October 30, 2013

Afterparty

Happy Halloween….


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I've made a special run of 10 limited edition orange & black prints for Halloween! 

8.5x11" on matte archival paper for $35 
(free US shipping, $5 for Int'l)



Shipping Options




October 27, 2013

Apples everywhere


Had a nice weekend driving around Central Mass with Andy, stopping at local farms and markets along the way.  We eventually decided on a pumpkin from a farm stand but have yet to carve it up.  

We went to Nourse Farm and Stowe Orchard, where we watched the horses eat and we shared an apple cider donut, then checked out a book sale at the Westborough Library, and other wise rambled around the area.

I'm currently working on a whole bunch of paintings and client projects, and feel fortunate the weekend weather has been so nice, we can really enjoy the season when we aren't in the studio.

I'm so happy we found out our own tree in the backyard is bearing amazing macoun apples!! (At least I think they are macouns, maybe an apple expert can taste test them for me) Definitely need to read up on the care and keeping of apple trees…





October 21, 2013

The Shadow's Hand is back!


Uwahahahah it has returned just in time for Halloween…

Made a few (very few, only 3) lovely canvas prints and (because Halloween is the best) put them on sale! 

$50 now $40 until Halloween

Update: just 1 left



October 20, 2013

Fall fashion sketching

A few pages from my sketchbook recently:


top left: A    ///   top right: B    ///   bottom left: C    ///    bottom right: D



All of these are available for purchase, $18 ea. with free shipping!

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Sketches F/W 2013

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October 16, 2013

Flat Iron x Anniversary

On this day 4 years ago Andy asked me to marry him, here:


                            actually, it was here        ^

and I said yes :)

October 14, 2013

Some days and good / some not so good




"Paula" - a portrait I did a few years ago, I put in the WAM faculty show.

On Oct. 21st it will be auctioned off for 
the Boys & Girls' Club of Worcester

 { INFORMATION HERE }
if you'd like to bid for charity!






In Brimfield, we drove by the Hitchcock Free Academy ~ (Check it out, Grampa!)


Been leaning towards camel, hunter green + burgundy this fall...


Passed through as they set up the fall carnival at the Greek church in Worcester



buying mums for the garden, feeding llamas in Hardwicke + checking out pun'kins



October 9, 2013

Alice is back - {Ltd. Ed. Canvas Print}


I'm so happy to say that due to popular demand, Alice is back for a very limited edition print run!  A beautiful archival print on stretched canvas, it's ready to hang or frame.  Only 5 available!

UPDATE:  Only 1 available now!

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October 7, 2013

Autumnal eating + Instagram


I love starting my day with a hard boiled egg on toast with spinach, red onion and peppers.


Made a Greek yogurt dill cucumber dip. But it's hard to eat cold food now that it's getting cooler...




Mini pumpkin pie with cinnamon


Butternut squash + roasted red pepper soup


In other news, I am so happy these days I feel so renewed!

I have lots of projects to work on, lots of plans for the future.  Unfortunately Frankenstein issue 3 won't be ready for Halloween due to client projects, but it's not going away.  Still writing and working on it bit by bit.  I'll probably be posting artwork from that this month anyway, to get into the fall-spirit.

After a period of feeling lost, it seems there was nothing to really worry about after all.  

I thought maybe comics weren't for me, that my confidence had been misplaced.  But only after a brief stint working a regular job it quickly became apparent that a regular job is DEFINITELY NOT for me.  So I quit after a week and dove back into art full-force!

And besides, art is already my full-time, "regular job" anyway, something I'm much more grateful for now.
Hope you all are doing something that makes you happy every day :)


….. Also!

Instagram<<<<  this  



Allie Oop says hello




 Because I'm super late on all these social networking things - I have an instagram (which you'd think I'd already be addicted to since I love snapping pictures)

I don't usually use the Instagram feature, I'm more about LINE camera, actually (if you're interested)

And I'm also loving POKOPANG!  by Line :D

October 6, 2013

Suzy Bishop process work

Some shots from last week:







This painting went fairly quick, just 7 days from conception and drawing to completion.

Now it's off to California for the Bad Dads show!  

Bye, Suzy...





October 5, 2013

Review: Portfoliobox.net + Building a good portfolio site



finally updated my site - yay


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I have to say, I am blown away by how awesome Portfoliobox.net is.

I mean like, they didn't ask me to write this review - I was COMPELLED to do so!

I just finished building my site with them, after a much-needed refresh, and have to say, quite happy.


Who is this for? 

If you are the kind of person that has basic coding skills but often finds yourself tweaking stuff to DEATH - this is for you.  You can let go of the constant fussing, just upload, do some polishing and let the site do the work for you.
  • Are you sick of paying crazy hosting prices?  
  • Do you have >50 pieces to show?  
  • Do you want your e-commerce + portfolio (+ blog if you wish) all in one place?
  • Need automatic mobile integration?  
It's pretty awesome.

People can leave you comments or you can make it private, you can have a guestbook if you want or link to an external blog, send a newsletter, add your social network accounts to make easy links at the bottom … it's all there.

Here's the catch:
  • It's free for one month while you build the site.
  • Then after one month it locks unless you buy the PRO account.
  • You can pay $7 a month for hosting, a professional email, unlimited images, and all unlocked pro templates.
  • Or, you can pay a one time $10 fee to open your site and update.
(*If you enabled Pro templates during your free month trial, those will remain locked unless you upgrade to Pro.)


Why I love this:
  • We were paying so much to host the site - the PRO account is STILL CHEAPER than before.  
  • Also, I personally, have a terrible habit.  Of constantly…. fixing… little things…  it's a problem.  I like knowing "oop, this is going to close soon so I should just put up the best and leave it!" (Do I really need to keep changing this site font??  No.)
  • They also have eeeexcellent customer service!  They are fast, responsive and very nice to work with.  Highly recommended :)
  • Beautiful and easy to navigate admin layout

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► Here's a link for 10 more images + $10 off a pro account:
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A look at the Portfoliobox admin panel

Tips for Building a Good Portfolio Site


►Put up the work you want to attract.

You don't have to try and be everything to everyone.  If you are getting a lot of work for subjects that you hate, change your portfolio images to reflect the kind of projects you WANT to be getting.

*This goes for your social networking, too!


Usually an art director hires you for similar work because they can see what the result will kind of look like based on your current offerings.

If they can already visualize the assignment in your style, it makes their lives easier.
"Okay, this is what this person can deliver to me quickly and efficiently because they do it all the time"

*dress for the job you want, not the job you have, right?

►Edit down.

My blog allows me to show my current work along with process images and fun sketches.  When putting together a portfolio, it's good to not over-share.  Editing is key.

UNLESS you want to build a site that has complex roll-overs that show process work and have 12840 sketches back-logged so a visitor will stay on your site for hours - then more power to you.

I don't have the coding skills (because I'm too busy painting and don't want to pay an IT guy $40,000) to create a site of that scope.

A big, beautiful, catalogued site that has everything you've ever done is something to behold, but sadly I haven't the time to commit.

► Consolidate your traffic.

It's quite difficult trying to hold down all kinds of accounts (Big Cartel, Twitter, the blog, the portfolio site…) That's a lot of energy and time spent going in different directions.

Try to bring the majority of your traffic to one place.  I'd recommend picking one thing that is your corner stone - like the blog if that's your favorite - and treat the blog like a store (adding in PayPal buttons etc)

That also means accepting that you can't give everything 100% of your attention.  If you want the most of your income to be from art sales, then you'll need to devote most of your time to the store aspect of your site.

* That's not really my style, I like fulfilling random print-on-demand requests, preferring most of my energy go to comics or finding my next assignment.

But to each his own, right!


Some other stuff methink's a good idea:
  • simple layouts
  • simple colors
  • simple fonts

Happy Freelancing!

October 3, 2013

Suzy on New Penzance


gouache + pencil on Reeves BFK paper  |  11x17


Hi everybody,

Here's a look at a new painting I just finished up for Spoke Art in California.

They have a really cool annual show dedicated to the films of Wes Anderson called, aptly enough "BAD DADS"

It was hard to choose, since Rushmore has a special place in my heart, but ultimately went with a kind of Japanese ukiyo-e take on Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom.



details


it looks so nice in the frame!

(apologies for the checked shirt reflection)



October 2, 2013

Business cards


Have I posted these before?

New biz cards (complete with spot UV - whoo fancy)


October 1, 2013

Husky sketch

While I'm in the midst of revamping my website, inevitably I came across little sketches and junk that have been tucked away in folders.  I'll probably be posting what's being unearthed this week.


sketch for greeting card client that read:

"Can't thank you enough!"

Happy October!