Sep 7, 2014

HERE THERE BE MONSTERS!

This Sunday I'll be at Here There Be Monsters Con! Come say Hi!
 Facebook event page
"It's here, slithering out of its dank den and rising back up with a vengeance: Here There Be Monsters Con! This year we are bringing you our new event, Kai-Drew #1 Fight Time featuring artists Nick Pitarra (Red Wing, Manhattan Projects) and Matt Frank (Godzilla); a Sideshow Freak-Out Extravaganza; a dystopian master session with Darker Sho, where you will get to see YOUR story turned into a web comic; a delicious Bug Fest where you will learn how to turn backyard pests into delicious party hor d'ourves; a session of Testify, Austin's own tell-all story group; and our new From Out of the Dark horror film fest will be presenting the semi-finalists and finalists from this year. Apart from our regular programming, there will be a Magic: The Gathering tournament, with prizes from Outlaw Moon; game demos such as Golem Arcana (SOOOO COOL!!!), dozens of game, toy, comic, and craft vendors, plus food and a full bar. So come early, and stay for the day!"

Jul 22, 2014

Going Stag prints are in my shop!



Austin Craft Riot is taking us to CAMP!

Some gather round the campfire and have a s'more!  This year the Austin Craft Riot's Summer Show is taking us to camp!  

I will be there with new prints and jewelry designs, but there's even more going on--

The 3rd Annual ACR Summer Show will be returning to the Austin Music Hall this August! Offering the best that Austin has to offer in addition to a number of fun activities to keep the whole family entertained and AIR CONDITIONING IN AUGUST, you're not going to want to miss this signature event.

We'll have the Austin Gelato and Taco Baby food trucks outside and a cash bar inside. On stage, Myo Massage will be returning with their luxurious chair massages, Crafty Girl will be running an advanced DIY craft, AND we'll have a video game area.

On the ground floor, joining our 70 talented vendors, Wonderlab will be helping older kids with their own fun DIY, and the Austin Craft Riot volunteers will have crafts suitable for the little ones. There will also be fun games for kids to play, including a scavenger hunt (there will be free prizes!).

All this plus air conditioning and awesome music. What else could you ask for?



Oh! And NO mosquitos!  It's even better than camp!!

Jun 28, 2014

Summer Shows! New Prints!

I've Got a few shows lined up for the summer!

DashCon 3 days of Tumblr Madness!
Schaumburg Illinois
July 11th-13th



Austin, TX
Come S'more-out at our Summer Camp!
Austin Music Hall, August 16th & 17th

Austin, TX
Where Bigfoot, Kaiju and Nessie rub shoulders
The place to be seen or be eaten!
Sept 14th at the Shoal Crossing Event Center

Also, after completing some new paintings, I did a quickie pre sale to fund some prints -- more news when those become available!


May 12, 2014

**Flings Confetti** THE MAGICIAN'S CAT PRINT EDITION IS FUNDED!

Yay!  I will be doing to drawing for the winner of the custom animal necklace soon and posting a video to announce the winner! :)

Apr 17, 2014

Let's Make a Print Version of Magician's Cat, Okay?


So yep, I launched a campaign to try to fund a small printing of The Magician's Cat, my children's book.  The 20 day campaign had a great first day!

A $13 pledge gets you a copy of the book, signed and sketched in, and if we reach our stretch goal to increase the print run, everyone will also get a bonus!  Here's the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/774786282/the-magicians-cat-print-edition-of-the-ebook

Apr 15, 2014

The Magician's Cat is Ready!



My children's ebook is now available for download in multi formats! 



Mobi 

And I'm working hard to launch a campaign for a PRINT edition later this week!

Mar 7, 2014

Please Adopt a Demon. It's the right thing to do.

It is with a heavy heart that I report today that I have opened an adoption program for the demons.  I've never liked the term 'hoarder' -- I've always preferred  'rescuer' but, either way, my neighbors, the HOA and the more timid of the garbage men are having their way and I've been told they have to go.

I hope you'll consider opening your home to one of these deserving entities and love or at least tolerate them as much as I have.  Click the big guy for the link.

*sigh*


Mar 4, 2014

Projects and Goals for 2014

Projects and Goals for 2014

Yesterday was my birthday, so that was my official start 
to 2014, and this year I have three big things I'm working 
to accomplish. :)
  • The Magician's Cat, both ebook AND a print edition
  • A support campaign to continue art on Stolen Child Tarot
  • A second collected art book of my demons, The Lost Key to Infernal Spirits of the New World
Read on for details on each!
 Artwork for Magician's Cat is a whisker away from complete! 
 I should be done by mid March and have the ebook formatted 
and available (FREE!) for all by early April!  Also after a little
 research with a printer here in Austin, and due to popular
 demand, I'm going to try to put out a PRINT edition!
I will be Kickstarting that in late April, and the campaign will 

offer opportunities to grab some of the original art from the 
book as well as other goodies! In the spirit of the original
 project, copies of the print edition will also go to Central 
Texas SPCA for fundraising!  

For those following the Monster Project... I have a confession to make...
 they aren't monsters.  They're demons.
And I have too many of them.
I can't even begin to list all the places they arrive from or how
 many just wander in.  It starts with one or two and the next
 thing you know your place is packed.  I'm not a hoarder --
 I prefer the term 'rescuer'.
 Anyway, the neighbors are complaining, so I've made the hard decision
 to start adopting them out.  In fact, I'm going to start this Friday, March 7th.
Adoption fees I hope will cover my other art book project,
The Lost Key to Infernal Spirits of the New World, a book of 72
portraits of my favorite of these homeless horrors.
Friday a special email bulletin will go out to those interested in adoption.
You've been warned.

The Future of The Stolen Child Tarot

Good News!  In the next couple of months, I will be launching
 a Patreon campaign devoted 100% to the completion
of The Stolen Child Tarot.

What is Patreon?
It's a project site allowing creators to connect with people who
 want to be a patron of their work.  It's goal is to assist creators with
 long term funding for larger/longer creative endeavors --
you can check out their site here, but in short I would be setting goals
 of completing one or more of the remaining 50 cards per month and
asking those interested to pledge $1-$2 a month in exchange for
behind the scenes news, sneak peeks of progress and whatever
other goodies I can come up with.

I truly want to continue Stolen Child at the level of quality
 I've put in so far and I feel that the Patreon campaign is a
 great option to support such a large endeavor. 

I hope you'll check it out when I bring it live and consider supporting
the deck! :)
And last but not least, I'm running a Spring sale on some of my
 acrylic pieces in my etsy shop!
Monica's Etsy Shop

Jan 11, 2014

Time for some Infernal Monsters...

'Cause they need to stretch their legs, tentacles and what have you...



Commission and Artist for Hire Info

Commission Rates:

As of January 1st, I am no longer able to take pet portrait or other single commission work.  I need to catch up/complete my current projects, so I'm not able to schedule waiting list slots right now either.  Thank you so much for your understanding.  I will update here when I get caught up and start taking on new jobs.  You can also check my etsy shop - I will begin listing pet portrait openings there when they become available.

Book Illustration Info and Rates:

**Please Read**  I do not do any illustration work on spec.  
What is spec?  If you've written (or are planning to write) a children's book, fantasy novel, gaming module, etc and are looking for an artist to illustrate it before you self publish or submit it for commercial publication and plan for the artist to be paid out of royalties -- that is spec.  Your project may be fantastic, but unfortunately I don't have a time machine to buy my groceries. :)

I will consider publication contracts that allow some advance on royalties to allow me to begin work, or in the case of self published or smaller projects, 50% of the negotiated payment for the completed project up front.

Ballpark Rates
Pencils - $50-$80 for half to full page
Pen and Ink - $100-300 for quarter page to full page
Full color - $200-$450 for quarter page to full page

Rates are negotiable for multi-illustration projects and depending on number of figures, detail, complexity of content.  Feel free to email me with specifics if you'd like to discuss an estimate.



Nov 26, 2013

Holiday Shows! Blue Genie Art Bazaar

From November 29th through Christmas Eve I'll be showing at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar!!

I did most of my load in today and I'll be finishing up tomorrow. Friday night will be the grand opening party.  If you want to give handmade, there are some amazing artists and artisan crafters at this show well worth checking out!


Oct 25, 2013

Happy Halloween! Free coloring book! Shop Sale!!

I'm still cooking away working on The Magician's Cat, my free online children's book. For Halloween, I've just compiled a bunch of the black and white illustrations into coloring pages.  They are in pdf and FREE for you to download and print for your kids or yourself!
They're hiding right through this link:
Magician’s Cat Coloring Book
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5gn_WvYurAuUlI2QnNvS295S2M/edit


Also, I'm having a Halloween sale in my Etsy shop!  
Use code "TrickRTreat" and get 15% off decks, prints, my new jewelry -- the whole schmoodle!


Sep 19, 2013

New Jewelry Designs, New Kickstarter!

Couldn't stand NOT doing the second winged monkey design from my last Kickstarter, and was super itching to do some designs in colored wood and acrylic, so....

I just launched a NEW CAMPAIGN!  Click the Flying Monkey to take a look!!!

Aug 8, 2013

Monsters! Monkeys! August Shows!

I am wrapping up assembly on my new jewelry designs and getting ready to send out Kickstarter rewards!  Also, the new pieces will be unveiled at the Austin Craft Riot's Summer Show this August 17th and 18th at Austin Music Hall.  If you're in the Austin area, you should check it out -- there will be tons of handmade, Swag bags given away to the first 24 entrants each day, Yeti Frozen Custard will be there, it's family friendly and FREE!  Come say 'hi'!

The Bee and the Raven pieces were designs produced by the Kickstarter campaign, but I'd like to put some unusual variations into production too -- sort of a small batch/special edition type of thing.  The Winged Monkey with beads below is a gussied up prototype, but I've decided it will be the first of the variations to produce.  I hope to have it and another new design out by the Summer Show!  Also, be on the lookout for my seahorse/hippocampus in sea glass colored acrylic, and white wood editions of the Skeleton Key and Soaring Heart Designs.  I'm looking at options to fund their production for the Christmas show season! 


The round winged monkey design looks like a batch of cookies, doesn't it? :)

Oh, and did I mention the weekend after ACR Summer Show is Here There Be Monsters Con?  This mini-con will be at Vuka on S 1st in Austin and will feature monsters, game demos, pro special effects make-up artists, monsters, local authors and artists and did I mention MONSTERS?  I've been hatching new ones as quick as I can for the event.  Here's one now...

May 24, 2013

New Engraved Jewelry Pieces!

I've just completed two pendant designs in engraved wood!
I pictured these as possibly companion pieces for two people to share, but they totally standup all on their own too.  I've been wanting to play around with translating some of my pen and ink work into laser engraving since the results is so exact.  Originally I hoped the first design would be the brooch I was working on as a reward for The Stolen Child Tarot.  When that didn't work out, I went in a different direction.

Hopefully I'll be adding some more designs in the near future!  Right now these two are available in my etsy shop here!

Apr 25, 2013

Custom Shop Branding and Graphics Assistance!

Here's my full custom shop pack for Crescent City Couture!

Do you need a matching shop pack for Etsy or Facebook?  I am offering a full pack starting at $300!

Includes:
Facebook Banner
Etsy Shop Banner
Up to 3 Shop Banner Variations (vacation, sale announcements, etc)
1-2 Profile Avatars
Up to 10 matching shop buttons - you choose the message
Business Card design

What you provide:
  • The vision!
  • Email me samples of shops whose looks you admire to give me an idea of flavor.
  • I can use and color match clip art that is 300 dpi -- take a look at digital scrapbook pieces and let me know what you're thinking.  Many digital images are under $5.
  • Color scheme!  Crescent City Couture's entire color scheme was based on the clip art of the feathered mask.
  • Show me some fonts you like!
  • Some time to review samples and give me feedback - Be ready to email back and forth to make adjustments and get things just right.

If you have a lovely collage idea in your head, I can help bring it to life and format it into matching shop components!  While I can adjust to some degree existing clip art, this work does not include creating original art from scratch or vector logo design.  

Have a smaller project?  I can do spot adjustments for $20 an hour.
I recently did a quick conversion for Marci who needed rubber stamp designs created from low resolution jpegs off her sticker and Etsy banner components.  This involved some clean-up, art tweaking and layout, but now she has high resolution files suitable for making custom rubber stamps!
This will allow her to stamp her brand on fabrics...

...and this one will let her stamp stationary, invoices and the back of her business cards.
Let me know what you need and I'll give you an estimate!

Mar 11, 2013

Last Blast! Win Original Art from The Stolen Child Tarot!

Wanna win some art? Back The Stolen Child Tarot at any level and be entered in a drawing for a piece of original art from the deck! 

Check out the latest project update on the campaign for details!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/774786282/stolen-child-tarot-complete-the-78-card-deck

Mar 10, 2013

Lovely Review for The Stolen Child Tarot

Morrigann just published this glowing and detailed article for the Stolen Child Tarot's Major Arcana edition.  I have to go to my closet and blush for a while...

http://www.le-chaudron-de-morrigann.com/the-stolen-child-tarot-de-monica-knighton-a79228983#



Oh yeah, and there's still 5 days left in the campaign on Kickstarter to complete the deck - if the universe wants to throw it a Hail Mary pass:



Mar 8, 2013

Gryphons for the Magician's Cat!


It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it...  This is my first color two page spread for the book and the first of the custom critter rewards fulfilled!  Still truckin'!  How many days till Halloween? ^-^

Mar 1, 2013

Page of Brine, with pencil and ink process


Only 2 weeks left on the Kickstarter for Stolen Child Tarot and it's at 23% funding.  That's a big gap to close.  If you want to see this deck come to fruition, please consider pledging or sharing the campaign!

Feb 25, 2013

Queen of Zephyrs

Here's the new painting for The Queen of Zephyrs!
If you've dropped by this post from Aeclectic Tarot, welcome!  You may or may not know I'm currently running a Kickstarter campaign to try to expand Stolen Child to a 78 card deck.

Aeclectic Tarot feels that the forum has been abused in the past by people promoting Kickstarter or IndieGoGo art campaigns, and has banned posting links or other information about them.  I totally understand them protecting the forum, but I would also like to mention that I've run two successful campaigns that included completion and delivery of all rewards within the schedules I outlined.  I'm sorry if other people mismanaged projects or left people hanging -- but it wasn't me! :)

Anyway, when I have new art, I'll point people here.  I would love it if you would share the campaign with your tarot friends -- it won't happen unless the campaign reaches it's funding goal by March 16th.

I'm a self employed artist.  I used to work full time in animal welfare non-profit and I've been job hunting since 2010.  Chasing commissions, selling online or at art shows and odd jobs is what has kept me going, along with my rainy day savings from the days of employment and selling personal possessions.  I bring this up because when I say I don't have the resources to do this in my spare time, it's the plain reality of the situation.

If you've enjoyed my work or are intrigued by what you've seen of the Major Arcana, please consider supporting or sharing the new campaign to complete the deck:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/774786282/stolen-child-tarot-complete-the-78-card-deck

Thanks so much!
Monica

Feb 15, 2013

Goin' batty for a good cause!


Just wanted to share some happy news!  I made some larger prints of The Lovers available to a fundraising campaign to help rehabilitate fruit bats struck by the recent heat wave in Australia.  Probably the most heart breaking thing about this event is the number of pups it wiped out or left with heat stroke.
You can check out the campaign here: (Warning, video contains footage of heat stroke deaths as well as sweet baby bats in rehab.)
I just saw the totals from the effort, and the contribution of The Lovers prints raised $280!  

 This would not have been possible without Kickstarter supporters making the art for The Stolen Child Tarot happen!  What a great chain reaction!

Feb 14, 2013



It's official!  I just launched the Kickstarter campaign to expand The Stolen Child Tarot into a complete 78 card tarot!

Please, if you've enjoyed the Major Arcana work, help me share this campaign and get the word out!

Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Feb 7, 2013

It's Coming! Let's Complete the Stolen Child Tarot!

I am gearing up to launch a BIG Kickstarter campaign on Feb 14th in the hopes of expanding The Stolen Child Tarot to a complete 78 card deck -- and I need your help!

I want to make this my project for 2013, but doing 50 + paintings and covering printing/shipping etc is a lot of work and expense.  That means that even with tight and careful budgeting, this will be the largest funding goal I've campaigned for on Kickstarter -- and I need everyone's help to make this happen!

Which is why I'm trying to get the word out early and before the launch!
Why early? Let me explain...
**This is super important and could potentially make or break the project!**   See, the first campaign for the Major Arcana of Stolen Child didn't reach it's goal.  As an introvert, my meek and polite attempts at PR and advertising kind of suck, and by the time a lot of people learned about Kickstarter and the campaign, well, oops...  Too late!

However, when I reran the campaign, so many people were ready and waiting, that it jumped out of the gate at the launch!  Why is this important?  Because it made the project meet Kickstarter's hot and popular criteria, which led to them featuring it on various Kickstarter pages, which led to a boost of about 20% of BRAND NEW SUPPORTERS!  These were people who had never heard of it and weren't connected to my circles. To meet the funding goal for a project this size, getting that kind of boost again could make or break the campaign!



My hope is that we can create enough pre-campaign buzz to get that boost again -- will you help?  If you can, won't you share the news with your friends, tarot groups, forums, and let them know that Feb 14th is the big day?

If you're a fan of The Stolen Child Tarot, on Feb 14th, won't you be my Valentine and pledge or support the project?  If you know you want to pledge, can I ask you to do it as soon as you can after the launch to increase our chances of being featured on Kickstarter?

I will post updates and launch links here, as well as on Facebook, Etsy, tarot forums, etc.  You can also get updates by signing up for my art newsletter in that upper left hand box!