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The Sketchbook Project, work in progress: My Maneki Neko (Lucky Cat ) Collection

My sister bought me this sketchbook to participate in The Sketchbook Project for August.  Sadly, because of Covid, the book came 2 months after and we missed the deadline for it to be able to travel around.  Still, we can send it back to them late so it can be archived in the library.  It should be available digitally too. I have decided to record my Maneki Neko, also known and Lucky Cat and Beckoning Cat collection. Here are a few pictures of finished spreads and work in progress.  I am mostly using prisma colour pencils and staedtler fine liners and uniball gel pens to draw.




I love Lucky Cats.  I think they're cute for starters and I like what they symbolise.  I like the different meaning that each colour, object, which paw is raise, symbolises.  They make great subjects to draw too. I have so much in my collection and I have 19 pages left to draw on this sketchbook.  Am drawing back to back as well, I think it's going to look super cute once it's done!My own cat, Hanzo k…

Tattoo of Art Work

Hi!  So last week I received an email from a guy in Mexico.  He was looking for a hummingbird image to tattoo on himself, his mom loves hummingbirds, and he came across my piece online and he's gotten it tattooed on his chest!
I am pretty pleased that he did contact me, I would have been none the wiser otherwise.  I felt shocked, maybe a bit of "hey, copyright!"  but ultimately pretty darn flattered.  That's my art on someone's skin now. Permanently.  It also made me remember that I was working on a Mecha hummingbird series a couple of years ago and I really should do something about them. Like colour them digitally and sell online.  
I really should approach tattoo parlours and see if I can sell my work to them.  That said, I don't have any tattoos myself, so I feel a bit like a fraud if I do that.
What else has been happening.....
I have so many projects I want to do and there just doesn't seem like enough time to do them all and I also want to do new thing…

Seclusion Portrait during Covid 19

Hi all! How has everyone been?  In case people didn't know, Melbourne Victoria Australia is currently in Stage 4 lockdown and has been since August 09.  It's not due to lift until Sept 13...probably.  It depends on the numbers. Stage 4 here means doing all shopping and exercise within a 5km radius, 8pm-5am curfew and no family or friends visiting or meeting up, unless they already live with you...oooh and all non-essential businesses were shut down.  My partner's workplace has been affected by that. You can read more about all the rules here.  Am kinda paraphrasing at the moment and the rules can change at any given moment.I was asked to contribute a self-isolation portrait by The Lovepost, as an artist experiencing lockdown in Victoria.  Check out the article here and all the other awesome artists that contributed.I live in Regional Victoria, so we're only on Stage 3 restrictions....not that it makes much of a difference.  We just don't have the curfew and the 5km…

Home Sweet Skull Home and other stuff

Hi!  How have things been?  I've been fairly busy with work and updating my Redbubble Shop.  The mermaid above was one of my personal favorites for this year.  Combination of hand drawn and then edited in Photoshop.  I think it turned out pretty well! I am slowly, slowly updating my shop. I'll get there eventually.
Things feel a bit tense and somewhat depressing since Melbourne is at Stage 4 restrictions.  It's a real bummer being in the State of Australia where the virus has gone out of control.  I miss seeing my family, friends and visiting cafes and restaurants.  I hate the current situation and am sure that am not the only one.  It could be worse of course but I would rather not think about that.
Otherwise, myself, my partner and my cat are all doing well.

Mermay 2020: Thank you for the Meal

Here is another Mermay piece that is now available on my Redbubble Shop!  I drew her all digitally.  I'll have to go back and do more work digitally soon. I also really need to get around posting all the drawings I've been working on in my shop.  I suppose that will be my main mission, along with levelling up my skills, once the current production ends. 
It has been pretty busy and I've been doing freelance work as they come and working on my skull series. It has been good but I feel like there is just never enough time in the day.  I am looking forward to having a break later this year and actually studying all the courses I bought, while they were on sale.  In the meantime, I'll be working my tush off until then.
Second week of lock down here in Melbourne.  Got to say, it's been quite the downer not being able to see anyone or go anywhere. I know that I am in a fairly lucky position that I don't have kids to home school, my partner and I are still working, we&#…

Color Pencil Demon Girls

Hi everyone!  I had a very brief color pencil phase in early June before going back into drawing skulls.  It was a bit of fun!  A combination of traditional and digital techniques.
So what has been happening...well, I had a lot of work on over the last couple of weeks, we're back in Lock down which sucks and I hate it and just drawing and exercising.  Trying to eat healthier, am actually losing weight in lock down which is awesome and keeping as busy as I can.
I have bought quite a few online courses to do later this year and I am so looking forward to sinking my teeth into it. Taking a bit of a break and to level up later this year.  Will let you all know how that goes as I will be uploading my progress!







Mermay 2020: Not All There

I drew this for Mermay 2020 in May.  My most popular piece I would say.  This is all done digitally and is now available in my Redbubble shop!  It's available on clothes, office supplies and homeware.
Things have been really busy since being in isolation.  I've been working on my own work as well as freelancing and working full-time.  Funny thing is, I've been getting more job offers in the last few days, which has been great.  Good to see the industry picking up again. As it is, I will be juggling 2 freelance jobs after hours.  One of them is a commercial and I am looking forward to it.  It's been a while and it will be good to do some creative animation.  I feel more excited when there is a lot of things on.
I have promised myself a break and take the time to study all these digital/online course I've bought over the last year. I really need to level up some skills.  I am not getting any younger after all and I would like to best artist I could be before the end.  …

Galaxy Kitty Shroom Skull and chats

Hi! Hi!  I hope you've all been well!  I've started putting up my designs on my Redbubble Shop .  It's been a while but am now hoping to upload at least once or twice a week. 
Here are some of the products!



I re-coloured one of my skulls digitally.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!  It's more vibrant and I managed to correct a few mistakes I made during the inking process.  I am looking forward to creating more products and buying a few of them for myself!
It's a touch difficult though trying to keep up with all the social media accounts, constantly produce new work, edit stuff for my shop/s and work.  Some days, I just want to chill out.  I do consider myself very fortunate though to still be working.  Times really are tough at the moment for a lot of people since COVID-19.
The restrictions in Victoria, Australia have been tightened again.  It's necessary since we have a spike but really frustrating at the same time too.  I really hope that things will …

Skull Series thus far....

Hi everyone!  It has definitely been a while!  How is everything?  The restrictions for Covid has started easing in Victoria, Australia but a second wave might be coming our way.  We shall see.
I've been working on my skull series.  I am not sure if the mermaids work but I'll put them here for now.  Am thinking of compiling all of these in a book later.  Would be nice to see them all together.  This is everything I have coloured at the moment! I enjoy using really bright colours in my work and I think it looks really good with the skull theme as something so dark and Gothic normally, looks celebratory.  A celebration of life, death and re-birth. I think I would like to do the 100 challenge and have a 100 skulls drawn before the end of the year.
What else has been happening?  Am still working full-time, doing freelance and working on my own drawing projects.  I am really hoping to take a few weeks off some time in October.  We'll see what jobs are around!  Otherwise, I've…

Art Vs Artist April 2020

Hi!  These are some of my pieces during to month of April. There was a thing going around instagram which is the #artvsartist  hashtag and I decided to join in.  All skulls done with Copic Markers.  I love the Copics.  I love mushrooms and fungi and working with bright and occasionally unusual colour combinations. I am still not done with the series but put it on hold to do Mermay!  It's been a lot of fun working digitally and improving in that area. 

We're still in isolation here in Victoria, Australia.  We're going to find out on Monday what our State Premiere wants to do.  I so hope it loosens up a bit so we can see people again.  I do miss seeing friends and family.  Fingers crossed.

What's new...not much, still training with Justin via Zoom and I joined a new physical challenge come Monday.  More on that soon.

An update

Well....it's been a while I know since I last wrote.  The world has gone to full self-isolation mode because of Covid-19.  I've pretty much been at home since March 23.  I've been working from home for my animation job and have been drawing skulls since mid-March.  Pic above is of the first 3 I drew up. I've been training from home with my PT via internet and drawing a lot.

Tomorrow, we start Mermay, another drawing challenge.  I hope I get to finish it the challenge this time!  You draw a mermaid every day for a month.  Not sure if I will be able to do it but I will try!

Not much else has been happening.  Been all right, been keeping a daily summary journal and it's really just work, drawing and training.  Occasionally catching up with friends via internet.  Been crazy not being able to just go out and have fun.  Am hoping the restrictions are lifted soon.

A new business venture coming soon....

Hi! Hi!

It's been a while, I know!  As always, I've been busy.  I've been drawing quite a few things that I can't show until March and I've started making hand painted wooden pins on the side.  A few friends and I were thinking of selling stuff together at craft markets and such.  It's still not a sure thing but I've been enjoying creating wearable art.  It's all for sale, just send me an email at marta.tesoro@gmail.com to discuss.  I'll make a shop eventually but I'm just casually selling them at the moment.

Here are two that sold already!

My friend Amanda was lovely enough to buy the second pin I made!


Looks pretty cute, if I do say so myself!


A designer at work was lovely enough to buy this green number from me.

Here are some of my work in progress shots:



And all the pins I made so far!



I gotta thank my partner Rob though!  He's the one that cut the shape using a band saw and I did the sanding and painting.  It's a really fun project…

Australian King Parrots

Hi!  This was my last complete drawing for 2019, the Australian King Parrots!  I did it for a copic challenge for December. King Parrots are beautiful.

Things have been good!  I've been painting wooden pins for a possible side business than am doing with some friends though,working with other people is a bit of a challenge, cos not everyone works at the same pace. I'm starting to get frustrated with the slowness.

I just finished a freelance gig and my clients were pretty happy, so I may be getting more work.  Yay!  Got to keep working to save for a big break at the end of the year!




On the Cartoon Network Monster Beach sizzle reel!

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Hi!  Hi!  So a few days ago I found out that I was on the Cartoon Network Monster Beach sizzle reel!  Pretty good.  It is afun project to work on, though like anything, it has issues but nevertheless, it's been rewarding thus far.

The questions for the interview were fun and the camera folks were all very nice.  It was a lovely experience.

 I wish they put in the fun stuff I was saying rather than when I was all serious!  On this day, my lymph node actually swelled up and I was on antibiotics.  I was sick for a few weeks prior to filming and still wasn't a hundred percent on the day.  I'm surprised they got any footage of me where I wasn't coughing. They interviewed almost everyone in  the studio too but myself and another where the ones on the reel.  I think it's because of my colourful clothes...I mean, like a friend said on facebook, my colour palette is on point!

Another pic with my role!

Drawing Butterflies

How has the first few days of 2020 been for you guys?  I've been trying to be as productive as possible, working on freelance and my own illustrations.  It's back to work at the Studio tomorrow though.  I feel like the 2 week break just flew by and that I didn't really have a break.  A lot of that has to do with Christmas stuff and commitments though.  I really wish requested to take another week off but I need money to live, unfortunately!

Anyway, this is me with my current work in progress with Hanzo looking murderous in the background.  I wonder if he hates my butterflies?



Happy New Year 2020!!!!

Hi Everyone!  I know, it's been a really long time since my last post.  2019 was quite hectic and crazy.  I finished a major project earlier this year, was a designer for a short period on Dragamonz, now showing on youtube and then I got put on another project called Monster Beach, some episodes are available on STAN, where I am an Assistant Animation Director.  I was also on TV earlier this year, my sister got married and I had to do a speech, my partner and I went to Japan again and I've been freelancing on top of full-time work.  I've also been illustrating my own stuff on the side.

This year, I would like to focus on artistic growth, fitness and really ramping up my side business of Redbubble and creating hand made pins and illustration commissions as well as ramping up my social media game.  I've signed up to a few online classes, trying to watch everything I've subscribed too and bought a social media calendar today.  I do hope to be in a better position tha…