Sunday, July 31, 2011


The Kickstarter project was a no-go. Not enough funds were pledged to reach the goal. The HEROES series is halted right now and the future of the studio is not looking good. Right now, I have to decide if I want to split any money I'm making between back rent on the studio and bills at home, cutting both short, or focus the money on bills at home. With the Kickstarter project, I'd have used the funds from that solely on the projects and the studio, while using money earned teaching at the Midland Center For The Arts on bills. I know this is the way of the artist. I knew this when I devoted my life to it and to family. I'd hoped it would have gotten better by now, even just a little. I'm not one to give up. Not so much because I'm so darn positive; I'm too damn stubborn.
I would love to try Kickstarter again, but the minimum time frame to raise funds is one month, which would take me into the end of August. I need it now, though. Plus, you have no idea how painful and gut-wrenching it is for me to bug people constantly to give me money. That's not how I want to make a living. It drains the spirit. That's why I tried to make it worth backers' whiles by giving EVERY backer artwork if the project was successful. I want to EARN money, not ask for handouts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kickstarter DEADLINE!!!

There are only 50 hours left to pledge to keep my art projects going!! My Heroes series has officially run out of canvas!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nuttall Art on Michigan Magazine

I just found the episode online of Michigan Magazine that I was fortunate enough to appear on. Thank you again, Barry Stutesman for coming to the studio and filming!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Still offering lessons!

For the next 2 weeks I'll be teaching at the Midland Center For The Arts in the mornings. I am available after 3pm for lessons at the studio. Ages up to 17 is $12/hr and 18-up is $15/hr. Drawing, painting, cartooning, comic book, block printing.

Untitled Rant

Well, the cartooning workshop did not go well. Hell, not one person showed! It went HORRIBLY. With my recent streak of failures and lack of sales, it becomes very easy to get discouraged and depressed. I refuse to give in and give up, though, because, really, my art is all I have to go with. I've put my life into this and cannot back down. Other than the 3 summer months I teach at the Midland Center For The Arts, my art career is my only source of income. THAT is why I push so hard online to get interest in my work and my projects. I try constantly to be discovered by individuals and galleries, with cold shoulders or kind rejections.
However, I have a great deal of appreciation for those who have believed in me, hired me and enjoy my work. When I bitch and moan and complain, it's not about those people. I cherish those people! It's because of them that I've gotten THIS far! I'm not trying to guilt previous clients into buying more (maybe guilt them into spreading word about my work...(:) .

Does not look Smurfy to me!

the Smurfs movie looks like little blue sacks of garbage. If it's successful, I'm slapping every kid I come across. I have no problem with the concept of the Smurfs in the big city, but keep them as they should be: classic personalities! Reminds me too much of Alvin & The Chipmunks, but in the cartoons, they HAD those attitudes!From the commercials I've seen, Pappa Smurf is a little grumpy and has attitude, Smurfette sounds like she's voiced by Queen Latifah, with the same SNAP SNAP! attitude, and they're using the "smurf" word in place of vulgarities???? Keep them innocent. Keep them cute. Don't modernize them, or the "fish out of water" affect doesn't work. If they already have "street savvie" when they hit the big city, then what's so great about the experience? It's just Alvin and the Chipmunks all over again, but not done as well.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Youth Cartooning Workshop by ME!!

I know it's short notice, but I'm doing a workshop for children on how to draw cartoons this Saturday, July 16th. There are 2 age groups and 2 times for the groups- 1-3 for ages 9-17 and 3:30-4:30 for ages 8 and under. It will be at Nuttall Art Studio in Downtown West Branch and all the kids need to bring is a pencil and eraser each, and some crayons. It's $7 per kid.
They'll learn how to draw starting with simple shapes, and finishing with an established cartoon character (like Bugs Bunny, Garfield, etc)
Tell yer friends and neighbors!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Prices and Art Listed

As mentioned in my previous post, I'm selling select artwork VERY cheap so I can keep the studio. Here's the link to my Facebook page that lists the art and the prices I'm asking. Contact me ASAP at if interested.