Sunday, June 14, 2015

Graphic Novel Inspiration: "This One Summer"

I've read a few graphic novels in the past and always enjoy them, but never really considered seeking them out until now. I picked this book up at my library on a whim (they had a special display of graphic novels). "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

this-one-summer-front-cover

It wasn't my favorite book ever, but the illustrations and the way the story was told through the comic-book-style panels was inspiring to me. So I wanted to share a few of the pages and things from the book that caught my interest.

(No real spoilers here)

Things I liked:

The dancing!
this-one-summer-dancing

These "spooky" noises and how they're floating out of the woods:
this-one-summer-spooky

The way the water was simplified. It's almost minimal, yet you can still tell what's happening. A nice contrast between the lush greenery scenes (like the woods in the previous example):
this-one-summer-simplified-water

The relationship between these two girls was weird, but I like how their physical contact was illustrated. So *squishy*:
this-one-summer-relationship

The body diversity! Every character was so detailed, and honest, and everyone looked so different from one another:
this-one-summer-body-diversity

LOVED this nervous stomach-flipping. It made me smile while reading:
this-one-summer-nervous-stomach

This funny grandma and how she was illustrated to really look like a cranky old hag :)
this-one-summer-funny-grandma

The night scenes, especially the glow from the campfire and starry night sky:
this-one-summer-bonfire

Can't wait for my next graphic novel requests to be filled. I love the library :)

You're an Artist All the Time

"You're an artist all the time, you're not an artist from nine to five."
~Nikki Lewis, ceramic artist
PBS Craft in America, Episode V: "Process" [video]

artist-all-the-time-nikki-lewis

I love Craft in America and every time I re-watch this episode and hear this quote, it always sticks with me. Because it feels so true. For me, it's important to remember that I am a creative person by nature. Every day, I'm an artist. And I should treat myself accordingly. Instead of trying to "switch it on" and be creative on a moment's notice (when it's time to work), I need to be feeding my creativity and inspiration all the time. In order to make art and churn out creative work, my artist mind and spirit needs to be filled.

So it's crucial to take the time to be my weirdo self. Draw random stuff just because I feel like it. Pull out the magazines and make a mess (and maybe a collage in the process). Go see new places, different things. Tickle your brain a little bit by mixing things up.

And how reassuring!: if you can truly accept that you're an artist all the time and not just for your job/career/paycheck... that's your identity. You've found yourself! You're not just your job; you are an artist. Your job is just one outlet where you express your artistic side. First and foremost and forever more, you're an artist.

Friday, April 17, 2015

#100DaysofLetteringbyLeiah

Here are the first 12 days of my #100DaysofLetteringbyLeiah project for The 100 Day Project! The idea is to pick a theme and create one thing on that theme for 100 days in a row. It runs from April 6th through July 14, 2015. Lately I've been really interested in hand lettering and drawing letters, words, and quotes, so that's why I chose lettering as my theme.



Follow along with me on Instagram!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fun New Society6 Products for Sale!

My Society6 shop has been open for 3 years now, but only recently has the site added some fun new products beyond paper art prints. Some of these look so cute with my illustrations on them, I just had to share!

Wall clocks
I rearranged my Why I Love Tea illustration to better fit the face of a clock. Time for Tea is the perfect text... because it's always tea time :)
time-for-tea-clock

I rearranged my Grow Some print for this sweet vegetable clock:
grow-some-veg-clock

Tapestries
I could totally see a veggie-lover hanging this Grow Some tapestry on their wall. Or maybe as a backdrop for a local farm stand?
vegetable-print-tapestry

I haven't actually seen these tapestries in real life yet, but they look freaking sweet online. Especially with a funky psychedelic pattern like this Rainbow Swirlies tapestry!
colorful-tapestry

Mugs
A mug with a tea illustration on it. What could be better?! So cute: Why I Love Tea mug. It's based on my original Why I Love Tea graphic, but this mug has no text on it (except the mmmmmmm).
tea-girl-mug

rainbow-coffee-mug

I turned my Grow Some design into a pattern! It looks so cute on a mug. I was totally inspired by ScrawnyGirl's mugs with her allover-patterns of kawaii characters.
vegetable-pattern-coffee-mug

T-Shirts
Since I haven't seen them in real life, I can't speak to the quality of these t-shirts, tank tops, or hoodies, but they sure are cute. The way Society6 lets you pick your garment color is really weird. Some of my designs don't look awesome on every color. But I like these 2 variations: Grow Some on cream, and We're All Mad Here on heather black.
grow-some-veggie-shirt

cheshire-cat-tee

Phone Cases
I'm hoping to add more styles of mobile phone cases on Society6 in the future. I'd love to make some Vegan-themed ones! Click on each photo to see the product page:
celebrate-quote-case

rainbow-swirl-mobile-case

vegetables-print-phone-case

pink-ladies-iphone-case

Cool, right?!

Sometimes Society6 offers sales or free shipping coupons. Follow me on twitter and I'll tweet out when new sales are happening!

In the meantime, check out my whole shop: Leiah on Society6.
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