Bored Barista Commissions Pt. 4

Yep this little Bored Barista has another blog post out before the new year, despite the Bored Barista in 2019 post which made for a fitting final post of 2018. BUT…I wanted to take this time to announce that I’ve recently finished a brand new 2nd edition cover of An Unlikely Company (The NetherGate Trilogy: Book 1) by my amazing friend and writer Tyler R Lee. You can find it here for e-book and paperback on Amazon!

“An Unlikely Company” by Tyler R Lee – Book Cover

I can still hardly believe this one is done. I can remember the days of drawing each character with care, bringing each of them to life one step at a time. I’d read this book earlier in the year and fell in love with the characters, and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to create this cover, and deliver a visual representation the author and I are both happy with! This cover made for an interesting challenge in many ways, one where I even felt like I had to step out of my comfort zone a little. Since I really enjoyed this story, however, and love these characters, I can’t say the pressure of making sure I really draw these characters well ever discouraged me. Though that’s also because of how encouraging Tyler R Lee has been through the entire process of this new cover, so I have to thank him for that! This was a blast to make and, like I said, I can still hardly believe it’s done and available for everyone to see now!

I’m happy to be ending this year with an accomplished feeling, and can’t wait to start on some of the projects I have planned for 2019! Happy new year, everyone!

Bored Barista in 2019

Yeeeeah a post about the upcoming new year! But first, a few words on my recent artist event. Last weekend, I sold art at my little Bored Barista table over at Holiday Matsuri, and I had a lot of time to think…a loooot of time.

It had been a few months since I did a weekend-long event like this. I’d forgotten how draining it can be, both during the slow hours of the day, and even the busy hours of sales and conversation. I honestly admire the people who do this frequently. It’s a lot of time at a table, either waiting for sales or making friendly conversation with those who stop by. That being said, I don’t think this is for me.

I have one more event in 2019. I’ll be at MechaCon in artist alley from July 26 – 28. MechaCon was my first ever anime convention back in 2006. I’ve always attended as a congoer though, never as an artist. Seems fitting to make my first anime convention the last one where I sell art.

Don’t get me wrong. I will still design prints, still make buttons, and still do commissions and whatever other goodies cross my mind. Selling at cons, be they one day events or an entire weekend, isn’t for me. I’m a lot happier with making custom art for people, rather than constantly making prints of something that I hope will sell. Like I said, I’ll still make a few here and there, but those will be for Etsy.

That being said, I appreciate friends and strangers alike who have stopped by my table at events like this, be it to buy something, take a card, or even just compliment my art. Every little bit matters to me, and I can’t give enough thanks for that.

So, what’s next for Bored Barista? Well, more commissions, actually. Stay tuned for some new book covers, one I’ve just completed, and one I’ll be starting on soon! In addition to staying fairly open for commission work, I will be taking this time to improve in areas I feel I am weak when it comes to art. I think I could have challenged myself a little more this year, but that’s not to say I’m not happy with what I’ve accomplished. Being Bored Barista has really helped me to draw so frequently, and work hard to get better each time. 2018 is a great reflection of that for me.

Looking forward to what I hope will be a productive and successful 2019, and I wish the same for all of you! Have a wonderful holiday, and a happy new year!

Bored Barista at Holiday Matsuri (and Commission Updates)

Hey, everyone! Whether you’re keeping busy preparing for the holidays or taking it easy, I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far!

I haven’t been able to update much. In between preparing for the holidays, I’ve been working on more commissions, which I had briefly reopened only to have to then close again with the holidays being a hectic time. I did have one commission to take care of, which had been requested before I closed commissions off in November, and that was last of author Caitlin E Jones‘ character art for her novel Chimehour!

Halward

Halward from Chimehour by Caitlin E Jones.

Caitlin is always a joy to work with, and I’m so excited to have provided her with artwork for all of her fascinating and memorable main characters. It’s been so fun to be so heavily involved in projects surrounding a book I deeply enjoyed. These have been so fun to make, and I look forward to working with her on other projects as always!

 

Not too long ago, I’d worked on some character art for author Tyler R Lee as well, with characters from his book An Unlikely Companywhich were an absolute blast to make, since they are pretty spectacular characters! This time around, I was approached with something a little different but certainly no less exciting to take on, if not more so!

I don’t get too many Dungeons & Dragons character requests, though one of my first ones had been a D&D character, actually! Since then, I haven’t had too many requests for one, but this has certainly made up for that, and was so fun to make! I was tasked with not one character commission, but an entire group and DM as well!

Tyler - DnD Commission
D&D Group Commission

Ooooh this was a fun one to make, and challenged me in many ways with D&D races I rarely get to draw! I loved getting to work on a diverse group of characters, and what made it all the more special was that it was a surprise gift from the DM to the characters. I’m happy that I was able to be a part of this. I know it’s exciting to see your characters brought to life. Heck, even though I draw, I STILL love seeing when someone else draw’s any of my own characters. It can be so exciting to see a creation of yours through someone else’s eyes, so I definitely get that.

Bored Barista at Holiday Matsuri

Commissions aren’t the only thing keeping me busy right now. Next week, this grumpy little Bored Barista will be at Holiday Matsuri, in Orlando, FL, Dec. 14 – 16! It’s my first time going but I’ve heard good things, so I’m excited to see what this con will be like!

Holmat-Table

I’ll be at Table 22, so if you’re going, feel free to stop by and say hi! I’ll be there with prints, buttons, and more! Hope to see you there!

That’s it from this lil’ Bored Barista for now. I hope to update with another post again after Holiday Matsuri, so stay tuned for that! Have a great day, everyone!

 

 

Bored Barista Commissions Pt. 3 and Other Updates

Hey, all! It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new here. October is always a busy month for a lot of us, and that included me as well. I regret that I couldn’t balance Inktober with everything else I had going on, and only made it to Day 13. Otherwise, I would be writing about that today. (I will say though…I’m a lot happier with what I did in those days than what I did for most of last year’s Inktober!) Anyway, I’ll instead briefly mention a little of what’s been going on since I last posted.

Bar Con IV at Bad Wolf Bar & Grill has come and gone, an event I’ve attended 3 times now, and have sold artwork at twice now at my precious little Bored Barista table. Bar Con is an all day nerd event with amazing vendors, talented performances such as fire dancers, cosplay competitions, and more!

Spooky. It was about a week before Halloween, so…spiderweb table cover!

It sadly rained fora large part of the day, but that didn’t stop any of us from making the most of it! It was overall a good day with plenty of wonderful artists and performances!

October has also been a slow month with finishing commissions, but here is some of my recent work:

“Scout it Out” Local Dog Walking Business – Promotional Art

A barista buddy of mine asked me to do a promotional art piece of her and her precious dog Scout for her New Orleans dog walking business “Scout it Out.” (Anyone interested can visit her Facebook or Instagram pages here!)

But that isn’t the only dog-themed piece I’ve worked on recently!

“Pete the Dog” Frankenstein – Custom Movie Poster Request

I honestly had a lot of fun with this, as someone who rarely gets to draw dogs! I was requested to design a Frankenstein movie poster for a shih tzu I know named Peter. It was fun drawing him as a green Frankenstein’s monster creation!

It’s fun getting to do some things that are a bit different from what I would normally do. I’m always trying to break out of my comfort zone, even if it’s only a little at a time.

I am in the process of working on two other commissions, but sadly will be holding off on accepting any additional requests for the rest of November. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has my attention currently, in addition to these commissions, along with some other things I’m hoping to work on this month. If I catch up on things sooner than expected, I may open up commissions again sooner than that. Facebook is usually what I post to first…as I have been terrible with Instagram and Twitter lately, but I will still make sure to announce on all 3 as soon as I can.

HOWEVER, if you still wish to discuss commissions with me for a later date, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Messaging me on any of the mentioned social media pages is the best way for that. 🙂 That’s all this Bored Barista has to say for now. Back to working on commissions and other goodies!

 

Bored Barista Commissions Pt. 2

Hey, everyone! This bored barista is back with an update on recent commissions!

Lately, I have been doing a lot of work in particular for author Caitlin E. Jones, including more character art:

Cecilia

“Cecilia” from Chimehour by Caitlin E. Jones.

But I’ve been working on other big projects as well, such as the e-book and paperback editions for her upcoming novel Chimehour!

 

Chimehour Front Cover

Words can’t even begin to describe how happy I am with this project, not only for what I’ve done, but for how I’ve made the author feel about it. All I want when it comes to projects such as these is for the author to have a cover that reflects their work, one that will also draw one’s eye to it, and one that the author is happy with and will adore forever.

As someone who honestly loves this book, I’m happy to have worked with Jones on many projects for her fictional world of Chimehour. The novel’s release is October 12, though if you are reading this before September 30, pre-orders are still going on for the Kindle edition, and the Paperback Edition.

In addition to the celebration of the novel’s upcoming release, I’ve recently designed a 2nd edition cover of her novella The Spectre and the Governess!

SatG Cover Electronic

Once the cover for Chimehour was complete, I began to wonder about the idea of making Spectre a little more consistent with the novel, to appear more as the companion piece that this prequel novella is. An idea instantly came to mind, and I was eager to work on it as soon as I had the go-ahead to start it!

Don’t get me wrong…the first edition will always have a special place in my heart. It still makes me happy when I look at it. It was my first official book cover, and the positive responses I’d received gave me the encouragement I needed back when I was still far less confident in my design work.

1st and 2nd edition side by side.

If you’re interested in learning more about these stories and author Caitlin E. Jones, be sure to check out her website, or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I have a few more commissions lined up, though I’m going to also try to work on more of my own projects in between these. So stay tuned for more! ❤