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Only 2 Left!  Lady of Eternity Enamel Pins
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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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2019-02-07T11:00:01+00:00
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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?

PS.

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!
Ladies of the Months Art Book Tease
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This year is going to be an exciting time! With the main set of paintings now complete for the Ladies of the Months, it's time for me to move on to the next phase of this project I've been looking forward to for a long time!

The Alternate Ladies

When I was first creating my main paintings for the Ladies of the Months series, there were a lot of concepts I had to ditch either because they didn't fit the Art Nouveau style or there were just too many concepts that I had to choose something different!

Now, the Ladies of the Months art book I'm planning presents me with an opportunity to indulge these ideas and break the rules of Art Nouveau! I'm planning several alternate pieces for a few of my Ladies that are going to be darker, more surreal, more conceptual, and more painterly in nature.

For example, when I originally thought of Lady of March's concept as the Lady of Resurrection, I thought of her connection to water, her power over life and death. I got the image of this Lady submerged in water, with her reflection showing her connection to death. This was incorporated as a very subtle skeleton in her original painting, but in her alternate, I'd like to make this theme even stronger.

Lady of March's Alternate Painting Thumbnails.

This is just one example of how I'm going to push the concepts of the Ladies to be something even more conceptual, more dark and beautiful, and frankly more of the kind of art I want to be painting!

Supplemental Art

In addition to these alternate paintings, each section of the book dedicated to a Lady will feature spot images tied to her theme. I want each section to be a sacred devotion to Her and the spiritual aspects she represents and to highlight her associated stones and flowers.

More to Come!

I'll be revealing more of this art as the project evolves, with more creative notes being shared exclusively with my Patreon Patrons.

I hope you all are as excited about this ambitious endeavor as I am! It's going to be the capstone of this project and I can't wait to show you more!


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User #2931933 - 17 Jan 19 20:20 - revision 4
Yes yes yes!!! I am SO excited for this! You rock! ??
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User #2931933 - 17 Jan 19 20:20
Yes yes yes!!! I am SO excited for this! You rock! ??
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angelasasser - 17 Jan 19 21:05
oh man there is so much amazingness to get started on this year! I can't waaait.:D
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User #2931933 - 17 Jan 19 21:25
You have great things ahead! I'm so excited to see what you come up with!
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User #2931933 - 17 Jan 19 20:20 - revision 2
Yes yes yes!!! I am SO excited for this! You rock! ??
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User #2931933 - 17 Jan 19 20:20 - revision 3
Yes yes yes!!! I am SO excited for this! You rock! ??
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User #7695874 - 18 Jan 19 20:27
Gorgeous
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angelasasser - 22 Jan 19 19:03
Thanks, Tiffany!
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User #94084 - 22 Jan 19 18:11
This is going to be so amazing! I'm sooooo excited to see how you interpret each lady in darker / conceptual / fantastical ways. I am obsessed with that first thumbnail. So cool!
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angelasasser - 22 Jan 19 19:05
I've been thinking about it for a very long time now. That first thumbnail came in so loud and clear when I first started painting Lady of March years ago! It's exciting to finally indulge in this direction. I'm hoping it's a good bridge between the dark and the beautiful aspects of the Ladies and the art I want to include in the book.
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User #1015274 - 22 Jan 19 17:34
Really cool sketches! Love the second one
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angelasasser - 22 Jan 19 19:04
Thanks, Olivia! I love them both. It's so hard to choose between them!
[POLL] Book Club Posts? 2019-01-10T17:20:21+00:00

It's the new year and that usually means I will be taking stock of ways I can improve this Patreon and make your experience here one that you enjoy! I realize I've only really been sharing WIPs and Project Status updates and I really wanted to bring a little more flavor to my feed!

If you guys didn't know already, I really LOVE to read, but I've been so bogged down with IRL stresses that I've simply fallen out of it. I've challenged myself to get that bookworm spark back this year!

And so I got a couple of ideas of how I can share here on Patreon while also motivating myself to keep reading! I could share 'book club' posts of the things I like to read with you all. They would be Early Access posts, meaning Patrons would get the first chance at reading along and participating with me before the posts go live to the public a week later

Or would you all rather I keep things exclusive? Let me know in comments!

I had a couple of ideas for just what kind of 'book club' posts I could do!

Art & Creativity Books

First off, reading books like Fear and Art, Artist As Brand, etc. earlier on in my career helped me out so much with my artistic journey. I used to write 'read along' posts on my art blog to talk about my impressions of the books and share how they applied to my own journey. This was a useful meditation for me! Maybe these posts might help and inspire you all as well?

Fantasy Novels + Sketch Compilations

I've also been wanting to feed my muse more fantasy novels! I love great characters and well-built worlds and know experiencing these kinds of books will inspire me as both an artist AND a writer!

In addition to simply reading, I'd love to practice my visualization skills by sketching whatever cool characters, scenes, alternate covers, etc might come to mind much like how Dan Dos Santos did for the Name of the Wind. I could then share the compilation sketches with my thoughts on the books.

What do you think?

Do these kinds of posts sound interesting? Vote in the poll and let me know what you want and share in the comments if you have any other ideas!

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User #2931933 - 10 Jan 19 22:07
Great ideas!! For me, testaments of books on Art and Creativity are what really push me to buy a book and read it (of books in that genre). I recently bought one Kiri Leonard suggested cos she wrote a nice write up on it that I could relate to. (Also helps cos some of the graphic design on these books don't grab me) Also, fan art or sketches of what people read really is what draws me in to fantasy novels. Grace P. Fong did some fantastic fan art that got me into TWO different authors! I wouldn't have read them otherwise. Anyways, your ideas are great and i think blogging about it will help push you to read because your Patrons are "expecting" a post (at least it is what would drive me).
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User #2931933 - 10 Jan 19 22:09
Also, keep it Patreon exclusive, because the content you create and time you put into your posts is valuable and you need to get paid for your time.
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angelasasser - 10 Jan 19 22:41
It seems like these posts would definitely be enjoyable for folks! I'm pondering the most about exclusivity now. I want my Patrons to feel special, but then what will I have to share on social media? I've been pondering creative ways to do this! Perhaps only share book reviews based on my read alongs publicly and keep the book club private? Perhaps share only the sketch compilations with my thoughts on the books exclusively on Patreon, but still show sneak peeks of some of the sketches on social media? It's so tough splitting up the material sometimes!
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User #2931933 - 10 Jan 19 22:51
Oooh good point! Public review at the end showing highlights, and book club private is a good solution. And maybe public sketch compilation sneaks as you read a fantasy novel would be good and serial to get people interested in the next post.
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User #2931933 - 10 Jan 19 22:51
But keep your public review spoiler free til done
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User #96198 - 10 Jan 19 17:26
I would totally be game for a book club of sorts! Especially if they are for books that can be useful for writers as well ;) Maybe like overall carreer/creative things like The Dip by Seth Grodin or Life Without Envy by Camille DeAngelis?
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angelasasser - 10 Jan 19 17:35
I know "On Writing" and "Invisible Ink" have both been so helpful for me! I wouldn't mind exploring those as well. I haven't heard of the ones you mentioned! I shall have to look them up.
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User #94084 - 11 Jan 19 01:50
I LOVE this idea! I've been meaning to read more art books, and looking to find some more great fantasy to read so this sounds like something that I will enjoy as a patron and something I will find useful as a person!! ❤️
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angelasasser - 11 Jan 19 15:34
That's what I love to hear, Vanessa! Now it looks like I better get to reading. :D
A Year in Review + Updated Art List
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No doubt, it's been one of the most challenging and epic years here on Patreon! You guys have helped me through a very difficult personal time with the medical challenges my husband and I have faced. I've also been able to complete the monumental task of finishing my very first physical coloring book! I took part in another successful card game Kickstarter and have grown so much this year with the work I've been doing (just look at that montage above!).

But even that work didn't feel like enough when I found myself crippled by stress and anxiety over our medical woes and unable to focus as much as I would've liked. The words of encouragement you left us and the fact that many of you have stuck around to support this Patreon has really kept me going this year! Your kindness goes a very long way. Here are some of the things you all helped me do in 2018:

  • Pay our utility bills once medical bills became too much for us.
  • Pay for ads to help boost my art biz.
  • Invest in new product inventory for conventions.
  • Successfully Kickstart my first coloring book, which I couldn't have done without your signal boosting and support!

After the difficult year that was 2018, things are looking up and my husband's health has continued to improve. Without that stress hanging over us, I'm hoping I can focus on making a comeback in 2019 with some very ambitious goals! Here's what I want to roll out to you here on Patreon this year:

  • More Behind the Scenes videos.
  • More live art streams.
  • The Artist FAQ Video Series.
  • Early Access to Commission Slots for Patrons

With the main series of paintings completed for the Ladies of the Months, I'm hyped to begin building up to the Art Book I want to make happen next, plus some of the other art merch I'm planning! Here's a look at the creations I'm hoping to make this year:

  • The Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar (FINALLY!)
  • Sticker Sets of the Little Ladies of the Months
  • Enamel Pins of each of the Ladies of the Months ( + gem-encrusted deluxe versions!)
  • Alternate Lady Paintings for the Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Cosplay Charts for each Lady
  • New Premium Tutorial Videos (ie. painting walkthroughs of each Lady & her mask)
  • Standalone Paintings of each Lady's Window Design

Can I make all of this happen this year? We shall see! As ever, I look forward to sharing each step of the way with you, my lovely Patrons! I couldn't do half of what I have done without being able to focus on what I love thanks to your encouragement and support.

Do you have any crazy ambitions for 2018? What are you looking forward to the most from this Patreon? What would you like to see more of from this Patreon in 2019? Share in comments!

Now let's start making this year amazing!



Ang's 2018 Summary of Art
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The end of the year and the beginning of a new year is always an introspective time for me. It's that time where I look back and take stock of where I've gone and look forward to where I'm going! I wanted to take you all on a tour of this year's greatest hits. It's been a pretty prolific year for me, artistically!

JANUARY - Anko's Determination


Anko, my Warlock Tiefling who loves to bake, came onto the scene a few years ago for my husband's Dungeons & Dragons campaign and I've loved watching her grow from meek young girl to a strong capable mage. This image represented a pivotal moment in her development where she and the party faced off with an enemy that had no regard for innocent lives. Anko learned to fight for what she thought was right and that she was more capable than she realized! The resulting drawing of this moment flowed out of my pencil without much effort and remains my favorite drawing of Anko.

FEBRUARY - Lady of October Thumbnail Sketches

The next few months were consumed with research and study for the Lady of October, starting with her thumbnail sketches. This Lady was a bit different from her sisters in that she was much more mystical. I agonized for a long time making a composition that was different enough from Lady of November, who also had a similar holiday theme in the Day of the Dead, while this Lady is more Samhain.

MARCH - Lady of October Fashion Design

More Lady of October! She was a unique challenge with her billowing sheer outfit and I deliberated a long time trying to nail down her look.

APRIL - Lady of October

The Lady of October finally arrived! I experimented with gray inks for the first time with this piece trying to find a way to create mist and subtlety with pen and ink. She also marked the completion of the Ladies of the Months main series of paintings, one of my major accomplishments for this year!

MAY - Ladies of the Months Headers

May was a prolific month! I Kickstarted the Ladies of the Months coloring book while feverishly creating all twelve header images to boost the campaign. It felt good to take the completed designs for the Ladies that I had agonized over for years and just have good fun with them! Lady of December's header was my favorite from the bunch, but you can see all twelve here.

JUNE - The Lady of Slaughter

Created for a Patreon request, this sketch allowed me to draw on an old love for Egyptian mythology that I had never really expressed in art before. It felt good to return to these beloved stories from my childhood and indulge in that old love!

JULY - The One Who is Above

The Egyptian sketch requests from my Patreon Patron continued resulting in some of my unexpected favorites from this year! You can see the whole triptych of Egyptian gods here.

AUGUST - The Rose Seelie

This month saw the creation of the Rose Faeries, my pair of cards for the Olde Fae card game based on Old Maid. It also marked a glorious return to creating more fantastical images, which I had been sorely missing!

SEPTEMBER - Fury of the River Goddess

Sometimes those quick sketches just work out! This request for a Patreon Patron's river goddess made me realize this is the kind of thing I want more of in my RPG/Game portfolio and also showed me what strong shapes and contrast can do in a composition. The rest of this month was spent converting the Ladies headers from the previous month into line art for the coloring books extra pages.

OCTOBER - The Little Ladies of the Months

October was another flurry of productivity creating extra art for the coloring book! Lady of September here was my favorite of the bunch as I felt had the best balance of a dynamic pose and filling up the space of the medallion in an interesting way. You can see the whole set of twelve Little Ladies I created during this month here.

NOVEMBER - Anko's Determination (Colored)

I realized during this month that I had fallen into a slump. I was really burnt out after working on so much material for the book and it had been a very long stressful year with my husband's cancer diagnosis in August and hospitalization for heart problems in February. Whenever my morale is low, I turn to games and original characters who always lift my mood. After spending several months ignored, Anko finally got her first ever colored portrait!

DECEMBER - Exalted Secret Santa

The burnout slump continued and I've been trying to take it easy this month to enjoy life and family! Doing the Exalted Secret Santa every year has been such a fun way to connect with one of my favorite fan communities and cool tabletop universes. It's always exciting to see how my partner interprets my characters, as well! You can see what my Secret Santa partner did for me here.

What's Next?

It's funny that while I was very productive this year, I still feel like I didn't do enough! There were a lot of days spent forcing myself past those mental slumps feeling like everything was a disaster because it was supposed to be easier or finished long before it was or I wasn't 'strong' enough to work past my mental blocks and tiredness to make more than I did.

I have to remind myself that I am not a machine and that sometimes life is going to get you down. It's ok to spend your time with loved ones instead or work on a personal piece to make yourself feel better. In the end, well-being is more precious! A hard lesson for this workaholic who was always taught that my self-worth lies in my productivity levels.

Next year, I'm very much looking forward to exploring the more conceptual paintings I have planned for the Ladies and diving deep into that fantastical element I've been hankering for in my work! I also want to get back to studying more, as I feel I've really let my fundamental skills languish.

I have a lot of exciting art goals for 2019, but I'm going to save those for a New Years post!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this year's work! What was your favorite piece of mine this year? Did you create any favorite pieces of your own? Let me know in comments!

Much love and inspiration!

- Ang

Happy (Belated) Holidays!
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I know I'm getting this message out to you a day after Christmas, but I just wanted to say happy holidays to all of my Patreon Patrons and Followers! My husband and I got four glorious days off to just enjoy tranquil quiet time with video games and spent Christmas with the family, which my husband (who loves to cook) made matcha and chocolate chip cheesecakes!

It wasn't a fancy Christmas, but it was a quiet one. After our tumultuous year and the stress of waiting on a cancer diagnosis (still waiting on Kev's final treatment course), we're just happy to spend boring quiet time appreciating the joy and light of the season!

Holidays can be rough for so many reasons and I wanted to give you all big hugs! Thanks for being there for us and encouraging us! I hope The Gift Giver from my Spirits of Winter can bring you a little light and love in return as we tick down the final days of the year.

I'll be back with December's Sketch Collection and to do my year end wrap-up and art goals posts, but for now, I just wanted to chime in and thank you all!

Much love!

- Ang

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I nearly forgot to share November's sketches! I did something a little unorthodox and combined two sketch requests together into one, which was a thing I hadn't thought about, but that I enjoyed doing!

The Monk and the Druid

For the above sketch, Mei and Nansaidh are back kicking butt! You can watch this sketch come to life at the recording of the livestream here.

Queen of Foxes

The next sketch in the batch was gift art for the talented Emybun, of her character, Irys. The request was to draw her in queenly attire and I was more than happy to oblige with haute couture galore!

You can watch a stream of this sketch as it was made here.

I hope you enjoyed this little collection of what my Sketch Collectors have challenged me with. I'm looking forward to seeing what December will bring!

- Ang

Status NOV 2018 - Book Updates & Upcoming Appearances 2018-12-07T19:21:15+00:00

November, November! Yet another month went by WAY too quickly. This was a month of rest and healing for us while I took some desperately needed downtime and celebrated Thanksgiving with friends and family. There's nothing like a very difficult year to make you appreciate the people around you even more. So thank you to everyone who supported me this month and sent encouragement!

Tis the season for convention applications as well, so fingers crossed that I am accepted into MomoCon and Anime Weekend Atlanta! I'd love to take this new shiny thing we've built together with the Ladies of the Months and start getting them out into the world. Maybe I'll see some of you in person as well if you're in the area?

This year has single-handedly been the toughest year for personal reasons and the most ambitious for professional reasons. I'm hoping the only direction we can go now is up!

Current Projects

My main focus until further notice is to finish up the Ladies of the Months Coloring Book! Here's the progress I've made thus far. Everything that's been bolded is a new status change for this month.

The individual tasks for the coloring book include:

  • Await and approve proof. Expected turnaround time is 3 weeks. (DONE!)
  • Order all the add-ons and organize fulfillment bundles.
  • Ship all the things.
  • Get the coloring book submitted to Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing format for standard edition distribution.
  • Get the digital bundles of the Ladies' coloring pages up on Etsy.


Recently Completed


Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down on delivering my coloring book Kickstarter. We might not see these happening till next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book


Upcoming Appearances

- April 26th - 28th, 2019 - JordanCon - I'll be in the dealer's area and in the Art Show! I'll have the Ladies of the Months at my table, with my original fantasy characters displayed in the Art Show and print shop. If you love writing, Wheel of Time, Brandon Sanderson, and the like, this is a great little show for you!

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It's been yet another crazy busy month. Kickstarters are hard work, ya'll! I'm looking forward to taking a much needed breather for the holidays now that the majority of the difficult work is done.

Till next month!

- Ang

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Happy Monday, all! Can you already believe it's December? It's been a productive year and I've learned a lot!

This Patreon is always evolving and this year saw the launch of the Sketch Collector tier here on my Patreon. This has been an exciting chance for Patrons to collect art at a very affordable price while letting me practice my drawing skills and have fun with new and interesting characters!

Now that we've had some time to settle in with this new tier, I've established a few guidelines to make the process easier for everyone:

  • I spend between about an hour and a half on each sketch once you tally up gesture drawing and finalizing. I cannot work longer than this on correcting or fixing the sketches as they are meant to be quick spontaneous sketches that are drawn on the fly.
    Anatomy and other elements may not be perfect.

    I will not make corrections afterwards unless they were an important element I simply forgot to include, but fully welcome you to alter your sketches yourself, if you'd like! They are yours to do with for personal non-profit purposes after they are complete and I'm happy to provide the .PSD files for alteration upon request.

  • I will do my best with the topics, but no refunds will be given for sketches that you are unsatisfied with. This is the gamble we make to keep these sketches affordable. If you are looking for more control and input on the final product, keep an eye out for when I open up for full commissions, which will allow you to suggest corrections and have more control of the appearance of the final art.

  • Suggestions should be simple. If a suggested topic includes a character with complex clothing, details, or other elements involved, there is a chance the final sketch will be rough or looser in an attempt to fit everything in. The simpler the better. Notice how the examples above are mainly bust images with more implied and painterly clothing elements with characters that do not involve a lot of complex props or background elements.

  • Multiple characters are allowed if you decide to bank sketches! I will spend the same amount of time on them as if I were doing two sketches (about 2.5 hours). Please remember to also keep these prompts simple as well for the same reasons as mentioned in the previous guideline. The max amount of characters I will allow to be included in this manner is TWO.

    Example: A Patron pays for the Sketch Collector tier in November, but does not have anything drawn for them that month. They can then request a sketch with two characters for December.


  • NSFW topics are allowed, but they are not my specialty. I'm much more practiced at artistic nudes than sensual scenes, so request sensual topics at your own risk! When in doubt of if a sensual topic will work or be something I'm comfortable with, feel free to drop me a message to discuss.

  • High res JPG files are provided for your use! Make avatars, sigs, or whatever you like out of them as long as they are used for non-profit purposes. If you ever would like to use a sketch for a commercial purpose, we can negotiate that use separately.

If any of my current Sketch Collectors find these guidelines to be not to their liking, I completely understand if you need to lower or cancel your pledges. Those who choose to stay, I'm always excited to see how you'll challenge my muse for the next sketch jam!

Thanks for being awesome, Patrons and Followers!

- Ang

D&D Portrait - Anko Xelkova
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And now for something completely different! I thought you all might enjoy seeing a character portrait I completed over Thanksgiving break. With all of the craziness of this year, playing Dungeons & Dragons with my friends every other weekend has been an important escape for my husband and I!

My husband is the Dungeon Master of our merry little band, while I play this gal, a Tiefling Warlock of the Fiend. Anko grew up in a Tiefling ghetto where many of her race consider it taboo to practice magic, as their mage ancestors once dabbled with fiends, resulting in their Tiefling 'abomination'.

That was never enough for Anko, who was always curious about how magic could improve the lives of her and her loved ones. She also enjoys baking and helps her family with their small bakery to keep their poor neighborhood fed. Her adventures with the party have helped her escape her fear of racism and gain confidence as a fledgling mage (now a level 20 through their epic world-saving adventures!).

Anko has been a delight to play as I've grown with her as she's matured into a stronger person. It gives me hope I can do the same for myself in real life and bring happiness and comfort to others as well the way she does!

I drew the original sketch back in January and never got around to finishing it till now.

And here's a detail shot so we can appreciate those freckles!

I know this isn't like the other art I share here, but I figured you all might enjoy it anyways! I've also shared more in-depth WIPs over on my Patreon Discord server, which all Patrons should have access to.

Everyone needs something that refreshes their creative well and tabletop RPG's have been that therapy for me since I was a high school kid.

Do you guys play games? Which ones? What kind of character do you play? If not, what's your creative outlet? Feel free to geek out with me! I love to hear about this kind of stuff.

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Are you a $5+ Patron? Do you want a PSD file of this drawing to study? Let me know in comments and I can share it for you guys, but only if there's actually some demand for it.

Holiday Shop is Open + Cyber Week Sale!
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I love this time of year, ya'll! We get to pull out all the glittery things and make all the fresh cookies! Not that I need an excuse to make cookies, but extra reasons to bake cookies are always welcome, right?

Limited Time Holiday Art

As is tradition, I have released my Spirits of Winter from their vault! These holiday art selections will be in my shop as prints, greetings cards, etc. until January 1st, where they will be vaulted until the next holiday season rolls round, so collect your favorites today!

Cyber Week Sale!

I am also participating in the Cyber Week Sale event on Etsy! ALL of my shops for Fantasy Art, Artisan Crafts, and Art Nouveau will all have 15% off for everyone, including non-Patrons, until November 26th (excluding digital items). It's a great time to stock up on art gifts for the holidays and to procure some of my limited time greeting cards and prints before they're gone!

"December's Window", one of my favorite pieces from the Spirits of Winter series.

This week is Thanksgiving, so I'm taking a little time to appreciate family, relax, and eat some pumpkin cheesecake, our yearly specialty.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and hope to be back soon re-energized and ready for the arting!

- Ang

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Today is the official #ThankYouPatrons day! I've been on this site very nearly since the beginning of Patreon. In the beginning, I really struggled to find my footing and establish myself here. Many of you have been here since those first days when I was still bringing my myriad of art styles together, before I embraced the Ladies of the Months and tied all those strings of inspiration together.

You guys have helped me do so much along the way, including (but not limited to):

  • Invest in new equipment, like a stand for recording with my webcam.
  • Pay my gas and internet bills when we didn't have the money.
  • Pay for ads to help grow my 1-person business.
  • Pay for new artist quality paints that made my Ladies of the Months the best they could be!
  • And so much more!

Really, I can't tell you how much it's meant to me! Life has been rough for a long time now, but you all have been there to encourage and support me. So much of an artist's job is channeling our pure positivity and trusting that everything will work out, somehow. This is the painting process. This is an independent artist's life.

So, thank you! You all are so special!

Thank you so much!

- Ang



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Yay! Thank you for working tirelessly with excellent skill and scholarship to provide us with beauty and education! <3
Status OCT 2018 - New Digital Rewards & Coloring Book Updates 2018-11-13T19:08:01+00:00

Wow October has been a whirlwind, ya'll (but in a good way as compared to the months before it). I've managed to finish all the work for the coloring book (more on that below) and exist for a month without any disasters happening!

I'm not going to press our luck too much, but we are so thankful my husband is in good health! His next tests are in December to evaluate how much radiation he will need. Here's hoping that our luck continues to hold! Now, on to all the groovy things that happened in October!

New Items in My Patreon Digital Library

With all of the extra pages I've completed for the coloring book, I've also added them all to the digital archive of coloring pages here on Patreon for my $5+ Patrons! Here's a preview of what I've added recently:


Current Projects

My main focus until further notice is to finish up the Ladies of the Months Coloring Book! Here's the progress I've made thus far. Everything that's been bolded is a new status change for this month.

The individual tasks for the coloring book include:

- Complete new pages for the Stretch Goals (DONE!)

- Send book off to the printer (DONE!)

- Await and approve proof. Then receive final books! Expected turnaround time is 3 weeks.

Recently Completed Projects

- The Rose Fae Set for the Olde Fae card game. Check out the finished paintings here. If you missed out on the Kickstarter for the Olde Fae card game, you can pre-order a set via Pledge Manager for the next week or so.


Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down on delivering my coloring book Kickstarter. We might not see these happening till next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book

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I also want to wish a hearty hello to the new Patrons who joined us this month! I'm so glad to have you hear and so grateful to those of you who have been spreading the word about my little corner of Patreon. Don't forget to claim your Discord rewards so you can come chat and hang out with us and share inspiration and resources in my private Discord server!

Till next month, I can't wait to share the new books with you all!

Much love!

- Ang

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Here's a round-up of the sketches I created for my Sketch Collectors in October! This month offered an exciting round of characters from the Dungeons & Dragons and Exalted settings.

Imperian Prince Mertean

Introducing the psionic half-Elf, Imperial Prince Mertean from a family of NPC's I have been drawing over the past few months for my Sketch Collector, Quinn. This Patron has been using these sketches as visual aids for the players in his Dungeons & Dragons campaign, which makes me all kinds of happy!

King of the Four Poles

The King of the Four Posts, Zenith Caste, Syn, manifesting the four arms of the Sun, which also poetically mirror the arms of his demonic heritage. Syn is from the Exalted setting by Onyx Path Publishing. This character belongs to Adon and you can see more of him on his art tumblr!

Nansaidh the Druid

A most glamorous human Druid from Dungeons & Dragons drawn for a Patreon Patron. She wears a symbol of The Morrigan.

Clementine the Sorceress

An Elf Sorcerer from Dungeons & Dragons! This character was described as happy and naive with a penchant for fire so I tried to channel that into her bubbly pose.

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If you missed the streaming sessions where I created these drawings live, you can watch them on my YouTube channel! Follow me there or on Twitch to be notified of when I'm painting live again.

As ever, if you'd like to usurp my muse for a sketch, keep an eye on when my Sketch Collector tier here on Patreon opens up again! I'll post a notice when I have available slots, but for now I all slots are taken.

[Updated Post] Little Ladies of the Months Line Art Collection
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This post was accidently sent out before I was finished writing. Here's the updated complete post!

With Inktober behind us, I wanted to share a collection of all of the Little Ladies I completed during this past month! I had much fun condensing what made each Lady iconic and special down into a dose of cuteness. Those who pledge at $1 or more can also read the creative process and design behind these little lovelies in my Secret Sketchbook, so don't miss out! You'll also get to vote on fun things like creative decisions, what I work on next, etc.

Stickers Coming Soon!

Now's a good time to remind everyone of the plans I have for these darlings! The line art of these Little Ladies will be included in the Ladies of the Months Coloring Book. Next, I'll be coloring these lovelies so that I can make them into stickers! With the help of Patrons, we unlocked these stickers as gifts some time ago. When they are finally complete and formatted as stickers, everyone pledging at $10 and up will have a choice their favorite seasonal set of Little Ladies, Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter sent to them at no cost! The stickers are still a little ways off until I can wrap up the coloring book Kickstarter and have time to devote to coloring them. I'll send out a notice when the deadline is for getting in on this sweet sticker deal so you don't miss out on snagging yours. It'll be a little while yet!

New Coloring Pages + New Coloring Group on Facebook

I'll also be posting digital coloring pages of the Little Ladies for my $5 and up Patrons this week! This past month, I also opened up a new group on Facebook where you can share any of the coloring pages that you finish with your own colors. Join up here and start sharing your colored pages today! I'd love to see how your imaginative colors!

You can also get in on the discussion by telling me about what page you can't wait to color first from the Ladies' book here. I'm hoping to host coloring contests and other fun activities there too, so don't miss out!

I'll have more updates soon as the coloring book starts coming together and I start gearing up for the next phase of the Ladies of the Months series. Till then, enjoy this collection of the final line art for each Little Lady!

Which one is your favorite? Is she still the same favorite from the original series of paintings? (I really love September of the Little Ladies when November was my original fave!)


Sketch Collection SEP 2018 - Soldiers and Elves
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September's Patreon Sketch collection features more amazing characters from my Sketch Collectors!

In this sketch, Meiko the monk returns, this time with a heroic profile shot. Knowing that this character has a tattoo of the heart sigil of the goddess Hanali Celanil how could I resist drawing a back view to show off this interesting detail?

You can watch a video recording of the live stream I did of this painting as it was made here. I talk D&D and ramble about art!

Next, we have the sister of Empress Emelia from last month, Caelyn. While her sister specializes in wits and strategy, Caelyn's skills lie in her martial aptitude. It felt right to make Caelyn's portraits match Emelia's!

I also recorded a stream with voice over of this piece which you can see here.

Rounding out this month's sketches was Suma, the fearsome and lovely river goddess from the Exalted RPG setting. The request was to make a matching image to fit in with the set of King and Queen portraits I've been creating for Adon in the past. What says regal queen of rivers better than a dress made of water?

You can also watch a video with voice over of this piece here!

That's all for September's sketches! If you're interested in commissioning your own sketch commission, keep an eye out for an announcement when slots become available. Right now, I have a limit of 4 slots while my project load is so heavy, but once my coloring book is done, I plan to raise this limit!

Till next time, I hope you've enjoyed the product of September's muse usurpation!

- Ang


SEP 2018 Status - New Original Art Archive + New Coloring Pages
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After the doozy that was the last couple of months, I'm really happy to report that we're doing much better! The most stressful part of life (waiting on my husband's test results and fearing the worst) is over and now we can focus on his treatment and recovery.

We still need to wait before treatment can begin, but at the very least, the great weight of fear that he may be terminal has been lifted, as his cancer is very treatable! Thanks to everyone who sent their love and support during this really stressful time!

Life is slowly returning back to normal and I've been hard at work catching up on sketches for Sketch Collectors and catching up on the coloring book's progress.

New Original Art Archive

I have quite a few paintings and drawings that have simply aged out of being art I want to display on my site and shop. However, they're still in need of happy homes rather than hiding in my studio closet! I've created an Album on Facebook where I'll be collecting all of my originals I am willing to part with featuring art that is in my shop but also art that will never appear in my shop. Feel free to comment to claim one for yourself and Share the Album with your Friends! I'd love to be your Friend on Facebook too, just drop me a message and let me know who you are once you send me a request.

I may in the future work on a way that Patreon Patrons can have first dibs on original art I post, if that's something you all are interested in. What do you think?

New Coloring Pages for Patrons Coming Soon

I finished creating the coloring pages of the Ladies' fashion plates for my upcoming Ladies of the Months coloring book this month, which means that I'll be uploading all the pages here for my $5+ Patrons in the next few days! I can't wait to see how you guys will play with their wardrobe colors!

Speaking of the coloring book. Onwards to status updates! I've bolded all the things which have changed in the past month.

Current Projects

My main project right now is getting the Ladies of the Months coloring book out to the Kickstarter Backers! I have no other side projects, commissions, or appearances planned until this goal is met and will be focusing solely on getting this epic task completed on schedule!

The individual tasks for the book include:

- Stretch Goal #1 - 12 pages of line art of header images (DONE!)

- Stretch Goal #2 - 12 pages of line art of fashion plates. DONE!

- Stretch Goal #3 - 12 pages of line art of chibi Ladies (Pending).

- Complete Book Layout for Print (front cover complete, the rest Pending)

- Printed book proof and printing. (Awaiting final layout).

- Pack and ship! (Thermal printer acquired. Awaiting printed books!)

Recently Completed Projects

- The Rose Fae Set for the Olde Fae card game. Check out the finished paintings here. This game is now live on Kickstarter and has successfully funded! We're currently working towards Stretch Goals for another enamel pin to go with the game, plus other perks. Check it out here!

Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down on delivering my coloring book Kickstarter. We might not see these happening till later this year or next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book

That's all for my September update. I'm looking forward to diving into creating the Chibi Ladies this month. I've been waiting a long time to be able to play with these cute versions for my asture Ladies!

As ever, I am so grateful for all of you for your support in helping make our lives a little easier with your encouragement. Your pledges, no matter how small, make a big difference in our lives.

Much love!

- Ang

Aug 2018 Sketch Collection - Elves and Goddesses
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August was a very trying month for myself and my husband, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Add the pressure of a huge convention like DragonCon on top of that and you have a recipe for delays.

Thankfully, my Sketch Collectors here are some of the coolest people on the planet and dutifully waited for their sketches despite my lateness in delivering them! You guys also gave me so much moral support and I have to tell you that means a lot when a person is pulled in a lot of directions by stress.

In repayment for your kindness, I put a little extra oomph and detail into this month's sketches for my Sketch Collectors.

First up, we have KittyEmpress' Dungeons & Dragons character, Meiko, a kickass Elven monk. I took cues from the goddess, Hanali Celanil, for this character's design, as she wears the goddess' mark on her back. I was so excited to begin my queue with a D&D character, considering my own return to the game in recent years with my Tiefling Warlock! I'm really enjoying having more tabletop characters to draw, as it's a passion of mine.

Next up was another Elf of the Half-Elf variety for Quinn. With a pedigree of visual inspiration sources like Cersei of Game of Thrones and Princess Zelda from Legend of Zelda, how could I not love this one? Her written description dripped elegance and a subtle kind of power that I hope I've properly captured in visual form!

The final character in the queue was Chris' beautiful and ruthless river goddess, Suma, from the Exalted RPG setting (another tabletop RPG close to my heart). She was a joy to paint with her water and warrior themes! Chris has also drawn lovely art of this character you should check out here.

Now that I'm all caught up on very late sketches, I'm putting my nose to the grindstone with the Ladies of the Months coloring book! I'll be streaming as I ink pages in Photoshop over the course of this week, so be sure to Follow me on Twitch if you haven't already if you'd like to be notified of when I go live! I look forward to getting the last 24 pages done so we can get this book off to the printer!

More soon!

- Ang

AUG 2018 Status - A Life-Changing Diagnosis 2018-09-06T18:05:16+00:00

August was an extreme month. 2018 has been an extreme year! When I wrote in last month's status report pondering 'what else could the universe throw at us', I never would have thought that would be the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma for my husband (delivered to us the morning of Art Show setup at DragonCon, no less!).

It's been a very trying weekend and while the con went so well for me this year, we were barely holding it together during the event. The kind words, smiles, and support of all the lovely folks who came by and greeted us really kept us going. DragonCon is my arty geek family and I am so grateful for it, especially now! (I'll be posting about the con and what I learned in a separate entry soon).

The good news is that Hodgkin's Lymphoma is completely curable if caught early. However, my husband will have to endure a battery of tests, chemotherapy, and radiation to make sure it's gone for good. For this reason, I ask that all of you are patient with me should I be slow to respond or deliver. All of my willpower is going into processing this journey ahead of us which starts next week.

I'm going to do my best to meet my professional obligations here, but I needed to put this out there because this is one doozy of a life-change that affects all aspects of my personal and professional life.

Current Projects

My main project right now is getting the Ladies of the Months coloring book out to the Kickstarter Backers! I have no other side projects, commissions, or appearances planned until this goal is met and will be focusing solely on getting this epic task completed on schedule!

The individual tasks for the book include:

- Stretch Goal #1 - 12 pages of line art of header images (DONE!)

- Stretch Goal #2 - 12 pages of line art of fashion plates (Pending).

- Stretch Goal #3 - 12 pages of line art of chibi Ladies (Pending).

- Complete Book Layout for Print (front cover complete, the rest Pending)

- Printed book proof and printing. (Awaiting final layout).

- Pack and ship! (Thermal printer acquired. Awaiting printed books!)

Recently Completed Projects

- The Rose Fae Set for the Olde Fae card game. Check out the finished paintings here and keep up with the game's release later this month at this Facebook Event!

Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down on delivering my coloring book Kickstarter. We might not see these happening till later this year or next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book

That's all for my August update. We're hoping that next month will be pretty boring with nothing but progress to report on my husband's journey to good health and my continued progress on the coloring book!

Thanks so much, as ever, for your continued support and encouragement.

Much love!

- Ang

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User #7695874 - 6 Sep 18 20:06
So sorry to hear of all the stress I'm sure you're both under. And I'll echo Jeremie in saying don't worry about us. Youve got a challenge ahead of you and I'm sure you'll meet it head on!
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angelasasser - 11 Sep 18 18:46
Thanks for your words of support, Tiffany! <3
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User #2931933 - 7 Sep 18 00:08 - revision 2
You take care of you and your husband! We will all be here cheering y'all on ?
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User #2931933 - 7 Sep 18 00:08
You take care of you and your husband! We will all be here cheering y'all on ?
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angelasasser - 11 Sep 18 18:57
Thanks, Alexandra. We appreciate your encouragement!
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User #94084 - 6 Sep 18 20:15
I'm so sorry about the diagnosis, but I do know that both of you have the strength to beat this! Please focus on your family right now. ❤️
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angelasasser - 11 Sep 18 18:47
I appreciate your thoughts and support, Vanessa!
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User #7045208 - 9 Sep 18 13:33
Oh my! It was so lovely seeing you and meeting your husband last weekend. I had no idea. I hope you both get good news soon!
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angelasasser - 11 Sep 18 18:58
Thanks, Jessica! Yeah DragonCon was a little surreal, but we decided we would just enjoy the good company and friends while we could! Thanks for your support.
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User #94084 - 6 Sep 18 20:15 - revision 2
I'm so sorry about the diagnosis, but I do know that both of you have the strength to beat this! Please focus on your family right now. ❤️
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User #5923797 - 7 Sep 18 04:29
Take as much time as you need and I hope your partner kicks its ass and recovers fully ASAP! ?
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angelasasser - 11 Sep 18 18:57
Thanks, Melisa. Our ass kicking boots are stocked and polished!
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User #5923797 - 7 Sep 18 04:29 - revision 2
Take as much time as you need and I hope your partner kicks its ass and recovers fully ASAP! ?
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User #198445 - 6 Sep 18 18:38
sorry to hear about that news; praying things go well, and don't worry about us, your family's health is important!
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angelasasser - 6 Sep 18 19:46
Thank you, Jeremie. I appreciate your kind words and support!
Coming to DragonCon? Pick up FREE Patreon Swag!
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Hey guys! DragonCon is this weekend! Can you believe it??

I wanted to show my gratitude to my Patreon Patrons by doing something special at the con, so any Patron who drops by can pick up one FREE print from my Clearance bin while supplies lasts!

I'll also have a small amount of Patreon Secret Shop items on hand too if you'd like to save on shipping and purchase them from me directly. Drop me a PM/message if you'd like to reserve your items and pre-pay in advance so I can be sure to have what you want in-stock and ready for pickup!

New Patrons can also pledge at the show and pick up their free Welcome gifts then and there! If you pledge online before the show and are coming in person, let me know via comments/private message as well and I'd be happy to hand over your Welcome gifts in person!

I'll also have a host of other Ladies of the Months themed items for your perusal at the convention! I'll have pouches, greeting cards, handmade masquerade masks, and a convention exclusive sized print. Check some of the beauties out below!

Who all is coming? Sound off in comments!



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User #7045208 - 27 Aug 18 19:18
Me! I'll be there!
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angelasasser - 27 Aug 18 19:29
Yay! Glad to hear it! :D Hope you'll stop by!
New Art: The Rose Fae
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Mysterious figures gather in the twilight mists. The Odd Fae have gathered! I've been sharing sneak peeks of this project in my Patrons-only feed and now I can finally reveal the finished paintings to the public!

These images were created for the upcoming Odd Fae card game I'm working on with my fellow artists of the Changeling Artist Collective. Based on the Old Maid card game, we've created sets of images to represent the pairs, each pair represented by the dark Unseelie and the light Seelie courts of the faerie. My chosen set was the Rose!

If you'd like to keep up with updates about the card game, you can sign up for reminders at the Facebook event.

"The Rose Unseelie", 10x15 inches, watercolor.

Where there is light, there is dark. The Unseelie of the Rose understands that all things must die and return to nothingness before life can begin anew. She loves all that withers and is proud of her cold, sharp stateliness, for even a bloomless rose can be beautiful in its potential.

Bid on the original painting here until August 24th!

"The Rose Seelie", 10x15 inches, watercolor.

Where there is dark, there is light. The Seelie of the Rose understands that all things must grow and change. She loves all that blooms and is proud of her vivid, lively blooms that bring loveliness to the world before they inevitably fade.

Bid on the original painting here until August 24th!

Prints & Products

Limited Edition Giclee Prints - I'll be producing a series of 250 giclee limited edition prints created with archival inks and printed on velvety somerset giclee paper! This is the next best thing to owning the original and will come signed and numbered by the artist.

Open Edition Prints - These unsigned prints are created on a semi-gloss satin paper for the most affordable, but still high-quality option!

Find prints and art giftsin my Etsy shop! (And Patrons don't forget to use your Patreon discounts!)

Coloring Pages - I want to make line art of the fae soon, but it will probably have to wait until other obligations (DragonCon, the Ladies coloring book) are complete first. They are on the to-do list, however!

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Now that the Rose Fae are complete, it's back to working on the line art for the Ladies coloring book and prepping for DragonCon! It's going to be a crazy few days till the event!

Till then, keep your eyes peeled for more coloring page sneak peeks!

Enjoy the art and see some of you soon at DragonCon, I hope!

Much love!

- Ang

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Just Amazing
July Sketch Collection
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July's topics from my Sketch Collector allowed me to continue to explore my interpretation of the Egyptian pantheon with Horus and another fun character from Exalted, one of my favorite tabletop games!

The One Who is Above

How happy I was to receive Horus as a topic! I remember reading stories about him when I was younger and liked to spend my recesses in elementary school hiding away in the library reading mythology books. He and Isis were my favorite figures from the stories!

I enjoyed thinking of those stories again to draw Horus. This was also the first time I've ever painted a falcon! They are beautiful creatures that I really need to paint more of.

I'm hoping perhaps I'll get the chance to draw more of the Egyptian gods in this vein! Isis and Thoth are calling to me.

Mask of a Thousand Faces, Lunar Queen

One of my Sketch Collector challenged me to draw his character as a king in all of his Solar Exalted glory in a previous month. It was only natural that his next request should be to draw his Lunar mate, Mask of a Thousand Faces! I've always wanted to try my hand at this tarot-inspired style and this was my opportunity to do so!

We have two more new Sketch Collectors this month who have claimed my remaining sketch slots! I'm looking forward to seeing how they challenge my muse this month.

I've already sent a message requesting topics, so don't forget to turn your topics in by month's end, Sketch Collectors!

More soon!

- Ang

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User #4060597 - 3 Aug 18 16:57
I'm absolutely loving the Egyptian gods you've done. You mentioned you are interested in drawing Isis next, I have a particular interest in her twin sister Nephthys. It would be really cool to see how the style you're using for the series would look with a more human figure.
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angelasasser - 3 Aug 18 17:12
I learned more about her during my research on Anubis and she sounds utterly fascinating! She's definitely high on the list as well, if I choose to independently continue this series.
JUL 2018 Status - The Universe's Wrath + Art Status! 2018-07-30T19:04:58+00:00

...I don't even know where to begin with July as a month. It's been rough!

It started out with thinking we needed to move and ended with a cancer diagnosis for my husband. Thankfully, it is a smallish malignant mass in his neck that is not expected to be aggressive and he will (hopefully) not need chemo afterwards, but we are still in a little bit of shock!

Then last week, an allergy test revealed I am also allergic to many common things (chicken, beef, soy, dogs, etc.). I'll be needing epi pens and weekly allergy shots to get my immune system under control. We're just not even sure what else life has left to throw at us right now?

Needless to say, we're trying to downgrade our stress levels and also give my husband recovery time after his surgery, which means we've decided to put off our move until after DragonCon and the coloring books are delivered for the Kickstarter. I'll be clearing out the studio sometime after September, which I'll announce here.

We're pretty sure we've pissed off some kind of deity in a past life, especially my poor husband, Kevin, who has in the past had even a small tree fall on him as he was walking. We'll laugh about all this stuff later the same way we laugh about that tree.

But onwards to the more fun updates!

Current Projects

The Odd Fae - Rose Set

I've been working on a couple of paintings for the upcoming card game being published by the Changeling Artist Collective! I've been posting my notes and progress pics in my Patron-exclusive Secret Sketchbook.

Start reading about my Odd Fae here!

Ladies of the Months Coloring Book

12 of the new pages for the book were posted this month for my $5+ Patrons, with more pages coming as soon as I wrap up my faeries for the Odd Fae! The final deadline for closing your Kickstarter surveys and for pre-ordering this book is July 31st, so get your surveys and your pre-orders in soon if you haven't yet!

You can pre-order or check your survey here.

Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down on delivering my coloring book Kickstarter. Nothing's worse than seeing someone run another Kickstarter before they've finished fulfilling their last one! It just looks bad. We might not see these happening till later this year or next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book

Upcoming Appearances

- DragonCon Aug 30th - Sep 3rd - I'm working on Patreon only items to give to Patrons who come say hi at this event! More on that soon.

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That's all for now! I'm hoping that life can be calm soon! If nothing at all exciting or out of the ordinary happens, I would be a very happy person!

I hope the summer has been kinder to the rest of you! Thanks so much for your support, as ever and especially now when we have so many challenges we're facing. Every smallest bit has helped us beat the worst of it!

Much love!

- Ang

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User #2931933 - 31 Jul 18 21:42
I am so sorry you two have had a rough time this year!! *hugs* I hope the next half of the year is just choc-full of awesome!!
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angelasasser - 1 Aug 18 23:23
2018 has been admittedly disastrous, and yet strangely productive! I’m hopeful it will end with a much more positive note with the worst of it behind us. We will toast to a year of overcoming challenges!
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User #2931933 - 2 Aug 18 03:23
Overcoming challenges, indeed! I'll toast to that as well!!
Tea with Changelings Podcast - Discussing the Odd Fae this Sunday!
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I'm returning for more Tea with Changelings with my fellow Changeling artists, Eeva Nikunen, Amanda Makepeace, and Rachel Quinlan this Sunday, the 29th at 2pm EST!

Join us online as we talk about the upcoming Odd Fae game the Collective has been working on, share art from the game, and chat faeries!

Tune in on YouTube and set a Reminder for the event at this link.

Did you miss my first chat with the Changelings? You can watch the recording here! It was a lovely chat with Eeva about the process, inception of my Ladies of the Months series with Kickstarter tips.

Hope to see you there!

Attack of the Dragon(Con) 2018! My Convention To-Do List
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It's been a flurry of coloring pages and Ladies lately and I wanted to share something a little different. DragonCon is coming in September and it's my biggest show of the year! I'll have a table and a large gallery bay at the show this year and I'm so giddy to be there and see my Art Show friends!

While I did have a display last year, this'll be the first year I've had a table AND a display where I can let the Ladies of the Months strut their stuff with me there to plug them in person! It's always exciting to plan a new display and I wanted to share a little glimpse into my to-do list.

Planning the Gallery Bay

- Planning the Gallery Space. You can see my Gallery Bay's layout in the featured image. I like to do this in Photoshop to make sure I use every inch of the space instead of pantsing it when I get there. Space is preciousss and you must use every inch of it yessss! I always like to have my BIG expensive framed centerpiece, with the rest of the panel consisting of different lower price points for different budgets.

- Bid Sheets - I also have to keep in mind to keep my images in the layout spaced far enough apart to account for the fact the auction bid sheets need to be visible as well! These kinds of sheets usually need to be turned in prior to the convention as well, which means figuring out what you want in your space early!

- The Art - I've gathered up what inventory I have left from previous shows and have been filling in the gaps as needed. I tend to order most of my print inventory for the bay and the table all at once to take advantage of bulk pricing.

- Room for Banners and Biz Cards - This is my personal 'advertising' space to include freebies and info for con-goers! I'll be promoting my Patreon, YouTube, and Kickstarter in these spaces, plus hanging a little hanger with business cards.

- Embellishing Art - As DragonCon does not allow open edition prints, I'll need to make my prints of the Ladies special, somehow! I plan to embellish them by hand with ink drawings of flowers, gold leaf, and Swarovski crystals.

I've talked even more in-depth about how I plan my gallery display, plus provided links to supplies and display ideas in this article.

Planning the Table

Planning a brand new table display is always tricky! I'm never quite certain how much inventory to buy and what display equipment I'll need. It helps to study how other artists have set up their convention spaces and figure out what works for you with practice runs at home. Check out this board on Pinterest of Artist Displays to get some ideas!

- Inventory Wishlist - I currently know what inventory I'd love to include (art prints, drawstring pouches, greeting cards, etc.) My Ladies make great birthday gifts, so I want everything to be geared towards this purpose! Now, it's just a matter of making all of it fit on the table.

- Planning the Vertical Display - I have a bay shaped area formed by my Propanels that I'll be hanging my prints on this year so I can make room on the table for other products. We'll see how this works out! I'll be planning the layout for it in Photoshop soon, keeping in mind that anyone sitting in front of it means I can't hang prints on the lower portions unless they're blocked from view.

- Freebies - I want to entice mailing list sign-ups by having some freebies like postcards out for them. I need to plan for this space and possibly my ipad as well, since it will be easier for fans to sign up on that than to try to translate difficult handwriting after the show.

- Ad Space - Patreon is a large part of my business now and I want to have a small space on the table to promote my Patreon-only products. Still figuring out how to do this! Probably a little stand-up sign with my enamel pin and gold-foil print of Lady of Eternity beside it and a 'Patreon-Only' sign by them.

- Bags and Backing - Clearbags is having a sale this week and so I'm counting up all my inventory to see what bags and backing I need for everything! Can't forget these essential pieces of art products so everything stays in shape and looks pro for the customer.

More to Come!

Why am I starting so 'early' you ask? There's nothing like getting your supplies in, then realizing you don't have enough bags and backing for your show. I like having enough time to re-order things if need be (in fact, I'm starting a little late on prep this year by my standards because I've been so busy with other things!)

Then comes the part where I sign all the prints and slip them into bags with backing, plus attaching any branding! I'll need to package up all the other products too. Thus is the glorious life of a professional artist! There's probably more I'm forgetting from this list, but this is the stuff fresh on my mind right now.

I'll have more progress pics of convention prep to share soon. For now, enjoy this peek at what goes on behind the scenes before each con!

This has been a brief interlude from coloring book updates. I now return you to your regularly scheduled program!

- Ang

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Happy weekend, Patrons and Followers! I realized I hadn't shared any of the cool sketches I've been making for my Sketch Collectors over the past few months, so here's a smattering of some of my favorites from that time period!

For those who aren't aware, my Sketch Collector tier allows you to usurp my muse once a month! You'll get a digital drawing of your favorite character, favorite topics, etc. whatever I am able to draw in an hour, which is usually grayscale with a color accent.

The featured image in this post, for example, is the original character of my Patron, Chris! His character has a mask created from the wood of a faerie dream tree, which was loads of fun to draw!

My Patron, Celeste suggested two Egyptian gods, Sekhmet and Anubis, for two of her months. Little known fact about me, I love Egyptian mythology and was downright obsessed with it growing up. How I've gotten this far without ever having painted these topics is beyond me! I was so happy to dive into their stories once more and let the digital paint flow.

The Guardian of the Scales

I drew inspiration from Anubis’ role as one who bears witness to the weighing of the soul’s heart against the feather of Truth after a soul passes into the underworld. He witnesses the judgment of this soul either to be destroyed or allowed to ascend.

The Lady of Slaughter

I drew inspiration from Sekhmet’s role as a warrior of vengeance and bearer of Ra’s sun disc. She's a fascinating figure with so many powerful aspects that resonate with me. I'd really love to paint her again!

I've also done a few NSFW topics, which you can see a cropped version of below. Risque topics are allowed, but if you aren't sure what qualifies as too risque for me, drop me a line!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing a few of these monthly doodles! I'm always excited to see how you guys will challenge me. If you're interested in usurping my muse, I have a limited number of slots for these sketches. Only two are currently open at this time!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends, my lovelies!

- Ang

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User #9453219 - 15 Jul 18 19:03
I really like this sketch collecter thing Angela. :) That's awesome!
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angelasasser - 15 Jul 18 19:39
Having the spontaneous challenges from Patrons has been such a fun way to just let loose and try new techniques, too!
PROJECT STATUS Jun 2018: New Coloring Pages, Studio Moving Sale, Etc. 2018-07-02T17:35:37+00:00

It's been a productive month recuperating from my Kickstarter in May and then diving right into producing pages for the coloring book! Life has been crazy as well with my husband and I deciding to move up our timeline for renting or buying another home of our own.

I'm not even done packing yet and I already have 9 boxes of just books. Curse my book addiction! I'll be doing a moving sale to help lighten my studio load soon, so stay tuned for that announcement within the next month if you've had your eye on something you've always wanted!

Current Projects

Ladies of the Months Coloring Book - Getting this book completed for fulfillment for my Kickstarter Backers is my top priority right now! The campaign unlocked 36 extra designs that I need to refine (or create from scratch, in the case of the Chibi Ladies). I've just finished 12 of those extra pages making them cleaner and more detailed than the original drawings! I'll be releasing these coloring pages to my library of pages here on Patreon for $5+ Backers within the next week, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you missed my Kickstarter, you can pre-order the Kickstarter Edition of the book until JULY 31st in my Pre-order shop! After this date, I'll only have limited stock of this edition which includes thick 70lb paper, gold foil embellishments, and personalization from me.

The mass market edition of this book that I'll be publishing via Amazon Createspace has none of these bells and whistles and features thinner paper.

Odd Fae Card Game - You've never played Old Maid like this before! My fellow Changelings and I are kickstarting a card game later this year! Each of us has a set of Seelie and Unseelie to create and my theme is the Rose. I'll be sharing more WIP's soon, now that I've slotted this project in for July. You can see what my fellow Changelings have already created for this project here!

Pending Projects

I've decided to put the following projects on hold so I don't slow down my Kickstarter. Nothing's worse than seeing someone run another Kickstarter before they've finished fulfilling their last one! It just looks bad. We might not see these happening till later this year or next year!

  • Ladies of the Months Wall Calendar
  • Ladies of the Months Art Book
  • Ladies of the Months Enamel Pins
  • Monster Girls Coloring Book
  • Angelic Shades Coloring Book

Upcoming Appearances

DragonCon - Want to meet me in person? Come say hello at DragonCon here in Atlanta Aug 30 to Sep 3rd! I'll have a table in the Art Show in the Hyatt. Your Patreon Discounts still apply when buying in-person! I'm happy to bring any Secret Shop items you order directly to the convention as well if you drop me a note and let me know you're coming by.

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That's all for my June update! I've got a busy month ahead planning the move, house-hunting, and getting the art made. I'm excited to share more of my Odd Fae and new pages of line art for the Ladies very soon!

- Ang

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[Early Access] Time Lapse - Lady of Winter Light
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2018-06-25T17:23:49+00:00
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Here's another time lapse video featuring the last of my banner designs - The Lady of Winter Light! Dropping early for my lovely Patreon Patrons a few days early.

This Lady for December stands strong against the coming darkness of winter. She brings light and warmth in her footsteps, stoking a fire of mirth and hope in the hearts of mortals.

She draws inspiration from Saint Lucy's procession of light lit by her candle crown and represents the Turquoise and the White Narcissus.

I'll be streaming the line art of this drawing today, so keep an eye on your Twitch and YouTube feeds!

More soon in my Monthly Progress Report!

- Ang


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[Early Access] Time Lapse - The Lady of Guiding Light
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2018-06-18T16:51:15+00:00
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With all the announcements in May, I didn't have a chance to share the final two time lapses for the drawings of The Lady of Guiding Light and The Lady of Winter Light. Patrons get to enjoy these videos a few days before the rest of the world!

Here's a time lapse of The Lady of Guiding Light as I was drawing her in ballpoint pen and color pencil. I admit it was totally unintentional that her veil formed a butterfly wing shape, but I'm so pleased that it did! Sometimes these things happen completely out of our control while we work and that's one of the aspects I love about art.

In other news, I'll be streaming this week (including today!) as I work on line art for the coloring book, so keep an eye on my YouTube and Twitch by Following either one for streaming notifications!

More soon!

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During the time when the Autumn gate is open and the vale between the living and the dead thins once more, the Lady of Guiding Light acts as a shining beacon. She guides these traveling souls in the form of butterflies back to their peaceful rest in the Underworld with her softly gleaming lantern. Created with ballpoint pen and color pencil. SITE: http://nouveauladies.angelicshades.com PATREON: http://www.patreon.com/angelasasser

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Join Me for Live Art Streaming!
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2018-06-14T16:13:10+00:00
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I'm toiling away on getting the extra pages for the coloring book done this month and now you can tune in while I'm working on them! I'll be simulcasting to both Twitch and YouTube at the same time, so tune in at your favorite place:

- My Twitch

- My YouTube

I'll be posting on social media when I go live, but you can also Follow me at either of the aforementioned sites to receive a notification about when I'm going live. If you miss a stream, don't worry! The recordings will be automatically added to my channels on Twitch and YouTube to watch at your convenience.

I'm doing silent streams set to peaceful music, so feel free to whip out your own art pad and draw with me or enjoy chill music while I ink the lines to my drawings! It's soothing in a primal meticulous sort of way.

I'm hoping I can finish the extra pages by the end of this month. We shall see! These Ladies have never been good about rushing out the door.

Hopefully catch you around the net!

- Ang

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For Kickstarter Backers, don't miss the latest update I posted today! I talked about the Add-On shop and what you can expect over the next few days. Things are coming together and I'm so excited!


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VICTORY DANCE! Coloring Book Fully Funded with ALL Stretch Goals!
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2018-05-31T20:18:19+00:00
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It's a great day, friends and Patrons! This morning, I watched the timer tick down on the coloring book's Kickstarter campaign and we made ALL THREE Stretch Goals! I'll be honest, I only thought we'd hit the first one (which was my favorite goal), but this has been the little book that could!

I'm sure I could not have done this without you guys. Thanks for being so vocal and spreading the word! It's been an awesome month and I can't wait till I can have this beautiful book in your hands!

This means you can expect to see the following things here on Patreon over the course of the next few months:

  • New coloring pages for my $5+ Patrons. New pages being created for the book means new pages for you all here!
  • Chibis at Last! We unlocked them awhile ago while I was still working on the main series and now I have even more incentive to get them done for the coloring book. Once I've finished these designs, I'll be sending out sticker sheets of them to everyone pledging $10 and up! (More on this later once we're closer to these stickers being finished).
  • Kickstarter Tips. I want to blog about my journey with Kickstarter, the things that worked for me, the things that didn't, etc. I'll be housing these blog posts here on Patreon in hopes they will help others out who want to follow a similar path!

For now, I've given myself a few days off to rest and recuperate! At the start of next week, I'll be sending out people's Welcome gifts, as well as sending out the sketches for my Sketch Collectors this weekend. I've been working hard and it's time to refresh the creative wells and rest up properly!

It's been an invigorating month and while I was really scared to take on such an intimidating project, I'm happy to see all this hard work paying off!

The coloring book is but one step in a continuing journey. Thanks so much for being along for the ride. I can't wait to share more with you all!

For now, I'm off to brain rot with some tv! The final season of The Strain, Supernatural season 12, and Coco all just came up on streaming today (a sign from the universe!) and I'm off to relax!

More soon! I still have some embarrassing Kickstarter trailer bloopers to share that I'm saving for next post. XD

- Ang

Kickstarter FULLY FUNDED! + The Lady of Guiding Light
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2018-05-28T16:33:11+00:00
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So this just happened right before I went to bed late last night! The coloring book is fully funded on Kickstarter!

I'm so happy, excited, and hyped to know that this coloring book is going to be a real thing now. Thanks SO much to everyone who liked, supported, and shared this project! Also many thanks to those of you who found me there and decided to go even further with a pledge here on Patreon. Welcome, welcome and thanks so much for your continued support!

I also wanted to share the penultimate Lady's drawing while I was here. She's just gone up as one of the final Rewards on the Kickstarter (with Lady of December coming later today once I can put the finishing touches on her). I don't want to spam two images in one day here on Patreon, so keep an eye out on social media for when the final Lady for December goes up! I wanted to go ahead and post about Lady of November just to give you guys the best chance at procuring her.

During the time when the Autumn gate is open and the vale between the living and the dead thins once more, the Lady of Guiding Light acts as a shining beacon. She guides these traveling souls in the form of butterflies back to their peaceful rest in the Underworld with her softly gleaming lantern.

This Lady is near and dear to me, as she is symbolic of my own birth month. She's also become the poster child for this series. Something just clicked when I made her. Butterflies are representative of so much, messengers, spirits of loved ones, the power of change, the realization of potential.

Her face hidden behind the veil presents tranquillity and knowing. She will always be there for each parting and reunion with our loved ones. It just resonates with me (and apparently so many others).

We have two more days left on the Kickstarter, including today, so if you were waiting on getting a book, don't hesitate too long! Now that we're funded, any money raised is going to go towards the Stretch Goals which will let us add more pages to the book. OH yeah!

Thanks again for your encouragement and support. It's meant so much during the long journey of creation with this project!

Wishing you all inspiration!

- Ang

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New Art - Lady of Lost Souls (OCT)
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2018-05-24T21:31:31+00:00
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As the Kickstarter enters its final week, I'm in a flurry creating the last few header drawings and updating everything to be GDPR compliant for my websites and mailing lists. Phew! What a ride May has been. I hope you all have been enjoying the art flood!

I'm pleased to introduce the Lady of Lost Souls. This Lady for October wanders the mists between the living and the dead, guiding the lost back to the light. The strong scent of her Marigolds draws lost souls to her, bringing them peace. Her Opal amulets grant her clear vision in her seeking.

It's funny, I didn't plan for her dangling dress chains to resemble ribs when I shortened the design, but I love the way this worked out! It strikes that nice balance of beautiful and creepy that I enjoy in my fantasy work. Dare I say I prefer this header style image to her original painting! What do you guys think?

The original painting for Lady of October.

Just two more drawings to go and I'll have a complete collection of header images for the future art book! It's so exciting to see this project coming together, piece by piece.

More soon!

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New Original - Lady of the Equinox (SEP) + Interview Recording
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2018-05-23T14:31:00+00:00
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A new Lady has joined the coloring book Kickstarter's Rewards!

This Lady for September represents the balancing force of the Equinox, the equality of night and day and the dark and light within ourselves. She shows us the balance between our merits and flaws and how to become our best selves.

Lady of September's original painting.

Only 7 days left to claim this drawing and a coloring book via Kickstarter! I'm just $1k shy of my funding goal and could use that last little push. Keep sharing and don't forget to hop on this book while you can, if you would like one and haven't already!

In other news, the my appearance on Tea With Changelings has been recorded and can be viewed over on YouTube! I had a lovely time chatting with fellow artist and Changeling, Eeva Nikunen, about the inception of the Ladies of the Months series, Kickstarter best practices, and more. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Another new original is coming tomorrow to this feed since I forgot to post yesterday. I hope you don't mind the art flood!

More soon!

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Original Art - Lady of the River Path + Upcoming Podcast Interview
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2018-05-17T13:37:51+00:00
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Another Lady joins the series of original drawings available via the coloring book Kickstarter! I call her The Lady of the River Path.

Drawn in ballpoint pen and color pencil.

Lady of August's original painting.

This Lady for August inhabits the world between, acting as guardian of the river of the dead. Her waters guide these souls on their yearly journey back and forth between the realms. They pass the summer gate during the time when souls are allowed to reunite with their loved ones. Her stone is the peridot, her flower the poppy.

This original was claimed between the time I added the tier and was able to post this update! However, there are still two Ladies currently available via the Collector Tiers - The Lady of Resurrection (March) and The Lady of Veiled Roses (June).

I'll soon be adding the last four Ladies for September, October, November, and December over the next couple of weeks as well, so keep an eye out for your favorites! I know these Ladies are going to have some stiff competition between them, as they are some of the most popular entries from this series.

Today, we're past the 80% funded mark and halfway through this campaign. I'm very optimistic about being able to get this coloring book into your hands! Things are looking up for us to be able to reach some stretch goals for the additional pages as well, if we can keep up the momentum!

Upcoming Podcast Appearance

I'm not relaxing just yet, however. There's still more sharing and spreading the word to do! I'll be making an appearance on the new Changeling Artist Collective web show at noon EST on Teusday, May 22nd to talk about this project. The Changeling Artist Collective is a wonderful group of artists, including myself, sharing themed art auctions and fantastical new art each month. We'll be streaming live to talk about the Ladies, Kickstarter, and more over a cup of tea! We'd love to have you all there in the live chat area asking questions.

I hope to see some of you there! You can subscribe to their YouTube channel to be notified when we're streaming live and to catch future interviews.

Thanks for your support and being my biggest cheerleaders, everyone!


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NEW Original Art! The Lady of Wishing Stars
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2018-05-15T14:08:50+00:00
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Another Lady joins the series and my coloring book's Kickstarter rewards! She's already been claimed by one of my Patrons here, but there are still 2 other drawings left if anyone's thinking about collecting a little Lady piece for themselves (or a loved one)!

I had so much fun with this one, especially as her face was partially obscured in the original painting of her. I was able to get more creative with her hair and wish talismans.

This Lady for July represents free spirits and taking that rare chance to achieve your greatest wishes.

Drawn in ballpoint pen and color pencil on toned paper.

I'm looking forward to creating more of these style of images where I'll get to explore alternate angles like this and discover fun elements of their designs I wasn't able to draw before!



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NEW Original Art! The Lady of Veiled Roses
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2018-05-12T04:42:09+00:00
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The next Lady on toned paper has arrived! I'm having a blast drawing these loose and carefree images without the stringent guidelines of Art Nouveau. It's been fun to be more expressive with them and to play around with the pre-defined symbols of each Lady. Now that the paintings are done, I'm enjoying creating imagery from their base concepts!

Admittedly, it's nice to have more than one piece of art to share in a month as well, since I'm able to do these ballpoint pen and color pencil drawings muuuch faster than the ink and watercolor paintings! It's therapeutic to be this productive.

This Lady for June represents youthful delights and the budding of new love. Her stone is the pearl, her flower the rose. I don't get to do this color palette often, which is always a fun diversion from my expected colors!

The original of this drawing is now available via the coloring book Kickstarter. Can you believe the Lady of Jubilant Dance (Lady of May), has sold already? I'm so excited to see so many people turning out to support the Kickstarter! It's been so unreal!

Speaking of which, hello new Patrons who have found me through the Kickstarter! I'm so overwhelmed by the fact you've chosen to support me there AND go that extra mile to find and support me here as well. The pledges make a real difference in my life and there's a little token of appreciation from me on its way to you via snail mail. Keep an eye on your mailboxes!

Have a great weekend, all. I'll be back with more toned paper drawings very soon!


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Drawn in ballpoint pen and color pencil. This Lady for June represents youthful delights and the budding of new love. Her stone is the pearl, her flower the rose. This original drawing is now available via my coloring book Kickstarter happening until MAY 31st! Don’t miss out on claiming her before she’s gone. The original art tiers are going fast! Kickstarter link - http://kck.st/2KsVo1S See more of the Ladies of the Months at http://nouveauladies.angelicshades.com

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User #492095 - 14 May 18 05:18
Got a little surprise in the mail this weekend, thank you! <3
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angelasasser - 14 May 18 13:25
Awesome, Kim! I'm glad it arrived safe and sound. I hope you will enjoy your time here on my Patreon!
NEW Original Art! The Lady of Jubilant Dance
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2018-05-09T22:06:51+00:00
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Do you remember the toned paper drawings I started doing for Inktober last year? I've finally returned to creating these set of header images for each Lady while the coloring book Kickstarter is going on!

The Lady of May, the Lady of Jubilant Dance, embodies youth, exuberance, and joy. All things cold and dark have melted away in the height of Spring! She represents the Emerald and the Lily of the Valley.

This original drawing is now available via the coloring book Kickstarter's Original Art tiers! Don't miss out on your chance to snag the original, as the drawings are going so fast!

My plan is to finish the entire set so that each Lady will have her own drawing in this fashion. If you've had your eye on one of these drawings, now's the best time to get one AND support the coloring book at the same time!

I'll post here when new drawings go up over the course of the month so you guys won't miss out.

Enjoy the coming art flood!

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My exploration of the Ladies on toned paper continues with Lady of May, the Lady of Jubilant Dance! This Lady embodies youth, exuberance, and joy. All things cold and dark have melted away in the height of Spring! She represents the Emerald and the Lily of the Valley for the month of May. Drawn with ballpoint pen and color pencil. This original drawing is now available via the coloring book's Kickstarter Original Art tiers! Collect this original before it's too late. The drawings are selling out fast! KICKSTARTER LINK: http://kck.st/2KsVo1S MUSIC: "Exotics" by Kevin MacLeod

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Mask Photo Feature: Lady of January to June
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The wonderfully talented Winter of WinterWolf Studios has finished photographing the first 6 masks from the Ladies of the Months mask series! I've been promising a sneak peek, so I'm finally releasing this collection of photos early just for my Patreon Patrons.

Enjoy the collection! Winter has also been sharing photos at her Instagram account, if you'd like to see more.

Do you have a favorite from among the photos? Let me know in comments. They're all so lovely, it's hard to pick!

I'm shipping the next masks to her this week. So exciting! I can't wait to see what Winter will do with the rest of the masks in the set!


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User #2931933 - 7 May 18 16:34
These are gorgeous!!
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angelasasser - 14 May 18 21:31
Iknowriiight? I really can't get over Winter's amazing work. I'm pretty sure she has a magic wand of some sort!
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User #2931933 - 14 May 18 21:57
She does!
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User #2931933 - 14 May 18 21:58
Fun fact: I just figured out how to reply under the same comment on the Patreon mobile app. Get ready.
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User #5923797 - 9 May 18 01:26
They all look so good!
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angelasasser - 9 May 18 12:20
Thanks, Melisa! I drool over every photo she sends. Winter has such a great eye for color and detail!
April 2018 Project Status - Kickstarter, Cons, & Vacation Days! 2018-05-03T14:42:09+00:00

Another month flew by way too fast! I had a wonderful time at JordanCon meeting folks at my table and at the panels I co-hosted, but barely had any time to breathe before I dove right into Kickstarter prep! The Kickstarter has already been a wild ride, with the project raising $3k in just two days, as well as receiving the coveted Project We Love tag from the staff!

It's insane and I'm so happy!!! Thank you all for supporting me while I worked on this project, for sharing the Kickstarter, and for all your words of encouragement thus far. ♥

Now that the Kickstarter has been let loose into the wild, I'm determined to enjoy at least a couple of days off to decompress before I get caught up in the hype train of the campaign.

I barely know what to do with the free time. Read all the books on my monstrous to-read list? Draw random fun things for MerMay or May Sketch a Day? Clean up the hurricane of convention mess? Maybe even get some writing done? So many choices, so little time!

PROGRESS REPORT

The Coloring Book

Right now, the coloring book's Kickstarter is my main goal and I intend to focus on creating more header style art for the Original Art Collector Tiers this month so they can be added to the coloring book's campaign as it progresses. All the Ladies will have their own header images by the end of this month!

The Calendar

Still no word back from any of the publishers I approached, but the local printer I found to print the coloring books also takes custom orders for calendars and other kinds of products! I'll be asking them about what they might be able to do for me once I define the calendar's layout and size. I'll also need to make sure the coloring book is very much in order before I take on another sizeable Kickstarter to fund something like a custom calendar.

The Art Book

The art book is still very much in the conceptual phase right now! I've been inspired by the TEGN art book contest and have been pondering on holding a similar contest for art inspired by the Ladies. It'd be a blast to see what you guys might do with the Ladies' designs! I'm going to think on this more, though a contest wouldn't happen till we're closer to the Art Book's Kickstarter next year.

There has been some great movement on the mask photography end with Winter! She's finished photographing half of the Ladies masks on models already, with the 2nd half coming soon! You can see what shots of the masks Winter has been sharing here.

Meanwhile, I'll be posting more sneak peeks of alternative photos for my Patrons in the Patrons-only feed very soon!

SIDE PROJECTS

Odd Fae

The Odd Fae are coming! What is an Odd Fae? You'll soon find out! If you like card games, this is going to be a lot of fun for you. I'll be sharing some of the art I'm doing for this project very soon, plus more fun announcements as the Fae stalk ever closer!

That's all for now, folks! I'm so excited to see where we're at by the end of this month. My dreams are closer to coming true and it's all thanks to people like you!

♥ - Ang

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Ladies of the Months Coloring Book Now LIVE on Kickstarter!
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2018-05-01T12:33:49+00:00
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The fateful moment has arrived! The Ladies of the Months Coloring Book, the first step in my self-publishing phase for this project, is now LIVE ON KICKSTARTER!

I really couldn't have done this without you guys helping me during the journey along the way. As such, I wanted to let you know that ALL of my Patrons will be getting an acknowledgement in the books (both this one and the Art Book)! Once this first book funds, I'll be contacting you all individually to see how you'd like to be mentioned.

In the meantime, let's get this thing funded! You guys are my vanguard of most loyal and dedicated fans and followers and I'd love it if you could help spread the word. Here are some links and graphics you can use:

Press Kit

The project link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelasasser/ladies-of-the-months-coloring-book-by-angela-r-sas

Graphics you're free to snag and use in your own posts:

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For bonus points, add a few of your own words to your re-shares! People love to know more about what you personally think of a project and why you love it.

Let's make this dream project a reality!


- Ang


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User #2975529 - 1 May 18 15:14
Those mandalas look great too!
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angelasasser - 1 May 18 16:16
Thanks, Stephanie! It's been an experience designing them. I moved from doing them on graphs I prepared to using Amaziograph for the auto-mirroring. It's such a meditation exercise in and of itself!
Convention Wrap-Up: JordanCon
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2018-04-23T15:58:08+00:00
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I'm back from JordanCon and what a sweet convention it was! I got to meet old friends and make some new ones (welcome to any new Patrons who found me there!). For those who don't know it, JordanCon is a small, cozy convention here in Atlanta dedicated to all things Robert Jordan and Wheel of Time, while also celebrating fantasy literature as a whole.

This con represented a milestone for me as well because I decided to give my narrative fantasy art a chance! I've never displayed it on its own before and I figured that JordanCon's focus on literature was an excellent training ground for doing so. I was so happy my characters and art were well received! I talked to many authors who instantly resonated with Oathbound and knew there was a deeper story behind it. THAT is exactly what I want to hear about this particular branch of my art!

The 'downside' of this was that after talking about characters, I wanted to run home and write! I'm fueled up with inspiration after the con and can't wait to see what comes with that injection of motivation.

However, I did not abandon my Ladies, either! While my Fantasy work is still waiting in the wings as another path I plan to pursue in the future, the Ladies of the Months also had their own magnificent spread in the Art Show. This is the first time they have all been displayed together in a space and I am SO proud of them! My lovely brainchildren!

I also got to be a panelist alongside some of my favorite folks, including Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Amanda Makepeace, Ariel Burgess, and Melissa Gay. I'm fairly sure we could chat about art and advice all day long if given the chance and unlimited time! I've posted a few resources online from the Women in Illustration and Navigating Patreon panels, if anyone wants to check those links out for further reading, even if they were not able to attend.

Now, I'm back home and there's a little over ONE WEEK left till the Ladies' coloring book Kickstarter. There are so many loose ends to wrap up, so I'm off to wrangle them!

Thanks for your support and to any attendees who stopped by! It was a blast.

More soon! There are so many exciting things about to happen, you guys!


- Ang

PS.

Don't forget about the coloring book's Launch Party happening on Facebook right now! I've just posted my first giveaway there today. Come party the week away with me until the book goes live on KS!

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User #96198 - 23 Apr 18 16:45
So glad it was an awesome experience for you my dear!
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angelasasser - 24 Apr 18 14:24
Thanks, Cait! It's always a sign of a good event when I want to run home and create something.
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User #8128604 - 23 Apr 18 21:15
Busy busy!! I'm so happy it was an awesome show :)
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angelasasser - 24 Apr 18 14:25
Thanks, Matt! It's nice to have a chill little event like this outside of the DragonCon craziness. Even nicer when that event does well!
Join the Ladies' Coloring Book Launch Party!
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2018-04-18T16:40:26+00:00
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The launch party Event on Facebook for the upcoming coloring book based on the series kicked off today! If you're on Facebook, be sure to mark yourself as 'Going' so you won't miss out on the giveaways and sneak peeks I have planned in the Event.

Over the next 2 weeks, I'll be sharing inking tips, sneak peeks of the coloring book, giveaways of art/books/etc. and much more!

The first post features a video intro of the Event! Come say hello and tell me about the Lady you're looking forward to coloring most at the post. I'd love to hear from you!

Kickstarter launch day is almost here, you guys! I am so stoked (and a little terrified)! All the pieces are falling into place now.

See you at the Event!


- Ang

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