I was commissioned to create this little guy.
I didn't mean for his eye to look so... sinister...but we can go with it. He's now available in my Society6 shop as a variety of products, including prints.
Commissioned pieces usually come with a touch more stress--because I want them to look just right--but I am always pleased with them. And I end up making something I wouldn't have a thought to make.
And here are a couple of process pics, just because I love to document myself.
We have a little over a week before we start driving northwest. This is my view.
We've been trying to get ride of things we don't love enough to move cross country, like my desk.
Because we are headed to the City of Roses...
As most of you know, I have finished the world map.
In order to scan it, I had to learn how to scan an 18x24 image with my 8.5x11 scanner. I'm pretty impressed with myself that I learned out to do it (thanks to Google). I scanned the artwork in bits and pieces (7 scans total), and then simply used the "photomerge" function on Photoshop. Photoshop then figures out how to put the pieces together. and you get the above image. Photoshop is so smart! Glad to know that trick now, for when I create larger pieces in the future.
The map is now available on my Society6 shop, though the colors are a bit different to make the original even more original.
On that note, if you ever think that you would like something I have available in a different color combo to match your room or whatever, just let me know. Its pretty simple to accomplish.
(Apparently I'm really bad at spelling available because every time I've typed it in this post I've had to be corrected. Avalabe. Availble. Avalaible. )
And I love that its cold outside!
I've entered my best-selling print, Patterns on Patagonia, in a art contest on Minted. It would mean a lot to me if you would go vote for it, even though I believe you have to make an account to do so, which I know is annoying for you........ The winners receive a cash price and can win a spot in their store where I would receive commission. I would be so thrilled! So, if you have a moment, scurry on over there and vote for this baby (a vote is a "like").
And now here are some fun facts about Portland, our new home in 2.5 weeks (source).
Aren't you so excited to come visit us now?
I thought I'd drop in and give you a little life announcement.
We're moving to Portland, Oregon!
If you're apart of my daily life you already know this. Now I thought it was time for all the social media world to know.
It's something we've been wanting to do for a while, and so now we are. If you want the longer version of that story, you can ask me.
This past week we visited Oregon, and Ryan accepted a job offer, and we signed a lease on a house. Badda-bing-badda-boom. (I've never had to spell that out...)
It's was kind of a stressful week, mainly the trying-to-find-a-home part. This is what our time in Portland felt like...
So in the beginning of December we are packing up our things, our dogs, and a couple of friends to make the drive.
We are very excited! And a scared of course, but mainly excited.
And before we go I have a lot of art I want to finish! Including this map, which is getting close..........
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