Friday, 12 October 2018

Inktober 2018: Week One

Ey yo Emma, you mcfreakin' dumbnass, you have a blog, maybe you should update that thing more...?

Haha seriously though, sorry for slipping on that. Hey peeps! As of right now, I've been working on Inktober, the yearly challenge where you do an art every day in October! I decided to challenge myself by 1. actually participating this year and 2. create some self care reminders for myself using my pigeons that could, hopefully, help others as well. It's been surprisingly fun to do and the feedback I've gotten has been so humbling and kind. I have plans to tidy up and print the pieces into a zine with more in depth analysis of the thought process once the month is up to sell online and at conventions.

That said, these ones will remain available for all, in case you need a reminder to go easy on yourself. Here is the first week! I'm over half way through the second week of Inktober and am still going on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.








I might upload them to deviantArt and tumblr too, although the latter doesn't seem to actually enjoy uploading my artwork for some reason. Not sure what that's about but I'll see what I can do! In the meantime, take care! I'll probably update this next Monday with the next batch of wisdom for you all.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Be Nice Shirts Available NOW!

"Hot dang Emma, where the heck have you been for the past month?"

Oh nowhere really, just been focusing of counselling and self care and falling into a deep bastard of a 20 foot pit of depression and finally FINISHING UP ANOTHER GOSH DANG SHIRT DESIGN LIKE WHOA



Are you tired of people being absolute dirtbags in life? Do you want to spread a little bit of positivity but aren't sure how? Maybe this can't do much, but Salty is here to keep the mean buggers in line. Now if you see anyone being a huge shart, you can point to your shirt and make them question their life choices. Maybe. Well, it's worth a shot, right?

And if that doesn't work, at least you have a neato shirt, which you can buy right on over here! You can also see my other shirt designs as well; perhaps they'll take your fancy! There are more designs to come very soon~




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I'm sorry for disappearing for a while. If you've followed my twitter, you'll see that I don't hide when I struggle with my mental health. Since it's so prevalent in my work, it seems odd for me not to mention my own struggles from time to time. But I've still been working, I just haven't had the motivation to complete or share it (or it's stuff that isn't related to Crumbs at all). But I'm working on it now. I'm currently undergoing therapy and I feel it's going to help as the weeks go on. I had a small setback today but I managed to complete this shirt design regardless. So I'm proud of myself for that.

I hope you've all been doing well lately. I'll try to update more regularly from now on; ideally on Tuesdays and Fridays. I might even update with some small pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook throughout the week as well! Be sure to follow me if you want to see more updates!

Thanks for reading, peeps.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Crumbs On Redbubble!

Hello! How are you feeling today?

Soooo, I've been quiet this week... and I dropped the ball on my diary entries this time around. But I hope you'll forgive me once you see why!


Click the picture to go to my Redbubble Page and see some neato shirts!

Ya girl has just opened a Redbubble page, featuring a couple shirts and stickers of your pigeon friends! They want to hang out with you in any way they can and now you can wear them on your gorgeous bodies! Or stick them on whatever surface you want, it's all good~

I've got more designs in mind but here are the first four revolving around pigeon and bird puns/jokes, ft the Redbubble Clones!







And if you want to see them in more detail, you better mosey on down to my Redbubble shop!



I want to open up other possible stores in the future, some print in demand and others being my own personal store that I do myself. I wanted a colour choice for Sweet's shirt to be lilac and, unfortunately, Redbubble doesn't have that option. The blue is still quite nice though. But I definitely want to look into opening other stores. I feel it's good not to have all your eggs in one basket... even if they are very good eggs.

If anyone buys a shirt or sticker, please don't be shy; share a photo of you wearing it or using them! I'd love to see them! I'm known as 'Moodypidge' on pretty much all social media I'm on. I hope you like the shirts! I have more designs in mind that I want to work on soon.

Thanks for reading, friends.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Reciepts 13th-19th July

So how has your week gone? Mine was a little something like this:








Forgive the photos, we don't have a scanner. Working on this has made me realise that this is basocally a little representation of how my brain operates. And now everyone else sees the chaos within. Thanks, I hate it.

See y'all next week! Thanks for reading, friends.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Recklessness

You ever wonder why birds do that thing? Where you’re driving and minding your own business and a bird will swoop in front of your car to cross the street and you’re like MOTHERFU- and you gotta slam on the brakes (if you can) to avoid a little birdie pancake on your Vauxhall?

I’m afraid I can’t tell you why birds do this, it’s something that's still beyond me. I mean, I guess they gotta cross the road somehow (although I don’t see why they have to wait for a car to come by before they do it???). What I CAN tell you is that Spice is absolutely the kind of bird that would do that. She’s the gal that would say “Hold my beer” before fucking up on a colossal level. She's reckless and willing to show off without thinking of the consequences.

Nice.

Birds always seem to swoop in front of my car when I'm delivering pizza (or driving in general) and I kind of wanted to capture it in a drawing for Symptoms because I feel like it would be an interesting challenge to capture both sides of the coin: The bird having a cheap thrill and the person behind the wheel cacking themselves.

Sometimes we make rash decisions. Sometimes we think that it's not a big deal, that nothing bad can happen to US. There's plenty of time to get across that road, the car can just slam the breaks on... except when they can't. And even if they do, it might not be in time.

Reckless actions can lead to serious consequences. It's something I struggle with. When on an upswing, my thoughts can lead to recklessness. I don't know why. Maybe I'm overstimulated, understimulated, who the hell knows. But it's something I need to keep an eye out for. Sometimes it's the car hurtling around the corner that I'm just not prepared for.

Sorry for the rambly entry this time around. I've been wanting to get this one done for a while but put it on the backburner due to designing merch and being super depressed. Good times. But I'm slowly getting back in the swing of things now. There are already quite a few diary entries for me to share on Friday, so I've been as productive as possible. For now, I'm going to get ready for bed and pretend I have a normal sleep schedule. Maybe someday.

Thanks for reading, Friends.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Receipt 13/07/18

Sorry for the lack of twice-a-week updates the past couple of weeks. I've been focusing on merchandise a lot lately to prepare for conventions, drawing up a list of possible conventions to table at and try to plan money accordingly to be able to afford merchandise and stuff. I might open commissions once I get more comfortable with drawing a variety of things again, as I don't want to only offer pigeons to potential customers.

In the meantime, I have a ko-fi you can check out if you're feeling generous. No pressure of course.

Anyway, now to actually justify the 'diary' part of Crumbs diary.

To be honest, The title Crumbs Diary was basically a general name for art updates, WIPs and to talk about all things Crumbs. But a friend of mine had an amazing idea in creating a 'doodle diary' (such a cute name!) and it inspired me to perhaps try working on one of my own: it would be a good way for me to monitor my daily mood by seeing what pigeons I draw the most during the day and also help inspire me for my Symptoms pieces. Which I promise I'm still working on. I'll go into that in a moment though.

For now, here's my entry for today, 13/07/18! (Although it's just gone midnight for the next day as I'm typing this but shhhhHHHH)

No, I didn't shit in the garden.
I knew I didn't want to colour these as that would take waaaay more time than I wanted to comfortably spend on these but I felt they were a bit too bland just inked on their own. Luckily, some pastel highlighters I've been itching to use came in handy and gave me the change to give a hint of shading here and there, in order to make the doodles pop that tiny bit more. Its also fun to experiment with traditional means as well as just digital. Gotta take the time to deeply inhale appreciate those markers and highlighters and whatnots.

Also words. It's good to have words. I can't wait for future me to look back on this and go "Why didn't I kick the oxygen habit, goddamn". 

Anyway, in regards to full colour art pieces, I've been thinking. Up until now, I've updated twice a week with two fully finished pieces. But I feel that's been a bit more taxing and that I haven't been able to give each piece as much attention as I'd like to. So from now on, I'm going to share full coloured digital artwork on Tuesdays and my diary (or Receipts, as I'll be calling them, kind of goes with the whole Crumbs Cafe thing I think) updates for the week will go up on Fridays. I can't promise I'll do a diary entry for every single day but I'll do what I can manage. Hopefully we'll all learn a little better about how my brain works!

Hopefully I'll catch you guys next Tuesday with an actual finished piece of work! What a concept!

Thanks for reading, Friends.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Inspiration


Sometimes inspiration can come at the most random and inconvenient times.

Sometimes it's relatively straightforward- you can note down an idea and then come back to it later when you have time. Other times, you have to get it out as fully as you can regardless of the time. Sleep? Who needs sleep? There's no way you'll remember this tomorrow. Or in the morning you'll wake up to some roughly scribbled sentences in your notebook, where the only words you can make out are 'hamburger' and 'soup'. I mean, I'm sure you COULD make something out of that (other than hamburger soup) but I was at a loss as to what the hell I was going for.

I don't really struggle with inspiration when it comes to Crumbs. I think of an emotion, I think of the pigeon that can convey it effectively (or even have the pigeon out of their comfort zone if I'm feeling particularly saucy) and then I sketch, line, colour and whatnot until it seems right to me. But I do struggle with when it is the most appropriate time for working on something. It's usually at night, I'm very much a night owl. But I'm trying to have some resemblance of a normal human sleep and wake pattern so uuuuuhhh we're working on that.

Right now I'm typing this up when I should be finishing packing for Scotland this weekend. I was also hoping to have some designs finished but I guess time got away from me, what with con preparations and possibly setting up for another convention as well. Hopefully next week I'll have things more in order. At the very least, I can say my inspiration hasn't wavered.

Not entirely sure if there was a point to this or if I just wanted to have an update this week after being so sketchy the past couple of weeks. Either way, there's something I worked on. Hopefully it resonates with others the way it resonates with me. I'd love to hear how it makes you feel.

Thanks for reading, Friends.