Happy spring! It's finally warming up a bit here after what seemed like months of endless, miserable snow and ice! Birds are finally out and seeds are being prepared for our flower and veggie gardens. Sad we aren't doing much traveling this spring and summer, but looking forward to being home and really working on our gardens when not working. Lots going on this month and not a whole lot of time to do much posting, so here's a quick run-down of what's to come before I bury myself in paintings! A few art shows and releases, first up is:
The release of the Magic of Mary Blair collection by Pinup Couture at the Pinup Girl boutique in Burbank, CA on April 25th (info to the left). Excited to have my new Alice fabrics/dress/skirts released at this big event along with 5 brand new Alice inspired fine art prints (peek at the new Queen of Hearts art print, above!) and a limited amount of handmade Jewelry to match the collection! A few of these items will be available in my online shops after the release for those of you who won't be able to attend (Prints will be available here and Jewelry items will be available here!).
I'll also have three new paintings in a show over at Bear and Bird Gallery, for their Studio Ghibli inspired show! Show opens May 8th and runs through July 4th, opening reception from 7-10pm. Wish I could be at the event to see all the beautiful work they're featuring! Please stop by if you're in the area (and take lots of pictures, ;) Below is a peek at one of three paintings I've sent over to the gallery, couldn't resist painting a little Jiji!
A few special projects are in the go as well as working on the Chimi books over the coming months, so I might not be posting very frequently. Next show will be Boston Comic Con over the summer. Unfortunately, I'm not able to take on commissions due to my work load, however, I will be bringing a bunch of smaller sized paintings, some cover paintings and new prints to the show. Looking forward to seeing our friends there and sneaking out of the house for a few days!
Posted on 3 April 2015
The news is out! I'm so crazy excited to be working with Eric Powell on the new Chimichanga series for Dark Horse Comics. It's pretty much the most fun I've had in a long time on a book and I couldn't be happier about this collab! The book was announced at ECCC this past weekend, you can peek at a few pages and read the interview over at comicbookresources.com. If you aren't familiar with the series, please check out the original book, it's packed full of fun circus sideshow-monster-y goodness for all ages. I absolutely loved the book when it hit shelves a few years ago, so it's been a real treat to be involved with the new series.
Back to work! :)
Posted on 31 March 2015
Posted on 23 February 2015
Pin Up Girl Clothing! This year is bringing all kinds of awesomeness and I'm honored to contribute some original designs for their lovely dresses and skirts again-first up is the Spring 2015 line. It's been a real treat to be working on fabrics, and at this point I can honestly say I'm truly in love with it and the process. A big thank you to PUG for having me on board again!
The two designs I've worked up were inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and will be part of the Fairy Tale Fantasy Collection. Alice and her adventures were pretty key in helping form my imagination as a little girl, they combined a sort of sugary sweetness, odd characters and some rather creepy bits that really resonated with me. With there being so many different characters and possible ways to take it, I decided to break it down into two parts for the patterns. After a lot of drawing and trouble shooting designs, The Wonderland Print and Queen of Hearts print is the result. The Wonderland is an all over print combining various elements from the Mad Tea Party, as well as the Caterpillar, Cheshire cat and little Alice (not to mention "eat me" cakes, "drink me" bottles, keys. squiggles...lots of drawing for this print, that's for sure!). This prints will be featured on the Doris Skirt and Ella Dress, below.
Lydia Dress (Up above, at the top!) and Jenny Skirt, below.
Posted on 23 February 2015
Happy New Year! A little late, I know. The holidays went way too fast last month, but it was a nice break to eat lots of sweets and catch up on some sleep! :)
Pretty much started this year by hitting the ground running and trying to manage a sort of balancing act between covers+unannounced projects+new fabric patterns+personal projects. I can't talk about or share much of anything related to the work I've been doing other then the cover previews-but here's a very tiny peak of what's to come...
First up, I'm really excited to continue work with Pinup Girl clothing on some new prints for 2015! While I can't give much away, I can post this little teaser image of a design element I painted for one of the new patterns...
Working on patterns and novelty prints this past year has been not only an amazing learning experience for me personally, but it's really helped me develop a new way of approaching image making for use other then published work on paper. Coming up with pattern idea lists (compulsive list maker *cough*cough*) and image/color families in my sketchbooks, painting color swatches and doing research on fabrics has really opened up a new way of thinking for me. I can honestly say I'm pretty much in love with the process, zoning out with making patterns has helped me get to my happy place, that's for sure!
On a personal note, I've been working on something that I'll be self publishing later this year, a first for me. The idea of self publishing something has been kind of swimming around in my brain for awhile, but I just wasn't really hip on the idea of self publishing a sketch book or art book yet. Publishing something digitally is wonderful, and works for some folks-for me, I need something tangible to be happy. After some thought, I decided to move forward with painting and self publishing a deck of cards. Something very personal to me, tangible and interactive.
A few years ago, I started painting a Tarot deck for myself, a huge undertaking! I decided to put it on the back burner-it became very labor intensive and I felt it was something that needed way more of my attention then just a few nights a week. After considering diving back into my Tarot project this year and self publishing it-I decided to take another route for now and work on a different type of oracle card deck, the Lenormand. Tarot and Lenormand cards are very different-however, both decks can be used together with an understanding of both card systems (I personally don't advise anyone to do this without a knowledge of both first. Stick to one system before jumping around-it can become very overwhelming and confusing for beginners). The Lenormand consists of 36 cards, the Tarot, 78. Spreads for the Lenormand are different from Tarot, as is the way they're read (I'll post more about the Lenormand system, history of the deck, how I approach the deck and read as my deck gets finished). I feel the Lenormand is a wonderful deck for both beginners and experienced card readers-it's great fun and something everyone can enjoy! If the deck I create is well received, I'll be jumping into a Tarot deck next year. The goal is to have this deck out by the late summer/early fall of 2015, so I'll be posting little updates and snippets on here as I go. So far, I'm knee deep in sketches and can't wait to get started with the painting stage. Above is a peek at one of my favorite cards so far, number 33(8 of Diamonds), The Key.
Back to work for me, wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2015! xo
Posted on 14 January 2015