100 Sales Sale!

Hi everyone! Today marks my 100th sale on Etsy. To celebrate and to thank all of you for supporting me I’m having a sale over in my shop. All of my patterns are half off for the next 100 hours, starting at 3:00PM (EST) today!

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And don’t forget I still have a ton of free patterns right here on my blog!

What’s it Like

There's a pretty picture of some yellowish leaves here. It's pretty. Trust me.More pretty yellowy leaves.

What’s it look like where you live?

This leaf is red. And I have no idea if it's upside down or not. THESE LEAVES ARE RED AND ORANGE

P.S. Been hibernating.

Treasure

Beach 1 by Karissa Cole 2015 all rights reserved

The best part about visiting a beach in January is that no one else is stupid enough to visit a beach in January.

Beach 2  by Karissa Cole 2015 all rights reserved Beach 8

Except for this one guy, standing in the frigid water throwing his net out repeatedly. It’s roughly -11°F back home, so I know a little about being cold. But how this guy could stand in the ocean, clad in only a t-shirt and shorts, I cannot fathom.

Beach 9 by Karissa Cole 2015 all rights reserved

But whatever makes you happy :)

 

Little Lights

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Couldn’t get the nice clear skyline shot I wanted so what’s a girl to do but roll with it. BOKEH BABY.

At the Airport

Airport sunset 5 Karissa Cole 2014

I’m in love with the colors of sunset.

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There’s a small airport a few miles from where I live. Its big open field is a great place to watch the sunset, which is precisely what I did yesterday. I pass this airfield on my way home from work every day and I’ve wanted to stop and watch the sunset for a while. I finally got my chance :)

Airport sunset 4 Karissa Cole 2014

Magnitude

I needed a quick dose of color. LOTS of color.

Magnitude K Cole

 

I had some free time after dinner. There are too many planets in this one, but I liked the one in the corner and I liked the big one…I just couldn’t pick one.

The thought occurred to me to call this piece “Magnitude.” As soon as I decided this, though, all I could hear was Vector (of Despicable Me) saying “I go by the name of Vector. It’s a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vector! That’s me, because I commit crimes with both direction and magnituide. OH YEAH.”

Tha’s my brain for you.

3, 2, 1…DRAW

More years ago than I care to recount (mainly because I have no idea) I acquired and subsequently lost my only USB cable. Every now and then when I need to transfer files from here to there I search for this minuscule MIA cable. Today marks my 93rd search, I’d say, but this sly cable still eludes me. I find this mildly infuriating. On my search and retrieve attempt this evening, though, I stumbled upon some stuff that (almost) makes up for the fact that what I actually set out to find still appears to be totally outside my grasp.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing. Nothing in particular, just drawing. It’s just what I did. This particular creative drive is what led me to decide to earn my degree for graphic design (which had an ironic yet delightful conclusion that I won’t get into now, but it’s kind of awesome I swear). A lot of the stuff that I used to draw when I was a kid was lost, but teenage me hardly ever threw her drawings away (unless they sucked, if I’m being honest) so I still have a bunch. I kept them in my purple, plastic folder, in two categories: “Don’t like,” kept in one pocket, and “Damn I’m amazing at this” in the other (there really was no in between for me, now that I think about it). I also managed to hang on to a handful of the stuff I did on assignment for my various high school and college classes. I wish I had had the patience to actually make my work look as great as I thought it could be. But I still like some of the stuff that managed to tumble out of the tumult in my head and through my shaky hands. Here’s a handful of my inadvertent findings:

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I don’t draw nearly as much as I used to. It’s kind of sad when I think about it. But every once in a great while I get some kind of idea that I’m able to see through. And sometimes, actually, I do get commisioned for something. Back in September I was asked to make an inspirational-type poster for a local school. I sketched it all out by hand first:

Dream BIG Sketch

I’ve got this thing about sketching in my math notebooks for some reason… This is what I ended up with:

Dream Big Poster by Karissa C 2014

Dream Big Closeup

Closeup of the poster. The blond girl is my favorite of the chibis :)

 

It was a big hit. Can’t say I wasn’t a little pleased :)

And recently I was hired to make a few posters for some kids’ bedrooms. This is one of them:

Giraffe poster by Karissa C 2014

A giraffe was requested for this one, so I first sketched it out on paper. (I did this right before bed one night and I’m blaming the horrendous sketch on the exhaustion I must have been suffering from.) A little tweaking in Photoshop the next day and things were much better. The next poster in the series is a couple of penguins. Hopefully I can work on that this weekend. (Penguins are so bodacious.)

I definitely don’t draw anywhere near as much as I used to, and not in the same way. One of the nasty side-effects of being an adult. Time was never an issue when I was younger; I never didn’t have enough of it. Wish that were the case these days. But I guess that’s the way it goes. Just trying to make the best of the time I do have. There are just so many awesome things out there to do. Sometimes I think that’s why I don’t spend a lot of extra time polishing my stuff; I always want to be off on my next creative idea :)

 

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