It's almost Thanksgiving! So that means I'm up in the Pacific Northwest visiting family for the holiday. I always feel inspired around this time, so I got down to some crafting since I've been up here which I've got to share!
My mother is baking pumpkin pies and the house smells delicious! I'm always a little sad after I'm done eating Thanksgiving dinner because I'm sooooo full and I want to eat the delicious pie but I barely have any room at that point!
So I made just one miniature (calorie free) slice of pumpkin pie, that would be the perfect size for the end of the meal ;-)
Next, since I am in the Pacific Northwest, what animal suits the area better than a moose? So I set out to start working on a moose cross stitch pattern! Check it out and if you like to cross stitch, go ahead and follow along!
I certainly love Corgis, they are such cute little dogs. I recently made an amigurumi Corgi as a gift for a friend on her wedding day and I decided that I like the way it turned out! So this means I must share it with the world!!
I have officially added this adorable little Corgi plushie to my Etsy shop!
I have been realizing that I don't really show enough 'behind the scenes' of the things I create. So I would like to do more of that, and what better way than with a time lapse video!
My YouTube channel is called RiaArtWorld after all! So I want to start sharing some more videos that show my whole illustration process.
With the holiday season fast approaching, I have crocheting up a storm, but that doesn't mean I can let my drawing hand get rusty! So I decided to illustrate a happy pumpkin in time for Halloween.
Check it out here:
I just got this new app that allows you to put fun movie filters over your photos and I'm having a blast! It is making this photo of my hand sewn owl look way more spooky cute with the moving fog and bright October moon!
I've been starting to edit a manuscript of mine called Drac Cat, and it inspired me to have a little fun with one of the characters from my story. So here is a sketch of Young Drac playing around with his candy pack!
Every now and then I like to take a step outside of my own work and try to follow someone's patterns. I find that it helps me to become more inspired to work on my own projects, not to mention, you can always learn something new from someone's work!
These are from a book called Zombie Felties. Yes, I'm serious. A whole how to book on making handsewn miniature felt zombies.
I made the traditional zombie and of course, the pumpkin zombie. Naturally had to have a spooky-cute photoshoot right after. Soooo enjoy-yay Halloween!
Here is a minute long time lapse video of a simple pumpkin pattern I came up with. People have expressed a desire for this pattern, so I included the pattern along with step by step instructions here on my blog!
Just click on the 'crochet patterns' tab above!
If you decide to make a pumpkin using my pattern, I would love for you to share! Just give credit please! Thanks!
Now this is my type of Halloween candy! I finished this giant crochet
candy corn...and is it wrong that I want to eat it? Just kidding!
It's not that candy corn is the
bestest candy out there, but the Halloween kid inside of me is filled to
the brim with nostalgia whenever I eat it today! So it seems only
fitting that I would honor this with a giant crochet candy corn.
I was rifling through some old files on my desktop and I came across these little spooky cute characters I did a while back now. They are so cute, that it made me want to re-visit what I made and is inspiring me to make a few new sketches!
For now, I wanted to share these little cuties, that I think could be perfect for a pattern. It is giving me the idea to create some adorably spooking cute packaging for those October Etsy orders.
It is now officially one of my most favorite months, and I plan on sharing all things Halloween all month long!
So what better way than to start off with my spooktastic critter earrings! I have my classis candy corn earrings (available in my Etsy shop) and I'm also playing around with some pumpkin earrings. Now if I could only decide on which face to choose! Definitely leaning towards the 'carved' pumpkin face since it's more Halloweeny!
With the holiday season approaching, I knew I needed to make my way over to the craft store today. I re-upped on all my usual colors, but also could not help buying a few new colors that I thought would be fun to try!
When I got home and dumped them out on my crafting table, they looked so pretty that I just had to share. For a crafter, visiting the store and gathering a bunch of fresh supplies is always a lot of fun!
I'm finishing up the coloring book pages for a special edition coloring book I was commissioned to make for a nature children's magazine. This particular photo they gave me, was a doozy! There is so much detail! So when I finished, I decided that I needed to have a little fun and color a fish...or two!
So growing up with brothers, I played video games, probably way more than many little girls. I still was way into Barbie and My Little Pony, but I loved myself a good video game!
Pokemon was one of those video games! I was always a Charmander girl, but when I think back on Pokemon, I always think of these three as the OG crew. So I like to imagine them all having a little fun together...like roasting marshmallows on Charmander's flame tail ;-)
It isn't very often that I will consider revisiting older drawings/illustrations I've done. I always like to keep moving forward so that my work continues to improve and evolve so I can always present my best work.
However, I was combing through some old files and came across these character sketches I did several years ago that are supposed to be the characters from a book series I used to love as a kid. The series was called the Bailey School Kids and each book always had a funny title like Dracula doesn't Drink Pink Lemonade.
The series was about these four kids who went to school with some pretty wacky teachers that they always thought were supernatural things like vampires, werewolves or aliens. The crew would proceed to investigate the teachers to see if they were really some sort of 'monster' and in the end, the results were not always conclusive-but in a fun silly way!
Feeling nostalgic, I decided to redraw these four kids and I'm happy with how they turned out! I can see that my technique has gotten tighter and more polished.
Here are the original sketches from long, long ago:
As I have already shared, I'm getting ready for upcoming holiday craft shows, which means prepping my applications as well!
Since many of the little critters I make for sale are actually magnets, I was trying to think of a funny way to show that they are magnets in a photo. At first I thought I would just take a picture of them on an actual fridge, but it was too hard to get a nice close-up shot of all the critters and capture the refrigerator too.
So I settled on just photographing the critters (and my hand) on a white back ground. Then I proceeded to draw a fridge in photoshop around my photo.
I think it looks a little silly, but in a good way! It's kind of a fun collage-ish photo showing that my critters are magnets!
So I have steadily crocheting some inventory for Rose City ComicCon in Portland, OR and then Urban Air Market in San Francisco. In the process I have come up with these plump little plushies- or PLUMSHIES!
They have been super fun to make and are a nice break from the miniature 1" critters I typically crochet. These cutie plumshies are still pretty small too, which makes them super adorable!
Here is a plump little fox, I love his round tummy!
I'm definitely going to have to add these guys to my Etsy store. I'm thinking of selling them as either just a plushie or a keychian.
So it has been a while since I have taken the time to make and order new postcards to hand out as promotional items. I brought these new cards to the SCBWI conference I went to over this last weekend, and I think I will bring them to Rose City ComicCon in September.
Here are two new ones, which I am super excited about! I made one for my crochet critters and one for my romantic squirrely illustrations.
I think the critter postcard could be the perfect birthday card for some one in a pinch!
Though I have been working around the clock on many artsy and crafty things this summer, I have not been the best about sharing all my projects! Seems that this is a typical theme of my summers *nervous giggles** with traveling and some family time thrown in the mix, I never want to break away from the moment of things to post.
However, I have many new illustrations and crafts to share! So I thought I would start off with the sketches and final illustration I did for the last SCBWI conference here in SF!
The challenge was to illustrate some lyrics from a Lyle Lovett song:
If I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat
So I have been working on the final illustrations for a children's book just about everyday now and thought I would share the several stages of coloring that each drawing goes through before it's finished!
It's pretty fun to see it all come together.
The writer is Kelly Franco and it is a charming story about a girl, Olive and her Dachshund, Lulu. These best friends go on all sorts of adventures.