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A Super Boy battles a Super Foe….while coloring :)

A good friend of mine has an amazing little boy named Landon, full of love and compassion. This little super hero happens to have cancer.

Our super hero just received a special package from me.
A coloring book featuring him as the hero and his cancer as the foe, and the epic battle that happens.

Please visit this link to learn more about Landon and his story.

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Here are a few pages from the coloring  book:

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ILLUSTRATION – FRENCHIE FOOD TRUCK ‘MURAL’

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By far this has to be one of the COOLEST projects I have ever been a part of!

Picture this: A french business guy….and a mexican doctor gal fall in love….
The French guy moves to Mexico to be with his beloved….
The French guy opens up a “taco truck” that serves French food in Ensenada!!!
They hire THIS GAL to draw a mural that covers almost the entire surface of the taco truck. (SO COOL)
Everyone lives happily ever After!

Check them out!! https://www.facebook.com/LePincheFrances

Project Details:
Project: Illustration of a “taco truck”
Customer: Le Pinche Frances Restaurante
Location:  Ensenada, BC Mexico
Specs:

    • 7′ x 21′ side of a truck plus back door panel
    • Only Requirements: French and Mexican Stereotypes
    • Sketched by hand, then vectorized in Illustrator for optimum large format printing on vinyl

Truck Before:

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Some sketching:
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Final Sketch:

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Truck After:

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Truck Closeup:

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French guy and Mexican gal (left) on opening day <3
AND THE CAKE !!!!:

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Let the Party go on! and on! and on!
I wish you guys all the best with your frenchie truck!

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Check them out!! https://www.facebook.com/LePincheFrances

Latest and Greatest Wedding Portrait Completed :)

Congratulations to Rachel and Anthony on their Destination wedding!

This was a really fun project, including the “City Lights” theme in the background.

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To see more Custom caricature portraits click HERE.

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Happy Birthday to my Hubby <3

This weekend was my husband’s birthday. He is a pilot, which makes for really fun content when thinking of gifts for him 🙂 I’m sure he is getting tired of my airplane motif but I havn’t yet! heehee! This weekend in addition to his favorite homemade lemon pie…he was treated to chocolate chip airplane pancakes :))

It was for my dear hubby…now it is available for all!
Enjoy!

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Earth Day Color-A-Page

Hey Everyone!

Next Monday is Earth Day. It makes me a little sad that we only celebrate our mighty earth one day a year…it makes me even sadder that the other 364 days we are destroying her. I am just as guilty as the next person 🙁 I am too selfish to give up the commodity and ease that our modern life has provided us with even though I know how detrimental it is to our planet. But how do we change this? How do we revert back to a time without those commodities? Is it even possible?

Can we live without our bottled waters?… meaning we need our own well source, or going to the river each day to gather the day’s water ration?
Can we live without our vehicles?… meaning riding your bicycle, horse, or walking to and from the places you need to go?
Can we live without our computers and paper? … meaning we need to write on bark or rock walls and communicate in person?

Are we humble enough or physically capable to revert? Can we undo what knowledge has been done? I don’t think so.
I mean, this very project….Color-A-Page, encourages people to use their computers and print on their paper….I am just as guilty as my neighbor.

I think the more realistic question is… are we capable of using the knowledge we have to BETTER the way we live? To utilize our “advanced” noggins to come up with a non-destructive way to live with the commodities that we have? I mean, all the other “inferior” species on this planet have not destroyed our habitat. The deer and the trees and the fish in the seas… they live and they die, the circle of life. Our GREAT species seems to try and change that circle, and in the process eliminating all the other living creatures…why?

…..We truly will be the end of ourselves and it makes me really sad.

Sorry to be such a downer, but this is such a horribly depressing yet realistic topic.
But on a somewhat happier note, this weeks Color-A-Page is an ode to our Mother Earth, and Earth Day. May she live long.

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Two New Cards – “Happy Mum’s Day” and “I Wuv You” Birthday

Two cards this week! An assortment of chrysanthemums for all the mums out there 🙂
And a little pup for those lovey-dovey birthdays coming up!

Both available on my Etsy site as a printables.

Enjoy!

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You can see more of my greeting cards Here.

This Week’s Color-A-Page: Swiss Sechseläuten Spring Festival!!

In the United States the 15th of April is a dreaded day….TAX DAY. I thought about drawing about that…but how boring is tax day? So I sniffed around the internet a bit and found this great Swiss holiday!

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The Sechseläuten (Zürich German: Sächsilüüte) is a traditional spring holiday in the Swiss city of Zürich celebrated on the 3rd Monday of April, since the early 20th century. Following the parade of the Zünfte (guilds), the climax of the holiday is the burning of Winter in effigy, in the form of the Böögg, a figure of a snowman prepared with explosives. The custom of burning a ragdoll called Böögg predates the Sechseläuten. A Böögg (cognate to bogey) was originally a masked character doing mischief and frightening children during the carnival season. Popular tradition has it that the time between the lighting of the pyre and the explosion of the Böögg`s head is indicative of the coming summer: a quick explosion promises a warm, sunny summer, a drawn-out burning a cold and rainy one. The shortest time on record is 5:07 minutes in 1974, and the longest in 2001 with 26:23.

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NEW! Custom WEDDING Caricature Portraits!

Wedding season is almost upon us!

Are you getting married? How about a custom illustration (maybe from an engagement pic?) to display at the wedding….or use as the center of a large “Guest Book” signable framed mat to hang on your wall?

Are you already married? What a unique and fun way to display one of your beautiful wedding photos! It would be a great conversation piece with guests!

Is someone you know getting married? How about gifting them a Custom Illustration of themselves? They are sure to treasure it!

 

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Click HERE to see more examples of Custom Caricature Portraits!

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Illustration – Custom Caricature Portraits

Made just for you!

Illustrations are hand-drawn with pen and ink by artist Amber Rose Francis, and then digitally colored and edited to match the photos provided.

For more information, or to get your own Custom Caricature Portrait Illustration visit my Etsy shop!

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New Mother’s Day Card – “Mothers Are Like Flowers” <3 <3

Another week for mom. This was inspired by my own wonderful mama, she LOVES Stargazer Lilys! I hope your mama enjoys it as much as mine will 🙂
It is available on my Etsy site as a printable.
Enjoy!

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You can see more of my greeting cards Here.

This weeks Color-A-Page!

Its that time of week again! Hip hip Hooray! Color-A-Page!

This week marks the beginning of Semana Santa in Spain and in many other Catholic/Christian countries, ending with the infamous Easter Sunday. In commemoration of this renowned holiday I give you this week’s “Easter Cross” Color-A-Page.

Enjoy!

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Celebrate Spring with this weeks Color-A-Page!

Today Spring has officially arrived! Depending where you live, we can start clearing the closet of unwanted down coats and replacing them with lightweight jackets and cardigans, yay! The trees are budding blossoms, the bunnies are busy with their litters of kits and the birdies with their nests of hatchlings 🙂

But what screams Spring in all its glorious birth and new beginnings more than eggs in a basket?

Have fun this week with YOUR kits and hatchlings coloring this weeks Color-A-Page by Art by Amber Rose :))
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*Note: All Color-A-Page images are available for personal or non-commercial use. If you would like to purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please email me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy (copyright) page.

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February Creativity: Day Thirty One….Clean your Workspace!

Are you a messy worker? Are you “functionally” disorganized? Me too!
It’s funny though… I can begin a new project on a messy desk, but I cannot begin cooking with a messy kitchen…weird? I think so.

I believe having a clean workspace when starting a new project takes away some subliminal stress we carry in messy zones. Starting with a clear workspace gives me a clear mind free of distractions to begin without any hinderances. And without those pesky hinderances I can be more creative! TA-DA!!! win win.

That being said…I cleaned my desk 🙂 (applause)

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ok…so maybe you don’t see much of a difference because we have a lot of stuff and not a lot of space, but…

…I feel like….
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Go on…try it out!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Have Fun!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Nine….Stop Trying to Be Someone Else’s Perfect!

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Again, I feel like this is one of those truths that is easier in words than in application.

All I can really say is…just do it folks, Do your best to be yourself and do more of what makes you happy…not what others deem important, necessary or what is and isn’t perfect. Perfect in not attainable, stop trying and just be you.

’nuff said.

 

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Got an Idea? Write it Down!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Eight….Create A Framework!

What the heck is a framework?

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n.

1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.

ahhhhhh…..
A FUNDEMENTAL STRUCTURE.
Basically, TIME MANAGEMENT and TASK PRIORITIZATION.
ok, got it.

We all need structure to complete what needs to be done. Without structure we wander aimlessly….
SOmetimes the structure needs to be broken, essentially it is just a set of guidelines to help keep us on track. To keep our creative priorities at the top of our lists by creating a structure that allows for productivity, and not time wasting on the non-productive aspects of our lives/jos.

I read this interesting article on Creating a Framework for Productivity, and I am totally going to steal his basic principles and apply them to my situation…gotta love appropriation right? He basically says you need to set time aside for both the “mundane” and “creative” tasks in your life to “get them out of the way” and to make more room for “real work”, the projects your want to finish. Some people just say it better 🙂

Basic Concepts:
1. Create a system for the mundane/repetitive tasks that you do everyday. A checklist or folder…..
“Taking care of the simple and mundane stuff everyday is a key part of creating your productivity framework. Without it, you will always have that sinking feeling that something is “falling through the cracks”.”

2. Block out time for the creative tasks you do everyday.
 “These are things that I need to do everyday to keep my creative energy flowing and to allow myself to do something other than think about “real work”.There are a couple of creative tasks that I have now that repeat every single day including writing 750 words and working for at least an hour on my web app idea. This time is blocked out everyday, so no matter what I am doing two things that benefit my spirit and sanity.” 

3. Move your projects forward and accomplish your goals.
Management Tips to increase productivity
  – Prepare in advance (lists of the days project goals
– Schedule your time
– Start Early
– Be organized (at least have a system for your functioning disorganization 🙂
– Utilize your Prime Time (the time of day when you work best)

I am now revising my daily schedule. It is hard being freelance because it is SO EASY to change my schedule on the fly, have coffee with a friend, etc. It is hard because when people know that you work from home they assume that you are automatically free at any moment. But if I want to REALLY be truthful…I am the BIGGEST TIME WASTER OF ALLLLL TIIIIIME!!!

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I have a hard time with this….So I will reivise my daily schedule, my framework, and be FIRM in keeping to my “working hours”. (which really means eliminating my Facebook time…and reading time…and staring into space time….) (PS> Facebook is the DEVIL!)

Here I go!
Good luck with YOUR new framework!!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Stop Trying to be Someone Else’s Perfect!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Seven….Read a Page of the Dictionary!

It’s crazy.
I DO NOT own an English dictionary? Really?
Apparently I rely WAY too much on the internet……
So I improvised to day with one of the dictionaries I DO have. My mini Turkish-English Dictionary that I carry around in my bag everyday 🙂 I also have a Spanish-English dictionary but since Turkish is more of a minority language I thought it would be more fun to share!

photo-4But then after reading the page I was disappointed because I knew all of the words…the English ones that is….
But what is the creativity purpose of this Day? To learn new words and maybe use them as fuel for creativity no? hmmm…
Well, there are no new English words for me here…but I am surprised that “skittles” is in here? WTF?

I guess I need to invest in a good English dictionary!

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Create a Framework!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Five….Do More of What Makes you Happy!

“ Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18. ”

— Mark Twain

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Sometimes I wish life was as easy as a flow chart….or is it? It seems to me the human race always tend to make things more difficult than they are; there are always excuses using so-called logic to back us up. We prioritize what we deem as important…But in the end, doesn’t everything just come down to making a choice? And just like anything else in our lives….I believe happiness is a choice, at least for those of us that are able to read this right now.

For those countries full of strife and oppression, like most of Africa and other 3rd world countries (read this interesting article about the happiest and saddest countries in the world) no…it isn’t a choice. No matter how optimistic you are. When confronted with horrible living conditions and censorship of personal rights it is basically impossible to be happy. So for those of us NOT living in those regions of the world, what’s our problem?

For us, it IS as easy as a flow chart. If you aren’t happy…CHANGE SOMETHING!

DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!

Are you a paper pusher who secretly wishes to be a horse trainer?
Are you a construction worker who writes poetry on your lunch break?
Whatever your situation….

QUIT! AND DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!
Even if it means taking a pay cut. DO IT.
You may have to rearrange your entire life to make it happen. DO IT.
Or if you can’t quit your day job then MAKE ROOM in your schedule to do what you love! You want to be a watercolorist? Tell your day job that you can’t work on Mondays…and devote all that time to what you love to do. FIND A WAY!

Don’t know what makes you happy? FIGURE IT OUT!
If it is regards to a career..check this gal out, she’s a career coach with “When I Grow Up”

Life is WAY damn too short and we are too damn blessed to be in countries where we have the FREEDOM to do/be whatever our heart desires. So why waste that opportunity?

Just. Do. it.

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Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Don’t Force it!
To see the full list go HERE.

February Creativity: Day Twenty Four….Break the Rules!

I’ve never been much of a “rebel” per-say….the worst thing I did as a kid was steal a pack of gum or pierce my bellybutton as a teenager without parent approval (yeah, REAL hard to hide lol) Big rebel ’round here….

So I guess the best I could do today was break my fast food rule. Ive never been a big fast food eater until I came to Turkey. Turkish food is yummy but it gets old after a while. ANd there is basically no food diversity ’round these parts. Its Turkish food or fast food. So today I broke the rule and ate a Steakhouse burger at BK. OMG. YUM.

I have been trying to eat healthy buuut…today was about breaking the rules right??
Sorry I couldn’t go bigger, “Break the rules” FAIL! haha! mmm…

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Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Do More of What Makes You Happy!
To see the full list go HERE.

Another Happy Customer!

Thanks Henry! You are awesome and I am so happy you like the Book!

Henry

February Creativity: Day TwentyTwo….Get Lots of Rest

Yeah baby.

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I am not stingy when it comes to resting 🙂 I may be a little too “rest-inclined” for most people’s tastes. haha. I do have an advantage though. I do not have a demanding job nor children…I only have a husband to distract me 🙂

Today I took FULL advantage of “Getting lots of Rest”…you know….for my Creativity….
I woke up at 10:15 am. and it was AWESOME! I then took my time to arrive at the gym…you know…I dont want to “over” do-it….gotta rest today.

And the rest of the day just flew by. I did some laundry, cleaned up a little bit…but not too much….gotta watch my rest-o-meter….., then I updated my blog. And now it is night and I have to think of something for dinner.

Le sighhhh….

I like these resting days…I may even go to bed early to be sure that I have fulfilled my creativity quota for the day 🙂

Stay tuned…TOMORROW: Take Risks!
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