Want to Learn to Paint?
I was recently contacted by Wine and Canvas, which offers 3-hr painting classes in restaurants all over the country, and just opened up in Knoxville, to become one of their instructors. You can look on their calendar and pick a piece to paint, and it's fun for a date night, or a night out with the girls (I've already done both!). So far, I've submitted four pieces which I will (hopefully!) be teaching in the upcoming months. I'll let you know here, and on my Facebook page, when I will be teaching these, and you can register at the website for Wine and Canvas.
It's Pumpkin Time in Tennessee! Check out the windows at Einstein Bros. Bagels in Farragut for some perfect pumpkins, and then come inside for some pumpkin bagels or muffins.
Only 5 Days till Christmas!
Every year, Christmas comes upon me so quickly that I barely have time to notice anything about the season, but this year I came prepared with Christmas cards! "Winter Spirit" is available now on my Society 6 page as a print, iPhone cover, pillow, etc. However, if you are interested in getting a card this year, and aren't one of the lucky few who already received one, hit me up with your address here and I'll send you a little season's greetings.
Also coming out, just in time for Christmas, part 3 of "A Soft Murder" will be released on Amazon this weekend. As always, it is a mere $2, and will make any lover of graphic novels delighted. As a special sneak peak, here are some of the panels from the upcoming novel.
Twas the Night before Convention...
Tomorrow is AdventureCon, and just in time, because Part Two of Jannah Station: A Soft Murder is now available on amazon.com! Yay! And I will have a table at AdventureCon tomorrow, equipped with real-life limited edition copies of both Part One and Part Two for sale! For those who love both comics and art, I will also be selling postcards, prints and stickers of my illustrations. Everyone who stops by will get a free wristband that you can proudly display to all your friends and co-workers, PLUS, mention this blog post and get a free piece of swag of your choice!
AdventureCon tomorrow! 9:30 to 5:30, Saturday Oct. 13!
Be there, and show off your geek pride!
New Art and New Job
Created from colored pencil and charcoal, a travel collage about the romance of Roma. Also, exciting-ness! I have secured a summer internship working with my (soon-to-be previous) professor Catherine Fruisen on a doodle book all about the state of Texas. By the end, I'll have gained invaluable knowledge on the importance of levels, grey scale, and flecks of black where they shouldn't be. :) But I am very excited to be on board with Catherine, and can't wait to see the final product, and share it with all of you.
Guess Who's Legal?
Only a week since my 21st birthday, and already I feel the huge gap between one year and the next that everyone asks about at your birthday: "You're a year older, do you feel any different?"
I do feel very different, and not just because of my first drink - an Absolut-ly Frozen Big Berry Cosmos, containing acai berries, pomegranate, lemon and lime and some Citron Vodka - purchased at one Carmine's in a city so nice, they named it twice: New York New York!
During our family trip to Connecticut, we took a train into the city, and the day was mine to do with as I wished. We debarked at Grand Central, which has an aquamarine ceiling, did anyone know that? You never ever see it any pictures of the place. It's all about the marble. But you look up and bam! You're swimming in teal. But I digress. Outside the station, Dad valiantly hailed a taxi and we hit our first stop: The Met.
For those who don't know, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is very big, and very packed, and very confusing. The maps and signage was no help at all, and we often got lost in back rooms that were curiously empty of museum-goers - the place had no flow. That being said, I did enjoy it when we found the exhibits we were actually looking for. We saw an Alexander McQueen (!!!!) exhibit, which of course my parents had many many comments on, mainly having to do with how freaky the clothing was. All I have to say is it was freaky, but good freaky. There were also tons of statuary, and of course the Armor room full of knights and decked-out horses. And I dug the Egyptian gallery, complete with a full copy of the Book of the Dead, which looped the room it was housed in twice, and the little blue hippopotamus. Hippos are actually really dangerous, but the little blue hippopotamus is adorable. :) All in all, the Met is not my favorite museum, and it gave us all headaches. But at least it's not the MOMA.
After the Met was the aforementioned lunch at Carmines, Central Park and the Public Library, traversing up and down Times Square several times, and hitting a bar called McGee's, which HIMYM fans will know is the bar that was the inspiration for McLaren's, and where the writers went to develop the show. Then, it was showtime! Me and Meggie had tickets to see Wicked, which was wickedly amazing. I cried at the end of both acts, not because it was sad, but because the singing was that superb. It was a great great great trip, and a great great great birthday.
Now, back to the beginning: Why do I feel such a difference between 20 and 21?
On this side of 21, I just began my internship with Namey Design Studios, and am already swimming in projects. I've been promoted to shift leader at Einstein's, which I start again on Saturday. I have an apartment that I have to start finding furniture for, and rent to pay. And it feels, for a first time ever, as though I might actually be growing up. Boy, that makes me sound childish, but I mean it in the sense that those around me are starting to view me as something other than a child. I'm stepping out on my own, taking charge, and I beginning to find that I like it.
Happy Days are Here Again
So, the past couple days, things haven't been going my way. And I was about to worry that no good could come. Then, I remembered my Lenten promise - to not worry about things I can't control. And these bad things do not get better simply by worrying. So, I stepped back. Took a fresh perspective. And now, things are looking up. Things are looking very up, because not only do I have a prospective off-campus roommate, and a short(er) trip to see my family this Easter weekend, I also have an interview. And not just for any old job, but for an internship. With a design company. In Knoxville. This summer. Can. You. Dig. It? :D
It's not until Monday, so I have plenty of time to flip out and try not to worry, and then I have to remember not to hyperventilate when I speak to the OWNER of the company. Of course, it is on the phone, so I could just pass it off as bad reception. Unless she reads this. Drat.
Anyway, I am very excited, and very glad to see that Lent has not let me down.
Career Fair Bonanza!
Just got back from the Career Fair across the river. It was all everyone could do not to stampede in the minute the doors opened. All sorts of companies were there, over a hundred, and with the help of my trusty map I managed to navigate the throngs of fellow seniors. I stopped by Wild Apple, The Buzz Company, Jester, Brand New School, Geneologie, WET and Bigstar. I'd like to thank all the reps who talked to me at the booths, and SCAD for putting this event on. I can't wait to get into contact with them, and hopefully generate something... :)
Big News Big News!
So, I have two pieces of big news! First news, personal: I found a design studio in Knoxville. Like, a reputable one, with clients all over the country, offering such services as illustration and creative writing. Can anyone say, "my dream job"? I've already got my career advisor looking over my resume and cover letter, and as soon as that's ship shape, I'm gonna be sending that company a letter, asking about a summer internship. Doing art, in a paid job, at home. I'm flying so high.
Second news, public: Christopher Nolan has announced that he will be doing another Batman movie. This will feature the lovely Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and sexy Tom Hardy as villain Bane. As a fan of both Mr. Nolan, and his Batman movies, I can only wait with bat-ed breath (ha, wordplay) for its midnight release, which won't come soon enough. Now, to research Catwoman costumes...
I'm Elizabeth Kidder, freelance illustrator currently located in Knoxville, TN. Please enjoy the site and Contact Me with any job inquiries or questions.