Friday, February 15, 2008

Technical Difficulties

So my small etsy shop update plans for today have been thwarted by technical difficulties. *tsk!* Technology! Are you a friend, or foe? Today, I can't tell. Gah!

I'll post again soon with an update on the update.

In the mean time, you can contemplate the above correction to a Kliban cartoon, made by me around age three. Hmmm, what could it possibly mean about the three year old me?

Regardless of what it means, this drawing makes 27 year old me smile. Pin It

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy ValenTimes!

I haven't had a chance to draw up a Valentine for y'all (yet?) so I decided to share a couple of the beloved Valentines given to me, and hope that my boyfriend isn't mortified by my sharing them with teh internets.

Back when my boyfriend and I had our first Valentine's day together, we decided not to do the traditional 'spend a whole bunch of money on food, flowers and jewelry because you're supposed to' deal, which was very fine with the both of us. Since then, we've created our own tradition of giving each other bizarre, surrealistic gifts -- mine usually coming from the dollar store, and his are usually home made, dada-esque, and involve either red or silver spray paint (or sometimes both!).

The awesomeness in the photo above is part of my Valentine's present from last year (the other part of my gift was two action figures melted together at their heads). And I absolutely love it!!! How could a box of chocolate (or anything else) come anywhere close to this in levels of sheer greatness?

I gave him a resin statuette of a baby girl riding eggplants, and another one of a couple of neon airbrushed, glow in the dark, baroquely dressed children. Past gifts also include a resin statue of a bust of an blue eyed Amazon native as if it were carved from a stump, and porcelain figurine of a chubby, naked, troll with a bowl cut, huge gold earrings, and a single red flower.

I think my absolute favorite Valentine, though, is the very first one I received from him, and here it is.

It's a baggie of dirt, which he had spray painted red before collecting and depositing it in the bag!!! *sigh* I adore it.

Call us weird, if you will, but I can't wait for tonight's gift exchange and homemade dinner.

So, anyway... I hope you all enjoy today as much as I enjoy my baggie of dirt! Pin It

Friday, February 8, 2008

Self Promotion Goddess

Here's this month's illustration for venuszine.com' s 'Crafting a Business' column by Jenny Hart. This month's topic is self-promotion -- something with which all of us creative types must get comfortable, whether we like it or not.

*sigh!* One day, maybe I can be a self-promotion goddess. I think I have a ways to go, though. I think right now perhaps I am a self-promotion... midge fly?

Anyway, I just wanted to share it. Go check out the article over at venuszine.com, too!

*edited to fix layout and links *

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Batty for bats? Mental for mice?

You're in luck! The Small Cat Club store has been updated with new art and softies! Bats, mice, and li'l original artwork have been added. This is the first time they've been offered since the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, so if you didn't catch them there, now is your chance to get one.

I might add that any of my fine goods would make sweet treat for your sweet this Valentine's day (just make sure to order by the 7th!). *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

I'm also planning an update for February 15 with paper goods, magnets, and more softie and artsy goodness. Don't forget to check it out! Pin It

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Plain Jane Vanilla

Greetings, blog reading friends! I bring you a frosty blog beginning, miss Plain Jane Vanilla, to a frosty new month.

This was originally meant for the Illustration Friday theme of 'plain,' and features my version of Plain Jane, and her plain no frills, plain ol' vanilla ice cream. Methinks my idea of a 'plain jane' is very influenced by the first season wardrobe of the Brady Bunch (their sleeves were always too short...). Alas, I didn't get a chance to post this (or even finish it) in time for IF. Curse you, January and your art hindering craziness!

So, February has arrived, I made all but three piddly entires for the entire previous month. Not exactly what I had in mind with my "Go, go '08!" mindset at the beginning of the year. That attitude soon died under the weight of busy schedules and irritating obstacles to all that I had planned. Malfunctioning technology, malicious weather, undelivered supplies, and, oh the allergies(!) -- all made it on heck of a tough, long month.

It wasn't without its good points though, like working on some great and exciting projects, and the boyfriend's birthday celebration. Overall though, January was a tough cookie. Everything is better now...let's hope. After all, it's February! Soft, short, and easy February... ahhh!

February means the end of cedar fever (please, please, please!), and the end of hauling plants inside and back outside (please, please, please!), and we get that much closer to Spring, my favorite season here in Austin. I hope it also means more artwork, more store updates, more time with friends, and more blog updates. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Oh yeah, for those who care, this piece is ink and gouache on bristol. Hooray, gouache! Pin It