Monday, November 11, 2019

Inktober 2019

Week before last, we wrapped up our last week of Inktober.  I've done Inktober for several years now, and this year, I added another Volume to Lilliputian Living, focusing on plants and insects.  As with prior years, I plan on collating this year's Inktober into a zine, but I also have plans to combine all three Inktobers into a small perfect-bound book.

I really enjoyed illustrating various plants this year- inspired by Crime Pays but Botany Doesn't on Youtube, I made sure to pay particular attention to leaf shapes and how they are attached to the rest of the plant and distinctive features of the flowers. 

My real challenge this Inktober was to manage to complete Inktober while teaching Making Comics/Intermediate Comics, tabling for two days, outside, at Handmade and Bound, and acting as an art ambassador for Faber-Castell and Strathmore for two days during Hands on Creativity.  As an added bonus, I also managed to record and share timelapse videos for 27 illustrations and streamed my 31st Inktober as part of my Halloween stream.

My materials for Inktober were pretty simple- all materials I've used and loved.

Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Visual Journal
Pink Color Eno Lead
Sakura Pigma FB Brushpen
Pentel Pigment Brushpen- Extra Fine
Pentel Pigment Brushpen- Medium


Day 1- Pansies Original Scan Vs Cleaned Scan
Day 3- Olives

Day 5- Ferns

Day 13- Waterlily

Day 16- Squash Blossom


Day 25- Chrysanthemum- Original Scan Vs Clean Scan

Artnerds received all 32 illustrations, cleaned up and contrast brightened, as a printable coloring book, for free!  Join me on Patreon for this awesome perk, or purchase it off Gumroad for $10.  Artnerds also received a sketchbook of the scans, and will have access to a free PDF zine once that's released.

2019 Inktober Sketchbook Tour

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Mixed Media Marker Class

Ad for Mixed Media Marker Class

I have a marker class coming up this Sunday at the Nashville, TN Plaza Artist Materials, where I'll show you how to go mixed media with your markers!

Mixed Media Marker
November 10th, 1-4PM
$25, supplies provided
Ages 13 and up, under 13 welcome with a parent/guardian registration

Illustration of bee and coneflowers in Copic marker

Alcohol markers and watercolor? YES PLEASE! Markers with cut paper? Of COURSE! Chiyogami paper, washi tape, and stickers? PILE IT ON. Learn how to take your marker art to the next level by going mixed media!

Copic marker illustration with mixed media elements

This class is perfect for stampers and scrappers looking to take stamped marker art to the next level, seeking creative solutions to filling a page, or looking for a little inspiration.  It's also perfect for marker artists with a limited collection of markers, interested in going mixed media for more rendered illustrations, or artists who want to break out of a creative rut.

You're welcome to draw and bring your favorite materials, but I'll also have linearts and various supplies on hand! This is a great way to use up that stash of cute scraps you've been saving for a rainy day.

Illustration of a small girl with a big fish rendered with Copic marker

If you have a finished piece of marker art that you'd like to utilize, bring that too! We'll make it into a finished illustration together

Bust of a cute girl rendered in marker with mixed media elements.

And if you would like for me to take a look at your art or portfolio, please email me to let me know, and show up 30 minutes early. This is available on a first come, first serve basis, and is provided as a service Register through Plaza Artist Materials: Via Phone:
(615)- 254-3368

Monday, November 04, 2019

Handmade and Bound

Handmade and Bound, Friday

Handmade and Bound, Saturday

Handmade and Bound, Sunday

What is it?

Handmade and Bound is a small handmade and self published book event put on by Watkins College of Art, a Nashville area art school.   Handmade book makers, zinesters, comic artists, and self-published writers are welcome to apply for a table.  Handmade and Bound is part of the Southern Festival of Books, a large book event occurring in Downtown Nashville.

  • Had to sign a no derivative (no fanart) clause)
  • Three days- Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Outside, beneath the Handmade and Bound Tent
  • Very weather reliant
  • No outdoor heaters
Who was there:
Wake Up Comics (zine/minicomic vendor)
Other comic artists
Book binders and Handmade Books

Who am I?

I make comics and zines- self-published and published via anthology.  I also offer original art, commissions, and laser cut charms.  Everything on the table was designed or drawn by me.

Table Tour:

Table Top:

Table Cost
$25 Application fee, paid to Watkins
$60 Table Cost
Travel- negligable, it's in downtown Nashville
Parking- negligable- Joseph dropped us off and picked us up on Friday, parking was free on Saturday and Sunday
Food- Brought snacks for Friday, at at foodtruck Saturday and Sunday- $30

Total Costs: $115

Friday sales were awful- $16 total, 2 sales
Saturday sales were decent- $343 total, 24 sales
Sunday sales were low- $101 total, 12 sales

Total Sales: $460

Note:  Sales were down from last year.

Able to promote the heck out of my upcoming Alcohol Marker class with Plaza (unfortunately, this promotion was not reflected in the class attendance- I had only three students show up)
Gave away a lot of free micro mini-comics to little kids- it's always really rewarding to pass the magic of making comics and self-publishing on to the next generation
Sold a few copies of 7" Kara
Sold a few originals
A little additional income when I desperately need it- emphasis on little, as sales were slower than prior year

Weather was cold Friday, Saturday- which is physically hard
Sales were lower than last year
Show is outside, very weather dependent
Wind knocked over my display on Friday due to gusts
Tent is not heated- Friday was really taxing physically
My post show energy was pretty bad, and the timing is awful as I had two classes to teach the following week

2018 Handmade and Bound Show Recap: