ellenmillion: (just)
Free to good home: Monster. Nearly five years old, mostly house-broken, poor table manners. Knows most basic commands. Ignores them. Tidy for age and species. Currently asking questions about whether she would be able to breath or talk without a tongue and why she can't take her body with her when she dies. Eats relatively little, usually over the course of one hour plus each meal and snack time. Negotiator level EXPERT.

In other news, my new windshield has a chip already, and I ran too long on my heroically changed flat tire (pro-tip, cold car drives a LOT like car with flat tire) and had to shell out for a complete set of four new tires for my car. On the upside, they are tremendously good new tires. (And they'd better be, for what I paid.)

In nicer news, I was featured in this collection of holiday craft downloads! http://blog.megcowley.com/2016/12/07/christmas/ That was a lovely pick-me-up.

This morning I managed to organize literacy bags for the preschool, sign up for my parent aide days for next semester, restock the hospital giftshop with coloring books, deliver a collection of ornaments and coloring books to Woven Sylver, go grocery shopping, mail coloring book subscriptions, and drop off boxes of outgrown clothing for charity.

During Guppy's not-very-quiet time today, I did get some artwork done. I'm about to the inking stage on this one:


This is a commission for the fabulous Senyaza series by Chrysoula (which you can buy at Amazon in a bundle. [this is an affiliate link, for disclosure...])

You can see a sneak peek of a piece in non-disclosure up in the corner, if you look closely. I got it about half inked today, as well.

Now I've got to go entertain a certain monster that I probably won't chose to abandon by the side of the road. Probably.
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
After too little time playing at the park, I talked for as long as Guppy would let me with the owner of the local tea shop and some lovely marketing people and should have some exciting things to talk about after the weekend once details are finalized.

I also finished the color version of Tentacle Friends, and scanned it, and laid out my next coloring book cover. Miraculously, the house is also clean and I did a load of laundry, mostly fueled by ice cream and the soundtrack to Shrek, which has been on repeat for the last several days.



The Kickstarter is at 81%! I kept thinking this was a really SLOW start, then realized that my goal is higher this time, and we're actually doing better than the start that the last multi-book Kickstarter had. (I think I'm just comparing it to some of the other amazing projects I've been watching lately and feeling small. It's all a crazy comparison game. The only way to win is not to play.) We need a liiiiittle more this time to get to all 7 of the coloring books I want to do, so hopefully we keep going at this rate. Because I am SO excited about these coloring books. Easily my best yet!

Okay, now I'm off to make au gratin for dinner and take Guppy for a walk.
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
I'm going to be a bit shameless here, but the last few days, I have hit it out of the park, and I am pleased with myself. Bear with me. Or skip this. I'd understand.

Let me demonstrate with my list from Friday:

140 words for 78 Tarot description.
Release 78tarot art as promised last week. (Oops! I honestly thought I had!)
Z. cameo drawing.
Coloristas - post choices
Coloristas - PM files (uploading now)
Fold laundry + one more washed, dried and folded.
Lunch
Ship SF originals
April subscriptions (hardcopy and PDF)
Orders
Thank you note to MA x2
SF payouts
Finish Tentacle Friends
500 words on novella 6000+ words. Booyeah.

Because I am THAT awesome.

I also scanned Tentacle Friends, and Maiden, Mother, Crone, and took a nearly 2 mile hike with the daughter through the snow, and packed up some orders, and did some administrative stuff, and worked on my Kickstarter. (A huge shout-out to the husband, because there were No. Naps.) I am particularly pleased with the wordcount - 6000! That's... not quite a weekend record for me, probably my next best. My novella is to 19500, and I'm loving it.

(And to be fair, it did take 2 days instead of one to cross everything off, but I'm still chuffed.)

I had to share. Back to your regularly scheduled programming now. Carry on!


This was the final stretch in progress...
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
So, today I curled my hair, put on makeup, donned a super hero cape, and went to film ridiculously cheesy footage in the only alley in Fairbanks (and also the bird refuge, and also the parking garage).

This year's Kickstarter video? Is going to be AWESOME.


(The curls did not last, alas, despite copious hairspray, and it's pretty obvious I only apply makeup approximately 2 times every 3 years and have no idea what I'm doing.)

Afterwards, I got some inking time and a hot cocoa at River City downtown, and pumped gas in my superhero cape and smiled at everyone who would meet my eyes...


I got everything inked! Now I'm going back over the whole thing to finesse lineweights, which is one of my favorite parts. It's nice now, but I love making it pop just a little bit more at this stage.

I got a clean bill of health at the dentist yesterday!! I have been diligently flossing and wearing my nightguard, and everything looks GREAT. I feel like a million bucks and promptly went out and bought myself chocolate treats to celebrate. >.>
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
It was a state holiday, so the husband distracted the child for a few spells and I got Actual Work done. Among the things accomplished, I have Trying on Treasure available at Etsy now: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ellenmillion You can take 15% off anything on Etsy using: SPRING15.

We also have an actual, real bathroom sink! One in which water turns on with a faucet, and flows down a drain! For REALS! I am super excited about this.

I also redid the coloring book page in a pretty major way: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/coloringbooks.php

There are still some improvements I'd like to make, but those were more involved yet, and I figured this was a good first stopping point. You may note that several titles have Out of Print next to them. I did a rough tally on sales of some of them, and these were the most dire. Stock of some is quite low, so if you would like them, grab them now. (Or tell me to hold them for you, if you plan on backing the Kickstarter!) Several others are at risk; the Kickstarter will dictate whether they are archived, or put back into print.

That's the other thing I worked on this weekend: the Kickstarter! I am super excited about this one, and I've got most of the framework in place. I still need to make pretty and write some more content, but since I still need to do covers for the books I plan on doing, that's going to be put off a little bit. I'm planning to film some bits of the video on Thursday. (But I need a superhero shirt and cape before then!)

I also worked a little on this!



I hope everyone had a wonderful, happy Easter weekend.
ellenmillion: (Sketch Fest)
I got a wonderful arty weekend, and finished inking Trying on Treasure, and Maiden, Mother, Crone and got Tentacle Friend final-sketched and started inking. I even worked on the Rose Angel a little (his face gave me SO much grief... I swear I drew it five times.). In between, there was good food, table-top gaming, three sketches for Sketch Fest in my new sketchbook, and I cleaned up Guppy's room about twenty times. Also, I have chicken stories (for another day), and have gotten a lot of really WONDERFUL coloring book page submissions. I am so excited about our next collection of books! Submissions close at midnight tonight (Pacific time - that's where my server is). The Kickstarter will be next month. It will be awesome.

Here is Trying on Treasure:


The original is available for sale here - you can also get a high resolution PDF to print and color, if you just can't wait for Fishtank Fantasies: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestart.php?id=18746

And here is Tentacle Friends before I started inking:


The original is available to claim - inquire!

I haven't scanned Maiden, Mother, Crone yet, but I am SO happy with how it turned out.

And I'll leave you with a photo of my brilliant red hair before I scurry off to vacuum and send out an update to my email list...


Natural Instincts, medium red. Two entire boxes, 30 minutes. I LOVE it.
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
I forgot to post about this here last week:



You can download the high res copy here: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/coloringbook.php?id=47

Over the weekend, we got some cabinets moved around in the kitchen and conquered a disaster area. (You know the type - it collects things you don't know where to put, until its an eclectic array of bottles and lunchboxes and things you temporarily wanted out of Guppy's reach, and gosh, I thought I'd thrown that out already....) We also worked on the bathroom sink - we have a vanity, and the faucet is attached to it (but not yet to water), and the exit plumbing is several steps closer to being hooked up. It looks so wonderfully bathroom-y in there!

I also have been nose-to-grindstone on artwork for the next collection of coloring books. On my desk now are these two still in pencil:



Guppy is being new levels of needy and clingy this morning, so that it for my time right now.
ellenmillion: (Are You Sure?)
I think I started last Monday's entry talking about how I was recovering. This time, I REALLY mean it. I have heaps more energy than I have in at least a week, and although my voice is still rough, and I have a cough, there is no more pain in my chest, throat or sinuses. (And no more fever, yay!)

I was well enough over the weekend to do some more artwork without risking snotmarks, so I finished the mermaid (to be released later!), and refined this piece:



We also got the lights in the kitchen fixed - they've been on the fritz since Christmas, and this weekend we replaced the ballasts and put in new bulbs. BAM. My kitchen is well-lit again. Last week, we also replaced the fixtures above the dining room table, and my drawing space is GORGEOUSLY lit now. And we even put one in the entryway, too, which is a lovely spot of light where there used to be a dark hole. I'm wishing we'd done this months ago during the very dank dark.

A Guppy is climbing on me asking for lunch now, so I'm off to make some. Otherwise, she is threatening to eat toys.
ellenmillion: (thud)
Yesterday was a health freefall, but I've rallied again! Rar!

Guppy had PJ day at preschool today, and got to wear her long red sleeping dress and bring a stuffed ray and her blanket. It sounded like great fun.

We're monkeying with new lights and bulbs in our living space, and it's already much brighter and nicer in our house. I will really love it once winter rolls around again, I know.

Got a little artwork done at the tea-shop today:



Much to catch up on - I did basically NOTHING yesterday. I didn't even vacuum or scoop the catbox. *shameface*
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
The preschoolers fell upon the storebought cupcakes like ravaging wolves, and it serves me right to be a parent aide today, because they were messy and I got to clean up after them...

The other moms and dads won't thank me for the sugar rush I caused, but those kids were convinced I was Supermom. Good enough.

(Everything else went just fine.)

I arm-wrestled her into bed when we finally got home and fed, and just got caught up on a rash of little freelance client catchup stuff.

My not-a-book has been wiggling between 250 and 300 of all paid Kindle books and slipped out of its #1 spot after ten days... but it's #2 in two categories and #3 in another. Not bad, little not-a-book, not bad.

Now, I'm going to sit and work on coloring book pages, because that's my next looming deadline, and I have several I want to finish.

Including this one:

Thursdaily

Feb. 18th, 2016 09:40 pm
ellenmillion: (thud)
Sunlight is returning, and I'm so glad. It's noticeably brighter every morning, and more and more actual sunlight is hitting our land every day.



I'm spitting distance from the end of my 78tarot piece for the carnival deck. This was the piece earlier this afternoon. I've finished all the marker work at this point, but I will probably go in and do a few touches with gel pen and paint and pencils.



In other news, my daughter is utterly drunk with exhaustion. The last few days she has fought taking a nap or going to bed for hours each time, and then I have to wake her up long before she's ready. It's about three hours since I first tucked her into bed tonight. She just got up to go potty, then announced that her 'underpanties' were in the cat's water dish. She walked up the stairs singing 'Wiggly wiggly wiggly butt!' and careening into things. We have to leave early(ish) for swim lessons tomorrow and I'm basically dreading it.
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
Have you missed some of my creative updates over the last month? I'm doing monthly roundups to try to keep some sense in the chaos!



August was publicly another fairly slow month. I had a whirlwind of family activities, and much of my creative time was on work that I won't be able to share until the big coloring book reveal (next week! Eek!). But a few things did trickle out:

Artwork:

Off the Clock: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=440
(nudity, but nothing showing!)

I did four pieces for Sketch Fest - three of them for my Sketch Tarot project: http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/1462644.html

04 - The Emporer: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/sketchtarot/04emperor.jpg
05 - The Heirophant: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/sketchtarot/05heirophant.jpg
06 - The Lovers: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/sketchtarot/06lovers.jpg

And a piece for an Elfquest fanclub: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/sketchfest54-04-unbreakablelove.jpg
(very rough, and what was I THINKING, trying to cram five figures in an ACEO?)

I also published three old concept pieces at Torn World:

The Overlook: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=394
Yet More Snowie Sketches: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=457
Snow Kiss: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=387


Writing:

I re-wrote the Empire article for Torn World: http://www.tornworld.net/settingpageview.php?id=25

A metafiction article about 'Future Fiction' was posted to Torn World: http://www.tornworld.net/settingpageview.php?id=303 (it's the Empire's version of science fiction!)

A new article at Torn World about Northern Foods: http://www.tornworld.net/settingpageview.php?id=294

Other:

The August Patreon perk was a bundle of 3 photographs that I took during my summer class, sized for wallpapers and Facebook headers.

Favorite Guppy photo from the month: http://hotlink.ellenmilliongraphics.com/ellen/baby/knitting.jpg

It rained a lot, I was ridiculously social (for me), and I worked on getting coloring books in order for the Kickstarter I'll be releasing next week. I'm looking forward to September!
ellenmillion: (cat in hat)
Earthquake! Whee!

A fairly good rumbler at about 7 tonight, when husband and I got home from an afternoon movie and dinner date as belated celebration of our anniversary. We've actually had a whole lot of earthquakes lately, but this was the only we felt. Alaska Earthquake Information Center - and their page on this particular quake. Just a 5.07, now, though they reported 5.38 when I first looked at the page. Things rattled, but nothing fell down.

Sketch Fest is still on! I have worked on two more pieces, both of which I intend to finish:


Lovers, for the Sketch Tarot.


A long overdue illustration.

Both need a little anatomy refinement, but I'm liking how they've started. Both are ACEOs (2.5 x 3.5 inches), so a crazy amount of detail in a little space.
ellenmillion: (facepalm)
Inbox: 7

April usually manages to psych us out... the last week has been gloriously sunny. The snow sunk considerably, and there were even rocks showing in places on the driveway! It felt like spring! Things actually melted! Surely, summer was just around the corner!

And this morning there were close to 6 inches of snow over everything, and it won't be above freezing for a few days. *sigh*

It is, however, gorgeous. Guppy and I will go out and play in it later, but for now, it's nice to stay inside watching Batman.



I got a little more work done on my Sea Monster project this weekend, and I got my tarot card ready to ink:



Any comments before I start inking would be welcome!
ellenmillion: (Number 1 Dog Ribbon)
This is a first glimpse at a project I am incredibly happy to be involved in, Seventy Eight Tarot. 78 artists! 78 cards!



Mine is the 3 of pentacles: the completion of a project, teamwork, leadership, planning, and skill. The meta levels of this card are pretty amusing, and I've snuck in a deck of cards that will represent the 78 tarot project itself... :)

But that's not the only art!

I also finished the last not-Kickstarter custom card I promised for that project (ETA: Er, no, I have one more, but still haven't received references for that one...):



But I know why you're here:

ellenmillion: (ellenisartist)
I am digging through my archive discs (SEND HELP) for files for the Archivistrix coloring book, and it's coming along smashingly. I have MOSTLY, but not entirely, managed to avoid getting sucked too deep into some of the fascinating things I've found. Like a rough draft of For Pity's Sake, and old email correspondence, and ancient catalogs, and my senior paper for my mechanical engineering degree. There is SO MUCH old art, including many pieces that I had utterly, completely forgotten about. And one painting that I scanned in four parts - all of them at different resolutions (whuh?) and never stitched. I will share some of it with you as I process it; at the moment I'm just dumping it in a 'zold' folder to sort through.

But this I will share now, exactly as I found it in an old draft journal entry. I posted this a long time ago, and it remains largely true.

My daily goals as an artist:

I will draw everyday. Even if I don't think that I have time, inclination, or inspiration.
I will take the chance of ruining a good beginning.
I will try to draw something I haven't drawn before, or something that scares me, or that I know I am not good at.
I will remember that I do not have to like what I've drawn as long as I've learned something from it.
I will not be offended if someone else doesn't like what I've drawn even if I do, or if they see something that is wrong with a drawing that I did not. I will remember to appreciate a discerning eye.
I will retain my humility without becoming discouraged.
I will remind myself that I love art and that it is a marvelous escape, not a curse or a terrible gnawing disease.
I will finish something. And I will remember that I will always want to go back and change things, and that there is a point at which a piece must simply be declared 'finished' or I will never complete anything.
I will use a medium that scares me; ink in its permanency, watercolor in its looseness, or something new that I've never tried.
I will develop my own personal style, something uniquely my own, but I will not be afraid to deviate from it, either.
ellenmillion: (working hard)
You may have noticed I didn't blog all of last week. Or, maybe you didn't!

It was a little nuts. The garage is now about half-built, I think, so most days, the yard is this crazy swarm of people and equipment and loud noises. It's throwing the baby's napping off - she's gone from lovely 2-3 hour naps to 1-1.5 hour naps... and has decided to wake up a few hours earlier than usual most mornings, as well. To add sprinkles, she's waking up some nights, too. Friday night, we were up at 1, 3 and 5.

Brains... I need them badly.

I have started dance class again, which is quite nice. I need the exercise and grown-up time in equal portions, I think. I also went to gaming this weekend, which was lovely and much-needed, and got some solid work done on the last Fantastrix piece as well as a commission from that project. (Which I may or may not include in Fantastrix, depending on how it inks up... it may not be a good match in style.) I'm very, very close to the inking stage for Adopted:



I need to take a ruler to the architectural bits and refine the floor a bit. Any other last-minute thoughts for me?

I've been doing a lot of food things, too. It's smoking season - it's cool enough outside to do smoking without freezing things, so we did a biiiig pack of pulled pork for the winter. Guppy 'helps'.



Cranberries (lingonberries!) are ripe, so we've been picking those, too. I don't know what other toddlers are like, but this one LOVES to go outside. Several times a day she points imperiously at the door and insist that she wants to go play. The weather has been wretched, and she sometimes gets quite stompy when I try to explain that it's too wet. Sometimes we go outside anyway.

And she is very good at picking cranberries! I showed her what we were doing, and she was All About finding the little red berries and putting them in the bucket. She picks them one at a time, fishing around in the leaves if she drops one, and then lets it fall into the bucket, then tips the bucket to peer in after it trying to figure out which one she just put in. It only took a few instances of explaining that we didn't want leaves in the bucket before she was being very selective, and she only crushed the first few berries before accepting that we didn't want berry mush, either.



She also loves to 'help' me sweep and clean up, will 'close the door/drawer,' 'bring me the dishrag,' and 'find my/your shoes!' One of her favorite words is 'uh-oh,' which she says whenever she drops something. She has figured out how to open doors, though she isn't good at it yet, and likes to sit on things - sometimes backing up to them hilariously to get her butt on them.

My coffee is cold. I may need a cup of tea.
ellenmillion: (EMG)
My coffee is cold! I'm drinking it anyway, interspersed with sending Sketch Fest payments and throwing a ball for the baby, who is doing a giggly imitation of a dog and is getting very good at fetch. Today's word is beeeeee, which is beans today, though it sounds exactly like beets from last week. We're working on word endings, still.

She is starting to anticipate words in songs - there's one we listen to that has a refrain of 'uh-oh!' that she will say a beat early now! She adores music, will dance around when it comes on, applaud when there is crowd noise, and if a song ends, she will run across the room and stare accusingly at whatever is making music until the next song starts.

The giant zucchini I posted a photo of is finally gone! It made: 6 loaves of zucchini bread with chocolate chips (2 of them went to gaming with me and I refused to take any home), 3 giant Turkish Zucchini pancakes, zucchini crumble (which I would not have guessed was not apple crumble if I had not actually made it myself!) and an oven pancake that was the only real flop. We have four zucchinis left, which are SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. One is destined for zucchini boats tonight, stuffed with sausage and marinara, then broiled with cheese on top.

Got art and other-adult-interaction time this weekend, both of which were much needed. I made good progress on Adopted:



I need to move laundry around now, and my coffee is long gone. Sketch Fest payments are all off, most of my immediate emails taken care of. Writing time today? I would REALLY like to finish another TW installment. I set my goal for August at 5, but have only finished 3 so far. :(

Maybe a guppy photo later?
ellenmillion: (fairysquash)
Busy days, busy days!

Yesterday, I baked four (admittedly small) loafs of bread, cooked beets and romanesco, made Turkish Zucchini pancackes, did a load of laundry, ground flour and coffee, wired in two outlets and a light for my closet, and did some art. The afternoon before, we assembled cabinets, so my kitchen is back in the actual kitchen (instead of the basement), and... there's the baby waking up, rats, gotta run. Visiting a farm today and going to the post office.

Quickly, some art:


Progress on the last Fantastrix piece


This is her third piece of artwork - and she discovered stippling all by herself! I'm so proud!!


She has had a blast the last several days putting on my gloves and scooting this box around the house. GOOFY baby.

Thursdaily

May. 30th, 2013 04:35 pm
ellenmillion: (bzzz...)
It's Thursday already?! How can this be?

We have 6 more trees to cut - Jake is taking tomorrow off to do this, as the excavating contractor is coming on Sunday. Merp! Oh, and tomorrow I get to pick up my first farm share, which is super exciting! Given that we had snow the weekend before last, I'm honestly not expecting a lot...

Tomorrow is the last day of Sea Monster Month! I will be posting "When Sea Monsters Attack!" and my last two art cards.

My Kickstarter has slowed considerably, with just a few pledges now and again as I've slid off the Kickstarter's 'popular' pages; I plan to make some banners and hit my contacts list early next week - we're only $86 from putting Dotminatrix back in print! This is the artwork I'm working on as the first stretch goal piece:



And, this is my super-goofy little monster, picking up her Tang lid (with turtle passenger that you can't actually see) in her mouth and crab-walking around.



Her favorite things right now are going outside, walking (usually holding onto Mom, but also freestyle and pushing anything that will scoot), and throwing food on the floor. One of these things is less awesome than the others...

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