This was pretty much a test and a challenge for myself to practice working in a limited palette with an eye toward making the sort of graphics some of the t-shirt sites require. It takes me a while to do this sort of art because it’s not anything like the way I normally work and makes me have to really stop and think about how I do things and then experiment a bit to make it work. This taught me a couple of things: I hate drawing guns and I detest shading hands in limited palette mode. LOL

Thanks to Lar De Souza for inspiring me to undertake this project and push myself to do something different. :-) He’s awesome. If you’re an artist, you should definitely join us to watch him draw on Ustream on Friday nights!

I worked on the commission I’ve been slogging on for a bit this evening while watching Lar DeSouza on Ustream. When the brain started balking at the complexity of it, I set it aside and worked on this idea that plopped into my brain at some point on April 2nd. I had noted it and made a quick render of the zombie dude head. So I pulled it together and finished it. I will most likely have it up in the NeatoShop before long. 

I’ve been working on a fairly complex commission as my health allows. I wanted to get some work done on it today, but my brain just couldn’t seem to stay focused enough. Rather than risk ruining what I’ve already done on it, I decided to set it aside.  

I still wanted to do something arty, though. I decided to crank out this more simple idea I’ve had in the back of my mind for a few weeks. It was modeled after an old Celtic angel design. I figure if Cas had a cafe he’d certainly make sure there was always pie in case Dean stopped by. :-D

I should have this up for sale in a few places shortly. 

So, I got some awesome news

The folks on Lar DeSouza’s Ustream got the advance notice on this news, but I thought I’d post it for those who hadn’t heard yet. I had been eyeballing Neatorama’s NeatoShop as a possible venue for my work for a bit, but I was kind of hesitant to try for it because it’s an invitation only sort of site and I saw that they already had a decent sized list of really popular and talented artists like DJ Kopet, Kharma Zero, Pig Boom and DooomCat. I figured they likely wouldn’t want my stuff because a lot of it isn’t the kind of work their hot sellers make.  But then I decided that I would lose nothing by trying. I got a wild hair Thursday evening and decided to send them a link to my website and the other info they ask for on their artist recommendation form. You can actually recommend artists to them, too, even if you don’t know them personally but are a fan. 

Well, I got an email Friday afternoon saying that they love my designs and that they wanted to invite  me to join the ranks of NeatoShop! I was a little stunned to say the least.  I’ve already started adding things over there now. The only downside is they have an image size requirement that’s WAY different than any other site I deal with, so I’m having to reformat everything I put up there. It’s somewhat of a pain, but Manga Studio seems to be doing a better job of this huge size change than Paint Shop Pro is. I’m really, really glad I got that for Yule as it’s beginning to prove to be quite a handy tool both for line art and for other purposes. 

This opportunity comes with some definite perks, too. They’ll actually give me shirts to do giveaways for promotions and send me free samples and things on occasion. So it is helpful in building up more fans and getting more of my work out there.  I’m hoping this means 2015 just might be a bit better year than last year. *crosses fingers*

I’ll be adding things slowly as usual, so keep an eye on the shop here:

Hope your New Year starts off with something good, too! :-)

Can’t sleep… angels will get me! X-D Up late and bored as hell, Can you tell? On a crazy whim I submitted this to Tee Fury. I don’t expect anything to come of it, though. I was goofing around with Adobe Illustrator to see if I could get my painterly brain to do something a bit more… graphical. I have to say, I like the calligraphic stroke tool for doing line work. The angel drawing was done ni Adobe.  I may have to practice with it some more. It could be handy for when I’m cleaning up my occasional tribal work. Then I ported the lines over to Paint Shop Pro and started playing with elements until I got this.


Completed gift art of a My Little Pony original character for a participant in the Holiday Wishes group over on Live Journal. I hope she enjoys it! :-D

And, before anyone asks, I don’t normally do a lot of gift art or commissions. When I do, I charge an hourly rate and it can be quite expensive due to the fact that I’m disabled and making art takes me a while these days due to neurological issues which are getting worse as I age. I charge like that because pushing myself to get something done can cause not only frustration, but a good deal of pain. So, pretty much you have to make it worth me going through that.  :-p

Zazzle: Sale The Ocean!

Zazzle is running the following coupon code through 10/14/2014

14.92% off all orders
Dates: 10/07/2014-10/14/2014
Main Zazzle | My Store

According to the site, this can be used on anything site wide and will  also apply to the following items which are also on special. The links go to the appropriate items in my shop. If you want the links into the main areas of Zazzle, click here

50% Off
Greeting Cards 
Wrapped Canvas

40% Off
Tree Skirts
Wrapping Paper

30% Off
Cheese Boards
Cake Pops

20% Off
Serving Trays
Chocolate Covered Oreos

50% of the invitation, postcard, greeting card, photo card, sheet of stickers, poster and/or wrapped canvas print net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying invitations, postcards, greeting cards, photo cards, sheets of stickers, posters and/or wrapped canvas prints are purchased. 40% of the ornament, tree skirt, pack of cookies, and/or roll of wrapping paper net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying ornaments, tree skirts, pack of cookies, and/or rolls of wrapping paper are purchased. 30% of the mug, plate, cheese board and/or pack of cake pop net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying mugs, plates, cheese boards and/or packs of cake pops are purchased. 20% of the shirt, bag, serving tray, and/or pack of chocolate dipped Oreos price will be deducted when one or more qualifying shirts, bags, serving trays, and/or packs of chocolate dipped Oreos are purchased. 14.92% of the product net sale price will be deducted when one or more qualifying products are purchased. The coupon code SALETHEOCEAN must be entered at checkout to receive this offer. For most products, the net sale price is the price of the product (excluding shipping and taxes). For Zazzle Custom Stamps, the net sale price is the difference between the price of the Zazzle Custom Stamps (excluding shipping and taxes) and the face value of the postage. Offer is valid through October 13, 2014 at 11:59PM PT. This offer does not apply to screen printed apparel, Brikk iPhone, standard framing, and/or custom framing. This offer only applies to products marked “Sold by Zazzle” and does not apply to past purchases. This offer may not be combined with any other Zazzle promotional or volume discount offers. If a volume discount applies to your order, you will receive either the discount set forth in this offer or the standard volume discount, whichever is greater. Offer valid on only.

Despite not having the soothing tones of Lar DeSousa and the fun company of his UStream chat tonight, I managed to get my “Mockingjay Girl” piece done.* I’ll probably start working on getting it onto merchandise on Cafe Press after doing some blog slogging and other things for a bit. I’ll need a brief break from work. If anyone has a particular type of item they’d want this on for holiday gifting (mug, tote bag, poster, teapot, whatever) please email me at and I’ll be happy to set it up for you.

*I’ve taken to using the period of time where Lar UStreams on Friday to try and work on art if possible. It motivates me because watching him work makes me want to kick my butt into gear and so things instead of wallowing in self pity. So I really pushed myself to work tonight instead of slacking and playing games or something.