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alice, [ profile] girlwithoutfear  here on lj, has always been an inspiration to me. heck, she still is.
i enjoy hanging out with someone so creative! she's taught me tons of cool things and we've had plenty of fun just sitting around working in altered books or other artistic projects as we visit. she has a great eye for art and an excellent sense of design.

she's as big a geek as i am, too. her fandom is Daredevil. (that link may have spoilers, btw)
you should see her daredevil quilts! can't find any current links to them, but they are sooo beautiful!
no, these aren't your grandmother's type quilt. they're gorgeous examples of thread paintings and fabric collage with hand beaded fringe on some of the pieces.
it's even approved by the joe quesada, the current editor-in-chief over at marvel and david mack, both of whom have seen her work. mack even signed several of the pieces featuring his art.

last year, alice began getting active in a regional chapter for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. you see, alice has been diagnosed with early onset macular degeneration. that's right, the most creative person i know, with one of the best eyes for visual art i've seen, will lose her sight.

this is a devasting thing, but here's another reason alice is an inspiration to me. she's still going and not letting it stop her.
she has started a new business making braille tshirts. no, it's not screenprinted where only the sighted can see it, but she used metallic studs or swarovski crystals to make actual text that the blind can read!
she can do custom phrases, too.
i have a few of these shirts and they are truly nifty.
she is also planning on going back to school to learn to become a braille transcriber.
truly amazing, isn't she?

the primary event for a FFB chapter is a VisionWalk, to raise money for research for denegerative eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Stargart Disease, Usher Syndrome, Rentintis Pigmentosa, etc., and find cures. This weekend is Memphis' first VisionWalk and alice has a team. If you can be in Memphis, please come join the team! 
Can't be in memphis? You can donate to the cause. Don't have much? hey, they'll accept $5 donations! I believe alice is making tshirts (the design is one her VisionWalk page and giving them to those who make a donation of $25 or higher...correct me if i wrong, alice.
i have volunteered to do face painting at the event, but i plan on walking, too, if time permits.

Please support [ profile] girlwithoutfear  and the FFB!

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Blue Sharpie on [ profile] bryancreech 's Laptop case.


"Love & Gears"
Blue Sharpie on [ profile] hillarygayle 's laptop case

Last night, a group of my friends and I gathered for a night of fun, justing hanging around in pajamas, eating breakfast type food and talking. Yeah, we're a real wild bunch. 8^)

[ profile] hillarygayle  had kindly requested that I draw on her laptop cover. [ profile] asqmh  also wanted art on her laptop cover as did Hillary's husband, [ profile] bryancreech .
The theme Hillary gave me was robots.

I don't have my usual watermark here. Having to reload everything on my laptop after a corrupted os. yeah, i had to send it to toshiba again. just got it back and i'm reloading everything.

been busy and lazy alternately. i have lots to upload, just not doing it. expect more soon.

x-posted to my dA account.
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drawn 2008
copic markers on paper

it's finished! this is the next print i will be selling. will post link when i have it up on my etsy store.
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drawn 2008
copics on paper

drew this as a baby shower present for my friend, [profile] lkemp.
her request was an image of her then pregnant self as a fairy, with pink and purple wings. i finished the sketch at the shower,  but i didn't get it done, however until a few weeks ago, as the gang got together for a cabin trip on the river. for awhile, i had though i had ruined the image when i started inking (outlines wwaaaayyyyy too thick).
leslie, if you want to use the art to make an lj icon, etc, consider this permission to do so. thanks again for scanning it for me. i hope you and [profile] macphile enjoy the art and the baby is adorable! much <3s to you both.

wow, i've been MIA! have tons of frakking stuff to post. will do so a little at a time.
and for those of you who are interested, photos from CAPE 4.0 live art night.
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cactus-film noir detective

thanks to [ profile] mattdocmartin for the photo! it was awesome seeing you and all the YABSters!
pastel, marker and crayon on matte board
art from the Live Art Night benefit

will be posting a full con report later, with art. still recovering from CAPE.
i didn't get many photos, too busy drawing and seeing stuff. will post links to other's photos so you who didn't go can see what you missed and why you need to go next year!

it was great seeing everyone again. thanks again to all who came by my table and bought a sketch!
special thanks to [ profile] wayfarersgirl for coming out, visiting and being a super nifty booth bunny for [ profile] girlwithoutfear and me! i'm sooo happy i gots to see you again!

tshirt art!

May. 1st, 2008 07:41 pm
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tshirt art

tshirt design from work, back imprint
pen and ink line art, scanned and vectorized, corel draw

just a quick note while i scramble to get things finished up for CAPE.
this was for a rush job at work and i'm so tickled on how it turned out that i'm posting it here.
boss, if you have a problem with it being here, let me know and i'll take it down with no hard feelings.

still trying to finish up the miss muffet print for CAPE. *crosses fingers* it's down to the wire.
stupid local kinko's, closin' at 11pm. *shakes fist at stupid local kinko's*

[ profile] girlwithoutfear and i leave early tomorrow morning. expect a con report when i get home.
i'll try not to hit any deer this time on the way home. 9.9
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banner art

mixed media (digital art, drawings inked and color with copics.)
reduced to fit the web a bit better.
original size=24" x 63"

this is my banner for my table at CAPE. it should be in my hands on Thursday. can't wait for it to be back from the printer. the colors are a little off here...sorry about that. the colors were in CMYK and when it got converted to RGB, it just made things look funny.
had a minor adventure getting the art to the priner. thanks to JT over at nightgig for giving me a place to upload it.

so, i'm excited about CAPE! i hope it's even more fun than last year's. i'll be sitting by [ profile] girlwithoutfear again and my dear friend [ profile] wayfarersgirl will be on hand to assist us, *cough cough be our booth bunny cough cough* so that's all kinds of awesome right there.
just look for the banner and you should find me. i will once again be doing commissions, selling ashcans/mini comics and i will have art cards of superheroes/anime & manga characters to sell. plus, since they are going slow in my etsy store, i'll be selling copies of the "Save Yourself" print, and i'm finishing up a new print.

also, looking forward to the fun that is the live art night. this year, it's to benefit the ronald mcdonald house. making sure i pack extra art supplies for that. watching all these talented people create art in front of you...there's nothing like it!

i'm sad that [ profile] kotasworld will not be able to attend CAPE this year, but that's the way things go, especially since he's starting school. there is always next year.
oy. just reminded myself that he and i are more than likely going to get teased mercilessly by the entire nightgig crew at next year's megacon. *facepalm*
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no title as of yet
work in progress
pencil on paper

[ profile] jtpokie suggested at MegaCon that i do more art like the "Save Yourself" for prints. broadening the topic to include nursery rhymes, i came up with this. this will be the new print.
still working on the background, gotta flesh the trees out. very proud of that cottage in there. 8^)
gotta fix some anatomy flaws on miss muffet, but otherwise, i'm likin' it.
miss muffet's legs will be breaking the panel, dangling off the edge.

debating on whether to color with my copics or to use watercolors. *ponders*

will have the "Save Yourself" print for sale at CAPE. sales are slow right now in the etsy store.
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The Punisher for MattDocMartin

drawn March 2008
MegaCon Commission for [ profile] mattdocmartin
copics, brush pen, and white opaque ink

i managed to sell quite a few of the custom art cards this time. 8^) real happy about that.
i got photos of all, but i think the lighting wasn't so hot and some of the photos blurred.
will post them later.

MegaCon this year was so much cooler than last year and quite a lot has happened. This was a big one for me.
u can haz con reprot! )

Photos from the con, courtesy of myself and my fellow nightgig members:
i think there's more, but i don't have the links yet. will edit post when i do.

and there is a little more to the report but that's friends only. 8^D

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in other news, my laptop is fubar. 8^(
i'm borrowing becca's for the moment.

and yay! [ profile] wayfarersgirl is going to get to go to CAPE! woot!
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oil pastel
work in progress

been meaning to post this, just haven't. *shrugs*
still working on it.

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first day at megacon has gone well. it was slow, but i sold an ashcan, an art card, 2 custom art cards and a black and white sketch.
[profile] girlwithoutfear, i haven't sold any buttons... yet!

i'm taking photos of the commissions since i have no scanner here. the quality will be crappy, but it's better than nothing. i'll prolly post them here.

very excited about tomorrow, should be more people then. 8^D

hey, [profile] tanukitsune! i'll be working on your sketch for the Nightgig Sampler this weekend!
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"It's Running Out!"
altered clock, collage, mixed media
26 January, 2008

ok, everything i just typed went bye-bye. *shakes fist at lj!* i do not like the insert media tag. why? why won't you do right? grrr. and if i try to edit those extra html tags to where they won't show...then it tells me "invaid video url." 9.9

my boss gave me an old clock. she has tons of them in the office as display samples to show our clients. this was an extra she didn't need. i decided to cover up the old imprint by altering it. the theme is dealing with my constant running late/procrastination problem. i'm pleased with the results. can't wait to get it working and on my wall.
i'll need to get new works. the current ones will get caught on the paper crane or scrabble tiles.

the photos were taken outside. couldn't get the lighting right inside. either washed out by the flash or too yellow by incandescent bulbs. my skills in color correction in photoshop are woefully lacking. need to work on that.

x-posted to my dA account. i won't be posting that art from dA to lj live i was. the images are just too small!
if i have to make two separate posts to make it look better, then so be it.
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Commission: Lyn
by ~bluecanarykit on deviantART

portrait of [profile] just_lyn, commissioned by [profile] apexofgrace.
copics and brush pens.
8^D yay! it's complete!
wished the marker lines didn't show up so much in the background, but what can you do? *shrugs* the colorless blender wasn't much help here.

originally, i was going to have her flip the viewer the bird, but the hand refused to be drawn. I compromised and now she flips us off, British style.

Edit: accidently posted twice, oops.
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Blue Canary: Caffeine Fix
by ~bluecanarykit on deviantART

First page of a 6 page story originally drawn for my ashcan comic for last year's cons. Polished it up with a splash of color and it will be in this year's Nightgig Sampler. Wish this DA things weren't so small on my lj, though. i'd like for the preview to be bigger. *shrugs*

Apologies to Tim & [profile] madscott for my delays. sorry to be the last to turn her pages in. *hides head in shame* Blame all printing delays and some such on me.

Now, i have to draw a new 6 page story to replace this one (can't sell the black and white right by the color verison!) and, if i want another ashcan, 2 more stories. I better get crackin'!

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My wacom tablet started acting up yesterday. The eraser nib worked, the wacom mouse worked, the pen nib on my stylus would not.  However, i talked with wacom tech support tonight and they are shipping me a new one. Yay!
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Chasing Snow Faeries
by ~bluecanarykit on deviantART

first art of the new year.
i bought a wacom tablet last night. 8^) enjoying it muchly.
drawn this morning using Corel Painter Essentials 3.0.

also, notice the DA account? that's where i'll put finished works. i'll prolly crosspost it here, too. sketches will still remain here. i'm not going to put sketches up at DA unless it's of a fannish nature.

still have some stuff i'm gifting to people to finish. lots to draw. lots to do.
[profile] apexofgrace, still working on the drawings of you and lyn.
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danny and darliss, ken's parents, have been so wonderful and supportive to me. i'm always touched and flattered that they keep asking me to visit and invite me to family holiday dinners.

this year is no exception.
now, these wonderful people have surprised me beyond measure.
they bought me a laptop for christmas! i just, don't know what to do, other than continue to profusely thank them and let all the world know just how generous they have been to me.

*insert tears and stupid grin here*
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brush pen on paper

just a quick, little sketch i did a few months back and never posted.

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my altered book nears completion, but, alas! the binding it starting to fall apart. i didn't cut enough pages out in the beginning and the added items, such as the disected 3" floppie disk, add to the thickness, causing strain on the binding. *sigh* i'm hoping book glue will fix all ills.

starting drawing in the second altered book. did some prep work on it over at [ profile] girlwithoutfear's house as we watched "tin man" earlier this week. i took more pages out of it tonight. hopefully, i won't have the same problems with this book. 8^)

oh! and dad ordered my christmas present this week!! yay! now i won't have to panic when my copics start drying up!

fangirl squee moment: david mack's kabuki: the alchemy #9 is out! i'm in the letters section. o.0 (thanks, david! you're an inspiration. can't wait to see what the next kabuki storyline will be like!)
back at CAPE 3.0, < shameless plug>you really need to attend CAPE next year! i don't care who you are! it's fun and free! , i tracked him down and gave him a pressed four-leaf clover. i think i found, like, 10 or so of them back in march and pressed them for collage material.
he mentioned in an email that he collaged it into the book! *sssqqquuueee!* i will be getting an issue of it shortly. it should be excellent art and writing as always.

lastly, i need to edit the sizes for the web, but i took some awesome photos of an abandoned store in Cord, AR last month. will post here and x-post to [ profile] rural_ruin soon.
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pencil on paper
Nov. 5, 2007

i've been thinking more and more that the character of amelia will become a musician. plus this was just fun to draw. besides the guitar, i'm also thinking of having her play the mandolin.

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Went to my first TMBG concert this past weekend, with [ profile] girlwithoutfear. it was very awesome. TMBG put on a good show. the opening band was great, too. got their cd and a giants sticker for my little car.
i'm working on a sketch to commerate this historic event. will post it soon. right now, flansy is drawn, but linnell is hard to capture on paper.
the only down thing is that ken couldn't be here with me. he loved the giants as much as i do and i know he would've had so much fun at the concert. i kept imagining him there, expecting to see him by me if i turned my head.

right now, photos! i tell ya how to cyclops rock! )

edit (11-7-07) [ profile] girlwithoutfear pointed out that in this sketch, amelia's a leftie. but back on the quilt project, she remembers we discussed which hand amelia would play with and she's a rightie. *blushes* sorry 'bout that.
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"Chibi Elvis"
Thanks to [ profile] girlwithoutfear for the suggestion.
pencil on paper
Oct. 29, 2007

Yup, nuthin' says "Happy Halloween" quite like Elvis. still waitin' on the trickertreaters to show. so far, nothing. it's said when you've got a big bowl of candy ready to share and no one seems to want to come by. *shrugs*
what i can't eat, i'll take to work. *evil grin* share the calories!

[ profile] asqmh nudged me to update. haven't felt artsy lately. *sigh* best cure to that, and i have to constantly remind myself everytime i get like this, is to get up off my butt, get paper and pencil and start drawing.

also, first update from a mac. safari does not have the built in edit tools to link the lj user names and such. i shall have to look them up the hard way and hope lj reads the code right. if not, sorry for the sloppy entry.

another sketch here! )
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oil pastel
painting in progress

when Becca and i moved in to our new place, i noticed that my coffee table, an Ikea cheapie, had a busted leg. It was broken right where it screws into the tabletop with no possibility of fixing it. I decided to remove the remaining legs and turn the top into art.

I prepped the surface with clear gesso and waited for an idea. About a month went by.

The words in the background are from an english translation of a sonnet by Pablo Naruda. Becca turned me on to his poetry. She was showing me and [profile] girlwithoutfear this as we were listening to a recording of the choir she was in at KU. the choir had a performance with a theme on love and grief. this poem has been set to music and as we listened, Becca told us about the poem. Once she reread it, however, she didn't want to show it to me, thinking it would hurt.
It did, but i just can't keep avoiding stuff do to the pain. i'm eschewing the annual district fair this year because of memories, but i know i don't need to let it become an excuse. anyhow,  after reading this touching and heartfelt poem. i knew i had my answer to my painting.
i ran out of room, so that's not the complete poem and i messed up and accidently switched a couple of lines around.

we'll see where this painting goes. i still miss Ken. not a day goes by that i don't wish he was still here.
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becca reading
pencil on paper
drawn 7 Aug 2007

ah, the new house. moved out of dad's back at the beginning of the month. [personal profile] jocelyncee's sister, rebecca, has moved back home to finish her music degree at ASU. most evening this past few weeks has seen us just reading, unpacking and watching dvds.

it feels so good to be on my own again. the house itself is a gorgeous old 2 story that was split into 2 seperate apartments. our is downstairs. the neighborhood it's in is very pretty and we have a front porch! can't wait for the weather to cool down a bit here so i can walk in the area and sit on the porch and draw.

haven't had a chance to get interwebs hooked up at the house yet. will get on that soon. 


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