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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
I’ve been to see the quite nice endodontist, and he feels that my cracked tooth needs a root canal, which will also necessitate a crown, for a total dental bill of about $4K, including the $1K I’ve already spent. Unfortunately, that still leaves me about $1K short, even with the financing I managed to arrange, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen with it, other than it’ll ache at least a little longer.
If you’ve got a piece of art you’ve been sighing over, now is a good time to support your favorite starving artist and her poor teeth. Or buy some cards, commission art for yourself or your business, or just send good thoughts my way that I’ll manage to make it all work somehow.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Teeth are usually awesome. I smile with them, eat with them, use them to form certain sounds when I’m talking, and occasionally I even bite if you ask very nicely. I also, unfortunately, grind them, especially when I’m stressed. This leads to things like the very expensive emergency dental work I get to have done next week.
My point is, my tooth hurts and I’ve written up some pages finally for Fan Art Commissions (get your own silly comics!) and Illustration Commissions (for ittybiz and less-ittybiz uses alike). There’s also still the Art Shop to go stare happily at many thumbnails of art you could bring home.
I’m going to have some more mushy food and Tylenol now, but the queue is open and I’ll be back to making more art as soon as I can.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
I went through all of my cartoon tentacles and framed all the originals I had, and now they’re cheerfully gracing a wall in my apartment.
Starting from the top left:
- Baby Squid
- Tying the Knot
- Thank You Squid
- Octopus Loves Boba
- Squid With Mittens
- Sad and Sorry Squid
- Lucky Squid
- Party Octopus
- Squid Hearts You
- Squid in a Scarf
- Octopus’ Gift
- Squid Inked
- Get Well Squid
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
It was over 2 years ago that I posted my Victorian Wallpaper design, with all its scribbly whimsy. Recently Google brought the post to Jason from Ampersand Books, and he wrote to me asking to use the art for the cover & interior of one of their little poetry chapbooks. They went with a gorgeously intense (and hard to photograph!) red and blue for the cover, with faded greys inside and pure black and white in the inside covers.
I haven’t had time to read any of the poetry yet, but the book itself is very cool looking, in my totally biased opinion. Sherlock seems to find the titles intriguing, anyway!
Above you can see the rich color and linen texture of the printed cover art, with my tiny skulls still just visible in the design. You can get your own copy of Ear to the Wall by Carrie Causey here at Ampersand Books.
If you find yourself interested in licensing any of my work for commercial use, feel free to contact me here.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Something a little different for our Words Wednesday today, dear readers, an interview in images with one of my fellow SFEtsy Team members.
dorklandia has been bringing dorkiness to the Bay Area since 2003. From selling handmade plush from her customized ice cream cart, to making 157 hats for her wedding guests, Kayte just wants more goofy little things in the world.
What’s your favorite thing to make?
What do you love best about cephalopods?
What colors do you like working with best?
What’s one think you adore about the SF Bay Area?
How do you keep your creativity going?
Show me something dorktacular or nerdtastic!
Want more? You can see my interview here on the dorklandia blog.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
It’s hard to believe it’s done, but my whole alphabet from A to Y & Z is complete. It’s amazing to see it all together, from the things I love to the ones I might’ve done a little differently. Some of the letters make me wish I was a better photographer, because the Q and ampersand are so much cooler in person than they photographed, and some of them just make me want to redo them until I can refine the idea, or go a totally different direction.
I decided to start the series on a whim, taking my new spiffy nontraditional art materials and combining them with the classic art form of calligraphy, which I’ve been doing for many years. Choosing the themes was an interesting challenge that gave the project a lot of structure, though there was also a lot of panicked googling (and how happy am I that xerography is a thing?) to try to fill in some of the letters. I learned new techniques, got new supplies, and revisited a lot of things I hadn’t done in years.
You’ll see a few more letters cropping up here and there — tomorrow’s post uses the design for my heraldic H to make a B for Baker Street, and I’ve already got one commission in the works for a different version of the J.
I got my code monkey to set up a page so you can see the whole alphabet together in clickable thumbnails, so if you’d like to go revisit your favorite letters, have at. You might even decide you need one of them to come home with you.
Friday, February 15th, 2013
I’ve been Grumpycat all week (blame the pollen. oh the pollen.), so a friend of mine and I went for nonValentine’s day outings. My computer that I use to scan (the scanner is too old to talk to the new laptop) had to go off to the shop to get a tune-up, because its wifi is Even Crankier Than Me (and that’s pretty cranky some days). So, while we were in the vicinity, we went to Bijou and had some lovely cocktails, including a dirty 209 martini, something mysterious with rye and ginger beer and rhubarb bitters from Manny, a Tamalpais cocktail, a glass of flaming absinthe, and finally a nice strong cuppa tea. There was also pizza in there, so I won’t die, and we shared the last 3 (he had his martini, though).
So, things being what they are, no art for you. But I do have something for tomorrow that I got scanned before I took the computer in, so all is not lost! I hope you all enjoyed your Thursday, no matter what you did and with whom.