Friday, March 30, 2012

Fan Art Friday No.6

Boba Fett + Marceline the Vampire Queen =

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Or, if you will, "TI-Eighty threemo". (after the character Beemo from Adventure Time). Did anyone else have to use a graphing calculator in high school? Do kids still have to? I definitely had a strange affection for my TI-83...

Also, Joe and I will be at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend! Table J-10! Truthfully, I'm going for more of a vacation, so the only things I'll have for sale are my superhero prints:

And I'll be doing sketches: $20 B+W; $40 Color (watercolor). I am going to try and walk around the lovely city of Seattle, so apologies ahead of time for not being at the table. Joe will be there, though, selling lots of stuff!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Process: Just For Fun

Sometimes it's important to make stuff for no reason, or rather for fun reasons. I'm currently working on something sea turtle-related, but my research went astray when I started doodling juvenile sea turtles in the margins of my notes. A half hour later, I had 20 little drawings that, after some finagling in Photoshop, turned into this:

Hatch!, Sea turtle hatchin'.

I'm no animation buff (I took a winter class back in college), but I love me some GIFs.

Oh, and the bio nerd in me would like to point out that sea turtles hatch underground, and have to dig their way out to the surface. So my animation is factually incorrect.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Process: Time Management

Ah. the exciting topic of...time management? Yup. This post is about how I schedule my time. (BORING) I have to admit, I love when artists/writers share their methods for getting stuff done. So I'm sharing mine. Take THAT, internet.

I've kept a daily planner/pocket calendar thingy since the days of college; I wouldn't really know how else to keep track of all the crap* I have to do. My current (and favorite) planner so far is this little number from Moleskin. I've used this type of planner for the past three years...:

It's about 3.5 x 5.5 inches, so yeah, I like to write SMALL. I love seeing the whole month! Since my days at my non-comics (Aquarium) job change week to week, I use red pen to outline shifts.

For comics, I will make deadlines for the week, and check them off as I go (or reassess my schedule if I don't meet them).

Food, travel and social stuff go on here too. I also enjoy anytime I can use stickers (see the tiny fruit ones on the top? those were to remind me to pick up the farmshare that month).

With all that said, I feel like I'm just finally starting to be more efficient with my time. Up until last fall, I was still working 3 - 4 days at the Aquarium, so my work-from-home time was only about 3 - 4 days a week. Now, it's more like 5 - 6, so really planning out each work-from-home day is important (for me at least). Here's 2 versions of a-day-in-the-life-of-Maris:

9 AM wake up, work out
10 AM coffee + breakfast, maybe some planning for the day
11 AM shower/clean
12 AM - 2 PM work
2 PM - 2:30 PM lunch
2:30 PM - 7 PM work
7 PM - 8 PM dinner
8 PM - 11 PM work
11 PM - 1 PM tv/movie/video game/doodling

9 AM wake up, work out
10 AM coffee + breakfast, maybe shower
11 AM - 2 PM work
2 PM - 2:30 PM lunch
2:30 PM - 7 PM work
7 PM - 8 PM dinner (sometimes takeout)
8 PM - 2 AM work

Things like breaking a bigger project into little mini-deadlines, and establishing daily/weekly/monthly expectations are helpful to have on there too (and they can help to prevent going into "crunch time" mode). Basically, if I get to check something off once I've done it, I feel good. For really big accomplishments, rewards like going out to fancy dinner, or starting a video game (SKYRIM!!!!) are nice little perks (haha Skyrim pun). I'll save the Skyrim post for another day though.

All that said, I am always looking for ways to work more/faster, but without sacrificing my sanity. Cooking, taking walks, working outside (when possible) are all little ways I try to not become a total comics zombie. Also, having a part-time job that engages me in a completely different way than comics has been integral to my well-being. Plus, I am more than happy when those two worlds meet (I'll be posting soon about some Aquarium comics I'm doing!).

Ok. Hopefully that's helpful or interesting. I know it helped me to put this in writing...Oh, and speaking of which, I have been curious about digital calendars, but for now I will keep it strictly physical (call me old-fashioned).

*note: When I say "crap", I am referring to paying bills, car maintenance, appointments, meetings, etc. It's not ALL crap, I promise.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fan Art Friday No.4

It only makes sense to combine two of my favorite things...

And then he was all like

There will be more of these. Oh yes, there will be more.

Happy Friday!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fan Art Friday No.3 (ok, it's actually Saturday)

Only in the dead of night, will I post this fan art of...JAR JAR BINKS:

Crispy mornin' munchin'.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stuff: Poop

This was a going away present for a coworker-friend Sunnye:

Sunnye kept an amazing blog about her plastic use for a year: KnowPlastic

Currently, she's busy traveling the world (with her poop, no doubt); you can be insanely jealous of her exploits here.

The stuffed poop was made with brown fleece, polyfill stuffing and, of course, love.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fan Art Friday No.2

I just can't help myself...