The past few months, have been going through an ongoing creative block. There have been times that were hard for me to produce anything, if anything. I had blank canvases piling up. I was afraid to finish paintings in fear I wouldn’t like them. I was afraid to finish paintings in fear that I would ‘waste’ the canvases I painted on. This led me to doing something drastic.
11 days until Retrogamecon. The countdown continues..
I wanted to show you some buttons that I ordered from Wacky Buttons.
They were extremely fast with their shipping and proofs. Once I accepted the proofs, it only took 2 days to deliver using their slowest shipping speed. I’ll definitely be ordering from them again.
I’ll be producing a series of artist alley preparation videos on how I plan my merchandise to sell. Here is the first video where I cover thumbnailing, sketching, and plans for packaging.
Until next time!
As an illustrator, I’ve been stuck in a rut for a while. My full time job had been taking a lot out of me, and I didn’t have much of a chance to get out. But when I did go out, I felt refreshed, renewed, and I’d kick myself in the butt on why I didn’t get out to begin with.
Thus, my recent escapades.
I’ve been taking commissions and turning my client’s ideas into reality for about 8 years, and I’ve learned a lot. Last week I talked about my biggest mistake when taking art commissions. But with that experience, these 5 things are what I learned to be a better illustrator and a better business owner.
Happy New Year!
Finally! I wanted to create an offical post of my eBook’s release! My painting process showcases what goes on behind the scenes to make client’s idea become a reality.
This is an exclusive 18 page ebook on what goes on in my head and on my screen while I create my digital illustrations.
If you’re curious how I even start with my pieces, then this is the ebook for you! This free ebook is only for my email list subscribers to PrettyKitty Periodicals! As soon as you opt in, you’ll have a shiny new ebook sent straight to your email! Well? What are you waiting for?
Hey all! Merry Christmahanukkwanzakkah! And to my Japanese friends メリークリスマス!!! I’m relaxing with the family but still doing what I love most, drawing. I have some awesome plans for the upcoming new year, so please stay tuned!
I’m sure kids have already opened their gifts already, but our family likes to open them late. For me, I’m totally cool with it! I love maintaining the surprise!
Like, I freaking love surprises.
I have a gift for you as well though! I have an eBook going through my painting process! If you’ve ever wanted to know how I work from blank to finished, this gift is for you!
But most of all, relax, drink some drinks, enjoy your day and have a wonderful holiday!
Holy crap, I went through hell and back trying to set this up.
But it’s done, and I DID IT! And my banner is nice and tall and… a little dark..
Ah well, I’m not too worried about it. Let’s just hope the lighting on the con floor will be much brighter than my ten year old living room light! And let me tell you, this photo does not do it justice.
Here it is, in all it’s glory~
Not bad for a first time banner design. I can’t wait to switch it up in the coming years~
While many a-Black Friday deals are still happening (and some coming to a close), I’d love to throw out that Small Business Saturday is definitely a thing! Showing support to the local businesses in your area can always circulate funds back in your economy! Also, you can find some hidden gems of a service or business you’ve never heard of.
There’s this small business night market that’s happening downtown in my city tonight, and I’m excited to go and meet people! It’s a super cute and classy event with tickets being 6 bucks. I’m definitely heading over there! I… also have a tendency to chat it up with vendors wherever I go. Be it convention or craft show. Hey now! I need my social interaction. (Illustration’s a lonely job)
With that being said, since… I am a small business, I’m also going to shamelessly plug my commissions being open and I would love to create something beautiful for you. By the way, I’ve been having a lot of fun creating banners with my work. Such as the one below. (It’s clickable!)
If you’re interested, please do not hesitate to contact me! I don’t bite~ And if you’d like to share this post, please do so!
Please enjoy your Saturday, and buy local! <3
When I was a kid, my mother used to tend to a garden. We had small plants like tomatoes, basil, thyme, and we incorporated those in our family meals. Now, I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but let me say this again. I’m a city girl. We didn’t have a ton of space to grow that garden, but it was ours, mom grew those plants, and they were delicious additions to dinner.
I was so inspired by mom’s apparent green thumb and I used to take dried beans in a soil filled cup, water them, read to them and warm them with light and company. It was amazing that dried beans from the grocery store could still sprout and grow. It fascinated me.
This acrylic painting resonates with me so much. The story is simply Momma rabbit teaching her youngest and eldest daughter the importance of growing your own food, knowing where it’s coming from and maintaining a sustainable and healthy earth. The eldest daughter, convinced she didn’t have a green thumb to save her life is delightfully surprised that her first crop is growing strong and healthy.
She was just like me discovering that she really can make a difference. One seed (or in my case, bean) at a time.
When it comes to finding ideas, I always find the best ones already done by someone else. You’ll hear me mutter “dammit, why didn’t I think of that?”
I always had trouble with the thought of copying. As a kid, I traced. But as I fell deeper and deeper into the vast cave of the art world the rule was an outward no-no to rip other artists off. That included tracing, referencing, copying, or being inspired by others. If the idea’s been done before then drop it. This ain’t your territory anymore, back off and find your own idea. It’s as if every original thought is precious and unique, but.. Is it? Is it really?
“Steal Like and Artist” by Austin Kleon opened my eyes on how crucial and okay it is to let other people influence your work. Now I’m not saying find a piece and claim it as yours, but letting something that inspires you make your work flourish. That’s how we get better.
If something interests you, a color palette, a pose, a composition, let that bleed into your work. Nine times out of ten if I’m working on a piece inspired by something else, it never comes out like what sparked my interest in the first place! Don’t be married to your reference though, let it take a breath of it’s own and put your own spin onto it. Allow it morph and transform into something your own. But never be afraid to be inspired. Be inspired the right way, and steal like an artist.
Is there an artist or a piece that inspires you? Share them in the comments below! I’d love to see it!