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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vote, Vote, Vote!!

Hey everyone just wanted to let you know that the voting for the BeABiographer contest has started. I'm a small town girl, a real underdog, it would make my life to win this contest!! First I need enough votes to make it too the semi finals.

The competition is tough :( Artitsts from all over the world entered with their own take on survivor's stories. So I need everyone's help, you, your friends, family, pets, etc.

Just check out this link:

Click the "Dig" button to help me advance in the contest!! Not only are you helping me, but you are helping raise awareness of the realities of human trafficking. It's a good cause, and all it takes is one simple click :)

ALSO you can vote for more than one person so vote for my best friend Kara's designs;

Voting is on until October 17th!! And there's nothing to lose! Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sweet Ambrosia

Hey everyone I just want to write an update of lots of things to come!! I am getting myself super organized. The freelance illustration book I bought has actually been a big help. On my days off I have been reading it as soon as I wake up, about 20 pages a day. I'm sorry but I am a slow reader >.>

Anyway! I got an e-mail from the girls that write the Sweet Abrosia blog. They create awesome objects for the Sims 3 (WARNING VERY ADDICTIVE GAME, trust me on this one)!! And they featured my pancake recipe in their cookbook object.

There site is very cute!! There are a lot more cute recipes featured in the book. And even some handy bookmarks with tips on creating these recipes.

I love there site! They have a killer layout and they are wonderful at what they do! There are just too many cute things to download. If you play the Sims you MUST visit this site. You'll go on a shopping spree. And if you don't play the Sims, get inspired by their work to create something great of your own!

I love their artistic style and would love to collaborate on more projects with them!! Check out their blog here:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Additions to my Bookshelf

Hey everyone! This evening I went to Border's books in Reading and I picked up a few neat design-related books.

I was originally on the hunt for the first volume of Scott Pilgrim. I know, I know, it is bad to hop on the band wagon suddenly, but I really did enjoy the movie. I heard the movie did not make as much money as expected though, which is sad, so I urge you all to give it a chance! I think I would enjoy the comics. The bad news was though I think everyone else thought the same thing, they have every other volume BUT volume 1.

I ended up just pulling up my Wishlist on my HTC HD2 and went to town there. I could not find some of the books on my wishlist but my 3G phone is a LIFESAVER. Any book I picked up I could immediately search it on and read the reviews before shelling out the cash for it. I ended up picking up three good books. 2 of them are related to art.

I try to read a lot but with my job, plus keeping track of my business, I always stick it on the back burner. It has always been an idea in my mind though to start book reviews on my blog.

The first one I started was Breaking into Freelance Illustration by Holly DeWolf which I picked up at random and had a five star review. I'll write a full review for it when I finish reading.

Have a good night everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How to Sketch a Crowd

Hey everyone I just wanted to share a tutorial that helped me draw the Alice Glass Illustration. When you are drawing something, it is always good to use other things as a point of reference to make sure what you are creating is still relatively accurate. I recommend taking your own photos so you can get EXACTLY what you had in mind.

Sometimes though it's pretty impossible to take a photo. I mean, where was I going to gather an entire crowd to photograph and illustrate?

That's why I was happy to find this tutorial:

How to Sketch a Crowd -- powered by

Getting myself re-acquainted with the proper perspective to use really dug me out of a ditch. I highly recommend you watch this video if you are dabble in drawing :) maybe you'll learn something new!

Have a good day everyone!

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