6 weeks of silence

Okay, I promised it wouldn’t happen again…and it did xD Can I be forgiven? I hope so!

It’s been a busy 6 weeks, in my defense. I’ve not only started a new part-time job as a ‘communications’ type person (it’s a general kind of role, covering social media, blog writing, website design, copywriting, designing visual assets, etc), I’ve also been really busy finishing the Kickstarter comics artwork and juggling several commissions. Oh, almost forgot – I started volunteering at the Leeds Museums too! As a blogger. Write and draw about all the cool items in their collection? How could I resist?

Sadly I’ve not done any new artwork in all this time either but I will try to fix that. Getting used to the new schedule might take a while but I’ll snatch some time for artwork wherever I can :) Excitingly, Microsoft have very kindly sent me a Surface 3 tablet to do more digital artwork on so I’m not tethered to my desk any more :D I’ve also recently started to use Clip Paint Studio, and have just invested in Anime Studio Pro.

Interesting times ahead!

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Ooops, I did it again.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to break into a badly out of tune rendition of the Britney super-hit. I am about to curl up in to a ball of shame and embarrassment though. I missed not one, not two, but FOUR weeks of new work! After such a good start (with a single blip), I feel so bad.

Punishing yourself is sometimes necessary, but so is knowing when life just has to take precedence. And it did, in a good way!

Firstly, a few absorbing projects came my way, which is fab! <3 Secondly, I launched a Kickstarter! That was a trial by fire, let me tell you. Camera-shy, voice-shy, and absolutely NO experience whatsoever in making things look swish? Oh yeah, of course I knew what I was doing xD As of writing, it has successfully reached the funding target, so I couldn’t be happier! It’s been a great experience and now I just want to make sure everyone is happy with the work. I’m a bit nervous, I want to make two new comics that are as sweet, funny and quirky as the first. No pressure.

With things wrapping up in various ways and places, I should be able to get back to some normal practice soon. Need to keep expanding the portfolio, getting better, and discovering more about my own work :)

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New Work – week 11

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So after my lapse, I was determined to get something ready for the end of this week. They may not be much but they are part of continued efforts to explore vector work. If you can look at these and still say ‘Oh, Amy made those!’ then that’s even better <3

I talk (literally) more about these critters over here.

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BEHOLD! I speak on a video for the FIRST TIME!

Just a teeny insight into geometric birds from Tiger Tea on Vimeo.

Ta-da! I’m no longer a faceless, voiceless entity that everyone hopes is a big cartoon tiger. Instead, I am simply a faceless entity that everyone hopes is a cartoon tiger xD

This video comes off the back of the super-sketcher post, which a lot of people seemed to enjoy. I’ve been meaning to do more ‘geometric animals’, and my ‘making of‘ post about the process didn’t show it from start to finish. So I thought I’d try another video.

I am famously camera shy and the same can be said for voice recording too. I’m not sure how I managed to do this in one go without flailing about, screaming ‘OH MY GOD I SOUND HORRIBLE.’ But I did it. It isn’t the whole process, as the puffin was proving awkward to wrangle into something I was happy with. It’s a nice little introduction though, a little insight in to how I work in vector, creating things from scratch.

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New Work – what happened to weeks 9 and 10?

Oh no! Have I failed one of my year-long goals already? Well, yes and no I suppose. I did post this process video in week 10, and also wrote a lengthy post about planning my first attempt at making a visual novel game in the same week.

But I didn’t *actually* make any new work. I just wrote about stuff and filmed my doodling. So, it was a productive week, just not in the way I wanted it to be xD If I was a better person, I would have done the blog posts AND the new work. This is something I’m trying to improve. I should be a creative powerhouse but I stumble with confidence hurdles sometimes.

On top of that, not that this is an excuse, I spent a few days switching off. I visited family, had a day out, didn’t check social media very much, and even didn’t do much drawing. As I’ve been trying to get some chronic health problems under control, this time out was much needed.

Back to a normal schedule and hopefully lots of new goodies for you this week! :D Thanks for sticking with me <3

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New Work – week 8

Week 8 already! Out of 52. A sixth of the way through the year. Am I dwelling on stuff? Of course not! Not me, nope. I’d never do that…

This week’s new work is not polished. They are, however, more refined than my usual Twitter doodles. They are grouped together by theme, as I’m a bit obsessed with local folklore at the moment. It formed a big part in my attempted ACE project but, sadly, that won’t happen now. So I’m doing my best to plough on and get something made anyway :)

The first is based on ‘Jenny Greenteeth’ and myriad other malevolent water spirits, mostly women, who lured people to a watery death. The second is based on the vast number of ‘white lady’ ghost stories in Yorkshire but also includes the unique tale of a ghost mouse. And the third is a concept image for a visual novel game I want to make, about a ‘black dog’ terrorising a village.

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New Work – week 6/7

So, this group of work belongs to the same project that this post refers to, and had that same sense of being way out of my usual comfort zone.

I’ve never done any ‘live-drawing’ but always been curious about it. Some folk make a career or a business out of it. Sciberia instantly come to mind. Nevertheless, I put my boots on and my lucky scarf and I dived in, armed with a pad of marker paper and my lovely ageing Promarkers.

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New Work – week 2

I was having so much fun with Dapper Dogs that I just had to make another design! :) Another two ticks towards my resolution-goals. The only problem is, by the time I finish a design, I think of loads more dogs I could do! There’s still British and American Bulldogs, Rough Collie, Border Collie, Boxer, French Bulldog, Rottweiler, Chow Chow…

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New Work – week 1

So here we are, end of the first week of the year. Here’s a few snippets of the first brand new piece of work for the year (the full design can be seen on my portfolio).

It also ticks another resolution box – working on my Redbubble shop or overall merchandise selection. These would make fabulous buttons or stickers.

As an aside,  the visual style of these are slightly different to the rest of my Redbubble shop. I’ve still sketched out a design and then blocked everything in using vectors but instead of also using vector to create details, I took the design in to Photoshop to finish off. Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages. I’m going to see how the dog design pans out and take it from there :)

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New Year – Plan B

Plan B? What happened to Plan A? I turned it into a paper plane, lost it out of a window, and it’s now happily touring the globe :)

In all seriousness, 2015 has not treated me well. It has thrown some sticks and stones, and has broken some bones. I won’t dwell on the bad stuff, it’s already had a jolly old time dancing on my brain. All that matters is that I have a plan in place to make 2016 much much better :)

This is kind of a new-year-resolution post but mostly something to measure against throughout the year. It can be hard realising and then admitting that you don’t do enough work or you don’t paint enough or you are lacking some skills. Time to fix that, pronto!

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