Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Pokemon Buttons

New button designs of the original three + psyduck. Not quite sure how that came about but there you go. Now my pokemon lineup is up to eight. Eight mostly unrelated pokemon. I started the eevee collection and have most of them sketched but only eevee finished. Also currently working on Final Fantasy X and XIII chibis. All sketched waiting to be colored. I am productive.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Not Quite a Doctor

Today I'd like to write a little bit about working in art and crafting as a job. This is a dilemma that I've been working through because I'm finally facing the reality that I can actually work as a full time artist but my upbringing made me feel like it wasn't good enough. I would imagine that there are many stay at home spouses that craft or garden or take up some activity as a full time hobby. Is there some sort of shame that you're not working or going to school and attempting to better yourself as society pressures our generation to be?

So I'll start at the beginning. In kindergarten when you attend career day and get doled out fantastic futures as presidents, doctors, firefighters, and movie stars, I wanted to be an artist. It's funny because I'm pretty sure I wanted to be a veterinarian but apparently I drew myself in a lab coat with a pallet and brush. I've been art every art program available from elementary through high school including after school ST-ART, summer classes at the community college, and contests. Oh the contests! But somewhere along the way, I stopped wanting to be an artist. I was determined to be a doctor. I attended college as a pre-med/psych double major and hated it. So I spent years thinking I was going to be a doctor. I certainly had the grades and all that other superficial academic stuff going.

My senior year of college, my boyfriend of 4 1/2 years proposed. As our engagement developed, it became more and more real that I wouldn't be a doctor. My fiancee is planning on a military career and I want to be with him every step of the way. That doesn't leave much room for four years of medical school and residency at some hospital. So there began to adventure into figuring out what I was going to do.

I'm going to be an artist.

And I struggled with this for a long time. I mean I got straight A's, I lead clubs, I did things to ensure my entrance to med school and a ridiculously rich future. Now I was stuck as some housewife not living up my potential? So it seemed for months. But then I realized, I never really wanted to become a doctor. There's no calling for me or any burning desire to help people (like that).

It took a lot of digging to realize that my family, more my mom, always put me up to have some prestigious future, as all parents should. Anything less was unacceptable. I've had tons of professors, advisors, family friends, and others ask me what I'll do after graduation. There has yet to be a single person to say, "That's great!" when I tell them about my art. Every single person has said, "Well ok but what are you going to do for a job?"

Really? It's like you can't be happy for someone unless their job aspirations are doctor, lawyer, or something that makes a ton of money. I'm so incredibly lucky to find and marry someone who is ok with me wanting to do art as a career. Someone who doesn't demand that I find a part time job to pay for "my half" of everything. This is a rare opportunity that I want to take but so few seem to understand it.

I've received the works in regards to this career path. From guilt trips about all my parents have done to ensure my future, to shame about how I'm a parasite feeding off my future husband's salary. But you know what? Working at an art studio is the best option I could take even though it took a college degree for me to realize it. I can do what I love and constantly be creative and productive, I will be home and available for when my husband is not training or deployed.

It's not quite being a doctor, but  I'm happy with where I am and even happier with where I'm going to be.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Treasury: Earrings I Want

Another new treasury I made. This is a collection of all the geeky earrings I plan on owning very soon...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Items!

Now that I've finished graduating and all that good stuff, I have tons of time to make and list new things. I normally have several hundred pieces in stock but only list a few dozen because of limited time. However, I plan on putting up a lot more jewelry now that I can devote more attention to Etsy. Just wanted to share some new pieces that will be listed (or already is) soon.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New Button Punch and Supplies

So after two ridiculously successful shows for buttons I caved in and forked out $140 for the Tecre graphic punch. Quite frankly I knew that I desperately needed one. I can only cut so many circles before my hands give out. I sold close to 350 buttons per show alongside all my jewelry so that's a lot of cutting. And my scissors are terrible. So here it is:

I was stuck between ordering 1000 or 2000 parts because I figured 1000 would only last for a couple of shows. Then again, I really didn't want several thousand button parts just cluttering up my limited and very valuable space. So 1000 it is. Order from Button Safari, my favorite parts suppliers.

My test run with a page I ripped out of one of my Batman comics. 

Granted this photo is atrocious thanks to the lighting but I gotta say the punch is easier, faster, and the circles come out more... circular. Love it. Anyway, I can finally start making buttons at the volume I wish I was able to before. I think I normally bring about 400 buttons to a show but now I should be able to bring almost the full thousand to Natsucon. Yay!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Share Time: Ryoko-Demon

In the spirit of convention season, I'd like to share the photographs of a very talented cosplayer. Ryoko-demon is a mini celeb on DeviantArt and has been cosplaying since 2011. A lot of her stuff is 90s inspired and I absolutely love it! Check out her DA here.