This is how I’m feeling about the new year right now — excited, elated, anxious with optimism — in a word, “turnt.”
2014 brought a lot of excitement and new things for me — I was featured on television for my illustrated stationery. I met one of my illustration idols. And I capped off the year by being published in Essence magazine, a book I’ve read cover-to-cover ever since I was a little girl. Dreams can be reality.
Last year I learned to assert my worth as a creative and as a professional. I’ve been inspired over and over again by other illustrators and artists who’ve been documenting their journey online, like Meagan of Travel Write Draw and Danielle of Final Fashion. And Andrea Pippins’ blog Fly made me meditate on what it means to be a black woman and an artist, learning how to infuse my work with celebrations of my identity and heritage — bringing my full self to the table. And I’ve already landed a new commission that allows me to do just that.
Before 2015 started, I’d already committed myself to becomine bigger, badder and better, in illustration and in life in general. And I’m already feeling electric about the change ahead. I’m getting married this year. I landed a new day job in design that will free me up to really focus on the kind of illustration I want. I have ideas coming out of my ears and each passing moment brings more confidence, more excitement.
I am EXCITED! 2015 is going to be great. I can feel it in my my bones. And my pencils too. :o)
Finally! After three years of relying on email, Facebook messages and carrier pigeons to collect orders for custom illustrations, I have finally opened up an Etsy shop! Now the process of placing and receiving orders for custom illustrations has just gotten way, WAY more easy. WHOO HOO!
In my Etsy shop, you’ll find listings for my most popular commissions – illustrations for personal use, for wedding invitations and special occasions, and for websites and blogs. Each listing outlines the process of working with me, and answers the most common questions I get about creating a custom illustration.
Right now, my Etsy shop sells custom artwork exclusively. In the coming months, I will be adding some non-custom products, such as cards and stationery. In the meantime, take a look around, favorite your favorites, and place an order for your own custom illustration. (Oh! And now’s a good time to also tell you that October is the perfect time to place a holiday order, before the November rush!)
It’s Favorite ‘Fit time! Each week this month I’ll be featuring a fabulous brown girl blogger in her favorite outfit.
This week, I’ve sketched Renae Bluitt of Crush Media PR and In Her Shoes Blog. Here, she tells us the story behind this oh-so-fabulous dress:
“My favorite outfit is…
My Suakoko Betty dress & a pair of sky high (but comfy!) heels.
I love it because…
The dress is flirty, fun and designed by a talented independent designer.
My favorite place to wear it is….
Anywhere that allows me to indulge in great food, even greater conversations, cocktails & friends!”
Check out Renae’s glam blog, In Her Shoes. It follows fly, female entrepreneurs (and — wink wink — my Fabulous Brown Girls card were featured in her “Currently Crushing” section last holiday season). You can also follow In Her Shoes on Twitter and Instagram.
Starting this week, I’m featuring a few of my favorite brown-girl beauty, fashion and lifestyle mavens in a series called “My Favorite ‘Fit.” How it works — I asked each chica to share a photo of her favorite outfit and some words about why it makes her feel amazing. Then I illustrate her favorite look and share her answers here. Enjoy!
I’ve been following Tia Williams’ work as a beauty writer, editor and blogger for almost as long as I can remember now! Her blog, Shake Your Beauty, was daily lunch-break reading when I was still working in news. Here, Tia talks about the outfit that makes her feel like a rockstar.
“My favorite outfit is
my printed bodycon skirt and green mockneck crop top, with orange pumps.
I love it because
somehow, magically, it gives me the faintest hint of curvaceousness. If you squint.
My favorite place to wear it is
anywhere after 9pm.”
Make sure to go binge-read Shake Your Beauty. (My favorite post? The one where she shares bikini-line trimming tips she learned from strippers. Such vital information.) And you can also find Tia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.