This week, I want to say thank you.
I hit 800 followers on Instagram this week! It’s not the exact figure so much (to some of you that may sound like a little, to others it may sound like a lot), it’s that my numbers have been climbing faster than ever which means I’m connecting with more of you and that’s my top priority! I love Instagram because it’s all about visuals and I’m a visual artist. It makes it fun and easy for me to share and collaborate with other artists, supporters, and crazy talented strangers at the tap of a heart. Growing my Instagram presence (and subsequently my community and mutual support system) is one of my top goals for 2016 and frankly, I’m in awe of how well it’s going so far. I hope this doesn’t sound braggy because it’s honestly coming from a place of true gratitude: thank you so much for your support on Instagram and beyond.
In 2015, it took me all year to get more than 100 likes on a single photo. This year, it’s only February and over 100 of you have already liked 6 different photos (a handful more are right on the cusp too!). Here are the 6 most liked so far (bottom right is a regram from @marycostaphoto):
I’m getting the sense that you guys like pretty hair and graphic details… 😉
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m metaphorically double tapping all of your hearts from here.
Have a great weekend!
Megan (a.k.a. @roymeister)
Happy new year!
Here’s what been happening in my world lately:
- Artist in Residence pieces for Joie de Vivre Hotels! I created a retro-inspired print for Hotel Del Sol, and painted some cherry blossoms for Hotel Kabuki. See the full posts and interviews with me on Joyride.
2.) An illustration I created for Jen Pinkston was featured on her blog, The Effortless Chic. You can see the full post right here.
3.) I’m working a LOT of new pieces for the shop including more temp tattoos (pizza and sushi!), maps, and other goodies. I posted a couple peeks on Instagram, but in case you missed them:
That should bring you up to speed! I’ll leave you with this quick fashion illustration I did last week.
Happy Monday and happy 2016!
It’s December everyone. We made it to the end of the year. Let us all collectively sigh in relief.
I cant lie, it’s been a weird year with a lot of changes. Will I someday look back on 2015 fondly and feel grateful for the challenges it brought? I don’t know. Frankly, a lot of it is going to bleed over into 2016 so check back in 12 months and I’ll let you know where we stand. For now, let’s look at some pretty things I made!
We were lucky enough to find a really wonderful dog trainer at our local PetSmart. She went so far above and beyond what we expected, we got her a little holiday gift to say thanks. I made a custom card to go with it, with this illustration on the front (dog humor, am I right?):
I created this December welcome for my job at Hole Punch Design:
I released my final desktop calendar of 2015 for Garlic, My Soul! You can get it for free, right here.
I had a pretty successful Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in my shop. I listed a TON of new hair accessories, these are just a few:
Speaking of hair accessories, the uber-talented Mary Costa (of Mary Costa Photography) was kind enough to shoot some of my products last weekend! The photos aren’t quite ready yet, but here’s a little peek at what’s to come! (I made the crown):
Mary also set up her classic Thanksgiving photobooth at our Friendsgiving on Thursday night, and we snapped a few silly pics:
Instead of showing you what I’ve been working on, I want to do something more spirited to celebrate my favorite holiday. IT’S HALLOWEEN! So let’s look at some costumes from the distant and recent past. First, the classics:
That’s my dad in the middle. The headless one. Thank God that that gene didn’t get passed down, amiright? My head is firmly attached and painted like a pumpkin.
Still have that hat somewhere. I only wear it when casting spells, obviously. That hair though!
Are there any 90’s kids who weren’t Power Rangers for Halloween at some point?
I end up in zombie makeup pretty much every Halloween and I love it. (Above two photos by Mary Costa Photography. Photo below for Garlic, My Soul.)
Last year was our first Halloween with Ruby and her Uncle George got her a hot dog suit! We went as her hot dog vendors, naturally. (Photo by Mary Costa Photography.)
I went a little creepier for the trick-or-treaters last year. There’s something about a costume that requires full face make-up that I just cant’t get enough of.
And that brings us to this year! (Above photo by Mary Costa Photography.) Elliot, Gertie, and E.T. wish you the happiest, spookiest, most wonderful Halloween of all time! Have a
great scary weekend!
Less words, more pics. Feast your eyes on this week’s bounty:
New color-blocked hair pins in the shop!
A colorful mystery project:
My little munchkin, Ruby, was on Joyride!
A commission for my Dad!
Best for last: I got an awesome new job as a junior designer! Very exciting week. 🙂
We’re pumpkin carving tomorrow in a park with all our buds. It’s one of my favorite seasonal L.A. traditions. What are you up to? Whatever it is, I hope it’s equally spooky!
This week was busy by choice. I added a handful of new things to the shop including this neon gems hairclip. It’s one of my favorites to date. See it here.
My newest piece as the Artist in Residence for Joie de Vivre Hotels was posted this week. It features a painted gourd garden inspired by The Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona! See the full, fun post on Joyride, here.
What October week would be complete without a little monster fun?
Have a great weekend!
It was my birthday this week! The other M took me beach bike riding and we’re going roller skating this weekend. I’m spoiled.
I added a customizable Halloween invitation to the shop and drew a cat in a sombrero for fun. Cats can celebrate Halloween too.
I was commissioned to do a larger version of one of my abstract paintings in blues and greens. Ruby was really into it.
Love that face! Have a great weekend!
It’s FALL you guys! Sort of. I mean, it’s still in the 90’s here in the San Fernando Valley, but for the lucky few starting to experience cooler temps and crunchy leaves, it’s time to break out your sweaters and boots! What’s not to love about October?
I got some new sketching markers (courtesy of Bones -who’s birthday is TODAY! Happy birthday Shmoopy!) and have been spending my free time doodling things like this:
Grids/plaid seem to be a big thing this fall, and I have no complaints about that. The 90’s came back and got a classy makeover and I’m loving everything about it.
…and then Ruby tried to eat my pen. No really, she had it in her mouth.
My newest Artist in Residence piece went up on Joie de Vivre Hotels’ blog, Joyride! Here’s one of the 4 paintings. More in my shop!
My monthly contributions to Garlic, My Soul also went live this week. A spooky October desktop calendar and some seasonal produce (edit: seasonal produce coming soon to GMS!).
I squeezed in a quick commission too!
I’m going to file this week away in the “surprisingly busy” category. How about yours? Was it as fall-filled as mine?
I’m still alive, world. I made it through the first week of my new, funemployed life. A life that involves snuggling my pup every morning, going for long walks at least twice a day, binge watching How to Get Away with Murder, and a little thing called making stuff (a.k.a. my job). Lots of little projects came up and I had time to do all of them! Can you believe it!?
I went on an abstract painting bender and I’m not sorry about it. More coming soon!
My cousin and his wife had a beautiful little girl about 2 months ago, and while I was in NH last week they let me take a few photos of her. Here’s one of my favorites. Look at that face!
A darker, more Halloween-ish version of this is coming your way next week! I am REALLY excited to get going on fall and Halloween projects. It’s my favorite time of year and there are few things in life I love more than trick-or-treating.
Any other freelancers out there? Got any advice for someone trying to stay productive?
Have a great weekend!
I missed the last few Friday posts because I was traveling, but I’m back with a vengeance. This week was one for the history books.
First, it was Ruby’s birthday on Thursday! Obviously I made her a doggy birthday cake. Obviously she devoured it. It actually didn’t taste terrible, despite looking like wet cat food (yes I tried it, it’s 100% dog safe human food don’t worry). Recipe here!
Second, I sold out of my neon sea glass pendant necklaces while I was away. I was finally able to re-stock! Shop all the new pieces right here, before they run out again!
Third, and this is a big one, I left my day job to pursue full-time design work! It’s simultaneously exciting and terrifying so far, but I think I’m off to a good start. If you’ve got any creative work to throw my way, message me in the contact section. Or share my Etsy shop on your fav social media account. Or just come over and give me a reassuring pat on the back. All would be appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend!