This was last year, but Steve and I moved near the Atlanta area! We’re living with my folks on a temporary basis, and my mom has two cats. My cat, Mama cat or M-cat for short, obviously thinks she owns this household. So poor Chancey & Pistol cats didn’t get much food when we first moved in…
So, what do you think of OMG Nikki’s new makeover? Yup, I’m already cracking down on some of my goals for the new year! If anyone wanted to know, I used a wordpress.org theme I bought here from ElmaStudio. I love the modern, simple look of their themes with all that lovely white space.
Anyway, so I’ll still be tinkering with this new look until I’ve got everything in place. But obviously, the next big and important step is to get my logo to look right! I really like this one I just added, but now that I have it up on my website, I’m thinking it’s a little too… uncolorful.
So here are my new logo color options.
Yeah, I have a few too many options going right now, but I really wanted to hear from all of you guys before I ruled anything out completely! I really like the aqua and pink colors together. Something about those two combined have always struck a chord with me. But maybe I should keep holding onto that nice lavender color for my logo? DECISIONS.
Oh, and once I pick a color, I was thinking of coloring it out on paper instead with my colored inks. Because that way, it would have a nice watercolor texture & look to it. But I’ll experiment with that after I’ve chosen a nice color scheme.
What do you think?
I don’t know if you’ve heard about making wishes at 11:11, but I always have. Annnnd… Steve crushed my hopes and dreams about it. Thanks Steve.
Poor Shell! Tybee island beach does have a lot of jellyfish, and to be honest it isn’t exactly a pretty beach either. But when you live in Savannah, it’s nice to have a beach nearby.
This little kitten was so cute, and would suck his thumb too! Or you know, his little paw pad. My cat was NOT pleased, and neither was the other cat in the household.
Although when Steve and I moved away, it looked like the room mate’s cats were finally getting along. Yay!
Yeah… I literally thought he was pointing to someone behind him… And since it was just us in the car, I was looking at the cars behind us. A ditsy moment, brought to you by Nikki.
And, as usual, Steve called more Slug Bugs than me!
This was one of those too good to be true scrabble moments. Oddly enough, I could’ve actually used my letters somewhere else on the board to make even more points. But I thought it was just too funny that my mom mentioned it, and when I looked at my letters, it was right there. Mom ended up winning this round.
What awesome scrabble moments have happened to you?
1. I take a look at the pet photos you supplied.
For my Pet Portrait Drawing Process- it’s important to send great photos of your pets, from different angles, otherwise I won’t know what exactly to draw. Plus, come on! I know you have a stockpile of cute pet photos in your phone or camera!
2. I read the description you entered about your pets, gauge what type of portrait you’re looking for, and decide how to tell your pet’s story.
Some people really like to get detailed in their pet’s description, and some people don’t even know what to write. Either way, it works out! I ask for extra information so I can draw not just your pet’s portrait, but it’s story.
If you want to gush on about who your tiara-wearing fat cat named Princess is, then you’ll get more of a storytelling element to your portrait. (Come on, if you tell me that how could I not get into character!) If you don’t give me any details, then you’ll get a portrait of your pet just sitting pretty, and that’s great too. It’s all about what you want to receive!
3. I sketch out your pet with a non-photo blue pencil.
This is the type of pencil I use to draw my comics because non-photo blue doesn’t show up when it’s scanned. Even though colored portraits technically eliminate the need for a non-photo blue, I just feel right drawing with one.
4. I tighten up the pencils, and then ink it.
Once the blue lines are perfect, I can begin inking. This is the final drawing stage for the black and white portraits. My favorie inking tools are a variety of brush pens. Eeee!
I use copic markers to color the portraits in. They are very high-quality markers, and have the versatility of showing details like an extra furry and fluffy texture, or a sleek and smooth fur with little texture. When I color outside the lines, I touch it up with white ink to erase it.
6. It’s not finished yet! Time to package and ship it.
I’ve got a one-lady operation here at OMG Nikki, so your finished cartoon pet portraits package is sealed with love & care from yours truly! Your package includes: your portrait(s) wrapped in a clear casing, a backboard for extra stability, and some fun OMG Nikki extras, all in a rigid mailer envelope.
So just think about it- these pet portraits could be be yours! Or your dog rescuing Mother-in-Law’s for a birthday gift. Or to celebrate you and your girlfriend’s first puppy you’ve adopted together. Or your grandma’s cats that she always wants to go on about when you call her… Either way, I’d love to draw some cute animals!
Shell’s definitely Steve’s sister, alright. I loved this exchange Shell and I had, and there were actually some other funny conversation snippets I could’ve gone with too. Including where I was threatened to not break her brother’s heart, then laughed and hugged, and then quickly threatened again. If that’s not a good sister, I don’t know what is.