This summer has been life changing for me.
I’m not even sure where to begin. I’m sure I’m already forgetting some things, but here’s a list of:
Happy Career-ish Things That Happened This Summer!
Met Camilla d’Errico at FanExpo! She is one of my fave artists and she’s inspired me since my senior year of high school. I may have possibly creeped her out with awkward fangirlish vibes. But she was super nice!
Joined Cloudscape Comics and the Vancouver SkyTrain Sketch Group and had plenty of fun & interesting times!
Participated in my first art show with Cloudscape!
It was such a cool experience seeing numerous strangers young and old looking at my work. (I politely asked these folks if I could take their picture, hee!)
Dedy brought me flowers! Hnnnng! <3
Had an awesome time working at Kibooco this summer! Go team!
Learn a bit about Kibooco and see me draw and jump and do things in this sweet video:
So sad I won’t be seeing them on a daily basis this semester! ;__;
Squishing heads with founders Molly and Earl.
Completed character designs, illustrations, various graphics and designy stuff for Kibooco:
Illustrated and published my first book! Which you can get for free here! Yay!
Got gift art from a 5-year-old. Aww!!
;-; <3 Weep.
Through all of the Kibooco publicity (!!), me and/or my work (tiny snippets in the video and screenshots at least) have appeared in numerous places such as VancouverSun.com, the IndieGoGo newsletter & blog, TechVibes, Tech Cocktail and Village Gamer.
(In the above pic, I did the pirate – the background illustration of the island is by author/illustrator Elke Weiss.)
Made the SFU SIAT front page twice! (Once for FLOCK, once for Kibooco).
Also had my work on the Always facebook page by riding on Dedy‘s fame! :D
Completed some super fun character designs and illustrations as part of my freelance endeavors:
Began negotiations for a character licensing contract!
Got my first BUSINESS CARDS! (Something I’ve been meaning to do but put off forever! But I has them now!)
Learned so much about business and totally leveled up in that area!
Made my first $3 of passive income from my illustration work. (Small, but a solid start. More on this later hopefully!)
Painted something with actual paint for the first time in forever. Behold my mastery of real media (not really):
(Okay, so it’s not exactly hyperrealism, but, um….. rainbow tailed unicorn fish?)
Painting in bed. Genius.
Did an awesome photos-for-art trade with Jenni! These are just some of the photos Jenni took of me while we were adventuring around Vancouver (she is so talented!) I still need to figure out where & how I am going to use all of these. I just haven’t had time to put them up!
“Why, hello up there!”
This is what I made for her in return, I was going for a storybook feel:
Sorry for keeping all of this from you until the end of the summer… I know, it’s inexcusable!
On a personal level, some other things I did this summer: saw and caught up with Heather! Vegan spa party with Jenni! Tried Ethiopian, Sri Lankan and Lebanese food! Got interested in actually doing stuff with my hair involving pins and braids! And plenty more.
This semester I’m taking 3 classes – Intro to Game Design (with my beloved! <3), Speculative Design (the entire class is gamified, we have ‘puzzles’ instead of quizzes and ‘EXP’ instead of marks), and Capstone (independent graduation project where I’ll be making some sort of interactive visual narrative thingamajiggy of my own conception).
I have three more semesters until I graduate and become a Real Adult. WHOA! It’s sort of scary, but I think I’m ready. Bring it on, world!
Posted on September 4th, 2012
Filed under: Creating, Featuring, Feeling Awesome, Living (All Posts)
Topics: art, book, Cloudscape, design, drawing, fan art, freelance, gallery, illustration, kibooco, me, news, paint, photos, show, skytrain sketch group, work
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