Hourly Comic Day!


Hey all, how’s life? Can you believe it’s February already? HUH?! 

Today, I am mentally exhausted. But…it’s a GOOD exhausted, because yesterday I participated in Hourly Comic Day for the first time. It was quite an experience! I first heard about this challenge while attending Cal State Fullerton as an illustration major, all my friends were doing it and I’ve always been intrigued yet felt my artistic abilities weren’t “there” yet to actually participate.

Well. Yesterday afternoon I saw that my dear friend Tara Johnsontarakeet.carbonmade.com ) was posting her hourly comics on Instagram. “Damn it!” I thought, “I’m frickin late!” I had no idea that it was Hourly Comic Day and never until that very moment did I think about participating. I took a deep breath said an internal “hell yeah, let’s do this” and got to work.

I’ve never made a comic before. I don’t even think I know what the general qualifications of what could be considered a “comic”, but whatever, right? So I started making the comics around 1pm and finished around 9:30pm taking a small break for dinner around 5:30. Not going to lie, I thought I wasn’t going to finish it during that dinner break. While I was working on the last painting before I took a break I realized that I had been holding my breath? My body was all tense and I was waaaay too focused. I do that a lot with my artwork. I put too much effort into everything and get burnt out pretty quickly. It ties in with my anxiety disorder, did I mention I had an anxiety disorder? I have an anxiety disorder. That dinner break I spent watching Parks and Rec on Netflix with my boyfriend and eating leftover pizza from the night before. I don’t know how I snapped out of it, but I got back to work pretty quickly.

Chris/Blue my boyfriend invited me to go to Dave and Busters (an arcade/bar/restaurant/thing) with him and his friend but I stayed home and worked. I’m really glad I did. I managed to finish it. My first comic-y thing! WHAAAT.

Anyways, here it is! So proud of myself. Anyone else participate in this?


Sleeping beauty, but not really. Messy hair, blackheads and all.


Trying to get out of bed. Checking all the social medias and email.


Breakfast in bed courtesy of my boyfriend.


Getting ready for the day.


Shooting and editing product photography.


Uploading new listings to my Etsy shop.




Finding out about Hourly Comic Day, starring Tara!







If you weren’t already aware, there’s a wonderful little movement going around various social media platforms called #MeetTheArtist . Visual artists are encouraged to create a self portrait, share some details about themselves (such as likes and dislikes), and show what’s in their bag.

Here is mine!

If you haven’t already made one, I recommend you do! Fun little exercise.

Did you already make one? Feel free to share in the comments!

Laika Studios 10 year anniversary – Gallery Nucleus


Helloooooo readers!

SO. Last night was the Laika Studios 10 year anniversary show at Gallery Nucleus. I’m so happy my boyfriend Chris and I made the 1 hour 40 minute drive from Carlsbad to attend because, wooooooooooooooooow.

Laika is a stop-motion animation studio based out of Oregon and I’ve been in love with them since watching Coraline in theaters for the first time. Seriously, from the first time I saw the Jones’ VW Beetle drive up to the Pink Palace Apartments, I was sold. They also made Paranorman (one of my other favorites),  the Boxtrolls, and their latest, Kubo and the Two Strings.

The process of stop-motion animation is tedious, to say the least, but watching these films you would never know it. It is pure magic. Have a look at some of their behind-the-scenes footage, if you don’t believe me. Here is one video featuring the genius director of Coraline, Henry Selick, (who also directed Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas).

The event took place Saturday night 10/29/2016 from 7-1opm at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA. I’ve been to a handful of events at this Gallery and it is always such a treat. There was candy & refreshments, tribute artwork of the films, live music that was inspired by Kubo and the Two Srings, puppets from the actual Kubo film, costumed characters of Kubo & Monkey, and Laika CEO Travis Knight was there signing autographs to those who purchased merchandise.

I have to say, I was a little bummed because I thought there would be puppets from all the Laika films there, but its okay!

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Okay, first I have to describe how exciting it was to see Heidi Smith’s work in person. Heidi Smith is the character artist behind Paranorman. She. is. BRILLIANT. I’ve been fangirling over her concept art for the film for years. Approaching her charcoal drawing at the show, I knew immediately it was hers. I didn’t realize how large her drawings were! Just look at this piece, absolutely stunning.

heidismith.jpgHere I am, fangirling over the piece. 

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Just look at that texture!

Here are a few more of my favorite pieces of the tribute art (however, all of the pieces were stunning)!

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Norman’s House by Pete Oswald – Gouache acrylic on illustration board

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Beldam by Janice Chu – Digital

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Laika Land by Guillaume Fesquet – Pen
(You know I’m a sucker for ink work.)

Speaking of ink work, look at this amazingness.
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Re Vera, Cara Mea, Mea Nil Refert by Uli Meyer – Ink and Wash

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Coraline Jones by Eren Blanquet Unten – Gouache
So happy to have run into Eren at the show! She is just as lovely as her artwork.

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Angry Aggie by Sebastien Mesnard – Black Ink

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A Bad Dream by Zaruhi Galstyan – Woodburning
This one is even more beautiful in person.

Here are some shots of the rest of the show!

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Costume Designs for Kubo

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Live Music and some super cool costumed attendees.

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A couple of Boxtrolls.

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Kubo and Monkey!

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Kubo Puppet.

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Myself with a Monkey Puppet and a leaning, accidental photo bomber. haha.

I wasn’t able to meet Travis Knight but I did get a smile from him which is cool in my book.

We had a great time!

Thank you Gallery Nucleus for hosting the event and Laika Studios for sharing the magic! Go see Kubo and the Two Strings!
If you’re not following me on Instagram already, I’ll be posting photos on there as well!


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Coraline and I.

Until next time,