Monday, June 26, 2017

Toy + Doll Collecting pt 1

Alright, I'm gonna talk about one of my hobbies today...Do not be alarmed...I collect toys and dolls. Mostly dolls. Go ahead and laugh, IDGAF.

My collection is small, and is made up of mostly Monster High Dolls at the moment. I do have an eye for the (now vintage!) toys I had as a child, though some of those are rather pricey, so they are on my Wish List.

I could lie and tell you "It all started 2 years ago when I discovered repainted dolls" but it really all started back in 1986 or 87. There was this My Little Pony. She was yellow- something that truly excited me, because even as a small girl, I was not very fond of the color pink. ALL THE GIRL TOYS IN THE 80s ARE PINK. But, this pony...OMG, you guys. YOU GUYS. I was not the type of kid to throw tantrums, really, at least not for material possessions. Maybe I'd freak if I was tired or hungry, but I have two younger sisters, and was taught to set a good example. So, not a tantrum thrower overall. Yet this yellow hunk of vinyl with gaudy butterflies painted all over it seemed to change me.

I NEED HER. When I discover that one of my neighbor friends has acquired this pony, I NEED HER EVEN MORE. I ask. I beg. I pleade, promise, pray for her. We are not the kind of family to spend frivolously on stupid crap, and we have enough toys, FFS. This rationale does not stop me. I hound my parents for this pony. Weeks go by. I continue pestering.

Finally, my mother gives in. She takes me, sisters in tow, to the local KB Toys in the mall. THERE IS THE PONY, in all her yellow glory, she's almost miiiiiine!!!! Mom looks at the price tag, and insists I look for another pony that is cheaper. There are lots of other ponies On Sale, Em, look at this one, she is red!

I stand in the girl's toy aisle, and I feel faint. Suddenly, a great wail comes from me, and I am throwing myself to the carpeted cement floor, pounding my fists and crying like a banshee. Drool and snots are all over my face, in my hair. I have rug burn. I do not care. Nothing matters, I can't have the PONY OMGGGG life as I know it is OVER.

I don't remember the rest, but I did get that pony. I'm not proud of it, in retrospect. I was also like 4, gimme a break lol.

So, that's the story of how I started toy collecting! I recently re-added her to my collection, though she is not in my possession at this very moment. Here is a picture, for those of you who may be curious as to 4-year-old Emily's style choices:

My Little Pony Twice as Fancy Dancing Butterflies Pegasus circa 1986-87 (G1, year 5)

I did not realize this post would be so long! I will have to do a sequel, I think...Draw out my boring hobby talk over more than one entry? Sure!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Levitation Fox Painting

Apologies for skipping a post last week- I was lacking blog material and exhausted from a weekend of wedding/family/too many drinks.

I was reading over my eBay feedback this morning- something I don't do often, maybe once a month or so- and OMG YOU GUYS!!! My customers are just *so sweet*, like *The Best People*. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that. Thank you <3

So, onto some new art! I have completed the fox painting "Levitation" (finally!!). This piece is currently up for auction on eBay, please visit the link below to view the auction!

"Levitation" 8" x 10" Fox Painting on eBay

There is a slew of new ACEOs ready to be listed as well- I do not have any sneak peek photos of them...but here is a photo of my beautiful #1 favorite person in the whole world:

Meow meows

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Little Fox Painting + sneak peek at new ACEOs!

Oh, art to show you all today! Also, I my new printer arrived on Friday, and guess friggin what? My laptop is TOO OLD TO RUN IT! So, I've been using it in conjunction with my roommate's computer for now...@%#$&!*
Thankfully, it does work nicely, so there is a nice clear scan of this little 5x7" fox painting "A Safe Seat":

"A Safe Seat" 5" x 7" Cartoon Fox Painting, up on eBay!

I also have a few more ACEOs finished up, here's a peek at some of them before I list them over the next week:

There is also a handful of limited edition hand embellished ACEOs that I will also have up on ebay soon...they are each 1/1, meaning only one print! However I did not label them as such, and now they are laminated so it is too late! But they'll be standard ACEO print price:

Okee, thats all for this round, I have a wicked full week of day job and a weekend wedding to attend...thinking I will take a nice hot shower and go to bed!!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Betrayal of the Machines

Been having a rough few weeks with the technology part of life. Last week, my trusty Samsung S4 finally kicked the bucket, so now I am the new owner of an S8 and still learning all the tricks. Also, will be paying this baby off for AWHILE, but I justify that by using it to sell art.

About 3 days ago, I was diligently scanning in some new art to post...and my printer stopped working. This is not an uncommon occurance, as I am sure those of you who own a printer know all too well. Basically, the inkwell cover had come off and the printer would do nothing until I could get it back in place. I tried. I tried again. I took a small break, and tried one more time. Then I cried a little bit. Then I tried AGAIN. No dice. So...instead of putting it aside until my frustration had abated, I just picked it up and slammed it into the floor. I was also trying to be quiet because my roommate was asleep. The one chance I get to go Office Space on a printer and I'm trying to rage smash it quietly lol. Also, I *just* ordered printer ink for hopefully I can return those (omg please!)
The next morning, I panic-bought a new printer, much to the shagrin of my bank account.

The next afternoon, I went to vacuum. By now, you can probably guess where this is least I got the living room and kitchen floors done before it crapped out on me. To be fair, that was a free (but very wonderful and efficient) vacuum. However, I do have a (giant long hair) cat, so a new vacuum is on the emergency buy next list.

Speaking of cat... the mountain bike fell over onto him today, my poor baby!! :'( He does seem fine, I told him he could sleep on my bed today (not a usual allowance) and he is much more docile than usual. Hopefully he is not bleeding internally and suffering in silence!

So...thats what's going on lately, lol! I've been working on art stuff, too, of course! Lots of new things up on eBay if you'd like to take a peek! :)

Ps- sorry no pics this week, I'm on mobile and I can't get the app to cooperate with the photos :(

Monday, May 22, 2017

Works in Progress- Fox Paintings + ACEOs...And Summer Art Plans

Well, as promised, I have a few work in progress pictures to show! First up, some fox paintings! These two have been in the works for a few weeks now- I keep getting busy and have not had any time to add layers to them in so long. These are both based on smaller AEO illustrations I drew awhile back, and I just loved them so much I had to paint them bigger! Eventually, they will be complete, but for now, here are the progress pics-

Fox Painting Work In Progress (c) Emily White 2017

Fox Painting Work In Progress (c) Emily White 2017

I also have some pencil sketches of a few ACEOs I will be working on in the next few weeks-

Cartoon ACEO Art Work In Progress (c) Emily White 2017

So, once I get through the commissions I currently have (perhaps another week or so), I will hopefully have time to get these puppies painted, inked, colored, etc and up for sale on eBay! I also have some crazy summer art plans revolving around movable paper art (think pop-up books/cards). I'm really excited about this, as I love collaging, and I just love playing with paper and glue and scissors. Often I am only coloring/inking...and there is not that "mess" factor that I somemtimes crave.

I also *REALLY* want to get back into repainting dolls...We will go into that more in another (probably more than one lol) post.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

First post in a long while

First post back from not posting in...jeeze, over a year? Well, I dropped the ball on that one!
Originally, this blog was for my Dorkling comic only. I have decided to start posting all sorts of random things here, mainly art, but some other things as well :) as for the comic... I put it on pause, as I was not feeling particularly hilarious or inspired. Perhaps I will come back to it one day...
I really haven't planned out this post at all, just wanted to say hi, I'm blogging again, I'll try to post once a week!
At this stage in my studio, I am doing some belated spring cleaning and a mini inventory on which prints and originals I have available. Updates to the website- gallery, news, and shop, will be forthcoming...and I am sketching up a bunch of new ACEOs and a few paintings to put out over these next few weeks. :)

There should be a sneak peek shot or two of art and a little rundown of the projects I have planned for summer in a near-future post!
I also do want to say thank you to the bunch of you who have inquired as to my online social presence- it has motivated me to start blogging again! I'm not currently active on Facebook (cuz I just can't deal with it) so this is a more comfortable option. You can always leave questions or comments in the comment section here, and you can always email me!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sleeping Dragons, Orange Dragons, Feathered art post

Oh, it's art day! :D I have a handful this round, so let's get this started...
The latest illustration is rather whimsical; a doodle turned full blown illustration. Sleeping dragons under smokey dreams, turning to clouds, growing strange plants...

"Zees, Keys, and Bees" is an original mixed media illustration- inks, pencils, and acrylic paint on bristol. It measures 8.5" x 11", signed and titled on the back. "Zees, Keys, and Bees" is currently up for auction on eBay- please click the photo or the link below it to view the auction, more details and pictures, and perhaps even place a bid:

"Zees, Keys, and Bees" Original Dragon Illustration
Keeping on the dragon theme, there are also two original ACEO illustrations of dragons up on eBay, along with others! You can see them all HERE and below are some photos:

"Tetra" cartoon dragon ACEO illustration

"Friends with Feathers" dragon ACEO illustration

"Night Birds" fantasy ACEO illustration

One more art- the ACEO prints of "Trees and Clouds" has been released- there is one up for auction on eBay (see the link below the photo):

"Trees and Clouds" fantasy 2 sided ACEO print

In other news, I am currently reworking the art gallery on my website, as well as adding a few new items to the web shop! There will be spring cleaning happening over the next few weeks, so I'm sure I will be auctioning off a bunch of older original illustrations and painting on eBay.
Fair warning- I may be slacking on the comic in the next few weeks, due to above mentioned activities...but we shall see :)

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