Well-traveled supplies

Looks like I’ll be traveling in less than a day. And we’re not talking about a road trip or a short flight down south – this is traveling across the planet and staying there for nearly a month!

So what does someone like me take along to create with on my travels?

Well, learning from my other lengthy trip a few years back, I’m definitely taking along my watercolor set. Last trip, while fun, had me go a little nuts that I didn’t have much to color with.

Sure, there are plenty of places where I can grab some colorful pens and neat pencils, but – as I’ve mentioned earlier – I’m trying VERY hard to use up what I have.

On to what I’m packing – keeping in mind, that I’m staying with family and that I’m sure I’ll have a lot of down-time. Still, I try to stay as minimal as possible, I’m still traveling, right?

I’ll need a lightbox, right?! That’s portable.

The no brainers, of course – pencils, pens, refills, eraser, ruler. And, have I mentioned how much I love this watercolor set? I’m so happy to take this with me this time around.

A watercolor pad and…an out-dated datebook?!

Oh eff yeah, Star Wars…

…wait. 2015, what?

No biggie – this is all for doodles and sketches. I’ve been making use of ruled notebooks like these I’ve acquired (usually as gifts, freebies) this way. I say, when it comes to sketching, paper is paper! And this is a Star Wars Moleskine – I’m definitely not complaining.

And, with downtime, artist blocks are inevitable. So I’m taking a few more reinforcements with me.

It’s dangerous to go uninspired…take this!

I think I’m all set for the next few weeks. Other than the obvious sketchbook and pencils/pens, what do you take on your travels?

As always – my doodles and musings will be posted on my Twitter and Instagram!

ROGUE. Scarif’s where you find it.

My creative objectives have been been going…at a sloth’s pace.

But it’s going!

There was NO WAY I wasn’t going to be drawing some Rogue One fan art after seeing it several times since its opening night. And, I admit, I came in with neutral expectations. What with my social media feeds, obviously I…thought it was OK.

I mean…

Oh who am I kidding! Leading up to opening night I was already drawing Jyn Erso – and even more so after watching the movie.

Tip to the officers on Scarif- disable that "guest" network. You're welcome.

Tip to the officers on Scarif- disable that “guest” network. You’re welcome.

This year is also the year I break into this shmancy little leather-bound sketchbook. Told myself I’m going to fill it up…because…what else am I going to do with it? Get in there, Chirrut. Even if you were colored with bargain markers (I was warned that shmancy paper is an ink-sucker).

Are you kidding?! I'm colored with cheap markers!

Are you kidding?! I’m colored with cheap markers!

But, oh, do the better ones look oh-so-good.

It's not a problem if your makers don't dry up.

It’s not a problem if your makers don’t dry up.

Since we’re using supplies I haven’t used or used much, I’ve pulled out the watercolors.

Make 24 colors feel like 100.

Make 24 colors feel like 100.

What were the chances that I’d draw any other droid that isn’t BB-8?!

It's high.

It’s high.

There was no way I was going to pass up getting in on the ROUGUE ONE gags.

Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's stolen from Scarif.

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s stolen from Scarif.

If you couldn’t tell already – Jyn Erso seriously took over my Star Wars drawing obsession. Sorry Kylo. Haha, just kidding.

High fashion or the battlefield...

The Last Jedi…picked for softball.

Want to see me be one with the Force? Come on by my Instagram and Twitter!

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Oh 2016. How many of us wish you were over already with you depriving us of our favorite celebrities (RIP Carrie Fisher) and bestowing us some crazy conversation topics with family during the holidays (*cough*Election*cough*).

I asked myself a moment ago how I’ve grown as an artist this year, and thought – did I even grow at all? And I did – in ways that have slipped past me for whatever reason. I’ve been patting myself on the back with my accomplishments – small victories for me!

This year I’ve…

Made more plushies!

Plushie Matt the Radar Tech isn't picky about which pastries he deprives you of.

Plushie Matt the Radar Tech isn’t picky about which pastries he deprives you of.

Where else would Plushie Kylo Ren shop?

Where else would Plushie Kylo Ren shop?

I don’t know how this didn’t pop up when going over my accomplishments. So my plushie repertoire isn’t huge, but it has grown and I’ve solved lots of tiny plushie problems. Such as…discovering paint pens! Oh geeze, how I wish I got one a long time ago.

So who poses first? You pose first? Or I pose first?

So who poses first? You pose first? Or I pose first?

And by the holidays my love for sewing these things rekindled (I admit, there was a bit of a lull) and I made some new plush – including Poe Dameron and an Imperial Stormtrooper.

Opened an Etsy store!

With my obsessions driving me to make plushies, I eventually convinced myself to try selling them on on Etsy. I was surprised I made some sales! Will I continue – absolutely.

Had a table at a convention!

Your life needs more bikini Kylo.

Your life needs more bikini Kylo.

This was something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so happy I tried it. Did I mention how much I loved it? My expectations of selling were really low, but I loved the engagement with con attendants and meeting fellow artists. I definitely want to do this again! Sadly, my friend and I were rejected for next year’s Fanime, but we’re gonna try our hand at other events. Hope to see some of you when we snag a table!

Draw. Draw. Draw!

Prompt #7: Lost BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #7: Lost
BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #9: Broken If only she let that squirrel alone...

Prompt #9: Broken
If only she let that squirrel alone…

Hourly comics, Inktober, and Daily Doodles (even if I’ve been slacking some days) – I’ve kept my drawing arm moving however much I could. The little artist community on Instagram is always fun and I’ve made some lovely trades with some lovely and talented folks who I’m so glad to have met.

Cosplay!

Ok, so this Rey outfit was more for Halloween (and wearing to Rogue One’s opening night), but I did get a tiny taste of putting together a costume. Most pieces were bought, but I did pat myself on the back for putting the belt  and (with a little help) getting the long scarf/wrap done.

Grew a community

Alongside my fellow artist pals, we kept our regular Drawing Meats MEATup going throughout the year. We’ve met and befriended some amazing new artists. You’ll bet we’ll be continuing this tradition through all of next year and years ahead.

What’s ahead in 2017?

Along with continuing the above there are lots of crafting ideas swimming through my mind that I want to try. One is playing around with resin to make some cool jewelry, the other – finally getting around to learning how to use a sewing machine. As for my Etsy  and possible tables – I definitely will work on making new items such as stickers, buttons, and more plushies! Who knows, maybe I’ll even try NaNoWriMo.

What are your creative resolutions for 2017 and beyond?

Have a safe New Year, everyone. And keep on creating!

 

Getting Inked for Inktober 2016

Looks like I’m doing it again! And I’ve dragged a couple of pals with me.

It’s INKTOBER!

Well…perhaps I’ll pick up on my #PoseADay project I was hoping to keep up. But this month – I hope to improve my inking skills AND use up some of my compulsive pen purchases.

So far so good.

Prompt #2: Noisy  And he's definitely NOISY!

Prompt #2: Noisy
And he’s definitely NOISY!

 

Prompt #7: Lost BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #7: Lost
BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #9: Broken If only she let that squirrel alone...

Prompt #9: Broken
If only she let that squirrel alone…

Some folks don’t need prompts for this challenge, but I could def use some inspiration! I’ve been following along the official Inktober Prompt List and it’s definitely helped keep my drawing arm moving. Definitely fun to play with the words of the prompts too.

By Jake Parker,  Inktober.com

By Jake Parker, Inktober.com

I’ve dragged a couple of pals and fellow artists from our Drawing Meats crew to take up the challenge. It’s going well so far and I definitely enjoy seeing everyone’s drawings.

Have you been getting into the Inktober spirit?

Follow along my Inktober adventures on my Instagram and Twitter! Keep on drawing :).

 

Pushing Plushies

Remember those little plushies I’ve been taking everywhere with me like an overgrown kid?

The eyeliner's in there. And now, you'll buy it for me.

The eyeliner’s in there. And now, you’ll buy it for me.

Does that look like a muffin to you, MATT?!

Does that look like a muffin to you, MATT?!

Welp, now I’m sharing the love- on my own Etsy page!

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – to make cute, geeky crafts and, if others enjoy them – they can take them home too! They’re hand-stitched and made to order – so each one is special.

The pocket-sized plushes currently available are unmasked Kylo Ren and his alter-ego Matt The Radar Technician. Head on over and take a look – and…if you like any of them, bring them home – AND – take them with you on your everyday adventures!

They’re portable, adorable, and photogenic – if there’s one thing these pocket-sized guys love is to have their pics taken.

Come on by my shop and check up often – I plan to add other types of plushies, sketch cards, and other wonderfully nerdy things!

I talk a lot about these things on my Twitter. Come chat with me!

Starkiller Fashion

Ok, raise your hand if you HAVEN’T seen the new Star Wars movie yet.

Whether you’re already repulsed by the other  contents of this blog or not, you might want to turn away from some SUPER MAJOR FASHION SPOILERS.

Like a bunch of other folk, I’ve watched The Force Awakens a good number of times. And when you watch something a good number of times, and you draw…you tend to draw a bunch of things from said thing you’ve watched a number of times.

And guess the thing I’ve been drawing a bunch of times for the past few weeks.

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

This madness has even gone beyond drawing.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

But I have grander plans for Disney’s new Prince(ss). Surely this spoiled, emotional, wannabe Sith has an extensive wardrobe beyond that mask, black frock, and infinity scarf, right?

Oh, Kylo Hime!

Oh, Kylo Hime!

After redrawing one of my Ren doodles in Manga Studio, I entertained the idea of paper dolls. And then I started it. It’s still a work in progress as I’m sure this guy’s wardrobe takes up a large warehouse on a star destroyer.

Don’t look if you want to avoid spoilers – next few pics reveal the full wardrobe of Kylo Ren which definitely spoil the ENTIRE plot of the new trilogy.

Dark knights don't do tighty whities.

Dark knights don’t do tighty whities.

Of  course you gotta start with the base doll and default outfit. I’ll have to work in the mask, of course.

Knights of Ren don't do buttons - especially with sleepwear

Knights of Ren don’t do buttons – especially with sleepwear

This is what I’d imagine Emo Kylo Ren would wear to sleep, cuddling a Vader doll and heirloom cape.

"Omg I can't believe we're wearing the same thing. How embarrassing" - General Hux

“Omg I can’t believe we’re wearing the same thing. How embarrassing” – General Hux

I bet spills and accidents happen – and the closet is on another planet. And the only thing handy is an extra First Order uniform.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

A Japanese school uniform felt obligatory. And necessary.

If we’re gonna follow Skywalker-Organa family tradition…

"Ben...these are your first steps..."

“Ben…these are your first steps…”

Surely, this joke has been done over and over again since the movie premiered, right?

I hope to get this done in time for Valentine’s Day – keep an eye out for this space. Even better – come chat with me on Twitter or follow along on Instagram where I update on the progress!

 

Doodling into the New Year

2015 has been a great year for me – particularly in the creative department. All I can say is that I’ve grown so much creatively this year – from drawing daily, connecting with fellow artists to trade, and trying new media!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me including fellow artists who I hope to continue to share and trade with in the New Year.

Let’s continue to make amazing things that make people smile and inspire each other in 2016!

YIPEEE!

YIPEEE!