Combining Passions

I have always had more passions than time in a day. So whenever I find a way to combine my passions into a single project I get really excited. With this project I get to meld my love of metals with my joy of making comics, which has me really excited! The process for thisContinue reading “Combining Passions”

How to Say Goodbye to a Project and Start Something Fantastic

Alright, you may be wondering what happened to the tea set. There is one hard truth about making art: Not every project works out. Sometimes a project breaks.  Sometimes you realize you were off track from the beginning and it isn’t going to turn into one of those happy mistakes.  Sometimes forces conspire to sapContinue reading “How to Say Goodbye to a Project and Start Something Fantastic”

My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester

Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough?  And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming?  I had my idea for my spring jewelry andContinue reading “My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester”

Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists

I just finished a new little pendant (only an inch across and not much taller!) and, honestly, it just makes me smile.  It is definitely my new favorite layered pendant. I know, as an artist, I am (as a stereotype) supposed to be perpetually dissatisfied with my work.  This is supposed to be part ofContinue reading “Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists”

Plant Necromancy and My Graphic Novel Class

We have been doing a bunch of these in my graphic novel workshop class at college taught by Theresa Williams.  I’ve been having fun with them.  It’s nice to be freed from a longer story and just do something quick.  It reminds me of when I was a little kid drawing comic strips based onContinue reading “Plant Necromancy and My Graphic Novel Class”

A Commission with Gold: Keeping cool when working with precious materials

What did I do over winter break?  I played with 22k gold!  It was amazing.  And nerve-wracking.  And absolutely worth it.  Every metal feels different to cut.  Nickle is kind of rough and springy, copper is a bit softer than nickle, silver is smooth, like gliding through with every cut.  I had been told, however,Continue reading “A Commission with Gold: Keeping cool when working with precious materials”

A comic page from pencil to color

One of my favorite things is seeing a project transform from the first sketch into the final colorful object.  I love getting lost in the process from beginning to end! This comic page started with the Doodle a Day Challenge at The Wanderers (the fantastic Facebook page of Theresa Williams where she chronicles her ideas forContinue reading “A comic page from pencil to color”

The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes

The semester is winding down its last week and like most college students at the end of semester when projects are due, I’ve been busy!  Today I finished not one, but two projects.  One, the Honey Bee Box from the beginning of semester, shined up beautifully! There are fifteen individual layers in the lid. AndContinue reading “The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes”

How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy

Whew!  It has been an exciting beginning of the semester!  My box is still in the process of being finished and already I’m moving on to the next project.  And in just a couple weeks I’ll be starting project three!  It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm and energy necessary for such a fast pacedContinue reading “How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy”

Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!

Fall semester is in its second week and I have my first project:  The Integral Hinge.  Suffice to say, this project is a little outside of my norm and just a few centimeters outside my comfort zone.  It’s highly technical, requiring precise (perfect, meticulous, exact) use of both tools and materials.  One swipe too manyContinue reading “Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!”