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theeclecticillustrator:

Oh my goodness, guys - Alina’s and my sequel to The Illuminator’s Gift is going to be released in 100 days!! I can’t believe it. This time last year, I didn’t even know I would be designing and painting the cover to her first novel, much less fully illustrate her second! Is this real life? God is amazing, and I am so thankful for dreams coming true. 

Yay!!!! :) :D 

theeclecticillustrator:

Oh my goodness, guys - Alina’s and my sequel to The Illuminator’s Gift is going to be released in 100 days!! I can’t believe it. This time last year, I didn’t even know I would be designing and painting the cover to her first novel, much less fully illustrate her second! Is this real life? God is amazing, and I am so thankful for dreams coming true. 

Yay!!!! :) :D 

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tassels:

Watermead Country Park, England
Photo by Mike Freeman

tassels:

Watermead Country Park, England

Photo by Mike Freeman

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theeclecticillustrator:

Yesterday, Alina Sayre and I sat at our favourite tables in our favourite Panera for 7 hours chatting, planning, #sketching, #brainstorming, and #fangirling over each other’s talents. We dreamed  massive #dreams (I still want to go to #ComicCon 2015!) and sorted out the nitty gritty business work of #publishing #books. At the end of the day, we were both so pumped and completely thrilled for our #sequel to The Illuminator’s Gift! Today all I want to do is begin illustrating this wonderful #novel. We’re planning a December release, just in time for #CyberMonday, so stay tuned for #behind-the-scenes news and sneak peeks as we craft this beautiful book! :) :D 
Sooooo excited! 

My day yesterday consisted of Panera coffee, brainstorming illustrations and dreaming big. It was a marvelous day. :) 

theeclecticillustrator:

Yesterday, Alina Sayre and I sat at our favourite tables in our favourite Panera for 7 hours chatting, planning, #sketching, #brainstorming, and #fangirling over each other’s talents. We dreamed  massive #dreams (I still want to go to #ComicCon 2015!) and sorted out the nitty gritty business work of #publishing #books. At the end of the day, we were both so pumped and completely thrilled for our #sequel to The Illuminator’s Gift! Today all I want to do is begin illustrating this wonderful #novel. We’re planning a December release, just in time for #CyberMonday, so stay tuned for #behind-the-scenes news and sneak peeks as we craft this beautiful book! :) :D 

Sooooo excited! 

My day yesterday consisted of Panera coffee, brainstorming illustrations and dreaming big. It was a marvelous day. :) 

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sketchinfun:

Long post of sketches from tonight’s stream. Felt like drawing a style guide in response to the positive response to my recent GOTG sketches. I am still developing my style, and it changes constantly, like month to month, but here are some elements that are consistent in my style. Enjoy!

guide belongs to http://sketchinfun.tumblr.com/

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Gustav Klimt - Death and Life, 1916

I LOVE Gustav Klimt’s colours and aesthetic!

Gustav Klimt - Death and Life, 1916

I LOVE Gustav Klimt’s colours and aesthetic!

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theeclecticillustrator:

One of the best parts of being an illustrator is designing and painting things that others would ordinarily buy, such as personal notes and stationary. I absolutely love adding an artistic detail on a small letter or thank-you card because it adds a definite “Amalia” touch to the mail as well as showing how much I love the recipients. (PLUS it’s just plain fun!) I often express my love through my artwork, so if I hand paint a letter or note to you, you should know it means I love you bunches. ;) :) 

Recently, I’ve been very blessed with generous love from some wonderful friends and so I’ve been busy painting thank-you postcards. (Paint your own watercolor postcards are the best!) They’ve turned out so lovely - if I may take a brief “proud illustrator mom” moment - that I thought I’d share them here on the blog.

Let me know what you all think! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

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tangled-inspired hotel room | tokyo disneyland resort

may i please live in this room? 

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gimpnelly:

askmaridee:

I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?
Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.
So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”
All hands went up.
"How many of you want to make comics some day?"
Most of the hands went up.
Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”
Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”
"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.
She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”
That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.
It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.
The future of comics is bright indeed.

This is absolutely wonderful.

as a comic-book buying, reading, and loving girl - fantastic! :) 

gimpnelly:

askmaridee:

I took a couple of hours out of my day to be on a panel for Young Author’s Day, an event put on by the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. I was invited to join by John Lustig, who I feel very lucky to call my friend and mentor. We answered the usual questions about the writing process and how we broke into comics, but I was even more intrigued by the audience. Notice something about them?

Yeah. GIRLS. Very. Young. Girls.

So I asked THEM some questions. “How many of you read comics?”

All hands went up.

"How many of you want to make comics some day?"

Most of the hands went up.

Here’s where it really got interesting. “How many of you BUY comics?”

Only one hand raised. I asked her where she buys her comics. She said, “At the comic book store.”

"Do you have a comic book store you like going to?" I asked.

She hesitated. “It’s complicated.”

That’s 10 year-old speak for “I have to go there to get comics but the store makes me uncomfortable.” The rest of them read webcomics. None of them had heard of Comixology before, but they knew all about it by the time the panel was over. What comic would they like to see most? Minecraft. Only Steve needs to be a girl.

It was a fascinating experience, especially in the wake of this article detailing why girls in the 1980s (like me and one of the moms nodding eagerly in the audience) stopped buying comics for 20 years.

The future of comics is bright indeed.

This is absolutely wonderful.

as a comic-book buying, reading, and loving girl - fantastic! :) 

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theeclecticillustrator:

My dad’s birthday is this week, so for his big day I painted him a fun little concept I’ve had playing in my brain for a while. He absolutely loves the green aliens from toy story and the minions from despicable me. He thinks they’re hilarious and enjoys their silliness.
Ever since I saw Despicable Me for the first time, I’ve wondered what would happen if the aliens and the minions met in the same universe. I just keep thinking that if they did meet, they’d be instant best friends and go traipsing around the universe saying, “oooOOOoooh…the claw…banana!” Can’t you just imagine this hilarious green and yellow hoard bouncing around the world, causing mischief and having fun? Anyway, I’ve brainstormed over this funny idea for a while now and decided to finally do something with it for my dad’s birthday…
Thus, this design was born. What if they DID meet? At some place like the Mad Hatter in Dland? I could totally see the aliens trying on minion goggles and minions wearing alien-themed beanie hats. It would be a hilarious, giggle-worthy time. 
So, happy birthday, Dad (even though you’re not on tumblr)! I hope your birthday week is marvelous and that you love this little painting I did for you. :) :D All my love!! <3

I’ve been thinking this idea over for the longest time and finally painted it for my dad’s birthday present. Hope you all enjoy it as well. :) :D 

theeclecticillustrator:

My dad’s birthday is this week, so for his big day I painted him a fun little concept I’ve had playing in my brain for a while. He absolutely loves the green aliens from toy story and the minions from despicable me. He thinks they’re hilarious and enjoys their silliness.

Ever since I saw Despicable Me for the first time, I’ve wondered what would happen if the aliens and the minions met in the same universe. I just keep thinking that if they did meet, they’d be instant best friends and go traipsing around the universe saying, “oooOOOoooh…the claw…banana!” Can’t you just imagine this hilarious green and yellow hoard bouncing around the world, causing mischief and having fun? Anyway, I’ve brainstormed over this funny idea for a while now and decided to finally do something with it for my dad’s birthday…

Thus, this design was born. What if they DID meet? At some place like the Mad Hatter in Dland? I could totally see the aliens trying on minion goggles and minions wearing alien-themed beanie hats. It would be a hilarious, giggle-worthy time. 

So, happy birthday, Dad (even though you’re not on tumblr)! I hope your birthday week is marvelous and that you love this little painting I did for you. :) :D All my love!! <3

I’ve been thinking this idea over for the longest time and finally painted it for my dad’s birthday present. Hope you all enjoy it as well. :) :D 

10 Old Fashioned Dating Habits We Should Make Cool Again
1. Coming to the door to pick someone up.
2. Trying to dress really nicely for a date.
3. Bringing flowers or other tokens of affection to the first date.
4. Going dancing that’s not grinding on a grimy club floor.
5. Straightforwardly asking someone out and not calling it “hanging out.”
6. Additionally, being clear about when you’re “going steady.”
7. Romantic gestures like writing poems.
8. Turning electronics off and just being with one another.
9. The general concept of asking permission for things.
10. Not assuming sex is to be had at any point in time.
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shortanimation:

Duet - Glen Keane, 2014 [x]

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Just a little Sunday afternoon #painting, playing with my #blue #HigginsInk from @artsnacks. :) #ColorNerd

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theeclecticillustrator:

theeclecticillustrator:

theeclecticillustrator:

theeclecticillustrator:

Ok, guys, I need your help. You may have heard by now of “Red Balloons for Ryan.” It’s a hashtag that’s been blowing up social media for about a week, honoring the memory of a 3 year old boy in Southern California who passed away tragically in a car accident last week. 

I first heard Ryan’s story on Instagram and it just really broke my heart. I have lost several close friends in unimaginable, completely random, blink-of-your-eye car accidents, and I have a few close friends who have been in such situations and walked away only by the grace of God. Since I was 13, I’ve babysat, nannied and tutored kids, and they all hold a special place in my heart. So, when I read about this red-headed, Disney-loving kid from my state, it hit a chord with me because all I could think about was my adopted Littles (it could’ve been one of them) and those friends I’ve lost in accidents (some of the worst emotional pain I’ve felt). I can’t even begin to imagine what Ryan’s parents are going through right now. 

I firmly believe that we are called to care for one another in this world, to help one another and share each other’s burdens. I don’t know this family, but I understand (only sort of) what they’re dealing with and I know it’s unnervingly devastating. At first I felt helpless. There’s no way that I can help these people, I thought. Then I realized, false. I can do two things: 

I can pray.
And I can paint. 

So, here’s where I need your help. First, please, please, please, keep this family in your prayers! God has a plan. We may not understand it, but He does and that’s the reassurance we need to rest in. Pray for this family and their friends, and just keep praying. 

Secondly, if you feel so inclined, please visit my Etsy store. I have designed and painted a “Red Balloons for Ryan" acrylic illustration and am selling prints at The Eclectic Illustrator as a fundraiser. Each print is 6x12 inches and is priced at $20. All the proceeds will be given to the Saldana family via Paypal on June 15th. After that day, the prints will no longer be for sale at my store, and the original painting will be given to the family (if they wish to keep it). The only money that I am keeping from this print is my standard $3 shipping fee to help with mailing costs. Other than that, I am donating my time, my painting and printing supplies, everything else that goes into the $20 print price. 

If you can’t afford a print, I completely understand. Please pray. Feel free to retweet, reblog, share this post with whomever you wish, not so that my artwork can be seen for its own merit but so that we can hopefully raise a few funds to send to Ryan’s family and share Christ’s love and peace with them during this horribly difficult time. They are not alone. 

You all rock! Thank you so much! 

For more of Ryan’s story, please visit here.

All right, everyone, I know that the Tumblr community is amazing and supportive - I’ve seen it for myself. Please, pass this along, reblog it, retweet it, share it with anyone and everyone. Let’s surround this family with love. :) :D 

Only one week left on our Red Balloons for Ryan fundraiser. Please help! :) 

Hey everyone, there are just three more days to purchase an art print on our etsy store to support our Red Balloons For Ryan fundraiser. The prints are only $20 apiece, and all our proceeds go to the Saldana family. Let’s show them a little love and support. Thanks for your help! :) 

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theeclecticillustrator:

theeclecticillustrator:

theeclecticillustrator:

Ok, guys, I need your help. You may have heard by now of “Red Balloons for Ryan.” It’s a hashtag that’s been blowing up social media for about a week, honoring the memory of a 3 year old boy in Southern California who passed away tragically in a car accident last week. 

I first heard Ryan’s story on Instagram and it just really broke my heart. I have lost several close friends in unimaginable, completely random, blink-of-your-eye car accidents, and I have a few close friends who have been in such situations and walked away only by the grace of God. Since I was 13, I’ve babysat, nannied and tutored kids, and they all hold a special place in my heart. So, when I read about this red-headed, Disney-loving kid from my state, it hit a chord with me because all I could think about was my adopted Littles (it could’ve been one of them) and those friends I’ve lost in accidents (some of the worst emotional pain I’ve felt). I can’t even begin to imagine what Ryan’s parents are going through right now. 

I firmly believe that we are called to care for one another in this world, to help one another and share each other’s burdens. I don’t know this family, but I understand (only sort of) what they’re dealing with and I know it’s unnervingly devastating. At first I felt helpless. There’s no way that I can help these people, I thought. Then I realized, false. I can do two things: 

I can pray.
And I can paint. 

So, here’s where I need your help. First, please, please, please, keep this family in your prayers! God has a plan. We may not understand it, but He does and that’s the reassurance we need to rest in. Pray for this family and their friends, and just keep praying. 

Secondly, if you feel so inclined, please visit my Etsy store. I have designed and painted a “Red Balloons for Ryan" acrylic illustration and am selling prints at The Eclectic Illustrator as a fundraiser. Each print is 6x12 inches and is priced at $20. All the proceeds will be given to the Saldana family via Paypal on June 15th. After that day, the prints will no longer be for sale at my store, and the original painting will be given to the family (if they wish to keep it). The only money that I am keeping from this print is my standard $3 shipping fee to help with mailing costs. Other than that, I am donating my time, my painting and printing supplies, everything else that goes into the $20 print price. 

If you can’t afford a print, I completely understand. Please pray. Feel free to retweet, reblog, share this post with whomever you wish, not so that my artwork can be seen for its own merit but so that we can hopefully raise a few funds to send to Ryan’s family and share Christ’s love and peace with them during this horribly difficult time. They are not alone. 

You all rock! Thank you so much! 

For more of Ryan’s story, please visit here.

All right, everyone, I know that the Tumblr community is amazing and supportive - I’ve seen it for myself. Please, pass this along, reblog it, retweet it, share it with anyone and everyone. Let’s surround this family with love. :) :D 

Only one week left on our Red Balloons for Ryan fundraiser. Please help! :) 

one week, guys. please help! :) 

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