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Happy Valentine’s Day! (and free download)

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Whaddaya know – I’m sick. I think I’m simply fighting off a cold – no deadly flu or anything, just stuffy nose and scratchy throat and so so tired. Anyway I forgot it was Valentine’s Day! I actually really love Valentine’s Day – I love little boxes of candy hearts, interesting chocolates that you don’t know what kind they are until you bite into them, and handing out valentines to everyone. I’ve noticed a lot of people either obsess over or HATE this holiday. I get it – everyone is sitting in restaurants in pairs and it’s totally weird. But you’re allowed to opt out of the whole “couples are the most important” part of the holiday and just have fun with it. I whipped up some SUPER quick valentines so I could hand them out to my friends. Write a quick note on the back, tape it to a box of candy hearts, and you’re good to go! (p.s. THANK YOU dollar store for your cheap candies!) If you completely forgot to buy your box of minions-themed valentines this year, you can totally download these! I whipped up a quick printable pdf – I recommend you print on cardstock […]
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A paper doll for a special boy

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My nephew’s birthday is coming up so I spent some time working on something very special for him. I’ve always wanted to paint a set of paper dolls, and he’s such a sensitive and wonderful little kid who would appreciate a little mini-him that he can dress up and take on adventures! I specifically included some of his favorite shirts – Thomas the Tank Engine, Paw Patrol, and so on. I loved designing and painting his real life clothes – it was so much fun! When I was a little girl I LOVED paper dolls so much. I remember all the little clothes and stuff – then I grew up and was obsessed with KiSS dolls – do you remember those? They were little dolls in an app you could play with on your computer. I remember spending ages getting the clothes to line up on the doll JUST perfectly (on some dolls the clothes snapped to position). They were amazing – looks like the webpage is still up sorta! At some point I want to make a KiSS doll even though nobody plays with them anymore just so I can live out a childhood dream of mine. 🙂 And […]
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Art goals for 2018

Okay so I’m a little late on the 2018 train given that it’s February, but I made a list of goals I have for the upcoming year. I’m moving into being a fulltime artist and illustrator, so I have a lot of work I need to do to make this successful. I’m both excited and really nervous about what’s coming up. Here’s my list: Studio space I’m lucky enough to have a room in my house that I can devote to studio space but so far it’s been pretty neglected and I haven’t done a ton of work around organization and making the room feel cozy and very much ME in awhile. It’s just kind of slouchy and messy and it’s hard to grab things I need because they’re buried in drawers and closets and shelves. So I really need to update my studio room to be a more comfortable and accommodating place for my art. You can see it in the above photo – just kind of a general mess. So what I need is: I need an area for art display that I can rotate artwork out. I need to be able to display some in-progress and recently […]
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On Drawing and Creativity

I had a conversation with a friend recently. He asked me, “How do I learn how to draw?” I didn’t know what to say – I’m still experiencing imposter syndrome from years of feeling like I can’t draw, so every time someone asks me that I usually mumble things about “drawing every day” and “learn how to see” and maybe hand them a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. But I’ve been thinking about this idea of making things and creativity, and maybe what people are asking is not how to learn how to draw but how to feel comfortable with the idea of creativity as a whole. Creativity has become a buzzword that gets thrown around and countless businessy thinkpieces trying to answer the questions “What is creativity?” and “Is everyone a creative?” Either the definition becomes something so elitist that only people being paid for their creativity seem to be allowed to call themselves a creative, or the definition becomes so broad as to mean absolutely nothing at all. In a world of seeing people’s highlight reels on Instagram, how do you reconcile what it means about you and your “talent” when you produce […]
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Sketchbook hack

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I don’t think I’m the only one who has the issue of the BLANK FIRST PAGE in a sketchbook. It’s so intimidating – it’s really tricky to figure out exactly what to put on the first page that won’t “ruin” the sketchbook. My neuroses around sketchbooks run even deeper, though – once I fill out that first page, I feel intimidated by the next page, and the next one afterward! I hate flipping through a sketchbook and seeing a series of bad sketches during art block or periods where I’m busy or just not producing work up to my top quality. I know that’s a very silly attitude to have around sketchbooks, given that they’re meant for practice and mistakes, but that’s just the way it is with me. I discovered something that really helps, a technique that has made me infinitely more prolific in my sketchbook and less stressed about it too. I wanted to pass it on for anyone experience art block or feeling neurotic and paralyzed while using their sketchbook. Don’t go in order. No really. Flip to a random page and fill it in. If you feel weird about that, date it or number it. Then, […]
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Hello world!

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“Hello world” is how you’re always supposed to start. Anyway, someday I’ll get around to putting up some blog content!
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