Thursday, November 29, 2007

American Women Authors, Part 4


As promised, here's the fourth in the series, one of my very favorite authors, Flannery O'Connor.

One day I want to do another Flannery O'Connor piece with the whole peacock motif going on (she is well known for her fondness for the birds, and she didn't just only own peacocks, but she even painted them accompanying her in her painted self-portrait). Maybe I'll make a peacock themed design and turn it into a t-shirt for myself, because I would totally wear a Flannery O'Connor t-shirt. But, that's probably a ways down the road... Pin It

The Owl and the Pussycat


Here are the Owl and the Pussycat, in love aboard their beautiful pea-green boat. Awww.... It seems they're approaching the shores of the land where the Bong trees grow. They've got to find that Piggy-Wig and get married, pronto!

I originally started this piece way back when Illustration Friday had a theme of 'moon' at some point during the summer. I had the inks done and didn't get around to coloring it, and then the next week came, and the theme was 'poem,' so that was a perfect combo theme (seeing as this is based on a poem by Edward Lear), so it was my intention to finish it for a double whammy. Alas, I was a busy bee, and it still sat uncolored still... until tonight.

After many different color versions and several sessions of piddling around with the palette, it is finally colored and finished. Huzzah!

Ink and digital. : ) Pin It

A Blank of Mice

Thursday already? Gah! Here is a clustered up bunch of stuffed mice I made for Blue Genie. Cute and colorful.

My grandmother, Gammon, made tons and tons of these mice in the late 60's as a fund raiser for the high school band. They have been present ever since then in my family's household, playing with the grandchildren, teasing cats with their tails, etc. So, I had to include some Gammon mice in my Blue Genie Bazaar fare for tradition's sake.

Of course, I tried to look up the terminology for a group of mice when I began writing this post, something like a herd of cows or a murder of crows, but apparently there is no name for a large gathering of mice (or at least not that I could find). I looked for other rodentesque and mouse like animals (or as similar an animal as I could find on the lists) to see if there was a trend going on terminology wise, but no. You may have a horde of hamsters, a scurry of squirrels, a pack of rats, and a business of ferrets.

So, any suggestions? A colony? A scamper? A tangle? Pin It

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

American Women Authors, Part 3

It's been a while, but the series is back on track. This time around it's Eudora Welty. Hooray for Eudora Welty! Pin It

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fist-A-Cuffs -- Yo soy Señor Dedo.

I've been participating in the latest round of Fist-A-Cuffs, brought to you by the tremendously talented Sam Hiti. It's essentially a bunch of various artists pitting their various characters against each other in various battles, with various folks voting on their pick for the various winners, until only one remains. Various variety! This time, three artists make up a team of two plus a manager.

My team, The Handy Capables, was knocked out in the third round for the West division. I was the manager, Señor Dedo. Oh, and my partners in crime -- Paul Adam and Zach Taylor, did a great job. Kudos, boys! Your manager's proud'a ya!

It was all good fun. I reckon we formed our team back in late August/early September, and had turned in our artwork in early October. The actual fights didn't come along, of course, until the most horrible time for me work on it was at hand -- gah! As a result, I didn't really get a chance to do what I would have liked to have done, artistically speaking.

However, my gallant teammates filled in for me during our last 'Smak Talk' since my schedule didn't allow me any time to not be working on tall my work stuff. : P I tremendously appreciate their enthusiasm to help, and just wanted to thank them again for that.

Anyway, go check out Fist-A-Cuffs! It's full of some incredible artists and snappy artwork. Don't forget to vote for your favorite teams! Pin It

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Potodd's Birthday!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope all enjoy this day of rest and thanks and friends and family. This year Thanksgiving falls on what would have been my grandfather's 86th birthday. Oh, and for those who may not know, we call him Potodd (like p' todd).

This little wooden guy is my version of Potodd in the medium of marker on wooden peg, circa 1986. My brother and I received a bag of wooden peg people to decorate ourselves for Christmas, but mysteriously, this is the only one I still have. And bringing things full circle back to Thanksgiving, I'm thankful I have it, and I'm extremely thankful for having had a tremendously satisfactory grandfather like Potodd.

And of cousre, I'm thankful for more folks and friends and the like. You all know who you are.
Oh, and as I was trying to take my photo, someone insisted on getting in the way. By the way, it's Potodd from whom I inherited my fondness for cats (via my mom). You can blame his cat lover gene for my crazy cat lady tendencies.

More artwork and craftwork to come soon. I've been work, work, working on so much, namely preparing for Blue Genie. Load in is next weekend. Ack! Pin It

Monday, November 19, 2007

Plug!

Hey all! I just wanted to take a moment to tell you to go make sure to pick up Birds of Prey #112 this week at your local comic shopping stop, as my good and tremendously talented friend, David James Cole, drew up the interiors.

Unfortunately, he didn't get to do the cover, at least not this time round. Next time, he'd better! Hear that DC? That's right. Dave Cole is taking the comics world by storm. : ) Pin It

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Illustration Friday - Scale

So here's my submission to this week's Illustration Friday theme of "Scale" -- presenting Little Miss Libra!

I had a lot of fun doing this. A series would be great, but I don't know if it would be so much fun after 11 other girls. We'll see what the public demands. : )

Also, what am I thinking? Two posts in one day?!?! I is craziness. Pin It

Chuy's Giving Shirt

Although I don't usually post my work stuff on here, I decided I'd post this one because it's for a good cause. Chuy's asked me to design a charity cause shirt for them that would convey a sense of community, giving, and goodness. Here's the finished product (more or less). The shirt 'tagline' was "Great Food. Great People."

It was a lot of work, but it was very fun to do. I even snuck some friends and family members into the crowd (click on the image to see a bigger version).

You can pick up a shirt at Chuy's locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Round Rock, San Antonio, and Shenandoah. I believe it proceeds Operation Blue Santa, which is what the annual Chuy's Parade is all about.

And yes, it is great food, and they are great people. : ) Mmm...creamy jalapeño ranch salsa.... Pin It

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Small Cat Club

I'm very pleased to announce that I have officially launched my own crafts, gifts, jewelry, handmade goods and more business -- The Small Cat Club.

Check out my new Etsy store at www.thesmallcatclub.etsy.com. I just added the very first few items for sale, and there's more to come, but I couldn't wait to make this post, so here you go. : D As I said, there's much more to come, so keep checking in for more updates.

Also, look for The Small Cat Club stuff at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, too. That's right, I got in. Woot!

Good grief -- all this hard work and stress and change is exciting. I'm off to take photos of some jewelry. : ) Pin It