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Happy New Year!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 10, 2016, 12:53 PM


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! With 2016 upon us, I am taking the opportunity to make a lot of changes and push some projects into motion...

*For more up-to-date glimpses into my sketches and works in progress, check out my Instagram or Twitter.


Witch and Wizard Story
Though still untitled, work has been pouring out of me on a silly little magical story that popped into my head recently. I am having an absolute blast learning my process for visual development and sequential storytelling with this project! Sometimes you have to take a step back and not allow your projects to become too precious. Just start the path and see where it takes you.

NimbusSilhouette3 by sketchykraftRoseSilhouette1 by sketchykraft

The Lemiscus Book
Work continues on my very personal collection of pieces and the invisible ties, false limitations, and self-imposed restrictions therein.

Lemiscus Book - Manic Murder by sketchykraftLemiscus Book - Out of Misery by sketchykraft

Wee Watercolors

Still need to upload a lot of self portraits to this new gallery section. These are simple and silly, but they are just so much fun! I can't stop.

Wee Nimbus and Rose by sketchykraftWee Dune by sketchykraft

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (Hades & Persephone comic)

*Work on the comic is on hiatus. While I've finished my rewrites on the 10-issue graphic novel length script, I've realized the project has become so large and precious to me that I am unable to approach it without more sequential experience. So in the meantime, I'm working on a few other projects to beef up my skill for this mythological epic.


2016 Convention Schedule
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Apr 7-10- w/'Imaginary People'


**Though I'm taking a break from nearly all shows next year, you can still find prints of my work at my Etsy Store for those of you who may like to support me and own a piece of my art.**
Buy My Prints Please

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  • Listening to: In The Morning of The Magicians - The Flaming Lips
  • Reading: Making Comics, by Scott McCloud
  • Drinking: hot coffee

Ribbon and A Wee Bit o' Watercolor

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 18, 2015, 10:08 AM


The Lemiscus Book
Work continues on the book! Getting to a place where I hope to be producing one to two illustrations per week. I can't wait to get all these ideas on paper!

Lemiscus Book - Out of Misery by sketchykraft

"Lemiscus" is Latin for "a ribbon," something I have seen pop up on my work again and again. The Chinese believed that fate was a red string that connected everything. While I don't believe in pre-destiny, I do believe that we make decisions today that limit our options tomorrow. But often times, these limitations are false and as easy to tear as ribbon. Likewise, the relationships between things are as fragile and delicate as ribbon is easy to cut.

The Lemiscus book is an exercise in economy (using limited colors and tools), personal symbolism (exploring the masks, ribbons, and other symbols that continue to emerge in my work), and finding balance (blending the red and blue colors from a double-ended animation pencil in an illustrative way).


Wee Watercolors
I will be adding a new section to the gallery and uploading my silly little watercolor warmup self portraits and fanarts (because I love them and they are so fun)!

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (Hades & Persephone comic)

*Work on the comic has been on hiatus while I wrap up some projects and tie up loose ends.*
-First draft script of all chapters completed.
-Rewrites for 2nd draft 80% complete.
-Script rewrites for final draft are in progress.
-Final Ch. 1 character designs in progress.
-Storyboards in progress (pgs 1-3 complete).
*Follow the Blind Follies Tumblr here.


2016 Convention Schedule
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Apr 7-10- w/'Imaginary People'


**Though I'm taking a break from shows next year, I will be updating my Etsy Store with my entire stock of prints for those of you who may like to support me and own a piece of my art.*
Buy My Prints Please

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  • Listening to: Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
  • Reading: The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
  • Drinking: tea

Ink and Ribbon

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 11:11 AM


Inky Woman Sketchbook
Lately, I've been doing all my warm-up drawings in brush-pen and ink. I'm thinking of collecting these ink sketches into a zine or small book, to be for sale somewhere online. I used to draw with brushpen quite a bit and greatly missed it, so it's nice to return to the more frenzied way of drawing that the medium provides for me. Got some catch-up work to do for #inktober as well.

The Lemiscus Book

"Lemiscus" is Latin for "a ribbon," something I have seen pop up on my work again and again. The Chinese believed that fate was a red string that connected everything. While I don't believe in pre-destiny, I do believe that we make decisions today that limit our options tomorrow. But often times, these limitations are false and as easy to tear as ribbon. Likewise, the relationships between things are as fragile and delicate as ribbon is easy to cut.

The Lemiscus book is an exercise in economy (using limited colors and tools), personal symbolism (exploring the masks, ribbons, and other symbols that continue to emerge in my work), and finding balance (blending the red and blue colors from a double-ended animation pencil in an illustrative way).

This book is very special to me. While simple in presentation, I am discovering through it who I am as an artist. I hope others will also enjoy the journey.

Lemiscus Book - Manic Murder by sketchykraft

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (Hades & Persephone comic)

*Work on the comic has been on brief hiatus while I wrap up some projects and tie up loose ends.*
-First draft script of all chapters completed.
-Rewrites for 2nd draft 80% complete.
-Script rewrites for final draft are in progress.
-Final Ch. 1 character designs in progress.
-Storyboards in progress (pgs 1-3 complete).
*Follow the Blind Follies Tumblr here.


2015 Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Winter: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Artist Alley AA71

-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- Booth #406
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-StocktonCon: Stockton, CA - Aug 8-9- Artist Alley AA69
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley
-Art Mix/Crocker-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 10- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 3- Empire's Comics Vault
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 25- Small Press
**NOTE: I will most likely be taking a break from almost all conventions in the year 2016.


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  • Watching: Mushi-Shi - Series 2
  • Eating: black coffee
  • Drinking: black coffee

Conventions and Projects

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 11, 2015, 9:11 PM


Name Change
Expect to see my DevID and artist name change in the near future. Going back to using my maiden name for my work. I'll also be weeding through old deviations and adding lots of old sketches.

916 Ink Makes Comics

Finished work on year 2 of the amazing 916 Ink Makes Comics
Comic stories written by kids, and drawn by comic artists. If you're a fan of promoting youth literacy (which you should be), check it out! I can't say enough wonderful things about this project.

The Lemiscus Book

With a lot of transitions happening in my life, I am channeling my feelings into illustrations and working on my first artbook, utilizing the personal symbolism of ribbons, masks, birds, horns, flowers, and arrows that I have seen return again and again to my work.

Lemiscus Book - Manic Murder by sketchykraft

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (Hades & Persephone comic)

*Work on the comic has been on brief hiatus while I wrap up some projects and tie up loose ends.*
-First draft script of all chapters completed.
-Rewrites for 2nd draft 80% complete.
-Script rewrites for final draft are in progress.
-Final Ch. 1 character designs in progress.
-Storyboards in progress (pgs 1-3 complete).
*Follow the Blind Follies Tumblr here.


2015 Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Winter: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Artist Alley AA71

-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- Booth #406
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-StocktonCon: Stockton, CA - Aug 8-9- Artist Alley AA69
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley
-Art Mix/Crocker-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 10- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 3- Empire's Comics Vault
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 25- Small Press
**NOTE: I will most likely be taking a break from all conventions in the year 2016.


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  • Drinking: tea

An update appears!

Journal Entry: Mon May 18, 2015, 2:35 PM


Been hiding out in the art cave quite a bit lately, working on improving my craft. Sorry for being quiet. All part of the process. In the meantime, a few updates:


Fanime

Just a brief reminder: I will NOT be present for Fanime 2015 this coming weekend. Wishing all my friends who are going the best of times!

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (Hades & Persephone comic)

-First draft script of all chapters completed.
-Script rewrites for final draft are in progress.
-Final Ch. 1 character designs in progress.
-Storyboards in progress (pgs 1-3 complete).
*Follow the Blind Follies Tumblr here.

Dramagic Webcomic
For those who didn't know, I'm the new colorist for Mike Gray and Alison Roozeboom's webcomic "Dramagic!" Updates Wednesdays.


2015 Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Winter: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Artist Alley #AA-71
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- Booth #406
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 25- Small Press *Added*


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  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
  • Reading: Fionna and Cake
  • Watching: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
  • Playing: Alundra (PSX)
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: iced coffee

Emerald City Comicon (ECCC)

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 22, 2015, 5:33 PM


Just a heads up, Emerald City Comicon is just around the corner (March 27-29)! Once again, I'll be exhibiting with my friends the "Imaginary People" at Booth #406.

I'll have plenty of arts and will be taking toned-paper sketch commissions during the convention.




Also, just a small announcement...

I've created a Tumblr blog for Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (my Hades and Persephone comic). If you are interested in the progress of this project, you can follow it here.

Blind Follies - Hades Concept Sketch by sketchykraft
*Hades concept sketch.

2015 Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Winter: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Artist Alley #AA-71
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- Booth #406
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 25- Small Press *Added*


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  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
  • Reading: The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Watching: Pasta (파스타)
  • Playing: Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Projects / Convention Updates

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 9, 2015, 11:01 AM


So Sac-Con back on March 1 was amazing. I loved the new location and I'm eager to see the show settle into the new space. New transitions can always be a little rough, but the room to breathe was a very welcomed change. So nice to see all the new faces in the crowd, too!

I'm also already signed up for the next Sac-Con in Fall (Oct. 25), but I'll be at plenty of other shows before then. Emerald City Comicon (Seattle) is already around the corner! Lots to do before then, but I am looking forward to spending some extra time in the city this time around.

In the meantime, I've been working on upping my art game in preparation for drawing my comic (Blind Follies: The Flower and Death), as I finalize my character designs and style choices for the project. Rewrites on the later chapters has also started, but will move at its own pace. I already have 4 chapters of final scripts to work with art-wise for now.

Colors for Shane Matthew Murphy's Birdland Comic have also begun. I've been coloring other bits and bobs for some of Shane's other projects, which I will post when I'm able. Looking forward to wrapping up our new variant cover reward so we can get these Kickstarter packages all shipped out. Not long now!

The new season of 916 Ink Makes Comics has started, in which my creator friend Eben E.B. Burgoon teaches local kids the art of writing for comics. I am excited to again meet with the youngsters and, with my peers, help bring life to their stories through my art. I am always in awe of the work done by 916 Ink in the name of youth literacy. Truly great stuff.



2015 Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Winter: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Artist Alley #AA-71
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- Booth #406
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 25- Small Press *Added*


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  • Listening to: Yuki Kajiura & Emily Bindiger
  • Reading: The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Watching: Pasta (파스타)
  • Playing: Majora's Mask 3DS
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

The Flower and Death Ch. 1

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 4, 2015, 11:08 AM


So as I said announced in my last post, my graphic novel script for Blind Follies: The Flower and Death (my take on the myth of Persephone and Hades) is completed at 7 chapters in length... Well... The first draft is done, and that's a huge accomplishment!

See, that's the thing about first drafts: They are necessary steps toward solidifying your story. One one hand, no one needs to read it. On the other hand, once you have a draft you are happy about, you can pass it off to a few trusted volunteers. Which is exactly what I did. And I'll tell you, the feedback I received was incredible. It really forced me to take a step back and look at the story in ways I hadn't thought of before. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and compliments, but that's a good thing!

While I believe you must put your heart into a project to make it take flight, you can never hold it so precious and close to you that you're unwilling to make changes and allow it to be all it can be. Those first blows were tough to take, but I'm lucky in that they came from people I admire and respect. I mean if I'm too afraid to hear what my friends have to say, why would I think it's a good idea to put my story out there on a bookshelf?

At the same time, it's important to not focus on every single opinion. You are never going to be able to please everyone. Rather, try to step back and hear what everyone is trying to tell you as a whole. What are the common things people want to see more or less of? I got a lot of conflicting opinions, but as a whole, I realized I really needed to go back and revisit the 2nd half of my book (chapters 5-7). I think I got so caught up in getting everything down that they came off as a bit rushed and the life/death metaphors that were prevalent in the first half became lost.

The good news is I have 4 chapters of material to work with on the art-side of things in the meantime! So while I take my time to better develop my latter half, I am continuing work on my first chapter. Again, this one will take me the longest, as I am still learning. I'm developing the style of the book and fleshing out my character designs while taking the time I've denied myself to develop a better understanding of design, light, color, and perspective necessary for visual storytelling.

For anyone that reads these posts, thank you for sharing my journey. As I move forward, I can only hope my experiences being a baby-comic artist will encourage others to keep bumping along through their own trial and error. You'll hear more from me soon.


2015 Convention Schedule
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley *NEW*


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  • Listening to: Jane Blue and The Hunters - The North
  • Reading: The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Playing: Mario 64
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

It's done.

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 11, 2015, 9:14 PM


Ever since I was a kid, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said, "I want to be an author and illustrator." Though I could barely form the words, the weight of their truth remained with me through the years.

I used to spend hours upon hours writing stories, accompanying them with illustrations on each page. When most kids were grounded from playing outside or visiting friends, I was grounded from writing. My parents used to have to take away my floppy disks (remember those?) just to get my head out of the clouds long enough to complete my homework. (It didn't work.) Little did they know, I still kept copies of the disks and printed copies of my stories so I could write with a pen on the sly. (So rebellious.)

Following high school, I was left with a treasure-tome of hundreds of pages of incomplete books, uncounted chapters leading to nowhere, binders and binders of outlines and notes, portfolios and sketchbooks of characters and illustrations, and dozens and dozens of discarded ideas... But now for the first time in my life--from beginning to end--I have actually FINISHED a story!

The script for my graphic novel BLIND FOLLIES: The Flower and Death is finished!


Two-hundred-and-seven planned comic pages; fifty-five pages of typed text; seven total chapters; one script...

Words can't describe what it feels like to see the full arc in its entirety. I also can't say how daunting it is looking ahead at the world of work that waits for me. But I am all the more excited for the journey now that I have the road map! It's bound to be a long learning process. Wish me luck!



2015 Convention Schedule
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Sep 4-6- Artist Alley *NEW*


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  • Listening to: Pinesong - A Fine Frenzy
  • Reading: The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
  • Watching: Galavant
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Thank you, SacAnime!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 4, 2015, 7:48 PM


Thank you to every one who came by my table at SacAnime this weekend! It was so wonderful getting to talk so much about my work and the future of “Blind Follies: The Flower and Death!”

I can’t tell you what it means to me to have so many of you ask about the project and share my excitement for finishing the 7-chapter-length script as I embark on drawing the first issue. As always, the outpouring of support was amazing.

Such a great way to start the busy year! <3

You'll find me next at Sac-Con in March (3/1) at the event's new location. See you there!


Blind Follies: The Flower and Death
Status: Only half of the written script for Chapter 7 (of 7) to go! Diving into studies to prepare for drawing the comic as I flesh out the character designs and visual development.



2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis #AA71
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Listening to: good ol' peace and quiet
  • Reading: The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
  • Playing: Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

SacAnime Winter 2015

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 28, 2014, 8:13 PM


I certainly hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, whatever you celebrate, or however you choose to celebrate it. This year, all I got was an epic cold, which I am (thankfully) nearing the end of!

Good thing too, because I will be sharing a table at SACANIME with the talented KRYSTEN REIS ("A Curious Journey," Scattered Comics) this coming weekend (Jan 2-4), table #AA71!

I'd love to wish everyone a happy new year, so please be sure and stop by!


Blind Follies: The Flower and Death
Status: Wrapping up the written script for Chapter 6 (of 7). Diving into studies to prepare for drawing the comic as I flesh out the character designs and visual development.



2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis #AA71
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Mar 1- Small Press *New location!*
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Listening to: The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
  • Reading: The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
  • Playing: Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

National Novel Writing Month

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 17, 2014, 1:16 PM


Sorry for the lack of art updates, everyone. I’ve been spending my free time writing the comic scripts for my graphic novel “Blind Follies: The Flower and Death.

I have a lot of preparation and some last few commissions to finish before I can start drawing, but I honestly never intended to write the entire script by then. Just sort of unintentionally fell into participating in National Novel Writing Month. I’ve just been so excited with how the story has come together, I can’t seem to stop myself and the words are just pouring out of me!

I’ve already completed the scripts for 4 out of the probably 7 chapters and made serious headway on chapter 5!

To be honest, writing has always been a passion of mine and once started again, I can’t seem to stop. The good thing about it is this way I get to survey the completed arc and see how well it conveys the themes. I can’t wait til I’m able to bring this world to life as I learn sequential storytelling and comic art. It’s going to be a tough, but rewarding experience. And putting off the training and writing I’m now finally doing had only pushed the project out further and further. It felt selfish to put my head down and bury myself in my own projects, to step back and away from the world for a bit. But the only way to do something is to do it. And I don't have anymore time for creator's guilt.

Getting things done, and it feels amazing. <3


2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Listening to: Forward, Oneiroi!
  • Reading: Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
  • Watching: Over The Garden Wall
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Convention Season Aftermath

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 27, 2014, 3:53 PM


Thank you to everyone who came out to support me at the recent Super Sac-Con, Oct 18 & 19! Being my last show of the year, it was nice to see some friendly faces, as well as get to know some new fans.

Super Sac-Con

Shane and I were both very excited to debut The Black and White Edition of Birdland #1. He will be wrapping up some last lingering Kickstarter bits and bobs and sending those rewards out soon. Keep checking the Kickstarter page for those updates. You can also follow Shane's work on the Birdland Comic Facebook.

I can't tell you how proud I am of the coloring work I've already done, as well as the lettering throughout the book. But my work is only just beginning! Work now starts on coloring all 24 pages for the Birdland in Technicolor edition of the book.

BirdlandPhoto

In the meantime, while I enjoy a break from conventions, I'll also be working on my own comic: Blind Follies: The Flower and Death, my own personal take on the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. The scripts for books 1 & 2 are both complete, with future scripts all outlined and storyboarding for book 1 finally in production.

I'll continue to post sketches and updates as the work continues. Being my first full length solo project, it's bound to take me some time, lots of tea, and plenty of trial and error. I only hope, in the end, I'll bring out a side of the old stories that's both romantic and refreshing, as enjoyable as it is personal.
~Sarah

2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Reading: Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Super Sac-Con

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 14, 2014, 2:52 PM


Can't believe how fast this month is blowing by!

This coming weekend Oct. 18 & 19, I will be exhibiting on my home turf at the Super Sac-Con special 2-day event. Come find me in the Small Press room and say hi!

This will probably be my last convention for the year, so I can spend the holidays catching up on important projects and making more art posts. But don't worry! I'll still have my online shop and will be returning to the convention circuit come January.



In the meantime, you can visit the blog on my new website (SKETCHYSTRAUB.COM) for more up to date info on my latest projects, as well as my other social media sites.

2014 Convention Schedule
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Listening to: Yuki Kajiura & Emily Bindiger
  • Reading: Kwaidan: Japanese Ghost Stories
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: tuna fried rice
  • Drinking: iced peach and marzipan tea

New Website

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 8, 2014, 11:31 AM


I'm very excited to announce that, thanks to the tireless efforts of my talented 'mistress of The Web,' my new home website is now live!

SKETCHYSTRAUB.COM



Current Projects:
Birdland (the black and white edition) has been sent to the printer. Artist/Creator Shane and I are hoping to premier the book in print at Super Sac-Con, Sacramento, Oct 18-19.

Blind Follies: The Flower and Death, my Persephone and Hades-inspired mythology-fairytale fusion comic, is currently in the storyboard phase for Part 1. The scripts for parts 1 and 2 are finished and edited, with parts 3-5 roughly outlined. It's so romance-y and emo, like mythology meets Korean drama. Haha. Hope you all will like it!


2014 Convention Schedule
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Watching: Steven Universe & Gravity Falls
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: green smoothie

'Les Miserables' Mice Templar Feature

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 24, 2014, 11:49 AM


Look what came in the mail today!



My copies of Image Comics' Mice Templar IV: Legend #13 featuring my Les Miserables-inspired pinup of the doomed students at the barricade. My 2nd pinup for the wonderful book!

This was a subject very close to my heart, as Les Miz happens to be my favorite musical. I remember watching the 10th anniversary concert on PBS with my parents. I remember memorizing every word of the 3-disc stage show soundtrack, singing it to myself in my bedroom.

When I was 16, I was supposed to see the stage play with my dad around Valentine’s day, but he passed away suddenly just a few days beforehand. I didn’t get to enjoy the stage show again until many years later on my 30th birthday, it came touring through town for the first time in years for just that one weekend, allowing me to enjoy it with the other man of my life (my husband).



So you can imagine my excitement when I was approached to create this illustration. I was asked to convey a sense of doom, using blood as symbolism rather than gore. Marius, as the only survivor, is depicted in warm tones against the cool-toned backdrop of his friends at the moment of their sacrifice. With Eponine, the later martyr for their cause, lifeless in his arms with an open palm, as the banner’s wave begins to run and the barricade fades to shadows.


2014 Convention Schedule
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


2015 Convention Schedule
-Winter SacAnime: Sacramento, CA - Jan 2-4- Tabling w/Krysten Reis
-Emerald City Comicon: Seattle, WA - Mar 27-29- TBA
-Wizard World: Sacramento, CA - Jun 19-21- Artist Alley
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 2-5- Artist Alley


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  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Drinking: green smoothie

Creative Women Mini-Con

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 18, 2014, 7:46 PM


This Saturday 9/20, I'm going to be at my favorite comic ship Empire's Comics Vault for their 2014 CREATIVE WOMEN MINI-CON, a celebration of Sacramento women in the arts.

Stop by and say hi! There'll be plenty of other amazing female artists and creators there as well. I can't wait to chat with everybody, especially my fellow creative ladies!

Facebook event-->[link]

Convention Schedule
-ArtMix/CrockerCon: Sacramento, CA - Sep 11- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 20- Empire's Comics Vault
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


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  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins - Victorialand
  • Watching: American Horror Story - Coven
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: salmon sashimi and teriyaki beef skewers
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Crocker-Con

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 9, 2014, 3:01 PM


Ever wonder what happens when fine art and pop culture collide? You can find out this Thursday Sept 11 @ The Crocker Art Museum. I'll be exhibiting there with other local comic artists and illustrators. Plus, cosplayers get in free!

See the Facebook event page for more information on the events and performances here.




Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119
-ArtMix/CrockerCon: Sacramento, CA - Sep 11- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 20- Empire's Comics Vault
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


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  • Reading: The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Watching: American Horror Story - Asylum
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Drinking: tea

Tentacle Crown Kickstarter

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 4, 2014, 7:40 PM


Recently, I created some art for Kaity O’Shea’s Tentacle Crown Kickstarter, supporting production of her new amazing tentacle crown and gorgeous tentacle jewelry (earrings, fake gauges, etc.)

For any octo-fans, lovers of octopus jewelry, and wearers of crowns, this Kickstarter is a MUST! Many of the packages come with your choice of art print by a variety of talented of artists (one of the options being my “Lord Typhon” shown here).

Lord Typhon by sketchykraft



If tentacle jewelry is your thing, be sure to check this out! (Personally, I think the tentacle crown is crazy awesome.)

Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119
-ArtMix/CrockerCon: Sacramento, CA - Sep 11- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 20- Empire's Comics Vault
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


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  • Reading: The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Watching: American Horror Story - Murder House
  • Eating: Taco Bell
  • Drinking: iced tea

SacAnime

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 27, 2014, 11:22 AM


Back in my hometown this month for SacAnime Summer 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center (Table #119)! This weekend, Fri Aug 29 - Sun Aug 31.

I'll be rocking a new portfolio with some new prints, new cards, and surprises, including my 2nd pinup illustration for Image Comics, just published in "Mice Templar IV: Legend #13" now available in stores!

I look forward to seeing your shiny, happy faces! So who else is going? :)



Convention Schedule
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119
-ArtMix/CrockerCon: Sacramento, CA - Sep 11- Crocker Art Museum
-Creative Women Mini-Con: Sacramento, CA - Sep 20- Empire's Comics Vault
-Super Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Oct 18-19- Small Press Zone


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  • Listening to: Beirut
  • Reading: Honoria - by Patrick Guderski
  • Watching: Parks and Recreation
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Drinking: coconut peach white tea