Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DoodleBed



Isn't this baby bedding from IKEA so awesome? I was really disappointed it didn't come in full duvet-size because I totally would have bought it for my bed this weekend. Actually I had something very similar floating around my head for a long time now. Ever since Mike and I did this little doodle, I've envisioned a piece of fabric (namely a dress) with a stark white background and bold black pattern that pooled at the bottom. From afar, it would just look like a graphic element, but up close it would be a cluster of doodles. I should probably sketch out what I mean, but no time!



On a related note, a friend of mine encouraged me to check out http://spoonflower.com for customized textiles. Some day I'll get it all together...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Mail

Ahkkkk! I am now the proud owner of my very own Nina Cards! Doktor Nina (as she's known in Denmark) caught my eye months ago in the StarvingArtistamps Gallery, and since then I've been an avid follower of her blog.



At one point, I begged her to send me some of her work (No, I ain't too proud to beg). I'm so excited to own these amazing pieces of art - I'm thinking of framing them to use as decoration in our spare bathroom. She is a true artist (she even has her own line of stamps sold at October Stamps). Her style has even inspired the very first challenge at the StarvingArtiststamps blog! Check it out Here - you could win an entire sheet of stamps from the shop.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My First "Interview" & 20% Incentive

I've mentioned before that the first sets were released in 2005, but it didn't occur to me to google the DoodleFactory until late last year. I was tickled to find a few cards made by Heidi Kingery (a.k.a sweetheidijo) and immediately requested her permission to post some of her cards to my blog. Since then, Heidi has continued to make some of my favorite cards and now she's even written a DoodleFactory critique on www.craftcritique.com.

If you read her post [HERE], you can also score a discount code for 20% off DoodleFactory stamps from www.starvingartistamps.com!


Created by Heidi Kingery featuring "Fern" from the Great Outdoors set.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mike's Mice



Sometimes I like to ask my boyfriend to draw with me when I'm working on a new set. Cartoon doodles aren't really his "style" (he's more of a fine artist) but his drawings always make me smile. He drew these guys while I was making the Halloween set.

And just for fun, check out these silly sketches he made a while back. I told him to draw a series called "Troubled Dreams", inspired by my cat Trouble. Back then Trouble was a skinny whip of a cat who was dwarfed by my alpha-cat Toby. Three years later, just about all of Troubles Dreams have come true!





Monday, September 08, 2008

Motivation, Balance and the Daily Grind

I've already started on the drawings for the next release, but my lips are sealed until they're ready to launch.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little about what I do outside of the DoodleFactory drawings. I work as a Graphics Manager for a music company in my day job. A lot of my work is non-creative (uploading files to our websites, answering emails about how something prints, shipping digital bundles across the globe), but I also do my fair share of photo retouching and designing posters and singles, which I consider the "fun" part of my job.



Recently I received a performance award and a promotion at work, which makes me think I'm taking all the right steps in climbing that corporate ladder. I'm extremely fortunate to work for a boss who appreciates what I have to offer and never misses an opportunity to make me feel valued in the department. It's not too far off from the feeling I get when I see how well people respond to the DoodleFactory images. Hearing all the positive comments is such great motivation and keeps me striving to do a good job.

I'm curious to know what you all do, whether it's working in an office or running your own household. Do you feel like you have balance in your life? Do you like your job, and how is your personal/creative time impacted by your daily duties and chores?

I often feel drained by the daily grind and my constant quest is to find that elusive "balance" and the energy to do more than I already am.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Happy Halloweenie!



Yay, it's New Release Day at starvingartistamps.com! I love NRD's because it means that my work is done and it's only a matter of time before I'll start to see the new images implemented in the Design Team and customer blogs! That part of it is just like Christmas, except in this case it's Halloween!

I have to admit I pushed the deadline of this set to the limit. I literally delivered the goods to Tracey at the 11th Hour, which means that I haven't missed a deadline yet, but I fear my Procrastination Disease is getting worse as I age.

One of the last things I did on this set was name the characters. I actually have a cat named "Trouble" who was inappropriately named "Vincenzo" when we adopted him 4 years ago. I love that all the DF characters have names because it seems to lend to the storytelling the designers and customers often associate with their scenes.

The first DF sets I ever created were the "Animals" & "Creatures" and back then I enlisted the help of my (other blog) readers to help me name them all. It was a fun collaborative effort, and while I can no longer preview the characters before they release, I'm open to naming a future character after your suggestions.

So, if there's a character name you're dying to have immortalized in rubber, leave a comment I may end up using your suggestion in a future set!