Creative Women's Mini-Con


Hello! What are you doing on Saturday, September 29th??  What you should be doing is going to the Creative Women's Mini-Con in Sacramento!

The Creative Women's Mini-Con celebrates women creators and will be show casing a lot of local artist and creators.  Its a great event that's been running in Sacramento for a few years now and I'm so honored to be a part of it and be able to meet other women creatives working both in and outside of Sacramento!  This year Mariko Tamaki co-author of one of my favorite graphic novels "This One Summer" (and currently at Marvel) will be attending--maybe I just haven't found the right people yet but Sac always feels so far from the rest of the art and animation world, it is great to see creators from even outside Sacramento joining!


For me, this is the very first con I've ever tabled at--and I'm super excited (and just a little nervous!!) I've been working on a new series of illustrations for prints and stickers about "Mostly-Imaginary Adventures".  In the last few years I've been super focusing on my art and animation and I have HUGE case of wanderlust (like all millennials, I think).  I love traveling and I love being out of my comfort zone but I haven't been able to truly get out of it in so long! So until I can find a little time to escape Sacramento I'll have to settle for imaginary adventures! 

For this con, you should all come out because I'll be tabling with mostly new work that has yet to be seen finished!!! (some of it is above :) ) So come out and check it out (and support me so I can someday take a real adventure and draw about it)!!  I also hope to attend more cons in 2018 (if any are still open???) or 2019 and start meeting others in animation, comics, or illustration--its only out here!

Here's where you can find the con details--

Creative Women's Mini Con

Saturday, September 28th 11am - 5pm @ Empire Comics in Sacramento

Facebook Event Page

Address  (or see the map below!)

1120 Fulton Ave, Sacramento, California


Great Goddess

Goddess_arankin My mythology course required a sketch this week as commentary on the Great Goddess.  The topic was pretty interesting and discussed how at one time we saw many contradictory aspects in the Goddess and how it is an ancient idea that we lost with time and changing perceptions of women.  The contradictory nature of the Goddess traits made me think of the emotions in Pixar's Inside Out because I was struck by how well rounded and dynamic the original version of the Goddess was--she represented motherhood & sexuality, civilization & nature, and tradition & transformation (the character I drew is also representing 'clairvoyance' which in this article went a long with transformation).  That is just a few of the traits that She embodied.

For the drawing part of this--I tried to get my sketch to show more character and not be 'just a pretty picture' as I'm often critiqued for.   I don't think I've quite nailed that yet so I'll have to give it another go in my next illustration/sketch--remember--specific characters Amber, specific characters with specific emotions/thoughts/etc!!


Inktober 1

Inktober 01 I've decided to participate in Inktober this year, or at least attempt to anyway.  My plan is to make some kind of quick sketch each evening in October and focus on character and storytelling.  For tonight's sketch--I follow several Victorian and Edwardian image blogs on Tumblr and the people often look so solemn but a few photographs showed glimpses of real people and so I tried to capture a 'behind the scenes' version of Victorian photography subjects--no one can be that serious all the time!--I think I could explore this idea more and want to see where it ends up at the end of the month!

For tonight I'm just breaking into it after much animation on the same scenes so I think the idea could use some improvement--but for tonight--this is my Inktober #1 -- enjoy :)

You can find my reference photo here.  (Can we still dress like this?!!??)