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My buddy Sarah (swinsea.tumblr.com) and I are doing a Sketch Challenge Week!! Today Sarah drew something that inspires her and I decided to do the same by drawing SARAH!

It wouldn’t be fitting to talk about what inspires me and not mention Sarah. She is very accomplished and a great role model for any artist, but she is so much more to me.

Best Friends for a very long time - Sarah knew me before I wanted to be an artist. Back when I liked to doodle, but didn’t call it art. Back when I thought I just wasn’t cut out to even try. I would see her making such pretty drawings and then she would tell me that mine were good too. Sarah was the catalyst that got me to think “Maybe my drawings are good”.

This went on all throughout schooling - I draw, show Sarah, and she would encourage me. We even had drawing parties at her house where we would watch anime and draw all day. (Don’t even get me started on her anime influence with me) She read my silly comics I wrote - A Day In Emily’s Life and Mally and the Ring. She loved my ideas and still remembers some of the old ones I haven’t mentioned in a long time.

She is my number one go-to person for artistic critiques. I can safely say that EVERY significant art milestone - especially getting jobs - is directly because of Sarah. She got me my first art job out of college and we’ve worked together many times (which has always been amazing). She encourages me to draw to this day (hence this challenge). Seeing her make her dreams come true makes me feel like I can too.

Everyone needs a Sarah in their life. I owe her so much artistically, but being friends with her has really been the best part. Heck, even this drawing that got inked with a ballpoint pen is only that way because my favorite pen, that Sarah got me when I moved, ran out and I haven’t been to the store yet to replace it.

I love you Sarah and I hope you know what an amazing impact you’ve had on my life!

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The Other Side anthology Kickstarter is now live!

And @camodadcomic and I have a story in it ( @othersideanthology )! The Other Side is a collection of queer paranormal romance comics, and I couldn’t be more delighted and honored to be a part of it. It’s edited by the amazing @koricomics and @pigeonbits with comics by @kateordie, @sfemonster, @aatmajapandya, and so many more super cool folks.

Our contribution is called “Fifty Years” and it stars our @vertoscope characters, Kaspar and Grizel, offering a little glimpse at their happily ever after. (Read “Breakfast in Bed” here!) I also drew a spread illustration of these two for @onethousandandoneknights, which you can see here!

Here’s my contribution to witchsona week!

As a witch, I’m pretty much the same, except I use my magic to give myself bottomless pockets à la Mary Poppins’ bag. It’s where I keep my ride (broom), familiar (Miss Kitty), and all the junk normally found in the bottom of my purse: mints, movie ticket stubs, lip balm, and no, those aren’t magic sparkles… it’s pocket lint.