Hang Out In the Basement Simulator is LIVE!

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Some wonderful game developers from Ace of Wands Games (and friends!) , GL Mercer and Christie Rivera, released their game ‘Hang Out In the Basement Simulator’ today! They were generous enough to request some of my work to be used in the game and I happily obliged. I enjoyed being behind -some- of the scenes watching GL’s progress (mostly while eating pizza) on this game since it started out as a simple idea in our discord chat. It’s out for FREE, so please check it out! And if you love it, and/or want to see more work from them, please consider visiting their Patreon or donating to GL’s PayPal!

For now, the image used from the game can also be ordered in several forms here on Redbubble, but I will be opening my Storenvy this summer after Heroescon weekend and selling a limited run of 8×10 and 5×7 prints signed by yours truly and the Ace of Wands crew!


So let’s kick back, chill, and hang out in the basement.



Your Friendly Neighborhood Art Nerds: Mitzimaru (FLORIDA EDITION!)

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Mitzimaru, AKA Staci Durden is a freelance artist/illustrator from Northern Florida. Her works boast myriads of bright and ethereal color combos– her themes mostly whimsical and airy in nature. She’s just recently broken out into the world, but she’s been drawing ever since I’ve known her! (so like, since she was 12.) She describes herself as a 20-something with an interest for video games, cats, anime, and girls with gravity-defying hair (if it wasn’t already obvious).

Staci’s go-to art supply is her neon yellow Gelly Roll gel pen– for that extra pop of color. When it comes to food, she’s all about the tuna subs. But let’s get down to some deep, nerdy inquiries.

Who/What inspires your work? Why?

I’d say my biggest inspiration is probably all the cool female characters I grew up with like the Sailor Scouts, Zelda, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Sango from Inuyasha! They were all so strong and graceful and I like to think my art represents that a little. I also pull a lot of inspiration from other artists that I know personally and those I follow on Instagram. 
Do you have any advice for those who want to “learn how to art” but don’t know where to start?
Just draw what you’re into and stick to it; along the way you’ll learn everything you need to know! And don’t be afraid to experiment!

Be sure to check out her Instagram Page for more of her amazing work!

She is also currently selling on her Redbubble and is making her way to table at local conventions in the North Florida area!

Want to support her directly? Hit up her ko-fi!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Art Nerds: no_hard_felines (issue #01)

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Don’t you love cats? Are you also a big nerd? Well… hope you’re at HeroesCon this year!

Merryn Kepchar, AKA no_hard_felines on instagram, is currently creating detailed and extremely nerdy cat portraits for all to enjoy (Including me!).

Kepchar, 28, has lived in the Greensboro area for most of her life– a true NC native! Graduating from UNCW with a BFA in Studio Arts, she also gives credit to the Art Alliance of Greensboro for aiding her kitty craft. After her time in Wilmington, she popped back to the ‘boro to crank out these wonderful pop-culture cats.

“My long time love Chris was the one who came up with the idea, I had always done much more serious, traditional landscape, portrait and still life painting and drawing but this project just has a magic and a fun about it that was so inspiring and freeing to me, so here we are!”

She and Chris currently live together with two cats, and a tiny 14 month-old human son.

Kepchar currently leans toward her medium Intuous Pro Wacom Pen Tablet when it comes to favorite art supplies. She applauds the efficiency of working with digital media and how forgiving it is when it comes to shading/coloring her scanned work. The Silver Paintbrush Line runs a close second to her favorites list!

Who/What inspires your work on this project? Why?

“This project is inspired by a combination of John Singer Sargent, for the beauty of his drawing and the drama of form he creates with line, Ralph Steadman for his fun attitude and his brave nontraditional images (especially his series of dogs) and by Nicktoons of the 90’s that made up my first notion of what cartoons “should” look like.”

Do you have any advice for those who want to “learn how to art” but don’t know where to start?

“When you start out you have to train your eye and mind to see things as big, generalized shapes and start your drawing by mapping out these large rectangles, cylinders, triangles etc. When you do this you can compare things to each other in a simple way that lets you understand the placement of different elements in relation to each other and to the whole composition (proportions). Don’t jump into details until the end!”

Favorite Food?

“Pizza, any pizza!”

Merryn will be running her first table at Heroes Con 2017 this year. Don’t miss out! Until then, be sure to check her out on Instagram or her website.

Need to contact Merryn Directly? Say “Hey!” at purrodies@gmail.com or merrynkpchr@gmail.com 

artwork by Merryn Kepchar

Stay tuned for artists every other week! They’re everywhere!

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I am definitely up to something. If you or someone you know creates and sells beautiful creative works, the world needs to know!

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The world needs to know that local artists have GOT THE JUICE and I want to help! If you or anyone you know is a local artist from NC, email sleepscribblesart@gmail.com! I’ll have a survey ready for you to fill out and will be asking for examples of your work. No prior experience is required!  Just show me what you’ve got!

This is a chance for local, not-so-known artists who need to be seen, to BE seen. I’ll be promoting an artist on a weekly to bi-weekly basis (depending on the volume) via this blog and all my other social media platforms. We’ll have special guests as well and hope to be doing some LIVE interviews in the coming months!