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Hello Cuties! Just wanted to give a quick update! I’ll be going to the Silicon Valley Comic con this weekend April 21- April 23 and if you’re in the area you should stop by and say hi! I’m in the Artist Alley at table #C37! Tell me you know me from social media  and I have a free post card to give you! <3 <3

The last convention I barely covered my expenses so I’m hoping I’ll make a profit at this one. We will see, wish me luck! It would mean the world to me if I could be really successful at a convention. But either way, it should be a fun experience and I look forward to meeting new people!

Also, I plan on doing a recap of the last convention I went to earlier this month so keep an eye out. And if you want a preview you can check out the Vlog I did of it here.

Anyway, If you’re planning on going let me know in the comments below.

Until next time!

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I get asked a LOT about my favorite Copic colors and where I get them. So I figured it was about time that I created a post letting you know. Currently these are the colors I use the most. I love the way they look, and I keep  them close to me so I have easy access to them.

As you can see in the image bellow, these colors show up in a LOT of my work. By using them in different combinations I am able to create completely different images. But, since they are all using the same color palettes, they work nicely together. This is an easy way to create a cohesive style focusing on color. Of course a lot more goes into your style, but currently we are talking about colors.

What are Copic Markers?:

You might be wondering what are Copic Markers. And that’s fair. Copic is a Japanese brand name for non-toxic alcohol based coloring markers. One of the key features of Copic markers are the refills you can purchase. Which is also, in my opinion, one of the biggest things that makes them worth the price.

In addition to re-filling a pen several times, you can also mix the refills to create new colors. I have not done this personally, but I am aware that they sell empty markers just for this purpose. You can also customize the pens by purchasing replaceable nibs in different styles. And you can use your pens with the Copic Air compressor so you can Airbrush with them. (adaptor needed)

Their are several different “types” of Copic markers that you can get. I only use the Copic Sketch markers but I know that the ‘Ciao’ markers are smaller and usually a more affordable versions of the ‘Sketch’ markers. Unfortunately, the ciao makers are not available in all of the colors that the sketch are. But, you can use your re-fill inks on either types of Copic Markers.

Copic Colors and Where to Get them:

Here is the list of my favorite Copic colors and links to where you can get them online. You can also find them in some local art stores and I’ve seen some sold in Japan town. I ordered most of mine in bulk online many years ago (not sure where). But I do purchase individuals and Re-fill inks online via Amazon.

Be aware that the colors shown bellow may vary based off of your monitor, or the type of paper that you use. Links from Amazon, prices vary by color and type. Here are my favorite colors:

Skin Colors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinks & Reds:

 

 

 

 

 

Blues:

 

 

 

 

Purples:

 

 

 

 

Other Colors:

 

 

 

And that’s it for now! This should help those of you looking to get new markers who like my color palettes. I do use other colors from time to time, but these are my most used colors currently. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section bellow.

Until Next time,

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Hello Cuties,

In my intro post I talked about what I hope to use this blog for. One of those things is to share stuff that I love. Of course I will also be posting a lot of my own art, so don’t worry. But, if you’re anything like me, you love learning about new inspiring things. If you don’t already know her, I think this first featured artist will be a treat.

Lois Van Baarle – Loish:

Lois Van Baarle or Loish is an artist that I’ve admired for years. She is very talented and her website is absolutely beautiful. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch her improve over the years. Because of that I’ve seen how truly dedicated she is. Her skill is a direct reflection of her hard work, and it is admiring to see.

Admittedly Lois over worked herself which resulted in an injury. She talks about it here and gives advice to other artists. Basically don’t push yourself too hard. Know your limits. I think it’s a good goal to try and work hard to improve without over doing it. You have to find the balance in life.

Now that I got the general introduction out of the way. Lets get on to Lois’ amazing art. All art featured in this post belongs to Lois Van Baarle (Loish). Please be respectful of her work and check her out on her social media platforms (listed at the end of the post).

Art by Loish:

Loish links: Website | Tumblr | Twitter | Society6 | Vimeo

Thanks so much for checking out the blog. I hope you enjoyed this Artist Feature. Check out her links for more images. As I mentioned before, I find Lois truly inspiring. Because of that, I want to work a little harder at improving my art. To do that, I need to dedicate time just to practice and play around. Anyway, if you liked this post let me know in the comments bellow.

Also, if you haven’t already please follow the blog on Bloglovin’ or via RSS feed.

Until next time,

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Fairytale Visual Development Project

For a while I’ve been struggling with my art. Rarely feeling motivated to draw and when I do I’m not happy with the outcome. Recently I’ve found myself looking at portfolios for new hires at my job and it got me thinking. My portfolio is outdated and pretty much nonexistent.

So in an effort to spice up my illustration skills and build a portfolio I decided to try something new. I’m doing the Visual Development for a Faux Mobile game.

For this project I’ll be focusing on Character Designs. Environment exploration. Game UI development and so much more. And if all goes well, maybe I’ll even work on creating a working prototype.

Project Information

The actual details for the project are, for the most part, undecided. But their are a few things I have in mind. First off the game is going to be a Fairy Tale adventure game with a focus on story.

I want to start it off with three different FairyTales that you’d be collecting the stories for. Little Red Riding Hood, and perhaps Alice and wonderland and Maybe the Wizard of OZ. Somehow the stories would connect in different ways through-out this mobile game story.

Currently the game details are still very much under-construction! lol. But I’ve already started designing the Little Red character for the Little Red Riding Hood part of the game.

I’m having a lot of fun working on this project and look forward to practicing new things. Backgrounds, animals, UI design, animation, and so much more. I also plan on doing videos of my process work over on my YouTube channel. You can check out the first video below.

Let me know what you think! And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already and bookmark the blog for more awesome art updates! <3 <3

Until Next time!

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Wonder Con 2017

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to Wonder Con 2017! Woooot woot! Thats in a few weeks! If you’re in the LA Anaheim Area between March 31 -April 2 be sure to check it out and stop by my table. I’m in booth #sp-107 in the Small Press section.

This will be my first time at Wonder Con and I can’t wait to see how it goes. Previously I’ve tabled and APE convention for several years and CTN once. It will be interesting to try something new and see how it goes. Wish me luck!

Until Next time!

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My Life

Mini Workspace Tour

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Mini Workspace Tour Intro:

I thought it would be fun to give you a peak into my workspace. So let me show you some of what I see on a regular basis as I’m working on personal projects.  I plan on doing a full workspace tour via my Youtube channel so I don’t want to show too much. Tell me in the comments bellow if that is something you’d be interested in seeing.

Anyway, on to the mini tour. My desk is a little messy but it’s mostly pens, markers and pencils so it still looks pretty cool. All the boring clutter and mess is pushed off to the side so I can pretended that I’m super organized. I’m definitely one of those people whos productivity is effected by their workspace. Because of that I keep a tidy working area, or push any mess out of the way. Out of sight, out of mind! lol.

I do enjoy some good organization and keeping things clean, but It can be a bit hard when working in a small space with a lot of stuff. Basically, I have way too much stuff, specifically art supplies and packaging stuff.. UGH!!

 

Whats on my desk:

As for what I keep on my desk, the obvious would be my Copic markers and writing utensils. I try to keep the space open so it’s easier for me to use when drawing or working on my laptop. I do have a corkboard and some white boards but I’m still trying to figure out the best usage for them.

In addition to the practical, I like to keep some sentimental knick-knacks around. There is a vase filled with sand and sea shells from my trip to Brazil along with a carousel horse figurine that my father gave me. A lovely tea and teapot set I got for my birthday, and a honey bare tin can I stole from my mother.  Also I have the Lord of the Rings Trilogy books from my fathers childhood next to my grandmother’s bible.

All of the things make me happy in one way or another, reminding me of people that I love and memories that make me smile. I’m not a religious person, but the bible meant so much to my grandmother. My father used to read me the Lord of the rings books as a child, and a good friend gave me the tea pot.

It’s funny how simple objects can have strong meanings that mean so much more than the objects themselves. Anyway, that’s enough of that! Hope you enjoyed this mini workspace tour along with the memory lane tangent that followed. Lol. If you did be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, and follow the blog via bloglovin!

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What are Daily Doodles:

I’m always trying to find some sort of challenge or guide to improve myself and my art. Usually when doing so, I aim too high and burn myself out. I have a habit of biting off more than I can chew. So this year when I decided to do daily doodles I was a little skeptical. Because of this, I decided that I would be lax on the “rules” or expectations of this “challenge”. Basically, their are none.

When I remember to do it, I just need to doodle an image in my daily calendar that matches the date. If I miss a date, I can fill it in later but I have to indicate that it’s a “catch-up” drawing if not done the day of. I can draw anything that I want and the images can’t be colored (mostly cause the pages are too thin). Simple, quick and purposefully imperfect.

Week One:

The first week is filled mostly with “catch-up” drawings. I did start doodling daily from January 1st, but I didn’t actually get this specific journal until January 6th. I personally went with the smaller pocket size so that their would be less page to fill in each day, but their is a larger size as well.

Here are the doodles I did during week one:

On the 7th and 8th it rained and rained and rained. I woke up to the sound beating on my windows. It was soothing, calming, rhythmic. I enjoy the rain. I decided it would be fun to do a little caricature of me in the rain. The first week of Daily doodles was successful. I have no expectations to continue, but I hope I do.

Until Next time,

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Hello Cuties,

So as some of you already know, I was on a bit of a hiatus for a few months. During that time I questioned what I was going to do with my art and with Love, Teacup Kisses. I was overwhelmed and no longer enjoyed the process. I was putting out content with no purpose and I was making  nothing in return. Somewhere along the lines I became too focused with making LTK successful that I lost my passion.

Surprisingly giving myself permission to let Love, Teacup Kisses go was exactly what I needed. I realized that LTK was still a love of mine but I had putt too much pressure on myself to produce. I stopped enjoying the processes and started focusing on the outcome. In an attempt to give myself something to focus on I decided to create themed collections, filled with fun little projects that I could do.

I have several different collections planned for the future, but the first collection will be focusing on the past. It’s called “Beginnings”, and I’m so excited about it! 🙂

What is the Beginnings collection?:

The idea behind “Beginnings” is to bring new life into some of the many drawings that I’ve already done. I usually spend so much time worrying about creating NEW things that I don’t appreciate the stuff that I’ve already made. But, I realized that their is so much potential to create awesome things with the drawings that I’ve already done. So that’s what I’m going to do.

That being said, I’m incredibly excited about the projects that I’m working on for the Beginnings collection. And, if you follow me on twitter @TeacupKisses you already know about the Beginnings coloring book. This has been highly requested over the years and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. But the best part is that their are more awesome Beginnings projects that I am working on.

Introducing the Beginnings Coloring Book:

The first project that I did for Love, Teacup Kisses Beginnings is this awesome PDF coloring book. It’s got more than 20 pages that you can print out and color. I’ve gotten tons of requests to do a coloring book. So I figured it was about time that I do one. Not only does it satisfy the many requests, but I figured it would be great for #ColorWithAvo videos like this:

If you’d like to participate in the upcoming #ColorWithAvo videos (and get featured on the blog), you can grab your digital copy of the coloring book here. Again, it has more than 20 pages that you can print and color featuring LTK lineart. If you’ve gotten one already, let me know what you think about it, in the comments bellow.

Until next time,

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Hello Cuties!

So today I wanted to do an appreciation post. Share with you some of the wonderful fan art that has come my way. These drawings properly credited LTK as copies, inspiration or just awesome fan art. Please check out the artist’s and send them some love. It’s amazing that so many people are inspired by my art, and I just want to show my love for them.

I really can’t say thank you enough to all the people who support me and what I do. The fact that people enjoy my art enough to do fanart is just amazing to me. It still blows my mind seeing the awesome art you share with me. Thank you.

If you want to be featured on the blog be sure to properly credit & link back to me and use #LTKfanart on all platforms (Facebook, Tumbler, Twitter and Instagram). I will be checking other tags but if you use this one, you’ll be more likely to get picked. Please only post relevant stuff. Such as; art inspired by, copied from, or drawn of me and Love, Teacup Kisses stuff. Also, you must properly credit and link back to me. Anything else will just be ignored.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Love Teacup Kisses Fan art:

#1. Super cute drawing of me and inspired by the Love, Teacup kisses style. Artist: Tumblr

#2. Great drawing Inspired by Love, Teacup Kisses’ style & art. Artist: Instagram – @PeppersDoodle 

#3. Fantastic fan art of a drawing of mine. Artist: Instagram – @pesto_cat

All of these lovely drawings belong to the artists linked above. Check out the links for more awesome art by them. If you are one of the artist above, thanks so much for sharing your art and properly crediting me. You are awesome!

That’s it for now. I really want to say thank you again to everyone who has done LTK Fan art or drawn me gifts. It really means the world to me! You are all amazing and I am so lucky because of it. Ugghhh! I really don’t think you understand how grateful I am! Thank you! You Rock!

Again, if you’d like to get your art featured on the blog be sure to use #LTKfanart. Also, make sure you properly credit and link back to me. I love seeing the art that you guys make and I hope to share more on the blog in the future.

Until next time, have a fantastic day!

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Samantha’s First Kiss – Valentines:

It’s Valentines! The time of year when love is in the air. When chocolates, jewelry and stuffed teddy bears are plentiful. This year on the new Love, Teacup Kisses blog I wanted to share an old image. I did this drawing in 2014 during Inktober. It was the first year I did inktober and the year that made me love it.

I focused many of the drawings around a witch character named Samantha. Inktober that year showcased her child hood, her teenage years, her family and her adulthood. This particular drawing was Samantha’s first kiss. Their is something so charming about ones first kiss. The awkward attempt at romance from two totally unaware young individuals. Childhood romance being explored with a single kiss is exciting.

Often when your first kiss is experience at a young age you are unaware of what to expect. Bashful and shy towards the other person. A quick peck is all you can think to do. All you are willing to do. It’s perfect in it’s imperfections. Something so quick somehow means so much.

My First Kiss:

When I was in first or second grade I had a crush on this kid Skyler. We didn’t interact much but my friends new that I thought he was so dreamy. One day, our friends got the bright idea to bring us together on the playground. His friends egged him on to kiss me, and my friends egged me on to kiss him back. They pushed us towards each other and we resisted.

I secretly hoped that he would do it, but fought back to hide my desire. Our friends being there definitely made it awkward. Eventually the bell rang and we were saved. Our friends took off to their class rooms but we stayed behind momentarily. I think the world stopped for a second, and then he leaned in and kissed me.

I can’t remember if it was on the lips or the cheek, but I remembered that it was perfect. A moment I will never forget.

This Year:

This year I am single, no crushes or love interests to spend the holiday with. Most of the time I’m happy to be single, prefer it even. But romantic holidays can leave me wanting. So this year I hope to spend the holiday cozy in a bubble bath reading a good book and falling in love with life. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines day and let me know in the comments bellow what you’re doing.

 

Until Next time,

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