So yesterday I was still SO caught up in the awesome that was making things, I may have spent the majority of my day painting my MissMonster masks instead of commission work. On one hand, BAD LAURA, on the other hand, I really need to get one done to sell so I can keep buying her work (hahaha, that is how I justify buying them, I buy 2... one to sell) *cough* anyhow.  I'm really pleased with them so far. Though I did have the sad realization that I totally forgot that I needed moonstone, labradorite and something gold (was going to look at tigers eye and amber) small stones for them for inset purposes (They are this style) and I should have picked them up at the mineral show where they would have been like half as expensive as ordering them online (if my deals on everything else are to be believed). So blast, will end up spending more, but oh well, water, right under the bridge. Which, is better than over the bridge, or taking out a bridge or... sorry the flooding is on my mind right now. *cough* sorry... tangenty Laura is tangental.  Anyhow the masks are a fire and ice theme. One is all blues and whites with aqua tinges, the other is reds golds and blacks. And I'm excited about them :)

I did get my MAS cleaned and the air-filter finally dried and my car seems to be running better now! I hope that this is true today too, and not just a fluke for yesterday, but I was so happy! Hooray for an $8 and lots of time fix rather than a huge mess with all of the money.

And in the evening I ended up having a glorious sushi dinner with some friends. So that was amazing. Finally found a sushi restaurant that counts as a fave here in CO.  Hadn't had a ton of luck yet. Granted its nowhere near me, but it is near Zhon so thats pretty awesome, since she's a sushi nut too.




The boring bit that you guys can probably skip
What I ate...
Breakfast cheese omelette with harissa and salt (that I couldn't keep down) :/
Lunch Leftover Pad Thai
Dinner Sushi - salmon and spicy tuna and all sorts of things :/ don't remember and tried other peoples and Hot Sake
AKA - I feel like I'm running in place.

For the past 5-6 days I've had, as [livejournal.com profile] ursulav puts it, "Can't sleep Con Will Eat me!" panic going on.
All I"ve done for the past howeverlong (feels like forever) is business stuff. 
Call old accountant... EVERY... OTHER... DAY... Because he won't give me my old federal tax forms and I need them for the NEW accountant so I can get taxes filed
Run finances
Cry over finances
Rage over finances
Decide I can't do anything about the past and just need to focus on a better THIS year
Run off prints
Mat prints
Back prints
Bag prints
Work on con setup
Despair at con setup
Buy more things for con setup
Regain hope
Despair.
(repeat)
E-mail clients/potential clients about things (and stuff)

And now I finally get to get back to ART
But I feel like I was just running on a treadmill for aaaages... all that mileage and no good memories/nothing physical to show for it.  This is one of the reasons I prefer traditional art to digital. I like that visceral level of accomplishment. Blagh.
Anyhow, I will see you who are making the trip at FC.  I encourage you to go to my boyfriends panel on harassment in the geek fandom, which is at 10pm on friday (because the con staff deemed it an 'adult' panel even though it is geared at teenagers to any age really) and he is super nervous about no one showing...

So anyhow, TO the ART!

(and if you were curious, this is my potential NEW con setup)

Jan 2013 Con Setup

(These will ALL have price signs - just not made yet)
A) matted 5x7 prints (12)
b) backed and bagged giclee print signed  5x7's ($7)
c) Landscape giclee print backed and bagged 8.5x11 signed  ($15)
d) Portrait giclee prints backed and bagged 8.5x11 signed ($15)
e) Matted portrait 8.5x11 giclee prints ($25)
f) ACEO's and magnet desings ($3 for ACEOs $4 for magnets)
g) Business cards
H) matted landscape 8.5x11 giclee prints ($25)
I) Backed and bagged limited edition 13x19 landscape giclee prints ($55)
J) Backed and Bagged limited edition 13x19 portrait giclee prints ($55)
k) original 5x7's matted (priced as marked)
L) Stickers! ($2/each or 6/$10) and magnets $4/each - this is one thing that needs changed - Going to extend the black foamcore all the way down and put my commission list down there. Get rid of the black cage thing
So what do you guys think

All At Once

Jun. 8th, 2012 11:33 am
"Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once"
~Paulo Coelho

So I saw this quote this morning and realized that it is both very true and that I am once again in the all at once portion of it. This month is going to be absolutely nuts.  I have three large commissions I am working on that are an absolute blast. Got hit with one time intensive one for a friend, which again, was awesome but added yet another thing to do ASANOW.  And have a helluva lot of prep to get done. AC is in a week, I still need to take inventory and make fresh magnets/stickers/prints/matted prints/matted art, I have an art show at the beginning of July, and I have time sensitive commissions to get done in between. Not to mention the large pieces I NEED to finish for the art show. I might be freaking out more than a little right now. I thought I had enough time until these last few pieces went from being 'oh anytime in July is fine' for deadline to suddenly commissioners needing them by the beginning of July. *groans*  Anyhow. I won't be around too much I imagine.  

On a side note I did do the prep work for an L5R game last night while I did the sketches for some other pieces I need to get done. Looks like I will be playing a battle mage who has a warhorse and an odd foodog-hybrid-thing as her wardog (I've got some minor conceptings starting... considering painting the foo-dog thing as a large piece for the show - it's a borzoi inspired foo-dog thing and I love the idea of it).  Hopefully this game will go better than our other game which had a hardcore crash and burn ending where the GM simply didn't show and another member was slowly but surely driving me batshit by a)sabotaging the quests with the grace of a sledgehammer (and doing it on purpose, just to watch us and the GM flounder), and b) finding my buttons and just pushing them because he could (seriously dude, my moving away from you is because you are too close, I told you that, its not a game).  

Anyhow, here, check out my rush job :) I kind of love it, except my wrist was freaking killing me by the time it was done - 11x14 graphite.  And I am pretty sold to go in with some red prismacolor to add a bit of a pop to the piece as demonstrated by the PS color overlay I did... Thoughts?

The Gift - Vampire type woman giving a dead bird with a bowThe Gift - Vampire like woman giving dead bird with bow - red accents
So I may (ehm... did) wash my boyfriends ipod. 
It's dead.

It's a 160G ipod classic.

Before I buy one from a stranger/refurb, anyone here have one they want to sell/trade for art? All I ask is that it WORK and not be too dinged up.  I ask mainly b/c I know a lot of people buy new tech and the old stuff just sits around

Cheers,
Laura

BTW I'll update w/Spectrum info later, and it was crazy informative so may take a few entries :P
Who knows how much ink and half a ream of paper later...
So the printer is not allowed to control print quality on the newest scans.
Photoshop has to do it. *slams head on desk* 
Even thought the printer was happy with its job previously, apparently it doesn't like THESE scans... All other scans are fine.
And then they print fine.  Reds are still a bit dark and undersaturated, but damn close.  I can use these prints.  
Thank Ganesh for breaking down this obstacle for me.

Now to get this portfolio ready for Spectrum - heres hoping I have enough ink...
So I finally had my month off from travel, and while finances have certainly been worse for not having a con (and to be fair having a LOT of other stupid expenses last month coming from becoming an official Colorado resident) the art is going so much better.  Funny how not doing constant con prep and being overly exhausted/worried has had an extremely positive effect on my art.  I'm looking at it and feeling much more confident in myself, in my work, and in my chosen profession.  I ended up taking far longer than I would have hoped on my 'Pirates Meeting' piece below, but I really think the results were worth it.  I really REALLY wanted to make sure that the client got his monies worth, that I did myself proud, and that it kept true to what was showing up in my head.  And I am pretty damn pleased.


The Pirates Meeting
by ~LauraGarabedian on deviantART

The next piece up that I was pretty proud of was this caracal mage.  Doing Glowly in watercolor =hard.  As in breaking my face a few times hard. But the results seemed really worth it.  I was reminded of that thing that my art teachers always told me and somehow when I'm exhausted I always forget.  You start with the BIG brushes and work down.... Oh yeah... It helps... no really.


Caracal Mage
by ~LauraGarabedian on deviantART

So yeah.  I am really freaking pleased with those pieces... one more I'll show you guys later after I upload it tomorrow that I was also thrilled with.  The other thing that has had me super pleased with these has been getting to work relatively large.  Until these pieces I hadn't had many large commissions recently (and by large I mean anything at least 9x12 - which is a decent - though really not large - for watercolors) So that was a blast too.  The first piece is 12x16 and the second is 9x12.  On my current queue are (thankfully) a few more large pieces. I am freaking loving them, a 16x20 cave scene, a 20x30 dalek, and a 10x30 (ish - size is still in flux) asian dragon. 

Anyhoo, I AM travelling again this weekend, road tripping up to Kansas City for the SpectrumLIVE convention. Not vending, but going, networking, and hopefully learning a lot.  I am really looking forward to this convention.  Panels on WorldBuilding, panels on getting started in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world... getting my portfolio reviewed by Disney, Blizzard, and WoC... might break my brain... but in any case I am super stoked.

Whats been going on in my personal life though?  Still seeing the same amazing guy... kind of think this one is a keeper... he is one of those people who can always make me smile.  Takes care of me and recognizes the small things when I'm not feeling up to snuff.  We went and visited some friends who just (like a week ago) had a baby, so I held the tiny little thing and kind of felt grateful that as cute as he is (he slept the ENTIRE time I held him) I have not changed my mind. Still don't want one.  I am gonna kind of freak out if I ever get an urge to have a kid... in all of my life I have NEVER wanted one... I very rarely even hold them.  Tim actually even brought it up later, saying I held out for a while he didn't think I liked kids that much and to be fair I probably held him for an hour or two... but he was asleep, you don't move them when they sleep.  At least when I hold sleeping baby goats/kittens/puppies/chickens/etc I never moved them if I could avoid it... I figure its the same with babies, if they are happy and sleeping its no skin off my back to hold the sleeping thing.  And they are kind of cute in an odd squishy human way... I just don't want one.. Catch and release, its all about catch and release.   Not too terribly much else going on - I'm playing an oddly anthro seal/anemone cyborg in a Rifts game, so thats been a blast... she can go all face huggery with tons of arms and claws and sharp seally teeth when she gets scared... which makes me giggle like a little girl... And really thats about it.

I'll try and show you all some more art before I head off to Spectrum.
These are the designs (one back and a whole selection of different fronts) I think I'm going with...

Thoughts?

Ze Life...

Apr. 27th, 2012 09:29 pm
So life.  Life has been pretty decent. Been busy with friends.  Been busy with art. Been generally BUSY. 

Ze bad... My accountant (soon to be ex...) neglected to get my state taxes filed. On one hand I feel bad for him b/c he was sick. On the other hand it is yet tbd what the penalty for that is going to be and I am pretty pissed off.  This fell on top of me paying taxes to other states, paying CO to tell them I and my car live here now *ouch*, and having to get plane tickets for AC so blagh...

Ze good... A few weeks ago I had an amazing joint b'day celebration with a few other peeps and we had a day dedicated to MAKING THINGS and games. It was a great time.  Had people painting miniatures, people working on taxidermy, people doing traditional art, and I attempted sculpting, and it actually didn't come out too badly. It was a day of good food, good friends, and in the evening a good game. So a good time was generally had by all.  OOooooh and the AWESOME Vantid gave me squidges of all of her amazing paints so I can paint all of the pretties with all of the amazing colors....  And after 2 weeks away Tim is finally home again so yay! The ever so awesome man in my life is back.  He is good for me, makes me settle down and relax a bit rather than run myself ragged on art and work all the time.

Ze Stupidity... Lately I have been hitting myself over the head with a couple commissions that I badly underpriced. One was just severe misjudgement on my part to take into account how much time the accoutrements were going to take to paint as well as the scope of the piece and the other was straight up failure on my part to say the right damn dimensions when giving a quote. I'm staring at a 16x20 sheet of paper that was quoted at the price for 11x14. Damn. That was a big oops.

Ze persistence... so I'm trucking along. Getting work done in spite of the stupidity and with the support of my amazing friends. I hope to take a day this weekend to play with the soft bodied dolls I started on art night, we'll see if it happens though b/c I have a lot to do...  But overall, life is good, back to the art board...  
So between all of the stress in my life recently I hit my first art block that I couldn't punch through with determined arting. 

For context here, I don't believe in waiting for a muse. I don't believe in some fantastical notion that the moment needs to be perfect to art.  To be fair when I am working on personal projects I tend to only work on what really strikes me, but when it comes to clients, its a JOB. It is how I got better. It's how I got through art school. Pushing through. Just drawing and drawing and drawing until it finally comes out right.  And the exhaustion of too many cons, of being sick because of those cons, of being exhausted dealing with personal crap, it hit me hard last month.  And for about a week nothing was right. Not a single thing. I kept slamming my head against the wall, and my pencil across the page, but it was all crap. The poses were contrived, the colors weren't coherent. It was bad. For a little more than a WEEK.  I didn't know what to do.

On the plus side with the start of the new month I am back to being able to do art. The figures are flowing, the sketches are working, the paints are making sense. But you guys, I mean, I don't know if you can realize how freaked out that made me. To realize that no matter how much I pushed I couldn't do a single piece of halfway decent art? That was terrifying.  So as a result I am never going to do that many cons in a row again. I can't. 5 cons within 3 months, where I was doing approximately 1 con every other week (only one of which was quasi-local) broke me.  I was so exhausted that I couldn't do decent art for you guys. I couldn't do much of anything besides recover for approximately 2 weeks. And I felt like such a slacker. I covered for it by doing business stuff. I did finances, I organized supplies. I took inventory. I did all the crap about business that I hate. But I felt guilty every time I stared at my queue because I never stopped trying during those two weeks but couldn't give any of that crap to a client.  I couldn't do it. 

So bear with me now. The art is really coming strong now, and while I have a lot of other stress and nonsense going on in my life I've finally built back up the reserves needed to be able to create again.  So now in the face of taxes, and driving tickets, and sick family friends, and other such nonsense, I can finally stand up and art. And it is Good. So thanks for bearing with me while I just kind of passed out at the end of last month. Expect lots of art in the coming months, many of which should be large and super fun pieces that I have been super stoked about.  Lots of fun things in queue, Sabertooth Cat Hybrid, Red River Hog, African Wild Dog, Hyena, Water Dragon, Norse Dragon, Dalek (hehehe) and many more.  So sit back, enjoy and thank you all (ESPECIALLY my commissioners, who had to wait an extra week) for your patience.  I appreciate it greatly.
Where in the World has this crazy person been you might be asking yourself... as my last updates were pretty well filler, and the last REAL update that had anything to do with anything was in December. 

So here whats been happening.  Basically 2012 started on a crazy note and I had to hit the ground running. On the first I started dating a guy who is pretty awesome (or why would I be dating him right?) And that first week of January life just got crazy.  I had conprep for FC. Learned I got accepted into the gallery show for anthropomorphic work that was running concurrent with FC, so had to get those pieces, matted, framed and shipped within two days. Meanwhile I was prepping to take care of the BF, who is hereby gonna be designated Waffe, b/c that is his online handle, as he had surgery on the 9th.  Then off to FC, which was crazy busy and good sales, and good people and probably deserves its own post but probably won't get one b/c my life won't slow down.  And the whole con I was extra exhausted b/c I am apparently allergic to the new hotel.  I get back to my roomie gone for a week due to family emergencies, so spent most of the week with the still on leave BF while he got better. Meanwhile I've been doing con homework, and trying to finish the couple LARGE commissions I have in queue. 

Oh yeah, and I have a con this weekend and had to get tax stuff ready for that. And a friend is coming in from out of town Tuesday.  And I totally missed my Texas Tax deadline in the midst of all the crazy.

So bear with me guys, you should see fun new art again soon. But here, look! Pretty! Tribal! So at least this post isn't entirely about the craziness of my life!

So my schedule for this year is crazy.

The cons that are still up in the air have asterisks beside them

Jan 13-15 FC - San Jose
Jan 27-29 COSine - Colorado Springs
February 18-20 CONDFW - Dallas
February 24-26 TFF - Dallas
February 15-18 FWA - Atlanta
March 23-25 Anomaly Con - Denver
April 13-15 Furry Connection North - Novi, MI
May 18-20 SPECTRUM - NOT SELLING JUST DROOLING OVER ART
May 25-27 ConQuest - K'City MO ******
June 1-3 AKON Dallas *****
June 14-17 AC - Pittsburgh
July -OFF-
August 10-12 RMFC - Denver
August 17-19 FA:U - NJ ******
August 24-28 Camp Feral *****
August 29-Sept 2 Either Eurofurrenct or Anime-Fest or DragonCon or WorldCon
Sept 14-16 NandesuKan - Denver
Sept 21-23 FenCon - Dallas ******
Sept 27-30 Rainfurrest - Seattle
October 17-22 OklaCon *****
October 26-28 FurFright
November MFF
December - OFF- For Christmas Commissionns

And then start it all over again.
And this is why I am continuously exhausted.
So... I have been in the mood to paint something snarly.
And something realistic.
And I did this sketch. It was going to be a snarly tiger and there were going to be clockwork bits in it's ruff, and gears in it's eyes, and it was going to be added to my steampunk portfolio.
And then I started working on it. And it didn't want any of that nonsense. It just wanted to be a tiger dammit.  So here is what came of it.


Original is 9"x12" watercolor and ink and for sale, as always I've got prints/magnets/mugs/stickers/THINGS
So whatever else has been going on recently, I saw The Lion King musical today.  And just... Wow.  Total visual overload. As much of a mask whore as I am and as much as I love fantastic lighting, and as fascinating as I find puppetry, I just feel like my brain is overstimulated with amazingness.  I was super lucky to be offered a trade for tickets and dinner for art and just... wow.  I have been hoping to see that show for ages, and am still just vibrating with exitement and happiness. And really stoked to incorporate some of the wild colors and patterns into my art and now the urge to make masks has been amped up even more.  I also got some great ideas for the masks of my masked sphinxes and how to make the soft bodied dolls I've been thinking of... (thinking hair tufts and maybe cane pieces... still mulling things over).  So yeah.  So incredibly thankful for the opportunity to go see this amazing show and so jazzed and energized from the experience. 

In other news, I leave on Friday to go to Chicago for MFF. Yes, MFF isn't until the weekend after, life/planetickets/friends schedules are funny, so I will be up there for 10 days. I hope to get a lot of work done while I am up there, and am excited about attending the con.  While my fantastically awesome roommate will be watching my puppy, for which I am eternally grateful.  When I get back I will immediately pick up my puppy and drive her up to fort collins so a fantastically awesome friend  (have I mentioned how grateful I am to have these friends? No? Really? Because they kick some serious ass) can watch her over thanksgiving because my father, my brother, and his girlfriend will have flown in shortly before me and I will meet them out in Boulder for two days in boulder and then two days in Vail.  I haven't been to Vail since I was a kid and I haven't seen The fam or Catherine in a couple months (really long for me in regards to my brother, as we are pretty close). And am SO excited to be able to spend some quality time with them.

So if I'm a bit slow to reply there is your reason, though I should be able to check mail and update etc at least once a day while in Chicago.  Just may not be uploading *sad* 

Cheers!
So today is going to be productive.  You know how I know this? I actually took a day OFF two days ago and yesterday I started the slow ramping staging to what I hope to be an insanely productive day.

So... Monday.  First day honestly and completely off in quite a while.  I have taken bits of days off recently but not a full day. A day where I got up, checked my e-mail did a couple chores and then had FUN. A new friend, invited me out to see 50/50 with some other new friends from CO. And while a comedy about cancer didn't really hit my 'wow great' buttons I was excited to have a day out with friends.  So I helped him out with some errands then hit lunch and movies and topped the night off with watching 'Serenity' as the amount of hell I was getting from friends for not having watched it was reaching perilous heights. 

Then yesterday I worked in the morning then picked up Katie from her home (after hanging out a bit) to get her to her place of work for the day, and then comes the reason that the title is all about the nommings.  A friend (who has declared me family) took us and his friend out to dinner at a FANTASTIC restaurant called Colt & Gray.  Which. Just wow. Amazing.  Had appetizers of Sweetmeats (served with English Peas, Sweet Corn, Hazelnuts, Oyster Mushrooms, Sage-Pan Sauce & Grilled Lemon) and Beef Heart (Marrow Butter, Grilled Bread, & horseradish vinaigrette) and then dinner consisted of short ribs (over polenta with grilled onions) for Katie and I, and 'Buddhist Chicken'  (Pan Jus, Crispy Rosemary Potatoes & Sautéed Sesame Green Beans).  Between the amazing company, the to do for food and the amazing company (yup said it twice) it was a brilliant night.   Which was finished off by some brilliant desserts which included Olive oil and thyme cake, blueberry compote, lemon-buttermilk ice cream, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Bourbon Ice Cream, Chocolate Ellie with raspberries and hyssop ice cream, and last but not least meyer lemon bread pudding with (some sort of ice cream).

About the time we headed it out had started to snow so I had a rather harrowing drive home (just in that the visibility was rather low and not everyone is clever enough to remember to turn their freaking running lights on).  So I'm gonna go ahead and pretend that the drive burned off the insane amounts of calories consumed.

So today I am amped up on good food from last night, good conversation and good friends. So while my plans to make it to the post office have been delayed due to the foot of snow outside I am super excited and motivated to GET TO WORK.  By the way I am doing my own version of nanowrimo - gonna spend this month clarifying sketches/layouts/verbage for my SkulKlan book. So for those of you that have been waiting (ever so patiently) for me to get my act together, consider it gotten.  I won't get it done this month, but I hope to have it scripted/laid out and ready for the illustrations to start.

Here - have an art! pictures make everything more interesting (these are the last two badges done from OklaCon)






So I acquired these tiny little ornaments/frames for a discount and think they would make perfect Christmas Gifts for people.  I will paint a tiny little original to fit in it of your characters portrait in one of these wee little frames.  I have ovular (both vertical and horizontal), rectangular (both vertical and horizontal) and square frames and they are between 2" and 1" on all sides (so the ovals are approximately 1.5x1 and the rectangles about 1.5x1 and the square about 1.25x1.25 ) Now I don't have a ton of these little guys, they were a discount store find.  Please keep in mind these are WEE. As in the image you see on your screen is probably a bit larger than life (depending on your screen resolution etc).

But here is the deal, it will be $35 including shipping for a tiny piece of original watercolor art in a tiny little gold frame with a little gold chain hanger (such as shown in the photos). 

IN ORDER TO GET A SLOT
Please e-mail me with your references/desire to have a slot and if you REALLY specific frame shape
I will get back to you to confirm whether or not you got in (and if the frame shape you request is still availabe) and request a paypal payment for $30
My TOS are here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g7TvwjZ3rN0qGiJKbSI6qDwtOXc2YX5KBrW4Irw2SsM/edit


So this past weekend was OklaCon.

Which in essence can be boiled down to the following.

10 hours of driving to get there.
Hanging out with my good friend and amazing artist Myenia
Getting a chance to hold a skunk, pet a ring tailed lemur (and be used as a launching point for said lemur to go from a human shorter than me to a human taller than me), and PLAY WITH A GEOFFREY CAT!!!
BTW Safari's Sanctuary is an amazing place (it's the charity of choice for OklaCon) and if you are ever in the area you should go forth and see them and support their efforts.
A very slow building con that had me scared I wasn't going to even make cost until Saturday late afternoon when it picked up and ended up doing pretty decently for me - SO THANK YOU everyone who supported me and got art
Lots more hanging out with Myenia
And finally a 9 hour drive back. 

What? You noticed it took 10 hours to get there and only 9 to get back? That has nothing to do with my getting lost. I would never do that. Especially not when I am within a few miles of the park... I just... took the scenic route. Yeah. Thats it.

So I got back and heard the news that we are to get snow on Wed. 6-12 inches they say. And Heeeeey! Last night it started. About 4-5" on the ground right now. So yay! Snow! Isis tromped around and jumped about and shoved her head in it repeatedly, and came in with snowballs all stuck to her silly fluffy legs.  If anyone has suggestions on how to keep snow from building up on fluffy undercoat covered dog legs I would love to hear it - no really, please? I am considering socks... This doesn't happen on the 6-8" strip of fur on her back that actually has a top coat. Unfortunately that is ALL that has a top coat *winces* and she loves the snow.

And on animation. So I have been doing these stop motion animation icons such as seen here  which I think are just too much fun. But I recently realized I probably need to make them less smooth if people are to be able to use them for FA. Which makes me sad. Because I like the smoothness.  Anyhow, I will work on it for ya.

Hope everyone is having a lovely morning and YAY! Snow!

Oh and here, have a cute fennec and her wolfy friend in the snow, because I recently finished it... Yes the fennec is large and the wolf is small - it is per the commissioners request


So while out to lunch with Idess and her boyfriend today, a topic which randomly strikes my curiosity came up. That of fursona names and how/when to refer to people by them.

It is strange because it seems like it is a familiarity I am hesitant to strike up. And yet AT a convention to ask for any other name is to familiar. I tend to fall into the at conventions, I strictly address people by their fursona name, and afterward I keep to that unless they offer otherwise in e-mail correspondence, yet once they have offered their name if I see them outside of the convention I tend to refer to them by their given name because I know so many furries are 'closeted' and don't want to be 'that guy' who outs them. In any case, it all ends up getting mixed up because my brain misfires anyhow... but I think it is an interesting subject.
So my health has been crummy. Yep, we've talked about this. I have been doing better about keeping my diet more on track (less carbs/sugars) and trying to be good about taking my pills but you know what helps the most?

Two things.
1) Getting OUT OF THE DAMN HOUSE. Which is one of the main reasons I moved... I hardly did it in Texas as for most of the year it was too bloody hot. And this week I was kind of bad about it because I felt really pressured to finish some commissions. But you know what? On the days I did get out and walk around... with a friend, with my puppy, just AROUND. I felt a lot better. And that translated through to the morning. I slept better, and I didn't wake up feeling like I was coming out of an anxiety attack.

2) Being with friends. Getting a chance to hang out with my buddy Wolf-Nymph noticeably lowered my stress level too. I.e. yesterday, when I did both things, I slept infinitely better than I have in quite a while, and didn't wake up with chest pains.

It's funny what happens when you listen to your doctor and your body. And it is kind of proving to me that I did the right thing coming here. I am MUCH more inclined to get outside here, and go and DO things. Not to mention Colorado is full of artsy friends. I love being creative with other people, it makes the process so much more enjoyable and fluid.

In other news, still looking for a permanent place to be, and staring at the list of THINGS TO DO. Which is too damn long.
I decided to sit down and make a proper list and damn. I mean, just damn. I have an awful lot of stuff on the burner, but really not enough of it is paid work >< Which is just kind of painful. But still. I hope to finish up the playing cards in the next three weeks (hoping to finish early, we'll see if it happens - my commissions always take first priority). I have a lot of personal projects I need to work on and a ton of internet/businessy stuff to finish *blagh*. The only bit of being a small business I don't care for is the actual BUSINESS side of it, but whatever.

Next convention is OklaCon, so prepping some steampunky goodness right now *grinz*
So here! Have some art...



Elegant canine is somewhat pretentious.




Tribal Firebird - a design that I really wasn't sure about through the sketch stage, and the painting stage, and most of the inking stage. But now that its done I like it.





A Wee Stylized Rabbit. On ACEO size 2.5"x3.5"





And Happy Owl. Just because
Travel plans. I leave tomorrow morning at O'Dark'Hundred (i.e. 3:30am) for RMFC in CO. Wheeeeee... Looking forward to the con though! I can't wait! I should be in CO for around a week

And as for future cons/travel plans. I am doing ArmadilloCon in Austin the last weekend of this month, AnimeFest in Dallas the first weekend of Next month. And have a fancy schmancy invite only gala on the 23rd of September. Please be aware that these are my LAST CONS IN TEXAS UNTIL FURRY FIESTA! and I may not be doing much more in Texas.

After a lot of back and forthing and trying to make things work, my boyfriend and I are splitting up. I am currently trying to figure out if I'm going to move to CO, which I adore. Or to NJ where I know I have free rent and family in the area. I am weighing out my support bases/how likely I think it is that I could get a part time job fairly soon in Denver, and the social politics that come with the free rent in NJ... So bear with me, my life is pretty hectic right now. In any case, the latest I would move would be end of September, and the earliest would be beginning of September. I am still figuring out logisitics and needing to get stuff packed up. We've lived together for 3 years so figuring out whose stuff was initially whose kind of sucks...

In any case, thats my life update, and hopefully I'll see you all at these next cons... Gonna post old art to ebay when I get back with cheap minimum bids. I can't move it all.

Best,
Laura

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