Ghostwriting book I’m helping illustrate

illustration by sandra kang book by lauren tharpe

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here, but I’m doing 3 illustrations for Lauren Tharp’s upcoming book on ghostwriting. This cute ghostie is by Sandra Kang, I’ll be posting some teaser ghosts in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, feel free to check out Lauren’s post on the book or look at any of her other awesome freelancing advice…she frequently helps me out with freelancing dilemmas and her site is chock-full of info on the subject.

Majestic Bat-Egg

a chicken egg with a bat face drawn on it

I’m fuzzy now on the details of how this happened. I *think* I was making a cake and had my egg and butter set out to reach room temperature, and then my friend Evan came along and drew wings on either side of the egg in order to intimidate me with his spy skills. I then retaliated by drawing a bat face on the egg, which he and my husband then took pictures of each other taking pictures of.

evan trueface purikura by sandpaperdaisy
(my friend Evan)

But I’m not entirely sure. As I was going through my photos I found the bat egg in all its glory. And since I am deep in the middle of a bunch of freelance projects I can’t actually share right now…you get to experience this glory too.

Coming up, retrospectives on several (AWESOME) local shows by Arts Council of Doom artists and photos from a show you can still catch, Let’s Agree to Disagree joint show of awesome artists Amanda and Kristofer Sibrel!! In addition I’ve got a lot more older pieces, decoupage and comic concept art to share. As for my current projects, I hope to be able to share art soon!

Not your mother’s purikura 1: Dainty Manly Men

…your mother probably doesn’t do purikura anyway, but it sounded good. So what’s purikura? Wikipedia says it better than I do:

In Japan, purikura (プリクラ) refers to a photo sticker booth or the product of such a photo booth. The name is a shortened form of the registered trademark Purinto Kurabu (プリント倶楽部). The term derives from the English print club. Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first purikura machines were sold in July 1995.

—Wikepedia page “Photo booth

Basically, you’re supposed to make pretty pictures of yourself and your giggling squad of girlfriends with “skin beauty” filters applied, little roses, sparkles and bubble stamps applied, and so on. …I believe there is more potential to the medium.

Dainty! I will be exploring it to the fullest in the months and years to come.

Incidentally I currently use the Deco Puri android app for my purikura travesties.

A message from the Easter Jellyfish

a foam and pipe cleaner jellyfish clutching a panicked little fish with googly eyes.

The Easter Jellyfish would like to tell you that it hopes you all have a lovely day regardless of how you spend it!

Yeah I got bored and made this jellyfish out of my son’s craft supplies because…I am obsessed with jellyfish. In fact I want to draw lots more jellyfish, as soon as possible!!

Stay tuned for all jellyfish, ALL THE TIME!! …perhaps not that many jellyfish, but I’m definitely going to make more…

Bait, or the Keyfish!

See that little black fish blockprint on the right? That’s the real-world form of these little guys:

a cute playful fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a hook

As you can see, he’s pretty cute in color too, huh? I’ve intended to use COPIC markers to add color to a few of my “Bait” block prints before now, but haven’t done so. Perhaps in time for the art crawl!

Incidentally, my “keyfish” idea started out with a simple photomanipulation of three objects in my house, a soapstone fish and two pendants from a broken necklace, a big key and a heart-shaped lock. I photographed everything and combined the keyhole with the fish, and history was made. I like this little fella and intend to make some sort of more developed digital artwork out of him!

a cute cheerful soapstone fish with a keyhole in its belly is enticed by a key on a fishhook.

Saga of a raccoon

tentacle raccoon photocollage

I started with the above image, which was a digital sketch I did thinking I might make it into a block print for the first Hand Prints traditional printmaking group show. I didn’t end up using it there, so I made a stencil print out of it instead and printed it in black onto an old monoprint of mine (like I did with Fenris!) and then added some watercolors and a few strokes of color pencil to give the original lines back some of their definition. The result below was the very first piece to sell at 2012’s Salon des Refuses at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery! I like to fancy I got some art cred for that.

repressed tentacle raccoon monoprint and watercolor mixed media

A year or two later I FINALLY got around to doing the block print:

 

matted tentacle raccoon print_sandpaperdaisy

I love how it turned out!! Eventually I want to colorize this guy all crazy and put him up in my online shops. I’m sure I can make him look really cool!

Animal button designs for the upcoming Art in the Wild Group Show!

a white speckled barn owl against a blue background

No rest for the wicked, right after I finish with Evillecon this weekend I have to go straight into final preparations for Art in the Wild! This nature-themed show takes place at Wesselman’s Nature Center in Evansville, IN on April 5th from 12pm-4pm.

I’ll be spending all next week making more animal skeletons like these:

But in the meantime, I’ve made several cute animal designs which will be turned into 1-inch pinback buttons. Here is the full set I made!