Hi everyone! For the past year, I have been experimenting with printmaking. Ever since I took a job a print shop, I fell in love with other printing processes like screen printing, linoleum cut prints, and etching. I made a new website to display my new skills. Sister Bear Press features handmade greeting cards and other hand-printed artwork by me. You can follow my printmaking journey at www.sisterbearpress.com.
Hi everyone! I have new art, two new comics, and a new look on my website!
I have been busy at work getting my new comics out. I debuted a new volume of Bear Bear Comics and a new title called Anise and Saffron at Speak Con in Kankakee August 12th. You can read all my Bear Bear comics and Anise and Saffron on my website for totally free!
This fall please look forward to my Halloween artwork coming out and the re-opening of my Etsy Shop! Woo hoo!
I am currently working on my own as a cartoonist. I have my webcomic Bear Bear, a 30 Day Drawing Challenge, and other steps that I am making to make cartooning sustainable for my daily life. I am proud of myself that I have come this far. I have debuted Bear Bear Comics, and I have been consistent with my 30 Day Drawing Challenge on Instagram. As I continue creating, I realized that it is okay to pivot to make the work easier and more fun for myself.
Everyone is limited on time and resources. I was trying to draw Bear Bear daily in the current style with lots of hash marks and complex backgrounds. I realized it took more time than I anticipated. As a result, I simplified my rendering, and I was able to save time putting the comic together. I was able to save my time for other projects or looking for work too.
I had to be aware of my own limitations, so I could make the necessary changes. I am working on a learning curve because I am creating Bear Bear using Photoshop only. I never have used computer software for my art from start to finish. Although Photoshop is different for me, it’s make more sense for me to use it to make cleaner changes to my work. Another benefit is that Photoshop lets me save money on paper. The benefit of working in Photoshop does justify the time it takes to work out a comic. I am giving myself space to let the changes in my procedure work for me.
As I am working, I realize I need to make small steps to realize my larger goals for my art.I would love to have an epic, long running, graphic novel series like Inuyasha. I want to make animated TV shows for PBS, animated feature films for Disney, and more. Luckily for me, it’s early in my cartooning career. All of those dreams are one stroke of the pencil at a time.
I can make the necessary changes now to make myself successful for the future. I can learn the conditions for my success, and put them in place now. Down the road I want to be able to successfully deliver my work when it involves a publisher, studio, or collaborators. I can add more details to my pieces or create larger projects as I get more comfortable. For now it’s all about developing good habits while I have enough time, space, and grace.
Edited by: Momma Bear
Here is short series of digital paintings that I created. It had been a while since I painted in photoshop. I made these because although it is cold outside, I wanted to make scenes that made me and others feel warm on the inside. I made these animals as an experiment in using different kinds of lighting and color. Each animal has a story and they just want to stay warm during the cold weather.
I am so happy to debut these three illustrations. They were a lot of fun to make. They were a great way to flex my art muscle. Let me know what you think. I am open to critiques and praise. Thanks so much for your support.
What better way to warm up than with a fireplace. This buffalo is lovingly knitting something for his partner who is away.
Hey Happy New Year! I am happy to announce a few new projects that I will be posting soon. My New Year’s resolution is to have multiple completed and professional illustration projects. Those would include comics, digital paintings, and products made with my illustrations. My style and approach to my art has changed dramatically since I left college. It has changed in the last few months! I am eager to challenge my skills and to share my art with you all.
Below is a short list of projects and when they are set to debut!
Cozy Animals: It’s my first serious venture into digital art in a long time. I am creating a series of five digital drawings that depict different kinds of warm, cozy scenes during winter. These drawings are made to lift the spirits of viewers, especially those in cold overcast areas. This series will be posted from January 3rd until January 13th on my website gallery
Update: It became the Stay Warm Series with three digital paintings.
30 Day Challenges: I will do 30 Day Drawing Challenges only on Instagram every month. Each month my art will relate to a pop culture reference. For example, the month of January will be 30 Days of Pokemon. I decided to focus on TV shows, movies, and books that have inspired me and entertained me through out my life.
Bear Bear Comics: Bear Bear Comics will be a daily gag comic starting on January 16th. Bear Bear Comics are loosely based on my life. The comics are made to celebrate small victories in life. Bear Bear Comics are set to last all through 2017.
Update: For now Bear Bear Comics are update twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.
I will announce more projects as the year continues. Please to continue to watch and read my blog for more updates. I am open to constructive criticism and lots of encouragement. I genuinely want your feedback as I am moving forward as a professional cartoonist. Thank you so much for your support thus far.
Edited by: Momma Bear