Hippo for Christmas

Thank you to those that came out to SF Bazaar and Cal Academy’s NightLife and shopped with all of us crafters and artists. We really appreciate the support!

Shop news, the closing down has begun. My shop Biology Class is going to close as of January 1, 2017. It is time for me to move on from making specimens in such a focused way. I am going to pair my art down to having one shop.

I am going to extend my holiday sale through December 15th still HOLIDAY2016, this works in both shops.

So come get goodies! Everyone wants a Hippopotamus for Christmas. My Hippo and Crocodile ornaments will be posted to my soon to be only shop Sunday at 10am.


Hippopotamus for Christmas


Crocodile Bring the Ham

The Crocodile carries the Christmas Ham because, what else would a Crocodile politely bring to the holiday dinner?

I am also going to post at least two new prints of work I made this year. Red Riding Hood and Tadpole. Maybe Peacock?

tadpole-caseygirard redridinghoodcaseygirardpeacock-1caseygirard

Poster Proof

This is happening! I am getting an 18 x 24 inch poster printed of the Animals in Alphabet. Today, I got to see a proof! Thank you Geno!

More news to come on when they will be for sale.

Today I am jumping up and down, with caution as my left arm is all out of sorts. I’m going to have to start stretching before I do handstands and the worm; how I usually celebrate when I’m excited.

Sketchbook Project 2012

Okay time to make the longest scrolling post I can today! I finished my sketchbook project just in time toget to the post office by the end of the day. It means my final product looks a bit more like a color comp but I’m happy with it. I didn’t compromise any page, no spread was simplified in the base drawing, I just did my watercolors REALLY fast. It’s a sketchbook right? It’s not supposed to be perfect. Unless you look at most of the other submissions, people take this project to an incredible level. Such as Emily Grandin or Alina Chau’s from 2011 or Gina Perry to name a few.
I didn’t procrastinate getting my book done this month, the procrastinated happened over the summer. I waited to finish it when I was scheduled to the max! I couldn’t let myself not complete my book. So, I didn’t sleep last night and missed a few meals today but it’s done! This is how it looked as it went out the door.

Monochromatic: Where did the other colors go?!

I do realize a couple of my animals aren’t the appropriate sizing in comparison to each other but, I wasn’t trying to be perfectly accurate.

December – Monochromatic

The ultimate balancing act for most creative people, the month of December. Not only are you trying to juggle your normal work load, you have holiday shopping or gift creating, lots of holiday events, travel, family, if you run a small shop for yourself extra time needed to making new stock, then any added requests from friends or benefit events, and any early presents you have that you can’t help but play with, such as a new video game. All of this is wonderful but, you can feel like your head is going to explode.

As the procrastinator I can be, on projects that don’t have pacing deadlines, I am trying to get all of that done and my Sketchbook Project for 2012. I am very happy to have this creative outlet at my finger tips but, part of me does wish I had taken care of this in September. Although, I was able to complete 5 spreads over the Holiday weekend as I watched my husband and mother in-law play Zelda in the same room with me and my sister in-law play Zelda in Florida via Facetime. I was impressed with how well Facetime applied to this situation as we traded tips on the game play through video chat. We all had a great time and I ended a weekend of playing a video game feeling accomplished.

Here is the start of Sketchbook Project 2012 replacing my Tuesday Postings:

And a sneak peak at the middle spread:

I wrote a story for my sketchbook this year.

Quote Quiz: “Welcome to the Party Pal”

Currently Watching: Matt play Zelda
Currently Reading:The Uncrossable Canyon by James Dongweck Illustrated by Sean Bixby