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OMG Nikki Changes for 2015

Webcomic January 6, 2015

My big plans for OMG Nikki are in place, so I’m finally ready to launch some much needed changes this year! It won’t happen overnight, but now OMG Nikki can evolve more into how I’ve envisioned it. I’m SO excited! And I have the details lined out here so you know what to expect this coming year.

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A New Kitten

Webcomic December 30, 2014

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!

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An Awesome Scrabble Moment

Webcomic December 16, 2014

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?

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Nikki’s Pet Portrait Drawing Process

Cartoon Portraits December 12, 2014

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!

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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!

 

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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!

5. Color!

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.

 

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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!

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Steve Looked Weird

Webcomic December 9, 2014

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.

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4 ways to Take One Step at a Time

Nikki's Journal December 5, 2014

Taking things one step at a time is crucial to allowing you to move forward, otherwise you’ll end up feeling too burdened to move at all.

We all live in a world of instant gratification, which makes our daily achievements feel like they’ve taken far too long. We all live in a sea of expectations, which makes us feel obligated to share our day with social media, watch all the popular tv shows, and juggle the responsibilities of maintaining a job and a household. There’s always something else to get done.

For me, I’ve been thinking hard about the future of OMG Nikki. And while trying to figure things out and mapping out my business plan, there’s a million other things I need to keep focused on:

Keeping up with social media, Studying entrepreneurship and marketing, Penciling my journal webcomics, inking them, scanning them in & creating a web-ready file, creating the blog post, Repeat process for any other illustrations I’ve made,  Writing blog posts, Making images for those too, Drawing any freelance orders, Fixing any website issues and tweaking for better usability, Brainstorming product ideas, creating those products, researching how to create a shop online, learning how to install the app plugin and to get it to work, researching how & where to get my products made, Start making my children’s book, Check out events to attend to learn more or promote myself, etc…

So basically, I’m doing this all myself. And I’m sure every one of you have a giant box full of responsibilities as well. It’s overwhelming! Here are some practical things you can do to ensure you take things one step at a time.

 

1. When you write a to-do list, write only 3 To-Dos.

This not only forces you to prioritize, but it looks way less scary when it’s time to take on your tasks. If you finish them before the day is done, give yourself a nice break and then write another Triple To-Do list.

 

2. Keep a giant list of other tasks elsewhere.

Whenever you remember something you’ve got to do, you can throw it on this list so you won’t forget. Then, when you need to take action, put it on your Triple To-Do list.

 

3. If you have a task that requires many other tasks to get done (doesn’t everything?), then break it up into little steps.

If you put things on your To-Do list that aren’t achievable in one day, of course you’ll feel like you’re going nowhere! Give yourself a break and take one step at a time.

 

4. Discover what motivates you.

We are all victims of procrastination, because facing our tasks of the day takes that initial step to take. Which is like facing a fear if you don’t have a good reason to get through it. Think about what factors really motivate you to buckle down and get started, and implement those into your routine.

 

The truth is we are human and can only expect to do so much at once. Success isn’t an instant gratification, and we all should remind ourselves that constantly. Any maybe, just maybe, every now and then we should allow ourselves to take breaks in between each step to give ourselves peace of mind too. You can do it!