ART: Neebs and Associates

So, over the last few months when I haven’t been working on my novel or playing D&D, I’ve been drawing in my free time. Of course, most of my drawings have been a way for me to let out my creative energy for D&D. Here are some of the pieces I’ve done since we started playing:

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Ciaran and Basile

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The Neebs and Associates Portrait

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Neebs and Associates

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The Addler Family

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Star Wars Marven vs Neebs – Commission

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Alternate Ending: Facing the Scaled Fury

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Basile and Levi

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LIFE: Five Years with Eddie, Eight Years of Youmacon

Last weekend I celebrated my five year anniversary with Eddie. It’s crazy to think that we’ve been together for five years, since it feels like not much time has passed.

For those who aren’t familiar, Eddie is my best friend and husband-to-be. He’s a Pisces, a youmafan of football, reading, D&D, and anime. While we grew up only a neighborhood apart (him going to Chippewa Valley and me going to L’Anse Creuse), as well as having several mutual friends, we didn’t meet until our paths crossed in the Creative Writing Club at Macomb Community College. Eventually he convinced me to join his Improv Comedy Club, and while I didn’t actively play any of the games, I was a committed audience member. Our first date was at the local mall, where we walked several laps, drank lemonade, and had our first kiss. Our second date was at Youmacon, where we spent the entire time roaming the convention (while I was dressed up as Danny Phantom.) Our courtship lasted a few days, and we were officially dating within the week.

Since then, we’ve been through so much together and have grown as individuals and as a couple. I’m very blessed to have him as my partner, and I can’t imagine a life without him in it.

Now, enough with the sappy stuff and onto Youmcaon recap! This year I had the pleasure of working Press with Team Final Rush to take photos with some other photographers. While they focused on cosplays in the halls, I focused on the cosplays that participated in the Masquerede Contest. Below are a few of my favorite shots taken from the night:

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ART: Painting as a Past Time

When I’m not in the mood to write or read, I find myself itching to draw. Sometimes, I’m not even in the mood to draw. That’s when I turn to painting to let go of some of my creativity.

This weekend I’m going to my friend’s house warming party. As a gift, I’m giving her a painting that I did over the course of a few days. Giving a painting as a gift has become a tradition over the last few years. It’s been a great way for me to paint subjects that I normally wouldn’t have considered, and to test my limits with new styles of painting.

This trend started with watercolor 5×7 prints that I painted for my fiance’s family one Christmas. I looked up flowers that represented the birth month of his mom, grandma, and aunts. They were quick and easy, each taking about a half hour to finish as I listened to Cover Drive on YouTube.

 

Then, my friends started buying their first homes. One couple even had a baby shortly after getting an apartment! At this time, I was into acrylic painting. So I asked them what they wanted for their house, and created 16×20 paintings over the course of a few days.

Next thing I knew, my friends were getting married! Of course, I offered to paint them a gift to celebrate their marriage. One even requested that I paint a canvas for their guests to sign as a guest book alternative. For another, I painted a rendition of one of their favorite engagement photos (which I also took for them.)

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Next thing I knew, it was my turn to get married! Finally! So, naturally, I painted little watercolor invitations for my bridesmaids (and they said yes, of course.)

 

Overall, painting has become one of my favorite hobbies when I’m not deep into a book or writing. Of course, I still have a lot to learn! I know how to paint with watercolors, acrylics, and oils (thanks to several painting classes in school) but there is always room to improve.

LIFE: Shuto Con Update

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Kaiden and I at our artist alley booth at Shuto Con 2017!

Last week I attended Shuto Con 2017 and had a wonderful time! Here are just a few of the highlights from the weekend:

  • FIRST: MY CAR DIDN’T BREAK DOWN!!!
  • I spent the weekend with my fiance, two closest friends, and a new friend.
  • I shared my booth with Kaiden, and had a blast selling our work, tag-teaming commissions, and sharing my book with those who stopped by! You can check out some of my favorite commissions from the weekend below.
  • While I didn’t cosplay, I saw many amazing cosplays (and didn’t take as many photos as I would have wishes, but that’s okay!)
  • Two photographers also came up to our booth and took photos of us, which was pretty awesome! (I wonder where some of the photos ended up…)
  • I went to the Mystery Skulls concert and panel, and had my print signed by both Mystery Skulls and Mystery Ben! I also had a photo with them and gave them each a print.
  • Best of all, I made quite a few new friends and had dozens of new readers sign up for my newsletter to stay updated with me novel! How exciting!

Overall it was a busy weekend that seemed to fly by, and I had a great time. I can’t wait until July where I can apply again and, hopefully, have a chance to sell my book at the booth!

 

 

ART: December Drawing Challenge

Happy (almost) New Year! For the month of December I decided to challenge myself to draw a picture every day. To go with the theme of winter, and to promote my novel, I chose to draw winter and holiday themed doodles with the cast. Feel free to check our the sketches below! I may one day outline and color them in, too.

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