Princess Mononoke

I’ve been meaning to share some of my illustrations on here, and I could really use a break from making dolls. This is one of my favorite illustrations to date:

PmonokoesketchThis sketch is based on the 1997 Japanese historical fantasy animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. Princess Mononoke is one of my husband’s favorite Miyazaki films, but to be honest it took me several attempts to finish it. I am more into cutesy and happy films, and this one was too violent for my tastes.

Eventually, I finished the movie and grew to enjoy the edgy story and visually intoxicating artwork. Miyazaki’s devotion to detail is part of what makes his films magical to me. I found it interesting that he and his art crew spent 3 days soaking in the landscapes of the ancient forests and mountains in Japan for this movie. His style is unwavering, and you know right away that you are watching a Studio Ghibli film.

Although my sketch doesn’t portray any edginess, I feel it captures a whimsy of how a Miyazaki film makes me feel. I plan to sketch more characters from his films in the future.

If you’ve never seen Princess Mononoke I recommend watching it. Here is the trailer if you are interested:

Do you have a favorite Miyazaki film? Mine is Howl’s Moving Castle.


Blogosphere Reads


I’ve been super busy working on new doll patterns and herding a crawling Amelia, but I managed to read a few posts this week (and some from last week). So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

I’ve been getting into zines, and this Beyonce zine is awesome and has a rad playlist.

Speaking of playlist, Sonya posted a folk punk playlist to help you get your creative juices flowing.

I loved this cute video on how to make Ponyo Ramen Noodles

Leave a link of your favorite posts, videos, or playlists!

One-Girl Bicycle Club


Today I was excited to receive my One-Girl Bicycle Club zines in the mail. I just sat down with a cup of tea and read through all four issues.

This was my first time reading a zine, and now I’m intrigued. I love the freedom, honesty, raw emotions, and bravery that I found in Sonya’s writing. I can relate to many topics that she talks about in her zine from college to driving, and making/keeping friends to getting out of your house. I enjoyed the progression from zine one to four, and the growth Sonya has done before my eyes in a few pages.

She has definitely inspired me to try my hand at making a zine, even if no one should ever read it, just for me to chronicle this time in my life. Sonya wrote a blog post on the benefits of writing a zine that’s a must read.

A few of my favorite quotes from One-Girl Bicycle Club:

“Basically, I don’t know how to function as an adult.” Issue 4

“I want to be a maker of things. I don’t want to work under people- I want to work for me…” Issue 3

“…but what if I need two copies of Bitch magazine and a book…” Issue 2

“Feminerdism (that’s a word now)” Issue 1

There are so many more, but I guess you’ll have to pick up your own copy! Also,check out all the rad playlists.

Do you read zines? Write zines? I’d love to check them out, leave a link in the comments.

Also, check Sonya out here:


Moodboard: Girl Gang

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

This month I want to start a girl gang! Of course it will be super fun and super Kawaii! I’ll be the girl with blue hair, addicted to strawberry Pocky, and carrying a doll in the basket of my cute bicycle.

Do you want to be in my girl gang? What do you think you could do to terrorize the city with cuteness?! What kind of girl gang tattoo would you have? Mine would be a kick ass Hello Kitty one of course!

Find Your Voice: Week 3

It took me a while to finish this weeks worksheet and project, but I finally found some time to focus and think about it.

1. What stories do you want to tell? Your stories? Stories about others? The BIG stories? or the everyday life detail stories?

I want to tell the everyday stories of me, my friends, and family. I want to make sure I don’t forget the little things. Things that bring simply joy to our everyday lives.

2. What do you want from your creative life? Escape? Recognition? Relaxing? Memory keeping? Tradition?

Creative life: purpose, expression, fulfillment, happiness and a chance to share that happiness. Eventually I would like to make my creative life into a career to help support my family.

3. How do your storytelling and creativity goals fit into the rest of your life goals? Do you need to make room for new priorities in order to meet your storytelling and creative goals or are you comfortable with where you are right now?

I definitely need to make more time for these goals and myself. As a new mom this change has been really hard for me, but hopefully by organizing my time better I can make my goals happen. Right now I am able to stay home to take care of my daughter, which also gives me the opportunity to work towards my goals in a way I’ve never been able to before.

FYV lesson 3The creative prompt I chose was to create a project that makes you happy and come up with 5 reasons why it makes you happy. And how do the reasons compare with your creative goals?

I chose a painting I have been working on. I won’t call it finished yet, but I think it’s getting closer. Here it is at a stopping point:

DSCN1016And here it is, where I’ve stopped for tonight:

DSCN1027This is completely out of my comfort zone and I was trying some new techniques. I almost went in the direction I usually go by adding a cute face on there, but painted over it. I wanted a more abstract feel, which I’ve never tried before. I was inspired by Paramore’s song “Still Into You”.

5 Reasons This Painting Made Me Happy

1. Listening to music and painting helps me to relax. I can just be messy, play and bop my head to the beat.

2. I suck at expressing my emotions. Painting helps with that, even if no one ever sees it.

3. Teaching myself new things makes me feel happy and accomplished.

4. Having paint on my hands shows that I’ve been working on something joyful.

5. This painting makes me think of the love I have for my husband, even if it’s corny. But we are corny. And if I want to get all deep and arty about it, I could compare our love to blossoming flowers growing into something beautiful. How we began and the journey to where we are today. LOL But that makes me feel all awkward even typing it, so lets stick with we are corny.

Here’s the music video (just for fun)!

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