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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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  • Mood: Artistic
  • 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.

Emerald City Comicon 2015 by SarahRStraub


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 SarahRStraub
*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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  • Mood: Love
  • 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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  • Mood: Optimism
  • 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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  • Mood: Content
  • 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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  • Mood: Excited
  • 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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  • Mood: Tired
  • 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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  • Mood: Tired
  • 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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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • 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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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • 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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  • Mood: Content
  • 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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  • Mood: Joy
  • 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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  • Mood: Pride
  • 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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  • Mood: Content
  • 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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  • Mood: Content
  • 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 SarahRStraub



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

Fanime-Con and Mice Templar!

Journal Entry: Mon May 19, 2014, 6:41 PM


FANIME-Con
Hey, guys! This Memorial Day weekend (Fri May 23 - Mon May 26) I'm going be exhibiting at FANIME-CON in San Jose, CA! You'll find me in the artist alley, Table #303. So if you're in the Bay Area, stop by and say hi!

Mice Templar Feature
Did I mention I had an illustration pin-up featured in the back of the latest issue of Image Comic's MICE TEMPLAR (Mice Templar IV: Legends #10)?

Get a copy at your local comic shop or online today! You can also check out a preview sample of the Mice Templar comic here.

Androcles and The Lion by SarahRStraub


NEW WOLF PRINT!
My illustration "The Gray Wolf" is now available as an art print here.  (For those who don't have Etsy, you can also find it directly through my Facebook store here.)

The Gray Wolf by SarahRStraub


Upcoming 2014 Conventions
-Fanime: San Jose, CA - May 23-26 - Artist Alley #303
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins
  • Reading: The God Machine
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica
  • Playing: Castlevania Symphony of the Night
  • Drinking: Iced Cafe Americano

Blind Follies Announcement

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 8, 2014, 11:36 AM


Oh, man! It's been one hell of a week!

First of all, Emerald City Comicon in Seattle was AH-mazing! There are reasons it's one of my very favorite cons. And this time, I even got to stay a little longer and explore a little of what the city has to offer. Let me tell you, my hobbit-heart was quite content, because I ate WELL. I also made a ton of new friends, both in front of my table and behind their own. I simply can't wait for next year!

I also got the opportunity to talk to two wonderful ladies who helped back BIRDLAND #1 on Kickstarter. (On a side note, Shane and I were really hoping to have the issue lettered and formatted in time for ECCC, but we decided to instead allow ourselves more time to pour over the proofs and be sure the book is just right. We are looking to a May release, possibly premiering in time for Free Comic Book day at Empire's Comics Vault in Sacramento.)

Those same two ladies have been following my work for some time, awaiting my long-promised mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES. After discussing with them my plans and feeling out to be sure I don't disappoint any of my precious few fans who have been awaiting this project, I finally feel confident in making an announcement...

Work has begun on my latest comic endeavor Blind Follies: The Flower and Death.

The Flower and Death is my version of the story of Hades and Persephone as told in the fairytale-inspired world of Blind Follies, as a prequel to the Eros & Psyche story I have been developing these long three years. The two stories will be linked, with events in The Flower and Death leading up to and playing directly into Eros and Psyche.

While I always loved the story of Hades and Persephone, it always struck me how Persephone was more of an object than a character. She was a fixture tossed around and affected BY the story, rather than making her own decisions to AFFECT the story. I want to change that. So, I've spent the past 6 months working on the story for a 3-4 part series that tells a slightly different tale, one about a runaway, rumors, and the relationship between death and bebirth.

And now, with the permission from what I saw as two people who really believe in me, I have completed the script for the first 24-page chapter. And, once I am finished with my overdue commissions leftover from my bout with depression, I will begin storyboarding and concepting with much excitement! Having something to look forward to also gives me motivation to tackle my work and has revived me and my spirit.

*In other good news, I made it through juried selection and will be exhibiting at Fanime-Con in San Jose (May 23-26). Can't wait to see you all there!


Current Projects
-Lettering the BIRDLAND #1 BW Edition
(before starting work on the 'Technicolor' Edition)
-Illustrations for two more titles by Three Sages Games
-Catching up on overdue 'Lily' & convention commissions
(hoping to have them wrapped up by the end of April, May at the absolute latest)
-BLIND FOLLIES: The Flower and Death comic (storyboarding)

Upcoming 2014 Conventions
-Fanime: San Jose, CA - May 23-26 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Excited
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Emerald City Comicon, Seattle

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 25, 2014, 11:51 PM


I can't believe it's already time for ECCC this weekend!

This year I will once again be joining the "Imaginary People" art collective at Booth #404. And worry not. Neither the art nor the location are actually figmental. Look for my new Aphrodite banner and the banner for Shane Matthew Murphy's Birdland comic. (I won't have the finished comic, but I will have art prints, buttons, and bookmarks by both myself and Shane.) Can't wait to see everyone there!

ECCC Showfloor by SarahRStraub

Current Projects
-Lettering the BIRDLAND #1 BW Edition
(before starting work on the 'Technicolor' Edition)
-Illustrations for two more titles by Three Sages Games
-Catching up on overdue 'Lily' & convention commissions
(hoping to have them wrapped up by the end of March)
-Work continues on BLIND FOLLIES & the new SKETCHY STRAUB strips

Upcoming Conventions
-Emerald City Comicon '14: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @'Imaginary People' #404
-Sac-Con June 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer 2014: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Drinking: tea