Monday, September 16, 2013

It's been awhile since I updated this blog! I'm much better at keeping my Tumblr page up to date. Additionally, I've made a facebook page since that seems to be a pretty good way to reach people.

I have some exciting stuff coming up for the rest of the year! First, I had my first art show/sale at Spider House last Saturday! My partner in crime Katie Cowden and I shared a booth and sold cards, prints, and her fantastic laser cut jewelry.

Here's Katie, feeling fabulous behind our booth:


Needless to say, I learned a lot about art shows. Aside from this one, I'd done one other art show at a small local gallery, and the anonymity that came with that show made it so much different from this one. Everything was hanging on walls with only a little number next to frames to identify the artist on a list, so it was much less about the artist and much more about the art.

This required me to sit right behind the things I was asking people to pay for, which was pretty nerve wracking.

It was a great learning experience though. I learned a lot about the importance of display, especially after Katie showed up with so many cool little table decorations and clever displays. I also learned that you have to be more aggressive with business cards, because only a handful of people took cards, and most of the time because I told them to take one.

I have a lot more ideas now based on what I saw people selling and what I noticed that no one had, so I'm ready to start working on things for the next show! Classes are getting in the way as usual, but I'll find some time.

The next thing I'm doing, for anyone who lives in Austin, is EAST, the East Austin Studio Tour. I went around a bunch of studios last year and it was pretty amazing. That's coming up in November, so I better get busy!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I've been working on some collaborative projects with Katie Cowden, whose work you should all go check out right now. This collaboration of course required me to draw some dead animals, so here you go. Horses.

This guy's looking a little lively for a dead horse.






I'm thinking of making a post card out of this one. Mentally place "Wish You Were Here" along the top and there we go. Perfect for your strange friends.


















I suppose this would be the time to insert some sort of "beating a dead horse" quip, but I live a humorless and exhausted existence and have no time for such nonsense.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I have a cat named Spider, and he's pretty fat. Fatter than this, actually, but with the same confused expression.

He likes my shoes a lot, and so he always sits on them when I come home to visit my mother and sister.

Alright, NOW I can finally announce what I’ve been keeping bottled up for ages!

It is worth noting that this is the most exciting and fantastic thing that has ever happened to me. I’ve always dreamed about illustrating a Gaiman book, and this is more than I ever could have hoped for.
Neil Gaiman's Calendar of Tales website is finally up, and I am very flattered and very honored to announce that he chose my illustration for November. I remember finding out while I was at work and sitting in front of my computer and crying on the library books.  Now the kind comment he’s written is making me cry again. I’m a bit of a mess right now.

I don’t think I can express how honored I feel to have been part of this, and how happy I am that I was able to give back a little.  Neil’s work is incredibly inspirational to me. I have been lucky enough to meet him twice (and Amanda Palmer once as well!), and I cannot say enough how wonderful they are.
Please do go and look at all the wonderful submissions, and check September for my friend Katie’s submission!

And again Neil (I already tweeted this at you, but I’m going to shout it into the void of the internet yet again), thank you a thousand times! I can’t say that enough.

Friday, April 12, 2013

New URL!

Hello all! Within the next few weeks I'm going to change my URL to match my tumblr URL, so I'll be ghouliesandghostiesart.blogspot.com. I just wanted to give people a heads up so there wouldn't be any confusion. This is a URL I chose in high school, and I'd rather have everything match at this point.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013






















Here’s my submission to Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales for the month of November! Initially I was going to do watercolor, but since I only have this weekend to work on it, I opted for a medium that wouldn’t have to sit and dry.

This is the first time I’ve worked from a prompt in a long time, so it was refreshing! I love this whole project. It’s such a great way for readers to give back to the fantastic Mr. Gaiman for his awesome body of work.

Now I’m ready for a week of no deadlines, and whatever free music I can find for South by Southwest.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Not feeling this school thing anymore. I think it's time to graduate.
Demon weasel anyone?

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Wild Hunt


This poem was inspired by The Wild Hunt, an ancient folk tale that tells of a horde of spectral hunters, tearing across the night in pursuit of some unknown thing. Although widely viewed as an ill omen, perhaps of plague or death, in Scandinavia The Wild Hunt was believed to be a group of Asgardian hunters led by Odin.

I’ve always been intrigued by the story, and so decided to draw this pack of grim huntsmen bearing down on a stave church for Lithography class.






Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

 This is, sadly, pretty much the only labour-intensive thing I did over the break. I always start breaks meaning to catch up on all the art I wasn't doing during the semester, but once again, it didn't really happen. Nonetheless, I did manage a few things, this among them.

This girl will (hopefully) one day be part of a comic that a friend and I have been planning.  I've named her Rakshasamardini, an Indian name meaning 'destroyer of demons' (according to the internet at least, so who really knows?), a meaning which will come into play later in the story.  She goes by Raksha for short, since that's a terribly long name. If the comic never gets off the ground it may end up just being a series of illustrations.
 
It looks like she's on the run here. Time to get out of town. Her days as a messenger here are apparently over, so it's off to the harbor and onto a ship.



I'm also pretty fond of the background details here, so bear with me and look at the uncharacteristically bright colors!


















And this cute girl with her dog!



Also, reference credit for the background goes to peteshep from Flickr.
I don't know about you, but I get awfully excited about seeds. If you don't think they're pretty neat, you're probably wrong. Know what else is cool? Oxfam. Oxfam is an international charity organization that offers a program called Oxfam Unwrapped, where you buy things such as farm animals, seeds, books for children, or soap in someone else's name. Oxfam then donates that item to people in need around the world, and then you get to make a cute little card for your family or friend. We did seeds this Christmas.

Monday, January 7, 2013

I've been really horrible about neglecting this blog. I'm far more diligent about updating my Tumblr, but Blogspot is so much more snazzy looking and professional.

Anyway, watercolor time! I never know what to do for my grandparents for Christmas, so I made small paintings for them this year.

Fish for my grandfather:




















And a little Vermont style church for my grandmother:
























These were fun, didn't take long, and best of all, they were free. I ought to paint more often for gifts and save some money.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New tablet and a Christmas dragon!