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You have a pin-up and you need it in color!!

If you have some inks, or even some clean pencils, let me color them for you!

-All of my finished work is 300-400 dpi, in CMYK colors, and ready for print!

Send me a note!

Gian Side-by-Side by SarahPerrymanThe Glancy - Side-by-Side by SarahPerrymanHope Side-by-Side by SarahPerryman
Wonder Woman with Attitude by SarahPerrymanThe Blue Terror Cover 8 by SarahPerrymanA Studio Akumakaze Character Sheet by SarahPerryman
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Dear DeviantArt,

I was was unsure how to reach the staff of DeviantArt to send them my letter of thanks.

I want to thank Deviant Art for not removing artwork containing the Confederate Flag. As an artist, historian, and teacher I see history as a factual listing of events and symbols that come together to create our current lives, good and bad, popular and unpopular. I create digital collages using real historical memorabilia and sell them on sites like Zazzle.com.

As an artist and historian I was deeply upset when I learned that Zazzle.com has begun to remove all artwork containing the Confederate flag. I had believed the site, whose businesses is supplied and supported by independent artists like those found here on DeviantArt, would either have taken a neutral stance to the topic or stood up for their artists.

Thank you DA for being a true artistic haven and allowing the sharing of ideas though all kinds of mediums and media.

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  • Eating: Cereal! - always cereal!
  • Drinking: Juice - always Juice!
You have a pin-up...and it might be cute, amazing, sexy, strong, or so crazy awesome!...and you need it in color!!

If you have some inks, or even some clean pencils, let me color them for you!

- All of my finished work is 300-400 dpi, in CMYK colors, and ready for print!

- Best of all, it's affordable. I have always been about getting the work done not about making money. I love just love to color!

Send me a note!

Link to the picture if you have one online!

And let's talk!

Gian Side-by-Side by SarahPerrymanThe Glancy - Side-by-Side by SarahPerrymanHope Side-by-Side by SarahPerryman
Wonder Woman with Attitude by SarahPerrymanThe Blue Terror Cover 8 by SarahPerrymanA Studio Akumakaze Character Sheet by SarahPerryman


  • Reading: Star Trek Books (I have a bag full)
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Dead Island
  • Eating: Cereal! - always cereal!
  • Drinking: Juice - always Juice!

I still struggle drawing a nude figure. Pencil drawing and painting digitally are worlds apart for me. For some reason I can draw a person if I am thinking abut their clothing. What shape is their shirt? Skirt? Hat? These are shapes my brain quickly recognizes. Suddenly I find myself taking a Theater Costuming class and we are have to draw nudes every day. After struggling for a few days (I think my hubby was going to boot me out of the house until I was in a better mood) I found out a couple of things.

    1) I draw BIG. I am always running into the edge of the paper. I draw a great head or back arch and boom! I have no room for feet and arms. So, instead of erasing 100 times and trying to re-size my drawing to fit my medium - I made a medium fit me. I have a stash of legal sized paper and I just kept taping pieces together as I needed them. Leg getting longer? Add another paper! Arm stretching out in a beautiful arch? Add another paper!

    2) Models! I don’t have a whole bunch of friends who want to come over and stand naked in my living room – I just don’t know why! It may have something to do with them being my coworkers (and that means Elementary School Teachers) so I needed to find a model source that was awesome and had some variety. I tried looking up photos here on DA but it still was not working for me. So I jumped onto Google and found this:

 The Croquis Cafe: www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZZ8…


HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS EXISTED!?!

They have so many great videos, live model videos, stills, and even 360 degree videos for sculptures! And beautiful people with all kinds of body types and poses! I loosened up a little by trying to draw their 1 min. poses then paused the video on a model I liked until I had my sketch finished. Check it out and give it a try! Or at least book mark it if you want to come back and get some inspiration.

So now, I will take this rough draft and redraw it on some large newspaper print I am fortunate to have. I am still not sure her arms and legs are exactly the correct lengths. I have been working to get them the right size. At first they were VERRRY long, lol. I think her arms still are.

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  • Listening to: The Lumineers
  • Reading: Star Trek Books (I have a bag full)
  • Watching: Frasier
  • Playing: Resident Evil 5 Co-op with Hubby
  • Eating: Cereal! - always cereal!
  • Drinking: Juice - always Juice!
I have decided to go back to school. Between teaching full time and being a 3/4 time online students I am absolutely bogged down. I know I will feel the strain of not being able to paint and color my own work as well as awesome pieces for you all. It becomes a physical need to release some creativity into the world but I will have to find other outlets that are less time consuming. In the month that I have been attending school I have only had one opportunity to work on a painting I started before school.

This really makes me sad, but the good news is - with all my previous credits - I am 70% done with my Bach. of Science. I am really looking forward to dropping in and seeing what you all are creating.

crying fella (Reactions) Sarah
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  • Watching: Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Playing: Thief
  • Drinking: Juice - always Juice!
Oh my goodness!! I have been off of here for sooooooo long! - Shame on me!

But I have been moving my classroom, setting up for next school year, and making an 8' dinosaur in my garage from paper-mache!

I am so excited to meet my next great group of students. We are going to have some great times next year!

I am also going to be heading back to school!! I will be either an Art History Major or a (regular) History Major so this girl needs to make some cash!

Therefore......

Coloring Commissions Are Open!! ~ ~ Bring it on!!
Just email me at inspirewood (at) hotmail.com or send me a note here on DA!!

I want to see lots of pretty pretty pictures in my email!!
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**** Update!****

I want to thank the Anonymous donor from Ohio! 
I really can't thank them enough for helping me get a little closer to having a classroom rug!!


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Hello to all of my DeviantArt friends,

Could you please share this journal, or my DonersChoose project page found here, with your watchers? I am trying to raise money for a classroom rug through DonorsChoose.org. My students and I would really appreciate the few moments it would take to do this.

My classroom is a really busy place with 130 low-income Kindergartners coming to me for Math every day! 

With such a large number of children coming into my class I have be extremely well-organized and efficient. The rug I chose is great for a lot of reasons:

1) Transitions -- This rug will allow my students to transition easily from one activity to another. I break my lessons into three parts: Whole-group instruction, small-group application, and sharing/cleanup time. Each of my students will know exactly where to go and sit during transitions.

2) It's not just a rug. It's a game board! -- I love to create games and activities that allow my students to experience learning. We might play a class-sized game of Memory or use it to learn how to skip count by actually skipping! There are so many possibilities with this rug.

3) Quality - If it is going into my classroom it has to hold up to a lot of wear and tear! I have researched this particular rug on other websites and the reviews are great! It is sturdy and durable.

With a lot of creativity and ingenuity this rug is going to be a lot more to my students than a place to sit.


Thanks so much!
Sarah

Oh, and until April 4th, when someone donates to the project and enters the code INSPIRE, DonorsChoose.org will match their donation dollar for dollar.

  • Listening to: The Return of Alfred, by Herbert George Jenkins
  • Watching: Orphan Black
  • Drinking: Juice


If you need colors on a pinup, cover, splash page, character design, or high-quality fan art send me a note or email me a inspirewood (at) hotmail.com. I can also help you with your logo, short comic story or submission, and will consider larger projects as long as the art is high-quality and the timeline is realistic.









  • Watching: Sons of Anarchy
  • Playing: Hearthstone and Metro: Last Light
  • Eating: Hot ham and cheese sandwiches
  • Drinking: Sweet green tea
Oh my goodness! It seems like forever! My teaching job has taken so much of my time - but when you are working with 130-140 little kids in the first year of a brand new program there is always something happening that requires your creative thinking. The job has not stolen all my creative energy though. It has forced me to step back and take a good look at what I need to improve.

So, I have been working on some of my vintage memorabilia collage designs for my Zazzle store. I make a fun little amount of money off of some very old designs and I wanted to update it and really get it working for me. I have also gone back to the basics of art. Since I started my art career coloring and painting I skipped a lot of the fundamentals. I have ideas to share but getting them onto paper is a big struggle. So, I have gone back to the drawing board - literally. It is never to late to pick up the skills you are missing!

The combination of working at the school and working to better my art has brought me around the one conclusion. I am going to finish my degree in education by taking 2 more years of college for a BA in Art Education! Since I already have an AA in Para-Education my general ed. classes are finished! It's all art and teaching from here. I will start sometime next year through a college in my state. The program will be completed through online classes and probably internships with both artists and schools. By finishing my degree in Art Education I can also test for my General Education certificate. In the end I should be able to teach in all the Elementary grades as well as Middle School and High School Art. 

But for now, I wanted to say "HI" to all my great DA friends and watchers! I also wanted to let you know that I can take on a few coloring commissions as long as they don't have a tight deadline! So if you have a character or picture you want some colors on send me a note!

Hope you all are staying warm and safe!
-Sarah


I am really considering cleaning out the majority of my coloring work in my DA gallery. I have made a big leap in the last month to the look and style of art I love to produce. The older work does not really represent what I can do. 

It's a big leap but the gallery will look great once it starts to fill up with my new paintings.

If there are pieces you feel should really stay, let me know. You might save them from the chopping-block!
I have been temped to do this for a while, then Peter Palmiotti beat me to it earlier this week with a "Pimp Yourself" journal, lol. 

SO, people, who wants to share?? Show me something BLUE from your gallery.

I just finished this Superman painting. It has to be the most blue I have ever put into one image.
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I'm in love!! - With my Cintiq 12wx

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 21, 2013, 2:46 PM


I bought a used Cintiq 12wx on eBay and it finally came a couple of days ago!

It is now my new best friend. The most surprising part is how much time it saves me. Selecting brush size whth the slider and not having to redo lines that have come out a little crooked is fantastic. I was able to knock out 2 commissions yesterday with it and I probably saved 1.5 hours.


If you are thinking of buying one I absolutely recommend it. Do your homework and find out if it will really work for you. If you are looking on eBay you should be able to find a very gently used one for around $600. But study the pictures very carefully. If it looks like there is dirt and crumbs between the keys or on the slide bars skip it an look for another. It is a nice indication of the true care the tablet has received.

The only drawback I had was the Cintiq's color issues. A lot of people complain that the colors on the 12wx are very different than their monitor or laptop screen. I had this difficulty. The 12wx has very warm colors and my screen is very cold compared to it. But, I was able to adjust the color levels. It will never be exactly the same, but I can select colors with confidence.

Here is a speed-coloring video for the first commission I completed on it - youtu.be/gDqWCM_ENj4

  • Listening to: Radio Mystery Theater from the 80's
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!

Wanted: Wacom Cintiq 12wx

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 3:22 PM


Hope you all are having a great week!

I have decided that it is time to upgrade my tablet. I have used my huge and heavy Inturos 2 every day for the past 3 years. It's still a great tool but it is starting to show its age and will make a wonderful backup.

I am looking for a used  Cintiq 12wx. If you know of anyone who has one they would like to pass on to another artist, I would love to hear about it!

-Sarah

  • Listening to: Radio Mystery Theater from the 80's
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!

Thank You!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 11, 2013, 7:38 AM


Thank you!

This is a double Thanks. I first want to thank all the great flatters who applied to help me with commissions. I have found someone to work with and we have started a great working relationship.  There are so many different styles when it comes to flatting and Stephanie Cassata has the one I was looking for to compliment my style of art.

I hope to make a Flatter Feature journal for all of the others who sent me their info. It's great to know there are so many talented artists actively improving their skills and looking for work.

I also want to thank the great people at TideArt.com tideart.com. They have features some of my coloring this week on their great website. It's a really nice site with digital art news, interviews, and showcases not just for comic art but every kind of digital art there is.

  • Listening to: Radio Mystery Theater from the 80's
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!

Wanted: Flatter

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 30, 2013, 8:22 AM


Good morning everyone,

This year is off to a great start and my commission list is growing very quickly. I love having all the work and meeting all the fantastic artists and creators.
But now I am looking for a flatter to pick up some of the work and give me more time to focus on the painting/coloring part of the job.

The flatter will need to:
1) Be familiar with DropBox  - I will set up a folder for pages I need flatted.
2) Take PayPal payments.
3) Work on Photoshop files I have prepared for color holds.
4) Be able to price the flatting job per image as there will be all kinds of styles.
5)Willing to work as my occasional flatter for a long-term - I am looking for someone I can depend on.

Commissions seem to go in waves. Sometimes there will be a lot of them coming in and then there will be a dry spell.
So, this would be a great chance for someone who is proficient at flats and would like to work with a colorist but not have the pressure of a huge project or strict deadlines.

**If you would like me to take a look at your work please leave a comment on this journal.
   Let me know your experience, where I can see some samples, and your average rate scale.

*Please no notes, I keep my inbox for people needing commissions.

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  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!

Featuring Fellow Artists

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 7, 2013, 8:51 AM


All of us put so much time and effort into our own art and sometimes it's hard to take a few moments to give other artists the spotlight. I hope to see more DA members taking a little bit of time to explore and share images from other creative people.

Since it was snowing outside this morning I went on a hunt for some 'cold' images from people I admire and people who watch me.

From People I watch or admire:

comic II by EastMonkey       Thor 7, page 19 - colored by Kai-S       i will live to love you by nebezial       The Forever Saga by Artgerm
Hold Me Now by mckadesinsanity       Just a Grunt - by DanLuVisiArt       Katzenjammer by GorosArt       Colorless by asuka111

From People who watch me:
R.P.M. 01_09 by dubbery       Wolverine - Test page 1 by GlauberMatos           Batman 692 pg 4 pencils inks by JasonConrad     :thumb306471378:
:thumb274998130:       Repo OC - Reina 'Z' by inSYNCinSANITY       Abominable Snowman by PhilRood     Spider Man  BridgeTunnel Pg1 (Updated) by JoshJ81

  • Listening to: Radio Mystery Theater from the 80's
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!

End of Nov. Update - Thanks All!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 3, 2012, 3:08 PM


Thanks you everyone who took advantage of the 'Name Your Own Price' commission sale! Hope you all are enjoying your finished pieces.

Everything is going well here at home. I just finished teaching my first art class for the County. I am looking forward to teaching a Drawing I and a Painting II class for the kids in January. I am unhappy with the lack of quality supplies, though. There is only so much you can do with classroom paint, cheap watercolors, and copy paper. But the students had a good time and learned quite a bit. If I had my dream art class each child would have a laptop and a little Wacom to use. It would save a lot of money in the long run and help introduce them to computers. There are a bunch of good quality free art programs which would let us do a wide variety of art styles.

I have also started to get things ready to do some glass work in my kiln. I have done some ceramics but a lot of what I want to create turns out to be too frustrating for me. I can't get the detail I want. So I have some new and interesting projects in mind combining glass and ceramics. I spent part of yesterday smashing glass. I am hoping I can use recycled glass to start. It can be hard to use but it is a place to begin.

And in the world of coloring I am open again for commissions! If you have something you want colors on let me know. You can send me a note here on DA and I will get back to you ASAP.  I also found a copy of X-Men Endangered Species colored by Sonia Oback. Her faces on the sequential pages are fantastic. So I have some studying to do. Oh, and Zenescope's Holiday Special should be out in a couple of weeks and that will be interesting to see, too.


Commission List:

1. Brent - Assassin Tyler - In Progress
2. Brent - Cover Brendon Brian Fraim
3. Brent - Vultura and Agent Mitch Ballard

Finished:
1. Studio A. - Scrap - Finished!
2. Brent - Black Manx Myke - Finished!
3. Studio A. - Dare - Finished!

  • Listening to: Pandora Radio
  • Playing: Skyrim and L.A. Noir
  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!
Holiday Commissions! Everyone has a chance to get their art colored.

Every year for the Holidays I like to give everyone a chance to get their art colored. You may be a beginning artist who wants to see your creation in colors or you may be a Pro who is looking for a good deal.

Don't be shy!
Send me a Note.
Show me your art.
Tell me how much you can afford.


I only ask 2 things:

1. The lines (inks or pencils) do have to be clean. They can't have a lot of bad smudges because it takes me a lot of time to clean up.

2. You are honest about how much you can pay. I will consider ANY offer.
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  • Eating: I'm always eating Cereal!