Here’s MY personal Best Nine of 2017. This year has been a crazy, unexpected whirlwind! Especially for me creatively. So I wanted to look back and choose 9 pics from my feed that I think made a mark on me as an artist. It’s important to look back to see how we grow and change and take notes for the future. This year I expressed many sides of my personality, the fun side with my fuzzbutt bees, the environmental side with the 3 eyed Ajna, the ridiculous side with my zombees. I opened up in ways I hadn’t before, like sharing my fan fiction art through Patreon (Bethyl forever!), deciding to channel love over hate with my new @coreyhelfordgallery show “Sky”. I pushed myself technically with “La Madre” one of my biggest most intricate paintings to date, I painted a boy, “Dorian Grey” mixing rainbows and literature, I spent a year completing my rainbow fox, and I brought my love of doll furniture together with my love of custom toys! I published my first ever online comic “Davinchibi” and launched my Etsy with the help of Asami! Tasha, my amazing coordinator knocked it out of the Park this year! She helped me build my Patreon and so much more. I did things this year that I hadn’t done before, traveled more than ever and took creative risks. It hasn’t been an easy year, I think many can relate. This year forced me to push myself to work harder and deal with tragedies. 2017 almost felt apocalyptic. Hate surfaced in ways I didn’t expect and it hurt my heart so gravely that I changed my entire direction for my solo show for Corey Helford next year. I decided to take a stand for my beliefs that ALL humans are equal. I want my art to inspire and heal, to bring people together, to spread love. I hope that I’ve brought smiles to your faces and been there through the hard times. My new motto is “Love over Hate”. I have some big plans for next year, I talk about them here on my new Huffington Post interview. You can read it here! Now that the year is ending it’s time to look forward to what we can accomplish in 2018! Stay strong and let your freak flag fly my lovelies!! I can’t thank you enough for all your likes and comments and support. You make me so happy! I want to wish you the Happiest New Years ever! Let’s celebrate with love! Big hugs and all my best!
I’m so excited to announce my 2nd Creativebug video class, “How To Draw Manga Figures”, is now live! I worked with their professional recording team to create beautiful, thorough step-by-step lessons on drawing manga. This class is the 2nd one (I have one on Manga Faces here!) and now you can watch it on the Creativebug website by signing up here.
Creativebug is a fantastic online learning community that offers video lessons from lots of different creative instructors by monthly subscription. You can sign up for a free trial and have access to loads of amazing, high quality, professional video lessons. It’s an awesome way to support creators directly, and learn new creative skills! I had a lot of fun making these videos, and I hope you enjoy getting to watch them! Check out How To Draw Manga Figures here!
I’m so excited to show you guys my studio! After months of renovations, it’s all been worth it. This is my sanctuary. My creative safe-haven! I’m so in love with how everything came together, and how creatively energizing it is to have a dedicated place to channel all my creativity!
Let me give you the tour! This is my computer workstation where I have a Wacom Cintiq touchscreen. These babies are amazing for Photoshop. Highly recommended!
It’s really important to me as a creative and an artist to support my fellow artists and creative friends, so I have a library and collection of books, artworks, toys and other things to creatively energize me through the day! It’s so lovely to be able to have a cup of tea and look through an artbook, or listen to one of my audiobooks surrounded by beautiful things other artists made with love, while I create my own paintings!
Speaking of what I love- look at this little nugget! Loki loves the patio outside my studio, and has his own dishes and favorite sleeping chairs. Just like the little prince he is!
My studio is also where I keep lots of special goodies and one-of-a-kind samples, proofs, and treasures. I’m going to be opening my studio up for invitation-only events, tours and release parties! So if you’d like to sign up for an invitation to my events in my Vancouver BC studio, email firstname.lastname@example.org !
Camilla’s Pop Painting contest image #2 is released! Share this contest image to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (or all 3!) by 17/1/16 for a chance to win a copy of Pop Painting + a signed print! One of four winners will receive a copy of Pop Painting with an original Camilla sketch inside. For full contest and prize details, check here.
I’ve barely had time to unpack from Fan Expo in Toronto and I’m already packing for Dragon Con in Atlanta! I’ll post pics from Fan Expo really soon, probably just do a combined convention post-mortem next week.
So for anyone and everyone going to Dragon Con, this is where you’ll find me:
Comics and Pop Artists Alley in Grand Hall East of the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel
(omg that’s right next to Hope Gallery Tattoo! Baroness, we are gonna have fuuuuun!)
One thing about Fan Expo got me even more excited about Dragon Con – the Helmetgirls Cosplay Competition! My original Helmetgirls from Toronto were there to show me their new cool helmets. There will be more of you at Dragon Con, so come by my table to show me your Helmetgirls outfits! Here’s one sweet gal who came to SDCC:
And of course I can’t let my debut at Dragon Con happen without bringing new merchandise! So get ready because I’ll be locked and loaded down with new stuff, like button packs, stickers, tattoos, clothing, and new prints! And of course, I’ll have copies of Tanpopo #3 and a few of the GIANT BUDDHA Kuros for anyone who wants a whole lotta lovin’ to take home with them 😉
Help us decide! We’ve conquered the paper, the inks, the printer, the sizes, the prices, the quantities and even put together a mailing list for the FINE ART PRINTS but … we can’t decide on which image to print first!
Do we go with IGUANA? A fan favorite, highly requested, and probably a long time coming and always timeless. Or, do we go with CANADIAN TIGER? She’s more recent, my tribute to Canadian nature, and I know a lot of you loved the painting.
So what’s it all about? I wanted fans and collectors to share my art, and I wanted to add value to the art itself. So in addition to the open ended prints of some of my older works, we’re now going to offer bigger, limited edition, signed and numbered, fine art paper prints of my new paintings, and each will come with a certificate of authenticity. The plan is to release between 2 to 4 per year, based on input from collectors, fans, friends – you know how it goes -> we’ll ask you! We’re looking into framing so if that’s something you’d like offered let us know! We welcome all your comments, questions and suggestions! Please respond through the blog here or email us at email@example.com. And don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list for fine art prints if you want to stay ahead of the news!
For now, let us know which of the two images you’d like to see as a large fine art print so we can make those available and find them homes!
The last convention of the year is finally here! Phew, what a whirlwind it’s been! I just so happen to really love APE Con, and I’m stoked about getting to present issue 1 of Sky Pirates of Neo Terra published by Image Comics!
I’ll also have Tanpopo, Volume 1 & 2, which weren’t available last year at APE! And guess what else I’ve got?? BURN Issue 6!! yessss, for everyone who hasn’t been able to get it, now will be your chance!