Rachael Balsaitis Illustration • www.rachaelbalsaitis.com

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For my friend’s weekly doodle challenge, I responded to this week’s topic “A Couple Dancing” with a pair of bees. Yes, I understand they’re not *properly* dancing, but shhhh… I’m overlooking that detail for the moment.
Please please please… bees are going extinct, and they’re such a crucial part of life on this planet. Don’t hurt the bees, they do more good to the world than most people can even imagine of such a small creature.

For my friend’s weekly doodle challenge, I responded to this week’s topic “A Couple Dancing” with a pair of bees. Yes, I understand they’re not *properly* dancing, but shhhh… I’m overlooking that detail for the moment.

Please please please… bees are going extinct, and they’re such a crucial part of life on this planet. Don’t hurt the bees, they do more good to the world than most people can even imagine of such a small creature.

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I am now back in business illustrating for my own pleasure! But before I get too carried away, it’s time to do some experiments and exercises. 
To start off I’m doing a nine-piece series which I have titled “Moments Abroad.” I’ve looked at some photos from my six-month study trip to the UK a few years back and will be illustrating them. My focus is focus on people, interiors and in general things I don’t normally draw. I’m trying to loosen up, feel the stylistic changes come online and show me what new stuff I have to look forward to! Oh, and I’m keeping to a minimal amount of preliminary lines, just to make sure that I really do keep it loose.
This is the first in that series: Print Shop. This is a moment from Brighton, England, as I was being introduced to the facilities of the university there.

I am now back in business illustrating for my own pleasure! But before I get too carried away, it’s time to do some experiments and exercises.

To start off I’m doing a nine-piece series which I have titled “Moments Abroad.” I’ve looked at some photos from my six-month study trip to the UK a few years back and will be illustrating them. My focus is focus on people, interiors and in general things I don’t normally draw. I’m trying to loosen up, feel the stylistic changes come online and show me what new stuff I have to look forward to! Oh, and I’m keeping to a minimal amount of preliminary lines, just to make sure that I really do keep it loose.

This is the first in that series: Print Shop. This is a moment from Brighton, England, as I was being introduced to the facilities of the university there.

Filed under rachael balsaitis illustration brighton england watercolor printing studio pencil lines

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postcard-club:

I was updating the members list earlier today and saw that we have now passed 100 members!!!
I’m so glad that this network of creatives is growing strong, thanks to everyone taking part and I hope you have enjoyed it so far!
- Ed

If you haven’t already seen the Postcard Club, you should definitely take a look! And if you’re interested in swapping hand-made art with another creative person, message the great Mr Ed to get started!

postcard-club:

I was updating the members list earlier today and saw that we have now passed 100 members!!!

I’m so glad that this network of creatives is growing strong, thanks to everyone taking part and I hope you have enjoyed it so far!

- Ed

If you haven’t already seen the Postcard Club, you should definitely take a look! And if you’re interested in swapping hand-made art with another creative person, message the great Mr Ed to get started!

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Well, ladies and gents, the time has come when I have completed my illustrations for my current book project. It’s been a lovely time indeed! Unfortunately it will be a while until the book is released, but look forward to some sneak peaks down the road!
Now comes the time where I will start generating some promotional materials, and experimenting with some different approaches to illustrating, which this red canine is starting to play around with. So look forward to more art in your feeds!

Well, ladies and gents, the time has come when I have completed my illustrations for my current book project. It’s been a lovely time indeed! Unfortunately it will be a while until the book is released, but look forward to some sneak peaks down the road!

Now comes the time where I will start generating some promotional materials, and experimenting with some different approaches to illustrating, which this red canine is starting to play around with. So look forward to more art in your feeds!

Filed under rachael balsaitis illustration red wolf doodle watercolor

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2014 Living Now Book Awards

Last year I had the pleasure of illustrating the book Love is Forever (written by Casey Rislov) through the lovely and local local self publishing company Book Bridge Press. I am extremely pleased to announce that Love is Forever was awarded a Gold in the 2014 Living Now Book Awards (for picture book)! Whoohoo!

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Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
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DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

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