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pashmina is out today!

Eeee! Pashmina is officially out today! You can go into your local bookstore, comics shop or library and find it (and if it’s not there, request it!). Thank you everyone for your support, love and kindness through this journey. I hope to see some of you this month on my mini book tour.

I will ask one favor – if you can write a review on Amazon, that helps me a lot!

Thank you to Lyla Warren for animating this beautiful book teaser.

I hope you have a lovely day <3

my kitty love

Our kitty Zimmy has been going through a host of health issues. I am trying be realistic while maintaining hope.

Meanwhile, I will be exhibiting at the Menlo Park Library Comicon on Saturday – please come by if you’re around! And today my first auto bio #comic was released on the Nib.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

snack time

when we spend our whole day providing comfort, it’s hard to resist comfort food <3

hypochondriac romance (+ ink drawings)

I’m releasing 10 custom ink drawings for Valentine’s day! You can snag one here.

shampoo

shampoo

day in, day out

dayindayout This year my art goal is more comics! In between nap time, bath time, play time, cooking and working on PashminaI’ve been drawing some comics in my sketch book. ^_^

priyanka

prisss

 

I’m back in the studio after a 2 month break to be with my daughter. It’s the longest break I’ve had from art in 5 years! My biggest project is working on the final art for my graphic novel, Pashmina. As I opened my completed pages I noticed my main character, Priyanka, looked different in a few panels. I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to keep her consistent throughout the book. As I revised the panels that bothered me, I thought about how much work isn’t seen by the reader. There’s so much pre-work – sketches, notes, ideas, drafts. Through the next few months as I work on final art I want to share some glimpses of the pre-work with you.

As I worried about character consistency, I pulled up a file with a bunch of Priyanka expressions I drew during the thumbnail process. This exercise not only gave me an idea of her personality, but also how to draw her face up, face down, and from the side. Once I brought this file up, I felt calm. I already did the work that could help me with consistency. I use the file for reference through each page.

This is my first attempt at a graphic novel. The whole process is a learning experience. By the time you hold a copy in your hands, each page will have been revised, redrawn and edited at least eight times. The manuscript had five drafts. The thumbnails had three rounds of editing. The final art will no doubt have at least two. Some pages are easier than others. I’ve read about other creator’s processes in writing and drawing. I’m sure I’m doing things wrong and I know I’ve made lots of mistakes. I’m okay with that. Once I finish, I will know what works for me.

For now, I must push forward, making mistakes and learning along the way.

museum of domestic art

MODA

beard love

beardlove

pre-parents

parents

parents2

parents3

I had this thought the other day that I couldn’t shake… that our worries follow and haunt us. I started to sketch and ended up with a comic where love destroys the worries. The hubbahubba looked at it and said “But it wouldn’t happen so quickly.” And I agree, some worries we can fight with love and some we carry with us.

Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend ^_^