I decided to *finally* participate in Illustration Friday and submit something based on this week's prompt: "Rain". It's not perfect (and is obviously an attempt by someone who is a novice in the digital illustration world), but i figured it was worth trying! You can participate too at illustrationfriday.com.
Hey! Maybe this is an obnoxious thing to say, but I LOVE Valentine's Day! Regardless of whether or not you have a significant other in your life, I think February 14th is a day to celebrate love, family and friendship with bright pink and red hearts (Also, I think this is my way of dealing with the fact that I did not grow up to be the Pink Power Ranger or a Sailor Moon character).
So, I'm using this holiday as an excuse to make postcards for you! For free!
Consider it a "thank you" for supporting or expressing interest in my art. I only have a limited number of postcards, so I will be sending them out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want one, please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. And please specify whether you would like "ghost" or "monster". As you can see, I used the monster postcard as an excuse to slap a big 'ol heart on something:
Or for those of you that aren't really into monsters or the color pink (which is cool, to each their own), I made a romantic ghost couple:
Anyway, thank you so much for following and supporting my work! It keeps me happy and sane. I hope they actually get to you on or before Valentine's Day. I will send them out asap but if you receive one a little later, I apologize. Once again, if you would like a postcard, send your name and address to email@example.com with your card preference. Happy (early) Valentine's Day!
I was recently interviewed for The Krakens, a website that features LDS artists. I feel so flattered! Despite what the above image says, I was actually a featured artist yesterday... oops. Anyway, their website is pretty awesome and I really enjoyed talking about who I am and my work as a noob -- I mean, artist. I also found a handful of new (and intimidatingly talented) artists to follow. Check it out!
In other news, "Book" is back in stock on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble! Hooray! I know I've already posted about it on Facebook and Instagram, but here's another reminder.
Seriously, I cannot fully express how grateful I am to all of you for supporting me and for being so enthusiastic about the whole project. It's largely thanks to all of you that I can continue to be an illustrator. I'm not great at much else (i.e., I'm really bad at being an adult and still have no idea what the words escrow or mortgage mean) so this means the world to me. I'm plotting ways to say thank you with something tangible. I'm thinking of designing a Christmas card to send out to anyone who wants one. Like maybe one with monsters or mermaids or witches... Christmas-y mer-witches? Yay? Nay?
Speaking of Christmas, I've been working on a Christmas-themed coloring book for adults (we like to color too sometimes!) as well as various other holiday (or not so holiday) commissions. I also may or may not be working on a webcomic of sorts. Yup. I'm putting it out there. I'm hoping to release the first page within the next month or two. Here's a teaser... ish
Make of that what you will. Stay tuned, friends!
Hello! And welcome to nataliehoopes.com! (Ooh, aaah, so fancy!) I finally decided to get a big-girl website like a proper adult. I want to say that this blog is something that I will update twice a week, but I also know that I've never been very diligent about blogging in the past. I last for about a paragraph before I get bored and make nachos instead. I'll just sort of loosely aim for once or twice a month and hope this doesn't waste away.
In any case, I have many fun projects planned for the future that I want to share. Some professional, some personal, some absolute messes, but all time well spent. Most of them need to simmer and stew a bit longer before they make it to the website, so here's one that might be old news at this point: I illustrated a book! It's called "Book"! (Yes, I promise that is actually what it is called)
I had the pleasure of illustrating a story written by my friend David Miles. It's the first picture book I've illustrated that has actually been published! It was such a bizarre and wonderful feeling to hold a copy in my hands for the first time. All my blood, sweat and tears finally paid off!
As of right now, they are out of stock on amazon.com. This is great news for me, but I know a lot of people are impatient for their copy to come and I am very sorry it's been taking so long. I believe they should be back in stock by September 1st, though I am not certain. As soon as I get any updates, I will post something.
Thank you for all of your patience and support! A large part of why I am even bothering with a website is because I have so many loving friends and family members who have supported me and what I do for so long. I am very spoiled.
I hope you like the website! I plan on adding more things in the future so keep checking back ;)