Here's to Strong, Strange, Amazing Women Who Refuse to Fit It In and Defiantly Be Themselves!

It’s International Women’s Day so I had to just say hooray for all the strange, strong and awesome ladies in my life. This seems an appropriate time to name a few of them.

There’s my Canadian graffiti artist friend who has always been a champion for my art even when it sucked when I was starting out! There’s my 80 year old gal pal who still swims on a regular basis and tells me to never give up even when the going has been very tough. There’s my Hungarian friend who is just the sweetest, kindest animal loving gal I know. There’s my Dodger loving babe who creates amazing crochet jewelry like a lotus bracelet for me.

My drawing of strange, mysterious women, titled, “Night Time Magic Girls in Masks”.  Detail of it is available as a $5.00 card here.

My drawing of strange, mysterious women, titled, “Night Time Magic Girls in Masks”. Detail of it is available as a $5.00 card here.

There are sooooo many more. Thank you, awesome ladies for being in my life! Hooray for you and hooray for all women everywhere. May you feel strong enough to be who you are in all your realness, in all your glory. I wish the same for myself.

Mysterious Masked Face Sculptures That Are Also Planters

I’ve been seeing the cutest planters in stores like ones with cat and bunny ears or even a funny, little face on one side. Of course, this makes for a most amusing place to pot your favorite house plant. Imagine the “green hair” growing in with the cat ears or the funny face. They made me smile, so I thought about buying them. Instead, I decided to create my own version. Being an artist of strange things, I thought I could make mine better, or at least, a little, more strange.

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They ended up taking a lot more time than I thought they would…a total of about 1 month. Maybe, they were worth the effort. They certainly came out mysterious with those masks. And maybe, they are a little ghostly with so much white skin and clothing. Do you have any funny planters? Would you like a face to make your plant have more personality? Do you think these two planters are part of a Secret Society of Magical Creataures?

MOONS & NIGHT TIME MAGIC GIRLS FOR THE WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON (WIP PART I I)

Yes, I’m still working on getting new art done for Wizard World Comic Con at the end of February. Here’s a peek at what’s on my desk. You can see magic girls in masks and some night time things (Lady Bat). If you plan on coming to see all the strange art I’m creating, please use my special code (KOJIMA20) to get the discount you deserve.

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If you remember from last week, I was working on the moon drawing I’m calling, “What We Do When We’re Queens”. I have made a little progress on the lady’s dress and made her face a little more shadowy.

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I’ll be sure to post more peeks as I make more progress.

Work in Progress of the 2018 Giant Robot's Post-It Artwork: Bunny Girl Drawings

I actually finished one of those little post-it artworks. It’s, of course, a Victorian Bunny Girl. I think she is going to love being in the Post-It art show at Giant Robot….oh the places, she’ll go….oh the things, she’ll see!

One little post-it Bunny Girl Drawing done. 8 more to go.

One little post-it Bunny Girl Drawing done. 8 more to go.

It's That Time of Year Again....Giant Robots's Annual Post-It Show (Work in Progress)

How long have I been in Giant Robot’s Annual Post-It Art Show? I don’t know. I really should take time and look back and count the many years. Nevertheless, come every November, it’s that time to make more tiny, post-it artworks again. As you can see below, I’m starting that work. My goal is to get 9 little drawings done before I must package them up and send to Los Angeles for the art show which starts in December. I’ll post more of the work in progress in the days to come.

Nine little post-it drawings that I will color and send to the Giant Robot’s annual Post-it Art Show in December.

Nine little post-it drawings that I will color and send to the Giant Robot’s annual Post-it Art Show in December.

Sometimes I Lose & Sometimes I Win, But I Always Keep Trying

Have you ever worked really hard at something, not given up, yet you weren't able to hit the mark?  People around you tell you to keep trying.  People say if you don't give up, you'll make it.  But inside, you're saying, "But I've been working at this for years and still nothing is budging for me.  What's wrong?  Why is everyone else winning and I'm losing?  Is is time to give up?  Am I just a loser?"  That's the self-doubt.  That's the inner negative bias.  That's the inner critique telling you to walk away and go cry into your pillow.

If you've felt that way, then you know how sad and frustrating it can be to be an artist.  Believe me, I've wanted to give up.  But as often as I say I'm going to quit, I pick myself up after a good cry and start over again.  I'm starting to understand myself.  I'm starting to see that sometimes I lose and sometimes I win, but I never really give up.  I actually keep at it.  I keep trying.  I'm not sure what keeps me going.  I don't really have family who believes in me.  And I don't have deep friendships or buddies who support what I do.  I just keep at it.  I guess it's just that I love making things.

I've been making little post-it art for the annual Post-It Art Show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles for a few years.  Sometimes, I sell and sometimes I don't.  I never know what will excite and thrill art buyers and I've never known who buys my artwork.  For the 2016 show, I didn't have a lot of time to make anything, so I only drew 1 little post-it.  You can see it below.  

Since hundreds of little post-it art pieces are made and sold, it can take a long time before the artists know if their artwork sold.  The show is in December each year.  A few days ago, I finally heard that my 2016 post-it drawing sold.  That's 5 months later.  Yes, it was a win this time.  My little drawing of bunny girls connected with an art buyer.  Whoever you are, thanks for giving the bunny girls a new home where art is cherished and loved.  I appreciate it.  And it gives me hope to carry on making more artwork.