What I’ve been up to on my social media break!

Hi everyone! If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed I’m not currently updating! I decided for my birthday this year I would attempt to stop using Β it for 21 days… I’ve read it takes 21 days to break a habit, and I’m hoping this little hiatus will reboot my creativity and help me with some of my time management issues. So far, it’s working!!! Exciting stuff – I keep joking I may never return now! Lol I do miss seeing cute pictures and reading my friends updates, and I have so much I want to share too. Since I can’t post it on social media then why not dust off my blog and put it here! (My blog can post my updates on social meda for me so I don’t cheat on my break – how neat is that?!) So here we go…

The first week of my break, I actually got very sick which made it easy to forget about social media. By Thursday, I was starting to feel well enough to leave the house and I was able to go see Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show at the Cobb Energy Center with my family. He’s an amazing and hilarious speaker – I had such a great time!! We also got to meet him after the show for a photo and signature which was pretty neat. I hope he comes back to Atlanta soon!


Towards the weekend, my health and my creativity returned. I visited the new arcade, “Round One”, near my house to take purikura pictures with Autumn! (Baby’s first purikura?! haha) I had SO much fun!!! I couldn’t believe how many awesome games they had – I only played Tsum Tsum and did two rounds of Purikura with Autumn (which went surprisingly well!) but I hope to go back soon and try more stuff!

I’ve also been painting with water colors… I’ve started a series of kawaii themed dessert drawings. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but right now I’m just focusing on making stuff I find fun during my break. I’ll post pictures of everything in July!

I also got to visit with my friend Jacqueline yesterday at the coffee shop, “Hodgepodge”. This was my first time going there – they had so many cool murals (love the mermaid one by artetak!) and the food and tea was delicious! I look forward to going back – especially with Autumn since they had a play area for little kids and couches. Perfect!

Well that’s where I’m at currently during my social media break! Hope you enjoyed this little update! More to come soon!!

Getting ready to go to Disney!

In exactly one week I’ll be going to Disney World with my daughter and mother for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden festival!! I’ll also be going to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and possibly Hollywood Studios… but the Flower and Garden festival is the true highlight of this trip for me since I’ve never been!

I did a drawing recently of the things I’m excited about for my upcoming trip! Mostly Epcot and Disney Springs things… I’ve been to Disney Springs once, but it was a quick visit at night. I’m looking forward to going during the day and doing a little shopping and eating!

Can’t wait to post about our trip when we get back!

Record Store Girl comic #1

I think its safe to share comic #1 here now that its no longer in print…! I just wrapped up comic #3, so when that is published I'll share #2! πŸ˜€ Enjoy!

And if you missed my intro post about this, you can go here to read more about my comic in Magnet magazine! The plot is about local record store girl, Lillian (who is real and works at Criminal Records!) and her adventures with the record stores she interacts with at work. I do the writing and illustrating, and the concepts are drafted up by the lovely folks at Criminal Records. It's an interesting project so far!

You can pick up a copy for yourself at your local record shop ❀

More coming later on the comic!

BIG NEWS: My comic in Magnet magazine + win a copy!!!

So I've had a little secret I've been dying to share since September… For the next 6 months I'll be writing and illustrating a comic strip called "The adventures of Record Store Girl" for music magazine Magnet!!

The comic is about Lillian, a record store shop girl, who accidentally discovers a magical object that gives her super powers! But what will she do with those powers…? Fight to save record stores from big-box chains taking over, become a music vigilante or just decline her new abilities for a normal life? You'll have to read the strips to find out!

Lillian also happens to be a real person – she's my good friend who actually works at Criminal Records here in Atlanta! I got the idea to write about her as magical girl because she does so many things for her store and local community in Atlanta that it's almost super human! 

I'm so excited about Record Store Girl because I've always wanted to write a cutesy magical girl story and this was the perfect opportunity! I can't wait to see how it all evolves! I might even try to weave it into my personal comic I've been working on.


Magazine with my comic in it!


Comic #1 went on sale at the beginning of November with the above cover, but I wasn't able to blog about it right away due to work and personal stuff… But! It will be for sale until the 28th so you can still hurry if you want to get a copy!!


Indie record shop list

If you'd like to buy a copy, you can find it at either your local independent record shop or one of the fabulous stores listed above! Annnd comic #2 will be available for purchase on November 29th!! Since I know that is a bit of a time crunch to get the first comic, I thought I'd do something fun for you guys:

My comic in Magnet

I'm giving away a free signed copy of
Magnet magazine with "The adventures of Record Store Girl" #1 inside!

Want to win a copy of the magazine?

  • Leave a comment stating what sort of magical super hero abilities you wish you had, along with your name and email!
  • If you reblog about this, that can count as an extra entry as long as you link where you mentioned the comic in a separate comment! (So it counts as an extra entry! <3)

I'll use a random number generator to select a winner from the comments on November 28th and send out your issue just in time to read before comic #2!


Wheee! So glad I can finally post about this!! 
I hope you guys are as excited as I am! ❀

Art update: Girls drawing girls book + Costume sketches

Mermaids with hibiscus flowers


A little art update for this week… First up – my mermaid piece for the Girls Drawin' Girls book is complete! For those who missed the post in April, here are the sketches and concept work for this illustration. It was inspired by vintage photos of girls dressed as mermaids at Disneyland in the 60's!

I'm so excited to be a part of the Girls Drawin' Girls Vol. 4 book!! Some of my favorite illustrators are also in the book so I can't wait to get a copy and look through it all. 

If you'd like to get your own book, the GDG blog has a pre-sale page up and if you order early you get a pin-up bookplate with your purchase! Click the below image to read more info on the Girls Drawing Girls Vol. 4 book and how to buy it:


Harley Quinn romper idea

I also thought I'd share some sketches I did the other day. Sometimes I get wacky ideas for costumes I'd like to make… And before I start sewing, I sketch out the concept to see what I'd have to buy and how involved the design is. Recently I was kicking around the idea of making a Harley Quinn themed romper for Dragon*con! 

Harley quinn romper idea

I really like the idea that I came up with – it would be so simple and comfy to run around in! I decided not to make it though because I didn't think I'd wear it more than once. My concept though involved a simple halter romper working with the tattoo I have on my arm, chunky white plastic bracelets with black squiggles of rhinestones, possibly a blond wig, black heart shaped sunglasses and some cute platform 50's style shoes.

Sky doll costume ideas

I daydream about costume ideas a lot… Also, outfits to sew! I guess that sewing still lingers in the back of my head even though I stopped doing it many years ago. Here is another rough sketch I did a while back of some Noa costumes (from the comic "Sky Doll"). I was really excited to make them because the designs were so creative – but once I drew out all the pieces for the 3 different outfits I decided it was too much to do! These days, if I do sew anything I like to keep it simple so I can focus more on having fun.

Do you like to sew or sketch outfit ideas?

Art update: “Bunnies and Bows” girl

Bunnies and bows


My friend Michelle asked me recently if I'd like to contribute art to her Bunnies and Bows show in LA – and here is what I made for it! I really want the outfit I gave her… haha – the shoes too! Fashion dreaming through drawing.

A framed metallic print will be for sale at the show, and I'll also be doing a limited run of giclee prints for sale on my etsy… I'll post more about that in a few days!


Bunnies and Bows sketches!

I planned most of this out last week – It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but the fun part is it left me with a lot of sketches to share! The sketch on the upper right with the giant carrot was my favorite, but it didn't fit well with the paper size I wanted so I decided to save it for another day. 

Bunnies and Bows sketches!

I think these were the worst ideas of the bunch… but it's always good to get that sort of stuff out of your system while working.

Bunnies and Bows sketches!

Just when I was getting frustrated on ideas, I decided to doodle a retro playboy bunny and give my brain a break… and then after that I finally came up with the idea I wanted to do! 


While I was working on all of this, I was trying to capture a feeling of Playboy Bunnies from the 60's and Pin-up Girls mixed with Lady Lovely Locks from the 80's… I really loved that toy and all her cute clip in animal hair accessories – which reminds me a bit of Michelle! Probably because of all the pastel rainbow hair colors and all the animals had little bows πŸ™‚

Bunnies and Bows show!

If you live near Los Angeles, you should come check out the show on May 7th!! You can read more about it here. Take pics and send me some… I really wish I could go but I'm not able to travel there at this time. Another day! :) 

Art update – Mermaids! + 1960’s Disneyland and more

Girls drawing girls, a fun art group I'm a part of, is getting ready to put out their latest art book and the drawing I'm contributing for it had to be themed around Hibiscus flowers. I've been on a total mermaid kick since I looked up info on the 20,000 Leagues ride in Disney World and knew I wanted to have an excuse to draw stuff like that… how are those two things related you ask?

Well, through clicking around and reading on the history of the ride, I discovered the first ride like this was the "Submarine Voyage" in Disneland, which had LIVE MERMAIDS! Okay okay, so they weren't real mermaids – they were actually local girls who auditioned to play mermaids for the summer during 1965-1967. But seriously – how cool is that?! 


So when I put together my concept sketch for the book, I decided to capture the look of these teenage mermaid gals gossiping on a rock while beautifying themselves with brightly colored hibiscus flowers. Still working out color choices, but above is a preview! I'm debating making them look less human with webby ears and fins on their arms…

mermaid sketches

Sketches I doodled while coming up with ideas. I actually drew all the stuff below while sitting in a jacuzzi – I'd like to think of that as immersing myself in the drawing's environment, hahaha!

mermaid sketches

In the bottom left you can see where my idea sorta started… and then I drifted into the zone of thinking of outfit ideas. I think at this point I was like, man – I want a mermaid costume too!

mermaid sketches


And I couldn't talk about the Disneyland mermaids without sharing photos, video and some more info… 

Disneyland mermaids

Disneyland mermaids


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Super Punch Tarot show exhibition in Florida!

Heads up! If you live in South Florida, you should go check out my art at Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery! It's part of the Super Punch Tarot card show. I wont be there unfortunately, but there will be tons and tons of great illustrations there in my place. πŸ˜‰ I really wish I could go – so if you live in the area, please check it out and tell me how it goes! ❀ The show is curated by Super Punch blogman John Struan! He contacted a ton of amazing artists last year to build an entire deck… You can see all the tarot cards in the project here on Super Punch


The opening night reception is

Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7-10pm 

and runs through April 23, 2011.

Location: Tate's Comics/Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery


Other artists in the show: Aaron Miller; Adam Koford; Bethalynne Bajema; Brent Engstrom; Brent Nolasco; Brigid Ashwood; Britt Wilson; Casey Weldon; Daniel Davis; Dave Perillo; Dean Reeves; Eliza Gauger; Eric Orchard; Eric Wirjanata; Franco Brambilla; Geoff Trapp; Heather Hudson; J.Shea; Jason Chalker; Jerrod Maruyama; Joseph Game; Kat Brunnegraff; Katy Hargrove; Ken Turner; M. S. Corley; Mario Graciotti; Meghan Murphy; Melita Curphy; Mindy Lee; Nancy Dorsner; Patricio Oliver; Roman Laney; Rosemary Travale; San Smith; Santiago Caruso; Simon Page; Stephanie Buscema; Sven Ruthner; Squink!; The Beast Brothers; Thomas Allen; Tyler Landry and MORE!


Art update: Star Wars – A New Hope Wedding poster

So a while back my friend Ginny contacted me about a wedding illustration commission: She said she wanted 11×17 posters featuring herself, her husband to be and their two cats in Las Vegas for Save the Dates… all while mimicking the Star Wars: A New Hope classic posters. 

Of course I said YES! What a fun idea! That and I've always wanted to draw this poster – I tried once for a college project but had some difficulty with the poses and gave up… Here was finally another excuse to take a swing again! πŸ™‚

I actually finished up the illustration a few weeks ago but was holding off on posting about it until Ginny created the Save the Dates and mailed them to her guests. (I didn't want to spoil the surprise!) Now that her guests finally know what it looks like, I figured it's ok to post the concept work and final design.


Left: Paper doodles trying to get a feel for the poses and placement for certain things…

Right: Refining the concept sketch digitally. The background changed significantly on the final based on Ginny's requests, the ring became more realistic and the cats a little fatter ;) 

And here is the final artwork! This was a little harder than most of my commissions because the poster I was mimicking was very different from my drawing style… Plus – I swear the background really kicked my butt… I have never been to Las Vegas before and I had to look up tons and tons of photos to figure out what her background request actually looked like. Ginny specifically asked that the beam of the Luxor to go through the ring like the poster/light saber – and I never did find a reference photo that matched up with what I wanted… I eventually had to mix a ton of views together to meet the background needs and then I digitally painted on top of them to keep it as realistic as possible. Hopefully it really looks like that view of Vegas! Maybe next time I'll use this as an excuse to fly to Vegas and visit her for reference photos πŸ˜‰ I think my favorite parts to draw were the dress folds, cats and oddly – the shine on the rock. I don't know why – just found that part fun! 

For a more close up look at the faces, cats and what not:


And here is what Ginny designed for the Save the Dates! Didn't it turn out cute?! What do you think? πŸ™‚ I was so pumped to find out this morning that my artwork and her Save the Date were featured on Offbeat Bride – go check out the post!

Also, for those interested in hiring me to do illustrations for their weddings, websites, personal profiles, etc.: I'll be completely open in September and would love to hear from you! (Here is a link to my portfolio) Send me an email at san(at)san-smith.com and we can chat about your project idea!