Thanks to everyone who came out to ATX Handmade Wonderland in Austin last weekend! I had a blast at my first craft show and definitely have the bug to attend more now! I got a great response to my book, and passed my sales goal, so it was definitely a success! I’ll be sure to let you know future shows I plan on attending, and please let me know if you have any show suggestions either in Texas or elsewhere!
There was one very special customer, Caroline, who bought my kid’s coloring book and proceeded to sit in the corner and color in it all afternoon! She would run to my table once she finished a page and hold up her masterpiece for me to see, and I was so thrilled to get to see what she did with my illustrations! Look at that imagination!
I’m also currently working on my next coloring book! This one is about architecture from around the world, and spawned from drawings I created during Inktober recently. This is one of the postcards I sold at the craft show featuring the new artwork—shown here is St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
Lastly, I’m hosting another live session on Skillshare called Drawing Comics Challenge: Transform Your Idea into a 1-Page Comic! This is a 2.5 week challenge where together we’ll create a comic step by step with 1-on-1 feedback from me throughout the session. The challenge focuses on my comics class, but is supplemented with a few videos from my character illustration class and scientific illustration class. So check it out if you’re interested in making your own comic!
I hope you enjoy your time off for Thanksgiving and get to spend time with people you love! I plan on also eating large amounts of pecan pie and biscuits.
My new Skillshare class is now live! This class is called Drawing Comics: Storytelling with Words and Pictures, and I’m super excited about it! You can watch the trailer video above, and here’s the class description via Skillshare:
Learn how illustrator Christine Fleming uses words and pictures together to tell a sequential story. Whether you’re interested in comics, graphic novels, or newspaper comic strips, they all begin as a sequential story and hinge on the balance of words and images.
This 45-minute class will introduce the basics of sequential storytelling including plot structure, panel transitions, timing, and framing. Along the way Christine will point out her favorite tips and techniques, that are vital to understanding how to draw a sequential story.
The project assignment for this class is to draw a one-page comic inspired by a childhood memory. In the videos, Christine will take you through her entire process as she makes her own 1-page comic.
She’ll cover all the steps from writing, planning, thumbnailing, sketching, drawing, and inking.
By the end of the class, you’ll have your own one page comic and the basic skills you need to jump into making your own comics and graphic novels! No prior knowledge of writing, drawing, comics, or software is required.
You can check out the class here on Skillshare, and I hope you decide to come make comics with me!
Ack! I’ve been drawing like a crazy lady this month! There are so many different things going on, but I’m so happy to be busy!
To get a little philosophical with the three of you people who read my blog, my boyfriend and I have been talking a lot lately about happiness and what it really means. I think an easy conclusion to make about life is that everyone wants to be happy or strives to be happy, but what gives us happiness?
Well folks, I’m here to announce that I’ve had an epiphany and have found the meaning of life. Yes, yes, don’t worry, I’ll give it away for free. Here it is, and listen close: Happiness is having something to do.
It’s so simple! But it’s true! I think people are generally happy when they feel they are doing something they feel is worthwhile. But the tricky thing is that this “thing to do” is completely different for every person.
For me, drawing and telling stories is my thing to do. I’ve been doing it since before I can remember, and it’s the thing I crave, the thing that calms me, the thing that gives me satisfaction, confidence and self-worth. It’s the thing that drives me and the thing my hands ache do to.
I’ve been doing Inktober this month, where you draw something in ink every day and share it on Instagram/Twitter. I chose a theme of architecture around the world, and you can see some of my drawings here. This may seem meaningless and a waste of hours each day to some people, but to me, it’s doing my “thing” and the act of doing it makes me happy! Not to mention, more drawing = better drawing.
But that’s just me! Maybe your thing is gardening, or cooking, or your job, or raising your kids. It doesn’t matter what it is, just find your thing and do your thing!
And that will give you happiness, and that is the meaning of life. So saith the illustrator and thus the happiness doth rain down upon the people of the land. (Please do read that in a Monty Python voice and take this entire post with a grain of salt.)
Exciting news! My new coloring books are now available in my Etsy shop! There are two coloring books for sale: Sea Creatures: A Might Could Studios Coloring Book for Adults and Sea Creatures: A Might Could Studios Coloring Book for Kids. The base illustrations are the same, with the adult book being more complex and detailed, while the kid’s book is more simple. People can choose to just purchase one or the other, but I thought it would be a neat idea to make a set of coloring books that you and your child could share a creative activity! Here are some photos of the books, and the description from my Etsy shop:
This adult coloring book is full of mind-boggling sea creatures—sharks bigger than ships, fish that glow in the dark, and sea dragons that look like dancing plants—all for you to color! Each animal is accompanied by the common name, scientific name, and a short blurb about what makes it so intriguing.
The book contains 21 illustrations drawn specifically for coloring, and each page is printed one-sided to avoid bleeding between pages.
The book is 8.5 x 11 inches, and is professionally printed and perfect-bound with a thick, glossy cover.
Whether you’re an adult or a kid, a woman or a man, an artist or an engineer—whoever you are, I hope this coloring book brings you some relaxation, a creative outlet, and a little bit of awe and inspiration from the deep blue sea.
Check them both out in my shop!
Here’s a quick update on some stuff I’ve been making! While I’m working with Danielle on going through my manuscripts/dummies, and making new pieces for my portfolio, I also have some side projects going on! One I just finished today was a set of wood burned coasters! These are made out of birch wood, and I burned a few of the geometric designs I made for my adult coloring book onto the wood. They turned out well and smell like autumn with a little smokiness! You can check them out in my Etsy shop if you’re interested!
I also started a graphic journal this week! I’ve always wanted to keep a journal and write down my thoughts about things that happen each day. And I’ve been immersing myself in graphic novels, and am trying to get better at organizing images and text on a page in a graphic-y-novel-y way. So I thought this exercise might be a good way to do all that! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up most days.
And lastly, I just finished my most recent personal project that I’ve been chugging along on for a while! This is a little sneak peek, and I’ll show you the whole thing in about a week or so after I’ve approved the final version!
I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary! I hardly even know what to say I’m still so excited about it! Red Fox Literary is a boutique agency specializing in picture books, middle-grade, and young-adult titles, and Danielle is representing me as a author/illustrator.
I queried Danielle a while ago and then met her in person last month at the SCBWI LA Conference. We had a chat at the conference, set up a phone call, and then everything fell into place! Danielle offered me representation and I had already decided (perhaps getting ahead of myself at the time) that I would accept! I am completely over the moon that she is now my agent!
We’re currently working together to reorganize and update my portfolio, while we also go through my dummies, manuscripts, and story ideas. This is a huge step for me in my career and I’m so honored and thankful to now have Danielle by my side as I continue to throw myself into the world of children’s books!