Saturday, July 23, 2005

A Hearty...



So, a weird thing happened.. a weird, lovely and slightly overwhelming thing. Both BoingBoing and Blogger's "blogs of note" put "shout outs" to my blog on the same day. A whole lotta people, from all over, browsed on by and a great many (okay, geesh, like over a hundred of you!!!) left very nice comments. Admittedly, I became slightly obsessed with checking my email and blog for new posts because.... I just could not believe all the responses! It was absolutely crazy. So, please know that I really appreciate all of you who took the time to click and leave a comment. I thought maybe I could draw a picture of myself holding up my own swollen and oversized head...but opted instead for a simple thank you birdy. Hopefully the little bird will suffice for my big hearty thanks. And hopefully, I won't grow a huge head and start wearing an ascott.

Some folks asked to know a little more about me and/or my work. So, here's a little background: I've been paying rent as a working artist for the past 11-12 years. Starting out in the Interactive arena and now, transitioning into Animation. Most everything on my blog and site was drawn for the fun of it: to beef up the portfolio and/or to just improve my skills, (Unless otherwise noted on my site) Sometimes I just draw because I can't deal with watching anymore "Court TV". Most of my paying work does not legally belong to me OR it is something that I'm not interested in pursuing... that kind of stuff I just leave out. Most all my artwork is digital with the basic drawing done in Adobe Illustrator and textural details added in Adobe PhotoShop. I received a BFA in Illustration at a California State University. Drawing makes me happy.

A lot of people who meet me think I'm from the Mid-West. I think that's because I'm generally pretty nice, say thank you and please and smile regularly. I think maybe my drawings reflect that too. Don't be fooled though, I am native Californian and I can be just as cranky as the next guy when I'm cut off in traffic.

Let's see, what else? Hey! Have any of you checked the links in my sidebar??? Or the links page on my site? There are TONS of great artists/ illustrators and crafts-people out there doing fabulous things. I learn from all these guys on a regular basis. I love the internet...check 'em out!! I will be adding lots more as time passes too.

Again, thank you for your very kind words. Because of it, this week was extra nice.

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

Paige, I just came across your blog and site the other day...your work is just wonderful! And you do seem like such a nice person too. What can I say, except that looking through your blog makes me happy. Thanks!

arilu said...

Paige,
Your work is beautiful. 'Illustration Friday - DIGITAL' caught my eye, probably for different reasons to many of your other fans... I work on a campaign here in England, that is challenging the way the Government is spending £65 Billion rebuilding many of it's schools in the next ten years. Money is being spent on buildings of the past, not buildings of the future. People are forgetting about the wonderful things that could happen inside these buildings if they were more open and friendly, and less like the schools our grandparents went to school in - schools that children feared and just wanted to leave. Your drawing reminded me of what schools could look like, it shines with energy, play and creativity, and this to me is what education should be about. I'm not sure how I could use this drawing, but if I could find a way would you mind if I did?
Kindest Regards from the other side of the water,
Anna x

paige said...

thanks, Anon and Anna!
I've had a few requests from teachers to make the image you mentioned into a poster. I'm going to do a little research to see if it's possible and cost effective. I'll post an update about that, once I've checked my resources, etc. If you figure some way that this would be beneficial to your campaign, please contact me via email. I'd be happy to discuss options with you. Thanks again!

Beatrix said...

You are a true inspiration! Keep up the great work!!

Rudolf said...

Great stuff :)

StoneSweetie said...

I LOVE getting to look at your work! It is fantastic! i really wish a was as good of an artist as you!

EmmaEmmaMaMaMa said...

Hi, just want to let you know your paintings are sooooo pretty and cute! I wish I had this kind of talent! Please keep up the good work!

sthig said...

Just to let any of you know, I know Paige personally and she is fooling you all. She works at the local 7-11 and she's from Colorado. She steals artwork from good artists and claims it as her own. Not only that, but she has 12 children who she also stole and claimed as her own (like that movie Raising Arizona...but for her it'd be Raising Colorado)...and lets not get into the parakeets and gerbils.

So if you are in Anywhere, Colorado...she's there...at the 7-11.


(I'm kidding, Paige rocks! best 7-11 clerk evar!)

paige said...

thank you, nice people.
(and clearly,that doesn't include you, Sthig!!) J/k! You're a peach.

nikki-sher said...

I luv your art! It's so great! :D

prophet said...

I love art, your included =D . I am new to the blogger thing feeling overwhelmed at times with the extent of overwhelming stuff out there. Good luck and great job!!

cristina paulos said...

Hi Paige,

I remember meeting you at a Children's portfolio day in Pasadena a couple years ago. You gave me the cutest postcardphoto/business card with a Little hawaiian girl on it. I always enjoyed your artwork and I remebered you because you were one of the nicest artists I have run across!
I was on blogger and I ran into your blog being showcased!! It's a great Blog and wonderful work! I'm happy your getting your artwork out there!!! Keep it up!

-Cristina

craziethao said...

OMG~! You are wonderful. At first I couldn't believe that a person can be capable of doing such art O_o but now IMA BELIEVER! And I sure will visit all those other great artists/ illustrators!! ^___^ I hope you have another EXTRA NICE week. Thank you for sharing with us your wonders.

kizzie said...

Good morning, Paige!

I stumbled on your site by accident and I LOVE it! You have such a refreshing talent. I love your drawings and will be looking forward to your future contributions.

Also, love the name. Paige is my granddaughters name. That's the name I wanted. Her mother wanted Alexas, so she got both.

Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!1

the Witch said...

Isn't the blogosphere a nice place, offering up many kind words from strangers.

Neat artwork, Paige.

the Witch said...

PS -

did you do the NYC Wendy Antiques show illustration?

Mike said...

I love this bird... it's so simple. I think I'm going to make this my new desk top picture.

penelope said...

You deserve it Paige! You do wonderful work!
xo,
p

Roz said...

Your work is fabulous , I'm glad people are letting you know!

afp763389 said...

... :)

Pappy said...

Excellent job, your recognition is well earned!

Pappy
Mackin with Pappy

Teresa said...

i'm glad i found your site. i also want to be an artist and thought the best way to improve my skills was to check out other peoples art. it's a weird technique but it works. i think your art's pretty cool. i'm gonna check out the links.

Machiabella said...

love your blog
congratulations
it is a pleasure to come across something like this
I am from Argentina though the web keeps us together

J.R. said...

Excellent work Paige! I've just added you to my list of favorites :)

remarkably clueless said...

Hey, I have to say, your artwork is fantastic. I wish I could draw. Have an excellent day!

carla said...

Hi Paige -

I actually posted earlier:

Anonymous said...
Paige, I just came across your blog and site the other day...your work is just wonderful! And you do seem like such a nice person too. What can I say, except that looking through your blog makes me happy. Thanks!

Anyway, as a P.S., I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to submit an illustration to Illustration Friday. I've really been wanting to put more time into drawing and writing (and not focus so incessantly on work-related stuff) which is why I decided to start a blog. Finding your blog and following your many wonderful links has been so energizing for me! Thanks again. :D

Michelle said...

I love the specely look in your shading. that is my favorite part. what kind of noise/bruch do you use to get that affect?

morganbubble.blogspot.com

No-L said...

I love the little birdie, sooooo cute!

Have you thought of making blog templates and selling them. I would buy your work, seriously!

No PushOver said...

Hello Paige,
Your art work is very impressive. You have a true talent, and I'm sure a great future in illustration. You are also an interesting writer.
Way to go girl!

madRat said...

Hello, Paige. You and your work are amazing! I did some small illustrations with Paint on my blog but inspirations do not come too often. Now looking at your work, I think I should keep my site and work up. :) Thank you very much!

Michael Gasparutti said...

your artwork is fantastic your talent is amazing. i hope we can be friends ^_^ do u have msn? if u do then add me my addy is mgfrutti@hotmail.com

Michael Gasparutti said...

no wait mgfrutti@hotmail.co.uk sorry :{

Raj said...

Hi Paige,

Your blog is great.
Do you mind if i copy one of your blog's pictures? cos i am writing a post on interesting blogs.I will use it to link it to your blog.

M said...

bloody hell paige, you are one serious writer, why not read my scientists corner posts? i'me sure you can leave some comments and of course, engoy it!

M

M said...

thanks for the info stithg, paige!!! don't do that, you are sctually breeching the copy right laws you ******* idiot, won't exactly add you to my list of favourites now that i know the truth

se ya round, liar

M

Druids Sleep said...

Hey, nice blog...I just happened past whilst getting some inspiration for my blog..I just started using blogger.com as the ass-holes at MSN just deleted my space I had going for almost a year now...I would appreciate any help or suggestions you may be able to provide, seeing as how your blog is excellent.

Luisaka said...

Hi!

How are you?, I'm new in the blogger...

Kiss

Ooh La La said...

Paige!

I need your help - your drawings and musings are what we need. I work at a winery in San Luis Obispo, and we throw a breast cancer event every October. Could you draw us your ballet girl / metropolitan girl, with a glass of wine? To use for tshirts to donate money to the American Cancer Society?

pleeeeeease? Drop me an email:

Mschilling@ednavalley.com

paige said...

You're all very nice people. Thank you.

Ooh la la: This sounds interesting. I will write you an email tomorrow.

Smurf_abuse: Not sure what help I can be. I'm very limited with my blogger knowledge. If you have a specific question, I can try and help.

m: I'm not sure I understand your post. But, STHIG is a pal. A pain-in-the-ass kind of pal but we all just tolerate him. Don't worry, he means no real harm.

Carla: I'm so happy you will be participating in Illustration Friday! It's so much fun!

Witch: thank you. And no, I didn't do the NYC Wendy Antiques illustration. I'd love to see it though

Christina: Ah man, that is so nice of you. Thank you so much. It's so cool you remember that drawing!

R2K said...

I like that one alot! :) As usual, very nice!

Susie_Princess said...

great blog!
i check it weekly for updates...you have a GREAT gift

Victor said...

i like your art skills. c i too am a painter...

Notta Wallflower said...

I love your illustrations - what a great talent!

She6anah said...

Hi paige, needless to say your work is amazing! Really you have good taste. Why are you trying to convince us you can be cranky? Sorry, your drawings say the opposite lol!! I guess we -people- tend to like people who create beautiful things *SO MUCH*!! I love to draw too but with pencils, sometimes painting but when I find the time, and I noticed that people tend to like me more after they see my drawings! Isn't it great? lol! Again, your drawings are *AMAZING* they're so cute and pretty, suit my taste a lot! And we all think you're nice and pretty and cute and very much lovely too all based on everything in your blog!

Cheerz! ;)

soul searcher said...

you are a great artist! you have a very fresh vibrant style, very lively. do you have any particular influences?

Sayc said...

it's great, i love it

Dawn said...

Keep the illustrations coming in! Enjoyed your works, keep the passion going!

413 said...

nice Illustration

Jon the Drummer said...

I also stumbled upon your blog because of the "Blogs of Note", and just thought I'd say that I love your drawings. I have always been boggled by visual art/artists, so I tend to stick to making music.

Keep up the good work!

pallash said...

nice work, see my blog also and if possible help me with tips.
bellicosebengali.blogspot.com. Your work is envious.

Nick 10 said...

Wow great job on your blog. Your illustrations are simple yet captivating. And your blog's just really cool...makes me look like an amateur ;) Well keep up the good work and will link your blog to mine ***when I figure out how*** still new at this whole blogging thing!

Jeremiah said...

You should turn it into a head bobber lol. Great work.

Ann Odgers said...

Hi paige, We are a group looking at your BLOG from Perth, Western Australia. We think you are great and will definately keep coming back for a visit.
how about a Aussie themed illustration....Kind regards, Team Duck - WA

revulet said...

Hi!!! It's my first time to give a comment and i seldom visit blogger but anyway, i just wanna say I like ur drawings and the interpretation =). I am a chemist but i do really love art specially nice drawings like yours. I used to draw but that was long time ago 'cuz im a little bit busy with my life now but someday if im not busy anymore, i would probably spend some time drawing. I like ur works specially the colors and the ideas. Have a nice day and enjoy doing what you really like

paige said...

hi guess what my name is paige to i like your drawings i wish i could draw like that but your probably older than me as i am only 10

paige said...

its me again this is just to say please visit my blog page at

http://karatepunk.blogspot.com

Slow Freddy said...

Brilliant illustrations. Wonderful use of colors and very expressive. I plan to show these to my 14 year-old, who loves drawing. We almost named my daughter (Emily) Paige. Beautiful name and goes way back in my family lineage as a last name. I wish we were related, then we could talk in person at family reunions.

Slow Freddy said...

...Oh, and good luck at your "new" job. Best wishes for huge success.

beachbaby said...

fabulous art! love it :) thank you for making the world prettier

Guadalupe Obregon said...

I am also and artist ,but still trying to learn how to import my stock images. Well anyways just wanting to tell you your art rocks.

mins said...

i love the pictures! ((:

Abdon said...

Nice ideas, congratulations.

ShininG-SilveR said...

o man ur my hero i always wanted to be something like u...can u make a really cool cartoon of a marine or a knight!

laura's blog said...

hi what a grate blog i love it ur really talented i love to draw and im mad abot art i just wish i knew how i colud put my own picks on im a new blogger from australia u should check out my blog
http://sawersy.blogspot.com
keep up the good work
;)laura

geminairy said...

the pic is a great one and congrats!!

Peekri said...

Hey, great diagrams. Can i move in with Nessie too?

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