Hi guys! After a while of updating our technology, and getting things set up, we're finally able to do some live art streaming on Twitch! It's mostly going to be me, but Drew may jump in from time to time. I will shoot out notifications before streaming, and eventually create a schedule, but for now I'm going to be testing out different times of day and seeing what works. Please stop by if you can. www.twitch.tv and search ofmiceandmadness
Hope to see you soon!
Well, I did it... I did the crazy thing of leaving a steady full-time job to pursue a life of art. I have a couple of side art-gigs that I'm working on (more to come about that stuff), and a few of commissions that I'm finishing up, but other than that, the focus is going to be on making Of Mice and Madness a successful art studio. I will now have time for blogging, commissions, website updating, and live streaming (Starting early to mid February). I'm very excited to give our mice the attention we think they deserve, plus much more. The live streaming will eventually a mish-mosh of painting (watercolor, acrylic, ink, etc), leather bracelet making, wood burning, probably building something at some point... you know, whatever my scatterbrain is taking care of for the day... I will post with new details as they develop.
I was cleaning up my computer the other day and I found some pages that Drew and I did for a High School Project that we agreed to participate in. The students worked in groups and were given a scene from Hamlet to have illustrated by an outside artist. They would come up with the theme, and comic page layout, and we would execute the illustrations. Well, we finished the pages, but never heard back... If nothing else it was a learning experience for us. Figuring out how to interpret somebody else's vision is definitely a skill that requires practice. Anyways, I thought the pages were lost, but turns out they were just hiding really well.
I posted them on the Everything Else! page. Take a look, they're fun!
Drew and I went to breakfast yesterday morning, and stopped by the comic book store on the way home. It was there that I found a $10 pair of Jem and the Holograms, light up Synergy earrings. Yup. No-Brainer. Sold. I asked Drew, "What do you think my alter ego would be like?" And with perfect timing he replies, "I don't know... quiet?" :P
Lots of progress on the Star Wars guys. Finn is almost done, Poe is close, and Ben is 1/2 way. But I'm going to post a progress shot of the Thor that's in the works on the WIP page after I'm done writing this. We've had enough requests for Thor at the convention that we thought it was about time to finally make a print. I'll report back soon! -Danielle
Hello again! So we got accepted into C2E2's Artist Alley again this year. *Insert happy dance here*
Drew and I have been really busy getting our new logo done, getting new mice made, and getting the comic book finished before the convention... Lots of work! But the logo is done, and we got our banner yesterday, so we just have to keep chipping along.
We have a new Star Wars series in the works. Rey is done and posted, but I'm currently painting in Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. I'm not posting them on the WIP page, though, because I want them to be a surprise. I'll keep you updated!
We'll be at booth V15. Please stop by! :)
So... I'm just coming to terms with the fact that I'm just AWFUL at keeping up with this thing (blogging). I'm just going to vow to "do better" from now on, which won't take much. :)
Unfortunately Drew had to go under the knife again. No, he didn't get Hasslehoff inspired plastic surgery. That's next Christmas. No, his appendix decided to explode a couple of weeks ago. But, never fear, he is up and about and back to work. RETAIL WAITS FOR NO MAN! Plus Drew is a trooper.
So we're chipping away at some commissions, and got some sent off to their new homes. The ones that were shipped off are now on the Mice! page. There are also a couple that have been shipped off that we can't post yet because they're Christmas presents.
Drew has been working on a new mouse character that I'll let him reveal when he's ready. As for me, in between painting the meeces, I'm working on my color skills with painting nature. Not only is it helping to train my eyes, but I'm hoping to eventually be so familiar with flower/plant anatomy that I start making up my own flowers. We'll see what happens!
Good News Everybody!
We finally got this posted! After some technical difficulties we got this to work, yay for being old people and easily confused by technology! But I digress, We have a lot going on that I am happy to get to tell you about! So please bear with me as there is a lot of information, but there will be a new mouse in the works at the end of the post! So, here we go!
First off, the comic! We have been talking about our comic for two years now and whether it’s medical issues or procrastination, it just hasn’t gotten done. But, that all changes now! We had such a good time talking to people about our book and seeing how excited they got that we just can’t put it off any longer. So within the next couple of months we will be releasing an issue zero, it will be a prequel that shows where our mouse hero came from. And like Star Wars we thought it would be smart to start in the middle of the story for our book. After we release issue zero we will have an ongoing web comic that will continue to show you our hero’s life before the big book. Oh yeah and the big book. We are hoping to get our full graphic novel done by January at the latest. We are doing this 98% by hand with everything hand painted and even the borders are laid out by hand! Because of that, and a risk we knew we were taking, this will take a bit longer than if we did it through digital ways. We do have a bunch of the pages ready to go, I just need to get on top of it.
Then there are the rest of the mice! I am going to try and create three new mice every week, with the goal of next year having our first ever book of mice! We know that these guys in their costumes are what have drawn many people to us and we are hoping that you will all fall in love with the new guys that get released. This will also be something that gets included in our blog posts. We’ll show you progression photos of the mice as they go from layout to pencils, inks to watercolors. WE won’t only be working on mice this upcoming year though! We have a couple of other projects in the works that we are super excited about, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to tell you more about those!
Finally, as Danielle said this C2E2 was the most incredible experiences of my life. I have been out of work on medical leave for almost five months now. It’s been a crazy roller coaster and it took us to some very low lows and very medium highs. We needed C2E2, it’s crazy to say but we almost tried to get out of it! But, at the end of the day being surrounded by so much talent, and so many outstanding people really was a boon for our spirits. We can’t say thank you enough to all of you that stopped by and talked with us! We really are looking forward to creating more work for all of you, and we hope that you’ll stick around and see what we come up with!
So, stay tuned, and talk soon!
Ok, I think I got the bug worked out. If you asked me how now, I couldn't tell you. I feel like I'm 100 years old when I'm dealing with computers...
C2E2 was amazing this year, and we can't thank everybody enough for making it the best we've had so far. It's been a rough road for us the last 6 months with all of Drew's eye surgeries (6 surgeries total, the last of which was 3 weeks ago), and we weren't sure if we would be able to work the convention this year. Everybody who stopped at our table made all the hard work worth it. :)
We're ready to move forward like a freight train. Mostly because we've been forced to stay still for far too long. We've got plans for the comic book, ideas for more mice, collaborations in the works, and a renewed fire to get these little guys out in the world. I'm going to get better about progression photos with the painting process because I think those are really fun, and also posting random side projects that we insist on working on. (I'm working on sculpting some of the mice, and we've started making some x-wing pilot gaming helmets for ourselves...)
So stay tuned. Much more to come...
I didn't realize there were issues with the website right now. I'm going to try to fix some bugs before I post about the awesomeness that was C2E2 this year.