Friday, January 5, 2018

Concept Art and Card-Tooning Zine Peeks! Zines Made By Kids at the JAC

I have gotten so behind in blogging, but aiming to change that.  Happy 2018!

One new thing I've been doing is publishing art from my students, in 3-D form.  They are making self-published content and zines, not only from what they draw, but from what they sculpt!

Below is a page from one of my new student zines, from my concept art class!  They sculpt characters, photograph the stories, and then we use the computer to digitally add the details, story description, dialogue, and so forth.

Here's a snippet from a couple of pages of the zine we are sending to print soon.  Adding to the zine collection of what my students make!  These two panels are some of my favorite, because they are cute chibi characters in the vein of "Game of Thrones."  

To recap from some more student zines, in the old-school DIY/photocopying format, "Friends," and "The Last Airbender, our class self-published coloring book anthology, the suspenseful sci-fi illustrated story zine "The First Monster and the Mad Scientist," and the Purr-fect accordion book-- all about a kitten!  The kids who make these zines are all in elementary or middle school, and are already terrific artists and storytellers.  Am excited to keep printing these zines, showcasing them at our student Zine Fest at the JAC, and then bringing copies out into the world for people to enjoy, to help spread the word when I am out and about at a zine fair on my own.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Inktober Zine III

Happy Holidays! I've decided it should be Inktober All year, so, here are some samples from my Inktober 3 Zine, which I'll have out next year during convention season. These have also become portfolio pieces, so, I'm glad Inktober propels me towards useful things.

Like I have done before, I am self-publishing a black and white illustration zine of my best Inktober drawings, as one of the zines I will have for the Con and Zine Season in 2017.

Scroll down to see the scans of what will soon be in book DIY form!

Friday, December 15, 2017

"The Botanicordion Book:" Zine to be released next year!

Here are some samples from the latest zine I'll be printing, early next year.  2017 has been a whirlwind.  Between moving, upheaving my life, and richocheting changes, I always feel like I want to draw more and can't always fit it in, but, I have diligently been learning botanical illustration.  A little bit self-taught, but now also studying it formally.  I love it.  Perhaps I'm turning into the little old lady from Pasadena (where I now reside), but instead of driving around I'm wandering around looking at/drawing fro plants.  I'll be printing an accordion book art zine of these for 2018 shows, and here are a few sneak peeks.  Fun for people who are science people, to learn botany, and artists, who like illustration!  Enjoy.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Re Issuing "Lonely"

Been working on this series, and wanted to post some clips from the latest and revised issue. Changing the writing and format a little bit.

"Lonely," also known as " (l) o n (e) l y," is a prose memoir zine, with some narrative illustrations to accompany the text.  It's about being an only child, and one's identity in that regard.  For anyone who has read the twin memoir "Her," which poses the question who are you/how do you exist without your twin, this zine series I've been working on explores those same feelings, except from the only child perspective.  Portfolio and zine work.

Check it out below.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Creative Tuesdays. Gumball!!!

Hi All my C.T. friends, Happy New Year!

Here is my submission for Creative Tuesdays and the theme of Gumball!

As you guys may know, I have a beloved plush Koala who's named Fuzzles. So this sketch celebrates is they made Koala shapes bubble gum balls, and hence, Fuzzlegum!

I'm so sorry this is so late. I've been really sick and just starting to get better this week and I'm getting this in right before the link expires.

To submit in the next hour, or see the other very cool submissions, please go to Michael/Mister Toast's blog link here:

Can't wait to see the other fun Gumball submissions! This was so much fun to do :-D

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"What's Left:" A Punny Zine Work In Progress Update

Below are some excerpts from a new zine project I've been working on for some time, and will be finishing and then getting printed at the end of this month, called “What’s Left?” 

It's a bit of a pun (usually a running theme of my life).  "What's Left?" Can mean what you have left, or what remains, after you have been through a great deal.  In this case, it's also literal, as these are a collection of drawings I've done with my left hand.  I've been teaching myself to be ambidextrous/not only draw with my right hand, because of injuries, and it's also good for your brain to actually use both hands for traditionally hand-dominant activities-- added bonus.  This zine is a sketchbook zine, but it will also have text excerpts with some drawing and brain exercises I've discovered are helpful, and can give artists with hand injuries things to work towards and practice.  

There is hope in "what's left," no matter what you need to do to draw.  Scroll down, and check out the some sample pages from this zine.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#WIP-ing away-- sneak peeks of the pieces for my "Cact-tea Collection," accordion book zine coming out this spring

  Anyone who knows me knows that my love of Cacti is pretty strong.  I love drawing them, I have made books and stories based on cacti and cacti-like animals (anyone want a hedge-hug? heh, moving on), and-- I'm posting since I wanted to share with the world some art samples from the newest accordion book/zine I'm working on, which is botanical illustration and cacti- based.  I'm doing a ton of these illos and getting this printed at the end of next month.  w00t!

In the past, I've always used super bright colors, Prismacolor, and Winsor Newton or Copic Markers to do my botanical illustrations-- but this new project is totally different.  While I'm using Watercolor, I'm calling it the "Cact-tea" (ba dum bum ching)  collection," as all these Cacti I'm drawing also are using natural materials.  In there, I've used espresso, beet, tumeric, and of course, Chai, Matcha, and other teas.
Can you guess which pigments of these were natural, which were paint, and which natural pigment produced which color?  Below, please scroll down to see my Red-Top Cactus, Succulent, and Echeverias.  I'll spoil the one above-- it's a Queen Victoria Agave, done with watercolor and espresso.