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Fanime-Con and Mice Templar!

Journal Entry: Mon May 19, 2014, 6:41 PM


FANIME-Con
Hey, guys! This Memorial Day weekend (Fri May 23 - Mon May 26) I'm going be exhibiting at FANIME-CON in San Jose, CA! You'll find me in the artist alley, Table #303. So if you're in the Bay Area, stop by and say hi!

Mice Templar Feature
Did I mention I had an illustration pin-up featured in the back of the latest issue of Image Comic's MICE TEMPLAR (Mice Templar IV: Legends #10)?

Get a copy at your local comic shop or online today! You can also check out a preview sample of the Mice Templar comic here.

Androcles and The Lion by SarahRStraub


NEW WOLF PRINT!
My illustration "The Gray Wolf" is now available as an art print here.  (For those who don't have Etsy, you can also find it directly through my Facebook store here.)

The Gray Wolf by SarahRStraub


Upcoming 2014 Conventions
-Fanime: San Jose, CA - May 23-26 - Artist Alley #303
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: Cocteau Twins
  • Reading: The God Machine
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica
  • Playing: Castlevania Symphony of the Night
  • Drinking: Iced Cafe Americano

Blind Follies Announcement

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 8, 2014, 11:36 AM


Oh, man! It's been one hell of a week!

First of all, Emerald City Comicon in Seattle was AH-mazing! There are reasons it's one of my very favorite cons. And this time, I even got to stay a little longer and explore a little of what the city has to offer. Let me tell you, my hobbit-heart was quite content, because I ate WELL. I also made a ton of new friends, both in front of my table and behind their own. I simply can't wait for next year!

I also got the opportunity to talk to two wonderful ladies who helped back BIRDLAND #1 on Kickstarter. (On a side note, Shane and I were really hoping to have the issue lettered and formatted in time for ECCC, but we decided to instead allow ourselves more time to pour over the proofs and be sure the book is just right. We are looking to a May release, possibly premiering in time for Free Comic Book day at Empire's Comics Vault in Sacramento.)

Those same two ladies have been following my work for some time, awaiting my long-promised mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES. After discussing with them my plans and feeling out to be sure I don't disappoint any of my precious few fans who have been awaiting this project, I finally feel confident in making an announcement...

Work has begun on my latest comic endeavor Blind Follies: The Flower and Death.

The Flower and Death is my version of the story of Hades and Persephone as told in the fairytale-inspired world of Blind Follies, as a prequel to the Eros & Psyche story I have been developing these long three years. The two stories will be linked, with events in The Flower and Death leading up to and playing directly into Eros and Psyche.

While I always loved the story of Hades and Persephone, it always struck me how Persephone was more of an object than a character. She was a fixture tossed around and affected BY the story, rather than making her own decisions to AFFECT the story. I want to change that. So, I've spent the past 6 months working on the story for a 3-4 part series that tells a slightly different tale, one about a runaway, rumors, and the relationship between death and bebirth.

And now, with the permission from what I saw as two people who really believe in me, I have completed the script for the first 24-page chapter. And, once I am finished with my overdue commissions leftover from my bout with depression, I will begin storyboarding and concepting with much excitement! Having something to look forward to also gives me motivation to tackle my work and has revived me and my spirit.

*In other good news, I made it through juried selection and will be exhibiting at Fanime-Con in San Jose (May 23-26). Can't wait to see you all there!


Current Projects
-Lettering the BIRDLAND #1 BW Edition
(before starting work on the 'Technicolor' Edition)
-Illustrations for two more titles by Three Sages Games
-Catching up on overdue 'Lily' & convention commissions
(hoping to have them wrapped up by the end of April, May at the absolute latest)
-BLIND FOLLIES: The Flower and Death comic (storyboarding)

Upcoming 2014 Conventions
-Fanime: San Jose, CA - May 23-26 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Excited
  • Drinking: tea (always and forever)

Emerald City Comicon, Seattle

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 25, 2014, 11:51 PM


I can't believe it's already time for ECCC this weekend!

This year I will once again be joining the "Imaginary People" art collective at Booth #404. And worry not. Neither the art nor the location are actually figmental. Look for my new Aphrodite banner and the banner for Shane Matthew Murphy's Birdland comic. (I won't have the finished comic, but I will have art prints, buttons, and bookmarks by both myself and Shane.) Can't wait to see everyone there!

ECCC Showfloor by SarahRStraub

Current Projects
-Lettering the BIRDLAND #1 BW Edition
(before starting work on the 'Technicolor' Edition)
-Illustrations for two more titles by Three Sages Games
-Catching up on overdue 'Lily' & convention commissions
(hoping to have them wrapped up by the end of March)
-Work continues on BLIND FOLLIES & the new SKETCHY STRAUB strips

Upcoming Conventions
-Emerald City Comicon '14: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @'Imaginary People' #404
-Sac-Con June 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer 2014: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Drinking: tea

Of Weeds and Spring

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 11, 2014, 10:50 AM


"Life stands before me, like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes."
-Carl Friedrich Gauss


Today, I looked out at my meager garden and saw that the spring rains have encouraged the growth of numerous tall weeds which block the sun from my poor little plants. As I sat, drinking my tea and forming plans to yank them by the roots, I realized that these past few weeks I've already been doing just that.

Last year, appropriately marked by "unlucky 13," was a challenging year that left me stricken by a crippling and very serious medical depression. Some days I was unable to get out of bed. Most days I was unable to feel; I was numb. In the infamous depression posts by the both talented and tragic Allie Brosh, she mentioned her struggle to pantomime emotion in conversation. That was me, and realizing it was a big step toward yanking those weeds. (And let me tell you, being unable to connect to your emotions makes for some wonderfully terrible attempts at art.)

I've spent the past few weeks discarding, an act typically associated with the negative. To throw something away or to be thrown away is often perceived as a failure of the thing being discarded. This is untrue. I now simply realize I have spent too long cultivating too much in my life, and I have only succeeded in overwhelming myself trying to maintain it all. Like my plants, I was choking for sunlight amidst the weeds. But in order to grow, a lot of jobs, bad friendships, and outdated art had to go. That does not mean that those things failed. In fact, they very much served their purpose, and I am grateful for their provided opportunities.

Life is always in a state of flux. We, as people, are always growing and changing. Sometimes we have to stop and prune back our reaching fingers in order to recognize and encourage the proper direction of their growth. In our natural state, we are inclined to grow in all directions, spreading ourselves wildly about a variety of paths. Something about weeds is that they thrive on those paths. Weeds have a way of seeking out and obscuring the richest soils. They actually become place-markers awaiting a strawberry patch or a rosebush. It is because of them that I finally see the things inside of me I have known all along and direction I have wanted to grow.

My whole life, it has been my dream to tell stories with simultaneous words and pictures. I filled binders with hundreds and hundreds of pages of illustrated stories, even neglected my homework to work on them. My childhood dream was comics before I even read a comic or understood their potential for artful storytelling. But have I spent my art career thusfar drawing comics and learning their ways? No. I lost myself in the big and beautiful weeds.

I'd like to take a moment to thank a few of the roses in my life, the people who continue to encourage me and who always ask me when I'm going to start working on my comics: my few precious fans, my husband, my friend Melissa, and my mother. Most of all, I'd like to thank Shane, the creator and artist of his beautiful, anthropomorphic 1930's crime-noir comic "Birdland." When he asked me to color his cover, something happened. I lost myself in my office for something like 40 hours. I could hardly sleep, the excitement to flat colors and help tell a story I loved through even one image was so strong. I didn't recognize it then, but that was the first ray of sunlight I had felt in some time. At that drafting table, hunched over my tablet, I was definitely anything but numb.

Now after a successful Kickstarter campaign, I am the official colorist for the "Technicolor" edition and the unintended letterer for the entire project. Who knew that even just tweaking text boxes could be so rewarding? I feel the familiar voice inside of me returning as ideas and stories burst from my fingers and out into journals. All that is left now is a little overdue gardening to make room for their growth.

(Sorry for the super long, existential post! I fell into the introspective writer-zone again. ^^; TLDR: I'm finally attacking leftover work so I can make comics.)

Current Projects
-Lettering the BIRDLAND #1 BW Edition
(before starting work on the 'Technicolor' Edition)
-Illustrations for two more titles by Three Sages Games
-Catching up on overdue 'Lily' & convention commissions
(hoping to have them wrapped up by the end of March)
-Work continues on BLIND FOLLIES & the new SKETCHY STRAUB strips

Upcoming Conventions
-Emerald City Comicon '14: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @'Imaginary People' #404
-Sac-Con June 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jun 1- Small Press Zone
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley
-SacAnime Summer 2014: Sacramento, CA - Aug 29-31- Artist Alley #119


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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Drinking: tea

Spring Cleaning

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 20, 2014, 7:07 PM


Spring Cleaning
The funny thing about growing as an artist is that you never notice it when it is actually occurring. You keep drawing, getting frustrated, and resigning yourself to what is your current best. Yet, after enough time, you look back and realize just how far you've really come.

It was only 7 years ago that I rediscovered my passion for art and only 5 years ago that I decided to pursue that passion as an artist. In that time, slowly growing beside peers both much younger than myself or rolemodels with far more experience, I didn't think I had grown much at all. After browsing today through my oldest pieces (some as far back as 2007), I now realize the leaps and bounds I've made. I still have even further to climb, but I've made legitimate progress. And I'm really proud of that.

Still, the creator's curse is never being satisfied with one's work.  Because of that curse, I find myself compelled to "clean up" my gallery and flush much of my outdated work.  On one hand, it's like rummaging through a painful and embarrassing time capsule.  On the other hand, each piece is a marker of the path I've stumbled from, marking each time I tripped and dusted myself off.  On to better things!

In my effort to streamline my work, I will be removing a great deal of my current gallery.  The "Geeks in Love" webcomic and "Tale of Narcissus" short comic will be moved to the scraps section for anyone that still wants to gander at them.  The fan art section will be thinned out to current work that represents either my present standard or that reflects the outlets that truly inspired me personally.  The cosplay section will be deleted, as I feel it distracts from my artwork.  In the future, should I pursue sewing further, I may create a separate account for just my cosplay and reupload those photo shoots there.

As I wrap up my desperately outdated commissions, I am excited to be free to pursue the projects I am truly passionate about:  My mythology/fairytale comic "BLIND FOLLIES" and Shane Matthew Murphy's comic "BIRDLAND" (which I am coloring and lettering).  Rather than having to make the appearance of looking busy and accomplished by accruing as many freelance jobs as possible and churning out sketches just to stay relevant online, I feel I need to take a step back to pursue the stories inside of me that have been waiting to be told these 5 years.  I promise good things in the future.  Hopefully they'll be worth the wait.  See you on the convention circuit!

Conventions
-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con March 2014: Sacramento, CA - Mar 2- Small Press Zone
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #404
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley


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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Drinking: tea

2nd Sat. Art Walk

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 6, 2014, 10:12 PM
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Sacramento Art Walk

Happy Year of The Horse, everybody!  It's time for February's 2nd Saturday Sacramento Art Walk, 2/8/14!  All day I'll be hanging out with a small display of my works at Angel's Art Gallery next to S.O.B. (Son of a Bean) Coffee @ 1029 Del Paso Blvd.

Projects

-Commissions: After a long year of battling depression and stress, I am have wrapped up my freelance jobs and will be finishing all my long outstanding commissions (including those from my cat's surgery) by the end of this month.  I will be contacting everyone soon.

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane has finished the B/W version of the comic and asked me to help with the lettering.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.  Telling this story has been my dream more than 5 years in the making.  While I've finally finished the writing on the 6 part Eros & Psyche graphic novel, I've realized I need more practice on the visual side of things before diving in.  My plan is to try and "learn by doing" in a shorter 2-3 part story set withing the same fantasy world of Blind Follies.

Conventions

-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con March 2014: Sacramento, CA - Mar 2- Small Press Zone
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley


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  • Mood: Zeal
  • Playing: Professor Layton & The Miracle Mask
  • Drinking: tea

SacAnime Winter '14

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 27, 2013, 2:30 PM
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SacAnime

Hope everyone had a safe and splendiferous holiday!  I hope to see some familiar faces in the new year at SacAnime next week (Jan 3-5) Table #AA-91

Etsy Store

You can now purchase some of my favorite prints here: [Store Link]

If you have any request for any prints not in the store, feel free to contact me through a note here on DA or by messaging me through Etsy.

Projects

-Commissions: I still owe many of you wonderful people out there commissions. After a crazy summer of personal upsets, deadlines, conventions, and the like, I want you to know I have not forgotten a single one of you and will be contacting each of you personally soon as I get back to knocking these out. <3

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane is wrapping up the b/w edition & Kickstarter rewards and will be passing work to me for the colors soon!

-Finishing up the last couple characters for NASCENT GAMES "Kinship" title.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Excited and learning how to carve an over-sized woodblock for printmaking.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.

Conventions

-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con March 2014: Sacramento, CA - Mar 2- Small Press Zone
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley


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  • Mood: Jolly
  • Playing: Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Etsy store now open!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 16, 2013, 3:19 PM
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Etsy

Finally!  After years of representing my work on the internet I finally have an online store!  You can now purchase my favorite prints without having to catch me at a convention--> [Store Link]

Buttons, bookmarks, hairclips, and custom ladies top hats soon to come!  Hope you all out there have a marvelous holiday and I'll see you in the new year!


Projects

-Commissions: I still owe many of you wonderful people out there commissions. After a crazy summer of personal upsets, deadlines, conventions, and the like, I want you to know I have not forgotten a single one of you and will be contacting each of you personally soon as I get back to knocking these out. <3

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane is wrapping up the b/w edition & Kickstarter rewards and will be passing work to me for the colors soon!

-Finishing up the last couple characters for NASCENT GAMES "Kinship" title.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Excited and learning how to carve an over-sized woodblock for printmaking.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.

Conventions

-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley
-Sac-Con March 2014: Sacramento, CA - Mar 2- Small Press Zone
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604
-Anime Expo 2014: Los Angeles, CA - Jul 3-6- Artist Alley


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December SAC-CON 2013

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 5, 2013, 12:15 PM
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*Edit:  Oops!  Jumped the gun and wrote 2014 instead of 2013!  Can you tell I'm ready for this year to be over?  Haha.

>December Sac-Con

Come see me this weekend at SAC-CON!  You can find me in the small press room where I'll have a stock of brand new prints and a clearance sale on old prints.
Muppets: ''One More Sleep 'Til Christmas'' by SarahRStraub
Happy holidays!


Colony Capture Kickstarter

The COLONY CAPTURE KICKSTARTER is still going.  Anyone interested in learning how games are made should check it out.  Most pledges for the game come with teaching documents, tutorial videos, and there are some really cool rewards (the laser engraved pins are especially cool).   [LINK]



Projects

-Commissions: I still owe many of you wonderful people out there commissions. After a crazy summer of personal upsets, deadlines, conventions, and the like, I want you to know I have not forgotten a single one of you and will be contacting each of you personally soon as I get back to knocking these out. <3

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane is wrapping up the b/w edition & Kickstarter rewards and will be passing work to me for the colors soon!

-Finishing up the last couple characters for NASCENT GAMES "Kinship" title.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Excited and learning how to carve an over-sized woodblock for printmaking.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.

Conventions

-Crocker-Con 2013: Sacramento, CA - Nov 14 - Cemo Meeting Center

-Sac-Con December 2013: Sacramento, CA - Dec 8 - Small Press Zone
-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley TBA
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604


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Colony Capture Game

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 25, 2013, 11:02 AM
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Colony Capture Kickstarter

A BEE-utiful game I've been doing some background sprites and promotional art pencils for has finally launched on KICKSTARTER.  [LINK]

The adorable, bee-themed puzzle game is gorgeous as well as addicting.  And for my fellow-game developer friends, select reward tiers include tutorials and documentary how-tos on game development.  Please help this hard working team of game industry veterans reach their goal.  The learning opportunity alone is well-worth the support!





Projects

-Commissions: I still owe many of you wonderful people out there commissions. After a crazy summer of personal upsets, deadlines, conventions, and the like, I want you to know I have not forgotten a single one of you and will be contacting each of you personally soon as I get back to knocking these out. <3

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane is wrapping up the b/w edition & Kickstarter rewards and will be passing work to me for the colors soon!

-Finishing up the last couple characters for NASCENT GAMES "Kinship" title.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Excited and learning how to carve an over-sized woodblock for printmaking.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.

Conventions

-Crocker-Con 2013: Sacramento, CA - Nov 14 - Cemo Meeting Center

-Sac-Con December 2013: Sacramento, CA - Dec 8 - Small Press Zone
-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley TBA
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604


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Art Mix/Crocker-Con

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:02 PM
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Crocker-Con

This Thurs night 11.14.13, I'll be exhibiting amongst my very favorite local artists & creators at Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum. 

I'll have PRINTS of my own as well as merch from the BIRDLAND COMIC, so be sure to stop by!  crockerartmuseum.org/programs-…

Projects

-Commissions: I still owe many of you wonderful people out there commissions. After a crazy summer of personal upsets, deadlines, conventions, and the like, I want you to know I have not forgotten a single one of you and will be contacting each of you personally soon as I get back to knocking these out. <3

-Kickstarter for the game COLONY CAPTURE I've helped on hould be launching soon, so keep an eye out for that!

-BIRDLAND COMIC: Artist/creator Shane is wrapping up the b/w edition & Kickstarter rewards and will be passing work to me for the colors soon!

-Finishing up the last couple characters for NASCENT GAMES "Kinship" title.

-Some pinup designs I've done will soon feature on new packaging for many table-top titles by Three Sages Games.

-Excited and learning how to carve an over-sized woodblock for printmaking.

-Slowly and still working on making my mythology-fairytale comic BLIND FOLLIES worth the wait.

Conventions

-Crocker-Con 2013: Sacramento, CA - Nov 14 - Cemo Meeting Center
-Sac-Con December 2013: Sacramento, CA - Dec 8 - Small Press Zone
-SacAnime Winter 2014: Sacramento, CA - Jan 3-5 - Artist Alley TBA
-Emerald City Comicon 2014: Seattle, WA - Mar 28-30 - @ 'Imaginary People' #604


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Summer Sac-Anime '13

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 28, 2013, 3:40 PM


Hey, everyone!  Just letting you know that SacAnime is this Fri-Sun (Aug 30-Sep 1).  I'll be in the artist alley at TABLE #AA-13.  Hope to see some friendly faces!

:thumb396566583:
(exhibit hall map--click it!)


Also Beau's birthday is Thurs Aug 29, so if you stop by be sure and wish him a happy birthday.

***

I'd also like to thank everyone who contributed to the BIRDLAND KICKSTARTER.  Thanks to you I have been officially hired to color a special edition of the entire first issue!  Also, because we reached 300% of our original goal, everyone who backed at $10 or higher will be getting a free printed physical copy of the full color edition after I finish complete the coloring.


Convention Schedule!



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LAST DAY FOR BIRDLAND (please read)

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:06 AM


People of Deviant Art!  I know DA has been losing it's popularity as of late, but please don't let me down.

The beautiful comic I'm coloring is on it's LAST DAY and we are only $460 away from our final stretch goal where we will be able to send all backers over $10 a printed physical copy of the FULL COLOR EDITION.

If you haven't seen the artwork, please do yourself a favor and go check it out.  Shane's work speaks for itself, and I say again how thrilled I am to be a part of this truly stunning project (and now with James O'Barr artist / creator of The Crow doing the variant cover).  [KICKSTARTER LINK]

Less than 24 hours are left in the BIRDLAND KICKSTARTER.

This really is your LAST CHANCE to get your hands on Birdland merch, art, and other kickstarter goodies.

*We still have only ONE SLOT LEFT in the TIN PAN ALLEY tier for your LAST and only chance to be a character in Birdland 2 and receive original art from Shane. (Also comes with limited edition book, bookmark, PDF, choice of print, 11x17 SIGNED James O'Barr variant poster, copy of Variant book, PDF of Full color edition once it is completed, & URL to exclusive Birdland #2 content).

**We also have plenty of JAMES O'BARR variant / SIGNED poster tiers at a low price that will be gone forever. (Also comes with bookmark, choice of print, PDF of original edition, PDF of the color edition once it is completed, & URL to exclusive Birdland #2 content).

***Also, existing backers can "manage your pledge" and add $10 to your donation for a copy of the book with the variant cover by O'Barr added to your tier.

****The Limited Edition tier is also a great value and gets you the Limited Edition book, your name printed in every Birdland #1, bookmark, your choice of print, PDF of the original version, PDF of the full color version once it is completed, 11x17 UNSIGNED variant poster, & URL to exclusive Birdland #2 content for only $40. (Manage your pledge and add $10 to that and you just got the Variant book and pretty much everything we have available in print for only $50).

Thank you for your time and for allowing me to nag you with my incessant posting.  The moment I first met Shane and saw Birdland, gasping as I opened the pages, I thought, "The world has got to see this."  Since then I have done everything in my power to help make that happen.  That's how much I believe in this book.

And the book has given back.  Working on the colors has helped remind me of my joy when it comes to my torrid relationship with art.  Birdland serves as a wooden sign on my path pointing me toward a direction I feel I'm meant to be.  After spending my first session of 13 hours coloring the cover, I stood and for the first time in years wasn't aware of the time of day, couldn't remember when I last ate, and honestly really had to pee.  Despite the last part, it felt great.  I couldn't remember the last time I lost myself in the process.  Birdland has and always will be a source of inspiration for me and something that motivates me to create for myself and for the sake of what I love about art and why I do it, to enjoy the process and hope others enjoy the results.

So again, thank you all for being a part of this with me.  I really hope you will like the colored book.
[KICKSTARTER LINK]


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Birdland Kickstarter Party

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:31 PM


KICKSTARTER LINK--> www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

OH MY FREAKING GOSH. Less than 1 week left in the BIRDLAND kickstarter and soooo much has happened!!! But I'll try to keep this short and sweet...


  • *We've added a ton of NEW TIERS & REWARDS, which you can check out on this easy to view menu:
    :thumb393826253:
  • *Birdland artist / creator Shane Matthew Murphy got a fantastic feature on BLEEDING COOL, one of the UK's premier comics review sites:
    www.bleedingcool.com/2013/08/1…

  • *JAMES O'BARR, creator of "The Crow" and inspiration to both Shane and I, agreed to do BIRDLAND's VARIANT COVER and will be signing 50 posters available through our kickstarter. (This is a dream come true for me and even more so for Shane.)

  • *Ben Schwartz of Empire's Comics Vault is throwing us a 1930's themed BIRDLAND KICKSTARTER PARTY Sat. Aug 17th 6pm.  Come meet me and Shane and help us celebrate.  We'll have prints, buttons, contests, a photo booth, a Kickstarter booth for on-the-spot pledges, & anyone who arrives in 1930's clothing will get a free sketch!
    www.facebook.com/events/295490…


  • *We officially MET OUR BIRDLAND IN TECHNICOLOR STRETCH GOAL.  It's official.  I'm coloring the book.  (Internal joyful screaming.)  Rewards for backers will be announced soon!
    BIRDLAND #1 Comic in TECHNICOLOR by SarahRStraub

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Creative Women Mini-Con

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 8, 2013, 10:48 AM


Empire's Comics Vault is hosting a Creative Women Mini-Con this Sat. Aug 10th, 11a-4p.

Come on down to the shop to meet some local female talent and enjoy some killer shop discounts, detailed in ECV Proprietor Ben Schwartz's video here:  [link]



I'll be there with my prints and also helping to promote the Birdland Kickstarter, coming down to the wire on Aug 22.

Also, today is the creator's birthday, so if you haven't already, please consider grabbing a copy of the book (and bookmark) for only $10 as a way of showing him how much you love the work.  If you like what I do, it also helps me reach our stretch goal so I can color a special edition of this beautiful book.

Cake revamped by 6dragonfly9BIRDLAND KICKSTARTER... www.kickstarter.com/projects/1… (ends Aug 22)



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Birdland Has Left the Nest

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 29, 2013, 6:04 PM


BIRDLAND COMIC KICKSTARTER (Now Live)
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…


My very talented friend Shane Matthew Murphy has made a masterpiece of a comic.  It's all done and the kickstarter is officially live.  And while we have met our meager print goal, there are still a lot of things we would like to do with the project.  So we need your help!


If we hit our $7000 stretch goal, I'll be able to color all of the 24 pages for a full color special edition of the black and white comic, available wherever "Birdland #1" is sold.  A special edition color bookmark will also  be to added to all reward tiers over $10 as thank you for the support.



$7000 – BIRDLAND IN TECHNICOLOR! 
Shane writes...  "Production begins on a FULL COLOR special edition of BIRDLAND #1, colored by Sarah R. Straub (cover, bookmark), for future availability wherever BIRDLAND #1 is sold! This is an idea I've wanted to see materialize since I began seeing Sarah's progress on the colored cover of the comic late last year. Something I had not anticipated while I was creating these pages, though perhaps I should have considering the highly chromatic nature of birds, was just how vividly the addition of color would bring these characters to life. It made me look at the project from an entirely different perspective, while also having the added perk of allowing me to enjoy my own pages again and in a brand new way. The standard edition of BIRDLAND will always be in black and white. It was conceived in black and white, and will continue to be produced in that way. However, I truly believe that what Sarah will bring to this full color special edition of the comic will make for a lush, vibrant and unique way of experiencing this aviary world. A colored "The Birds of Birdland" bookmark set for all backers over $10 if this goal is met."


**Any shares or signal boosts are also greatly appreciated.  Bird is the word!

BIRDLAND #1 Comic Front Cover by SarahRStraub    BIRDLAND #1 Comic Interior Covers WIP by SarahRStraub


There is also talks of future stretch goals should we meet this one, so stay tuned!


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Creative Women Mini-Con

Saturday, August 10 @ Empire Comics in Sacramento, CA.
www.empirescomics.com/2013/07/…

I'll be there with some talented fellow ladies, so come say hi!

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Regarding commissions...


I still owe many of you commissions from my fundraiser for my cat Lily and a couple from Fanime.  I haven't forgot about any of you and still have your info.  My professional work piled up on me in the recent months, on top of convention season, and I'm trying my best to brute force my way through my deadlines and make those commissions awesome.  I thank you all so much for your patience!

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  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: .Hack//Sign OST
  • Reading: Invisible Ink
  • Watching: Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Parasite Eve
  • Eating: Cherry Garcia froyo
  • Drinking: tea

Anime Expo '13!

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 24, 2013, 1:01 PM


Hullo everyone!  Anime Expo is just around the corner.  I am so excited to be going there to sell for my very first time.

Please stop by table #C71 in the artist alley to say hello and help make my first AX a friendly experience.  I'll have prints and brand new business cards.  I might also have a surprise or two, including help from my lovely artist friend :iconlesliesketch:

I'm also next to my other lovely artist friend :icondarksunrose:  The seating chart still isn't officially finished, so hopefully we won't get moved too much.  So keep an eye out for updates before the con for when they finalize all the locations.

Really looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with my talented lady friends and fellow anime geeks!

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Regarding commissions...

I still owe many of you commissions from my fundraiser for my cat Lily and a couple from Fanime.  I haven't forgot about any of you and still have your info.  My professional work piled up on me in the recent months and I'm trying my best to brute force my way through my deadlines and make those commissions awesome.  I thank you all so much for your patience!

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An Update

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 5, 2013, 3:09 PM


Realized I've accidentally been neglecting my DA as of late.  With my current work flow, it's sometimes hard making updates on this thing.  So if there's the smallest chance you may want more Straub in your life...

Tumblr
Personal day to day interests, sketches, and such.

Twitter
Thoughts, photos, jokes, sketches, etc.

Facebook
Art related updates and announcements, etc.

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Regarding my cat, Lily...

Thanks to everyone, I collected more commissions than I even thought I would and it really helped!

Lily's mass turned out to be a malignant mammary tumor (basically kitty breast cancer).  It was a tough surgery on the little thing and she had a rough recovery, as they had to excise much of her stomach muscle in the process of the removal.  She spent the first week hiding under the bed and unable to climb stairs or hop up on anything.  After several trips back (for a cone, antibiotics to treat the onset of an infection, and suture removal) she seems to be in good spirits and has a wicked scar.  She's able to run and jump and is playing again with our other cat, Link (so he's no longer depressed).

There's a chance the mass can grow back, but the hope is that we got it all out and she'll be fine for some time.  I'll need to get a sonogram later in the year ($375) to make sure no other masses have appeared, so I'll be looking to open up commissions again around then.

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As for current projects...

Working on some pixel art for my gaming internship.  Can't talk much more about it beyond that for now, but my company will be posting a Kickstarter soon.  So stay tuned.

Still working on some colors for Shane Matthew Murphy's gorgeous "Birdland" comic.  Website, kickstarter, and other info coming soon.

Brute forcing my way through some level concepts for Nascent Games "All Good Things."

Finishing up my long list of Lily-commissions.

Working on some secret costumes for The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball.

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  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Time&#039;s End: Majora&#039;s Mask remixed
  • Watching: Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Eating: avo &amp; tuna sandwich on sourdough
  • Drinking: rooibos tea

HELP - Art Sale + Commissions for my cat's Surgery

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 17, 2013, 4:32 PM


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Yesterday I took my cat, Lily, to the vet and we discovered a mass on her abdomen that needed to be removed and sent in for biopsy. The mass was bigger than a marble and had to be removed along with the surrounding area, including some of the muscle in her abdominal wall, requiring two layers of sutures.  The total cost for the exam and procedure came to $560 that I do not currently have. I have thrown it on a credit card for now, but am opening commissions and have put up some original art for sale to try and soothe the cost.

You can check out my COMMISSION pricing and the art I have listed FOR SALE here: straubcomics.com/post/48230688…

If there is a piece you would like to buy or art you would like to commission me to do, please note me here on DA or email me at sarah.r.straub@gmail.com.

I am negotiable on pricing, so don't be afraid to ask. Thank you in advance to everyone!


The first time I met Lily was at a volunteer rescue over 5 years ago.  The rescue had selected 10 or so cats that met my specifications (adult, female, possibly in need of extra TLC or special attention).  When they brought out Lily, she was shaking and terrified, her eyes darting about the room for a place to hide.  Suddenly, her vibrant green eyes locked onto mine and she held out her paws.  As I took her into my arms, she pressed against my chest and buried her head into my armpit.  From that moment on, she was mine and I was hers.  And Lily would go on to be my shadow, following from room to room every day in my house and waiting til I went to bed so she could curl up on my chest until I turned off the light.  So I really hope she is all right.

Thank you again. ~Sarah

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  • Reading: LotR: Return of The King
  • Watching: Dr. Who
  • Playing: Super Scribblenauts
  • Eating: hard boiled egg sandwich
  • Drinking: lots of water

My Cherry Blossom Festival trip CANCELLED :(

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 12, 2013, 10:32 AM


Hullo, everyone!  Bad news...

Due to financial setbacks in the automobile department, I will NOT be able to exhibit at Cherry Blossom Festival this month as I had planned.  :(

HOWEVER...!

In the effort of visiting my wonderful Bay Area friends and people, I have decided to go for a table at Fanime-Con in San Jose this May 24-27, the week before my birthday (31st).  Just waiting on the gallery check, so fingers crossed!
:fingerscrossed:

I hope to have a few new prints and a possible themed sketchbook available for you then.  :)



In other news, I'm apparently the poster child for Sacramento nerd culture.  fox40.com/2013/04/10/real-esta…

And I must say, it's a pleasure to be amongst such excellent and admirable hobbits-er--NERDS.


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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Of Monsters and Men
  • Reading: LotR: Return of The King
  • Watching: Bones
  • Playing: with UNITY tutorials
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: lots of water