Getting Crunchy at Crunchyroll Expo

It’s that time again! My THIRD time tabling at an Artist Alley. This time at Crunchyroll Expo August 25-27.

For the past few months I’ve been working on new pieces to feature on prints, buttons, and…wha…keychains!

If you’ve seen my last post, I’m toting a bunch of these guys along and hope they’ll find new homes.

G’day.

I hope you’ll come by if you’re attending. I’ll be sharing the table with my pal & fellow artist – and she’s got some great stuff to check out too!

Of course, I’ll be tweeting and Instagramming my happenings during the con.

But if you’re not able to attend and you’d like to support what I do, come visit my Etsy and Ko-fi pages – any contribution will definitely help wrangle in supplies and will put a smile on my face knowing my stuff makes you smile!

Sew What?

I’ve overcome a fear…and found a new addiction…

…in sewing!

Ok, yeah. I’ve already been sewing with just needle and thread. But I vowed earlier this year that I’d get around to moving on up to the sewing machine. Months later, I finally did!

*poses*

My mom had this portable little machine she got as a gift many ages ago. And, as is my mantra (or something, am I using that word right?) – maximize the sources that are already available. Or – use up the crap I already have in layman’s terms.

Baby steps, remember? This machine’s not too fancy  – only one stitch and two speeds: fast and ludicrous speed. But the stitches are pretty sturdy for what I needed. So here goes nothing!

First few tries with just making a Chibi Totoro…

Uh…

Yeah..I can almost see it.

Welp.

After resizing the eyes and taking things VERY slowly….

Your souls are ours now.

Now they look more like the creatures I’d chase up a camphor tree!

Soon…

Of course, some hand-stitching is still involved – particularly the tails and after the stuffing. But, I’m sold – the sewing machine is no longer a thing to be feared. Maybe ones that have like, 300 stitches…

And now, I just can’t staaahp!

*slow motion walk*

Then, one day I got a little overconfident…

Let’s pretend this didn’t happen…

But from his death, a Chibi Totoro was born…

Aaaand, back to the Chibi Totoros.  With so much felt I’ve acquired, I’ve been making Chibi Totoro plushies of different colors – and they’re all equally as cute.

Chibi Totoro Grey Scale.

Soon, I’ll graduate to a real sewing machine…you can watch me panic as I tweet and/or Instagram my progress!

What creative progress have you conquered or are starting your quest to conquer?

Happy making!

 

 

Tone it down

In my continued quest to use up the supplies I already have, my dailies – for the past month or so, have mostly been in one of my toned sketchbooks.

“I like you, Tombo! I like you as much as I am hungry for instant noodles!”

So they’ve been mostly sketched, inked…maybe a touch-up with white colored pencil or gel pen. Or, on the rare occasion, maybe an actual marker.

Kweh.

I find stickers and washi tape look particularly good on toned paper!

Donut stickers, courtesy of the temptress that is the Daiso store.

Other than trying to fill up these sketchbooks (I maaaaaay have a few I’ve bought compulsively during sales)…let’s just say some of my markers have been drying up…

I’ve definitely been enjoying just drawing with pencil and ink – and the toned paper gives it a nice antique-y look. It also forces me to vary line weights, so there’s that – there’s always room to learn and try something new.

“I’ll be in your drawing. Cassian said I had to.”

Well, sure, I could stock up on these markers – but, again, I want to stay the course on this quest. Two more toned sketchbooks to go!

And I still have my watercolors, so color in my drawings are still in the picture.

These are just a few of my toned sketchbook doodles – head on over to my Instagram and Twitter for more! And…if you’ve been enjoying my drawings, come visit my Ko-fi page!

I’ll just take a drip coffee. Or a mocha. I like mochas.

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Sketchy Business

I’ve been pretty good with resisting the temptations of buying art supplies. Sort of.

Okay, I REALLY needed new pencil leads and lining pens. But that’s besides the point.

As far as sketchbooks, I’ve been pretty fortunate to have received them as gifts or freebies and I have a pretty good supply to keep me busy for a while. Some of these sketchbooks…aren’t originally sketchbooks. Rather, lined notebooks, outdated datebooks. And, in my quest to use up what I already have, I’ve been pairing these with regular ol’ ballpoint pens.

Won’t lie – I do sketch in pencil first then go over with pen.

I’ve discovered that doodling with this pairing – as a friend mentioned – is quite freeing. There’s no pressure of drawing something perfect, hey, it’s lined, go wild! Just the motions of sketching with a ballpoint pen is cathartic as well.

The only reason I played Final Fantasy VII

Sometimes it’s just nice to take a break from the obligations of lining and coloring.

Rivaling the strongest woman in the world

Usually I like going this route when I can’t think of what to draw with color. Sometimes I just like the results of my warm-up doodles!

Big, puffy sleeves. I can’t resist drawing them.

Do you like doodling on any kind of surface, whether they’re lined, squared, or dated? Or are you more of a strictly unlined surface kind of sketcher?

 

Well-traveled doodles

Welp. I’m back from my lengthy holiday!

And, if you happened to have followed along my Twitter and Instagram – I definitely kept myself drawing when I could. Oh,  there were plenty of down-times. Luckily, I was well-supplied this time with my super portable watercolor set.

Here’s a run-down of a few of my overseas doodles:

A day after I landed and remembering what day of the week it actually was there, I dabbled in my watercolors to draw Sailor ChibiUsa.

The jet lag was real.

The wifi I had was quite spotty, but I was able to see some live-tweets on the Star Wars Celebration that was going on…basically in the past while I sat…IN THE FUTURE! I mean, I HAD to draw something Star Wars related. And, because… Carrie Fisher.

She’ll save our skins.

But sometimes…I just didn’t feel like bringing out the watercolors. Sometimes I just wanted to scribble.

That’s…supposed to be Elsa back there.

As mentioned previously, I’ve been sketching in lined notebooks and out-dated datebooks – mainly because it saves me a bit of money on buying sketchbooks, and also it gives these things some good use.

Sometimes a stupid fan-art comic idea comes around and I won’t rest until I draw it.

Deleted scene from The Force Awakens. You saw it here first!

And I’m quite happy that the tiny notepad I drew that in is FINALLY filled! If you’re curious how this scribbly comic goes, check it out on my Instagram.

So I’m finally back home and, boy, am I glad to be back with the rest of my art and craft supplies!

Do you keep your creative juices flowing when you’re on vacation?

Water You Waiting For?

I’ve made a vow. A difficult vow.

A vow I’ll likely break the next time I step into an art supply store.

Dammit.

I vowed to only use the art supplies I already have…and RESIST *cries* giving in to temptation should I step into a Michael’s..or Flax…or peruse on the Blick’s site…

Which leads me to the set of watercolors I’ve, sometimes, put aside in favor of my markers. For the past few weeks I’ve come back to them and even bought a new watercolor pad.

Used a coupon at Michael’s. A justified purchase.

OK that didn’t count – I NEEDED that pad to use my watercolors!

Also – during the past two weeks, a pal and I gave ourselves themes to work on for our future art table adventures. So it was killing two birds with one stone for me.

A few weeks ago – we made ourselves draw Pokemon. Easy enough? Eh…a bit of a challenge when it’s something I don’t normally draw. But it was good practice all the same!

The cute route is a family-friendly route, right?

Week after – a Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki week – because…face it, those characters are forever.

When in doubt…TOTORO.

Chibi Totoro: NOPE

I want to say I’m improving, and I think I am. All I can say, it’s just fun. I like to think of this set of watercolors as having an unlimited palette of water-based markers.

Of course – my only gripe is the bit of waiting in between laying down color to dry. Otherwise – I love the blending and layering.

Next: Ren Eboshi

The Good: I’m putting mileage on this watercolor set. I’m seeing some improvements – aka – I’m a bit more patient between color applications.

The Bad: It’s got me looking at watercolor supplies which I…don’t…don’t…need! But WANT!

Is there a watercolor set or brand you favor?

Follow along my watercoloring adventures on my Twitter and Instagram!

 

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 :).