I have not done a lot of art this week. I did a lot of cleaning over the weekend, worked, errands, and just kind of recovered from the rush of the skulls. Sometimes doing a series in a rush, like I did, just drain the artist and a recovery period is needed. I do not do much cleaning when I am in a rush like I was, so that was a huge thing to get done.
My cell phone died on Valentines day. I woke up and the alarm had not gone off, the screen would not turn on and the notification light was blinking away. I spend most of the day running around doing errands. I had to take stuff back to the print shop because the prints were not cut right and some of the cards had weird lines on the insides… Can not sell stuff that is messed up!
Today I did a loose illustration style ink wash painting of one of my cats, Nunzio (he is named after a body guard in the Myth Adventures book series. Totally worth reading if you like punny stories.) I was going for something that reminded me of a storybook that I might have read as a child, something that is still used in books or in magazines.
This style was hard to do! I like to have details and vibrant colors and a lot more definition in my work. Not with this style. This is pale, low color saturation, and just loose, and soft. It was so hard to stop adding things.
I also did this on watercolor paper, usually I use Bristol, which is very smooth and a brilliant white. Watercolor paper let the inks bleed and feather more easily, so things are just naturally softer. I did not have to work as hard to make them seem soft.
I will be doing several more in this style on the watercolor paper. I have been practicing drawing people so I can freehand them on this paper. I have to practice and not use my light table like I would normally. I got a watercolor paper block. Which is a bunch of sheets of paper glued together on the sides. This helps prevent warping for those of use who are to lazy to stretch or iron our paper (I did not even know that was a thing until last year.)
I am trying to get my Instagram account follower numbers up to 300. When I get there I am going to do a drawing for a mouse pad with the Grunge Skull on it. If you are interested in a super cool mouse pad follow me on Instagram @bycarissac.
I have spent the past week working on new art (yaaay!)
I have been looking for places / events to sell my art.
It can be hard to find places that work for dark or creepy art. Harder to find ones with reasonable table fees and that does not make one jump through crazy hoops.
I have confirmation for two so far. Dark in the Park in July in Pacific, Washington. Yes, there is a town in Washington named Pacific. That threw me when I first found out. It is just north of Puyallup. I also signed up to do a dark themed event in November, right after Thanksgiving, the Feast of Beasts.
I sent out applications for five other events, one is a wait list. I hope to hear back on those, soon. They are in Seattle. I will post more about those when I hear back. There is another Seattle one that has not posted their application yet. I am eagerly awaiting it, as I already have someone to share the space with. If all goes well that will be 8 larger events. I hope to get some smallish ones in as well. I really enjoyed Oddmall Tacoma last year.
I want to expand my inventory beyond paper products. I picked up a silk screening kit. I want to see if I can design something to put on shirts or maybe tote bags. One color jobs as it only came with one screen. I have an idea for a few things that might work.
Suggestions for things that can be easily hand made and/or and cheaply purchased are welcome.
In other events:
I am gearing up for Emerald City Comicon. I have been working the event for many years, 6 or 7 years I think. I am super excited to go through Artist alley and see what new stuff my favorite artists have done.
The Holiday season is hard for lots of people. We remember friends and family that have past. You might be one of the many that are in a seasonal relationship or not in a relationship.
Make sure everyone feels the love of the season, so give your Scroogy friends a big hug and invite them over (if you can.) The invitation means a lot even if you are sure they will decline. Who knows, they might surprise you!
Today I have lots of art to share.
First it is Time-Lapse Thursday. A new video is available to watch on my Youtube channel, or you can watch it below. Santa has come to town!
The first one has metallic gold paint for the background. It looks very nice in person. It has a good feeling of depth.
The second has a gold leaf background. It also looks better in person. The gold leaf does take over the image though. I will not be using it as a background anytime soon. It is definitely better as an accent. It is extremely shiny though.
I will not be making prints of the second one. The gold leaf just does not photograph or scan very well (as you can see.) The creepy wreath will be available next year. Maybe I can do a Christmas in July thing. hmmmm….
I am already starting to plan new things for 2018 and trying to figure out what shows and events I want to do. (Gotta get a new business licences first.)
For the past two weeks I have been working on getting videos for my YouTube Channel. It is pretty time consuming. Between making sure the video segments are in the right order, to adding captions, comments, titles and credits I have watched each video fix or six times. THEN you have to add music. Not just any music. You have to source some free to use music that is appropriate for your piece.
It is hard work!
I have made it through five videos and posted them. One is tutorial-esque. It is not the greatest, I start talking quietly after the first few minutes. But you must learn from your mistakes! I have been learning a ton with this endeavor.
I have done what I can to get everything “nice” and professional. I am far from where I would like to be. I did monetize my YouTube. I discovered that I cannot get a custom URL until it has been 30 days or a huge number of views. In 3 weeks I will be able to change my channel name from
I have been slow to get my current project out. I have gotten a part time job that is a lot more physical than I am used to. It also starts early in the morning. By the time afternoon comes I am beat and do not have much energy to art. Once my body is used to the new routine I will be back to arting on a regular basis.
This is the video I did for one of my projects. It is the Four Skull Experiment!
With the lack of interest in people actually purchasing my art, in addition to some other matters, I have begun to look for a part time job. There are bills to pay!
I would rather live off my art. I have so much fun creating things, especially for other people. I can wear comfy cloths, listen to whatever music or shows I want. There is less temptation to eat to escape or shut down emotionally and mentally. I can start and end whenever I choose (I am better at working between 6pm and 2am.) I do not have to worry about getting to and from on the bus. Those are just the things I can thing of.
Times seem to be financially tough for a lot of people. The money people are spending is on things that instantly gratify them, or whoever they are shopping for. This means things with a product you can eat or touch are selling better than strictly visual things.
A wonderful commissioned piece. Sadly the scans and photos do not show all the detail. It is truly one of my best works.
Recently I was able to complete a commission. I loved working on it. It pushed my boundaries, made me try new things, and focus on detailed line work over color and shading. I hope I can get more commissions like this. I also want to improve on how I draw people. I have gotten permission from a few friends to use their likeness to practice. It would be great if other people would commission some “selfie” portraits from me.
I am in a bit of a pragmatic, more negative, mood today. I just discovered I sent out an OLD resume to several postings. I feel a bit like an idiot. Some of the messages I sent out were missing words, because I was not focusing. Just shotty work over all. I doubt I will hear back from them. I am not sure if I am happy about that or not.
I am working on something for an event in November. I will be doing some abstract superhero art. I will be at an event in August and working on something for September. I am hopeful things will work out. The negativity monster says to give up and crawl into bed.
Commissions are open. Send me a message and we can work out what you would like. I have a wide range of techniques and skills. I know I can create amazing art, no matter the subject.