Shared Sketchbook

I am always so grateful for my friends. They keep me positive amidst all the strange happenings that go on in our world.

Recently I was so pumped to be contacted by my friend eHawk. We have both been swamped in daily projects and both are looking to focus our time towards our long term goals. In an effort to create routine and collaborate, we are jointly filling a sketchbook.

eHawk started the book with this page. Our plan is to fill the sketchbook each riffing off the other for inspiration of each new spread.

From her work, I made this my first page. CaseyGirardpage001

10 points for anyone that can identify the birds. This is based on a Southern White Rhino. Bring awareness and keep Rhinos in our world!

We aren’t setting deadlines for this project. You will just have to keep an eye out. I have mailed the sketchbook back so, look for an update from her on what comes next!

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I have been drawing. My friends at Fanartica got me to commit to drawing a piece for Dungeons & Dragons. I was thinking I would draw a monster from the game and I did but, it wasn’t what I had expected to be inspired to do. This came to me by asking my husband for suggestions since, he is a bit more familiar with D&D than I am. He suggested I draw a Beholder. He explained it was a giant eyeball wrapped in skin covered with lots of eyeballs on tentacles. It’s extremely powerful and magical and kills you with its gaze.

I sat with that and then of course decided it should be playing peek-a-boo with a baby because, why not? I knew to do this it had to look as sweet as possible. As if it could easily be in a baby book. Given that is my way of drawing it all seemed to come together perfectly.

Behold, the Babysitter Beholder and baby.

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Doesn’t it kind of look like a grandma with curlers in her hair?

Us Fanarticans did this group of fan art for a show at fan*alley in LA.

The opening will be Saturday, June 13, 18:00-22:00. Hope you can make it!

Octo-Puss in Boots from APE 2014

Yep, I sat on these for a long while. I was very winded from our visit to APE last October. My daughter had just learned how to run and rather than get to view all the artists’ tables I was stuck chasing her down the aisles and outside to the dock’s edge trying to keep her from jumping into the bay. We learned at this event we can’t take her with us when we go to cons. Unlike our oldest who enjoys them almost as much as we do.

We did have a moment when she shut her eyes while one of us was carrying her. During that moment we were able to meet Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera. It was wonderful to meet them and talk monsters. We compared a few notes about what monster shows we watch and my son got one of Bobby’s monster flip books. They also were kind enough to add to our Octo-Puss in Boots book.

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Our baby woke and a new crowd came to see Bobby and Kei. However, we got wise started visiting tables separately so, we could enjoy the art. My son loves BumperBoy so, he and his Dad visited Debbie Huey. They were able to convince her to draw us an Octo-Puss in Boots too.

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Our visit was sadly brief. We tried to pause at a few more tables but, were completely exhausted from the effort. We might try to go back this year, I’m debating about getting a table. APE 2015 is in new hands. It will be back in San Jose. At my current pace of making work, I think I may have stick with only Designer Con. Maybe next year I can be involved in more shows.

Thank you for contributing to our Octo-Puss in Boots Book! We loves your additions.

Let’s End This Hiatus

It’s been much too long since I posted to the blog. I apologize to you readers, I hope you will find me and come back. I wasn’t completely uncreative in my time away. If you followed my instagram I kept up with regular posting. I just wasn’t able to commit to the more lengthy blog. Also, most of my creativity has gone into non-art projects. However, since the beginning of 2015 that has slowly begun to change. My plan is to get back to posting regularly with new pieces and consistency. I have been floating for many years between projects and my ‘look’. My time off has given me a chance to explore myself and find what it means to be true to me. This is a brief history of what I have been up to since December of 2013.

After the holidays of 2013 I started baking. My daughter got old enough to be distracted but, not for long enough to sit down and draw. With this obstacle, I decided it was the time to learn how to make croissants. If you continued following me on instagram you will have seen all of my batches. I even got a sweet nod from the baker, Joanne Chang, who provided me with this wonderful recipe.

Attempting and then succeeding at making croissants gave me new confidence within myself. Since then, my goal has been to make as many of our meals, snacks, desserts, and treats as possible from scratch. I use a variety of sources, my favorites being Giada’s Healthy Cooking, Isa Does It, My Whole Food Life, Joanne Chang’s Flour Cookbook and Alton Brown’s recipes. These are my go-tos. Each brings its own batch of food to us. Given that we have to eat and my children are all-encompassing the rest of the time, I have allowed myself to take my creative space in cooking.

In the spring of 2014, we moved. We have settled ourselves down in Redwood City, CA, becoming home owner’s again. We have built garden boxes and set up house.

The garden boxes took over mine and my husband’s lives. As we rolled from setting up house the seedlings that I had brought over in containers went into these garden boxes end of May. By mid June we were up to our ears in cucumbers and additionally fruit from generous friend’s fruit trees. The canning bonanza that sucked up our summer began. We have made everything from jam to pickles to lemon curd. We have had enough pasta sauce to last the year from over 150 lbs of tomatoes grown from our Amish Paste tomato plants. It’s the common CA “problem” of an abundance of produce. A problem I am enjoying having and beginning to gain control over.

In the fall of 2014 our oldest started school and our youngest began climbing. I’m not aware of any productivity from this period of time. My life became a series of challenges to have cat-like reflexes catching my daughter as she ran, climbed, fell, and leaped. My back is a constant disaster. I have had multiple instances where contorting myself inappropriately has been necessary to protect her from injury. I was injured in most of these moments with muscle strains and bruising. My eldest provided challenges of the emotional sort with questions and confrontation to express himself and gain understanding of the world. I feel that all of this is par in having children. However, as the primary care giver art has had to stay in the trunk.

Until March, when I was able to run an art show for my son’s school auction. With the help of the auction coordinators and my co-art show coordinator we ran a great show and managed to sell almost all of the art. For myself, I created two original pieces that were successfully auctioned off. I pulled from the garden for my inspiration. 

After the auction I was brought back to cooking and gardening. I offered a service of making a pie a month as an auction item; since, I wasn’t able to complete a third art item. With my successes in croissants I have gained some skill in putting butter and flour together to make delicious. Pies have been the latest in my food time commitments. Thus far I have made, apple, key lime, orange, strawberry-rhubarb, strawberry, cherry, strawberry-peach, pecan, and of course pumpkin pies. I have tried many pie crusts and find that Joanne Chang’s and King Arthur Flour’s are my favorites.

Although, this spring as my daughter obtains more independence and my son has settled down, I am finding a better balance of all my desired activities. We finally had a fence put in which, gives me freedom to garden during the day; since, my daughter can no longer run away. She is entertained by eating strawberries from our patch and I can weed and manage our plants. I am done exploring all the options and keep my cooking to what I need and definitely want in our cupboards. This also means, I do not accept or take on more food than I want to process. My daughter has consistent sleeping patterns which, is giving me structured time to work. It feels like everything is coming together. We have firm routines now and no plans for more disruptive moving. This should mean I will be able to consistently create for a while. Here’s to starting the plan.

Holiday Season 2013

Oh man the holidays are always so busy. No matter how early I get started once December hits I feel like I’m scrambling. People laugh at me or look at me like I’m crazy that I start my shopping in October. However, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be able get through the rest of my plans for December, making gifts and holiday sales.

Updates! All my items in my Etsy shop are 25% if you use the offer code HOORAY2013

Now in my Etsy shop is a made to order Personalized Name Print

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This weekend, on Sunday, I am participating in the Peninsula School Craft Fair.
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Come visit, support the school, and get great hand crafter gifts for the Holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Be on the look out for photos of this year’s ornament for my cousins. I will probably post them to my instagram.

Bellano Coffee shop Show

Welcome to Bellano! This is the local coffee shop that my family and I frequent. We love their coffee, all the people who work there, and the friendly atmosphere. They were kind enough to host my art work this month. If you are in the area I highly recommend you stop by and get a yummy coffee.

We plan to host the opening reception next Wednesday at 3pm. Come down for chocolate milk and cookies or coffee for the grown ups.
Bellano Coffee
3985 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA

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Working on Frankenstein

In the background of my life I am drawing and scribbling and making puddles of watercolors and testing foggy washes and drawing messy ink lines on top.

As I can’t realistically work full time as an illustrator for more than minimal projects, I am playing. Discovering new elements to myself since I have changed with the addition of a daughter to my family. In some ways I finally feel my full self. It’s hard coming to a career when you know you also want to be a mother. I knew I wanted to have kids when I was a teen but, that didn’t mean I didn’t also want to follow my career dreams. In my life art and motherhood go hand in hand. I can’t have one without the other. Everyday is a matter of finding the balance between the two.

It can be done. Sometimes the art has to be put on hold but, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about what I want to do the next time I sit down at my desk.

Currently at my desk is this:

Yes his head is cropped out but, I haven’t found the one I like. This is Frankenstein his head is interchangeable. I hope to finish it by next week in time for Halloween! However, giving how much I am testing out, I may only have more work in progress for you.