I should have thought of doing this earlier and preserving old updates, but unfortunately it didn't occur to me until many years after the website had been up.
The last update of the year, most likely. Hopefully everyone has had a happy, peaceful year and will have an even better one in 2018! As for me, I'm working on turning a porcelain Snow White into a tattooed sexy version, as well as making progress on Alucard. With a bit of luck, this will be a very productive week.
I've spent a lot of time in the last few weeks working on dolls, getting them ready for shows. Now that those are over, I can get back to my normal art things, so there are some new images of Alucard in progress. Also, on the sold figures page there's a Hello Kitty doll that recently sold that I just loved doing.
The Art n' Ale Trail was fun and we got to meet lots of new people. Since it was focusing on the Dolly Dearest dolls, I didn't bring any of my original art or prints. The Mad Raven will be hosting a craft fair November 18 starting at 11am and we'll be there doing the dolls for that. I'm also going to bring some prints and perhaps some other Keiken Art things, too.
Finally, Hanako is complete and her pictures have been uploaded. She is currently on display and available at the Mad Raven in Sparta, TN. For at least the next week I will be focusing on making dolls for the Art n Ale Trail which will be November 4. It's supposed to be a good time with the trail ending at the Calfkiller Brewery, so come join the fun!
The Diablo prints should arrive from the printer late this week, so I'll put them on the website this weekend. They are on a really nice heavy watercolour paper. Also, Dolly Dearest (which I am a part of) will be participating in the Art n Ale Trail in Sparta, TN on November 4. We will be at the Mad Raven. If you like creepy dolls, come see us!
Now that my workspace is set up (mostly), I have been catching up on actual art and figures. Wonderbolt has a couple of new in progress pictures. Also, I've recently completed a Diablo III watercolour & coloured pencil piece that will be a limited numbered edition run of 50 pieces. As soon as I get the proofs back from the printer, those will go on sale.
Well, the plan was to work on a lot of drawings, but I found I needed to do a website, instead. It's a dark-themed artistic site, which was fun. Dolly Dearest is a site with creative and creepy dolls and imaginative pumpkins. I help with some of the painting in that business, as well. You can also see it on the websites page.
The search function is complete on the website and this week is going to be spent almost completely catching up on artwork. Yea!
I've been working on the search engine sporadically (it's getting there). The Fire drawing is complete (still needs painting) and both Earth and Water are in progress. My art area is finally taking shape. I needed to figure out where I could actually get decent light before I set it up.
Since the website is working (except for the search engine), I'm going to take a few days off coding and focus on drawing.
The new website is complete and up! FINALLY!! It's much more interactive and has more images. Also, new wallpaper (both desktop and mobile) and colouring pages to download. If you have any problems with the new site, please contact me and be as specific as possible so I can (perhaps) fix it. Internet Explorer has some visual issues, but they're not bad enough to write a bunch of code to fix. The search engine is still in progress since it's something that couldn't be done until the last minute.
The dolls are doing well. That venture is called Dolly Dearest and the Facebook page is up and running. I'll make a simple website for that before too long. They are for sale on the Facebook page and through the Mad Raven used book store/cafe in Sparta, TN.
The light at the end of the website redesign is visible! Also, a friend and I have been painting creepy dolls which will be available at a local coffee shop soon. More info about that when it happens. The drawing mentioned earlier is complete (still need to paint it, though). I liked it so much that I'm turning it into a series: fire, earth, air and water.
The new website is more than halfway completed, which is fantastic news. Also, I'm in the middle of a drawing and as soon as I get my paints set up I can restart the figures.
Things have been insanely busy since I've relocated. Right now I don't even know where my paints are. Nonnon was donated to my fave coffee shop/bookstore (the Mad Raven) for their auction and brought a good price. Website work has also been keeping me busy.
I'm in the process of relocating, so things will be very slow for the rest of the year. But there is a new website up that's been finished, called "Elaina, How's the Market?" and it's a great place to go if you're looking for a home in middle Tennessee.
In addition, the Zazzle site is now live and one of the most popular items is this phone case of a Vampire Sugar Skull Cat. The background colour can be changed to whatever you like if purple isn't your thing. Clicking the phone will take you to the order page.
A new Wonderbolt image is on the wip page. I'm still hoping to get Hanako finished this year, and you can see her images on the same page. They're slowly but surely coming along. There's a website redesign that I'm working on for this site to make things easier on the backend. Tattoo designs and other website designs are also happening. It's a busy time!
Well, that was a very long gap between updates. Things have been busy, doing the usual web design and tattoo work. I will have pictures soon of a Rainbow Dash that I'm customizing. In the meantime, here are some new colouring pages! If you like Disney, there is a very cool one of Mickey and Minnie kissing with a bunch of other couples inside — from Lady & the Tramp, Aladdin, Up, Beauty & the Beast, Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. Also, a Superman and Shelby Cobra entwined and a logo from the Halo game.
It has been a VERY busy couple of months. The merchandise page is down while I redo it all. One of the websites is complete now and can be found on that page — Budget Sales Inc is the name of the cabinet store. A bunch of great people there.
No brush has touched Hanako in months. I really want to make sure I finish her this year.
Hanako has a couple new progress pictures. I need to put some more tattoo images on here, as well. In addition to the tattoos, I am currently working on two websites. Things are happily busy at the moment.
Took a bit longer than I expected, but here's the new merchandise page. There are phone cases, shirts, bags, notebooks, mugs, playing cards, gift boxes, and other items available. It's under the ART tab in the top menu.
There is also a new picture in Hanako's progress. She's almost done with the base painting and ready for shading. She's been an interesting experiment. I used different brand/kind of paint than normal on parts of it, and while it does have some advantages, I don't think I'll continue using that particular paint.
Great changes are happening on the website! I'm increasing the readability (people shouldn't have to squint to read a web page), as well as making adjustments to usability.
Finally have a page dedicated to web design (I'll move where it goes in the menu later). I'm going to tweak the navigation over the next couple of weeks, since I'm getting more pages and it's getting crowded, which I don't like. Also worked on Hanako today. I'll have to post more pictures soon.
Changes are finally happening on the website. You'll notice small changes for now as I'm updating the look of some parts. The T-shirt, notebook, etc. page is coming along well and should be up by the end of the month. On the longer term list of things to do: add more colouring pages, some for adults; work on Hanako; and of course regular work like the tattoos and websites. On the plus side, I have been better about updating the facebook page.
Just because it's Leap Day, I needed to post something. Today is devoted to website work. Tomorrow it's back to tattoos.
It's taking a very long time to get the new website up and running, so I'm going to add a page here instead where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, notebooks, etc. That will be my goal for the next month.
Hanako is still being worked on and has a few new pics. She's FINALLY ready to paint. Still also working on some new designs for notebooks, mugs, etc.
A bunch of new tattoo designs will be available on T-shirts, mugs, keychains, temporary tattoos, etc. soon. In the meantime, I've been working on Hanako, and you can see some in-progress pics here. It's been to cold lately to do the next primer coat, but should warm up enough this weekend. Some custom tattoo designs are still happening, although I've been a bit stalled building the new website. There's just enough coffee in my life, I think.
The tattoo designs that were for sale as mugs and t-shirts have been removed from the site for a few days while I fix the links to the place I sell them through. They will be available again shortly, along with other items.
On a side note, hopefully everyone will have a happy, peaceful and safe holiday season.
It's been a harrowing and busy couple of months, but things are starting to get on track. The site is much more reliable now and I've started working again. I've been called to task (in a friendly way) for not putting more things on the facebook page, so I'm going to do my best and start putting things on there more often.
The webservice has become unacceptable, in terms of speed and downtime, so I am migrating this site over to a new one today, hopefully.
My webhost has been bought out by a different host, and I've been notified that there are migration issues. Since part of what I do is website design and maintenance, there are a few sites using that webhost. This site, since it's my personal thing, is on the back burner until I make sure that all of the sites for my clients are A-Ok. Once that is done, I'll resume work on this website. In the meantime, however, I am still doing tattoo designs.
Well, in my effort to make the website faster, I've screwed up a couple of things. Rather than spend hours to fix everything, though, I'm going to focus on getting the new site completed.
Later that day...
Well, it didn't take as long to fix as I was afraid it might. Thankfully.
Finally fixed a thing on the navigation for the site that's always annoyed me, and moved a figure from the for sale to the sold page. The pictures for Marge & Fee were pretty bad, too, so the images have been replaced.
Things have been very, very busy. The new site is still coming along -- slowly.
Added a short, informative video about why tattoo ink stays in the skin even though skin is constantly regenerating on the tattoo information page. I'm trying to get back to doing more actual painting, since it's been a while. I've just been so busy doing coding and website stuff, I've flaked on the figures and painting. I think I'll ease into it with a few designs that have been sitting on my table.
Progress on the new and improved website is coming along very slowly. I want to make sure it all works correctly before making it live. In addition to tattoo designs, I'm working on a couple of pinups.
Some tattoo designs which have either been sold or completed are now on the Custom tattoo art page. Besides a Reaper and Angel piece, there a piece with Cloud, Sephiroth and Bahamut from Final Fantasy VII. Also a group of Disney villainesses starting at Snow White's evil queen and ending with Mother Gothel from Tangled. Included in that one are Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians), Madam Mim (Sword in the Stone), Madame Medusa (Rescuers), Ursula (Little Mermaid), and Yzma (Emperor's New Groove).
The website I was working on is finished a few weeks early. There are still some small tweaks, but it's basically done. So now, back to art things! I'm also thinking of revamping this website a bit. For the most part, there won't be major changes. I really like this overall design. I'm primarily thinking of giving each item it's own page and simplifying some of the background code.
Progress on the website I'm building is going very well *knock on wood*. With a bit of luck, it should be done next month. Then it will be back to working on cow girl. I'm also still working on some custom tattoos, as well.
I'm working on a website design now, so the art thing is put on hold for a couple of months. I'm still doing occasional custom tattoo designs, but cow girl is going to have to wait for a bit. It's just as well, anyway, since I really prefer to spray her outside and it's just too cold for that right now. Today we had a high temperature of 15, I think.
A couple of new pics on the progress of Hanako (cow girl) have been added to the wip page. Pretty soon I think I'm going to be working on another website, so her progress may stop for a bit. I'll know more before the end of the month.
The last picture of monkey girl has been added to the wip page, you can now find the completed figure on the figures for sale page. I started working on her in 2012. I just had zero time, and she took forever to finish. I'm currently fixing one that I may put up for sale if she turns out good enough. After that, it's on to the cow girl. I'm also redoing the Beauty and the Beast pinup as an actual drawing, so look for that eventually.
Now, on the tattoo page, you can buy some Keiken art through Zazzle. The designs are on shirts, mugs, phone cases, bags, and buttons. At the moment, just two images are available. More items throughout the site will be added time to time. Also, another small update on Monkey Girl on the wip page.
Some more updates to the site today, some coding things and a new addition to the figures wip page. I'm at the beginning of a new figure, called Hanako. Also, the new free 2015 calendar is available. To download it, go to the calendar page.
The new search has been implemented for the site, it's ridiculously better than the old site search. Monkey girl is almost done, mostly I just need to finish the base. I'm debating on the next project. I had a request to do a cow girl, but I'm also thinking about doing a Yoko from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
I think I have a handle on a better search for the website. It should be fully functional by the end of the weekend. *crossed fingers*
Another fast update, just one picture of progress on monkey girl. She is very slowly coming along. It's been so very cloudy lately that it's hard to paint the really small details. I need to see about doing a different search engine, too...
Another small update today, I finally managed to implement a search function on the site. There were also some coding issues that were fixed.
Addendum: OK, after messing with the search engine all day, it's definitely not the best. I'll work on improving it.
Just a quick update today. I added some explanations to the images on the wip page, since there was a request for some.
After a year of not working on a figure, I finally got back to it a bit today. I'm working on monkey girl again. I added a picture of a piece of cedar that will be the base. It needs to be sanded yet to make it pretty, but I was happy to find it in the woods near my house, as part of a broken branch. With a bit of luck, I may actually be able to finish her this year.
A new tattoo design for lovers of Hawaii and pinups has been added to the tattoo page. I'm still working on the custom tattoo design. It's a neat half sleeve depicting aspects of a guy's life. I'm enjoying working on it, especially now that I have the time this week to really put some more time into it. After this tattoo, the plan is to try and finish monkey girl, then a new fancel.
It took a bit longer then I anticipated, but there are finally a couple of new designs on the tattoo page. One pinup for fans of Beauty and the Beast, and one for fans of medical marijuana.
I'm working on a new custom design at the moment, which is a nice change from so much coding. Although I have a couple of websites to build on the horizon, those probably won't happen for at least a month yet, so in the meantime I'm drawing, drawing, drawing.
Added a few more recent tat designs, including a Princess Leia one. I'm in the process of adding a few more tattoo designs to buy to the site. They should be up by the end of the week.