March 17, 2017

PickleWeasel Shamrocks.

Took a little break from making a zillion clip art drawings to do some animation for you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 15, 2017

The Very Bored Elephant.

It used to be the biggest thing in the room, and now, three years later, the shrinking elephant is so very bored.

Definitely not drinking is easier than drinking; my struggle ended when I made the decision to quit. It incinerated this punishing loop of self-loathing.

I remember being scared, like, what if I fail? And my mom said, "Yes, you might fail. But if you fail, it's alright; you start over. You're allowed to fail." And I was like, oh, that's pretty straightforward. I can do this.

Life is a little different. I lost a friend or two along the way. It forced me to re-evaluate my friendship goals. And that was sad, but ultimately liberating.

I don't get invited to aaaaalll the parties anymore. Though I do get invited to some. I was at a friend's birthday celebration and I was laughing and having fun. A man offered me some wine. I told him, "No, thanks". He then straight-up told me that he was going to order a bottle and that I was going to drink some. After momentarily toying with the idea of just telling him, "I'M AN ALCOHOLIC" I thought, but why give any explanation when "no" should be enough? So I simply repeated myself, "No. Thank-you." He backed away.

I have the power. I'm good. Love you guys!

February 25, 2017

Dog poop.

Last week on a dog walk...

Stranger: Do you have a spare poop bag? I forgot mine at home. 

Me: Sure thing. (Gives some bags).

Today on a dog walk...

Me: Do you have a spare poop bag? I forgot mine at home.

Stranger: Sure thing. (Gives some bags).

I wish this story had a happy ending, but alas! My dog got rolled in some non-bagged poop while playing with another dog*. Dear people who do not pick up after their dogs in public spaces: If you don't want to pick up poop, you should not have a dog. Your dog's poop does not magically disappear. The snow melts and THERE IT IS. Shame on you.
I had to hose my dog down when I got home, but HOLY HELL did he stink up the car. But he's nice and clean now, so there's that.

* He didn't choose to roll in it like my last dog, he inadvertently rolled in it while playing. I'm just saying.

February 7, 2017

FEELINGS for Teachers.

Teachers: I have feelings for you!

I've just launched my FEELINGS Emoticon Sets 1, Set 2, the Super Set bundle and of course, the Freebie. All on my Teachers Pay Teachers clip art store.

Sets 1 and 2 each have 42 pieces (colour and black & white), and the 82 piece Super Set has all the FEELS! Test drive these designs with the 14 piece FEELINGS Emoticon Freebie.

My emoticons cover basic to complex emotions in a bold, graphic style; they're designed to be recognizable at any size. Each character is a standalone high resolution png file with transparent background for easy layering into your projects and lessons. These attention-grabbers are useful for opening up classroom or home discussion on a range of topics from bullying to empathy. Have fun with them :D

These sets are launching with a two-day 20% discount. With the LOVETpT sale on February 7th and 8th, you can enjoy savings of up to 28% off. Use promocode: LOVETpT.

More clip art coming soon. Follow me on TpT to catch the first 48 hours of new clip art discounts of up to 50%.

February 1, 2017

Silver Anniversary.

We're down for another twenty-five and whatever comes after that.

October 8, 2016

More Trump Points.

A few more points of Donald Trump, continued from here.

October 6, 2016

Pitching on illustration jobs. Also VOTE.

A few weeks ago I was asked to pitch on an illustration job for none other than Randi Zuckerberg and Natasha Lewin. Pitching on a job can be tricky; it's something that should be approached with consideration.

Trusting the (potential) client is key; often an artist will be asked to pitch on a job just to plump out the choice, so you should have a sense that the client truly likes your work, and is giving you a fair shot. I measure the amount of energy and time I'm willing to invest, against how much free time I actually have. Can I produce something impressive enough in a short amount of time? Above all, does the concept inspire me? In this case, it did.

I guess I spent about a half day on these drawings - their concept was nice and tight, and the briefing was very clear, very professional. I can't tell you anything about the actual job, except to say that I didn't get it. I do retain the rights to my drawings though, so here they are: some cute character poses for my portfolio.

That's all for now folks.

Ps. Always remember: your vote is your voice!