Dec 30, 2015

In 2015 I...

Time for the yearly recap of stuff that I did in 2015! There were some rough patches for me but it was a good year overall. (You can't expect every year to be amazing, haha that's crazy talk... and unrealistic.)  I will be starting a new contract with the same studio, so that is great! One of the worst things to stress about is having a job and I'm so glad I don't have to worry about money this year.

Unfortunately this year was my worst year for posting on my blog. (Under 40 posts!) Which seems crazy to me but I'm also not stressed or worried about it. I decided early on to only post when I felt like it. There were times when I just didn't feel like it (but ended up posting a lot on Instagram because it's so easy.) and other times when I just had no time, or nothing was happening. (I live a boring life.) I hope to double my posts next year but we'll see.

Anyways, here is a list of some of the highlights from the year, in random order.
In 2015 I...
participated in Inktober for the first time and it got me back into drawing and painting almost daily again!
went to Fan Expo but decided to take a step back from it and let Justin have the whole table. (I was feeling burnt out around this time and needed a break).
started juicing and making smoothies. Basically I started eating healthier in general and recently cut out meat from my diet. And I feel great!
 moved and we are loving the new place!
dyed my hair a couple more times. (rainbow being my favourite!) Then decided to give my hair a rest and go back to something a little more natural. And honestly I do not miss having to touch up my hair every 2 - 3 months.
went to Wayhome with Tania and had a blast. Hope we can go again next year!

went on our first 'big' trip together (Justin had never been on a plane before) to Jamaica for a friend's destination wedding.


Other things that happened in 2015;

I did Fire Hooping for the first time! Stopped doing movie reviews because we don't live near a movie theatre anymore. Niagara Falls Comic Con + First time ever doing a panel on animation! Toronto ComiCon Vlog.Visited some art galleries. Paid off half my student loan! Got a couple small tattoos.

And a big Thank you to YOU!
Even though my blog has been a bit quiet this year, I still see people clicking and sometimes commenting. It means a lot to me, so thank YOU.


Smells ya later. :]


P.S. Check out past post, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

Dec 22, 2015

Goals for 2015: Recap

Looking at my goals for 2015, I actually didn't accomplish a lot of them. And I'm okay with that. I did a lot of other things this year. Anyways here's how I did for my goals this year...
Pay half my loan(s) (Yes!)
I did it. I'm at the half way mark! WOO!

A painting a month (Nope)
Ha! I did not do this at all. But I've been drawing and painting a lot more now since I did Inktober.

A roll of film a month (Nope)
I think I started out good with this one but then I slowed down a lot near the end of the year. Eh, It happens.

Design my own fabric (Kinda)
I DID design my own fabric I just never purchased any (other than samples) to make anything out of it.

Lose weight (Kinda)
I did lose some weight this year. Not a super-duper amount but I'm on the right track now and I'm feeling better every day.
How did you do on your goals from 2015?

Dec 14, 2015

Draw with Me!



I've been a bit flakey with my blog since summer. I feel like this always happens to me around the summer time though. Like, I've noticed even other blogs aren't posting as much and aren't getting as many comments on their posts. Maybe it's just me but I feel like people are gravitating more towards watching videos instead of reading posts. But maybe that's just me?

Anyways for the handful of people still following my blog, you may have known for a while that I have a YouTube channel. I've posted a few vlogs and whatnot over the last year or so.... But I want to start adding more videos on a somewhat regular basis. I've already added two new videos 'Draw with Me', where... you watch me draw. Anyways go subscribe there if you haven't already and let me know what kind of videos you'd like to see!

Nov 16, 2015

Mystery Print Bag!

Heeey dudes! I am looking to find homes for some of my older artwork. So I thought to myself... why not make a Random Grab Bag?... with my prints. Each 'Mystery Bag' will be filled with 3 - 5 random prints.

If you've ever been interested in snagging a few of my prints. Now is the time. Get a Mystery Bag for yourself or maybe a Christmas gift?

You can find the Mystery Print Bag listing here in my Etsy shop.

I hope everyone's having an awesome day!

Nov 2, 2015

InkTober (Finished) + Sketches for sale

October is now officially done, which means InkTober is done too. (aww!) I did 31 awesome drawings and It's gotten me back into drawing (daily) and that is great because It's been too long. I can't wait to do this all over again next year.

I've decided to sell most of my InkTober sketches on my etsy shop. They're under 'InkTober Sketches'. (Or you can find them all here). These are all original sketches. So if you are looking for some new artwork for your walls, check them out.

Here's a few of my favourite InkTobers...
I just love how she turned out. I think I like the colours the most.
I love bats! I kind of want to do a whole bunch of these.
Drawing ghosts is fun!
First time trying a galaxy with the copic markers.
I don't know why but this one just makes me happy.
Inspired by Crimson Peak.
I was inspired by Justins InkTobers. He was doing these... melthing drawings so I decided I would do one too.

Did you participate in InkTober this year? Show me your Inks!

Oct 27, 2015

WAYHOME

I never did a real post about WayHome! This summer I went to WayHome with my best friend Tania. If you don't know what WayHome is, that's okay because It's pretty new. It's a 3 day outdoor, camping music festival in Canada. I've never been to one before but now that I've gone... I want to go to one every summer!

It was 3 days packed full of awesome music, sun, food,  no showers, tent life and good times. I was going to vlog the whole thing but then I thought about it and I just wasn't feeling it. So I took a disposable camera with me. These are the only pictures I have from that awesome long weekend. (this and a few on my cell phone.) Some of my favourite bands I saw; The Decemberists, July Talk, Weaves, The Beaches, and Slow Magic to name a few. And these are all bands I've never heard of before!
 Tania's first time pitching a tent and 'camping'.
 Tania up close and personal with one of her fave bands, The Decemberists. Look how happy she is!
 It rained a little so they were giving out free ponchos!
This was were everyone stayed. Not that pretty looking but there were a lot of people and it wasn't that bad as we thought it would be.
And a picture of me, I think on our first day.

I definitely am going to try to go to WayHome again next year. It was such a fun experience. And maybe see if we can get a few more people to join us. The more the merrier.

Have you ever been to a camping music fest?

Oct 20, 2015

A Wedding in Jamaica

Last week Justin and I flew to Jamaica for a week to celebrate a wedding. We stayed in the Grand Bahia Principe Resort. This was actually our first 'big' trip together. (And this was Justin's first time on a plane and first time out of Canada!) And our first time staying at a resort!

The resort itself was pretty cool. I don't have anything to compare it to but I was blown away at how nice our rooms were. How nice the staff were and how beautiful everything was. The unlimited food and drinks is pretty freakin' awesome too.
Two days before our trip, the bride and groom had a reception/party for their friends and family that weren't coming to Jamaica. It was fun. Lots of candy and dancing!
Two of my animation teachers from school came to the reception too. They are the couple on the right of me. :]
In Jamaica, enjoying the pool. It was overcast most of the week and it rained a tiny bit but it was still really warm there.
I didn't take many pictures of the wedding itself because I was one of the bridesmaids. (can you find me?) Justin took a few with my camera but they all turned out kind of foggy because I was using it in the pool so much.
I've got a bunch of pictures of Justin jumping into the pool. This ones pretty awesome. It looks like he slipped on something.
When you have an underwater camera, you take pictures underwater. Duh!
The beach was pretty awesome too. The sky was so pretty on this day. Overall we had a pretty relaxing week in Jamaica. I can see us staying at resorts in the future.
Have you ever stayed at a resort?


P.S. you can see a couple more pictures I took with my phone on my Instagram.

Oct 5, 2015

InkTober

Long time no post! I can't believe it's already October?! I mean the year is almost done. Where did the time go? We have finally some-what settled into our new place. There are still about 10 (or so) boxes that still need unpacking but I have my computer set up. And that's all the really matters! I should be back to blogging at least once or twice a week.

I decided to participate in InkTober. Mainly because I had realized that I haven't drawn, sketched or painted anything in weeks.... or more like, months! If you don't know what InkTober is, it's where you do a drawing (an inked drawing) every day for the month of October. Every year I forget about InkTober until it's almost half way through the month and then I'm too lazy to do anything about it. But not this year! I'm posting my daily Inks on my Instagram (Justin is also participating. You can check out his drawings here.)

In other news, we are leaving very soon for a week long trip, (Our first time in Jamaica!) so I don't know if there will be Wi-Fi there. If there is I will try to keep posting. If not, I will be flooding peoples feeds with a weeks worth of doodles when I return.

Below are my favourite sketches I've done so far.
I loved how this one turned out. I was using Justin's fancy markers. He doesn't have a brown fancy marker, so I couldn't colour in the stem of the pumpkin. It's kinda bothering me... but whatcha gonna do?
Totally inspired by Sailor Moon. (as usual) I just wanted to draw something with a 'light source.'

Is anyone else participating in InkTober?

Sep 15, 2015

Fan Expo 2015

Normally I have a big long post (full of pictures) about Fan Expo a few days afterwards but If you've been around lately you'll know that we moved into our new place 2 days before Fan Expo this year. So it was crazy! The move itself went well. We hired movers (which I have never done before) but they were such a big help and the whole thing was less stressful because of them. Then Justin's Mom and Sister showed up the next day, we were barely unpacked but we made it work.

My cameras are all over the place and most of them packed up still. So I didn't vlog and I didn't go around taking cosplay pictures. Actually, I barely did anything this year... after ComiCon I felt kind of burnt out from all the conventions. I usually feel excited about Fan Expo but this time, I just wasn't feeling it. So I decided to let Justin have the whole table this year. I didn't take any time off, so I only came to help out after work. On the weekend I showed up a couple hours after the show had started. I spent most of our first 2 weeks unpacking and trying to get stuff organized. There is still a lot to do but it is looking a lot better now.
 Justin decided to do a raffle for on of his paintings this year. You might have seen me posting about it, here and there. The raffle went well and he hopes to do another one next year. The convention over all was good. Not our best year but still profitable. It was the first time they set up the expo during a long weekend. I feel like the big vendors didn't do too well because of that but Artist Alley seemed to have always been busy.
The one thing I really enjoyed at Fan Expo this year was getting to try out Cuphead. It is so freaking cute! I can't wait to own it and play it every day. I love everything about it.

P.S. Still some unpacking to do. I had to order a new desk (because my old one is too big) So right now I am not set up. Hopefully I will be up and running in about a week. For sure, I'll be posting somewhat regularly by October. I miss blogging!
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