Wednesday, May 17, 2017

HQ Wizard Fabrics Removed


Yesterday I got an email from Spoonflower saying all my wizard designs have been removed by request from Warner Brothers. I knew it would be coming eventually since my wizard designs are fan art and I don't own Harry Potter. I was still gutted.

I've already received emails from people asking me to put back up the designs, but obviously I can't do that. I also don't want to be sued by Warner Brothers because of some cute fan art I initially made for myself.

Truthfully, I've been leaning towards fazing out my fan art. I have kept it up as long as possible because it was supporting my business while I have been trying to work on new products. I am hoping to find a way to make fan art in a way that isn't infringing on any copyrights (is that even possible?).

If you want to more information just google 'fan art and copyright infringement'.

I do still have a few wizard products that I will be selling on my own website, but I will not be remaking them in the future. I will probably be removing my wizard design from Society 6 as well.

I still have some cute fabrics available on Spoonflower and I have plans to make new designs (although I'm rethinking if I should even bother with the Studio Ghibli one I was working on T_T).

Thank you to everyone for the support and love of this design! xo

Friday, May 5, 2017

Sketchbook: OOTD


I'm pretty proud of myself for actually keeping up with my 100 day project and working on other sketches. I haven't really posted much, except glimpses in my sketchbook on Instagram stories.

This week I thought it would be fun to draw what I was wearing, but only managed one day. Things have been pretty busy around here.

I'm not sure if I would actually leave the house in this outfit, but it is something I wear around the house. I've always been really weird uncomfortable about wearing shorts out in public anyway, but I'm working on it. The summers here in Texas are brutal, so shorts are a must. It's always cold in my house so I tend to wear tights under my shorts (and sometimes socks with my sandals). I'm addicted to cardigans and my friend got me this amazing Totoro one for my birthday!

I am going to try and do more of these quick outfit of the day drawings in the future and hopefully share some more of my cute food sketches.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Goals


I've seen several May Goal posts floating around, maybe it's because I've been on Twitter more, but I decided to try and hold myself accountable by posting my goals. I made a few goals for myself last month that I actually completed. Woot!

May Goals:

1. Get wooden heart ornaments painted. This is on my to do list every week....

2. Design 2 new fabrics. I'm currently trying to focus on a Ghibli + possible Star Wars design.

3. Continue 100 Day Project. I am still working on this drawing challenge! I haven't really posted much of my work, but I'm still trying. Some weeks I end up playing catch up by doing several days at once, but hopefully I'll get better.

4. Make more vegetarian/vegan meals. One of my New Years resolutions was to eat more vegetables. I bought a new cookbook (Isa Does It) and plan to make all the yummy things! I already have 4 recipes planned for this week.

5. Continue blogging once a week. I'm not a hard core blogger, but I think it helps as an artist/small business person to keep people informed...so I'm working on it. :)

6. Finish putting together my pixel afghan. This thing is a monster and I keep putting it off because I hate the sewing part. I also want to finish so I can start a new crochet project.

7. Organize art closet. It's like Tetris in there and I can't find anything.

That seems like a lot to work on...I've definitely been more motivated since I started going to these exercise classes 3 days a week (yay endorphins!) Getting out of the house has been a big thing for me this year! I've even gone to a few geek girl events. Sadly, I haven't been able to attend any Sketch Club meetings because we've been out of town a lot this year.

What are your goals for May? xo

Friday, April 28, 2017

Supernatural Stickers


I realized I had never made these cute Supernatural guys into stickers! They are now available in my shop!

I made these a tad smaller, so you get 2 of each design. I'll be testing out new stuff + would love your feedback!

PS If you are a fan of Supernatural, you can find this design on fabric too!

Short post, but I hope everyone is having a good weekend! xo

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shop Reopened!

 ETSY

I've finally reopened my shop! I kept thinking I needed to wait until I've made a new collection + products. I couldn't decide what platform I wanted to use. Stuck in indecision, I just didn't do anything.

I finally kicked myself out of my weirdness and just decided to reopen. I had so much encouragement from everyone, which made me remember people liked some of my older products. I am slowly working on new stuff, but for now you can find some old favorites. (There are new sticker packs and fabric samples available though.)


I decided to use both Etsy + Big Cartel. (Etsy for the marketplace and Big Cartel for my own site that is under my control for the most part.)

Etsy is always making changes, which is hard to keep up with or annoying for sellers + buyers. Big Cartel is a flat fee and super chill, without all the craziness of Shopify. I almost thought about Storenvy again, but last time I ended up charged with so many hidden fees I didn't feel it was worth it. I would recommend trying them out to find what works for you. (End platform rant)

Thank you for the continued support and look forward to new products soon!! xo

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Fabric: Harry Potter Villains


I just got the new sample of my fabric in the mail! I really love how the blue background came out and makes the characters pop!

Someone on Instagram suggested I do non-directional fabric, which I tried on this one. I plan to do a non-directional of my first HP fabric, with a possible colored background. It's on the list of things to do...

You can find the fabric here and the sticker pack here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The 100 Day Project

Instagram is my jam. I check it a million times a day...one day I saw the #The100DayProject and how many of the artists and creatives I follow were starting this week. I thought this would be a good way to kick start getting out of my own creative run and try something new.

I've been bored with my art recently. It feels repetitive and unoriginal...something is lacking which in turn is making feel depressed about creating in general. I decided to pick a theme for this project that did not involve drawing people. Instead I'm drawing kawaii food!



I even started a Pinterest board, so you can see where I'm getting my inspiration from. So far this project has been fun. I'm not thinking too much about these little drawings, just sketching it out, adding some watercolor and outlining in my Moleskine.

You can find out more about The 100 Day Project here.

PS I've opened my shop + will be adding more as soon as I get the new stuff made! xo

Monday, March 27, 2017

Artistic Style


I was asked recently about how I developed my artistic style. In my mind I was screaming, still working on it! Of course I don't remember what I said, because I was panicking. Artistic style is always one of those things I'm stressing out about and trying to continue to develop. I feel like I'm the last person to go to for advice.

Artistic style is something I've slowly been working on in regards to custom portraits. I feel like all of my characters look the same, and I've been trying to break the mold I seem to be working from (even though I'm not sure how to do that). I was asked to draw some portraits recently, and my first instinct was to say no, because I'm just not ready. Instead I said yes, and drew them and I hated them, but they liked them and that's what matters....right?

A few things I've been trying:
  • Speed sketching while I watch cartoons with my kid. I will try to draw characters and things from whatever show she is watching. I'm trying to think less and draw more. 
  • Looking though old sketches and "Frankenstein-ing" things I loved about those with my current "style". 
  • Drawing more!

If you have questions about developing your artistic style I suggest:
Let me know your thoughts on developing your artistic style. xo

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Supporting Other Creatives


This year I haven't created much at all. I read books, crochet, drink coffee, and watch anime. I've been unmotivated and in the biggest slump. So far 2017 has brought me stress in the form of art theft that has left me bitter and on the verge of just giving up and becoming the cat lady I always wanted to be.

I follow lots of creatives on social media. I love supporting other artists and buy their amazing products + art whenever I can. Recently, a few creatives have inspired me and I decided to support them by becoming a Patreon.


Sonya Cheney has been such a huge inspiration throughout the years that I've followed + talked to her here in this crazy internet land. She has such a beautiful + deep soul. She knows who she is and what she wants from her dreams and life. I enjoy her zines and seeing little peeks into her very cute life. Her drive + passion for writing inspired me to sit down and think about what I'm doing and what I have a passion for. That maybe I could continue doing the things I enjoy even in the face those who would try and take it from me.

You can find Sonya's blog here and support her on Patreon here


Fran of Frannerd is one of my favorite artists + YouTubers. She reminds me so much of one of my friends that I haven't talked to in a long time. I love how down to earth and real she is about illustration + just living the artist life in general. I always look forward to her YouTube videos + she has inspired me to try new art supplies + techniques. 

You can find her YouTube here and support her on Patreon here.

I'm new to Patreon, but let me know who you support or if you have your very own Patreon! xo

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Art Theft


I woke one day this week to several messages saying they saw my Harry Potter design being sold through TeeChip with no credit to me as the designer. As I checked out the campaign saying it was a best seller, I was heart broken to see that whoever this "seller" was who posted my work to this site didn't even bother to try changing my art that they stole. Every brushstroke was still the same as the original. I was so angry!

After sending a quick email politely asking TeeChip to take down my stolen artwork, they auto responded with a page of things I needed to do in legal jargon that made no sense. I'm a small fry who makes art when I have time, so I don't have a lawyer to take care of these types of things for me. So I did what any other sensible person would, I googled "how to get my stolen art taken off TeeChip".

Turns out this is a pretty regular thing for TeeChip, but being a professional and following their rules is the only way to get them to listen. I found this amazing article by Effing Decaf on Tumblr that said everything I could possibly say here and give you the what's the what on getting that DMCA ( Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice written and guess what? It worked. Next morning I woke up to the campaign taken down and a very professional reply from a member of TeeChip's Copyright team.

Obviously this isn't the end of my struggles. I don't know who this "seller" is as TeeChip is the only one I could deal with in this situation. I'm sure whoever thought it was okay to steal my artwork in the first place won't mind trying to sell it again on another platform.

I'm grateful for this community I have and that you guys are looking out for me. I appreciate the support more than I could ever put into words. As an artist you get sensitive about your work and it was nice to not feel alone while going through this. So thank you all so much! xo