With all that’s been going on lately, my dreams have been more vivid than ever. So I revoked the power of an old tradition between my grandfather & I & started noting a dream journal of sorts again. In a recent dream journey, a woman told me “Beyond the forest path, there lies another world.” So that was the inspiration behind this title & that is exactly the direction I followed.
This time of year usually brings in a lot of autumn design requests. This year has been no different. Although my schedule has changed a little, and I’m still in a healing process, I look forward to doing these designs each year as they’ve become sort of a fun tradition. Keep sending in those greeting card requests as well because I love doing prints for as long as I can until my schedule fills up. 🙂
Some of you know a few months back I was in the hospital with some serious issues to contend with. My body was fighting with toxicity and trying to heal around the same time. As you could imagine, this made a few of those nights that followed full of bad dreams.
This is one of the faces spotted in those other realms of my nightmares. I later made it into a character sketch. From there, the mysterious face later became one of my early concepts for a character design. If any of my game/film industry people are reading, I think he might make a great monster of sorts for one of your stories. 🙂
There’s been a lot of talk these past few weeks about “peak colors” for fall foliage in my region here on this east coast section of the clouds. Some say this time for the greatest variety and most gorgeous hue is around October, but it largely depends on the temperatures of the season. This new wall art/greetings combo tile was designed with that time in mind. There are trees around here that turn this bright, candy apple red when the conditions are just right. Many of these sights usually make it into my designs each autumn season. This year is no different.
Greetings, my darlings. It has certainly been a while. If you’ve been curious as to where your girl Daydreams has been, please check up on my latest Daydreams Diary or you could always follow on Twitter or Instagram (links in the sidebar) for more timely updates.
This design is my first attempt back into the world of concept art. Although I’ve only been away for about a month, you’d be surprised how rusty I’ve become. Despite all that, I’m going to be hitting the ground running this month due to a recent need to make my services available to a much wider audience of clients. You will likely be seeing an expansion of Snapping Turtle happening here at CardCastles and lots of promo material.
I’m not sure yet what this design is going to be used for and it will likely be very brushed up before it hits a client’s hands. Whatever the case, I was happy to create this little surrealistic landscape after being away from the art world for what felt like aeons.
Have you missed seeing these designs here? What have you been up to while I was away? Do tell. You know I love a good coffee chat.
It has been six whole years today since CardCastles first opened its virtual doors.
We started off from humble beginnings. This place has come a very long way after completing an equally extensive journey. We have shared so many memories with you as a family through my artwork and journals, and that spawned off into even more beautiful things. We have enjoyed this trek amongst the stars in the sky with you, so much so it gave birth to new worlds and a parent company. Snapping Turtle was born out of love. New ventures it seeks as it now takes over the clouds and we transition through the full merge.
So much more planned for the rest of this year. & For however long we keep this going.
Working on Alicia while juggling my everyday life and work has been a blast. Getting to bring these tiny worlds to life for you has been like therapy. Look forward to the reveal of more characters coming up later this month. You will get to meet the adorable cast of characters and get to know them during my Character Profiles. Pretty soon we will be honing in on an official release date for the first episode. All of the sound, art, and animation are starting to flow together and the project is nearing completion.
Thank you for showing such love and excitement for this!
Every once in a while I get a neat request from a friend or someone they know to step outside of the norm. These are usually my favorite types of designs to work on. This weekend I got a request from an old friend to do something really funky for a wedding invite. She said to go nuts and make it very surreal bordering on sci-fi. The twist was to somehow work it in with white flowers, which goes with her theme.
The great news is she loves this design. I’m thinking of using it for future designs as well.