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March 23, 2019

I'm happy to announce that my Warcraft keychain line is complete, and ready for sale! I started sketching designs for these in January, and here we are in March with the completed product. I'm feeling pretty proud to take my idea and make it real, there's nothing like holding in your hand something you made yourself.

I feel like I made a very high quality product, by working with a reputable company like Ink It Labs, everyone who holds the keychains comments on how vibrant they are, how finely detailed, and how shiny and smooth they are. They just feel good to hold in your hands.

My store will be opening on Monday, March 25, at 7pm EDT. I have limited ...

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February 28, 2019

It's the last day of February, and I've been making steady progress towards my goals.

I completed all 5 acrylic keychain designs, and they've been prepped and sent to the manufacturer! I'm working with Ink It Labs, and I've ordered 2-inch clear acrylic charms. Just a few more weeks and I'll be able to hold them in my hands!

I'll be adding a keychain attachment and placing them in bags with glossy cardstock tags. The keychains themselves were expensive to do, especially with the Canadian dollar exchange, and I'm hoping I can charge ...

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February 03, 2019

I've been thinking hard about my art goals for this year, and working on a plan to achieve them. My main goals right now are to do some Toronto conventions, design some exciting new merchandise to sell, do at least one art zine in 2019, and do all 31 days of Inktober around a single theme, then release it as a book.

First up, I applied to a few conventions. I am excited to announce I'll be at Pretty Heroes Con in Toronto! I'm waiting on the applications for a few more cons, and when I have those figured out I'll make a more formal announcement.

I've also decided to design a line of acrylic keychains, and I'm working hard on those right now. I'll be doing ...

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January 07, 2019

I was thinking about what I could offer to help other artists develop their skills, and I decided to write a tutorial documenting my art process in Illustrator. This is the process I use at work to create characters and props for the game I work on, Fish World. I've developed this process over years, and I find it to be a quick and efficient way of rendering vectors.


December 20, 2018

It was a difficult year, but I also produced some of the best work of my career this year. For that I am really proud.

I lost my mother in law in February, and took most of the month off from doing personal art. I spent the rest of the year making sure not to overextend myself, while continuing to make art and reach my goals. It's hard to strike a good balance between taking time for self care and using my time effectively when I need to squeeze it all in after a full time job, but I managed. 

This year my main goal was to get better at lighting, paying more attention to the light source and trying to improve at things like cast shadows. I also tried to ...

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December 02, 2018
I guested on local gaming podcast Bryor on Fire, speaking about my art and career in video games. We covered a lot of topics, including how to keep your artistic fires burning (while avoiding burnout), and finding your creative calling. I met Bryor when his wife bought some of my art prints at London Comic Con, and they liked my work so much they decided to reach out. Making connections like these are a huge reason why I do conventions, and why I have learned to include my business card with every purchase someone makes. It really does help! Check out the episode here!
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November 24, 2018
I'm excited to announce the fanzine project I created a piece for is open for preorders! I spent my entire month of September creating a Magic Knight Rayearth fanart painting for this project. The theme of the book is the works of all-women manga artist collective CLAMP, who created Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, X/1999, and many more. You can see my piece in the preview image, and the print quality looks incredible! The colours are so rich and vibrant. I'm excited to receive my copy of the book! The book is A5 size, with 70 pages of art from 28 artists from all around the world. All profits will be donated to a wildlife shelter. It's only 12 Euros, which as of this day is only $18 CAD, so it really is good value. Preorders are open November 23 to December 30, check it out More

November 24, 2018
I've been super busy lately, but I'm back! In October, my goal was to complete 10 original ink drawings for Inktober. I also bought some larger, better quality paper and new ink this year, so I was able to achieve a greater level of detail and quality over last year. At the end of the month, I had completed 12 drawings, so I surpassed my goal! Then, right at the end of October, my husband and I went on our long-awaited trip to Japan! We were in Japan for 14 days, and toured around Tokyo, Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Osaka, Koyasan, Miyajima, Himeji, and Kanazawa. I took a much-needed break from art, got lots of exercise walking every day, and recharged my inspiration batteries. I have a thread of photos from my trip on twitter, in More

October 28, 2018
Another con season comes to an end! It was my first time doing London Comic Con, and I found some interesting differences from Forest City Comicon. Overall, there seemed to be more people at the con, and I got a great reception overall to my work. People who made purchases tended to buy smaller value items such as stickers and small prints, as opposed to Forest City Comicon, where people gravitated towards the original ink drawings and larger prints. Overall I did better at this con, but it was also a 3-day event compared to a 1-day, and the money I generated per hour at Forest City Comicon was better. I'm not sure if I will do both cons next year. I am looking into some events in the Toronto area, so it will depend whether I am able to get a spot at those shows!  I can ...
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October 10, 2018
I didn't do my usual monthly post for September, because I spent the whole month working on a piece I can't show, for the CLAMP fanzine I am a part of. I'll be really glad when the book releases in December and I can show everyone what I have been working so hard on. However, I did want to update to remind everyone that London Comic Con is only a few weeks away, and I will be there all three days selling my art! Convention info is here. I'm excited to do a 3-day con, and see how that compares with 1-day events. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen the original ink drawings I've been making for Inktober. I'm not doing the full challenge this year, but I am doing drawings when I can, and I will be selling them at the con ...
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