There has been so much going on lately that I almost forgot about my Little Gem Goddesses! I’m excited to test out Patreon’s new group image posting feature by sharing the first of a set of the 12 Birthstone Goddesses I’ve drawn in a cute chibi style.
We unlocked these Little Gem gals sticker designs as a goal some time ago and now they’ve finally arrived! Stay tuned for news about a Special Offer I’ll be running for them once the DragonCon busy time dies down (spoiler alert, you guys will be getting free stickers involving these designs and the other chibis from the set! I still need to settle on the details).
For now, enjoy the Little Gem Goddesses of June, July, and August!
June waltzes in surrounded by falling rose petals, while July flies onwards with her lanterns and free spirit. Meanwhile, August floats along with her soul lanterns (and is probably my favorite from this set).
Which Little Goddess do you like best from this set? It’s always fun to hear what my fans are drawn to!
If you’d like to hang out with my online ghost while I paint these goddesses, you can watch the live recordings of each design as it was being made here! Thanks to everyone who joined me while I was streaming. It was fun to hang out and I will be back to streaming soon once things are calmer!
If you like this style and want to learn how I create images this way, $10+ Patrons have access to my Chibi Tutorial here! You can also buy the tutorial separately here.
I’m headed to JordanCon in ATL this weekend, which is one of my favorite local fantasy-centric conventions to attend. The Art Show there is so warm and welcoming and I’m excited to share more of my Birthstone Goddesses there this year!
My body of work grows and grows, this year’s showing at JordanCon now including a selection of the designs I created to be used as header images. I haven’t added prints of these designs to my online shop (yet), so in-person events are the only place to buy them until I have finished rolling their print offerings out (slowly, but surely!):
I’ll also be showing off the original painting of Lady of September as my centerpiece this year! She looks so stunning in the new frame that my Patreon Patrons helped me pick out last year.
I’ll also be displaying two of the limited edition masks I created for my Birthstone Goddesses, the mask of February and May! Here they are as photographed by the talented WinterWolf Studios.
Finally, you can see a video of some of the mats I’ve embellished with ink and gold here:
For those attending this show who may be considering adding something to your collection, here’s a rundown of what I’ll be offering at JordanCon this year:
In my gallery bay:
The framed original of “Lady of September”
Hand-Embellished Prints of 7 of the Goddesses
4 matted open edition prints of their header designs
2 of my hand-tooled Limited Edition leather masks
In the Print Shop:
8×16 prints, 5 prints per Goddess representing each month of the year!
Unfortunately, I will not have a dealer’s table this year, but the Art Show staff will be happy to help you out with purchasing my art.
You can also still come say hi to me in person at the panel on Livestreaming for Artists (Stream A Little Stream) which I will be co-hosting with fellow artists on Friday at 2:30 pm. Feel free to come join us and/or chat me up after the panel!
If you cannot attend the show, I’ll be adding any unsold items to my Art Nouveau online shop, with the hand-embellished mats being made available exclusively through my Patreon Secret Shop.
This blog post was originally posted on my Patreon
My astute fans may have noticed I’ve begun referring to my Ladies of the Months intermittently as Birthstone Goddesses over the past few weeks. I’ve had some major revelations happen while prepping my project for a wider arena (ie. Amazon).
“Ladies of the Months” as a title was getting a lot of strange looks! Some of the misunderstandings about the title have led to some interesting questions, including, but not limited to:
Does this have to do with menstrual cycles?
Does this have to do with erotic coloring books?
Does this have to do with erotic calendars?
Silly, you may say, but if the title of a project requires a lot of further explanation, doesn’t make a good impression, and is too generic to be easily found via search engines, there is a problem! This is why I have opted for a couple of changes.
Re-Introducing the Birthstone Goddesses!
From this day forth, the LADIES OF THE MONTHS will be called the BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES. Each individual Lady will still be the Lady of January, etc., but the set of birthstone ladies as a whole will now be referred to as BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES so that it is easier to understand and put out there in the world.
Who are the Gemstone Goddesses?
I’ve had a great number of requests for Art Nouveau styled Ladies who do not correspond to any birthstone, which got me thinking. Why limit this series to only birthstones? I have renamed the entire series to Gemstone Goddesses so that at some point in the future I can come back and add more without restricting myself!
Wouldn’t you like to see a Lady of Sunstone or a Lady of Moonstone? I know I would!
The BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES will now be a subset of the GEMSTONE GODDESSES series as a whole! Wherever you see the Lady of Eternity pictured above, she now represents both of these series who are now ALL part of the same endeavor to bring the beauty of Art Nouveau to the world through these thematic creations!
Where to Find this Project?
Now that my project has been undergoing some title changes, my social media outlets dedicated specifically to this project have been changed to match. Please update your bookmarks:
Use hashtags #gemgoddesses and #birthstonegoddesses
Where Do We Go From Here?
Now that we have a brand new name and a whole ambitious set of items on the horizon, it was time to get this project organized! Check out this roadmap I’ve created for the rest of the Birthstone Goddesses project in Trello.
The biggest change to the agenda is that the wall calendar has been moved up to next year so that I can create some of the fun add ons like Enamel Pins that can be bundled with it. I also wanted to make sure my Kickstarter launches were reasonably spaced out so as not to overwhelm everyone.
This Roadmap is subject to change, but we have a good place to start to make this huge endeavor more doable. We’re going to make great things this year!
Are you excited? I KNOW I AM! I’m especially hyped to get these pins out (I’ll have some sneak peeks of the designs I’ve been sketching soon!).
Coming next – I’ll be announcing the new streaming schedule so you can drop in on me while I’m working on making all this magic happen!
Thanks for hanging with me through thick and thin, Patrons and Followers. You are the best!
Happy weekend, all, and hello, hello to all the new folks who hopped on board my Patreon this month during my pledge drive! Here’s my monthly update post to sum up what’s been happening around here in March.
I have happy news that my husband finished his radiation treatments in March! His prognosis is a good one and in a few weeks we have a follow-up to learn how effective these treatments have been. For now, we’re just breathing a sigh of relief and hoping that things can start getting back to a boring state of normal around here! (If I keep saying it, it will happen, right?)
Coloring Book Updates
Another major item I’ve been working on this past month is making a standard edition of my coloring book available to the masses! This has proven more challenging than I anticipated, however.
I was going to simply release a version of the book through Amazon’s printing service, but a good opportunity came up that would allow me to print a better quality version myself, so I’m currently negotiating this publishing path.
There’s a LOT that goes into applying to be a vendor on Amazon instead of merely applying to be an individual seller, as well as printing considerations you must abide by. Did you know that if your barcode isn’t scannable through your packaging or that if it is placed incorrectly that your book could be rejected and/or a vendor could be fined by Amazon? No? Me neither!
I’m still doing research so I can make sure I do this right! I’m hoping that when I’m done that it means my book will be available on Amazon for the easiest buying experience and that I would have even more reach than I would on my own!
April 26 – 28 – JordanCon 2019 – Come say hi to me in the dealer’s area and check out my original paintings in the Art Show!
With a sick hubby still suffering from radiation after effects and other backend tasks (preparing for taxes, getting my Patreon ready for Backerkit integration, etc.) I don’t have a lot of art to show from March, but I’m hoping to change that in April!
Thanks to everyone who has been here even during the lean art times. It really makes a difference in our lives, especially during these trying times which we’re hopefully coming out of now!
Today’s unsung artist from the Art Nouveau movement is Alexandre de Riquer , another artist from Spain where he was one of the prominent figures of the Modernism movement. He was born to an aristocratic family and studied in France.
It was in France and London where he fell in love with the graphic design of the lithographic posters of the Art Nouveau movement, a relatively new form of advertising at the time.
His prolific body of work spans everything from posters to magazines to book covers! Saying that, I wish I could find a broader collection of his work. There are so few I could dig up! I suspect I will have to dig through collections in Barcelona to find more of his beautiful work.
I love the way Riquer’s art shows more of the Japanese influence on Art Nouveau with his simplified lines and relatively flat colors.
While I’m busy grinding away braincells on Lady of July ‘s many flower buds, I wanted to introduce you to another Art Nouveau artist I had never heard of! Gaspar Champs hailed from Spain and spent a large part of his career in France. He was very heavily influenced by Mucha, so much so that he became known as the ‘Catalan Mucha’.
Like my previous feature of Élisabeth Sonrel , I love how Camps brought his own unique flair to Alphonse Mucha’s line style. At times, Camps’ work feels more abstract with his figures melting into the details of his images.
I also love the sense of light bouncing in his more painterly work. What a joy it was to discover him!
If you want to see more of these art features, view them all at once here .
While I’m busy working on Lady of July, enjoy a look at this stunning work by female Art Nouveau artist, Élisabeth Sonrel! While she was active at the same time as other artists of the movement, I had never heard of her until recently.
She reminds so very much of Mucha with her line work, but has a sense of decorative layout that feels more detailed and layered at times. Definitely check her out for a lovely array of painterly and graphical work!
If you want to see more of these art features, view them all at once here.
I plan to start doing these little ‘Unknown Nouveau‘ entries, so I have something to share during those slow times when I’m busy working and don’t have much to show yet! The art keeps me inspired and is something I love sharing with you all. What do you think?
Also, do you know any other Art Nouveau artists I might not have heard of? Let me know in comments!
Here’s a quick peek recorded live of the print shop prep for my next convention! I haven’t done a convention in a couple of years since I took the time to create a new body of work, but getting back into prep has been like riding a bike!
Some advice on buying and saving money:
– BAGS & BACKING – You can get backing made out of spare matboard for cheaper than the white boards. The Clearbags branded bags are also cheaper and have a tiny URL for the bag company on the adhesive strip.
– PRINTING & INK – I bought my Epson printer at Staples where they let me trade in an older printer for a $50 discount. They’ll also let you trade in used ink cartridges which earn you store credit vouchers. The Staples brand paper is also much cheaper than Epson branded paper and has more weight to it!
The Epson Artisan 1430 I have lets me print up to 13×19 inches, which is a nice size! Anything larger I will have printed at http://www.iprintfromhome.com. Tell them Angela Sasser sent you to earn some referral bucks!
(CORRECTION: They DO have gloss photo paper at Staples, but it never seems to be in stock at mine and I prefer matte or semi-gloss for printing my art, regardless.)
– MAT CUTTER – The Logan Compact Mat Cutter can be found in many of the hobby stores in the US like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanns, etc. where you’re generally able to use a 40% off coupon on them!
(NOTE: I have a master list of my favorite suppliers with reviews of each online here.)