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Joanna
05 April 2011 @ 10:32 am
Saw infinityduck's band last night, which is always a good time. But then I ate a cheeseburger too close to bedtime and it made me feel gross and gave me weird dreams. I kept waking up, which kept waking Ozma up, which made her want to go play in the closet, chew on plastic bags, and shriek at nothing while I was just trying to get back to sleep. Lol my cat.

But then I woke up this morning and found my reality to be preferable, and all was well again. Sort of. I keep fretting over the fact that I'm going to hear back soon about whether or not I'm gonna be chosen for the gig I tried out for. Brr.

Whatever. Here's some more cover inks for The Hunt:



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Joanna
Editor Tim Beedle (charmer that he is), has just posted a very fun interview with me to his blog. He writes a very flattering intro for me, which I then proceed to utterly debunk by being myself, and supplying creepy photos. Fraggle Rock, Roadsong, The Hunt... I talk about working on all these things. This is without a doubt the most enjoyable interview I've had the pleasure to do in awhile. Hats off to Tim.

It should also be said that Tim knows me pretty well, so he doesn't hold back with the probing questions about my rampant nerd-ery:

What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever drawn? I’ve seen Carl Sagan fanart from you and have heard rumors of boys love fanart based around Star Trek and The Prestige, among others.

This has got to be my favorite question out of everything you’ve asked, since before I was a creator, I was a fan. It’s true, I make a lot of fanart and subvert a lot of canon…for fun, not profit. The strangest things I’ve ever drawn have all been on dares from other fans, I expect. It might be a tie between the time I drew Eomer from The Lord of the Rings trilogy in drag, or the time that I irreverently illustrated characters from both The Dark Tower series and the Twilight series as blood-covered vampire-spider babies playing in a sandbox together. For kicks, I even made an animated gif out of that second one. Vampire-spider babies should sparkle in real time, after all.

And yes, I’m guilty of being not just a trekkie, but one of THOSE trekkies who think Kirk and Spock are madly in love and need to get married, like, yesterday.


I highly recommend you read the rest here.
 
 
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Joanna
28 March 2011 @ 10:42 am
We interrupt this program to give some love to my colorist, Ulises Grostieta.

Seriously, the dude is good. Check out his colors on my cover illustration for The Hunt:



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Joanna
20 March 2011 @ 01:26 pm
Art updates.

Okay, so evidently chapter 1 of the hunt (which was supposed to come out in february) is a bit delayed. *twiddles thumbs* I'll work on my cover illustrations in the meantime.

Aside from that, here's some mimes (lol) I did for a client. They are allegedly going on posters.



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Joanna
Fffffnnnnrrrrghhhh. Insanely stressful gig-tryout illos are finally finished(?), now I can get back to being on the internet like a normal reclusive dorkface.

***First of all, since everyone is asking me how the cat-adoption went, here's my update on that:

Visiting her foster home was truly a joy, because her foster mom had TONS of cats, who were all sweet and wonderful and loved to play and climb on me. I was in hog heaven. There was a cornish rex who looked like an alien sheep and couldn't stop playing with my hair... and there was a sphynx who liked to be spanked. No seriously, he liked to be slapped around. The harder I smacked him on his wrinkly furr-less back, the more he loved me and wanted to rub all over me. <3 ....Someday I'll own cats like this. Someday I will.

Anyway. I picked up my girl, and she is TINY. Like, seriously tiny. Barely 5 lbs. Or "2 guinea pigs worth" as maypirate put it. I was entirely nervous because she howled and shredded the inside of her box for the entire 2-hour drive home... and her foster mom warned me that she might just want to hide for awhile after I got her out, and that I shouldn't be alarmed if she didn't want to eat or drink much for 2-3 days. I was also very meticulous about moving all her things into my bedroom, so that she could acclimate to a small room before being overwhelmed by the whole apartment.

....Turns out all my fears were unfounded. There is not a shy bone in this girl's body. She had about 30 seconds of nervousness at her new environment, and then she instantly wanted to sniff everything and go everywhere. She eats her food, she uses her litter box, she sleeps on the fuzzy blanket on my bed, and she scratches her scratching post. I couldn't ask for more.

She does have sort of a rebel yell primeval howl that she makes when she goes wandering around the house without me. Seriously, it's awful. She screeches and warbles like she's being tortured... but I've come to think that she's just trying to get a holla back. Like she expects me to come when she calls. sail_aweigh said, "Welcome to owning a siamese", and maypirate said, "welcome to your louder life."

Other than that, she's a very friendly alpha cat. Sleeps. Sits with me all the time. Can't resist open drawers and cabinets. Ignores the nice toys I buy her and plays with bits of trash. Thinks she owns ME, instead of the reverse. Tries to eat the houseplant she shouldn't eat. Has already christened the carpet by horfing on it in triplicate while I stepped out for five minutes. Yep, I'll be purchasing some carpet cleaner later today.

Last but not least, I have decided to continue my tradition of applying "Oz" names to everything, and have named her "Ozma". She's a princess after all. I mostly call her "Ozzie", and sometimes "Ozmoo" or "Ozzie-bee".


...She manages to look pissed-off in every photo. Also, photos don't do anything to describe her tiny-ness. But look at her pink fishing-pole toy for comparison's sake. It nearly half her size!!


Ozzie is normally found curled up on my fuzzy blanket. Like-a this. <3
 
 
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Joanna
15 March 2011 @ 02:17 pm
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE:

Okay. So. I just got off the phone with the kittyfostermom, and it's looking like the sphynx will probably go to different home, and that I'm out of the running... but this kitty showed up on the rescue site this morning, so I asked about her during our chat, and I have an appointment to go see her on Thursday.

LOOK AT HER:



THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE MY CAT, YOU GUYS. :x WHAT A TERRIBLE WEEK FOR ME TO PAUSE WORK AND DRIVE TWO HOURS OUT OF MY WAY TO ADOPT A KITTY, BUT WHO CARES. I've got it all worked out, see. I just gotta pencil 2 illos per day, and then I can skip work on thursday and take care of it.

...Oh gosh, oh gosh.
 
 
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Joanna
14 March 2011 @ 11:49 pm
I just submitted an adoption application for a 5 year old tortie sphynx, after thoroughly harassing the site admins with my panicky questions.

She has not yet arrived at her foster home, so there is little information available about her so far. However, they are accepting applications, and say that they will compare them in order to place her in the most suitable home.

...So, all I did was to be as specific as I possibly could about the personality I am looking for, and she fits me, I should hopefully be allowed to adopt her.

I know I've sort of intentionally picked a high-maintenance cat, since I figure that spending my time doting on a pet would be just the thing for me right now. Man, if I really do end up getting a hairless cat, I am going to make it so many sweaters.

SO. MANY. SWEATERS.

...Ahem.

In other news, I've just been slammed with work, and given the opportunity to try out for a pretty sweet gig. I'm gonna go for it, so don't expect to see much of me this week. Starting tomorrow I'm chaining myself to the art desk, and that's that.
 
 
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Joanna
04 March 2011 @ 08:46 pm
Hmmm. I know I haven't been around much, but I'm playing a lot of catch-up on work since I got back from Ohio, and everything else is kind of getting ignored.

GEE, WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF I HAD SOMETHING TO SHOW FOR IT?

...Don't y'all miss high school, where you could do a drawing one night, and then show it to the whole world the next morning, and have your friends love you for it? Not that I've drawn anything of interest, of late. I need to do more covers for The Hunt, and you know, start on chapter 2, but I'm doing lettering and flatting and gnashing my teeth over my lack of funds, as usual.

Please please please let one of the THREE projects I've been tapped to do pan out. I need the caaaaash. *whine*

Anyway. Stuff happened. I turned 30. I had an oscar party with my sister-in-law and my mom, and maypirate was there remotely, too.

Then I came home, and maypirate had a birthday rapidly after mine. It's a shame that George Clooney couldn't attend her cake party.

I also had a job interview at the Humane Society and admired the cats, expressed some thoughts, and probably made a giant idiot of myself.

Did I mention that I've had a sinus infection for THE ENTIRE DURATION? ...Well, nearly. It's put this wall of stupid between me and reality. Like, seriously, I have never been such a klutz. For three days in a row I forgot my purse, my keys, my backpack... you name it, I left it somewhere random like a restaurant, or the floor of someone else's car.

... I also had my first experience with a face enema neti pot this morning, and with the wall of stupid fully in place, I threw the empty plastic saline packets in the toilet bowl instead of the trash, and then had to fish them out. Yeah. It probably won't be mystery if the Humane society doesn't want to hire me. I think I'll go run into that wall a few more times.

So yeah, been feeling like this a lot lately:

 
 
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Joanna
17 February 2011 @ 11:06 am
Today is the last day of my twenties.

This is the last post of my twenties.

And I thought it proper that I put up the last drawing of my twenties. I think it's a pretty good one.

It's an image from THE HUNT, the 3-issue miniseries I'm currently illustrating. It's in the colorist's hands now, and I think he's going to make it look spiff. Issue 1 comes out this month, so get those e-readers ready!



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Joanna
06 January 2011 @ 10:19 am
Happy New Year!! ... somewhat belatedly.

This marks my triumphant return to LJ, where I will remain until further notice. I had a cozy holiday at home with my family, and even though there were a few snafus and my asthma threatened to strangle me, I came out okay and was glad to see all my Ohio peoples.

I have no real hope of catching up on all the posts I missed, because my f-list is simply too epic. If there is something exciting that happened to you in the interim, please do not be shy about letting me know in a comment or email or somesuch.

I've completed chapter one of The Hunt, which is a project I've been doing with author Jared Koon, and I hope to be able to post more related art soon... but until then, here's my first drawing of the year:



AND IT'S KIRK/MCCOY. DO I AMAZE YOU?? (tee hee, it was a gift for sail_aweigh.)

And last but not least, here's some new Johannesburg awesomeness by Pogo to kick off 2011 for me:



Damn you Pogo, why do you make all music that isn't yours look bad? He's remixing the world, you guys. Seriously, I've been listening to Joburg Jam on repeat, and it's making my day better.
 
 
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