★ Root and Star #20: Forest is now available! For this issue, I drew a full-spread comic about a moose set to the text of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. Root and Star is a beautiful, thoughtful magazine for children, although I’ve met adults who fully enjoy it, too! You can buy a copy at https://rootandstar.com/collections/issues.
★ I just launched a Ko-Fi page! What is Ko-Fi?
Ko-fi allows creators to receive money from fans, who support them with a “coffee” (a small payment that is roughly equal to the price of a coffee).
Proceeds will go towards purchasing more art supplies, website maintenance, printing costs and other art-related expenses. I will soon be upgrading to Ko-Fi Gold, which will give supporters exclusive access to content not uploaded anywhere else: step-by-step tutorials, works in progress, my thought process, and other digital goodies like wallpapers and printable calendars!
I am on my longest Animal Alphabets streak! Every Tuesday, a new letter and animal are revealed by the lovely people who run @AnimalAlphabets on Twitter. Artists then create their pieces and post them at the same time every Monday. The theme of this round is…yep, sea life. You can find out more at http://twitter.com/animalalphabets.
I’ve seen some artists do the 3-Emoji Challenge, where they take three emoji suggested by others and make a character based on the combination. I asked Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to send me their emojis, then use random.org to pick which combination to do. I had so much fun coming up with these little friends!
I received a Nintendo Switch for Christmas along with Mario Odyssey. For Mario Day (March 10, or MAR10), I painted one of my favorite moments in the game.
~Plans for April~
March was such a great month for me both artistically and personally! I hope April continues to bring more joy. Here are some goals I have for the new month:
A new painting on a 6-inch hexagon panel from Trekell Art Supplies. I’ve always wanted to try their panels and brushes!
A physical art zine featuring my 3moji characters, including sketches for each one!
Two sweet stationery sets that include illustrated letter paper, envelopes, and stickers!
A beginner’s guide to acryla gouache!