Monday, August 25, 2014

Weird Things Are Happening

WIP of my Museum of the Weird painting for Creature Features Rolly Crump tribute show.
So, as I mentioned at the tail end of my last blog update, I'm taking part in Creature Features "Museum of the Weird" tribute show on September 13th.  The piece is due in a couple of weeks and I thought I'd post a BLOG EXCLUSIVE (which will then be shared to the Facebook Page via Networked Blogs) of my progress!  I'm excited about this piece because I'm going to incorporate a monster girl from last February's Monster Girl Challenge #1 in it.  She was by far the strangest of both Monster Girl Challenges and I tried to start a vector based illustration of her last  summer that never saw the light of day.

Online flier for the Museum of the Weird Show at Creature Features next month.
Anyway, I'm going to try to not post any in progress pics of this one after this.  I'll more than likely fail, but for now revel in your blog exclusive and come see the finished piece September 13th!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ScareLA Weekend Recap


Greetings Boils and Ghouls!

The last few weeks leading up to the ScareLA (or Scare Los Angeles) convention have been full of wild craziness.  Most anticipated (making new product and restocking stuff) and some was unexpected (my car breaking down while out purchasing last minute supplies for the convention).  But after all was said and done, ScareLA was just as wonderful, fun, stressful and tiring as I had been told it would be.

My always wacky and supportive husband posing at the table  on the morning of Day 2.
Let's get strait to business in this post first (that way if you get bored and decided to stop reading you'll at least get the important news first)!

If you had been patiently waiting for the "Help Us Master Gracey, You're Our Only Hope" (a.k.a. R2D2) coin purse and cosmetic bag restock, I do have bad news.  I sold out of the coin purses over the weekend and need to order new ones, again (it'll be about a month).  I do have ONE cosmetics bag left after the weekend and it's live, in the shop, right now.  I've reordered some of those as well and should expect them at the same time the new coin purses come in.  I also sold out of the "Kissing Bats" coin purses, the BRAND NEW "Wee Emily Dover" coin purses (still ONE cosmetics bag of that left, btw), the "Truly Outrageous" cosmetics bags, and quite a few necklaces.  I'll be gradually listing the new product that was made for ScareLA thru out the week, so check the Crypt of DOOM! frequently to see what's popped up!


One of the many new necklaces I made for ScareLA.
My newest cosmetic bag and coin purse design went over so well I have to reorder!  At the time of writing this, there is one Cosmetics bag left available over in the Crypt of DOOM!
This little guy found a new home this weekend!  Goodbye my little Batty friend!
Decided to offer a new, larger size option for the "Master Gracey" prints.  They were popular.

One of 3 sketch cards made for the event.  The left overs will be listed in the Crypt of DOOM by the end of the week.
Business done, now is time to wax poetic about the weekend!  I had a wonderful time.  It was my first two day event and it was overwhelming, at times, how many people would be at the booth at once.  I ran out of one of my more popular business card designs and almost ran out of a second (I now have 6 design options for people to choose from at events).  If I can judge by the amount of Prudence post cards I have left over, since I was giving them out to people who bought something, I made a lot of sales because there is barely any left of the 100 I had made.  I discovered that I'm not the only one that loves Prudence, the Boogervampire's sassy older sister because she had a LOT of new merchandise with her on it sell this weekend.  I tried making sketch cards for the first time on this outing, and although none sold, people's reaction to them was positive.  I got to meet a BUNCH of my Instagram and Facebook followers, and fellow artist Lupe Flores came out to say hello and brought me a beautiful print of her work!  (Thank you, Lupe!!)  I got super socially awkward when artist Gris Grimly stopped and looked at my "Little Leota's Fortune Telling Kit for Beginners" painting, and at one point Director John Landis was walking the floor and leaned in to look at my table and smiled.  It was so exciting.  As usual though, I only ever left the table to use the Ladies Room so I didn't see too much.  Thankfully that's where my husband comes in.  He runs all over these events taking photos and showing them to me later.  I hope that one day, after I've gotten used to going to these kinds of things, I'll feel confident enough to leave the booth and go take a look at my surroundings more.

The print that the talented Lupe Flores brought to me on the 2nd day of ScareLA.  Thank you again Lupe!

This show will be up and on display until August 23rd, 2014
Saturday night, in addition to the all day convention, I headed over to Creature Features in Burbank, CA to check out the Creature from the Black Lagoon 60th Anniversary Tribute Show.  I had submitted my painting "He's So Dreamy!" into the show when I realized I didn't have time to create anything new.  I was overjoyed (and a bit sad at first) to discover that my "baby" had sold.  I only hope that whomever purchased her finds joy every time they look at it and love it as much as I do/did.

Green dots are bittersweet things!  Goodbye my friend, you'll be missed.

A pic from just after He's So Dreamy was completed from November of 2012.
There were many amazing, fun and nostalgic pieces in the Creature show, in addition to mine.   My inner geek loved the Uncle Gilbert costume from the Munsters TV show!  If you're in the Southern California region you might want to head over to the shop and check the show out before it ends on August 23rd (2014)!

Come on out and see my latest creation September 6th, 2014!
Up next?  Well, against my better judgment I couldn't pass up an opportunity to take part in the Museum of the Weird Tribute show for Imagineer and Animator Rolly Crump that will be taking place at Creature Features next month.  I hopped on board a little late so I only have until September 6th to conceptualize and create the piece.  Wish me luck!

That's it for now.  I'm going to go crawl into bed for about a week.  Until the next update, LATER GATORS!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sushi Gremlins - A Work In Progress Post

Work in Progress image (#1) of the Sushi Gremlins.

The working color comp for now for the Sushi Gremlins.  Some tweaks will take place between now and the final.

The original painting was going to be at night.  These are the futile attempts at making that work.
Well, as I showed in the last update, I've started a beast of a painting for a family friend.  The last commission I took on before I declared "no commissions".  The poor guy has been waiting nearly a year for things to calm down enough for me to get started on it.  I'm so grateful to his patience and hope that when it's finished he, and his family, enjoy it.

As I'm sure you noticed there were quite a few comps that were done at night.  The original painting was always meant to be at night.  That was my choice, but when you take on commissions it's about what the client needs more than what you want.  Each of the Sushi Gremlins represents a member of the client's family.  I deliberately tried to keep them asexual and denote the family member by their favorite color as opposed to trying to make each monster look like the person they represent.  Unfortunately, this is where the problem of night and day came into play.  The gremlin on the bottom's 'person's' favorite color is black.  You  can see in the first 4 comps I tried different tints of black, or close to black, but they kept getting lost in the dark background.  (Comps 5 and 6 were just done out of curiosity.)  Once I switched the time of day the bottom gremlin was far more noticeable.

Next week I'll hopefully have some ScareLA sneak peaks ready.  Until then, follow all the Work In Progress posts over on Instagram!

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Dear Prudence" Portrait and the Sushi Monsters

"Dear Prudence"; 4"x6" Gouache on Watercolor Paper; 2014

Well, I can FINALLY cross a project off my to-do list this hiatus!  I've been feeling very lethargic and uninspired this break.  I think I probably burnt my self out last September when I took on 7 paintings in 8 weeks because I just can't get back into a groove yet this year.  I'd like to blame the infernal summer heat, but I know it's just me being tired, lazy and frustrated.  Anyway, as you can see I DID finally finish something!!

Work in Progress Collage compilation from my Instagram.
Prudence, the Boogervampire's sassy older sister, has been pretty popular since her first appearance in "Little Leota's Fortune Telling Kit for Beginners" back in May (April if you count the month it was completed but I couldn't show anyone).  I had people come up to me at Bats Day asking if I had anything with her in it.  "Dear Prudence" is just a quickish portrait and is meant to be a companion to the Portrait of the Boogervampire I did last year.  She'll be turned into a postcard and given out to repeat customers of the Crypt of DOOM and as a 'thank you for your purchase' item next month at ScareLA.

"Dear Prudence" Sketch composite

Fun little 'factoids' about "Dear Prudence", since I know that many of you are starting to notice I like to hide personal shout outs in my paintings.  First and, not so subtile, is the Easy Street Records poster behind Prudence's head.  I grew up in West Seattle and there is this super awesome record store there.  It opened in the early 90's and it was always a fantasy of mine to work there.  Sadly, I wound up only being able to get a job at Blockbuster Music and not Easy Street, but I loved going in there and purchasing bootleg Pearl Jam CD's and other grunge import singles.  I'm so happy that they're still there and hope to take my husband there one day when I'm able to go home for a visit.  Next, and not super personal but kind of funny, is the "Jedi" tag.  A few years back some kid in our neighborhood was running around tagging our building with that.  That's pretty much the tag as I remember it, although I think the 'i' may have been dotted with a heart.  The idea that this kid thought they were so bad ass and cool tagging "jedi" just kind of cracks me up because it just shows how 'nerd culture' is 'mainstream'.  Seriously, everyone that made fun of me for liking what I liked back in the day now likes what I like and think they're bad ass.  It's funny.  Last, a buddy of mine back home used to tag a lot in the late 90's, early 2000s.  He'd send me post cards when I was at college with tags on it.  I really enjoyed getting those post cards.  So now whenever I need to put a tag on something I always throw in one of his.

Sushi Monster Sketch.  It took a million years.  Just FYI.
Up next, starting/finishing some Sushi Monsters!!   I actually have been calling the Gremlins.

A very good family friend asked me to paint his wife and kids as monsters at a sushi bar chowing down.  I DON'T do commissions anymore and this is partly the reason why.  I've had to put the poor guy on the 'wait list' for a year now.  I feel terrible.  He's a very patient and understanding person, which is AWESOME, but my catholic guilt has been beating me up for the last 12 months.  I FINALLY got a break in the schedule and I'm getting things in gear.  I'm still assembling a color comp I'm happy with, so for now you get the sketch.  :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pink Parlour Wrap-Up and the Next Big Event!

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Greetings again, boils and ghouls!

The Pink Parlour Festival is a wrap, so what's up next?  Well, I am attempting my first two day event!    I'll be vending this August 9th and 10th at LA's premier Halloween enthusiast convention, ScareLA!!  I'm really excited about this one.  It's the convention's second year and they've been dropping teasers left and right as to the panels for this years event and it sounds great!  I would especially love to sit in on the 45th Anniversary panel for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, but I'm pretty sure I'll be super busy at my table and will have to send my minions in to take photos for me.  (And by minions I just mean my husband.)  I've reordered a lot of my products for the ScareLA event and I even added a new cosmetic and coin purse design to my inventory.  I'll also be coming up with a new sticker or two for the event (possibly a new Disneyland Tourist Monster and a Halloween themed sticker) and making up some new necklaces.  So follow my Instagram to see work in progress images as I prepare for ScareLA and I hope to see some of you there!

The ad used for Instagram.  Facebook had a similar one.
Now, back to the Pink Parlour Festival re-cap!  It was wonderful to get out and visit with all my followers and make new ones.  Got to meet a few people whom I speak with on Instagram, got to meet with Dahlia Deranged and apologize that I can't take part in the Hollows Market that they're organizing for the end of next month (which you should check out if you live in the Los Angeles area and love gothy-spooky goodness), as well as touching bases with the FABULOUS AbbyBelle and Eva Rose from Evil Rose Designs

My table was table 78 and I was fortunate (and unfortunate) enough to be right near the stage.  We had all sorts of fun live entertainment to listen to while we worked at this event.  Quite a few bands, a fashion show and a pin up contest were just some of the events on the main stage.  Only down side is that as I get older my hearing gets worse so I had a HORRIBLE time trying to hear anyone that came by the booth, but I managed.  ;)

Prudence Stickers turned out awesome and are now available in the Crypt of DOOM.
The new Prudence stickers made their debut and were received well. . . not as well as the Disneyland Tourist Frannie stickers, but well.  The left over stickers have been posted over in the Crypt of DOOM and are $4 each if you'd like to pick one up.  We were excited to see a large number of items sell out for once.  All the Disneyland Tourist Frannie Stickers are gone, and have been reordered.  The "Help Us Master Gracey" coin purses as well as the "IceScream Social" coin purses all sold out and have been reordered as well as the "IceScream Social" cosmetic bags.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Pink Parlour Festival is Coming




Greetings and salutations boils and ghouls!!

Well, as I stated back at the beginning of the year, 2014 is my year to try going out in public and vending at events more.  Since my first outing last Bats Day I'm becoming a little more relaxed and accustomed to being in public representing myself.  I'm not saying that the week before an event I don't freak out. . . cause I do, but I am saying that it's becoming easier every time.  That is due, in part, to all of the wonderful people I encounter at the events.  I really enjoy meeting people who actually turn out to meet me and see what I have to offer in the flesh.

Anyway, that being said, I'll be vending at another event in the very near future!  A couple years ago I was invited to participate at the Pink Parlour Festival that takes place at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA every year.  At the time I hadn't gone out in public before and was intimated by the idea of going, but when they asked this year, I was like, "What the hell! Why not."

Event info:  The Pink Parlour Festival; Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 11pm-7pm at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA.  There is an entry fee and tickets can be purchased ahead of time here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/667924

So here's the low down and dirty of what to expect from me at the Pink Parlour Festival.  If you've been to one of my previous vending events I'll have a majority of the same stuff with me.  All the Prints, necklaces, earrings, hair clips and original mini paintings I have in the shop right now, and yes, that does include the coin purses and cosmetic bags you've grown to love (or hate, to accommodate negative Nancys), BUT I'm also trying to have a new sticker debut at the Pink Parlour Festival.  Prudence, the Boogervampire's older sister, had such a positive reception after the reveal of "Little Leota's Fortune Telling Kit for Beginners" that I decided to give her her own sticker!  You can see the rough of the sticker here in this post and I'll post the finished sticker (hopefully) before the event on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014.


This week is a short update, which I'm sure you're grateful for, since my two favorite things apparently are painting and rambling on and on over here on the good old bloggy, blog.  One last thing before I go today, though.  Have you been over to Boogervampire.com lately?  I recently switched from my chicken scratch, home made website to a Wordpress template.  It's more streamlined and modern looking.  I'm still fiddling with it and adding new images (and trying to figure out a bug that apparently I only have) but check it out when you have a chance!

Later!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bats Day 2014: Wrap Up

Composited Sketch for "Little Leota's Fortune Telling Kit for Beginners" made up of 5 separate layers.

So many things to report about this year's Bats Day since I didn't do my usual multi-post ramp up to the event as I did last year.  Overall it went well.  There weren't as many attendees this year, which I think was due in part to the Hotel.  The hotel they had been using in previous years raised their prices and the organizers had to find a new one.  Sadly this place wasn't as large and there was a dentist convention the same day so I think a lot of people had trouble parking.  BUT, the people who did brave all the dental congestion were awesome!  Got to see some friends, make some new ones, meet some followers and just have an all around great time.

The final painting, unframed and cropped to the size of the mat's bounding.
Friday night was surreal.  Last year, the night before the Black Market was spent frantically trying to finish my limited edition Bats Day hair clips before the morning.  We didn't get to enjoy any of the festivities or go to the Gallery999 preview night.  This year, everything was all made and ready to go by Friday evening so we got to go to the Nightmare Before Bats Day Dark Park thingy and the Gallery999 Preview.  More importantly (for me)  I got to finally dust off a dress I'd purchased for our company Christmas party and finally wear it!  (Pin Up Girl clothing is the best for girls with curves, and I pretty much bought over half of their halloween line last year.)  We dance a little bit and just observed people.  We also tried our first Monster Energy drink.  All I can say is DAMN PEOPLE!! How the hell do you drink that crap on a regular basis?!  It was disgusting and kind a looked like your mouth after you rinse it at the dentist office.  I'll stick with pepsi for my caffeine, thank you very much.  :P

The framed painting prior to dropping it off with the curator of the show.
Saturday started earlier than we had been hoping it would.  After the party Friday night, just as I was dozing off and planning table layout in my head, I realized I left my print rack at home.  So, Saturday Morning started at 6am with a quick jaunt back to Burbank to pick up the print rack.  We got back just in time to meet my ever diligent assistant and buddy Tashi and got the 'real' day started.

Carlos and Natasha are always the best assistants for these things!
We  had a fairly decent spot this year, only down side was it was right in front of the DJ booth.  I have horrible hearing to begin with so imagine me talking to potential customers with a DJ booth right behind my head.  The Disneyland Tourist stickers were a hit, which I was hoping for.  Sold a couple of the mini paintings and a few prints of the Godzilla and Mothra paintings.  I'm thinking that if I do it again next year I'm going to need to come up with a bunch of new stock, though, because most of the stuff was the same as the previous year.




Above you can see the designs and finished stickers that were made especially for this year's Bats Day Black Market.  They will be added to the Crypt of DOOM's inventory when the shop reopens June 1st.

Sunday, the actual Bats Day in the Fun Park was entertaining to say the least.  The whole day was one of those days where strange little things would go wacky.  We tried to get on Big Thunder and it broke down after we were 30 minutes into the 50 minute wait.  When we went back, we got on the ride this time, but it broke down with us on it just before we got to the end of the ride.  Plus side to that was that it was in the mine shaft so we weren't out in the sun AND we got to do the behind the scenes evacuation.  They did also give us a fast pass good for any ride so we totally went on Space Mountain with it!  We over ate all day because there were limited edition Bats Day treats and we went on a scavenger hunt to find them all and we never seemed to run into any of our other friends, but those are all minor little things.  It was a great day overall.  Great weekend.

Many of the special "Bat Day" treats they had around the park for the occasion.  Wanted to try the Red Velvet cake but settled for a cookie and cupcake.
Next up on the Docket is the reopening of the Crypt of DOOM!! for the summer.  The Crypt will only be open as long as I'm on Hiatus from my day job.  Once I go back to work, the Crypt will close up so I can focus on that and try to not stretch myself too thin.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Godzilla: All Art Attack at Creature Features

Godzilla:All Art Attack Opening Sunday, May 11th, 2014 from 1-5pm

 MIA again for a month.  *FACEPALM*

Good news, my hiatus from work is coming up pretty quickly which means I'll be able to paint and reopen my Etsy shop (the Crypt of DOOM!!) again very shortly.  Also, Bats Day will be here next weekend, so I'll be able to debut my new painting and I'll hopefully have all sorts of fun stories from this year's Black Market and hopefully get to meet some of my followers.  Other than that. . .

The final framed version of "A 'Lil Parisian Mishap".

As you can see from the pic, I'm a last minute addition to an awesome group art show over at Creature Features in Burbank, CA that opens this Mother's Day (a.k.a. Sunday, May 11th, 2014)!  When I found out about the show I went over there with my Mothra painting ("A 'Lil Parisian Mishap" if you remember) and asked if I could submit it to their show.  Thankfully they allowed it in at the last minute and that's that!!  Creature Features is a wonderful shop full of awesome, super fun Monster, Sci-Fi and Horror memorabilia as well as some cool Animation stuff.  What I love is that it's kind of like an Antique Mall for Monsters.  It's pretty darn close to heaven for me and I have to limit myself to a once a month visit so that I don't buy up a bunch of nonsensical stuff I don't need. So, yeah, if you're in the area this weekend, swing by Creature Features between 1pm and 5pm to check out the opening.

Come visit, I'll be there all day (with the exception of bathroom breaks).

THEN, if you're in the Orange County Area next weekend, be sure to stop by the Bats Day Black Market and Gallery999 Haunted Mansion Icons show over at the Clarion Suites Hotel in Anaheim between 2pm and 10pm to check stuff out.  I'll be there, hopefully not sick (got a bit of a cold at the moment).  There will be a ton of vendors of spooky-fun type stuff.  And I'll be there with prints of my most recent paintings, a couple originals and some jewelry.  Oh, and did I mention I'm making stickers?  Well, at least this one will be there.  Hopefully I'll have one more.

Mummy Boy has an equal amount of love for both Disneyland and Star Wars.

Until next weekend, when I finally unveil the new painting, later creeps.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Instagram Dump!

Howdy Blogger pals!

So, I'm in over my head with my Gallery999 Haunted Mansions Icons painting, a.k.a. the one I can't show anyone until the 17th of May (2014).  I bit off a lot, but I'm not going to say it's more than I can chew because it's coming along nicely, it's just taking a hell of a lot longer to complete than I had anticipated.  I thought a month would have been sufficient time to do the painting, but it wasn't and I'm now well into April and still plugging along.  Since I can't show any work in progress pics during 'real time' I've decided to do an Instagram dump so that you can see a few random things. . . of no importance relating to the painting.  Kind of.



Got some awesome tarot cards a while back to use as reference for the painting. They're a very small piece of the puzzle but well worth the investment. They're eastern european from the early 60's and simply gorgeous.

My work space, as usual. As you'll see below, I tried actually working AT a table with a chair and it didn't go so well. After two weeks at the chair I went back to sitting on the floor at the coffee table. The light was much better at the other table, but I pinched a nerve on the chair and missed sitting cross legged so I figured it was best to go back to what already 'worked'.


Although I'm not as confident as I was two weeks ago, I was thinking of making stickers of the little guy above for the Bat's Day Black Market on May 17th. I can show the progress of those, so once I'm done with "The Painting That Never Ends" I'll hopefully go back to regular updates!

Until next time!  Later.

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Snail's Pace

Mini Snail; 2"x2.25" Gouache; 2014
Just when I started getting the blog updated semi regularly, I totally forget how long it takes to storyboard an episode during my day job, thus bringing any semblance of normalcy I had going in my posts to a complete and total standstill.  On the plus side I only have a week and a half (maybe two) left until my board is due, at which point I'll go back to doing revisions and have  little bit more time for personal projects again.  Which is AWESOME, but also a little bit of a bummer because starting March 1st I get to start production on my Bats Day/Gallery999:3 Haunted Mansion Icons painting.  Just like last year, though, I had to sign a confidentiality agreement that I won't show the finished painting until May 17th.  I am going to say a couple things, which I believe will not be in breech of the contract, and that is it will be Haunted Mansion related and feature more than one prop that you would see in the Haunted Mansion, but the Haunted Mansion will be only part of the story taking place in the piece.  I'm excited because it will be my most ambitious painting to date and feature quite a few 'easter eggs', but most importantly it will be the first painting featuring a new character that was created last year during the second set of the Monster Girl Drawing Challenge.  She has yet to be named but I will tell you that she has become the Boogervampire's "cool" older sister.

Mini Bat (Green); 2"x2" Gouache; 2014
I am also hoping to finish up the sketch for my epic Sushi Monster painting before the middle of next month as well.  That poor painting.  I started it in November and, try as I might, I've hit one road block after another trying to get it finished.  I'll post that drawing once finished since it's for a family friend and has no concrete deadline.  I just feel bad for our friend who's been waiting almost two years for it.

Mini Bat (Blue); 2"x2" Gouache; 2014
Lastly, at the Spook Show, or leading up to it, I discovered that people liked my little gouache bat doodles!!  That was kind of nice so I fiddled around some more with my new acrilya gouache from Holbien (bought two more tubes also) and did these two little guys over my long President's Day weekend last week.  It's been nearly 12 years since I saw a painting demo by Tim Biskup in character design class and I just now figured out that Holbien was the brand of Gouache he was using that day.  I've tried multiple times with my Windsor Newton gouache to try the stuff he was doing that day and it just didn't work right, but as soon as I tried it with the Holbien I realized what I was doing wrong.  

*I'd still like to note, the Holbien is awesome for doodling but I think I'm going to still stick to Windsor Newton for my big paintings.

World's tiniest Double Mats.  Pretty proud of myself.
Enough rambling, back to WORK!!  Time to kick this boards ASS so I can go back to doing 'fun stuff'!