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Daily Observation And Daily Imagination Sketches Begin!

Being so focused on sculpture and my paying work, and spending less time sketching has weakened my drawing skills. To keep my drawing muscles fit, I need to work them out. So, I am bringing back my Daily Sketches, with a twist.

TWO sketches a day:

  • Daily Observation : The act of trying to render a real-life thing into a recognizable drawing is a skill I need to practice. This can be real-time, or from a photo I took earlier.
  • Daily Imagination : Anything from my imagination or from memory, without ANY reference. This means my anatomy will suffer, and I will have to solve visual problems on my own, but I also get to vomit whimsy .

Hopefully between these two trials, I shall improve my artsy fartsy ways. Here we go!


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Sketchin’ on the choo choo

Just sketching on the train, on my ipad, using the app sketchbook pro.


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Why adults can enjoy coloring as much as kids

I know some adults have been told that coloring is just for children. Well, I’m here to say nope, not so. Coloring is for anyone with a mind who wants to take the time to chill, reflect, collect one’s thoughts. That’s not science, yet, for now it’s just my experience and biased opinion. (Oh, it’s also a very important professional job in any industry of storytelling)

In my Coloring With Arty™ books, I spent a lot of time on the drawings. I want any age to be able to enjoy the lines, the shapes, and the characters. Those few moments you allow yourself to get lost so you can find your way back again through coloring can feel really good.

So, if you like magical creatures from around the world, here is a coloring book for you.

If you like merpeople and biology, you will enjoy this one.

Here is a great little video on how important taking a moment for yourself actually is.

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Thank you!


Thank you to everyone that came out to Refuse To Destroy mixed media group show! It was wonderful. Here are some photos. My very first group gallery show that was as long as week! Also, thank you to those buying my biology + mermaid = awesome Mer-kingdom Coloring Book on Amazon! Such encouragement to make more!!

On the note of making more, I am taking a few days off from making more. Reading webcomics, continue reading Sandman and Saga through COMIXOLOGY, imbibe in the beauty of internet, and upload my newest Muertita photos for sharing. Oh, and find a new RSS feeder now that Google Reader is no longer.

Chris Rigg, many thanks once again for taking amazing photos.

Thank you all who read, share, respond, and color books. It’s a good feeling. There are words for it. Something like…sweetly beholden…yeah…something like that.

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Vote on the Cover for Mer-Kingdom by SATURDAY


The JOY of having you guys tell me which Mermaid you think is cover material, what you think works best and why, has inspired me to LET YOU PICK THE COVER by VOTE!

I will take a final tally on Saturday. Feel free to share! I’m excited! We are almost done!!


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I finally understand “Do What You Love”

It seems like an easy thing to throw around as advice to people, “Find what you love and do that for your work, then it won’t feel like work”. This makes “If you work hard, you can achieve anything” seem like the opposite – you either work really hard to get what you want, or find something you want to do and it won’t feel like work – it was all very confusing. I took it with a grain of salt.

Being creative was satisfying, so I worked really hard to find creative work. Work I enjoyed still felt like work. WORK WORK WORK. And it felt good to have work, real good. Having money to eat well, travel, visit friends, play in and learn about nature…all these things fuel my deep love of making art. My art is the work I do when I’m on vacation. I am on VACATION, and doing my art, and its hard work, but it still feels like vacation.

Its like a lightbulb went on in my head.
This lightbulb made me want to write this post.

I get it! Hard work is still important. It finishes projects, starts new ones, and keeps me productive. But the things I do in my free time, like the coloring books, the Muertitas and stories…maybe someday I can do this stuff full time. Because even though it requires hard work, it feels like a hard-core vacation. I finally get it. Finally. And I look forward to making it happen one day. Then my weekends can really be a weekend, where I go on bikerides, play video games, read books, adventure about with friends, these all make me a better artist and storyteller.

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On that note, sharing a Merkingdom work in progress spread with you. This is why its taking so long. I am including my love of marine biology, as told by these merpeople. So, yes, merpeeps are done, but each one is paired with a special critter which needs to be drawn and its bio written:

Merkingdom Progress 01

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Back from Vacay, and Jammin on some arts

Back from Oahu and Maui! It is amazing how a break from usual surroundings, combined with beautiful things to look at, and no expectation can re-fill the creative tank. Travel is an amazing exercise. Just the act of absorbing new surroundings alone is enriching. I can hardly wait for the next trip. Here are some select photos:

windy maui

#marukame #udon in #Waikiki #Hawaii - best noodles i have ever eaten in my life. Two hour bus ride from north shore more than worth it.

#sorbet #surfing #frenchfries #happiness on #Oahu #Hawaii so much #aloha i can't even worry about anything

Accidentally ended up on a horse trail #hiking in #Oahu #Hawaii . These are some of the sights we saw. Posting as we wait for the bus.

My goal is to finish Mer-Kingdom enough for the first proof to be ordered and in the mail before I start my new job next week. Yes, new job, new surroundings, new projects. It will be an adventure for sure. What I have left: facing pages with info about the sea creatures, designing the cover, getting my editor to look at my copy, updating said copy, and ordering my first proof of the book. Hawaii rest fuel – ACTIVATE!!


mer kingdom swordfish

#merkingdom #coloring book final inking. Sister page for this one will be about #jellyfish !

final inking for #merkingdom #coloring book. This ones sister page will be about kelp!

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Some more Mer-Kingdom Inkings

Some more final inkings of my Mer-Kingdom coloring book! Next is the individual sea creatures that will get their little info page.

Final inking of the night. #merkingdom #coloring book . #eel . Hand and neck so tired. Have a great evening all!

Final inking #merkingdom #coloring book. #hammerhead shark!

Final inking for #merkingdom coloring book. #sea #anemone

Final inkings #merkingdom coloring book. #killerwhale

Final inking for #merkingdom #coloring book. #dolphin

Final inkings #merkingdom #coloring book. #sunfish

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Update on Mer-Kingdom

Plugging away at the inkings. Still need to do some more mer-peeps, then all their animal companions, then finish writing their little stories, get that edited/proofread, make the layouts, order a proof, adjust file, order another proof – repeat until just right –

Final inking for #merkingdom coloring book #seahorse

#merkingdom coloring book final inking for #cuttlefish


Final inking #merkingdom  #narwhal

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Inking Mer-Kingdom


Preparing to ink the sketches from my upcoming coloring book, Mer-kingdom, with my new Sakura micron inks. So much work too still do: finish up the writing, sketch and ink the creatures on the opposite page of each mermaid, scan, cleanup digitally, layout, design the cover…my hope is to spend the next two months finishing this up to have the book ready and in the Amazon marketplace by December. Right now its easier just to think about each Merperson one at a time, rather than dreading more sleepless nights. I need to keep up the momentum, because I know how good it will feel to finish this and share it with others.