News!

Well, this is a surprise.

I received an e-mail from an instructor of mine at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh that apparently a piece of mine was accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators 2014 Student Competition! I wasn’t aware I even had anything entered, as only faculty can submit. I was apparently the only AIP student to make it into the show and I’ll admit that, until he confirmed which piece it was, I thought he may have the wrong girl. Confidence has never been my strong suit, which he knows. So I am extremely grateful to him that he had my back and submitted this piece without my even knowing!

The piece that made it into the show is my Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Mini-Cooper illustration. I’ve posted about that piece before. It’s funny – the piece itself didn’t win the competition it was created for, but it has earned me a freelance opportunity for a similar poster and now has earned me a spot in a show produced by the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators.

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I’m extremely humbled and happy!

I will hopefully be able to attend the event in New York in early May, where my piece will be hanging in the show. Awards are given out and I will have the opportunity to tour the Society’s museum, which has original Rockwell and Wyeth’s just hanging on their walls. Dream!

You can view my piece, and all of the other winning entries, here!

It’s a very exciting opportunity and I’m grateful that, despite my own lack of self-confidence, I apparently have supporters who believe in me and my work. I have been struggling a lot with my art lately, as I’m so out of practice and it’s discouraging. But this has given me the spark I needed to get back into art shape. I may design for a living, but there was a time when art was also my hobby and a day didn’t go by I wasn’t at least sketching. I need to get back to that place, because I was much happier when I was there. Project “Art from Sun Up to Sun Down” – GO!

The Man Behind The Poster

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I just finished watching the documentary Drew: The Man Behind The Poster.

If you are an artist, or even just a movie lover, and you haven’t seen this yet – I highly recommend it. It’s available for streaming on [American] Netflix. I’ve always loved his artistic talent but now I think I may have a crush on the man himself. Just from one documentary, and all the testaments from people interviewed for the movie, you can tell he’s just the most humble, laid-back, talented genius there is.

And now all I want to do is step away from the computer and pick up a paint brush again. It’s been too long.

Tiny Stories.

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If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend the book The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by hitRECord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

If you haven’t heard of it before (which I hadn’t), it’s an open collaborative production company in which anyone can collaborate, via the website, in various forms of artistic mediums: stories, art, music, etc. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a collaboration of – you guessed it – very tiny stories with accompanying illustrations. They’re from all different artists and writers and it makes for a very compelling and inspiring 10 minutes, as that is about the longest it will take you to read it. And that’s with taking time to examine the illustrations.

I’ve always been a fan of short-and-sweet inspiring art forms. OneSentence, PostSecret, A Softer World.

They challenge someone to choose their words carefully, to actually think about the weight of every word they are saying before they express themselves. Tiny Stories has the same sentiment. It’s not only short and sweet, it’s at times melancholy, sometimes humorous, often thought-provoking. Some of the tiny stories make you laugh. Some of them make you sad. But almost all of them make you re-read them, examining each and every word for the hidden meaning – or double meaning – or triple meaning – that you know is there.

All accompanied by tiny, pretty pictures.

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ImageAnd my personal favorite:

“If I read our story backwards,
it’s about how I un-broke
your heart, and then we were
happy until one day, you
forgot about me forever.”

I’m not dead, yet.

I promise. I’m still alive.

I do have an excuse or two for why I have been completely absent from my blog.

I will keep it short and sweet. Or as much as I can.

1) On October 31st, my boyfriend of 5.5 years proposed to me. It was very sweet, and very low key. It was just us, in the privacy of our own home. We were lying in bed together, talking about when we first met. It was at a Halloween party, in my old apartment with my all-male roommates, who had gone to school with him. He was dressed as the Punisher and I was a half-assed pirate. We drank a lot and spent the evening seated on the back of the couch, lost in a conversation with each other. There are even photos of us together that night.

Me being the brilliant one that I am, I didn’t realize the significance of the date until a family member mentioned to me that she thought it was sweet, when he told her the story of our first Halloween. And THEN it dawned on me. I was going to save it for our wedding vows, but I wanted him to hear it that night he proposed. So I read to him from my journal that I wrote in that first Halloween night, proof that love at sort-of-first-sight does exist. I – drunkenly – wrote about how I “met someone” and we had an amazing conversation. I wrote that I wasn’t sure what but “something happened tonight.” I proceeded to write about him, how I was very intrigued by him, and I concluded the 3 a.m. entry with, “I could fall in love with someone like him.” And I did. It hasn’t been a Disney fairytale, it didn’t happen over night, and we haven’t led a charmed life – but we have done it side-by-side, and although our story may not be perfect, it is what I like to call an “epic love”.

2) I got a job! I am now an art director at an agency here in Pittsburgh. I work a 15-20 minute walk from my apartment. Amazing? It gets better. It was the very first place that I interviewed with, the Monday after I graduated. It took them about a month to call me back, but well worth the wait! I am working with a very prominent client in New York City, I am published in the New York Times, I have banner ads on Ebay, I have work hanging in NYC. I may even have a freelancing opportunity with a prominent car company, which I’m keeping on the down-low until it’s confirmed!

Life is not too shabby.

Apart from work and trying to figure out where to start with planning a wedding, my Etsy is doing decently! Christmas is coming, so people want nerdy ornaments. It’s a lot of work, it takes up pretty much all of my free time, but it’s fun and I get to create things! I am currently working on some prints to put up, related to the figures I make.

In the mean time, enjoy some photos of my figures! And head on over to my Etsy to shop for your own and to see even more characters! I have more in the making, just have to find the time, so keep an eye out for even MORE of your favorite fictional people!

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© Konfusedfae 2013

Equaliphants (Elephants for Equality)

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This was a spot illustration I did for a political article that was highlighting Republicans in support of same-sex marriage. But no matter your political party, these are a pair of adorable, gay elephants everyone can love!

Digital illustration.

Buy a print here!

Fae Day!

I am feeling the pains of post-graduate life. And by me, I mean my bank account.

Although I’ve applied a million places, have had a few interviews, and it’s only been two weeks since I graduated – I am feeling a bit lost. I’ve admitted bank account defeat and have returned to my retail job. It’s not that I don’t enjoy that job, I do, but I was really hoping to be one of those lucky few who gets a job in my field right out of graduation so that I could breathe easy.

But I have not found a design job yet, and I need to pay bills, so it’s back to work for me. I am very grateful that I have a job that let me take a month and a half off to focus on graduating and got me back to work the very next day after I called and said, “Hey, I’m still alive – can I come back to work?” They also already have me working overtime and got me a raise, and are working on getting me a promotion so they can get me a second raise. I realize how incredibly lucky I am.

However, I’m already exhausted after coming home from 10-12 hour days again where I usually don’t eat or sit down until the 9th hour of those shifts. It’s hard to come home and find the energy and brain capacity to be creative.

So I’m going to promote the shit out of my work and hope that you, dear readers, will be inspired to purchase my work from my Etsy – which will in turn, inspire me to do more. 😉

Van Gogh’s Paintings in Motion

I know that I have been terrible about updating – that’s what finals and all sorts of crazy busy stuff that I will write about later does – but I wanted to share this beautiful video I stumbled across.

If you like Van Gogh, or art, or pretty things, or modern technology or even just beautiful music – you will love this movie.

I will return soon to write a real post!