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My Favorites from January 2019!

My Favorites from January 2019!

Hello everyone and happy February!  It is time to reflect on the previous month by looking at some of my favorites from January, as well as wrapping-up my thoughts on the month! Lets get started!   Enamel Pins!  In January, I found my next obsession…enamel […]

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues! The 2018 Huevember Challenge! Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since my last art update, so I decided to share with you all a challenge that I completed in November, amidst the busyness of my semester. Huevember!  If you would like […]

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

Can you believe we are already in the month of September? Time has gone by so fast! But that means it’s time to do my favorites for August and wrap-up!

 

Favorite reads of the month

Didn’t finish any major novels this month but as usual, I did read a number of graphic novels. This is one of my favorite mediums for storytelling and I can read them fast, which is great when you have a busy schedule! So the novels that get an honorable mention this month are….

Winter Woods by Cosmos + Van Ji

Winter Woods.

This one is a little bit out of the box since it is actually a webcomic, which you can read through Webtoon. I’m a huge fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, so this comic was prefect for me because it has a very similar idea. Overall this story was so touching and human (no pun intended), and I easily binged it in a few days.

If you would like to give it a read, please click HERE.

 

Giant Days by Allison + Treiman + Cogar (Volume 1)

Giant Days by Allison + Treiman + Cogar (Volume 1)

Love the style of this comic and the story was just fun! It follows 3 young ladies through their misadventures in friendship, college, and life. It was such a funny and easy read. I’m definitely hooked and looking forward to reading more!

If you are interested in learning more, please click on this LINK.

 

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

For all the fans of the animated movie The Secret of Kells, this is the book for you! The style of the art is similar in feeling to that movie, which means it’s completely adorable and detailed. The story was simple but sweet, and as someone who grew up with a pretty active imagination—I can relate to the daydream aspects. Definitely a great book for kids who aren’t easily scared, since some moments can be a little on the creepy side.

If you would like to know more about the author, please go HERE.

 

About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau

About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau

I have to say…I think I saved best for last. This book is by far my favorite out of all of these, both for the story and the art. About 99% of this book has no writing in it, so the whole thing is told through the pictures alone. It was such a powerful story and one I highly recommend everyone to read. Silent sequential stories like this are some of my favorites, and I admire them a lot because it’s not an easy way to tell a story, let alone a great one like this.

If you would like to learn more, please go HERE.

 

Art Wrap-up

I didn’t get many finished pieces done in August, mainly because I have been working on my summer sketchbook for this year. That being said, there were some really cool projects I did this month, and I recently hit 1000 followers on my art Instagram account. So I will be putting together a little event to celebrate that millstone!

Collaboration with Richard McConochie

In august I was approached by a fellow artist who has been following me and I him for a little while now, to do a collaboration! This was very exciting since I hadn’t yet done a collaboration like this. So after going back and forth discussing some ideas, we decided to choose a common theme and then create a piece for the other to complete in some way. I created a colored piece for him ink and he created some very cool line art for me to color. The theme we decided on was steampunk animals which was something I had never done before.

Here is my colored portion, which is a little hyena character I ended up naming Blue Jack.

Blue Jack by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.

And here is his cool raccoon lady line art which I then colored!

Collaboration with Richard McConochie (Line Art), coloring by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.
Line art by Richard McConochie, coloring by Ciarra Stebbins.

This was overall a very fun collaboration, and I definitely look forward to working on more like this in the future. If you would like to see his original line art and how he completed my piece, please go check out his Instagram HERE!

 

Oil and Water

Oil and Water by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @Ciarra_13.

This small watercolor mix media piece was one of the few that I finished in the month of August. It’s an idea I’ve had floating around in the back of my mind for a while now, and I’m so happy I’ve finally put it to paper. These two are new characters that I’m working on creating a story around. I love coming up with stories for the illustrations I make, so don’t be surprised if you see more of them in the future.

 

Leo

Leo by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com and @ciarra_13.

My finally piece for August was of course the first in my relaunch of a much older series on the 12 Zodiac signs. I purposefully completed Leo first since much of August belongs to this sign. You can read more about the process and this zodiac in this blog post HERE. 

 

Photo-shoots

100 Dollar Outfit Challenge-Outfit #1, Black and White

If you have been following this blog for a while or any of our other social medias, then you may know about our sister blog, Amy Stebbins Couture. There you can find out all about what we are doing on the fashion side of things!

Two new blog series that have started over there are our Vintage Photo Challenge and $100 dollar outfit challenge!

Both of these were a lot of fun to work on, and I’m certainly looking forward to what we will be doing this September for these challenges.

The vintage Photo Challenge-Photo #1

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Overall, August was a pretty good month. In the last week of the month, my fall semester started and it is already shaping up to be a whirlwind of activity. Lots of interesting projects and new artwork to create. I will of course update you guys on that throughout the coming months!

How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?

Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

Hello everyone, and today will begin my 12 zodiac series of illustrations and blog posts! I have had these illustration ideas waiting for their final phase for quite a while now, so I’m excited to finally be sharing these with you. I spent a lot […]

My Favorites for July & Wrap-up!  

My Favorites for July & Wrap-up!  

Hello everyone! We have officially wrapped up the month of July, so it’s time to recap some of my favorite things from this month!   Books I Read… Over the past few months I haven’t done much traditional novel reading, and I still have a […]

My 4 Favorite Graphic Novels for July!

My 4 Favorite Graphic Novels for July!

Hello again everyone! Now that we are well into the summer season, I thought it would be fun to share with you 4 of my favorite graphic novels that I have read for the month of July (so far!). Being both a lover of art and storytelling, graphic novels are definitely my happy medium that combines both worlds! Now let’s get into the novels…Spoiler free I promise! 😉

 

The Smell of Starving Boys by Frederik Peeters and Loo Hui Phang

The Smell of Starving Boys by Frederik Peeters and Loo Hui Phang. Find out more at www.gossamerydreams.com

I would definitely call this my wildcard for July. I normally dislike westerns, but I picked up this book for my local Graphic Novel club, and I was pleasantly surprised. The art is clean and colorful, but the story is intense and captivating. The story centers on three main characters; Stingly a geologist, Oscar a photographer, and Milton the assistant on the expedition. They are surveying the land for future development, but they quickly see that the land already has its own civilization. Needless to say a lot goes down, and these characters have a lot of secrets, things they are running from, and other agendas throughout the story.

What I loved about it…

I found both the art and story really great, and this is a novel I definitely want to own for my personal collection. The underlining theme of this book seems to be this line between “civilized” and “animal” nature. I think this story’s message is that there really is no boundary between these two, and we are all animals at our core, and that there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. It is only when certain characters try to deny this that things turn ugly. I believe that this juxtaposition is made clear by the three main characters; Oscar and Milton being the animal representation and Stingly being the “civilized” one. I also thought the strange paranormal/supernatural elements were really fun and weren’t overdone. It really adds to the story.

If you would like to learn more about the authors, then check out theses links! 

https://frederikpeeters.tumblr.com/

http://www.loohuiphang.com/?page_id=16

 

Taproot by Keezy Young

Taproot by Keezy Young. Read more at www.gossamerydreams.com

On a lighter note, I read Taproot—an adorable story about a gardener who can see ghosts and one of the said ghosts he grows closer to, Blue. Hamal and Blue are the main characters of this story and it focuses on their relationship with each other as a human and ghost. There is a lurking darkness that is coming for the local spirits in the area, which ultimately leads to Blue having to make a difficult decision to protect Hamal. There is also a fabulous extra story at the end that I can definitely see moving this story forward as a future series.

What I loved about it…

None of the novels in this list have bad art of course; they are all very unique to each author and story. Reading Taproot you can definitely feel its roots as a webcomic which is really fun to know. Its so cool to see an author that started online having a physical, published book. This is also just such a sweet and heartwarming story, and I highly recommend it if you are also looking for a good LGBT novel. I will say that I think one of the highlights of this novel is most certainly that extra story we get after the main events happen. I would honestly love to see more!

If you would like to learn more about the author, then check out this link! 

http://www.keezyyoung.com/

 

House of Women by Sophie Goldstein

House of Women by Sophie Goldstein. Find out more at www.gossamerydreams.com

Jumping back into a more dark and adult series–I devoured the House of Women. It is such a unique read and with an equally intriguing art style, which I probably would have never gone near a few years back when I had limited tastes. The story centers on Sarai and her fellow women emissaries who are sent to a foreign, alien planet to “civilize” the local population. Of course this expedition does not go according to plan when various forms of conflict arise. It then becomes a question if whether the real danger is found outside of the women’s sanctuary or from within.

What I loved about it…

First and foremost, I have to mention the stunning cover of this novel. The gold detail is so eye-catching and the bold cover design really makes this just a gorgeous book to have on your bookshelf.  The art itself just pleases the printmaker in me. Purely black and white and bold design, you could probably take any panel from this story and turn it into a nice woodblock print. It’s all about pattern and composition, and this works so well for the story. The story is really mysterious with suspense and a little bit of horror, which makes it a really fun read. It was a very interesting world and I would happily read more of it and stories from this author.

If you would like to learn more about the author, then check out this link! 

http://www.redinkradio.com/

 

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. Read more at www.gossamerydreams.com

I was so happy to finally have read this one! I am familiar with some of Jen Wang’s other stories which I enjoyed quite a lot, so I was pretty hopeful about this one. The Prince and the Dressmaker follows the story of Frances, a young seamstress with big dreams and Sebastian, a prince with a secret…he likes to wear dresses. With the help of Frances, these two create Sebastian’s fashionable persona Lady Crystallia and take Paris by storm! But things don’t go as planned when Lady Crystallia becomes the most popular fashion icon in the city, and everyone wants to know who is creating her fabulous clothes.

What I loved about it…

This was another really sweet and heartwarming story, which is all about embracing who you truly are. Frances and Sebastian are just too adorable and seeing the ups and downs of their friendship was lovely. I love the Cinderella aspects of this story, but it was so refreshing that it wasn’t a carbon copy. The art is just as equally cute and all the clothes designs that Frances creates are really fun. I also really appreciated the little behind the scenes moment Jen Wang includes the end of the novel. She goes through the main steps of her process and reveals that she had originally pictured Frances and Sebastian as adults, but ultimately made them in their teens to fit the story. I think it’s really great to know these little facts.

If you would like to learn more about the author, then check out this link! 

http://jenwang.net/

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My 4 Favorite Graphic Novels for July! Read about it at www.gossamerydreams.com

So that’s 4 of my favorite graphic novels for July (so far)! I hope you enjoyed learning about these novels, and I hope that some of you give them a read for yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Have you read these novels? What did you think? Which novels would you like to see me talk about next?

What I Love About Tea

What I Love About Tea

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Current Art Updates & Future Projects

Current Art Updates & Future Projects

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” –Pablo Picasso   My Art courses this spring   Last semester I dipped my toes into the realm of printmaking and painting, and I am continuing that this […]