Anonymous asked: Slightly more controversial, I love your mermaids and want to decorate my dorm with the, but, there is no way I can afford prints of all of them (I want all of them) would it upset you if I printed them (standard printer paper nothing fancy) to stick up on the walls? I wont do it otherwise plus I am planning to get a shark mermaid pillow too :)
I’d prefer not, just because I do make my living through art, and print sales is a large part of that. Having said that, I get where you’re coming from - I’ve been a broke college student too, and I printed things off the internet. I’d say if you only have a little bit of money, maybe pick a few favorites and get the 3 for $28 prints from my Etsy shop? It’s a nice inexpensive option, and the colors will be much nicer, so they’ll look better up on your walls. Thanks for asking though!
Anonymous asked: Could we submit pictures of ordered prints? Also.. Is it ok to utilize your art for tattoos? I've wanted to use one of your mermaids for my first tattoo haha
Yes, please do! And as always, yes to tattoos.
As some of you know, I recently started selling prints and other items through online retailer Society6. Society6 uses digital files provided by artists to print various products on demand, including art prints on giclee and canvas, tote bags, phone cases, pillows, and tons of other stuff.
I was originally a bit hesitant to sell through them, since the printing and shipping would be completely out of my hands, so I was concerned that someone would order my art and get a poor quality or damaged print. So after I started selling there, I ordered a few of my own products to see what the experience would be.
To start with, I ordered a large giclee print of my “Pink and Pearls Mermaid” and a tote bag with my “Octopus Mermaid”. First thing: these took quite a long time to get here. I live in Canada, and the tote bag took about 3 weeks to arrive, the print took a little less - I assume the delay is due to the print on demand nature of the service, buuuut if you’re shopping for a last-minute gift, this may not be the way to go. :(
The wait was worth it though, because when the items finally arrived they were gorgeous! The pic above is the giclee print. I ordered the 17x22 inch size (medium), which comes with a 2” white border for framing, so the image itself is more like 12x15 inches. The white border will be handy when framing, but just be aware of what you’re getting - it would be disappointing to order a large size and then find the image isn’t as big as you thought it would be.
The print was shipped in a VERY sturdy tube - seriously, look at this thing:
There’s basically no way this can be damaged in the mail, so the chances of getting a damaged print are low to nonexistent. Very happy with that.
Because of the tube shipping, the print has a slight curl to it (hence the weighing the edges down in the pic), but that’s quickly relaxing out.
Society6 describes the printing as:
Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks.
I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with the quality of this print. The colors and detail are identical to the original art - it’s flawless. The paper is thick, matte, and velvety. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out - just so luxurious and beautiful. Even though it’s blown up from the original size, the details are crisp and totally faithful to the original painting.
So in conclusion: A++ for the print and shipping, B for the waiting time, but hey, you can’t have everything. I’d highly recommend these prints as a representation of my artwork - I’m actually ordering a whole bunch more so I can have them on hand at conventions and shows. I’ll still be offering the lower cost digital prints of course, but if you want something a little more luxurious then these are the way to go.
To make things even better, Society6 is having a sale right now until April 13 where you can get $5 off any item AND free shipping (international too!!) - follow this link to get the discount. Seriously, you have to follow the link, or it won’t apply, I tried.
Happy shopping - send me a pic if you buy something! I’ll be posting a review of the tote bag next, so stay tuned!
ifibecamemisscharade asked: I just devoured everything posted for your Witchling comic. So amazing! It says to check back Febuary 1st, has this comic simply not been updated yet or did you decide to drop the story line?
I definitely haven’t dropped it! I am rethinking my update methods though - the monthly schedule wasn’t working out at all, since I prefer to work on the issues as a whole, not in sections. The plan right now is to have issue 2 ready to debut at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (in May) - shortly afterward, I’ll post all of it up on the site - about 1/3 of issue 2 is already up, but there’s so much more on the way - I’ll be posting about it here as soon as it’s ready! :)
panacea-elixir asked: How do you draw your comics? Is it all by hand or do you use photoshop too? Because it looks AMAZING! thanks
I do them all in watercolor - you can check out my page process here and here - I scan the paintings into photoshop to add the text, and sometimes clean them up a bit. I’ll be posting more process stuff later in April! :)
Anonymous asked: Hi, I was just wondering what your thoughts were on people wanting to get one of your designs tattooed on them?
Hi! I’m getting a lot of tattoo questions, so I’ll link back to my tattoo FAQ post again - short answer: tattoos are yes! Sending me a picture of the tattoo is even better!