I am hosting a (very) last minute Halloween Party this weekend, because I'm insane and I don't already have enough on my plate, and I decided to surprise my friends by trying to recreate the classic 90's beverage Ecto-Cooler! I got a fancy glass drink dispenser from the store that I'm going to fill it up using a recipe I found online, and to decorate it I made my own Slimers!
I was writing up a food review over on my other blog, Sometimes Foodie, and I referenced this bag I made when I was in high school. I figured I'd link to it so that if anyone was curious they could see what it looked like, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the internet.
Maybe I never posted it? Or maybe whatever site I used in high school is no longer around, anyway... I still had it in my closet, and I have been neglecting this blog, so I figured I'd post this crafty throwback here. This way I can link to it while still posting something "new" over here. (Which is long overdue!)
Okay, I'm going to attempt to jump back into this! We're back to a doodle every night starting tonight! I swear.
Ideally I would have loved to do Inktober, but I already missed the first 10 days, so it is what it is.
Here are some doodles I did while watching Hocus Pocus with my sister tonight. I tried to play around with some different styles and levels of detail while keeping things cartoon-y. It was a lot of fun doodling again.
So I've been a really bad art blogger and this site has been neglected for too long, so here are some doodles I did while watching Hackers on Netflix. I've always loved this movie, and even though the technology seems so outdated when compared to what we have today, the art direction and styling of this film is freaking amazing.
Also, I don't know who I want to marry more, Matthew Lillard's character (Cereal Killer) or Angelina Jolie's (Acid Burn). (Okay, it's really no contest. Angelina wins.) I might even make a Hackers themed button pack for my etsy...I think that would be a lot of fun.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been a bit overwhelmed with everything that's been going on and restocking my stuff for the convention, but I'm so excited! This will be my first time ever selling at this convention, so I'm not sure how it'll go, but I'm hoping that it'll be a blast! It's held in the same convention center as Otakon, it's a bit smaller, so the layout is a bit different.
To register for the convention visit: http://baltimorecomiccon.com
This year Baltimore Comic Con takes place during the 25th, 26th, & 27th of September.
It’s a full weekend filled with panels, special guests, art and all kinds of events!
If you’re going, be sure to stop by and visit me! I’ll have all kinds of art and I’ll be cosplaying with my sister!
Annnd I'm back! I got a pack of Sharpie pens from the back to school section of Target and I really wanted to test them out, so I used an old sample paper book from work that was going to be recycled, and made a little self portrait-style doodle.
It's been really hard to get back into my old routine of doing a doodle or something every night along with my food reviews and nightly workout. I was doing so well with everything, but right before Otakon I got overwhelmed and it all just fell apart. I'm really disappointed in myself, but I'm picking up right where I left off, so let's see if I can still make it to 365 different doodles. I also want to start using my tablet again. I haven't picked that up in a while... oh well, it's nearly 4AM on a work night, so I better get to bed. Tomorrow is another day!
been making these items for years, and the last two times I sold at
Otakon, I barely sold any of it. This year, almost my entire stock is
gone! I have no idea what changed, or why jewelry was so popular this
year, but I’m not complaining. It felt really nice to have people
appreciate my work.
Since a lot of these sold, I have to make
new ones for Baltimore comic-con next month. So I might try and film a
polymer clay tutorial or something while I work. Craft videos are so
hard to shoot! I have a new-found respect for crafty YouTubers.
Spoonflower just added stretch lycra, so they’re allowing people to get free swatches!
supper excited, because this means I might be able to buy my own fabric
and make leggings! How cool would that be? Feel free to check out my shop and get yourself a FREE SWATCH of some Sailor Moon-y goodness~!
Seriously though, I
sold out of every single doughnut related item I made. Gotta restock and
get ready for Baltimore Comic Con in September, plus I’m applying to
two more local cons on Saturday that’ll take place this winter in NJ. Let’s hope I’m able to do this artist alley thing more often!
Look at these cuties! (If anyone recognizes the cosplayers, please let me know so I can give them credit.) It’s the lovely crosmyheart and trustinwhatwasfalloutboy, as Vanellope & Ralphie respectively. They are just so freaking adorable!
Since Wreck-It Ralph is a few years old, I don't see as many cosplayers as I used to. I know my Cosplay-sized pendants are expensive (and rightfully so, they take a lot of work to make), but if you're cosplaying Wreck-It Ralph and you stop by my table, I let you take photos with it for free. (It helps promote the item and I get some awesome shots like this.)
Otakon was so awesome! I got to talk to so many new and interesting people about all kinds of things, I saw amazing costumes, reconnected with two of my amazingly artistic childhood friends, and sell a lot of art.
This was one of the best Artist Alleys I've seen in years. Every artist was so amazingly talented, and the products were so diverse. Sure, everyone and their mom (including me) had something Steven Universe, but that's because Rebecca Sugar is an evil genius who makes me cry with her adorable cartoons.
I sold out of:
My TWEWY group shot (in both the 11x17 and mini sizes)
My Sailor Moon Notebooks
Cat Nip Pillows
Oops Buttons (Thank Goodness)
Everything using my Sailor Moon themed fabric from Spoonflower
Tons of my Polymer Clay Foodie Jewelry
Nightmare Before Christmas Buttons & Button Packs
Inner and Outer Senshi Button Packs
I have so much stuff to restock before Baltimore Comic-Con in September!
I know it's kind of taboo to talk about money and earnings and stuff, but I like being open and honest, so full disclosure, I made more money last year, but I still made more than enough money to make the trip well worth it. I'll be making a bunch more Otakon and Alley-related posts, and on August 1st, I'm getting back into my daily art posts and 30-day workouts. Now that Otakon's over, I need to relax a tiny bit and recuperate. Right now I'm a raspy voiced zombie and it's nearly 3AM. I gotta get my butt into bed.
Day one of Otakon is over, and so far everything is going great! I was Cooking Mama for day one, which seemed appropriate, since I also write Sometimes Foodie. Next is summer Tora Dora uniform, but with a long sleeve shirt because the alley is freaking freezing this year!
Today is also a super long day, it'll be 10AM-11PM... I'm gonna be so dead.
Oh man, there’s still so much to do before Otakon! Gahhhh!
put together this group shot print for the alley, and I’m pretty happy
with it. I want to eventually change the bottom portion and replace the
pins with a sketch of the black cat from the graffiti wall, but for now,
this’ll do just fine.
Otakon is two weeks away, time to make my work area look like a war zone and stop sleeping!
I made these awesome sailor moon stationary pads yesterday using 60# writing paper, laser prints, chipboards, and glue. They turned out so cute! I think I'll sell them at Otakon paired with a sticker sheet for $8.00 a piece. Does that sound good? I think it does. There are 25 sheets on each pad, and I only have 11 finished pads to take with me. If they sell well there I'll make more and bring them with me to the International Sailor Moon day in Philadelphia next month.
Want a glimpse at my super messy work table? Check it out under the cut.
About 10 years ago, I had these cute little cupcake characters that I used to draw all the time. I made animations for them and everything. I decided to revive them and make some stationary for Otakon. Below the cut are a few more pages, and some of my older works.
I made notebooks with my movie night poster. (But I removed all out movie going info)
I got so much done this weekend! I can finally walk and move around without feeling pain, since the NY Fancy Food convention really kicked my butt, and I put my mobility to good use by getting a ton of stuff done for Otakon. (Which is approaching so quickly!!!)
Since I'm getting a lot of my art files in order for printing anyway, I decided to start adding them to my Redbubble shop as well.
My legs are feeling a bit better today than yesterday. Getting up and down stairs is still tense and hurts a bit, but walking on level ground is way better.
I just found out that I have Friday off, so I'll be recording a few Haul videos from my NY trip and hopefully an Art-related video as well. I really like doing art themed videos and design resources, but they require a LOT more preparation than my food ones, but I'd like to post more videos here.
Trying to get back into my routine. Dear god, my legs are so stiff! I took every precaution. I wore comfy shoes, thick socks, fancy support and comfort shoe inserts, the whole nine yards. I walked...I don't even know how many miles, but thanks to my preparation I have zero blisters. Just stiff and sore muscles. I feel like all my muscles and tendons are pulled taught like rubber bands. Hopefully I'll be less stiff and more mobile soon. I still have so much to do!
This doodle is a more calm (and less frizzy and gross) version of myself on day one. I wore a dress, my camera strap, by press badge, my purse, an umbrella, and a giant bag filled with press materials and goodies. I walked all the way to and from the con carrying all this stuff, so now I have some broken capillaries and bruising on my shoulders from all the weight.
I just got back from New York and boy, are my arms tired. Seriously, I feel like my body is one giant bruise, but the show was absolutely amazing! I've been updating my tumblr and instagram accounts with some of my antics and adventures, because they are easier to update from my mobile than this blog, but full write ups are on the way!
In the meantime, here are some photo-bullet-points from my trip!
I’m working on a little button-pack for Otakon with some of my 365
art. These images aren’t final, they have a bleed to allow the images to
wrap seamlessly around the button. I’ll have to print them out and give
them a press to see if they need some tweaking before I commit. I’m really digging evil-cat-monster-thing as a button, I hope he turns out nicely.
I took a few of my 365 drawings and put them together to make a print
for Otakon. At first I was going to cut them out and make them
individual prints, but I really really like them together. Maybe I’ll
just leave them as-is.
I'm heading to NY this weekend to attend my first ever food industry event! (I’m so nervous!)
Wifi-permitting, I’ll be posting updates while I’m there, but I don’t know how great my connection will be. Keep an eye on my Instagram account for any photo updates. Since I am still playing around with my business card design, I just printed and cut these temp cards at work to get me through the weekend. They are standard size (3.5"x 2") on 12PT single side coated stock. Not too shabby.
The final cards will have a spot UV, which means stamp-like gloss coating, on the front with all the scattered images, but I'll be sticking with a matte back just in case I want to write any notes or anything while I'm networking.
I'm feeling a bit better about my trip this weekend. I still have so much to do! I gotta print up Sometimes Foodie business cards for the event, and pick out my outfits, a pack in general, and blarrrrg. Okay, time to calm down and make to-do lists. I'm a list maker, making lists and crossing things off them makes me feel so much better. Is that normal? Or do I have like some kind of list-related anxiety?
So I've been running my food blog, Sometimes Foodie, for almost 4 years now, and this past year it has gotten a lot more attention. I'm collaborating with other food bloggers, I'm doing a food related podcast, and Youtube videos, and now I'm going to a food industry event in New York!
This has kind of been in the works for a while, and I've been stalking the event website for months. I applied for a press pass, and I got in! Look at me being a member of the press.
The only downside is that when I had this whole idea, I was with someone, and I figured they'd be going with me and traveling to New York, and staying with me at the hotel. But now, things are different, and it'll just be me all alone going to NY with public transportation and staying in the room and eating all the food. It feels a bit lonely to do all that, and a bit scary to be honest, but I can do it. Due to my awful sense of direction I'll get lost a bit, but I'll eventually get there.
URGGGG I'm still freaking out. I'll feel better when I'm in the hotel this weekend. It's the journey that's freaking me out, not the event itself. I just gotta figure out how to get to the hotel from here. That's all. It's not that hard, right?
I wanted to draw something that looked kind of like I do 90% of the time. Lazy bun to make hair stay out of the way, under eye bags and dark circles, and lazy slouchy tank-tops with cheap Forever21 tank tops underneath. Yup, that's me alright.
I gotta figure out this hair situation soon, I want to cut it shorter to force me to wear it down more often, but it took so long for it to grow to this length that I'm hesitant to do it now. If I wear it up all the time, having it so long really doesn't matter, right? At least that's what I'm telling myself. Maybe I should get it done at a salon. I've only ever done it once, and the results were nice, but I'm not the kind of person to bother with my hair.
If I don't sleep, the day never ends, right? It's 5:30 in the morning right now. My sleeping schedule is so fucked. (Pardon my language.)
The hair here is what I've been doodling on my little witch character. The idea behind it is that I have several chunks of hair that feel really nice, nicer than other frizzier parts, so I imagine leaving only the soft sections and cutting out all the frizz.
I put more effort into tonight's drawing to make up for the abomination I posted yesterday. I'm not the type of person to typically have a celebrity crush, but Kit Harington, and his adorable black-sheep-like hair, has a special place in my heart.
I really want to make some cartoon Pomeranians to make some kind of notepad or mini sticker sheet with, but it's so hard for me to simplify them! I get too wrapped up in details and then I end up making these weird looking doodles instead. Also, it's so hard not to make them look like weird looking cats.
Otakon is a HUGE anime and Japanese culture convention that has over 30,000 attendees!And I’ll be selling my art there in the Artist Alley!
To register for the convention visit: https://www.otakon.com/
This year Otakon takes place during the 24th, 25th, & 26th of July. It’s a full weekend filled with panels, special guests, art and all kinds of events!
If you’re going, be sure to stop by and visit me! I’ll have all kinds of art and I’ll be cosplaying!
I love that Orange is the new Black is back, but really Netflix?
Thursday night release? I work tomorrow! I’m already 2 episodes in and
I’ve cried twice, but this is less depressing than Game of Thrones, so I
am very happy.
I doodled this lady, and normally I give a lot of my drawings hair, but I really liked her head-shape, and I felt like it might be nice to draw a woman with no hair, or a shaved head. Well that, and it's 4AM. I better get to bed.
Today is another design instead of doodle day. I’m printing business
cards for Sometimes Foodie, so I made a few mock-ups. So far I’m really
digging these ones. They still need a bit of tweaking here and there,
but I think I’ll do two sets of 500 cards with some spot UV on the
I’m going to print out proof versions at work tomorrow to
see what I’d like to change before moving forward. I also plan on
making some postcards or something featuring more of the Asian food
items I’ve reviewed to pass out at Otakon 2015. Gotta get the foodie
word out about my blogs!
I call this one, I'm still not over last Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones. Also I wanted to practice more extreme expressions. I tend to draw a lot of blank staring faces, I want to practice more expressions.