Thursday, April 2, 2020

NEW Cover and Thumbnails for No Elle @ Tapas!

Tapas recently updated their website, with a new system for book covers! Since I'm self-isolating at home due to Covid-19, I decided to take some time today to update No Elle's look!

We have a new cover for Tapas above, and below are several of the new custom chapter thumbnails (plus one bonus one that didn't make the cut). Almost every chapter has a unique new thumbnail now! I used a bunch of sketches from my various sketchbooks from the last two years or so.

 Stay safe out there!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Redrawing my Middle School OC

After Rocky passed away, I took down his cage and moved in some furniture from my childhood bedroom. I found a drawer containing some cherished art from when I was in middle school!

Yikes! These were one of my first experiments with alcohol markers (specifically, Prismacolor Markers). And as you can see, Baby Amanda hit a few road bumps. I wasn't using appropriate paper. I didn't use appropriate liners. Just overall, I had no idea what the heck I was doing. I made three attempts and was pretty dissatisfied with all of them at the time. I just couldn't get the markers to do what I wanted.

But now, many years have passed and I know exactly what I was doing wrong: Everything. I used a water-based liner so that it wouldn't bleed with the alcohol-based markers. I used cardstock that could handle the job. I didn't want to change the design this time around (maybe in the future I will), so I just kind of did a quick mash-up of the three reference images and here's the result:

 If you'd like to watch me work on this, be sure to check out Redraw with Me: Middle School OC Edition:
I'm going to be upfront. My hand was in the way for most of the video. Oops? I'll be more careful next time.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pookie Pixels' Loom Beading Tutorial

Years ago, I spent a ton of time creating a detailed Loom Beading tutorial. And I can't for the life of me remember WHY I did this, but while organizing files on my PC I FOUND IT! And I've uploaded it to Gumroad where you can read it by downloading for free. Here's a link!
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads
Loom Beading Process Pic
It's a Nyan Cat beaded bracelet!

The finished Nyan Cat bracelet in action.
 Maybe viewing the tutorial will give you some insight into why I stopped selling beaded bracelets. They're a lot of work!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Love Story

An idea I'd been tossing around for a while that I finally realized as a mini-comic. Enjoy A Love Story!

I've got a few printed copies, too, and I love how they came out. If you're interested in one, let me know!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens

I recently announced my impending Star Wars fan zine...and the day has come where it's officially released! Introducing Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens
 If you'd told me a year and a half ago that I'd be releasing a Star Wars fan zine in 2019, I would have LAUGHED. At that point in my life I'd seen exactly one (1) Star Wars movie. Oh, how things have changed.
 Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens is saddle stitch bound with EDGY RED staples, because of course it is.
Now here's what you really came for: more previews.

Available now! Buy a physical copy on Etsy (or from me in person - I'll be at Camden Comic Con in a few weeks) or download the PDF on Gumroad.

New Facebook Page

So after literally WEEKS of attempting to rename and merge my two Facebook pages (Pookie Pixels and Handmade Cards by Amanda), I've officially given up. I did everything Facebook wanted, including posting about the "rebranding*" on my official website. And despite everything, every appeal was denied. As far as I'm concerned, it wasn't worth the headache anymore.

So I've launched a NEW page, where I'll be representing my creative endeavors from here on out. I'll be updating my site to reflect the new link shortly. The lack-of-merging on Facebook's end means I lose all my previous Followers and Likes. Which sucks. So I'd appreciate any Likes you send my way!

*Is it really a "rebrand" if Pook Nero is my artist handle literally everywhere else outside of Facebook?

I don't have any art to contribute today, so here's a picture of my mothering the hell out of some baby alligators.