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New Art! The Cobra Witcher of Ofir
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And now for something completely different - my first painting of 2020! Seeing The Witcher adapted into a tv series on Netflix re-ignited my old love for this fantasy world, so I thought I'd take a break with my own fan homage. I couldn't resist hopping on the Witcher OC bandwagon with a Witcher concept of my own - a Witcher of Ofir!

Ofir is a country south of Nilfgaard consisting of numerous desert tribes and kingdoms united under a Malliq. It is a land of great cities said to be even more grand than those of Nilfgaard.

This gal is from the Ofieri School of the Cobra (a school of my own creation), who train Witchers in alchemy, oils, and poisons made to fight monsters. She doesn't have a name yet. Comment with your suggestions!

The Witchers of Ofir

DISCLAIMER! This is a fan concept for how Witchers might operate in Ofir. It is not canon and I have not read all of the novels yet, just the first three, so there may be other obscure lore of Ofir I might have missed.

The Witchers of Ofir are not feared as their counterparts in the Northern Realms, but are revered as experts. However, royal decree states that only a certain number of Witchers may exist at any one time, the Malliq's subtle population control of these powerful beings. When one falls, another is chosen from among volunteers to take their place.

Witchers of Ofir undergo their own unique Trial of the Grasses which is said to be the origin of the techniques used in the Northern Realms and lauded to be superior, resulting in more powerful mutations with less side effects and lethality to the subjects of the Trial.

Witcher Gear

Ofieri Witchers also do not use medallions to detect magic, but rather sense it through the markings tattooed on their faces, which also identify their School of origin. Created with infused dyes, these tattoos grow warm and tingle in the presence of magic and are iridescent in appearance.

Ofir is the homeland of masterful Runewright mages who have perfected the technique of enhancing the properties of blades with runic symbols. The Witchers of Ofir benefit from this talent, each individual granted a unique weapon imbued with runes upon their initiation and survival of the Trial of the Grasses.

Work-in-Progress Pics

I created this image in Photoshop with an experimental method of using multiple adjustment layers and effects. I'll be uploading a wallpaper pack featuring this gal for all of my Patrons, plus a PSD for my $5 and up Patrons to study and enjoy!

References for Ofir from the world of The Witcher. Including the Witcher comic "Of Flesh and Flame", the Witcher 3 video game, and excellent swordcraft of Kaer Morhen Forge.

Exploratory sketching. I dropped the hood so she would read less like an Assassin's Creed character.

Trying out different hairstyles. I chose the style she ended up with since it reminded me of the cowl of a cobra, which is symbolic of her school. I imagine she could also use the silver hair thong as a garrote in a pinch as well!

Final line art.

Completed color flats.

I've been missing doing more traditional dark fantasy work, so this was a nice break from my usual art mode.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program of whimsical Art Nouveau ladies! I hope you enjoyed this brief diversion into my geek love.

♥ Ang


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User #198445 - 8 Jan 20 15:57
very cool!
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angelasasser - 8 Jan 20 15:58
Thanks, Jeremie!
New Art! Goddesses of Winter in Ink and Gold
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Another Kickstarter for the Goddesses of Winter means another round of ink and gold drawings created as special Reward Tiers for the campaign! December and January are still available as of this writing and can be claimed via the project. There are still a few days left to snag one, if you're interested!

Lady of December

Lady of December's pin concept represents December's Turquoise birthstone and White Narcissus birth flower. She draws inspiration from Saint Lucy and was the first ever painting/Goddess I created for the Gemstone Goddesses series.

Watch a Time Lapse

Lady of January

Lady of January's pin concept represents January's Garnet birthstone and Carnation birth flower. She draws inspiration from Persephone and represents undying hope.

Watch a Time Lapse

Lady of February

Lady of February's pin concept represents February's Amethyst birthstone and Violet birth flower. She brings blessings of creativity and prosperity inspired by the goddess, Brigid. Her low-burning candles symbolize Winter's end.

Watch a Time Lapse

Tools & Materials List:


For those who are interested in this sort of thing, here's a list of the tools I used to create these images! Buying the supplies at the links gives me a little kickback. Using my links is appreciated, but not required!

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Can you all believe we're nearly done with the pin series now? It's an amazing feeling! Thanks to everyone who has made this project possible thus far. We're making beautiful things together!

♥ Ang


Dec 2019 Wrap Up + A Year/Decade In Art Retrospective
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It's that time of year when we look back and celebrate how far we've come! It's been a momentous year of new beginnings for my husband and myself. Kev completed his radiation treatments for an 'All Clear' cancer diagnosis and started a new job, while I've put my all into the Birthstone Goddesses. We're so excited to hit our stride in 2020 after all the challenges we've faced along the way in 2019!

This year on Patreon, we've achieved so much together! Here's a list of major accomplishments I've had with Patron help:

  • Created 9 enamel pins for the Birthstone Goddesses
  • Finished the chibi style Birthstone Goddesses
  • Published my Birthstone Goddesses coloring book on Amazon.
  • Patreon funds helped us pay our bills when we were buried in medical debt.
  • Patreon funds helped me invest into the ads which helped my pin Kickstarters be so successful.
  • We've gone from 50 pledges to 66, a nice spurt of growth for a small indie creator!

A Year in Art

The year's end is also my favorite time to look back and see what I've created! Art is a craft that takes many years to master, which means that one must be vigilant of the small milestones or risk losing sight of the fact they have made any progress at all.

Just from looking at the compilations above, I can tell my sense of detail and light continues to improve. I'm proud of myself for learning how to create cool designs for merch, like the pins, stickers, purses, and scarves! It's been fun designing fashion accessories for my Birthstone Goddesses project and exploring this new facet of my own creative skillset.

Next year, I want to keep pushing my understanding of the fundamentals of art and to get more ambitious with narrative painting!

A Decade in Art

2019 also closes out an entire decade! Here's a look at what I was doing in 2009

In 2009: I worked mainly in watercolor + color pencil. Impact Books commissioned me out of grad school to create my how-to painting book ANGELIC VISIONS.

In 2019: I'm creating more digital art & also use digital sketching as part of my workflow for traditional painting prep, creating a more efficient process. I've published my 2nd book with the Birthstone Goddesses coloring book!

My original character, Ramah, (the main character of my would-be novel & fuzzy man pictured on the left) was a werewolf back in 2009. In 2019 he is now a cursed prince with daddy issues. He is married to the badass businesswoman, Khalara, in the 2019 image on the right (early developmental sketch of her created this year).

New Rewards Added in December

Posts You May Have Missed In December

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My gratitude to all of you who have given your support and encouragement this year! Know that even just a small amount of kindness goes a long way.

As we close this post, what did you enjoy about your 2019? What are you looking forward to the most in 2020? Are you exploring any new avenues or refining old ones?

Here's to an exciting year of inspiration and growth for us all!

♥ Ang


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User #4334960 - 26 Dec 19 22:32
Well the last year was quite enlightning and successfull. It started with me getting my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and starting a 90% home Office Job. While it did come with a lot of freedom, ultimately the Lack of coworkers and delay in correspondence with my Boss proofed too much, and I quit this month. On the Art side of things though, i Managed to write a Light novel,though the follow up stories are currently Stuck in my head. I also went back to University to try my hand at doing Japanese Studies. Next year will open with a New job in it development, shortly followed by Exams. I also have a New Art project in planning that would interweave with my Studies. Though before that can go anywhere there's going to be more drawing practicing, Research into shinto practices, and day to Day Operation of a Modern shrine, and reading up on Japanese mythology, especially it's mythical beings. Maybe even a bit of norse mythology to get ratatoskr rightish. I do hope everyone will have a great Start into 2020.
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angelasasser - 29 Dec 19 21:43
You've had such a prolific year! It's been really great getting to know you better over on the Discord and seeing what adventures in discovery you're undertaking. I'm excited to see how you'll weave all of your passions together next year!
Goddesses of Winter on Kickstarter! + Press Kit for Sharing
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Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! The fateful day I've been preparing for has arrived and I'm so pleased and excited to let you all know the Goddesses of Winter have launched on Kickstarter today!

View the campaign page here!

If you're new to my Patreon, I have been preparing these pin designs for the past month, along with others in this Birthstone series for the past year. My goal is to create an entire set of 12, one for each Birthstone Goddess! This will be the 3rd set of 4, each set representing a season of 3 months.

As ever, you guys are my best and loudest fans! It'd help me out immensely if you could help spread the word. Feel free to share the following links or make your own posts with the images I have provided!

Leaving a comment with your thoughts about my project will also help my posts be seen more on places like Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to leave a few words for me!

Say hello and let everyone know what your favorite design is or what Goddess you're looking forward to seeing the most!

I've also made some graphics you're free to use:

The cover image (can also be used as a Facebook Cover photo):

Sample Rewards:


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It's so surreal to be done with 3 of the 4 launches now! It's all thanks to great supporters of the arts like you guys. Thanks so much for seeing me through the intense amount of work it takes to get these projects going!

Enjoy your Solstice celebrations and stay warm and inspired, my friends!

- ♥ Ang


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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with my GODDESSES OF WINTER Enamel Pins now LIVE on Kickstarter! These 2 inch hard enamel cloisonne pins explore the themes of birthstones and birthflowers for the winter season. DECEMBER represents the Turquoise birthstone and White Narcissus birth flower. She draws inspiration from Saint Lucy. JANUARY represents the Garnet birthstone and Carnation birth flower. She is inspired by Persephone. FEBRUARY represents the Amethyst birthstone and Violets birth flower. She draws inspiration from goddess and saint, Brigid. Don't miss the Early Bird deal on the set available for the first 50 Backers. Pledge Today and help an independent artist bring her creations to life! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelasasser/goddesses-of-winter-birthstone-and-flower-hard-enamel-pins?ref=arvoqh More about the Gemstone Goddesses: http://www.gemstonegoddesses.com For more of Angela's art: http://www.angelasasser.com

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User #2333543 - 29 Dec 19 01:58
Are these still in stock?
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angelasasser - 29 Dec 19 19:52
Hi there! The Goddesses of Winter pins are currently being pre-ordered on Kickstarter right now. Once the Kickstarter is over and the Pre-Order period has closed, then I will be placing an order for pins based on the amount of pledges/pre-orders. The previous pins in the set for the Summer and Autumn sets at http://angelicshades.etsy.com Let me know if you have any questions!
[New Art] "Evergreen Lady"
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2019-12-13T20:46:30+00:00
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“Evergreen Lady”, 9x12 inches, watercolor and ink with 23k gold leaf accents.

In dark times, we must hold on to a sliver of warmth and light. Evergreens remind us of the eternal quality of our persistence. The darkness will end come the daybreak of hope.

A painting for my mother inspired by her Lady of December, the Goddess that started it all for my Gemstone Goddesses birthstone series. This Lady takes her inspiration from Saint Lucy, whose feast day is today, December 13th. With her, we celebrate bringing light and gifts during the most difficult times.

This painting is the newest addition to my Spirits of Winter series, a set of paintings dedicated to my favorite imagery of the season. The art from this series is only available in my shop for a Limited Time during the holidays (late Oct to Dec).

A few work-in-progress shots. Those Patrons who have joined my Patreon Discord server also got to see glimpses of this painting as she was being made, so be sure to join in the fun there, if you haven't yet:


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  • Art Prints (Limited Time Availability)
  • Digital Wallpapers - Coming this month for ALL Patrons
  • Coloring Page - Coming this month for $5+ Patrons
  • Tools & Materials List

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User #645075 - 21 Dec 19 01:01
You’re welcome!
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User #645075 - 17 Dec 19 09:56
She is beautiful!❤️
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angelasasser - 18 Dec 19 17:00
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this one.
Nov 2019 Wrap-Up: Good Habits, Winter Goddesses, + Holiday Shop Open!
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2019-11-26T20:54:41+00:00
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It felt only natural that I should follow up last month's wrap-up post featuring my trashed studio with a follow-up shot of it all cleaned up! I spent my much-needed 2 weeks off getting my studio and office in ship-shape, playing Chrono Trigger, and reading Jacqueline Carey's Starless.

I didn't do any art, much to my chagrin, but I'm trying not to beat myself up about that. Everyone needs a complete unplug sometimes! I'm back in action now and hopping immediately into the gauntlet of preparing for the next Kickstarter for the Goddesses of Winter enamel pins and the holiday shopping season! I'm hoping to use the return from vacation as a milestone to test out some new good habits.

For example, I've been testing out the 4 Day Work Week working longer days from Monday to Thursday, then taking Friday as a time to do 'light' things, like update my ledger, upkeep the studio, study fundamentals, and work on personal projects unrelated to my main commercial endeavors. So far, it's been great having that prolonged free time so I can make more meaningful progress on my lessons and personal fun projects!

Project Status

Birthstone Goddesses Enamel Pins

We are officially halfway done with the entire set, plus, I've completed the preliminary concepts for the Goddesses of Winter! I'll have a Secret Sketchbook post up soon about their development. Till then, check out this page for a sneak peek and a free coloring page of Lady of February!

Birthstone Goddesses Coloring Book

After much ado, I've finally completed all the applications and paperwork for making my book available on both Etsy and Amazon! However, if you buy directly from me on Etsy, you'll get an autographed book instead. Now's a good time to snag one because of my holiday sale. Speaking of which!

My Holiday Shop is OPEN!

If you'd like to get 20% off on my coloring book and everything else in my shop, I have a holiday sale going on till Dec 4th! My limited time Spirits of Winter series is back for the season with prints, holiday postcards, etc. I've also added new prints and originals just in time for the holidays!

(See what's happening in my shop and give the gift of art while supporting an artist! Don't forget the Patreon-only items in my Secret Shop as well. )

Posts You May Have Missed in NOV:

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And that has been my November! I turned 38 and continue to work on my dreams. We're building them one day at a time!

Thanks as ever for your support and encouragement along the way!

♥ Ang

Happy #ThankYouPatrons Day!
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Deadlines are looming as I work towards launching another set of enamel pins for my Birthstone Goddesses in the near future. I'm happy to be at this point in my life where I can spend a lot of my time on this in large part thanks to my Patrons!

It's amazing to think how many of you have supported and encouraged me from the beginning of this endeavor years ago. Your words of encouragement constantly inspire me. Your support helps me stay strong when the going gets rough!

This past year has been especially tough with my husband's fight against cancer and the medical debt that left us with. But we've forged ahead together! My husband is recovered (and cancer-free!), debts are starting to be settled one by one, and all the hard work I've put into the Birthstone Goddesses is starting to pay off as more people discover this little project of mine.

Thanks so much for helping me to make the impossible possible and letting me continue to work as an Independent Artist. My Patrons are the best kind of people!

Happy #ThankYouPatrons Day!

♥ Ang

Adorable artwork provided by Morgan Ramberg.

Oct 2019 Wrap-Up: The Con Aftermath + Vacation Days Begin!
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Another month has passed, bringing us another wrap-up! October has been blessedly slower now that my last con of the year has happened. It's been a time to come down from the crazy gauntlet of events and finish up a few small, but important tasks before I go on a vacation!

That's right, you guys. A vacation! I'm taking some time off starting this weekend and lasting till November 17th to rest and recuperate before the next Kickstarter pre-launch period for the Goddesses of Winter begins. Hopefully I can get some completely indulgent art and reading time in!

I wanted to go on a writing retreat, but alas it's not in the budget this year. Next year, perhaps! I'm going to take the next best option and sneak away to write and relax in coffee shops like a real pro. NaNoWriMo starts up tomorrow and even if I don't officially have a dedicated project for it, it's always a great excuse to let my muse wander and get motivated for making better writing habits to work on my many stories in progress!

As for this Patreon, it will remain active during vacation! I'm going to schedule a few posts ahead which will include a couple of new Rewards for everyone, since I finally have a bit of time to catch up. I may be slow to communicate during this time while I do my best to downplay stressful elements such as social media/shops/etc. briefly, so please be patient with me!

As for the pic above, that's the wreck that is my studio after not having a ton of time to clean it between conventions, Kickstarter fulfillment tasks, etc.! It really needs some love and care during my vacation as well. Time to get it orderly again so I can concentrate without a tower of empty boxes falling on me!

Also, I can't forget to say happy Allhallowtide, Halloween, and Samhain, to my lovely Patrons today! Did you get to wear any costumes? I'd love to hear about them in comments!

I'm dressing up this weekend with metallic orange makeup and cute bat earrings! But you can have my Halloween ensemble for last year, in the meantime. Spoopy hand warmers! (I REALLY need to work on getting normal pictures of myself without a costume or spoopy things on).


Project Status

The Birthstone Goddesses Coloring Book TRADE EDITION (Book Finished. Applications pending!)

GREAT news in that I was finally able to complete all my official registration forms! I'm currently waiting on Amazon to get back to me about how we'll proceed from here to get my coloring books officially listed under me as a vendor on the site.

Birthstone Goddesses Enamel Pins (50% Complete)

Sketching has started the same day of this post! I hope to have a Secret Sketchbook entry up after vacation on the development of these new designs.

Little Gem Goddesses Stickers (Finished!)

I am plotting on something special I can do with them for Patrons, so stay tuned!

Birthstone Goddesses Tote Bags and Scarves (Planning)

Will prep these designs to be integrated into my Etsy shop after vacation!

Birthstone Goddesses Wall Calendar (Planning)

Development will begin once the enamel pins have been completed.

Birthstone Goddesses Art Book (Planning)

Planning to launch after the calendar. I'll be dropping previews of some of the new painting concepts I'll be planning for this art soon!

Upcoming Cons

Goblin Market - March 28, 2020 (Awaiting Confirmation)

Join us in the market where the fairy denizens may ask for more than money for the items you seek! This year's theme is 'fairy tales'. Fingers crossed I get in! I LOVE the theme and immersive storytelling of this event.

New Rewards Planned for November

  • Goddesses of Autumn Coloring Pack
  • Little Gem Goddesses of Summer Wallpaper Pack

Posts You May Have Missed in OCT:

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It's been so lovely to meet some of you this month at Multiverse, as well! I'm so happy to have a place like Patreon where I can get to know you all better.

Thanks for your support and here's to an inspiring month of relaxation and inspiration before the holiday rush begins!

♥ Ang


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User #9453219 - 31 Oct 19 16:46
I love all of this. Have a good vacation Ang. Have fun!
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angelasasser - 31 Oct 19 17:00
Thanks, Aaron! I'm looking forward to taking a break from this big endeavor of mine and enjoying some small, quiet times!
Convention Report - Multiverse 2019
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Kevin and I had a great time at Multiverse this past weekend! It represented our last show of the season and the first time we've been at this con, since this is a brand new event. Normally, I'd be hesitant to do a first-year show because the traffic is usually slow at these, but in the end, I'm glad I gave this show a shot!

After the chaos of DragonCon and consecutive Kickstarters happening around here, it was nice to do a small, chill con, while still being able to network with other artists and enjoy a more relaxed environment.

Booth Tour

I'll admit by the time the con rolled around, I didn't have a plan or proper signage for the vendor table for this untested arrangement! Here's what we were able to throw together at the last minute.

After studying the booth's traffic flow at DragonCon, I realized many folks were afraid to walk up to the prints in the corner. I knew I wanted to try a display where the prints were front and center and viewers could engage with them immediately, so on the table they went so people would not be afraid to pick them up or venture into our personal space!

A spice rack served as a display for the pins. I'm still trying to decide if it blends well and if I should cover it with paper. Or if I want to place it with a rotating rack entirely. My table display is always evolving!

You can see where I also forgot to bring the table runner, so the scarves ended up being draped across the front of the table, since I wasn't sure where to put them otherwise and it filled the space left by our missing table runner. I didn't have proper signage for the top behind me either, so my Patreon sign became my main sign temporarily.

Folks had trouble even realizing the scarves were there because they blended so well, so I will have to think of a new way to display them so they stand out more. Perhaps hanging them off a dowel rod of some sort? Or replacing my silver tablecloth with a darker color? I know I want the scarves up front where people can touch them because most people want to feel the material before they buy clothing accessories.

Gallery Tour

While my table display focused on the Birthstone Goddesses, I decided that my gallery display should focus on my darker narrative art, which I felt was relevant to the interests of this con's scifi/fantasy/literary themes.

I had a small 4'x4' bay in the Art Expo which left a little to be desired. The unexpectedly large bid sheets and the print bin which overlapped my display meant I had to leave 2 pieces out of my planned display. Simple fixes for next year, however! The show staff are also new to things and were receptive to feedback.

I sold nothing from my bay, so if any of this display interests you, drop me a line! (Reminder that Patreon Patrons will get their Patreon discount on these as well.)

So was it worth it?

I honestly would have been satisfied for the fact that I sold enough to cover my attendance fees AND I got to network with fellow artists in a much more relaxed environment! We're always so busy at DragonCon and other shows and barely have time to say hello.

During this show, I was invited to two local events, was invited into a new vendor group online, and was able to attend 3 fantastic panels on writing since traffic was chill enough for me to let my husband handle things alone.

On top of all that, we did end up meeting a metric of success I agree with, which is this formula:

Profit = Cost of attending + $100 a day = worth attending

We made back the cost of attending, plus at least $100 of profit per day, so were paid for our time at the very least. I got to test my new Square Terminal as well. I'll have more about the Terminal later over in The Muse's Library where I'll be writing a review on it! This is a fantastic piece of tech we just invested in that has totally blown my mind for how useful it is.

Favorite Cosplay

I always love to admire the wonderful costumes of attendees and Multiverse did not disappoint because the amazing folks of the Whiskey Weasel Cosplay dropped by with their wonderfully detailed Monster Hunter World cosplays! They even replicated the scoutflies you use for tracking with little LEDs. SO COOL!

Final Thoughts

Sometimes it's worth it for more reasons than just money to attend smaller shows. It was nice to leave my art cave and remember how awesome the fan community is, as well as to meet a couple of my Patrons in person and say thank you for their support.

It's easy to spend so much time alone without the love and laughter of the community. I hope to return next year and continue supporting the spirit of fan appreciation this convention is nurturing!

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User #7695874 - 24 Oct 19 15:40
I started buying scarves recently only bc I didn't realize all the ways they could be worn! You might consider having 2-3 dummy/doll heads there showing the scarves tied around the neck, hair, etc. Could be cute!
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angelasasser - 24 Oct 19 15:45
Oh yes I have a couple of mannequins here! The trouble is the footprint on the table is so large, it would mean leaving something out. They also take up a lot of space in my hatchback. However, next time I may try leaving the pouches/rotating rack at home and taking a mannequin instead to see how it goes. We're getting into scarf weather here!
New Art!  Goddesses of Autumn in Ink and Gold
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With the Goddesses of Autumn Kickstarter wrapping up in a few days, I can finally share this collection of ink drawings with you all! To add some extra special rewards to the Kickstarter, I took the designs I had created for the Goddesses of Autumn pins and rendered them in ink with accents of genuine 23k gold.

Each one is 5x7 inches and will be matted up to 8x10 inches in a white mat with black core. If you're interested in claiming one of these originals, you can do so via the Kickstarter! September has been claimed, but October and November are still available (and will go up in price once the Kickstarter ends).

Lady of September

You can watch a time lapse of this drawing here.

Lady of October

You can watch a time lapse of this drawing here.

Lady of November

You can watch a time lapse of this drawing here.

I realize I don't think I shared the ink and gold drawings I did from the Summer pin set! I'll upload those here soon for those who missed them.

Tools & Materials List:

For those who are interested in this sort of thing, here's a list of the tools I used to create these images! Buying the supplies at the links gives me a little kickback. Using my links is appreciated, but not required!

I'm off to Multiverse this weekend to peddle my wares and attend some of the writing panels! Come say hello if you're going. It's always nice to meet my Patrons and thank you in person!

More soon,

♥ Ang




Kickstarter Launched!  Goddesses of Autumn Enamel Pins + Summer Pin Pre-Orders
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The fateful day has finally arrived and the Goddesses of Autumn Enamel Pins have now launched on Kickstarter! By the time I've sat down to write this post, we're already almost 30% funded, which fills me with such happiness. It's been easier for me to deal with my fear of failure when doing these kinds of crowdfunded projects because of your massive support and enthusiasm!

So thanks so much to all of you who have been along for the ride while I grow my Birthstone Goddesses into a collection of my own and fly free as an independent artist. It means the world to me!

Since my folks here are my SUPER FANS, your word of mouth means a lot! If you'd like to help spread the word, here are a few links for you to easily share even if pins aren't your thing or you don't have the funds to participate this time. Sharing is caring!

- Retweet this post on Twitter
- Share and/or Like this post on Facebook
- Re-blog this blogon tumblr

Pre-Order the Goddesses of Summer Pins

If you missed out on the Goddesses of Summer pins, I've finally listed them in my shop where you can pre-order the whole set or a single pin! I plan to ship them out in mid-October or sooner (once my Kickstarter Backers have all their pins first).

>Pre-Order here!<

Patreon Patrons, don't forget to use your Patreon discount code for 15% off (or your 25% off code if you are pledging $10 or more!).

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Now it's time to celebrate this milestone! We're now officially at the halfway point with the enamel pin Kickstarters. What a gratifying learning experience it has been!

I'll be back soon with another update about where we're going from here.

Here's to all of you who make my dreams possible!

♥ Ang

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User #168485 - 24 Sep 19 10:59
Backed it early
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angelasasser - 24 Sep 19 15:40
Awesome, thanks Robert! ♥
New Art! Little Gem Goddesses of Autumn
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Happy Friday, all! In anticipation of the Goddesses of Autumn enamel pins Kickstarter launching on Monday, I wanted to share the chibi sticker designs of the Autumn gals I did since they'll be making their debut as Stretch Goals for the Kickstarter project (and eventually as freebies here on Patreon once the pin Kickstarters are complete!)

Little Gem Goddess of September

One of the fun things about doing multiple angles on these gals is that I get to show off design elements that weren't clear in the main paintings! September's chibi shows off her dual-colored eyes and parti-color dress so well. Inspired by the red and blue color of Sapphires!

Little Gem Goddess of October

Funny how she was not my fave from the main set, but this chibi version stands out as one of my fave of the chibis! Her pose came out with such perfect flow and I love all of her little spirit friends. It feels like she has a stronger connection to them in this version.

Little Gem Goddess of November

This gal never ceases to steal the show in any form! Her flowing veil and dress made a wonderful design element. Having her floating among her butterflies also ties her more strongly to their ghostly ethereal nature (and also looks cool).

Designing these cute versions of my asture Goddesses presented a fun challenge for me! Plus, chibi versions of overly serious things will never cease to make me smile. I was able to bring a bit more of a magical fantastical touch to these than even the main series and that makes me happy as well! I'm slowly, but surely, bridging my way over to more fantastical art topics, which is the art I truly adore making!

If you'd like to watch the recordings of the livestreams of the creations of these chibis, you can watch them here:

Have a great weekend, all. I can't wait for Monday when the next enamel pins launch! Are you excited? I am hyped after how beautifully the last set came out!

More soon!

♥ Ang

Convention Report - DragonCon 2019
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I'm back from DragonCon and have finally stirred from my post-con torpor! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by, including a couple of my Patrons here! It was so lovely to meet you and give you hugs (and pins!). I got to see so many artist friends I haven't met in person, plus old friends I only get to see this time of year. I only wish I'd had more time to spend with everyone!

I always like to do a write-up if I can. DragonCon is such a massive show and always a great event for testing out new, ambitious things! I've been working hard towards it for a long time before the event to make new products to debut, such as the tote bags and scarves. This was also the first time I've ever had to fill such a large space at 8 x 10 feet! It was an intimidating prospect!


So how'd I do? I sold half my canvas totes, but only a couple of scarves! Most folks went for my prints, pouches, totes, and greeting cards (especially the ones themed for the month of September!). I also think my display made an impression! People really seemed to love my little 'shrine' of flowers and candles.

All in all, I made back expenses and then some! Having a larger display space really paid off for me, as I think the larger display footprint allowed me to give people a better idea of the scale of this ambitious project of mine which is really hard to contain in a smaller space.

The Art Show

The Art Show was a new beast this year! New management meant new changes, such as the lack of a silent auction or a print shop. This meant more floor space for artists and a new way to buy directly from the artist, instead of an auction! It was nice to be able to take my earnings from sales in the Gallery area home immediately instead of waiting for a check to come in the mail.

There was a little confusion about how to buy things from the gallery bay, but otherwise, I felt the changes were for the better, letting the Art Show check-in process go more smoothly (no dealing with barcodes or anything of that nature). I really enjoyed the new black pegboard for the Gallery area as well!

The volunteers were especially exceptional this year. They came around often to see if we needed help and check on our well-being!

What Did I Learn?

DragonCon, especially one where I test out new things, is always a learning experience! Here are some things I learned.

  • Bundle Deals. The bundle deals worked like a charm! I attribute most of my sales to people wanting to buy gifts for multiple people and being encouraged to do so by saving a little money with a bulk discount.
  • More Signage. I need more signage to show people I'm on Patreon, what my name is, and also that the series is about a birthstone series, as it took people a minute to realize this was a birthstone series and upon realizing that fact, they of course then wanted to immediately see what their month was, which was easier when I made month signs to go by the images (and to subdivide the print bins).
  • The 15 Second Rule. Kevin, who has vast retail experience and is a remarkable salesman, taught me this at the con. Basically, instead of smothering people with my overeager greetings, give people 15 seconds to process what they're seeing and decide if they are engaged with it.

    This wait time helped me make a better call about who was meandering through and who was actually interested so I don't waste my precious introvert energy on people who have no interest.
  • Stock for Birthday/Month Sensitive Items. I had so many September babies stop by and say "It's my birth month and I'm treating myself" or I had friends of September babies shopping for birthday gifts for the special September person in their life. This should have been obvious to me, but I need to keep more stock on hand for these timely occasions! I even made extra of September and still sold out!
  • More Small Impulse Items. I had so many people who didn't want to make a big investment or who didn't have a lot of wall space who ended up scooping up stickers and greeting cards. I would have sold pins like hot cakes for this reason as well!

    I want to focus my table area around showing off these small items since they became the 'bread and butter' small sales that added up nicely at the end of the day because they are easy to manufacture on a mass scale with a good markup and impulse range price tag that isn't too much of a burden for the average buyer.
  • Calendar. I REALLY need to finish up the calendar for this series, as now that I have all 12 images, it's become my number one requested item. I've planned to work on it after the enamel pins, so it will be coming next year!

Favorite Cosplay

Oh boy it was SO hard to pick a cosplay to feature here! Now that they've lifted the no photo ban in the Art Show, I had a lot of fun taking photos of amazing cosplayers who dropped by my booth. They were all wonderful and you can see more of them here.

However, I just have to feature this lady! I was a Power Rangers fan back in the day and this lady made me squeal with nostalgic glee. She also made her costume herself!

I am already missing the glorious geeky chaos that was DragonCon! I love being around so many kindred spirits that it feels pretty lonely when I get home and return to the grind. I'm grateful my fans (and especially my Patrons) are here in my corner experiencing this journey along with me. Your encouragement and feedback have helped me have one of my best cons ever!

Next, I'll be hopping right into Kickstarter fulfillment and revving up for the Goddesses of Autumn pins, so there's no rest for the wary!

Did you stop by at DragonCon? What was your fave cosplay? Sound off in the comments!

♥ Ang

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User #2574239 - 6 Sep 19 10:51
Your booth looks so amazing! Congratulations on your show going so well.
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angelasasser - 6 Sep 19 20:39
Thanks so much, Patricia! I'm so happy it worked out in the end after being nervous about it beforehand. Onwards to the next show in October!
New Art!  Little Gem Goddesses of Summer
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There has been so much going on lately that I almost forgot about my Little Gem Goddesses! I'm excited to test out Patreon's new group image posting feature by sharing the first of a set of the 12 Birthstone Goddesses I've drawn in a cute chibi style.

We unlocked these Little Gem gals sticker designs as a goal some time ago and now they've finally arrived! Stay tuned for news about a Special Offer I'll be running for them once the DragonCon busy time dies down (spoiler alert, you guys will be getting free stickers involving these designs and the other chibis from the set! I still need to settle on the details).

For now, enjoy the Little Gem Goddesses of June, July and August!

June waltzes in surrounded by falling rose petals, while July flies onwards with her lanterns and free spirit. Meanwhile, August floats along with her soul lanterns (and is probably my favorite from this set).

Which Little Goddess do you like best from this set? It's always fun to hear what my fans are drawn to!

PS.

If you'd like to hang out with my online ghost while I paint these goddesses, you can watch the live recordings of each design as it was being made here! Thanks to everyone who joined me while I was streaming. It was fun to hang out and I will be back to streaming soon once things are calmer!

PPS.

If you like this style and want to learn how I create images this way, $10+ Patrons have access to my Chibi Tutorial here! You can also buy the tutorial separately here.

More soon!

♥ Ang

[Early Release] Unboxing Art - Mucha's Le Pater Century Guild Edition
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I've been saving opening up the lovely package I received from the Century's Guild long-awaited Kickstarter since a couple of weeks ago till I could take a moment to enjoy it. That moment has finally come!

Join me as I unbox the loveliness and dive into this wonderful collection of Mucha's spiritual works! This video will be released to the public on Friday, but you get an early look because you're special.

Now back to con prep with me!


- Ang



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Upcoming Coloring Pack Release: Goddesses of Summer
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2019-08-06T16:41:43+00:00
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Head's up that the Goddesses of Summer coloring pack is coming to my Patreon digital library! If you missed claiming these pages via the Goddesses of Summer Kickstarter, here's your chance to get these coloring pages for yourself.

Friday, 8/9 - This pack will be released for my $5 and up Patrons.

Monday, 8/12 - This pack will be available in my Art Nouveau shop.

If you backed the Kickstarter, I've also just sent out Backer surveys today, so be sure to check your email and the project's Updates for more details! For those who missed the Kickstarter, the Pre-Order shop went live today as well, so feel free to tell your friends about it, if they are interested in a second chance at making sure they get pins.

A BIG art release of the finished Birthstone Goddesses chibi sticker designs will be coming soon (next week) as well. Time to break in Patreon's new gallery feature!

More soon!

♥ Ang

July 2019 Wrap-Up: Too Many Books in My House. Send Help!
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2019-07-30T20:20:56+00:00
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July was a month dedicated to ALL the Goddesses of Summer pin things! The Kickstarter took over my life, as Kickstarters are wont to do, and I found myself the recipient of so much love and support!

Seriously, you guys are awesome. We funded the Goddesses of Summer pins in no small part to fan enthusiasm and sharing! It officially did better than the coloring book Kickstarter at 114% funded. You guys are the best! ♥

Project Status

The Birthstone Goddesses Coloring Book Trade Edition

The Trade Edition has been printed and 1k books are now sitting in our house! I still need to prep them for sale via Amazon's vendor program and take care of some of the background maintenance/setup, but they'll be available via Amazon and Etsy soonish! I will make an announcement here, on my mailing list, and on social media when they are available.

Birthstone Goddesses Enamel Pins

The first set for the Summer goddesses (June, July, and August) are funded. Now, we're just waiting on payment processing and the gears of production! They will be sent to the manufacturer once the Pre-order period (Aug 5th - 15th) for them ends.THEN the Goddesses of Autumn will launch on the first day of Autumn, September 23rd. This year has gone by SO fast!

Upcoming Cons

I am confirmed for the following events:

  • DragonCon - AUG 29– Sep 2 - I'll have a booth for the first time ever!
  • Multiverse - OCT 18-20 - This one's new to our area! Come help me celebrate their inaugural year.

New Rewards Added

Angelic Vision Coloring Page ($5+ Patrons)


Posts You May Have Missed in June:

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I've enjoyed a very brief downtime after all this hubbub and now it's onwards to DragonCon in early September, which means August is going to be full of prep for the con, Kickstarter fulfillment, and working on designs for the Goddesses of Autumn that are up next on the Kickstarter docut for Autumn.

Stay tuned for more art and things as and when I can share them during this hectic time!

Thanks for your support this month, everyone.

♥ Ang


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Coming Friday! Angelic Vision Coloring Page
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Coming soon to my $5+ Patrons this Friday, July 12th! This page will be added to my digital library here on Patreon. This whimsical angel was the featured image on the cover of my Angelic Visions howto book representing a flowing and graceful angel with a compassionate heart.

Start planning your color palette! This image will release to Patrons on Friday and to the public via my shop on Monday.

- Ang

June 2019 Wrap-Up: Kickstarter, Upcoming Cons, etc.
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It's been a relatively quiet month here on Patreon, as I've been busy managing all the moving parts of the Goddesses of Summer Kickstarter and adjusting to a major life change.

My husband has started a new job and suddenly we now have the option to improve our situation a bit! We can finally start considering a new home of our own without the issues of our current rental and also take a little bit of pressure off the art side of things.

To be frank, we've been scrambling between the two of us to cover unending medical bills, debts, rent, etc. something which has been taking up most of my proceeds from Patreon for the past few months while we've been struggling for balance.

It's been a frustrating endless cycle of climbing out of a hole only to fall back in as soon as we reach the top.

But now I'm hoping with the shift in our finances that I can put more of my Patreon earnings back into funding the art and to keep bringing you all the cool things I've always been wanting to do that I just had no time and/or money to do (ie. creating more art videos, more fun physical perks, etc).

It's such an amazing release to not feel so stressed and fearful of what even a little emergency could do to our budget. I know that peace of mind is going to be reflected in my art and productivity as well!

Project Status

On to business! During this quiet time, I've been making a lot of small background moves on the entries into my Birthstone Goddesses collection.

The Birthstone Goddesses Coloring Book Trade Edition - After many small corrections and all the official book registration process, the coloring book is currently off to the printers who are prepping it for printing by the end of July! I plan for this trade edition to be made available on Amazon and in my own online shop. I should have it with me at cons this year too!

The Birthstone Goddesses Enamel Pins - The first of the set of 12 total pins is on Kickstarter right now! We're 80% funded and everything is looking good, thus far. Keep spreading the word, everyone!

Upcoming Cons

I'm slowly getting back into the convention game and have been confirmed for the following events:

  • DragonCon - AUG 29– Sep 2 - I'll have a booth for the first time ever!
  • Multiverse - OCT 18-20 - This one's new to our area! Come help me celebrate their inaugural year.

New Rewards Added

Glimpse of Eden Coloring Page ($5+ Patrons)

Posts You May Have Missed in June:

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Now that things are calming down and the constant stress has eased somewhat, I'm hoping to get back to posting more regularly around here. I have some articles on the agenda to talk about what goes into designing an enamel pin, what goes into a Kickstarter, etc.

My ambitious project keeps growing and this year all the little seeds I laid years ago are finally starting to bear fruit!

More soon!


- Ang

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User #2528816 - 2 Jul 19 20:03
I will definitely come find you at DragonCon! Best of luck with everything!
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angelasasser - 2 Jul 19 20:28
Yay that would be lovely! See you there. :)
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User #10257162 - 2 Jul 19 18:56
I hope everything goes well with your hubby's new job. What an awesome month for your art though! I am pumped for the pins, and I am super excited for DragonCon! I've wanted to show my art there before, but I've never actually BEEN to the con before, lol, so this year is my vacay to it! I can't wait to go and cosplay, and I can't wait to see your booth. So exciting!
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angelasasser - 2 Jul 19 19:36
Thanks, Stephanie! I'm so excited to have those pins in hand too AND to fill a booth full of lovely things for DragonCon. Ohhh and you're a first timer to the con? Prepare to be amazed! It's huuuge and there's so much to do. Feel free to drop by the art show and see us. We'd love to say hi!
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User #10257162 - 2 Jul 19 21:28
I'll definately stop by! 😊
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User #198445 - 14 Jul 19 21:53
Hope things continue going well for you guys! Also, that Glimpse of Eden is amazing!
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angelasasser - 15 Jul 19 21:11
Thank you for your well wishes, Jeremie! Glimpse of Eden is an old favorite of mine from my book published back in 2011. Sometimes I forget not everyone has seen the work from that one! There's a whole gallery of work from the book here if you'd like to peruse - http://www.angelicshades.com/art-of-angelic-visions/
Now LIVE on Kickstarter!  Goddesses of Summer Enamel Pins
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2019-06-22T19:27:07+00:00
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I'm so happy to be celebrating the official start of Summer with the launch of my Goddesses of Summer enamel pins on Kickstarter! Patrons have been getting a peek of the Behind the Scenes insanity, but now the main event itself has inexorably arrived!

Let us just BASK in this next milestone in the develop of the Birthstone Goddesses! It feels good to see one major step towards adding another building block into the library of beautiful things I've wanted to share with the world. Thanks to everyone who has supported and followed here and kept me going with your constant encouragement!

Here are just a few peeks of fun things you can get via the Kickstarter, including an Early Bird set of the pins for just $30! But hurry because this tier will only be available till 6/28 and is limited to just 50!


How Can You Help?

Kickstarter projects live or die by word of mouth! I can't do this without your help. Even if you can't afford to back this project, Liking, Sharing, and talking to your friends about my it is equally as helpful. Here are some ideas on how you can share my project:

- Retweet this post on Twitter
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My posts have slowed down a bit here while I've been focusing energy on this launch. I've promised myself a short rest, then we're on to the mandala paintings next which are going to help provide material for the upcoming wall calendar for this project!

Look forward to posts about the behind the scenes Kickstarter development, plus art WIPs of the mandala pieces next.

Bask with me, now! Bask!

More soon,

♥ Ang


May 2019 Wrap-Up: Vacation, MSAD, & Upcoming Giveaway!
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Ooops we're over halfway into June and I've not posted my May wrap-up yet! As ever, May (and June) have been a crunched month while I prepare to unleash the Birthstone Goddesses enamel pins upon the world. And what did I decide to do in the middle of the hype period for my upcoming enamel pin Kickstarter and other craziness?

I went on vacation for a week! Doh!

But you know what guys? Sometimes you just have to have a little self-care, which is what May was all about for me. My husband has been declared in remission from lymphoma and a long period of stress is over for us (for now). It was a good time for a vacation!

A friend also encouraged me to take on the May Sketch A Day Art Challenge, which allowed me some much needed time to let my muse meander without being tied to any theme. I also spent a week in South Carolina walking on the beach and enjoying a local botanical garden!

(A tease of one of the beautiful aqua gardens I visited at the Brookgreen Gardens while I was on vacation!)

And while I have returned to a crazy prelaunch crunch time, I'm grateful for some fresh air and the ability to let my creative wells refresh!

I have plans to share some posts with all the flower photos I took in an upcoming Inspiration Trip post, but for now, here's a quick rundown of what you might have missed in May.

Posts in May

(ALL my sketches from May Sketch A DAy! Check out the posts above for story snippets and full views of the sketches I did)

New Coloring Pages Added:

Upcoming Giveaway!

It's tradition by this point that I host a Launch Party on Facebook for each Kickstarter I do! Come join me at this Event leading up to the Launch Day. I'll be sharing the stories of each Goddess as we lead up to Launch Day and an art+book giveaway!

THEN, once Launch Day arrives, I'll be streaming the choosing of the winner as well as hitting the big shiny red launch button! It's all very exciting!!

Woo hoo June is going to be epic! Thanks for following along with my journey here as a Follower or a Patron. I'm always in good company here!

More soon!


- Ang

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May Sketch A Day Week 5 - Dark Fey & Mermaids + Full Month Recap
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Week 5 was another lean week while I was out to the beach on vacation! I intend to share an Inspiration Trip post at some point collecting all the reference I took. I got to explore the beach and one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever visited! I stole a few late night hours during the trip to do some quick sketches, most of which were dominated by one of my story concepts that's captured the muse of late.

The Watcher II & III

Last week, I introduce this character from my story, Song of Exile, into the MASD mix. In my worldbuilding pondering for this story, I've envisioned an ancient spirit who once held dominion over the desert. She watched mankind with curiosity, vexed by the seemingly irrational actions of these short-lived specimens. One day, she ventured to them, teaching them knowledge beyond their primitive achievements, learning from them the joy of irrationality.

But one day those gifts were taken for granted and calamity struck. Her wrath was swift and thorough.

Her concept is a seed of a story right now, but each image I create, she becomes clearer in my mind and I discover something new about her. The butterflies and other eye-marked creatures of her own creation are her 'eyes', her own lost during the 'Fall'. She is the creator of the silk moths that roam throughout the desert, though she is no longer watching through their wings, their markings having lost their luster since The Watcher's disappearance from history.

Deep Blue

How could I NOT draw a mermaid for this month with the Mermay challenge happening as well? Plus the fact I was surrounded by so much lovely blue and green water while I was on the beach! All the sketches this week were done in Adobe Photoshop Sketch on my new iPad Pro. It's pretty easy to pick up and put down a sketch while also being able to easily record a time lapse!

Full Month Recap

Here's a collection of ALL the sketches I made for this event! You can read the stories and notes about each week's sketches at the following posts:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

All in all, I had a fantastic time letting the muse off the leash to wander and do as she pleases! I've been in desperate need of refreshing the creative wells and letting my mind wander while also getting some new experiences at the beach have helped a bit. I'm hoping I can carry forward the daily sketching habit into the future as either daily warm-ups and/or freeform sketch time during my usual routine!

Did any of you participate in May Sketch A Day (or any of the other May art events)? How did it work out for you? Like NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and other art challenges, I've found it to be a re-energizing experience with community support behind it which helps to keep me motivated!

Next, more enamel pin progress once I'm back from vacation starting Monday!


- Ang

May Sketch A Day Week 4 - The Blood Hunter & The Faerie
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This week was a lean week for sketching while I was rushing to get my enamel pin sketches off to the company! I squeezed a little bit of sketching time in thanks to my husband gifting me an iPad Pro (YAY!) and encouraging me to take the time to sit down and have a play with it.

All of the sketches this week were created with Adobe Sketch on the iPad Pro, with the exception of the sword portrait, which was started in Sketch and transferred into Photoshop for finishing.

Head Portrait - Nils

This piece is a milestone for being the first image I created on the iPad Pro! I'm impressed by the responsiveness of the Apple Pencil and the way I could tilt the stylus for the graphite shading used in this one.

This week I had an urge to explore Nils, a shy priest of Kelemvor from a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot I played some time ago. I was smitten by this quiet, sweet man in such a brutal profession of being a Blood Hunter!

He wears his worries on his face, where he often looks tired and anemic, the blood magic use taking a toll, as well as the terrible things he's seen in his past (which you can read more about in his character biography here).

The Watcher Appears

Experimenting with the watercolor blooms in Sketch on the iPad made me want to draw something dreamy and dark, which is where this gal from my Song of Exile storyworld came in! She was drawn completely off the cuff without worrying about my mistakes. This won't be her final design, but it was just fun to muck about without being too precious (the whole goal of May Sketch A Day for me).

Some flavor text for The Watcher:

Old stories still speak of her, though her name is long forgotten. They called her The Watcher, for she watched mankind for centuries from between the moments and the twilight shadows, always curious, always seeking through the eyes of the animals in her desert domain. Why did humans tarry so, she mused?

Whenever a traveler finds her moths in the desert, they know she is there, always watching through their spots, and they pay her homage whether she is there still or not.

Blood Grooves

After seeing this glorious character sheet by Mooncalfe, I was in the mood to do some more character sketching to show various pieces of equipment and angles for Nils! I'm pretty shocked that Blood Hunters don't have any specialized weapons for their demon-slaying, monster hunting craft.


I've envisioned Nils using a pair of scimitar custom crafted by his Order that allow him to trigger a needle which lances his palms and sends blood down the handle into the blood grooves on the sword. This lets him more efficiently use his blades for Crimson Rites, which require bloodletting to imbue the blade.

First level Blood Hunters don't even get silvered weapons for their starting gear, poor sods!

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So that was my short week! Which one of these did you guys enjoy most? Have you done any cool sketches for May Sketch A Day or Mermay this week (or seen any?) Share in comments!

Next week, I'll be on vacation at the beach, which I haven't seen in well...years! I expect to be pretty AFK for awhile and sneaking internet when I can, so I may be slow! My stream schedule is on hold for now till I return on June 1st. Hope you all don't have too much fun without me!

I hope to return with more enamel pin mockups to share and a refreshed mind. See ya after!

- Ang

May Sketch A Day Week 3 - Tieflings Galore!
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This week, my muse followed my Dungeons & Dragons character, Anko, down the inspiration rabbithole this time! I have a lot of behind-the-scenes deadline to meet this week, which meant an 'easy' week where I didn't have to think too much, just have pure fun exploring this character who's already fairly established in my brain.

It's felt good to define Anko even more thoroughly, since I've been playing her for years now! She's had a really satisfying arc from being a timid young Tiefling girl to blossoming into a fully capable mage. She deserved more art than she's gotten from me, honestly!

Day 14

This week's journey began with gesture sketches and trying to discover what pose worked best for showing off Anko's small demure horns for a formal concept chart. I needed an angle that would show enough dimension in the spirals so that I could properly show off any danglies and decorations and ended up with a classical head turn.

My first horn decoration ideas were simple bejeweled tips and a studded cloth wrap inspired by how sacred cows are adorend in India. Inspiration leads you to unexpected places sometimes!

Day 15

Some days are slower than others when you're tired, but I managed a single variation with lots of braids and dainty filigree horn caps! I love the way the braids wrapping around give a more elegant transition between hair and horn.

Day 16

I explored two concepts in mind, including flower garlands around the horns and gold-dusted or painted horns. I was surprised how many colors this character looks good in and how much I loved the flowers! They were my favorite look until the next set came along. Even if I don't go with them, I think if I ever have a need to depict Anko in a marriage or spring ceremony that the flowers would be perfect!

Day 17

A productive few days! I honestly thought I was done with concepts, but then I got the idea to combine my previous day's concepts into a new variations, plus try the cloth wraps, but with chain taking the shape of the wraps. I also loved the long elegant shapes of the dangling flowers I found while reference hunting and had to try them on horns!

Day 18

I needed another easy day and laying in flat colors on Anko's dice arrangement from last week obliged! Color brings all the golden goodness of baked goods to life, doesn't it?

Day 20

After all this concepting, I wanted to work up one of my fave designs into a more fleshed out sketch! The result is this lovely little portrait which was also great gesture and anatomy practice. I had a little help from Senshistock with the pose as well! Highly recommend her awesome stock for idea-gathering.

Concept Compilation

I'm not sure I made it any easier for myself to choose a formal look for Anko because they all have something I like about them! Which ones did you guys like best?

Did you draw anything for May Sketch A Day this week? Share your favorite in comments so I can see and enjoy it too! Or if not, let me know which of my sketches you enjoyed best.

More soon! I've been working on a collection of enamel pin design sketches I'm so excited to share once I have them in a more finished spot!

- Ang

May Sketch A Day - Week 2: D&D, Tangled, & Harse! 2019-05-12T19:59:31+00:00


See week 1's collection here!

What a weird combination May Sketch A Day week 2 has been! The week started out strong with another portrait of Khalara exploring her glowing silk moth dress concept.

And then my muse went bonkers with my D&D Tiefling and randomness! But hey that's half the fun with this event. Enjoy the randomness!

Day 6 - Mothglow Portrait

This ended up becoming a little more than a sketch, but I was obligated as soon as I created that mothglow dress design from last week to work it up on the character!

Khalara continues to evolve from her Exalted look and is starting to look more like her own character now, though I'm still giving a nod to the original character's flaming hair with her henna-dyed tips.

Kalara had a hand scar while this Khalara has dyed hands to cover stains from her life as a slave. It's been really intriguing to translate this character to my own story world and preserve what I like about her RPG concept!

I played around with the idea that the silk also has iridescent properties in normal lighting. I may have to work this one up to final sometime, as I really enjoy this concept for a painting! She's come so far since my first sketch of her last week.

Day 7 - Adira

I took a totally indulgent day to draw some fan art of Adira from the Tangled animated series. The first time I saw this hulking, badass, cocky woman and her amazing character design, I just KNEW I had to draw her!

May Sketch A Day was the perfect excuse to finally draw her after many instances of 'dang she's cool' when I saw her in the show.

Sidenote, this was also the first time I noticed the character wore mismatched earrings, something I never noticed until I was dissecting her character design in order to draw her!

Day 8 - 10 - Anko Head Variations

After playing my Tiefling Warlock Anko for the past few years, it was about time I decided what her horns looked like under her hair buns! For those who haven't met my D&D character yet, she's a young Tiefling from a ghetto who grew up in her family's bakery. She ends up adventuring and learning about a legacy of dark magic she never knew of as a Warlock.

She ended up with cute little 'cinnamon roll' style horns which seem to fit her themes and the shape of her hair buns. The shorter straighter horns are also quite nice. Stashing them for later!

Day 11 - Harse

This is what happens when I try to quickly draw a horse from memory. Anatomy from Hell and a horn because I only ever learned to draw horses so I could draw unicorns!

I can’t look at how hilariously bad this is without laughing so hard, I cry. May Harse bring you a laugh today instead of nightmares!

Day 12 - Anko's Dice

I was inspired by the beautiful dice arrangements of SweetDelilahs to make a similar one for my Tiefling gal, Anko! She loves baking and the dark arts (but let's hope she doesn't mix up food with her spell components!)

How was your week? Are any of you taking on a May art challenge? Share your favorite one in the comments! Or if not, which sketch of mind did you enjoy the most from this week?

If you're on Discord and are one of my Patrons, you can see these sketches a day before I post them by connecting your Discord to Patreon! You can see how to do that here.

Can't wait to see what next week brings for May Sketch A Day and share more progress on the enamel pins as well!

- Ang

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I'm excited to share the new items I've added to my Secret Shop! If you're pledged at any tier ($1 or more), you can now find the following items in my shop which are available exclusively to my Patreon Patrons and nowhere else!

Flawed Ladies of the Months SPECIAL EDITION Coloring Books

If you missed your chance to snag one of my coloring books when my Kickstarter was going on, now's your chance to grab an imperfect copy! These flawed books have gold foil errors and other cover printing errors that make them unsellable, but the interiors are still intact for anyone who'd like to color the pages inside.

They are marked down at 50% off the retail price and I only have 16 in stock!

Otherwise, the Special Edition version of this book (which is not flawed) will only be available through my future Kickstarter campaigns! A trade edition for public availability is planned for future release, but it will not include the gold foil accents or signature of the artist inside.

(An image showing an example of gold stamping error in the flawed books.)

Hand-Embellished Matted Art Prints

I've made nine gorgeous goddesses from my Birthstone Goddesses series available as matted prints which have been adorned with an ink drawing and accented by 23k gold leaf. If you cannot afford any of the original paintings, these matted prints are the next best thing with a hand-drawn touch on the mat!

The prints are 8x16 in. matted up to 10x20 in., which is a standard frame size.

Get them while you can because these are one of a kind items!

(Examples of the embellished matted prints. See more of them in the Secret Shop!)

Not sure how to access my Secret Shop? You should have received a survey via Backerkit from me towards the beginning of last month or this month, depending on when you joined! New Patrons, it may take 24 hours for you to receive your Backerkit email so you can 'activate' your survey and shop access there. You can access the Secret Shop by clicking the link in my Backerkit email.

You can also recover your surveys here with the email you signed up for my Patreon with if you've lost your email!

Questions? Thoughts? Don't hesitate to comment here or message me!

I hope you guys enjoy the new items!


- Ang


May Sketch A Day 2019 - Week 1: Silk, Lies, & Angels
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As promised, here's the collection of art from May Sketch A Day's first week! I've really been enjoying letting my muse off the leash and the sense of relief I get just indulging in random ideas has been invigorating for me. I really needed the creative refresher! My Writing Muse apparently wanted in on this too, so brace yourself for story snippets, as well!

Are any of you taking on May Sketch A Day, Mermay, or any of the other events happening in May? Feel free to share your favorite sketch from your own journey this week in the comments!

DAY 1 - Khalara

Many would try to steal the secret of Khalara's silk harvesting techniques. All of them would return home empty-handed and sometimes not at all.

They whisper that she stole the secret from her father before poisoning him and inheriting his business. She was his slave once, even though she hides her indigo-stained hands behind pretty jewels and henna swirls.

Let them whisper. Their fear keeps them right where she wants them.
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Started off the event with the exploration of one of the cast of my original story, Song of Exile. She’s a port of my Exalted RPG Eclipse Caste, Kalara, into my original world. I'd love to see who would win that mercantile war, though they'd probably end up best frenemies.

DAY 2 - Mothglow

“And here we are."

Ramah could at least agree on that. Their wedding was elegant, professional, an event to behold. The only thing missing from the great ensemble was love.

Now there was just the issue on the to-do list of their wedding night. Instead, he was engaged in a rather intense game of Dalit against himself. He didn't even notice the sheer silks gleaming with mothglow, the unearthly gleam Khalara's textile empire was famous for.
He hadn't even looked up.

“Wine cures all ills, I find." She said, finally catching his attention as she set the bottle down next to his game board and offered him a glass.

He had planned to be a perfect gentleman that night. She, however, did not make any such plans, should he decide to lose interest in the game board.

“Gold Warrior to Obsidian Dervish." She slipped into the chair across from him and took the place of his imaginary opponent. "I didn't know you had the brains for this kind of game."

Ramah smiled. Perhaps there was hope for them after all. They at least had the same taste in wine and he always valued a good player.
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I’m still channeling so much of Kalara’s Exalted look here, but I still like it as an evolutionary step. I've been playing with how to keep a similar red-haired look to conjure the character's original fire symbolism by using henna red dyed tips as a solution. Also, I FINALLY got to do cut across lighting on someone!

DAY 3 - Worker Angel

I had one last limited edition coloring book drawing to do so I double dipped on May Sketch A Day for it, as it's always a fun exercise to draw from random prompts and to be surprised by what my brain comes up with. This one was a special one for my mother in law who requested "Worker Angel".

This prompt somehow conjured an image of an angel working on countless numbers of pots, as if she were searching for something, despite the fact each pot was a very good pot. Finally, she created one that sang to her soul.

I suppose that's what comes to mind when I think of most creative endeavors! So much of it is searching for that moment when your creation 'sings' to you.

DAY 4 - Mothglow Dress

Continuing my exploration of the properties of the preternatural moth silk Khalara harvests for her trade empire in my story, Song of Exile. She guards the secret of its creation leaving her competition to guess the process.

Rumors abound of sinister origins, from blood infused plants to feed the moth larvae to dark magick ceremonies performed over their cocoons. Regardless, wealthy nobles pay handsomely for the silk, their eyes dazzled by its nighttime glow and their bodies soothed by its cooling properties, a valuable asset in a desert locked nation.

I went with a moth motif for this dress, an integral trademark of her business and also a personal symbol of transformation. Khalara has built herself up from slave to Merchant Queen and she's damned proud of that!

It was laaate and I didn't have a lot of time to spend on this one, but decided to get something rough down anyways. Taking a lesson from May Sketch A Day not to be precious lest the idea stays stuck in my brain forever!

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And that was my first week! Did you guys have a fave sketch from my collection this week? Do you want to see more of any particular concept? I'm always curious to know what strikes your fancy!

Onwards to next week!

- Ang

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Reminder that my Patreon Patrons are getting a peek at these a day early before everyone else via my private Discord server! You can pledge at any tier for access to it. ;)

May Sketch A Day 2019 Begins!
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Sorry to make another post so soon, but I wanted to let you all know about an event I'm super excited for! I was too slammed last year to participate, but this year I'm going all in on May Sketch A Day, an Art Challenge which asks you to sketch every day. There is no assigned topic, per say, just having fun drawing anything you like!

I want to use this challenge to help refresh my creative brain. I've been focusing on my Birthstone Goddesses for so long now, it's been difficult to find time to indulge some of the things I like to do just for fun! Some topics you can expect to pop up during this challenge are my Dungeons & Dragons characters, my desert fantasy (Song of Exile) story concepts, and other indulgent things.

I won't be sharing here EVERY day, but I will be sharing a weekly compilation of my sketches here on Patreon.

Sneak Peeks for Patrons!

If you want to see the sketches before the public does, I'll be sharing them a day early on my private Patreon Discord server! If you haven't checked it out yet, the Discord server is where I'm the most active sharing inspiration, answering questions, etc.

Read on here for details on how to claim your Discord Rewards through Patreon.

Where Can I Follow Along?

Aside from the Discord server, you can also Follow me on social media to keep up with this month's art challenge:

I think this will be an excellent way to refresh the creative wells and have some fun! Is anyone else taking on an art challenge this month? Mermay and MayShroom are going on too. I can't wait to see my feed explode with art!

- Ang

Apr 2019 Wrap-Up: Little Gems, Con Season, Etc.
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Wow this year is just flying by! Convention season is already upon us, which means show season is here as well. Aaaah!

My first con of the year was JordanCon, which was lovely as always! I got to hang out with other artists and talk about streaming, as well as geek out over Dan Dos Santos' art, since he was the guest of honor this year. It's a chill sort of small con with welcoming staff and kindred spirits which I enjoy attending!

(I got a print of this glorious piece by Dan. My jaw drops every time I see it, which means it had to come home with me!)

Next up, I'm hoping to start making a name for myself at art fairs in my local area, something I've always been shy about doing! Setting up tents adds an extra level of intensity and effort, but I really think I'll gain access to the people who will love my Birthstone gals more at these events than I will via conventions, honestly! I've sent off my applications for a few local markets, so fingers crossed I'll hear back soon!

It's scary to expand into these new areas, but I think it will be good for me and this crazy endeavor of mine!

Art Streaming Schedule

My Little Gem gals have taken off this month now that I've started streaming online! I've been working on them live on Twitch and YouTube. If you missed a stream, don't worry! Recordings are automatically added to my YouTube channel, so be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell there so you can watch the streams later, if you like to hang out with the ghost of my recorded self.

And of course, don't miss my streams when they happen live on Mondays and Wednesdays! (See my stream schedule here).

Secret Shop Upcoming Items

Our first test of the new Secret Shop system seems to have worked out well! Now that it's all set up, I'll be adding the following items soon:

  • Flawed Gemstone Goddess Coloring Books - I have a limited number of coloring books with flaws in the cover foil that I can't sell, so I want to make them an exclusive item for my Patrons who missed the Kickstarter!
  • Embellished Gemstone Goddess Prints - I had a few hand-embellished prints left over from JordanCon's Art Show that I'll be putting on offer exclusively through the Secret shop as well.

I'll put up another post when these items are live and ready for purchase from the shop!

Posts You Might Have Missed

Additions to the Digital Library

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As we head into May, I'm planning to practice some self-care with the May Sketch A Day event. I'll be posting about this soon, as I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

I'll also have new art to share in May as the Little Gems, mandala paintings, and enamel pin designs have been coming together in the background during April. Brace thyselves for a mega-burst of art sharing!

Till next time, thanks for your support this month!


- Ang


JordanCon Bound! + Art Show Preview
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I'm headed to JordanCon in ATL this weekend, which is one of my favorite local fantasy-centric conventions to attend. The Art Show there is so warm and welcoming and I'm excited to share more of my Birthstone Goddesses there this year!

My body of work grows and grows, this year's showing at JordanCon now including a selection of the designs I created to be used as header images. I haven't added prints of these designs to my online shop (yet), so in-person events are the only place to buy them until I have finished rolling their print offerings out (slowly, but surely!):

I'll also be showing off the original painting of Lady of September as my centerpiece this year! She looks so stunning in the new frame that my Patreon Patrons helped me pick out last year.

I'll also be displaying two of the limited edition masks I created for my Birthstone Goddesses, the mask of February and May! Here they are as photographed by the talented WinterWolf Studios.

Convention Inventory

For those attending this show who may be considering adding something to your collection, here's a rundown of what I'll be offering at JordanCon this year:

In my gallery bay:

  • The framed original of "Lady of September"
  • Hand-Embellished Prints of 7 of the Goddesses
  • 4 matted open edition prints of their header designs
  • 2 of my hand-tooled Limited Edition leather masks

In the Print Shop:

  • 8x16 prints, 5 prints per Goddess representing each month of the year!

Unfortunately, I will not have a dealer's table this year, but the Art Show staff will be happy to help you out with purchasing my art.

You can also still come say hi to me in person at the panel on Livestreaming for Artists (Stream A Little Stream) which I will be co-hosting with fellow artists on Friday at 2:30 pm. Feel free to come join us and/or chat me up after the panel!

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If you cannot attend the show, I'll be adding any unsold items to my Art Nouveau online shop, with the hand-embellished mats being made available exclusively through my Patreon Secret Shop.

I hope to see some of you there!


- Ang


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REMINDERS! Secret Shop Orders, Coloring Packs, Etc. 2019-04-23T15:57:33+00:00

Quick housekeeping update for you all today! This was our first month testing out the new Secret Shop hosted on Backerkit and so far I've only had one small bug reported (and has since been fixed)!

All physical orders from the Secret Shop have now been shipped. Hooray!

On that note, those of you who ordered things like the digital coloring packs (or have coloring packs included with your Reward Tier) can find them at the Coloring Pages tag here on Patreon OR at the very end of your Backerkit surveys on the Downloads page!

As a note, 23 of you haven't filled out your surveys. Surveys ARE NOT required to claim your rewards UNLESS you are in one of my Collector Tiers, but they act as your personal portal into my Secret Shop and can help you manage your digital coloring packs and premium tutorial downloads more easily via Backerkit.

You can also retrieve your surveys any time at https://angelasasser.backerkit.com/

Sadly, we did not meet the goal to unlock the Lady of Eternity enamel pin, so she will remain out of stock until further notice. I will eventually bring her back into stock by the time the Birthstone Goddesses project wraps up and the pin is permanently retired, but my current funds are all going towards applying to shows and other expenses.

Any questions about Backerkit? Don't hesitate to drop me a comment or a private message! I'd also love to hear your thoughts and feelings about using Backerkit in the comments as well. Hopefully, it has made things easier for everyone!

More soon! I'll have an art post with a peek at my enamel pin designs coming up on Thursday.


- Ang



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Secret Shop Update: New Original Art + Deadline Reminders!
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Happy Monday, all! I'm starting the week refreshed from a relaxing and lovely spring weekend with my husband. I'm ready to attack my agenda and do all the things this week!

New Original Art in the Secret Shop

First off, I've had one of the original art pieces that was sold via the coloring book Kickstarter come back into my possession and I wanted to give my Patreon Patrons a chance to snag this piece before everybody else!

This lovely lady was the first drawing (and my personal favorite) created for a series of header drawings designed for the upcoming Birthstone Goddesses art book. She will be available in my Secret Shop until April 30th, after which she will be posted in my public shop at a higher price!

Survey Reminders

If you're in any of the Collector tiers, surveys to collect your Art Box choices will be closing on April 20th! All surveys for all tiers will be closed and locked with any Add Ons you purchased being charged and shipped starting April 22nd.

Last Chance Enamel Pins!

April 20th is also the deadline for the Lady of Eternity enamel pins! If I don't sell 30 of them in the Secret Shop by this date, they will not be re-stocked until further notice.

I won't be discontinuing them yet, but I will only be able to re-stock them when I have the funds, which is unpredictable at the moment as I prioritize spending funds on applying for art fairs and other more pressing expenses instead.

So far, we've only sold ONE of the pins in the Secret Shop, so be sure to pick one up and spread the word if you were wanting a pin for yourself or someone else!


How Do I Find the Secret Shop again?

The hidden portal to my Secret Shop should have been emailed to you once you pledged $1 or more to me here on Patreon! You can also access it by signing in with the email you signed up for my Patreon with at this link.

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More soon! Please let me know if you have any questions about the new Secret Shop setup.

- Ang

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You can also email me directly at angela(at)angelasasser.com

Announcement: New Streaming Schedule! 2019-04-17T10:01:00+00:00

The votes are in and I've decided on a new art streaming schedule! I will be going live at the following times:

  • Monday Afternoon (2 pm EST / 11 am PST / 6 pm GMT)
  • Wednesday Evening (8 pm EST / 5 pm PST / 12 am GMT)

Which means you can catch me later today while I'm working on the Little Ladies (Goddesses?) stickers we unlocked! (Oh no, I'll have to rename them now too since I've ruined the alliteration with Gemstone/Birthstone Goddesses!)

I'll be exploring different coloring styles for the stickers in Photoshop and answering questions on the mic. Feel free to drop in and keep me company!

I'm going to do my best to meet this schedule, but things sometimes come up. Be sure to follow me on social media (links at the top of my site here) where I'll be announcing any last minute changes and also notifications about when I'll go live!

You can also Follow me at the following streaming sites to be notified directly when I'm livestreaming:

See you around the interwebs!

- Ang

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Re-branding the Ladies of the Months + Project Roadmap!
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My astute fans may have noticed I've begun referring to my Ladies of the Months intermittently as Birthstone Goddesses over the past few weeks. I've had some major revelations happen while prepping my project for a wider arena (ie. Amazon).

"Ladies of the Months" as a title was getting a lot of strange looks! Some of the misunderstandings about the title have led to some interesting questions, including, but not limited to:

  • Does this have to do with menstrual cycles?
  • Does this have to do with erotic coloring books?
  • Does this have to do with erotic calendars?

Silly, you may say, but if the title of a project requires a lot of further explanation, doesn't make a good impression, and is too generic to be easily found via search engines, there is a problem! This is why I have opted for a couple of changes.

Re-Introducing the Birthstone Goddesses!

From this day forth, the LADIES OF THE MONTHS will be called the BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES. Each individual Lady will still be the Lady of January, etc., but the set of birthstone ladies as a whole will now be referred to as BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES so that it is easier to understand and put out there in the world.

Who are the Gemstone Goddesses?

I've had a great number of requests for Art Nouveau styled Ladies who do not correspond to any birthstone, which got me thinking. Why limit this series to only birthstones? I have renamed the entire series to Gemstone Goddesses so that at some point in the future I can come back and add more without restricting myself!

Wouldn't you like to see a Lady of Sunstone or a Lady of Moonstone? I know I would!

The BIRTHSTONE GODDESSES will now be a subset of the GEMSTONE GODDESSES series as a whole! Wherever you see the Lady of Eternity pictured above, she now represents both of these series who are now ALL part of the same endeavor to bring the beauty of Art Nouveau to the world through these thematic creations!

Where to Find this Project?

Now that my project has been undergoing some title changes, my social media outlets dedicated specifically to this project have been changed to match. Please update your bookmarks:

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that we have a brand new name and a whole ambitious set of items on the horizon, it was time to get this project organized! Check out this roadmap I've created for the rest of the Birthstone Goddesses project in Trello.

(Click here for a closer look at the Birthstone Goddesses roadmap)

The biggest change to the agenda is that the wall calendar has been moved up to next year so that I can create some of the fun add ons like Enamel Pins that can be bundled with it. I also wanted to make sure my Kickstarter launches were reasonably spaced out so as not to overwhelm everyone.

This Roadmap is subject to change, but we have a good place to start to make this huge endeavor more doable. We're going to make great things this year!

Are you excited? I KNOW I AM! I'm especially hyped to get these pins out (I'll have some sneak peeks of the designs I've been sketching soon!).

Coming next - I'll be announcing the new streaming schedule so you can drop in on me while I'm working on making all this magic happen!

Thanks for hanging with me through thick and thin, Patrons and Followers. You are the best!


- Ang

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User #2931933 - 11 Apr 19 20:04
Woohoo!!! Congrats on all the changes! Your organizational methods never cease to amaze me. 😊
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angelasasser - 11 Apr 19 23:55
As this project gets more ambitious, I've been in need of being more strategic. I'm so happy a friend reminded me Trello exists! It makes the great amount of tasks to be done sooo much more manageable!
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User #2931933 - 12 Apr 19 00:29
Yes!! Seeing the way you organize Trello makes me want to dust mine off again 😆
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User #94084 - 12 Apr 19 19:15
I LOVE Trello!! it's the only way I can keep myself and all my projects organized! this is an amazing roadmap, and I love the new direction for the Gemstone Goddesses! Sunstone, moonstone, tiger's eye, tourmaline - there are sooooo many gemstones I would love to see interpreted!
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angelasasser - 12 Apr 19 19:38
You've named a few more of my fave gems as well! Labradorite, Snowflake Obsidian, aaah the possibilities are endless! I had heard of the power of Trello from a lot of folks, but I had just kept putting it off till now. I'm so happy I was reminded to give it a try! I feel such relief scheduling everything out so I can have a better idea of where I'm going and how to manage it all, rather than just being like OMG EVERYTHING EVAR IS DUE RIGHT NOW. But it's a little addictive! I maaay have a board for every little idea now. >_>
[Poll] When Should I Host Art Streams? 2019-04-09T10:01:00+00:00

Now that things are going back to normal around here, I'd like to get back to hosting art streams again! I really enjoyed streaming via my Twitch and YouTube channels when I was able to do them more last year. It's been so fun to get to know many of you and to get some 'face to face' time to talk about art and share in the geekery!

I want to use streaming to help get me back on schedule with practicing art, working on digital pieces, etc. What would be the best time to catch everyone?

I'm considering hosting a stream twice a week, once in the afternoon and another in the evening so I can catch people in different time zones.

Vote for your favorite time slots/days for the Afternoon and Evening and I'll do my best to schedule around the availability of my Patrons and fans!

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New Improved Secret Shop + Last Chance Enamel Pins!
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I'm so excited to announce the opening of my new, improved Secret Shop! This new shop is powered by Backerkit and will allow you to manage and download any of your Premium Tutorials and Coloring Packs, as well as pick up the Patreon-exclusive items I have on offer!

By now, you should all have received an email from my Backerkit that will act as your 'secret passageway' to my Secret Shop! Save this email for your records so you can always find it when you need it. Didn't get an email? Let me know and I'll sort you out!

(A peek at what the new Secret Shop looks like!)

As with any new system, there may be some bugs!

One major bug I'm aware of already is that your pledges are showing up as $0 on the confirmation page. Please note that your pledges have NOT been dropped! This is simply a display issue within Backerkit that I am working on fixing. Otherwise, everything should be in working order!

If anything acts up for you, drop me a line via PM's, comments, or email and I'll get to squashing the bugs ASAP!

Last Chance for the Lady of Eternity Enamel Pins?

You'll notice in that shop screenshot that the Lady of Eternity enamel pin is the first item you'll see! I didn't want to let this pin go out of stock just yet and wanted to give everyone another chance to help me make them available again!

If at least 30 of you order the pin by APRIL 20th, I'll have enough to buy another bulk order of them to stock in the Secret Shop.

If I don't get enough pre-orders of the pin to fund the run, they will remain out of stock until further notice. She is NOT being retired yet, but I only want to stock her if there is enough demand, which is just smarter for my small business!

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And now after all this toil, I look forward to finally returning to making more art! I'll have a few updates soon on my new art schedule and what new creations you can expect to see next.

Thanks for staying with me through all these updates and changes! Hopefully we'll be settled now and that you enjoy all the improvements. Let me know if you ever have any questions and the like!

Wishing you much love and inspiration!

- Ang

March Wrap-Up: Health Updates, MOAR Coloring Book Updates, etc. 2019-04-06T10:01:00+00:00

Happy weekend, all, and hello, hello to all the new folks who hopped on board my Patreon this month during my pledge drive! Here's my monthly update post to sum up what's been happening around here in March.

I have happy news that my husband finished his radiation treatments in March! His prognosis is a good one and in a few weeks we have a follow-up to learn how effective these treatments have been. For now, we're just breathing a sigh of relief and hoping that things can start getting back to a boring state of normal around here! (If I keep saying it, it will happen, right?)

Coloring Book Updates

Another major item I've been working on this past month is making a standard edition of my coloring book available to the masses! This has proven more challenging than I anticipated, however.

I was going to simply release a version of the book through Amazon's printing service, but a good opportunity came up that would allow me to print a better quality version myself, so I'm currently negotiating this publishing path.

There's a LOT that goes into applying to be a vendor on Amazon instead of merely applying to be an individual seller, as well as printing considerations you must abide by. Did you know that if your barcode isn't scannable through your packaging or that if it is placed incorrectly that your book could be rejected and/or a vendor could be fined by Amazon? No? Me neither!

I'm still doing research so I can make sure I do this right! I'm hoping that when I'm done that it means my book will be available on Amazon for the easiest buying experience and that I would have even more reach than I would on my own!

Posts You May Have Missed This Month

New Additions to My Digital Library

Upcoming Appearances

April 26 - 28 - JordanCon 2019 - Come say hi to me in the dealer's area and check out my original paintings in the Art Show!

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With a sick hubby still suffering from radiation after effects and other backend tasks (preparing for taxes, getting my Patreon ready for Backerkit integration, etc.) I don't have a lot of art to show from March, but I'm hoping to change that in April!

Thanks to everyone who has been here even during the lean art times. It really makes a difference in our lives, especially during these trying times which we're hopefully coming out of now!

Much love and inspiration!

♥ - Ang

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User #4060597 - 6 Apr 19 11:46
Hey, if you need any advice or help with printing or vending, I run a publishing/author services company with some colleagues who have a lot more experience than me, so if I don't know the answer to a question I can always pick their brains. Good luck! I'm glad you were able to find a printer who works, the paper options for print-on-demand (especially Amazon's printers, yuck) really aren't great for coloring books.
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angelasasser - 6 Apr 19 12:34
The inferior quality of the Amazon paper and its lack of a perforation option are exactly why I'm glad I could come up with a different option! It's so kind of you to offer that advice. I'll definitely shoot you a PM soon with some of the concerns I have. The biggest one is that dang barcode compliance, for example!
Welcome New Patrons! + *IMPORTANT* Upgrades Coming to My Patreon 2019-03-25T15:30:16+00:00

First off, I wanted to give a BIG HUG to all the new folks who have come on board this month! Everyone give a big Patreon welcome to Arrow, Elisabeth, Alleyne, Ashley, Kristi, Sam, Maureen, Dizzikat, Melissa, Jorja, and Stephanie!

A few of you are familiar faces I've known for years which really warms my heart. Many of you have also hopped into the Discord where we can all say hi personally and that's been so much fun. Welcome to my Patreon family, everyone!

Upcoming Improvements to My Patreon

Some awesome upgrades to the functionality of my Patreon are coming next month and I wanted to prime old and new Patrons for how this will affect your experience here!

Integration with Backerkit

The most exciting thing coming up is that I'll be integrating this Patreon with Backerkit starting next month!

This Patron management system worked so well when I was doing my coloring book Kickstarter that I immediately jumped on the chance when I heard they were planning to integrate with Patreon as well. If you've supported my coloring book on Kickstarter or other projects using Backerkit, you may already know this system.

Backerkit is basically an easy way for me as a project manager to securely organize and manage your info and Rewards so I can make sure everything reaches my Patrons safely!

What this means for you guys is that those of you who have Rewards like Art Boxes and Premium Tutorials will now be managing those Rewards via a survey that will be emailed to you from my Backerkit. You'll be able to easily find and download your digital files and also able to let me know what you want in your Art Box for each month, for those of you who receive monthly physical Rewards.

Backerkit will also be the new home of my Secret Shop where you guys can peruse my Patreon-exclusive wares! It's all rolling out via email after pledges finish processing next month, so stay tuned!

Art Collector Tier Raising by $5

Shipping fees have gone up this year, which means I wasn't seeing much support from the Art Collector tier, after all was said and done! As such, I'm raising the cost of that tier from $20 to $25 to help offset the cost of shipping. Collectors still get their goodies and I am able to make a little bit more of a profit margin there to benefit from your support. A Win-Win for us both! A note has already been made on the text of the tier itself about the price change so anyone coming in will be forewarned before joining at that level.

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That's a lot happening, but I will be here to help during this transition and I'm confident it's going to make everyone's lives easier!

Once again, thanks to everyone new who has hopped on. I'm excited to continue my creative journey with an ever-growing crowd of art lovers who are as passionate as I am!

Much love,

♥ Ang

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User #2931933 - 26 Mar 19 15:39
Huzzah!!! 🎉 Awesome that you can do this!!
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angelasasser - 26 Mar 19 16:31
Yes I'm stoked! It's been such a great system to help out with Kickstarter that I'm sure it will do wonders for my Patreon as well. :)
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User #2931933 - 26 Mar 19 16:40
I hope it lightens your workload!
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angelasasser - 28 Mar 19 15:20
It's been a LOT of setup this month, to be honest, BUT with the intention that it means a lot of stuff will be automated for me in the future!
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User #2931933 - 28 Mar 19 15:25
Lol aren't all things like that? 😜Good to get that out of the way.
Inspiration Trip: Guo Pei Exhibit at the SCAD Fashion Museum
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Last year, I had the pleasure of going to the exhibit of Guo Pei's amazingly detailed work at the SCAD Fashion Museum exhibit in Atlanta (where I went to grad school for Arts Administration!). I wanted to talk about that visit and how it brought to life the inspiration I've tapped for my Birthstone Goddesses series.

Guo Pei grew up in China and began sewing at a young age. Her gifts went unappreciated, however, as she was creating nonstandard fashions during a point at which Communist laws highly dictated what could be worn. This didn't smother her imagination, though, as she went to the Beijing Second Light Industry School for a degree in fashion and continued to explore her creativity, drawing inspiration from fairy tales, fantasy, and traditional Chinese designs.

Seeing her creations in real life was awe-inspiring! It's one thing to look at photos online and pin them on Pinterest (where I spend a lot of time studying haute couture), but entirely another to be immersed in the gleam of cloth-of-gold, countless embroidered crystals, and elaborate textures.

The entryway to the museum is also a sight to behold with its bright colors and hanging crystals! It's a gleaming portal that invites you into another world, one lined by mirrors that lead you into Guo Pei's waking dreamscape.

Guo Pei's fashion was introduced to the world widely when Rihanna wore this gorgeous gown (which was also on display for this exhibit!)

(Photo from Vanity Fair.)

(The dress' majestic train!)

Guo Pei's dresses conjured dreams with fractal structures worked into dresses and layers of sheer cloth paired with glittering trim. Like my Birthstone Goddesses, her fashions conjure the texture of what can be produced by hand, but push beyond that border into dreamlike surreality, mortal and divine all at once! What better fashions to dress Goddesses in?

This is a philosophy I've also kept in mind while drawing my series, though I probably didn't reach the heights of detail I wish I could have gotten with my Birthstone Goddesses! (Fun Fact: I consider drawing fashions one of my weaknesses and took on this series to help improve my skills, among other reasons).

I don't want to simply copy real-world fashion, but push beyond that border into something unique, imaginative, and reflective of each Lady's aspect.


( One of my favorite dresses of the exhibit made of metal filigree and crystals. )

(This dress gleams with specular highlights because of the genuine silver thread woven into the blue fabric.)

(More gorgeous embroidery mixed with silk flowers!)

(One of Guo Pei's most recognizable dresses inspired by Chinese porcelain wares.)

I took so many photos at this exhibit that I filled up my camera and ran down my battery AND then did the same to my mother's camera! Aside from being a feast for the imagination, this exhibit was also a treasure trove of reference photos for different textures.

You can view an album of all the photos I took at the exhibit here.

If you ever see this exhibit come to a town near you and you have any interest in fashion and artistry, I highly recommend attending! For now, it will remain one of my most vivid and awe-inspiring museum experiences.

- Ang



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Coloring Contest: Verdant Muse
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Happy Saturday, my lovely Patrons! If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the coloring contest happening over at my Facebook group for colorists. From now until the end of April, I invite you to color "Verdant Muse" with us for a chance at prizes!

The contest period will last a little longer this time so you can spend more time enjoying all the little details!

If you missed this coloring page's release, you can find it in my shop or via my Digital Library here on Patreon for those who pledge $5 or more.

I'm excited to see what color schemes you'll try out for this gentle angel!

- Ang

Patreon Pledge Drive! FREE Enamel Pins Unlocking at 100 Patrons
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You may have noticed a new little window on my Patreon page lately about a Special Offer I've recently launched! I thought I'd creep from the Art Cave to hop in front of a camera and tell you a little about it myself. We've hit a major milestone here with the coloring book and it was time to do something special!

A quick summary:

  • Free enamel pins coming to my $10 and up tiers at the end of March!
  • Pins will be unlocked ONLY if this page gets to 100 Patrons by 11:59 pm on March 31st.
  • Already have a pin? You'll get an extra one if they are unlocked unless you opt out! (More info on this soon)

I need YOUR help to spread the word if we're going to reach that 100 Patron goal! Share this post, comment on the video, etc. Let people know how much joy and inspiration my Patreon and art have brought you! You guys are my best supporters and my secret army of minions who will help me take over the world!

I mean uh...fans. Yes!

Let's do this!

- Ang


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Yessss!! Yaaaay!!! ?
Jan + Feb Wrap-Up: Month of Love, Kickstarter Completion, & Vacation Time 2019-03-06T17:02:45+00:00

Wow is it March already??? Time has been flying by while I've been running around doing all the things! I apparently forgot to write my January monthly wrap up, so there's a lot to catch up on! Here's a summary of January and February's happenings and a look at what's going on in March.

The most exciting news from the past couple of months is that I finished shipping ALL of the packages for the coloring book Kickstarter last week! The Kickstarter has been a long-delayed project and I pulled out all the stops to try to get them shipped out ASAP.

This meant completing all of the Limited Edition ink drawings as fast as I could manage without sacrificing quality! You can see a collection of all the ink drawings here, with one more collection coming very soon. My studio was a disaster zone of art and shipping containers. It was a glorious mess!

I also participated as an official artist for the Month of Love art challenge event during February! I was so honored to be featured alongside many talented folks I respect and completed two pieces for the event. It was a pleasure to participate, even if things were a bit time crunched for me this February.

After all this hubbub and a stressful period of cancer scans and radiation prep for my husband, I'm suffering from some massive burnout! I've given myself a week or so off to decompress and try to get my energy levels back up so that I can look at art with some enthusiasm again. Stress and chaos have never been great motivators for me, so I'm hoping some time away from everything playing video games and trying to sloooow down will help me re-energize.

So if you need me, I'll be haunting my Patreon Discord and playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, which I've been looking forward to playing since it came out oh...five years ago. The art and story of this world has always been so inspiring for me, as the art books are some of my top faves in my collection! I'm looking forward to immersing myself in this intriguing story and world and hope to come back out of it inspired towards greatness!

Till then, thanks for hanging with me and thanks so much to the new supporters who have jumped on this month! Every little bit helps keep my head above water so I can keep doing what I love.

Till next time!


- Ang

Coming in March

  • New coloring page release of Verdant Muse for $5 and up Patrons
  • Verdant Muse Coloring Contest hosted over at the FB Coloring Group
  • A Secret Sketchbook Write-Up for Healing Tears
  • Inspiration Trip: SCAD Fashion Museum's Guo Pei Exhibit
  • Plus more perhaps?


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2019-02-28T11:55:05+00:00
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I was packing up the final few coloring book bundles for my Kickstarter folks and realized that we're almost out of stock of the Lady of Eternity enamel pin! I only have TWO left at the moment!

If you've had your eye on one of these pins, now's a good time to snag one as I do not plan to re-stock this design until the next pin pledge drive, which won't be until sometime after I've completed the stickers of the Little Ladies.

So if you want one of these gorgeous pins for your flair and to show your loyalty to my Ladies of the Months project, pick them up at my Secret Shop! The link to this shop is provided in your emailed Thank You note when you become my Patron at any level and features many Patreon-exclusive items, including hand-embellished limited edition prints, magnets, and more!

You can read more about my Secret Shop here.

Now that my Kickstarter books are off to the Post Office, I can finally relax a bit, take a breath, and hopefully get to sharing more art and articles here!

More soon!

- Ang

Ladies of the Months Book Sketch Collection I
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I haven't shared new art in here in what feels like forever! Kickstarter, the holidays, and doc appointments have kept me busy and I profess to having more than a little bit of art block that's been getting me down. Nothing I was drawing for myself was coming out the way I wanted!

But the life of a working artist must go on, regardless of art block! It seems all that I needed to break the dry spell was to let go of my high expectations and let the muse be carried away by the spontaneous nature of the keyword sketch prompts of my Limited Edition coloring books. Each LE Backer provided two keywords that would dictate the subject of the drawing that would go in the front of their book.

I present to you a collection of the first 10 of 50 drawings from the books! Each one has a little bit of flash fiction to go along with it. It seems my writing muse wanted to get in on the action as well! Each was drawn with a combination of Micron and Tradio pens.

1/50 “Wise Wildlife”

The Great Owl, guardian of this sacred space. He holds the key to the knowledge hidden beyond.

2/50 “Angelic Angel”

From the grace & fury of smokeless flame, she came into being with the splendor and beauty of a thousand eyes and a thousand wings, taking shape only so our senses could comprehend her.

3/50 “Angelic Eclipse”

Between the darkness and the light, she exists to make sure neither element falls out of balance. She is both and she is neither all at once.

4/50 “Garden Tarot”

With knowledge as old as trees and wisdom of the deep forgotten things, the cards will bring the wind of things to come from beyond the reach of the Grove’s roots.

5/50 “Star Song”

In ages past, the Elves knew a song that could sing worlds into existence in the mind of all who heard it. Such songs, if you heard them, will be remembered until your dying day.

‪6/50 “Forest God”‬

‪They called him the Green Man, the Horned God, the Kindly One. For all the names, he welcomed visitors with the same smile. Be kind to the woods and the woods be kind to ye.‬

7/50 “Flower Angel”

As each fleeting bloom dies, so does her breath brings life to new buds. Splendor and decay walk hand in hand in the cycle of a flower, always dying, forever beautiful if you know where to look.

8/50 “Forest Fairy”

Falling free amongst the seeds, a forest fairy guides every tiny soul. Infinite as the leaves on the trees and the stars in the sky.

9/50 “Veiled Woman”

If you seek answers, there lives a seer who can only be sought by moonlight. As the Cereus flower blooms, she can glimpse endless knowledge. However, beware her price, for it is steep!

10/50 “Angelic Valkyrie”

For those who die in battle, she prays. Their cries become each blade in her wings, their strength the mettle of her sword. They will never die as long as she carries them.

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That's it for this first collection! As more of my Limited Edition coloring books find homes via my coloring book Kickstarters, I'll add more here. I also think some of these will make excellent coloring pages worth adding to future releases!

I think my favorite is the "Flower Angel" for all her delicate details. What's your favorite?

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I shared most of these as I finished them even earlier via my private Patreon Discord server. If you haven't connected your Discord account to Patreon yet, you should try it! It's my first stop for sharing art, tutorials, inspiration, and chatting directly with my Patrons!

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User #2931933 - 7 Feb 19 13:02
The flower angel!! ? The forest fairy!! ? The angelic valkyrie!! ? These are all so good! Such unique concepts! You're really flexing your creative muscles and making some great things?
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angelasasser - 7 Feb 19 23:36
It felt good to see that I have some ideas still in there! Sometimes during these dry spells it's easy to think there just aren't any good ideas in our brains. So happy I could relax and make something fun (and it shows)!
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User #2931933 - 8 Feb 19 01:45
I don't know that you're in a dry spell--you just have so much going on in the non-painting aspects of the job and you have no time to paint!
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angelasasser - 8 Feb 19 21:52
I think I've been seeing it as a dry spell because I'd really like to sink my teeth into some beautifully painted things, but I've been putting out more sketches and drawings. All the personal pieces I keep meaning to paint have been put on a backburner while everything else has been happening. It's going to be so nice when I can really dig in and paaaaint!
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User #2931933 - 8 Feb 19 22:26
I sooo get that!
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User #13137822 - 16 Feb 19 23:22
I was wondering how to get hold of your colouring books please thanks ?
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angelasasser - 17 Feb 19 16:25
Hi Sahara! Right now, the only available edition of the book is for those who Kickstarted the coloring book back in May. Once all of my Kickstarter Backers have their books, then I will be publishing an edition of the book available for the public on Amazon. This should be happening within the next month or so. Keep an eye out here for the announcement or join up my mailing list at www.angelicshades.com/newsletter to make sure you don't miss out on when the book goes public. Alternatively, all of the coloring pages from the book are available as digital downloads right now via my shop at http://angelicshades.etsy.com OR via pledging to my $5 and up tiers here on Patreon so you can print these off yourself or wait for the book's physical release on Amazon. Either way, thank you for your interest in my work! I'm happy to hear you enjoy my art enough to color it.
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User #13137822 - 20 Feb 19 09:17
Thankyou kindly I’ll check out both Etsy and patreon ;)
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User #2931933 - 7 Feb 19 13:02 - revision 2
The flower angel!! ? The forest fairy!! ? The angelic valkyrie!! ? These are all so good! Such unique concepts! You're really flexing your creative muscles and making some great things?
Coloring Contest - Feb 2019 - Butterfly Guardian
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2019-02-06T13:20:51+00:00
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For my colorists here on Patreon, don't miss out on the inaugural coloring contest I'll be hosting over on Facebook! The winner of the poll I posted last month was "Butterfly Guardian", meaning she is my featured coloring page this month.

Your colored version of this page could win you a print of "Butterfly Guardian", a set of 24 Prismacolor Scholar pencils, and a digital coloring pack of your choice!

Check out this post on Facebook for more details on how to enter!

If you missed the release of the "Butterfly Guardian" coloring page, you can find it available individually here or in my Patreon digital library here.

I can't wait to see how everyone colors my butterfly angel! If this contest does well, I may continue it as a monthly event. We shall see!

Till then, have fun and let the colors flow!

- Ang

* This contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or endorsed by either Patreon or Facebook.

Pledge Processing Delays 2019-02-04T16:39:06+00:00

Hey guys! I wanted to let you know that Patreon has informed me of a pledge processing delay happening right now. They have stated they should have everything sorted out within the next 6 days at most!

Once pledges have fully processed, I'll hop to sending out Art Boxes and any other Rewards! I just wanted to let you all know so you didn't think it was any problem with your payment sources, but rather within Patreon's backend.

It's going to be a prolific month with the coloring books shipping out and my role as an official artist for Month of Love! I can't wait to share what's brewing very soon. :D

Till then!

- Ang

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Inspiration Trip: Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors
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2019-01-28T11:00:02+00:00
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One of the goals I have for this year is to get out of the studio more and to start nurturing my soul more! As much as I do enjoy working alone quietly on art, I feel like after awhile I need to escape my familiar surroundings, constant to-do list, and worldly troubles.

I do believe artists need more than just art to be creative. We're problem solvers and its our life experiences that help us make those seemingly unrelated connections that help us solve visual and creative problems!

I really wanted to see Yayoi Kusama's amazing exploration of lights and space for my birthday last year, but tickets sold out almost as soon as they were released for pre-sale! I was shattered and the only way to get tickets was to hope you could get one of the 100 they would sell each day (which meant an hour drive and bad traffic without the promise of being able to get in). I had given up on actually going until a friend informed me that they wouldn't be able to make their time slot and graciously gave me her two tickets!

So off to museum I went with my mother in tow! We also visited the SCAD Fashion museum beforehand, but I'll save that for the next Inspiration Trip post.

My mom and I in the room of Dots Obsession - Love Transformed into Dots.

Kusama's art invites you into an obsession with form and shape. Polka dots abound alongside countless phallic shapes and psychedelic colors! It is when she discovered the power of installation art that she says she truly found her power of expression.

There are 7 rooms in this exhibit, each exploring the infinite void of vision and the power that losing our sense of self grants us when we realize how small we are. The very first room, entitled The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, overwhelms you with a field of stars blinking brilliantly, only to flicker out to complete darkness. Then, the stars appear once more, restarting the life cycle. (You can see video I took in this room here).

Each room was surprisingly small with room to comfortably fit 3-4 people. At the artist's request, visitors only have 20-30 seconds to appreciate this awe-inspiring site before they must exit! To me, this perfectly reflected Kusama's message of the brevity of life and enjoying fleeting beauty.

The 3rd room, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, was my favorite room! Countless tiny lanterns float in space, flickering gently and receding into a dark expanse. I was reminded of the floating lights of Obon, the festival of lanterns, each lantern representing a soul floating back to its place in the underworld. I thought of my Lady of August, the guide of souls, and thought of her floating among the lanterns.

There was much more to explore in this exhibit that I shall leave as a surprise for those who might view it themselves. The final room in the experience was the Room of Obliteration. This room begins completely white at the start of the exhibit. As patrons complete their experience, they are given a sheet of stickers and asked to adhere the stickers wherever they like! I chose to continue a chain of hanging stickers that other patrons had built coming off of the light fixture.

Room of Obliteration

It's amazing to see how this room has changed and to feel like we're taking a small part in the creation of a piece of art! Everything we as insignificant beings do starts as a raindrop that creates a flood.

My souvenirs from the trip! I enjoy collecting magnets to remind me of fun times when I look at our fridge.

I could have spent much more time in this exhibit, but sadly all things must end. If Yayoi Kusama's exhibit ever comes to a museum or gallery near you, I highly recommend it as an thought-provoking existential and sensory experience.

Vote on February's Coloring Page! 2019-01-24T19:13:55+00:00

After all of the coloring page release for the Ladies, it's about time I return to sharing the coloring pages inspired by my angelic and fantasy art! What image would you like to color next? Vote below on your favorite or write-in the art you'd love to color that's not on the list by choosing 'other' and leaving a comment!

The page that's chosen will be released for sale in my Etsy shop and also as Rewards released here on Patreon for my $5 and up Patrons for February! I'll also be hosting a coloring contest via my Facebook Coloring group where you can win a print of the piece that inspired the coloring page (and possibly some other surprises!).

It's been pretty hectic around here, but I hope to keep releasing new Rewards, including coloring pages, now that things have calmed down a bit!

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User #4060597 - 25 Jan 19 21:07
I love Valediction, I believe I have the original ^.^
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angelasasser - 27 Jan 19 14:31
Valediction is one of my favorites made for Angelic Vision. I am surprised it does not have more votes!
Sketch Collector Tier Closing + Commissions Coming Soon! 2019-01-22T17:04:39+00:00

This is a reminder to everyone that my Sketch Collector tier in which Patrons have been able to reserve monthly sketches from me, as well as get the perks of Premium Tutorials, coloring pages, etc. will be deactivated on the 25th.

If my Sketch Collectors would still like to keep their digital perks, you can choose to keep your pledge the same and select the Rewards you like or you can switch your pledge to the Art Collector tier for just $20 to get a monthly art goodie from me, plus all those sweet digital perks!

Commissions Opening Soon!

While the Sketch Collector tier may be going away, I still want to offer a chance for you all to get custom art! I plan to open limited commission slots in February. Patreon Patrons will get first dibs on all commission slots before they are opened up to the public!

These will be fully polished commissions where you have insight on the final product, revisions, etc. (as the Sketch Collectors only had insight on the topic). Here are the types of commissions I'm currently planning to offer:

  • Full Body Characters - Full body portraits with simple backgrounds like the ones you might see in RPG books or character line-ups.
  • Avatar Portraits - Headshot portraits usually square with simple backgrounds that you could use in DnD Beyond or for other games.
  • Tarot Portraits - Painted portraits with abstract symbolic elements. I love this style and want to do more of it!

Once I have more details about how commissions will work, prices, etc. I'll be sure to post an announcement here. For now, thanks to everyone who pitched into the Sketch Collector tier and gave me such wonderful ideas to play with! Should the tier be activated again, I'll be sure to let you all know.

For now, I look forward to being able to sink my teeth into more polished art and getting more experience with portraits for my gaming portfolio!

Thanks so much for your support!

- Ang

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User #6778924 - 22 Jan 19 17:19
Totally interested in the price of the tarot style, if you'll be open to an anthro dragon creature, and if it will be the current grey and gold style. I might have to start saving up <3
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angelasasser - 22 Jan 19 18:46
I would indeed be open to anthro creatures and plan to have the grayscale with the gold accent with a color version at a higher price point. I'm still getting together the pricing info, but you guys will be the first to know!
Organizing the Chaos 2019 Edition
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With 2019 upon us and my head full of ambitions, I'm admittedly feeling overwhelmed already with all of the things I want to do this year. I want to work towards the calendar, art book, etc, but also finish up many of the pending designs on my Ladies of the Months art list (pins, stickers, etc.) that I talked about before. It's been difficult to know what to do first and trying to figure that out has left me paralyzed like a deer in the headlights!

I usually do a 10 goals list, but I wanted to try something a little different this year to organize the chaos! Lauren Panepinto, an art director I had the pleasure of meeting at IlluxCon some years ago, came to the rescue with her priority chain listing exercise. The gist of the exercise is to write down your biggest goals, then break them down into more actionable bite-sized activities, then prioritize them through their relationship to your big goals that you've also put in priority order. You can read more about how to do this at Lauren's article on Muddy Colors.

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Without further ado, here is my 2019 KICKASS To Do List!

1. Paint Ladies of the Months alternates for the art book.

2. Write/Paint more Song of Exile for portfolio and short stories.

3. DREAM CLIENT Portfolios

- Card Game/ Magic the Gathering Portfolio - Song of Exile, Kushiel's Legacy

- Book Cover Portfolio - Song of Exile, Kushiel's Legacy, fave books, literary canon

- Tabletop Game Portfolio - Song of Exile, The Uncrucified, Our D&D characters

4. Create videos with my art animated and set to music + stories (Learn MotionArtist)

5. Create a study schedule, finish classes, keep practicing!

6. Take an inspiration trip once per month (Atlas Obscura, museums, art openings).

7. Re-write biz plan and promo schedule.

8. Expand shop with new products. Apparel, puzzles, stickers, tabletop aids, cards, bags, etc.)

9. Create commission samples for private clients (portraits, avatars, etc.)

10. Increase Patreon engagement with giveaways, pledge drives, tutorials, etc.

11. Stream more regularly. (Hangouts, study, fan art days, etc.)

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I really liked this take on making a goals list because it helps you be less distracted by random goals and focus on what's really important to you, while also help you figure out what actually has that importance to you. For example, I've been trying to do so many tasks this week, from updating my shop to working on the stickers, when I realize I need to first write my new promotion schedule and business plan out first, since my tasks have changed this year from painting the main set of the Ladies.

Knowing what releases I'll have for the year will also help dictate my release schedule, what I can launch in my shop, etc.

I think it's also helpful to remind ourselves of those Big Goals, those lofty dreams that we're working towards that we sometimes forget about when our nose is close to the grindstone. I'm reminded of one of my favorite motivational speeches from Neil Gaiman where he talks about making a wishlist of all the cool things he wanted to create (ie. write an episode of Dr. Who) and he just crossed them off his list as the years went on. This wishlist kept him motivated and helped him feel like anything he created in service of it was worthwhile, even if the money didn't happen.

Now that I've got some direction, I can start to make sense of the chaos. And now you guys know how bad my handwriting is ha!

So what do you guys do to get organized for the year or for career/business goals? I'd love to hear your techniques in comments!

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User #6631676 - 20 Jan 19 07:10
I really needed some help in this direction so I purchased A for artistic ( interactive goal planner. I also spent most of january just minimizing clutter, putting away things I wasnt going to be using daily and cutting my internet presence down. Which might be counter intuitive but, I found some excitement coming back when I wasnt looking at so many brilliant artists. Im thinking about similar things like how I can polish my professional image, become more productive and have merch to offer.
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angelasasser - 22 Jan 19 01:27
It's been a good time to recuperate and plan! That's the refreshing thing about a new year rolling over giving us that mental anchor point to latch onto. I took a mini break from the internet as well over the holidays for the same reason. It's a lot of energy to keep up with everyone and boy did seeing so many people doing awesome really make me feel more drained that I wasn't quite there yet! I call that 'awesomeness overload' and I've really been fighting it lately. I haven't heard of A for Artistic. Do you have a link? I'm very curious! It sounds like you're making some good moves for yourself to maintain focus, sanity, and direction. Best of luck to you and thanks for taking the time to comment and share with me!
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