June Challenge #19

It's been a busy day. I've spent most of the day setting up my Redbubble shop. It's taken a while but it will be worth it if it proves to be a good source of passive income. I have been able to squeeze in time for my pattern for the day. Again I relied on tapping some of my previous resources.


I had a lot of fun creating these characters a few years ago. This could actually be a legit Flashback Friday post! It's funny how I can look at these little guys and realize how much my style has changed.  I still enjoy doing cute but perhaps a bit more rough with more textures and brush use. My old style used to be very slick and I really embraced the perfection of smoothness you could get using vectors. I revelled in it! Illustrator is still my go-to digital tool of choice but I like to try to make my work look a little more organic nowadays.

Here is a close up of the pattern:


Flashback Friday - More Comic Goodness

Here is another gem I've dug up from my files. The most recent (and last) comic I worked on. I had hoped it would be a comic I could publish to every week or so, but realistically it didn't work. Comics take much more time than you may think to create, even when you work digitally. These characters are from a comic strip that I titled "Friends Without Benefits" seeing as that the main girl, Ai would never dream of having a relationship with her best friend Jeff (although he would be more than willing). They are just friends and their relationship as such would have given fodder to the gags for this comic.

Ai and Jeff

Here are a few samples. Please note that these are definitely "dated" by the fact that at the time the original Nintendo Wii was new and I actually had time to play video games!





Flashback Friday

Although I may be the artist in the family, my mom is definitely the quilter/seamstress. I don't know why I never really got into sewing (maybe it's because you have to be really precise) but unfortunately the talent skipped my generation. When my daughter was born, my mom used a design I did and made a quilt out of it. Although it got some use, we tried not to use it too much in fear that it would get worn out or stained. Here is the original illustration I did:

Owl family

Here is the final quilt with our daughter at about one and a half months old.


All the pieces were hand cut and machined sewn onto the quilt. It's a lot of work. I kind of cringe when I think about all the pieces that make up each owl (not to mention the actual quilt portion of the blanket). We have a bunch of quilts from my mom that we treasure but this one is especially special since I had a hand (somewhat) in the creation.