Many of you are probably already familiar with my recipe comics (if not, you can read them here). They are so fun to create that I thought I would do a couple of holiday recipes. I have now turned those holiday recipes into 2 accordion-fold greeting cards available for sale here.
These cards are a great way to go that little extra step to show someone how much you care. Why’s that? Because these cards contain the ingredients and instructions for two full recipes, meaning the recipient can keep them and use them forever! They are delicious recipes that I have used at home on several occasions and I’m sure you will like them too.
The cards fold down to 4.5″ x 5.5″ and come with an A6 size envelope and shouldn’t need more than a standard stamp to mail. They are available now on Etsy – buy them in sets to get a bit of a discount on the price as well.
I just finished yet another recipe comic for something that is a regular dish in our household – sausage farfalle with arugula and tomatoes. The last year or so I’ve been having a love affair with arugula; I’ll put it in just about anything.
I’ve had a couple of people on Twitter let me know what kinds of recipes they would like to see from me, but if you’ve got some requests, I’m all ears.
In addition to finishing another recipe comic, I’ve added a new Recipe Comics page to my site. They didn’t quite fit with my portfolio but I thought they deserved a spotlight too, beyond being buried in the archives of my blog.
Over the weekend I did a new recipe comic for Herbed White Bean Dip with Toasted Crostini. This is a really great recipe when you’re having some friends over and it’s something a little different than, say, hummus or spinach dip. Trust me, with the bacon mixed in, this won’t last long.
I was thrilled when Alisa Harris over at Cooking Up Comics asked if I would like to contribute a guest recipe to her blog. The recipe went up early this morning and now I can finally share it with you!
Alisa’s blog is an all vegetarian (often vegan) recipe comic blog and she has been posting comics of her own for some time now. They are always fun recipes and I encourage you to check out the rest of them.
I loved creating this recipe comic and I hope to do more of them in the future. Illustrating food is something I really enjoy so for any of you out there that have a food project you need illustrated, let me know!
My residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is half over and I’ve been getting a lot of really great work done. It took me a few days to find my working groove, but once I did I felt really good about what I was doing. When all of your daily responsibilities and errands (minus grocery shopping and laundry) are removed, there are suddenly so many more hours in a day! So much so that I had to work to increase my drawing stamina. There’s something very satisfying about going to bed with a tired hand/arm because you spent all day drawing and I haven’t had that feeling in a long time.
Above you can see my work area. You can see photos of the whole studio and the rest of the facilities on the center’s website. Working on comics obviously doesn’t need the kind of space that someone working on large oil paintings or sculpture installations does, so I didn’t take a photo of the entire studio which is basically a converted garage with lighting and temperature control (it’s very comfortable!). The table I’m working at is almost the perfect height to stand and work which made me happy, since I’m used to working while standing at home.
Here is a closer view of what I’m working on. You can see almost every phase of the page except the thumbnail version and a painted version. I draw my pencils on bristol and then use my light box to ink onto watercolor paper. Since I intend to paint each page with watercolor, I don’t want pencils on the same page and I don’t want to have to do any erasing. Plus, if I make any mistakes, I can always retrace. No matter what happens, I’ll still have the original pencils to go back to.
Here is a close-up of a page. I am working on the graphic novel that I submitted a proposal for a few months ago. Whether or not the publisher decides to pick it up, I still intend to shop it around or finish it myself (possibly a Kickstarter?). I should be able to start inking pages, maybe even today, and it’s one of my favorite parts!
I made it safely to Nebraska City yesterday and I am officially an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. I was definitely nervous about the whole thing but so far everyone has been really nice and the space is very comfortable. Today I will begin working in my studio for the first time.
During my 4 week stay I will be working on the first chapter of the graphic novel I created a proposal for. Whether the publisher is interested or not, I intend to go through with it and the original author is on board as well. I requested a table at TCAF this year so hopefully I can have this chapter available either to sell or to give away (depending on how long it is) if I end up with a table.
Today will be spent making sure I have everything I need – food, supplies, etc. – and settling into my studio. It’s such a big space that it makes me wish I was painting on huge canvases again! Instead, I’ll mostly have paper taped to tables.
It feels very much like I am at camp or at my first day of college, especially without my husband here. It’s going to take a few days to find my routine and get used to having zero responsibilities except my art and cooking myself dinner.
I am still open for commissions while I am here so if you were thinking about working together, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
It probably seems like I haven’t been doing much of anything lately, but I swear I’ve been hard at work. I was out of town for almost two weeks – hence the relative silence – and furiously working on finishing sample pages for a graphic novel adaptation book proposal.
It’s almost finished and I wanted to share some snippets with you. I still need to color the pages and add text, but I’m so excited about how they are coming out that I couldn’t wait any longer to show someone other than my husband. I am very fortunate to have had this proposal requested by an editor and my hopes are cautiously high that it will move ahead. It’s a project they want to do, I just need to convince them that I’m the one who should do it.
This is a tiny area of a very large crowd scene. It took a lot of patience, but it’s always worth it.
Now to choose the right color scheme, ink one more page, and get to painting.
The blog has been very slow this month, and I apologize. It’s not without good reason. I’ve been fortunate enough to have many opportunities present themselves, one of which will be a big announcement next week. An announcement that I’ll need a little help with from you.
Along with my normal illustration work – one for the Earth Island Journal coming out next week – I am working on a book proposal. I don’t want to say too much at this point – it’s still in its infancy – but I’m working with a wonderful author, Jon Reiner, whose book The Man Who Couldn’t Eat I highly recommend. I believe it comes out on paperback on June 5th.
All of this leaves me with very little in the way of illustration to share here but I will continue to keep you updated and post new work whenever I can.
This week I received an offer for a four week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. I will have a place to live and my own studio from October 29th – November 23rd at the center in Nebraska City, NE. And since I’m from Nebraska originally, it will be nice to have family close by for a while – even though my husband will have to stay in Denver.
I am so excited and I am looking forward to having that time to really focus on my work without as many outside, life distractions. I will be working on a, still unannounced, graphic novel project and may end up teaching a comics workshop or two for kids.
Sorry I couldn’t find any decent photos that I could post here, but if you go to the website you can see the gallery of where I will be staying and my studio.
These are some custom business related superheroes and villains that I created for Imaginibbles. They are being used in their new book Think Sideways. The book is currently available online at a special rate until the book is published in print. Tamara and Kelly were amazing to work for and these were certainly fun illustrations to play with.