A photo from last night's lunar eclipse. I forgot it was happening until Twitter reminded me. We had to go hunting for it since there was no view from our house due to a hill + trees. By the time we found a good spot, it was well into the unveiling.

This was a composite of two images. I took a bunch of different exposures to capture all the details without half being overexposed or underexposed. I wasn't able to get the shadow as detailed as I would have liked due to the silly earth rotating fast enough to blur everything over a couple seconds of exposure. Normally I use something like Photomatrix to combine the images, but it was having issues aligning, so I had to old school combine in Photoshop. In the end, I was pretty pleased with how well it turned out. Looks like I'll get to try again January 20th, 2019, at 9:12PM assuming I've living in the same place. :)

Rose City Comic Con 2015 Sketches

At my table I created a little monster generator for sketch commissions, which I dubbed the "Monster-O- Matic". Here are all the crazy creatures generated for adventurous con attendees this past weekend. Huge thanks to everyone who requested one, and especially the awesome folks that requested more than one or came back for seconds!! THANK YOU! :)

Rose City Comic Con Banner and Table Setup

This is my banner from the convention this weekend. :) 

Since this was my first table at a con, I was pretty clueless. I thought I would talk a little about my experience setting up my first table in case this might help someone else trying to figure out their first table. 


I first thought I would maybe use the Fuzzy Slug logo for the banner, but it really doesn't work well in a vertical format (note: if you are making a logo, it's useful to have one that works in both a vertical and horizontal format).


I also played with the idea of making a new image. I even went so far as sketching out a few ideas. Nothing was exciting me. I already knew I wanted to use my image of the Pallas's cat, but I wanted to convince myself there wasn't something better. Thankfully, I love illustrating in portrait, and the Pallas's cat was the correct orientation. By extending the background to fill the space, adding a few more rocks, and inserting the top text, I was really close. However, the bottom still seemed sparse. I knew the banner was going to be behind my table, but I still felt the bottom of the image needed something else. This is when I turned to my artist friends, Brian and Perry, for some advice. They were both super helpful and gave me some really great tips and ideas (THANKS GUYS!). 


If you are just starting out, having some peers in the same creative field to bounce ideas off of (and vice versa) is amazing. Both for getting honest advice and feedback, and giving advice and feedback. You will learn a lot from giving. Don't forget to give back when you can. 


After receiving some feedback, I added the bottom text, the kitten, and the pika to balance everything else. I ran the final image by my husband to make sure I wasn't missing anything because he has a great eye.


For the table setup, I looked around online for images of other artist's setups. I decided to go with a simple wire storage cubes for art display and some binder clips for hanging the art prints. I also grabbed a few wire display stands for my pricing and sketch commission frames.


And here is my table final setup:

Come Visit Me at Rose City Comic Con 2015!

Exciting announcement! I'll be at Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon, September 19-20, 2015. Find me in Artist Alley at table S11. Just look for the giant Murder Ball (Pallas's Cat) that is giving everyone the murder stare. :)

I'll have some prints of my regular illustration stuff that's featured on this site, a few originals, as well as merch. for Cthulhu Slippers and Over-Encumbered.

Additionally, I'll be doing con sketches.

Hope to see you there!

10th Annual Parsec Awards!

Like podcasts? Going to DragonCon or like streaming things? This year's Parsec Awards, an annual award celebrating speculative fiction podcasting, is having its 10th ceremony at DragonCon this coming weekend. 

When: Sunday Sept. 6th @ 5:30PM

Where: DragonCon 2015, Hyatt Regency V

Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont are the hosts this year and the ever delightful The Doubleclicks will be the musical guests. Please check out all and buy all their stuff!