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Steel City Day 1! I met some awesome Studio Ghibli cosplayers! Unfortunately I only got a picture with Kiki, but there was a really cool Totoro too.  (If either of you see this, let me know so I can tag you).  I also ran across my high school French teacher and her daughter in artist alley with Ashes to Ashes FX & Accessories (go check them out!).  SCC is big on famous cars.  Today I got pictures of the DeLorean, the Ecto-1, and the 1966 Batmobile.  Hopefully I’ll get KITT from Knight Rider and the Munsters’ Dragula.  Today was mostly just getting the lay of the land, although I did do a little shopping.  I’ll do an overall shopping post at the end of the con and link to it when I post it.

Psst…I’m the Totoro! I don’t know why we didn’t get a picture together, your Captain America costume was awesome. I don’t think Meghan (my housemate who was cosplaying Kiki) has a tumblr or I would send you her way.

So this weekend is Steel City Con and one of my housemates and I decided to go. It was fun! We dressed as Studio Ghibli characters. Meghan is Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service and I’m Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro. 

This was only the second convention I had ever been to and the first time I’ve gone in costume. I’ve never had so many strangers ask to take my picture! I was surprised at first, but it was actually a nice way to get to interact with people. Something about the Totoro costume acted as a buffer against the social anxiety that usually comes when I’m around large groups of people.

(If any of the lovely folks who took pictures with me want to post them, that’s totally fine. Just let me know if you do, I’d love to see them!)




been feeling kind of paranoid lately









Take that time by yourself to get to know yourself and rediscover what makes you shine. Don’t surrender yourself to waiting, and don’t stay isolated for too long, because there’s a beautiful you the world is dying to meet. 

comics that end sadly but wind up being replied to with love are what I live for

I read the first part and was thinking about reblogging because “oh, I feel like that sometimes!” but then I read then response and knew I absolutely had to reblog. 

Waif and Wood Sprite

Watercolor and colored pencil, 7” x 10”. July 2014.

I did the initial sketch for this…I don’t even know, over a year ago. It was just some sketchy trees and an attempt at a dryad or other tree-creature coming out of one of them. I don’t know what I was thinking when I started it or why I stopped, but it’s been sitting untouched in my watercolor pad for a long time.

Then a few weeks ago I was giving a friend a brief watercolor tutorial (which I’m not in any way qualified to teach, since I’m pretty much self-taught in the medium and far from an expert) and figured I would use the sketch to demonstrate. It got to a point where I liked how the trees were going (I had erased the original dryad-esque figure) but the picture seemed like it was missing something. So I added Citra (a character from my novel-in-progress) and a wood sprite. There is a scene in the story in which Citra does encounter a wood sprite, so it seemed appropriate to add them in.

The wood sprite looks completely different than I had imagined it when I was writing, but that’s okay. This version is much more interesting.

(This is the last of my little art dump for now. Someday I will figure out an efficient way to scan my sketchbooks and then there will be an outpouring of art. But…not today.)



The Boxtrolls (2014) | Behind the Scenes

via Animation Magazine:

  • 1 week; the average amount of time for an animator to complete 3.7 seconds of footage
  • 3.5 inches, the cuff-to-cuff measurement of baby Eggs’ sweater (created on an embroidery machine to produce irregular lines, like a hand-knitted garment). His little socks are only ⅝” long
  • 4 scenes per week was the goal for each animator
  • 14 different fabrics were used in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat
  • 24 kinds of weeds were created for backgrounds by the greens department
  • 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were made; different scale sizes were needed for wide, medium and close shots

The 7th image… oh do they animate water so that the wave lights animate alongside the character animation?? Is that some 3D printed water right there that they switch out over and over??? A light projection thru glass? Dying to know how it works. Everything about how Laika makes movies is real actual magic

Oh my gosh. Every time I see anything by/about Laika I just want to give up everything and spend the rest of my life making tiny detailed pieces of art/scenery/whatever it would take to get to work there.

Then I remember about medical expenses and student loans and not having studied animation at all and I decide to keep doing my day job and making art/writing on the side. But I still drool over their movies…


Acrylic on Canvas, 20” x 30”. April 2014.

Getting caught up on uploading some artwork because I should be working on my novel but I’m procrastinating honestly, this is from April, it’s about time.

Painted for the Open Door’s Stations of the Cross art show this year. I spent most of Lent (and, since we’re being honest, most of this year’s miserable winter) feeling very weighed down. So when I claimed station 7 (“Jesus bears the cross”) I knew I wanted to go deeper than just doing a painting of a man carrying a tree up a hill. (Not that the physical cross was not important…I just find it less powerful than the idea of a man carrying the entire weight of the world up a hill. Especially knowing that some of the suffering he carried was mine.)

This was a hard painting. I still don’t really know if I like it. I’ve had a number of strong responses to it, but it’s a strange object to have around now that the show it was made for is over. I actually have it hidden now because it isn’t the kind of thing I want to look at on my wall everyday. 

(According to the passage, “Golgotha” is the place to which Jesus carried the cross. It means “The place of the skull”.)

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