Sketch - Fairy Boy - ©Dalliann 2015

I’ve mentioned before (I think) that I have the memory span of a goldfish. Or was it a squirrel…? I don’t really remember– but that’s the point. Because even though a short memory can create daily frustrations (such as losing your car keys multiple times in one morning), it also has the benefit of keeping things new and exciting. For example…

Every few months, my computer desk gets cluttered enough (and my precariously stacked piles of sketches get tippy enough) that I am finally moved to clean. I sort through the stacks, tossing illustrations that are not going anywhere and keeping sketches that show some promise, and I dig out my huge folder marked ‘Misc Art’ with the intent of filing the sketches and coming back to them later.

The thing is, I’ve had this folder for about five years and each time I open it (usually to add more stuff to it), I’m always surprised by the things I find there. A lot of it I don’t even remember drawing.

So today, because the stacks got tippy and I’m aiming for an organized 2015, I cleaned. And sorted. And opened the file… and found a bunch more fairy illustrations that I had totally forgotten about, many needing only a few tweaks before they can be inked! Every time I open that folder, it’s like Christmas! ~_^

So, here are a few of the ‘new’ drawings I’ll be cleaning up and coloring soon:

Sketch - Fairy With Blossoms - ©Dalliann 2015

Sketch - Slipping Fairy - ©Dalliann 2015

Sketch - Berry Bramble - ©Dalliann 2015

So how do you organize your old, unfinished art? Do you go back through it for renewed inspiration? Does your ‘forgotten’ work ever surprise you?

~Dalliann

FAQ: Art Licensing - ©Dalliann 2015

I’ve received a few emails asking how I landed an art licensing contract and thought I should post my answer publicly in case any other readers are thinking about licensing their own art and wondering how to get started.

For me, it went like this: I wrote a cover letter, printed off a dozen pages of my art, stuck them in a folder, mailed them to ALI, Inc., got a telephone call from them a week later (to my utter astonishment), and reviewed and signed the contract they sent to me.

It was a surprisingly simple process and not at all the scary, complicated mess I imagined it would be (seriously, I’d contemplated doing this for years but thought I’d need a lawyer, a list of accolades, and the ‘perfect’ portfolio). If you have a stack of art just sitting around doing nothing, it really should be out there working for you. So let’s get started!

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New Layout Sneak Peak - ©Dalliann 2015

Hey! I’m back (after a ridiculously long hiatus)! I meant to return long before this but I was juggling health issues, lots of extra hours at my day job, new illustration projects, my webcomic, and some Homesteading 101 lessons– I wasn’t sure how to add blogging into the mix.

But it’s a new year and I want to start fresh… and what’s fresher than a new web layout? I’ve been wanting to change the graphics for a long time and completing a long overdue goal seemed like the right way to begin 2015, so that’s what I’ll be working on this month. The above is a sneak-peak! ^_^

I do not anticipate the coming months being any less hectic than the last twelve (I’m still dealing with all the same issues) but I’m going to make a concentrated effort to keep the blog current this year– and there is so much I’m looking forward to sharing with you all! News about my illustration business, new artwork, upcoming projects, inspirations, resources, and lots more!

So please check back throughout the month; in addition to a design update, most pages will also be getting content updates. In the meantime, let me know what you’ve been up to since we last visited! Are you excited for 2015? What are your goals for this year? I can’t wait to catch up with you! :D

Happy New Year!

~Dalliann

Okay– so the good news is that new Sink pages start posting again today (and there are several weeks of buffer pages, yay!). The bad news is that I have decided to cancel the monthly challenges for awhile…

I started having really bad leg pain in April and found a lump behind one of my knees. I’ve been to the doctor and had some tests done but no answers, yet; on the contrary, I came up negative for pretty much every easily treated condition they thought it might be and now they’re looking into other possibilities.

In the meantime, the back of my leg is a purple-and-black bruised mess and I can’t sit comfortably without my leg propped up at hip level; although I have found a way to do this behind my computer desk, the set-up is a bit precarious and after twenty minutes my foot falls asleep. Oh, and my twenty pound moose of a cat thinks outstretched limbs make the most fantastic perches– especially the kneecap area. So I’m trying to avoid excess computer work (and pretty much anything else that involves sitting for long periods of time) as much as possible until I find some relief.

My next exam is in a few weeks so hopefully they’ll be able to pinpoint the problem and fix it. I’m sorry for flaking out on the challenges (and my blog in general) but I know I won’t be able to keep up with them until I’m feeling better.

Thank you for your understanding…

~Dalliann

I can’t believe it’s halfway through April already! I still have WAY too many things left on my to-do list– I’ll really have to scramble to finish them by May… But here’s a sneak-peak at some of the stuff I have accomplished this month for my comic:

Sink Sketches - Islanders - ©Dalliann 2014

I’ve been thumbnailing future pages and these are some of the refined sketches from those exercises. They feature more of the island characters (who I am so excited to introduce!). A few more pages featuring solely Miri and Ramón and then you’ll get to meet Chea, Fe, Julio, Lino, and the rest of the Sa’Ilia bunch. I’m getting kind of tired of drawing Miri’s loopy pigtails so maybe that’s why I’m so jazzed about shifting focus to other cast members, soon. ~_^

I’m aiming for ten weeks of buffer pages and plan to resume Sink’s update schedule on Thursday, May 1st. Won’t be too much longer now. :D

~Dalliann

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