Blue Winter Bird

KA-KAWW

Here’s a tiny woodblock I did last fall. The full size is 4×4″, so it’s actually bigger onscreen than it is in real life! I didn’t exactly consciously decide to work so detailed, but I like doodling on the pieces of wood I have lying around, and every once in a while I carve them. I was about halfway through it before I realized that I had to carve every single teeny feature out. Hah!

… I have a lot more of these carved doodles around that I haven’t printed yet. It’s too cold to work in the basement right now, which is where my studio is, so I’m hoping that spring will show her face any day now!

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Sakuracon/Stumptown 2011

Whew! That was a busy two weeks. Busy and awesome! Stumptown and Sakuracon were both fantastic. I was there with Melanie, my partner in Crab Tank, and at Sakuracon splitting an artist’s alley table with Kayla, one of the contributors to Crab Tank’s Tankadere comics anthology. I also got to hang out with my relatives up in Seattle! It’d been way too long.

I’ve got a plan for this blog, but I’ve been to busy between convention prep and classes to implement it. So! Here’s the plan: art posts every Tuesday – finished pieces are ideal, but sketches and in-progress works too. Expect some crossposting from my dA account, which I know can be hard to navigate. Thursday will be the day I discuss my artistic process and art in general. Let me know if there’s any specific questions you’d like answered or themes to be discussed!

Now I’m going to go sleep off the con crud before I catch up on my homework.

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New Business Cards!

Just in time for Stumptown! Woo!

Charibdys Prints!

I’m excited because they turned out so nicely. You can’t really see it on the scan, but the monster in my header is over the front of the card — in spot gloss! Very exciting.

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Absolution Preview

A peek at one panel from a 20-page wordless comic I’m working on called Absolution. It’ll be available at Stumptown and Sakuracon 2011.

the city at night

Absolution page 1 preview

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Upcoming Events April 2011

STUMPTOWN COMICS FEST
Portland, Oregon Convention Center
April 16 & 17

SAKURACON
Seattle, Washington State Convention Center
April 22-24

I’ll be at both with the independent comics press CRAB TANK. We’ll have several minicomics (including Kiss from a Rose!) and the first volume of our annual anthology TANKADERE with us!

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Kiss from a Rose!

I am now happy to announce the completion of shoujo comedy one-shot comic KISS FROM A ROSE. KISS FROM A ROSE is a collaboration project with the amazing Danielle DeMartini and the fabulous Caitlin Like.

The cover (by Caitlin) can be seen on deviantArt!

There will be more information soon, including ordering information and convention appearances with my good friend Melanie, but right now I’d like to offer a sneak peek into the development of the lead villain’s design:
SQUID HAIR

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The Black Dog + Weird Tales #357!

Calling all of my posts “sketch of the day” was getting confusing, so I’m stopping that nonsense right now. I can only imagine that in a few weeks out of desperation I’ll be cannibalizing lyrics from songs for titles or something. This particular sketch is from a series I’m trying to work out. It is actually 6 feet by 6 feet large, drawn partially in frustration after one class where the only crit I got was “you should make it bigger.” SO I DID.

omnomnom

In other awesome news, two of my illustrations accompany N.K. Jemisin’s story “The Trojan Girl” in this quarter’s Weird Tales #357. Order your copy here!

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