Blog| Weekend Recap

This weekend was a busy one. Friday we kicked it off with our Lubbock Artist Collective Halloween Gallery reception on Friday the 13th. Yeah, pretty much a perfect date to have it. We had some amazing art from local artists in the collective and got to celebrate and eat treats and chat with our favorite people.

It’s been crazy to think it’s been one year since we started the artist collective but the art and progression of so many of the artists has been wild! It makes me so excited for future galleries!

Afterwards, Rony and I had a shindig at our house, had friends over, and got to share one of our favorite horror movies, The Babadook. Rony even has a handmade replica of the pop-up book from the movie signed by the director. It was fun and we got to play the Halloween expansion of King of Tokyo before hand as well.

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The next day was a lazy, errand running day which was capped off by going to a 7 HOUR LONG Horror movie marathon. Our theater, Alamo Drafthouse, did a 4 movie marathon called Dismember the Alamo and we got to see 4 old horror movies all at once. It was a trial.

I almost died. Rony fell asleep a bit in the last and best one. Some were good, some were mind-numbing. We saw Slaughterhouse, Eaten Alive, Grizzly, and Day of the Beast. The last was my favorite, mostly because it had a pretty good plot. I’m not a fan of dumb, bad gore, horror movies and Eaten Alive gave me a headache.

But we survived!

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After

Sunday we got up early, ran more errands like costume shopping, groceries, getting Almond’s presents and treats for her birthday party, and getting flowers. We were seeing our friend act in the Addams Family Musical and wanted to get her something and finally got to see the play!

It was wonderful. I’m actually a big fan of theater and musicals, Rony less so, but we both enjoyed it a lot and Alex was wonderful <3

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On the way home, we stopped at a Pumpkin farm and picked pumpkins, got ingredients for Almond’s cake and cupcakes, and finally sat down and finished watching one of our movies while I worked on my Inktober.

I ended up staying up until 1am making Almond’s cake and then making frozen pumpkin treats for her. Her and Leon got to lick the bowl and spoons.

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And now we prepare for Disneyland in a few days. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and will definitely make posts when I can! We’re all excited and anxious but what better way to see Disneyland than during Halloween season!

And of course, I’ll do an Almond party post too. My little baby is turning 2 and time flew so fast.

Until next time.

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-Sam <3

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Inktober Week 1 Recap

Inktober has started and so far, so good! It’s been so much fun and I’m actually really liking my art so far. Plus, this year I made my own prompt list and people are actually following along! So let’s go over what I’ve made and then I’ll share some of the pieces other people have made from my prompts!

Day 1: Spring Witch

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Day 2: Owl

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Day 3: Bat

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Day 4: Summer Witch

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Day 5: Apothecary

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Day 6: Fall Witch

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Day 7: Crow

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Day 8: Tarantula

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The list is a mix of witches, magical items, and witch familiars! It’s been a lot of fun to interpret them and make some witchy designs, which I love.

Now here are some of other people’s art! I left their IG usernames on so you can follow them!


Spring Witch:

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Owl: 

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Bat: 

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Summer Witch: 

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Crow: 

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Winter Witch: 

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If you are doing Inktober, comment below with your Instagram! And if you wish to use my prompt list and want me to see your creations, tag me or put #Raicodoll and I’ll check it out!

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-Sam <3

 

October is coming!

Hello, lovelies!

Fall has hit and we’re just a few days from October madness. October begins my busy holiday season and believe it or not, it tends to be busier than December for me.

First things first, we’ve got Inktober!

What is Inktober? Simple:

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Inktober (and Drawlloween) are kinda a bit deal in October and is something I’d like to try again this year. I got to Day 18 or 19 last year and was super happy with the progression in my skill as I got use to drawing every day and producing finished pieces. And if you aren’t into drawing with ink, there’s Drawlloween which is essentially the same thing without the medium limitations.

Here are the official prompts for this year:

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I knew I had to get prepared this year. Last year the stress of doing a 3 show weekend, Inktober, Halloween festivities, and being in Seattle for about 5 days completely knocked me on my ass afterwards and I was not okay. This year I am determined to do better.

I’ve been sketching ideas and figuring out my own prompts. While I like the official ones, I’d prefer to do my own. I find that if I’m not super into the things I’m drawing, I’m less likely to push myself to do them soooooo I made my own prompt list.

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Feel free to follow along and share :)

In addition to Inktober we are also attempting our 31 Days of Horror Movies Challenge. Rony and I attempted it last year and no lie, it was hard. You essentially have to set aside up to 2 hours every day. Things crashed and burned when we went to Seattle and had no TV to watch any of the movies.

This year we’re also going to Disneyland so we’ll see how it works out.

But here is our last for this year!

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Rony and I always split up the list between us and choose movies we haven’t seen and movies we’ve seen but the other hasn’t. This way we’re not just watching the same classics over and over again and get to learn about different horror movies. Rony also does a review on Twitter afterwards if you want to follow him.

So we’ve got Inktober, Horror Movie Challenge, I have a gallery on Friday the 13th, we’re planning Ladies Night, I’m going to attempt National Novel Writing Month again in November so I’m preparing for that, and we’re going to try and do daily pet costumes and Halloween posts on our Halloween Instagram.

It’s going to be a busy time. I also have to do a couple of paintings for a Museum exhibit and a gallery in November.

Aaaaaaand Disneyland.

So wish me luck! I want to do a few speed process videos of some of my Inktober pieces but we’ll see. I’ll do a Inktober supplies post next week but I’ll be posting them daily on my Instagram or Facebook! Also, if you want to help support me, the blog, my art then you can donate a bit to my Ko-Fi or visit my Etsy shop! This helps me get better art supplies, buy more prints to sell, or do more in general!

If there’s anything else you’d like to see me do or write about, let me know!

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See you in October!

-Sam <3

July 2017 Ladies Night

Ladies Night is always going to be my favorite event to put together, not just because it’s the first thing I started but because I love seeing all the women and girls in our community come out and make friends and find something new in an industry I love.

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My sister Amanda was our very first photographer at our first Ladies Night and it was actually her first time shooting anything and was the kickoff to her business. I was very excited to have her back, knowing how much she had progressed from when she first started.

And better yet, my little niece Tabby came along and got to hang out with us. I was very excited to have her there and be able to hang out with a bunch of girls.

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We had a really great turnout right at the beginning and Julie pretty much got a line right away. I bought my sister some lipstick as a thank you for photographing and Jazmin did demo’s all night. Caitlin brought some coloring sheets of the art from the graphic novel. The art is all done by Chris Nazario and should be going to print in December. They’re also going to be launching a Kickstarter soon.

We also had a bunch of Wonder Woman movie posters that were donated to the event by a very nice patron of Star Comics and so we got to hand those out for free.

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We had a ton of new people show up and chat and I got to hang with my nerd girl crew, who of course all dressed up because I love them. Usually it’ll die down at about 8 to 8:30 but this time we had a ton of people still hanging out at almost 9 when the event is over. Snacks and drinks were had, posters picked up, comics bought.

The boyfriends/husbands all hung outside and talked until we let them in at 8:30. It was a great night and I was so happy to see everyone have a good time. Ladies Night is always a night that just makes me so unbelievably happy.

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Again, thank you to everyone involved with making this happen! Thank you to Star Comics, as always, for being the best comic shop and friends a girl could ask for. Thank you to Julie Raven Art for being an amazing artist and producing the cutest Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur for the event flyer. Thank you to Jazmin Cruz for demoing her makeup and helping out the wonderful ladies all night and Caitlin Spikes for bringing her coloring pages for the kids to work on!

And thank you to my sister Amanda Raylee Photography for taking pictures of the night. All pictures seen in this post were taken by her! Lastly, thank you to my boyfriend Rony for doing the graphic design of the flyers and posters!

We have one more Ladies Night this year in the Fall so be sure to come out to that one! In the mean time, this was amazing and I love you all.

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-Sam <3

Villains! An Artist Collective Gallery

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This past Friday was the reception for the Villains Artist Collective gallery at Star Books & Comics!  The gallery initially went up for the First Friday Art Trail on July 7th but we held the reception on the 14th to help celebrate the birthday of Lubbock-Con’s Artist Liaison, Dre.

People came dressed in villains themed clothing and we had art from around 20 local artists on display ranging from digital to traditional. There were monsters and superhero villains, video games and Disney villains.

And for a non-FFAT reception, the gallery was packed!

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I love doing artist collective galleries because you get a wide variety of art but you also give opportunities to newer artists who may have never displayed before to contribute a piece. Sometimes artists won’t do galleries because they’re afraid to have to fill one, but these are an easy way to produce new art and showcase your work.

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Here are all the pieces we had out on display! The gallery will run until the end of the month and most of the pieces seen here are still available for sale!

 

We had such an awesome time and I want to thank everyone again for making it out to support our local artists! Thank you to Star Comics as always for hosting the Artist Collective and we will see you next month for our Digital Spaces art gallery!

What was your favorite piece of the show?

-Sam <3

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Dre’s cake by Bake My Cake

Art Process| Villains “Big Chap” Piece

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Initial layout

I’ve been wanting to do a process post about one of my art pieces and actually remembered to take pictures to do it this time!

Usually if it’s a small piece, I’ll try and do a speed video of it but this is less work and let’s me get into my process more.

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Background and highlights laid out

The Xenomorph is a very cool mix of organic and mechanical parts. It’s smooth and has a lot of rounded parts, but the pieces that make it up are very machine like. You have tubing and this oil slick look all over. I actually like that because that means you can piece it together part by part. So I started by laying out the mouth and then doing layer after layer of green and black to made the shading.

This painting was almost entirely free-handed. I didn’t do a sketch before hand and only looked at a few reference, some from the film and some close ups of toys, for shading and to see how the head pieced together.

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Color blending

 

I would see what connected to the mouth then what connected to the head and this pipe and that pipe. And then once the layout was done I started laying down the lime green everywhere as the highlights. Until the very end, I only used two colors. The whites so far are just exposed canvas or light washes.

A lot of the texture and grungy look is layered paint. I would leave it messy and while the paint was wet I would go back with darker shades to clean it up.

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Head placement adjusted

You can actually see from the past few pictures that I completely changed the shoulder and perspective on the head. Initially I had it going off canvas but it didn’t read well. Then I wanted more of a leaned over shoulder rather than straight up profile so I brought that shoulder up more and put it more in focus.

When the paint is really thick and wet, it’s easy to make these changes. The best time though is when acrylic is half dry because then it’s thick enough to move around but not blend.

 

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Black shading clean up

I rounded the back end of the head for perspective and finally started detailing the mouth. With a dry brush and only a little bit of black, I did strokes to give all the side piping on it’s head ridges and dimension.

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Clean up, Shadow work, and White highlights

Finally I added the darkest blacks, cleaned up the background, added more dramatic shadows and put a touch of white on the highlights to try and get that glossy look.

I gloss varnished it and it’s all done!

In total, I used 3 colors: black, lime green, and white. It took roughly 6 hours total over about 3 days. It’s a 18×24 canvas.

“Big Chap” (a reference to the Xenomorph in the very first Alien) was a really fun piece to work on mostly because I gave myself the freedom to just throw paint on the canvas and not worry about the outcome too much. Yes, I need it to at least resemble the creature but the Xenomorph is a creepy monster that can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. I was inspired by it’s slimy, glossy frame and wanted to use the lime green and black colors from the poster and I loved the outcome.

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Finished

If you’re in Lubbock, you can see “Big Chap” currently on display at Star Books & Comics (916 16th Street) during business hours or this Friday 6 PM- 9 PM at the Villains Artist Collective Gallery!

It and pieces from about 20 local artists will be on display and available for purchase! Go check it out before the event is over at the end of the month!

Let me know if you like this process blog!

-Sam <3

The Art of Wonder Woman

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This past friday, June 2nd, was the premiere of the new Wonder Woman movie and to celebrate the occasion we hosted a The Art of Wonder Woman gallery! The gallery was a part of the First Friday Art Trail in town, an art even that happens on the first Friday of every month. Trolleys will run and take people to the multiple art galleries on the trail and it’s a big event.

This First Friday Art Trail it decided to rain, but that didn’t stop a bunch of people from coming out to the gallery’s reception and seeing all the art. I happen to run a group called the Lubbock Artist Collective and try to give artists galleries to show at and provide resources for new galleries. So monthly I’ll put on themed galleries at Star Books & Comics and have as many as 10-20 artists submit art pieces. It’s been a pretty cool experience and I’m glad I’ve gotten an opportunity to do these shows.

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I decided to dress up for the occasion and put together a retro themed Wonder Woman outfit and attempted to do a victory rolls inspired hairdo. It was a very last minute put together outfit but maybe later when I have time I’ll fix it up and wear it to a con.

I think, all in all, we had 16 artists participate in the gallery including myself. The medium ranged from paper cut to acrylic to watercolor and airbrush. We had experienced artists and first timers and it was wonderful to see all the different ways that people thought and perceived Wonder Woman.

A few of my favorites are listed below. I had to do mine last minute since con prepping took up most of my time. I did it with Ink, pencil, and watercolor and was pretty happy with how it came out. Mine is the first one below.

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The crowd was so enthusiastic and excited not only about the art but the new movie. I was lucky enough to see it the day before and it was amazing. I’m so happy with how it came out, that I got to put on this event, and to be a part of an experience that means so much to so many women.

The art gallery is up for the rest of the month and can be found at Star Books & Comics . You can check out the full gallery of images Rony took from the event here.

The next gallery we are doing is Villains themed! It’ll be July 14th so if you’re in Lubbock, you can check that event out!

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