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(1900-1944), aviator, writer


art

I finished my first painting of 2010 last week, but I do not yet have permission to post it. It's a surprise for the commissioner's friend, and he wants to be the first to show it to her. BUT... I do have concept art to share. Quite a few people have been writing as a motivation excercise to... well, keep them writing ([livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar and [livejournal.com profile] minor_architect are excellent) and, much as I hate jumping on bandwagons, I thought maybe they were on to something. Soo, I decided to start visiting the campus gym, because it's free, and writing down little drabbles of story.

As part of that, I have some concept drawings of the characters, trying to figure out who is who and what it is that makes them special. World building is tremendous fun, even if I don't go anywhere with this.




current projects

I still have 4 commissions to wrap up from MFF, and 3 others that were non-convention related to finish. I am hoping to do one personal painting per month this year, aside from commission work. I'm not sure how well that goal will work, but.. it's a target to shoot for.

I still want to do a post about my accomplishments from 2009- I keep putting it off because it's tedious to make a lot of thumbnails, and I just haven't wanted to take the time. I promise I'll try to get that written up some time this week.

I have other projects I'm mulling, but for this week, I want to finish the painting I'm currently working on, do at least one more concept sketch done (Morag needs a love interest! Or maybe images of why she chose to be a Guardian! Hmm!), and... see where things stand from there.


links

What if William Shakespeare wrote The Big Lebowski? - I really think the title says it all. Enjoy! (Posted specifically for [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] feren, and [livejournal.com profile] yotogi!)

Identify your foot type before choosing athletic shoes - With many of us making vows to get off the couch and onto our feet, proper footwear choices can mean the difference between a healthier fitter you, and foot pain causing you to abandon your exercise program after a week. I personally tend to just buy whatever's cheap and on sale, but I've noticed when I actually take the time to find a shoe that fits comfortably, walking is much more pleasant.

Quick note- I switched to Chrome for my browser, and that eradicated all the notes I had on my bookmarks indicating where I found links or who gave them to me. So if I feature something, and you know you gave it to me and would like to be credited, please let me know!
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Quote of the Day:

"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us." --- Anne Lamott (b 1954); author, political activist


News...

This week has left me feeling fried and tapped out, and I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because our weekends have been so jam packed with activity lately? I only know that I am exhausted, [livejournal.com profile] roho is exhausted, and both of us could benefit from a couple days spent doing nothing more stressful than deciding what movie to watch.

I've been working on getting more exercise this week; yesterday was the first day I missed walking (because it started to rain rather hard right as we were getting ready to go). I've been walking approximately two miles in the mornings before class, then another two in the evenings after Roho gets home. It's left me feeling tired, but at at least it's the -good- kind of tired, right?


I'm still stalled out on painting. I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's place tomorrow to watch the Amazing Race premiere, I will probably bring paints and supplies with me, try and get something artistic done. I've also considered hooking up my tablet again and doing some digital sketches, see if I can shake things loose. I was making great progress over the summer, then once the school semester started... well. yeah.


Art...

I actually have some new artists to feature!

The art of Heather Meuser - I just discovered this artist recently, when [livejournal.com profile] vantid mentioned her on FA. Her work is gorgeous! I always admire the hyperrealistic artists (and feel a little sad when I see that they're younger than me). I realize now I'll never be 'that good', and I'm slowly coming to grips with that. Instead, I can enjoy their lovely works. :)










Etuix - I've watched her artwork for a few years now, and really like her whimsical style. Predominantly an anthro artist, as you can see with the Okami image, she does beautiful work with non-anthros as well.









I have no links to elsewhere today, I haven't had a lot of time to do much web browsing. And I do apologize that the art links are anthro-centric. DA is the only 'fantasy/general art' site I go to terribly often, and many artists only update on THEIR websites, which makes it difficult to find new artists unless you are searching for key words.

Who are some of your favorite artists? The people that inspire you, that you want on your walls? What do you like about them? Suggest things to me!


---


I've picked up some new readers, and I'd like to welcome you all! I will be updating my profile page soon (haha, no really), but I'd like to encourage comments! Open up a dialog! If you'd like me to watch your journal, that's the fastest way to catch my attention. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! I am off to do homework, then maybe go do something outdoors. :)

-Lydia


(edit: apologies for weird spacing. LJ is being aggravating with the layout. :P)
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Quote of the Day:

"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." --- Mitch Albom (b. 1958); author, screenwriter, musician


Daily News:

I want to apologize for my lack of updates lately. School and so forth has been really nuts, and when energy is at such a low ebb... the internet updates suffer. :)

We spent last weekend in Boston visiting [livejournal.com profile] roho's sister and new baby niece. The baby is disgustingly adorable, she had both of us wrapped around her pudgy little fingers within moments of arriving. She's going to grow up to be a beauty- both of her parents are attractive people, and she has Roho's beautiful dimples.

Before we left, I was crunching to get all my homework completed. Now that we're home, I'm re-entering the grind, but since we don't have a whole lot going on this weekend, I have more time for internet activities.

I haven't worked on artwork lately, and I'm feeling that lack. I really need to finish my two large commissions, and to do that, I think I'm going to need to start adhering to a schedule. Otherwise, my time gets away from me, and I get nothing done.

I think I have enough finished work to show as samples for FurFright, and I'm definitely thinking I'm only going to accept badges and other quickwork at the convention. So if you'd like to pre-order for delivery next month, please let me know!

I had some other thoughts I wanted to share, and.. I seem to have forgotten them. Maybe they'll come back to me later.

Nifty Things...

Twisted Princess - Artist Jeffrey Thomas put a new twist on Disney Princesses, and while some of them are really creepy, the effect is really neat. The artist included some descriptions of what he wanted to do on his DA page. (Don't look if you find distortion of childhood icons disturbing) -- Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nyuni

Roza and the Horse Prince -- A web comic from Kelly Hamilton, I love her expressive faces and storytelling style.


Enjoy, and hopefully soon, I will have my own work to share!

If you're just joining me, welcome! Draw up a chair, have a cup of tea, and enjoy the morning!
enveri: (mardi gras beads)
Quote of the Day:

"Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." --- Frederick Buechner


Art News:

I got diddly and squat done this weekend, which in a way, was nice. I spent some time with [livejournal.com profile] roho, and went with [livejournal.com profile] takaza and [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky to their shiny new home to do a critical-eyed walkthrough, and measure for paint, drapes and the like. We watched a storm front roll in with alarming speed, with a particular eye for the black trailing clouds. I have never actually -seen- a tornado forming; I've always been huddling in a closet when I knew one was nearby.

... anyway, all of this is an excuse to why I didn't get arts done. (and no. No tornados.) :D

Current Projects:

This morning, laundry. This afternoon, painting, and some sketching. I need to figure out what I'm doing for tonight's dinner, thinking maybe pasta with fresh bread.

I also need to work on some MFF stuff, and check with the school to make sure I'm all set for tuition payments this fall.

Nifty things:

History of Artist's Paint - [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar gave me this link several months ago, and since we don't have identical readerships, I thought I'd repost. It's fascinating if you're at all interested in art or history (or both!).

Abdomination: How to draw beef - INVALUABLE resource detailing how abdominal muscles work with illustrations on how they look under skin. I will be using this any time I need to draw a male from here on out. The artist did a second tutorial that's more general, and just as good.


Have a great day!

-Lydia
enveri: (mucha)
So! I have a question for those reading here that do comic work. Do you do it all on one large sheet, or do you do more normal-sized drawings for each panel and stitch them together using photoshop or equivalent?

I have a short little thing I'm trying to put together, but doing it on an 11x14 page is proving... difficult. I have trouble drawing that small. So I thought I'd ask!
enveri: (vigil)
Quote of the Day:

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship." - Amelia Earhart


Art News:

Whew! New art is up, including some older stuff that never got posted to my FA account. I just counted, I've completed 5 paintings in July, a new record for me. I have a couple of large paintings on my horizon, hopefully I can keep squeezing smaller ones out. I'm loving this productivity, and I'll be honest. It's the feedback of all of you that keep me going. I love hearing that 'oooh, so pretty!', so I crank out another one. Thank you for everyone that looks, and thank you for everyone that comments!

Also, with all the posts recently about art sales, and tips about self-marketing, there's a magazine article I want to post that I found very useful. But it's long enough (and I have to type it up) that I will make it a separate post.


Current Projects:

I have to mail out "Lazy Afternoon" to her new home today, and I'm gathering references for one of the other smaller commissions. I have a vague idea of what I want to do, I just need to sit down and start sketching it out.

We leave for vacation today, which has me excited. I can't post details about what we're doing or where we're going -- yet -- because it's a surprise for [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. It's going to be a lot of fun! We won't have internet access, so I won't post again until Tuesday, but I daresay I'll have lots of things to share when we get back.


Nifty things:
Ithaca Fine Chocolates are doing something I think is all sorts of awesome. From their own words, "Ithaca Fine Chocolates aims to support art education programs and promote practicing visual artists working in non-functional media. Artworks featured in Art Bars are chosen annually by a panel of artists, art historians, and museum professionals." If you're an artist that's looking for a bit of exposure (and something neat to put on your resumé!), check out the inquiring artist page. (Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar)

Jill and Kevin's Big Day video - This is a video of someone's wedding processional, and I would normally not be interested in watching this (because honestly...when you don't know someone, why watch their wedding?), but... I think weddings have become so wrapped up in the hype and the tulle and we've all forgotten that at its core, it's the celebration of two lives joining together. This couple did something that was memorable, special, and in my opinion, very cool.

Have a great day everyone!
enveri: (optimism)
Quote of the Day:

"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find you have more of it." -Ralph Marston



Art News:

New artwork from Anthrocon has been posted on my FA gallery, along with some older sketches that have been revamped.

Until cheekitty's remodel is complete, my new art will be posted there, check it out!



Current Projects:

Art: I'm keeping busy, currently sitting at 4 badges and 3 full sized commissions. I'll be taking my supplies with me on vacation (we leave tomorrow), so hopefully I can start chewing through that workload.

I'm working on a few things interspersed with the commissions for the MFF Art Show. This will be the first time in 4 years I've had work in an art show, and I'm both excited and feeling some trepidation. Hopefully the stuff I bring will be well received, and go to good homes.

I got permission to post the latest completed commission online as of last night, so I shall try to get that up before we leave tomorrow.

Health: My health is an ongoing project, and I suspect I will be more successful if I take a page from [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar and turn exercise into something fun. Check out her Spots the Space Marine project!

[livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar has also been doing a rather interesting series on mental hygeine which I found both insightful and eye opening. My own experience has shown that my mental self is in dire need of some care, and as always, I found her remarks useful in helping me to organize my own thoughts. Thanks Micah!



Nifty things:

A walk through Gwangju, Korea - Our dear friend Nemet is in South Korea teaching English, and shared some of the views he saw on his walk this morning. I especially enjoyed the whimsical bridgeworks and lovely water features.

The Clouded Leopard Project - SEATAC leopards have a unique (if gross) way to keep cool this summer, thanks to creative keepers. I love the photo of the cub. :D
enveri: (cupcakes)
Commissions now open!

Full Commission [example]

1.


Badges [example 1, example 2]

(If you do not want a badge for convention wearing, but would like a piece of 4x5 original artwork, I can do livejournal icons just as easily, or another size. Email me or comment below, and we can work something out!)

1. Steelhelix
2.
3.
4.
5.

Per request, more samples! B&W Example 1, ink example 2, graphite example, etc.

Full sized commission starts at $30 for a single character, ranges depending on detail.

Badges begin at $20, and can be completed in time for FC or FWA or the convention of choice.

I'll open more slots as these are completed.

DONE!

Dec. 16th, 2008 10:44 pm
enveri: (holiday pine cone)
As of 9:30 this evening, I am officially done with my first semester of college. I should get my grades sometime after Christmas. I already know what I got in two classes, just completed the finals for the other two. PHEW. I am -tired-!

I'm opening up commissions now that the semester is over, details in a separate post. And now, drunky time!
enveri: (holiday pine cone)
If you would like to pick up some truly stunning horse artwork for.... unreasonably cheap prices, Fire-N-Ash is selling originals for $35 and under (I swear, she's missing some decimals).

If you want to get me a gift, Cajun Spice totally wants to be in my stocking. :)
enveri: (vigil)
The good news is, my folks are all fine. I talked to my dad last night right as they were getting the edges of the storm, and the location they're in would probably still be standing after armageddon. My brother and his daughter are also fine- I haven't gotten any gory details about the goings on in New Orleans yet, but I'm sure that'll start trickling in shortly as soon as the phone lines are workable again.

School is going well, some of the things I was concerned about don't bother me, and other things I thought I'd have no problems with... do.

I was worried that being back in a scholastic environment would feel strange or weird, mostly because I'm so much older than the average student there. That... doesn't faze me. I guess since my last employer was ginormous and hired a lot of younger people, I feel pretty comfortable being around all age groups. The things that -do- bother me... I feel a little overwhelmed with some of the coursework and classes. I'm taking French, English Comp, Western Civ I, and Drawing I, and... yikes. I guess I should have realized that I AM taking a full course load, but I think it's one of those things that you don't fully appreciate the impact of until it whams you in the head.

I am going to get photos of my drawing homework to post tomorrow, as it's a bit big for my little scanner. If folks are interested, I may post some of the English Comp essay.

Back to the grind I go...!

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