April Update

Ok, where to start!

It's been about two months since an update so lots to catch up on (including some sleep!). Sadly, no hat of the year update just yet, although I'm absolutely determined to get these hatty ladies painted by the end of the year for a little calendar. For those who have emailed me recently for commissions, I appreciate it so much!! Sadly, the list is closed until further notice-work and projects are really keeping me busier then anticipated this year and I'd hate to make promises I can't keep. A big, big thanks to all who came by Asbury Park Comicon this month and I can't wait till the next show, Heroes Con in June! I'm beyond excited to share that I'll have three officially licensed Dynamite prints available at the shows (peek of my girls above!), two Red Sonja prints and a Vampi print! Numbered and signed edition of 150 pieces each. The prints will be available in my online shop the end of June after the Con. Speaking of, a few new prints are now available in the shop, along with a brand new The Vixens Girl Gang tote!! So looking forward to releasing more of this line, there will be some art, prints and maybe a few other items available this summer :)

Speaking of Vampi, some pretty exciting news on the comic front... I'm beyond thrilled to be working on covers for the new Vampirella series! She's been one of my favorite comic characters for years and years and it's nothing short of an honor to be able to work with the character on covers. Early Vampi art has been a huge inspiration to me, as both a horror and comic art fan. So stoked to read the new series and contribute my little cover to the book. I've also had the pleasure of painting another cover for Archie Comics, which is always a super fun assignment! This time for Bettie and Veronica issue 272, I went with a retro travel poster feel and dressed the girls in some cute vintage clothing. Out in June! Also had the great pleasure of painting another Rocky and Bullwinkle cover for issue two and of course, monthly Sonja covers!

And now for the most exciting news of all (eee!)...I'm absolutely thrilled to share that I'm working exclusively with the amazing Pinup Girl Clothing on creating some fun, quirky and colorful novelty prints that will be released next month! The prints will be featured on their gorgeous dresses and skirts for the Fairytale Fantasy collection. Given the theme, I've worked up a fun retro Snow White all over novelty print and a Mermaid/sunken ship themed border print. If you know me, you know this is a real dream come true. I've been wearing and collecting vintage clothing for many years, especially novelty prints from the 40's 50's and 60's-I've always dreamed of creating patterns/clothing and I'm so grateful for this incredible opportunity and to be working alongside such talented ladies! There will also be some special items and goodies that will be available at the Pinup Girl boutique for the launch and art show-so be sure to stop by! I will post more as the launch date approaches next month, please visit the event page to RSVP and for updates!! xoxo

A few new covers

A few covers I've been meaning to post! I know there are bunch I'm forgetting, but here are a couple finished up over the end of December/January that I'm excited about. Love working with new characters, so I was thrilled when Dynamite asked for a painted cover of Dejah Thoris for Warlord of Mars #100! Issue will be out in April. Another Sonja, this time for issue #10. Trying to simplify a tad and try new things with Sonja covers this year. It's been an amazing run so far and I can't believe it's basically a year to date since I started working on her covers (working on issue 12 art now and I can't believe how time flies). Still so thrilled to be part of this book and always look forward to working on a new cover each month. I also had the pleasure of painting a fun cover for Rocky and Bullwinkle #1.

In some upcoming news, lots more covers on the way. I've started painting a new cover run with one of my favorite female comic characters which will be out over the summer-I don't think I've ever been so excited about a cover run and hopefully I'll be able to post details soon! I'll also have news of a big release in May-non comic or publishing related...something I'm so unbelievably excited to share. It's been a pretty tough secret to keep these past months! On top of that, I'll have a new batch of colorful giclée prints for release in the Spring/Summer that I'll be bringing with me to conventions. After con season, the prints will be available in my online shop. *Quick convention note*-I'll be closing the commission list this week for both Asbury Park Comicon and Heroes Con. The list got pretty full (thanks, guys!♥) and I'll only have 1-2 spots left for smaller pieces if any at all. Again, I will not be sketching or painting at shows anymore, all custom art will need to be ordered prior to the show-I will have a select handful of originals with me for sale at the con-after these shows my list will be closed for the remainder of 2014. 

Hats Of The Year: February

Second painted entry for my Hats of the Year project! I'm already scheming and thinking about how I can actually make these hats a real thing, even a smaller scale version or hair fascinator. Time to pull out the craft and millinery supplies...now just to find the time ;) !  Wishing everyone a great February filled with lots of sweets ♥ xo
It has been absolutely freeeeezing here these past few weeks. Lots of ice, snow and avoiding going outside at all costs! On a good note, being inside means time for reading, hanging out with the cats and working...and maybe some video games (although, I've totally neglected my Nintendo DS and Animal Crossing town this past month...I'm pretty terrified to see what my town looks like!).

Mini Makeup Mirrors, all packaged up! 
Since the beginning of December, I've been trying to put more time into my Etsy shop-which has been fun, but time consuming. I like using the shop a lot, but really neglected it over the summer and fall with putting all extra time into painting for an art show. A New Years resolution was to keep up with the shop monthly, have new "collections" of merch seasonally and in turn a hefty inventory of new art by 2015. I broke down and bought a good button machine, stocked up on jewelry making supplies, cleared out a spot in the basement for shipping/merch/prints and started to schedule any free time I have into planning and painting print runs for 2014...and possibly a small book...and *maybe* custom toys...SEE what happens?! THERE WILL BE ALL THE THINGS IN 2014! It will probably kill me, but I have some big plans for this year.

Button Sets, packaging designed by Rob art painted by me!

I sat and made lists...and lists...and more lists ( may have gotten a little obsessive with it), of themes and subjects I thought would be fun to paint for prints. Then when starting to sketch and do small studies, the idea came to make these prints part of something larger. Build upon it, make actual items from the studies, making these small "collections" of things. To kick it off, I came up with two themes to start-"The Vixens", a fictional 1960's girl gang and "Wagons West", a bright and colorful kitschy 50's western theme. I spoke to Rob (my awesome and crazy talented husband designer man) about designing some kind of little packaging for the items, we shot some ideas back and fourth, put our heads together and he came up with some amazing stuff based on the little art I had made. 

Here's a few pictures of some of the results so far! I'm really pleased with how it's all coming together and really love working with Rob any chance we get. There will be some prints released with these themes/collections as well as a new collection of goodies for the spring/summer. I'll be bringing the haul with me to conventions I'm attending and will probably be making some con only merch, too! Here's a peek at one of the paintings for a Cowgirl giclée print set I'm working on to go with Wagons West.

Stop by the shop to see more goodies, I'm also offering free shipping on all orders over 50.00 until Feb 1st. for Valentine's Day-just use coupon code SMOOCH14 at checkout. ♥

Hats Of The Year: January

First entry for "Hats of the Year", a small personal project for 2014. I'm a big fan and collector of vintage accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, jewelry, you name it! I started doodling hats and small items the other day and thought it would be a fun project to design some hats and headpieces coinciding with the seasons, holidays and weather.  I'll be posting a painting featuring new hat each month (with the intention of compiling them into a fun little calendar or print set for 2015!). First up is snowy January!