Friday, 28 August 2015

colouring book pre-orders available now!

You may remember that I was accepted into a pretty neato visual storytelling program. I am so stoked, not only because I love going to school more than anybody should, but also because I really feel like I'm coming into my own with artistic expression. I'm learning a lot just by trying out new techniques and experimenting on my own in my kitchen after work, but with some actual guidance who knows where I'll go?

So I made a colouring book. I did this as a creative challenge to myself but also because I seriously need help funding this program. College classes are always expensive but these ones are REALLY expensive. I don't know why, I guess because only 20 students are admitted every year so they make up for it by charging twice as much?

The book is going to be roughly magazine-sized. It is going to be "perfect bound" and I chose a paper that works with most typical colouring media. I tested it for bleed-through with a variety of markers and pencils. There is a place in the beginning of the book where you can test your markers/paints/whatever with a blank page behind it to see how it will look.


 Copics bleed through everything, lol


Pre-orders are only $12 within Canada and $15 anywhere else in the world (no taxes or extra shipping costs attached) for a limited time. I will also throw in extra fun stuff. This will help cover printing costs as well as maybe get me some top ramen or pencils or whatever it is kids these days need at college. 
The full title is "An Introduction to Procrastination and Creative Relaxation" and I have handed it all off to the printers. They've got test pages for me to OK for darkness etc early next week and then they are officially in production.

Here are some examples of what you will be getting!


In total I figured out I spent around 80 hours drawing for this book and did it all in under a month. It was a lot of work, to say the least.

To place an order PayPal/e-transfer the money to novarella@gmail.com (and don't forget to give me your mailing address) or if you know me outside of the Internet we can work something else out. I appreciate each and every one of you, thank you!

Please share with your friends! :) Once these are printed they will be available in my Etsy store and at both campus bookstores at Camosun College. (How fancy am I?)




Thursday, 20 August 2015

Almost there

I had a funny moment the other day where I realized I've been slowing down and putting off finishing this book. The Fear is getting me.

Capital The, capital Fear.

You know, that thing that causes so many artistic people to fail, give up, quit, act too cool ... that thing.

I'm almost done making a coloring book. 
Not scary at all, right?

Yes it is.
For no reason.

Ryan and I have been talking it out a lot, and I'm not letting it stop me. But you guys it is totally there and manifesting in strange ways. For example, nearing the end of my page goal my drawings started getting more and more elaborate. I ended up scrapping 3 pages halfway through because they weren't "good enough", that kind of thing. Wasting time, procrastinating, getting super picky.

Last night I started working on the cover and by the end of the night I was so upset, I hated it, it's stupid, it's ugly, I'm a loser, everybody hates me and I'm the worst at everything all the time forever ... you know, the usual.

But this morning I looked at it again and it's really cool. I think THE FEAR was getting to me. The cover is the final step. After that all I really have to do is have the designs approved by the appropriate authorities (make sure none are too weird or offensive I guess) and then bring my pages to the printer. And ... yeah. Done. Book made.




Here are some other pages from the book. These are all on my Never_See_Them_Fing instagram account so you may have seen them before, but all grouped together it looks like something I can be proud of.



What am I worried about really?









It's weird. 





Tuesday, 18 August 2015

links


Illustrations by my guuurl Victoria down in Mexico. 
She sells prints, shirts and bags featuring her pretty things here.

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And that's a little link post! :)

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Progress with the coloring book and a look at how bad I actually am at drawing alligator heads. And a special thank you deal.



It's coming along but slowly. I mean SLOWLY. My goal was to have 60 pages done by the end of this week. Well I have 30 so far. Um. Yeah. I am not giving up though, I REALLY want to get this thing ready for when school starts in a few weeks. Yikes! Oh my god school is starting in a few weeks and I'M IN SCHOOL AAAAGH

Anyway back to the coloring book, maybe I can do a few "easier" ones, like without spending hours figuring out how to draw an alligator head.

Oh, the alligator head. 

I cracked myself up so much trying to figure this out. This was me REALLY trying to draw an alligator, looking at reference photos and everything:






I was happy with the final one there in the bottom right corner. But aren't those other ones hilarious??? The top right looks like a Haida-style bird or something. And the top left has a disability or is about to sneeze maybe?

Anyway I am actually pretty proud of how the alligator turned out in the end.


I'm bummed about the death before decaf image pictured below, I got a case of wobble-hands while inking the coffee lid and it looks terrible. I might do that one over though, I'm super into the faux Starbucks/reaper logo I came up with.


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I want to thank you, my blog readers, for being so wonderful and encouraging while I learn to draw. I feel like it's picking up speed now, I am getting better at looking at a thing and having the confidence to say "hey I can probably draw that thing".

I can't do much for you, but I can offer you a deal on Etsy shop. This coupon is good for the rest of the month of August. For anything priced $10 or more just use the code

thankyou

and you will automatically get 50% off your order.




Tell your friends! lol








Saturday, 8 August 2015

Where I am


About a week ago Ryan bought me this pretty mosaic tile table so I can sit outside with my laptop and my coffee and hang out with the dog in the morning. And it's perfect. That chair is comfier than it looks. Tank is SO HAPPY when I come out and sit with him. I can hear the birds and squirrel fights. (Seriously there is a turf war or something happening in the trees each morning, you hear scuffling sounds and then branches and pine cones drop from 30 feet above.) The air is fresh, the sky is clear.

I make really good strong coffee.

The grocery store near our house makes raisin-less bran muffins and they are THE BEST. Tank likes the smell of them, maybe they smell a little like dog food I guess, but he begs so hard whenever I have one. I think it's funny that my food smells like dog food.

Everyone in the house is still asleep, they always sleep later than I do. I'm one of those "morning people" you hear about. I don't get how somebody could feel satisfied with their day after wasting so many hours in bed. But then again I go to bed at night much earlier than a lot of people, and they probably feel the same way about me.

We have two hockey nets in our driveway. I would make a Canada joke but it's a little hack.

I've been picking up comedian lingo from listening to so many podcasts run by comedians. I also feel like spending so many hours listening to funny and inspirational people talk has benefited me, like maybe I am a little bit funnier and a little bit more confident in my weird self.

Do you ever think that the name your parents gave you affected who you have become? Like maybe if I were a Jennifer instead of a Nova I'd be a banker who likes watching The Bachelor and listens to top 40 music?


Okay, that, ladies and germs, was what we call stream of consciousness writing. The end.

Friday, 7 August 2015

PRINTS FOR SALE $5-$15

You heard those prices. Totally affordable weird art for your house or office. Or home office. Or is there such a thing as an office home? Because these would be perfect there.


There are these guys for $15 each. They are 22 x 30cm (8.5 x 12-ish inches)



Then there are these smaller dudes for $10 each. They're all different sizes.




And last but not least, the Fuck Off prints are only $5 because it looks like the scanner found a bunch of pencil lines I didn't quite erase. It's not like it's extremely noticeable but you can totally see it.


See what I mean? 

Everything is printed on high quality glossy paper and yeah. I don't know what else to say. They're prints. I ship worldwide. Oh, and every sale helps me be that much more able to survive while going to school this fall.

And you are my best friend.

Yes, you.

And you sure look pretty today.

And um, I really like your personality. 

So yeah.

Here's a link. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Reading in 2015 - Book 12 - The Color Purple by Alice Walker


This is one of those books you've heard about forever but you can't remember why you've heard about it. At least that was the case for me.

It's basically the story of a few black families with insane issues, like I mean incesty shit happening and beatings and poverty and racism and general fucked-up-ed-ness in the 1930s in the U.S. It's written from the perspective of Celie, a 14 year old girl. The book uses her vernacular and spelling mistakes, and does a bit of jumping around through letters between Celie's letters to god and between her and her sister later on.

I don't know what to say about this book. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it exactly but I'm glad I read it. There were some tough points and some funny bits, but it left me with an impression of dusty desperation for the most part.

So yeah. Um, 7/10 I guess?