Berry Bramble - ©Dalliann 2015

We are having some bizarre (but welcome) weather patterns in my neck of the woods– 60 degrees and sunny, in February. This never happens. Usually at this time of year, we’re scraping ice off windshields every morning and carting around snowboots in case of a sudden blizzard. But for the last few weeks, the lawn has been green, everyone’s walking around in light sweatshirts, and there are strawberries popping up in my backyard!

All this unexpected sunshine and greenery put me in the mood to color a fairy– summerlike weather seems to do that. ~_^

How’s the weather where you are?

~Dalliann

2011 & 2015 Layouts - ©Dalliann 2015

It’s done! What do you think of the new layout? It’s not as ‘warm’ as the previous one but I’ve been in love with this color scheme for years, just looking for the right opportunity to use it. Those pale beige-greys and bright pops of orangey-red… gorgeous! As soon as the lineart for the header was finished, I knew this was the project I’d been waiting for.

Anyway, in addition to a new layout, I updated the ‘About’ page, fixed a few broken links, enlarged the default Gravatar sizes, revamped the sidebar, and corrected a hundred little behind-the-scenes things that had been driving me nuts since the LAST layout went live (in, like, 2011?). So I’ll probably be good with this design until 2019… ~_^

Actually, I’m experiencing a weird mix of relief and anxiety; relief because I can finally cross this item off my to-do list (yay!) but anxiety because I feel like I’m forgetting something very important and I have no idea what it is… So if anybody notices a gaping hole in the site (or any other glitchiness), please let me know.

Thanks!

~Dalliann

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

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