Friday, November 30, 2012

Our Lady of the Rebellion, Princess Leia

Virginal, pure, and brave of heart, her people look to her for salvation from the powers of evil.

Yes, I'm talking about Princess Leia.

Here's the latest Star Wars related piece I've worked up. Actually, I have technically been working on getting this done and out there for well over 2 years now. Seriously! Remember how I wrote about have scads and scads of artwork and sketches in these stacks of sketchbooks that never gets any further?  Yeeeaaaaah...

I thought it up and had even drawn up sketches of a Virgin of Guadalupe Leia way back in the spring of 2010 (or was it 2009? I cannot remember...) in what I was hoping to make a Star Wars Day post (that's May the Fourth as in"May the Fourth be with you" for those of you who don't know). But despite multiple sketches, and even a start to an actual gouache painting, it never got finished.

 Then, about a month ago, I decided to revisit my abandoned work, but this time with a digital approach. I am not disappointed – I think she turned out quite pretty in fact!

The current and final version employs Obi Wan Kenobi himself to help keep Leia aloft amongst the stars (and helps her to overpower the Death Star in the background), but that is only after playing around with the idea of her guardian angel being played by Luke, Chewbacca, and even a jawa.

But in the end, it was the famous Leia line of "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. You are my only hope," that made my decision for me. In particular because the blue and aqua Virgin of Guadalupe aura surrounding Leia put me in the mindset of her holographic plea to Obi Wan.

I hope y'all like it as much as I do.  I have to say, it feels so nice to finally see her all finished and in the flesh!

And if you like her enough yourself, she'll be for sale in my BRAND NEW ETSY SHOP,, with its grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st (I'll post here again tomorrow once everything is up!). I'll have lots of prints, Tom Selleck Cake cards, new and improved sugar skull softies, and some other gifties, too.

And for those of you in Austin, of course, you can always swing by the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.  She's already there! Pin It

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's That Time of Year...

New and improved Texases (Texi?)!

...Blue Genie Art Bazaar time!

This will be my sixth year joining the awesome and talented folks at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, which is my favorite of any and all holiday craft shows I've frequented. It's funky, but friendly; it has juuuust the right balance of gallery artsy and low brow, pop culture-y, geeky fartsy. And the folks who run it are pretty damn fabulous themselves!

New and improved Bat City Bats!

This year I have lots of new (and improved!) goodies over there: softies, prints, stationery, original art and more gifties. If you're in the Austin area, be sure to check it out.

Be on the lookout for new and improved sugar skulls at the bazaar AND in the new store.

And for those of you who are not able to stop by Austin, don't fret!  I am working to get a brand new etsy shop open on this Saturday, December 1!


I decided to move it all to a different shop all together, and now it will all be located at (I have realized that The Small Cat Club, while cute and dream inspired, is just too plain confusing a name. Boo!).

Softies and stationeries

Just in the nick of time for Christmas goodies, woo hoo! Be sure to check back on Saturday for all the new details.

Back to work with me, now! Maybe I can meet some of you Austin folks at the wonderful opening night happenings for the Blue Genie Art Bazaar going on tomorrow night (Thursday 11/29 from 7-9pm at the Marchesa). Two words: Invincible Czars.  I'm so there!

New Christmastime in Texas cards

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Thursday, November 22, 2012


...for many things.

But as always, today I'm pretty thankful for the pies I am about to eat. Always with the pies, Thanksgiving and I. Yup. Pretty much!

Hope you all have had a lovely Thanksgiving Day (pies, no pies, or otherwise)!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Last Minute Kitchen Cleaning

This is my first year hosting a Thanksgiving with anyone other than my husband and myself at our own home (usually we head to other folks' homes or it's just the two of us).

And it so happens that this time of year is notoriously busy, busy, busy for me. Like, for reals.

Thus, I am in a frenzy cleaning up the house, especially the kitchen, mere hours before our guests arrive.

But that frenzied cleaning won't stop me from taking a minute to walk down nostalgia lane when a tidying up of my recipes yields these cake sketches.

Awww, my Hank cake sketches! How thorough! And my super detailed thought process* that resulted in the Wampa cake!

So if you ever wondered how I go about planning and decorating a cake, somewhere between these two sketches lies your answer.

Ok, back to cleaning now.  There're pies to be made!


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Tom Selleck Cake Birthday Card

Why, it's my old friend, Tom Selleck cake!

I decided to cutesify my infamous creation into a birthday card in anticipation of this year's Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Jus' a li'l sumpin' sumpin' for those of you who might want to wish a friend or loved one a hairy birthday, but who might not be all up in there with the custom cake making thing.

Which has me thinking, why should I deny folks outside of the Austin area of this convenience?

Maybe it's about time I reopen my etsy shop, or rather, open a brand spanking new one. Filled with new stuff (and maybe some classics)! Like a Tom Selleck Cake card drawn and made by the very same hands that drew and made the original.

What do y'all think? I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, I can get this done in time for the holidays. I'm looking at you, December first!

Stay tuned for details, but just know that as of now, I have a fever. A fever for some new and improved Alician etsy (and/or some other storefronts, too - Redbubble? Society6? Threadless? What do y'all think? Seriously, I am old and I do not know what is preferable...)!

Feel free to comment to let me know what you think, or if there is anything in specific you wish I had available for purchase, lemme know. I might be oblivious! I might be able to make that happen! Pin It

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jackalope Joe

Yeehaw! Just a little companion for yesterday's 'Dillogirl - a Jackalopeboy! Hooray for cuteness! This time around there's a slightly different palette, a different animal, different cacti, and instead of cacti blooms, the stars at night are big and bright.

*clap*clap*clap*clap* Deep in the heart of Texas!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Git Along, Little 'Dillo!

Whoopie-ti-yi-yo, git along little 'dillo!

Just a cowgirl, an armadillo, a coupla cacti, and some super cuteness.

You know, it is kinda hard to make an armadillo look cute. Opossums, sure, no problem!  But armadillos? They aren't so cute.

However, I feel cuteness has been achieved.  The key to it all is the eyelashes, says I. And a rainbow band of stripes doesn't hurt, either.

I think I'll have to do this one up as a print, too. I should get on that, shouldn't I? I should (adds item number one million to the list).

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Shy Violet

I don't know why it is always late on a Thursday afternoon that I get a hankering to check out the theme for that week's Illustration Friday, but for some reason, that's what I always end up doing.

Usually that means I end up missing out on that week because there is not enough time for me to get something done between finding out the theme and making the deadline.

I was, however, able to crank something out right quick for this week's theme of "shy."

Being a girl child of the 80's means that my brain associates the word "shy" with the Rainbow Brite character of Shy Violet. So that's what I did!

She was my favorite color kid, incidentally, namely because she was the nerdy one. The nerdy cartoon characters were always my favorites it seems: Donatello, Lisa Simpson, Simon the Chipmunk, and even his female nerd counterpart of Jeanette the Chipette were all preferable to their "cool" friends and siblings.

But not Brainy Smurf.  He wasn't nerdy.  He was just annoying. Go smurf a hike, Brainy.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay - Cielito Lindo!

The other day, my neighbors had some jackhammery work going on at their place and it was giving me a splitting headache. Ay, ay, ay, ay!

That quickly resulted in my going to my neighborhood coffee shop to get some work done, and of course, like a good little illustrator, I brought my iPod.

I was working away when, of all the songs I have in my collection, Cielito Lindo popped up.  Suddenly, I found myself completely uninterested in what I was working on and I doodled out what was to become this piece.  I couldn't help it.  The song is just so catchy!

If you are unfamiliar with Cielito Lindo, it's a Mexican song that I would think that just about everyone in the world knows, but considering that I grew up hearing my dad sing it all the time, and I now live in Texas (you know, neighbor to Mexico and all), maybe my perspective is a bit skewed, so here is a clip for you just in case.

I chose this version of it to post, as opposed to many other excellent mariachi and non-mariachi versions, because I just love, love, love the audience singing along here. They look so happy! That is what this song does to you.

In case you don't speak Spanish, the lyrics basically translate to, "Sing and don't cry, because singing cheers hearts, my lovely little dear ("cielito lindo" being a term of endearment as well as literally meaning "pretty little heaven" or "pretty little sky"). 

Thus, I was inspired to draw the sun, clouds, and rainbow, playing around with the literal meaning of the song's title, with the raindrops tying back to the crying part of the lyrics. I also tried my hand in working in a slightly different style that is a little looser and more doodly at heart than what I might normally do, and I hand lettered in the lyrics to accompany it all.

I love the result. It makes me almost as happy as the song does.

I think I'll have to make some prints of this one - wouldn't it be super cute in a nursery or a colorful kitchen? I think so.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote! Voting! Voted!

Election Day is almost over (actually, by the time this posts, it may be over already in some states on the East Coast...), which means if you haven't already done so, please go vote!

I hope you vote for whomever you feel best represents your beliefs of how this country should be, be they a candidate from the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Green, or Tea Party (all pictured above).

Or if none of those will suffice, write in your vote. That's what voting is for.

Also, every vote (and I do mean every vote) counts! 

Just wanted to add a note to say that not knowing offhand what the mascots for the Libertarian, Green, and Tea parties were, I did some research:

• The Libertarian Party's official color is gold, and the official mascot is the Statue of Liberty, but some folks also use a porcupine, which is cuter and more in keeping with animal mascots, so I opted for the latter. 

• The Green Party does not have an official mascot, so I went with a leaf, because why not?

• Likewise for the Tea Party. I went for the obvious: a teapot.

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