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All Good Things…

…come to an end.

That bit above is the most succinct way I can express what I’m about to say. As many of you (if you’re still around!) know, I made quite a big move earlier this year. I decided to uproot myself & move across the country to pursue my dream of making it as a Costume Designer. When I came to LA, I had NO IDEA how much of my life would change…especially in such a short time. I had planned to come out here & keep up with my creative endeavors…Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case. I quickly had to learn that I had to prioritize my creative outlets…and as I’m sure you’re aware, Sparkleshock unfortunately became the one that was low on the list.

When I started blogging, I was a recent college graduate who’d moved back home & had nothing but time on her hands. When I got my job at Target, I became a recent college graduate that worked at a job where she made it so that she had time on her hands (ha!). I’m sure I mentioned to you all that I blogged from my desk at work. It became no secret to my cubicle mate that I always had tons of windows open for a reason…& that reason was so that I could blog. In all honesty, I’m not cut out for the cubicle world of corporate America, so I needed something to get me through the monotony of my day…and my blog helped me to do that.

Things are different now, though. I don’t have the time to make time like I used to. Last year, I didn’t have much going on professionally or personally, so SparkleShock was a way to make me feel useful to the creative world. Now, (literally since Jan 1, 2011), my life has been taken over by job hunting, decorating, getting acclimated to LA, working, networking, freelancing…all while finally taking steps to open my own business of designed goods.

The truth is, I don’t have time to blog anymore.

I never understood what people meant when they would tell me that “blogging is a lot of work”. At the time, it wasn’t for me because I was doing it when I was essentially using someone else’s time. Now, the only time I have is my own, and I hate to admit that I have to use my time for other endeavors right now. 90% of the content for The ‘Shock was fueled by my web-surfing. Now, I simply cannot devote 2-4 hours a day editing & sifting though the plethora of sites in which I draw my inspirations. Those 2-4 hours don’t include the time it takes to create the posts (of which, as you may remember, were 3-4 a day). I haven’t checked up on my google reader in months & I have no idea what some of my favorite bloggers are up to…

I’ve written about SparkleShock’s birth…so I suppose it’s only fitting that I write about its passing.

As corny as it sounds, it truly does sadden me to let you guys know that it’s going to be quiet around here for a while. Maybe indefinitely. Even as I write this, I’m not 100% sure what will happen, but I do know that I will only be posting when I absolutely feel the pull to. Churning out over 20 posts a week was exhausting & in all honesty, around Dec/Jan, I was kinda burned out with both of my blogs. It proved to be very time consuming…and my blog was never supposed to be one that became a source of stress for me. I not a blogger that started this blog to fund my livelihood. I started it solely as an outlet, so since it’s become a point of stress, I think it’s best that I stop for the time being.

Now, if you’ve been a follower of my blog, then you know I’m an artist…and the mind of an artist is always in flux. So I wouldn’t tell you to stop coming to Sparkleshock…I don’t think I could ever stop this sort of online visual journal indefinitely…but I do know that it will not be as it was. I will not be posting daily. I may not even be posting weekly. I guess what I’m trying to say is please don’t hold The Shock to any expectations anymore. Until I figure out a way to incorporate more time for SparkleShock in my life, it will be very sporadic around here. I do have plans to rework both Sparkleshock (& Jade Pheenix) because I do like blogging, but I cannot let you know when (or if) that will be. This the best I can offer you for now.

I want to thank all my subscribers & anyone that did/does read my blog on a regular basis. You guys really made me feel special. I mean that. On a personal note, I’m one of those people that struggles at times with feelings of being insignificant. Somehow, though, if I found myself in a moment of feeling down on myself, I would always seem to come across a comment, FB wall post, or tweet that said something good about my blog & my taste in art/design/fashion. It was an instant morale booster & I’m very grateful for those kind words from both strangers & friends.

In the lull that’s coming, I would like to invite you to check out/follow my tumblr. I post there very regularly & it has quickly become the easiest (& quickest!) way for me to somewhat purge myself of creative clutter. It’s quite similar to The Shock, but with less verbiage & more imagery. It’s also a bit more personal as I blog random thoughts and whatnot. And as always, you can always find my randomness & adventures over on Twitter.

SO! Let’s end this on a high note, shall we? Here’s something…for old time’s sake 🙂

I dig these drawings by Louise Despont

I love how these have an otherworldly quality to them…almost metaphysical. In fact, they actually sort of remind me of the art direction used in the Predator films. A lot of the design in the ships for the aliens kinda had motifs that remind me of Despont’s work. Awesome!

…P.S. This is a long shot, but I hope someone reading this thought about THIS when you read the title of this posting. It was my *geeky* inspiration 🙂

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[Chalk & Fashion]…Illustrations by Zoe Taylor

I’m not even going to begin to explain why I’ve been absent. There’s no point when I know full well that good blogging etiquette is to let readers know that there’s going to be a hiatus. I apologize. Other things more important than blogging just happen sometimes. Anyway, I’m back now with some new cool stuff. I can’t promise posts will be as frequent as they used to, though, so I suppose it’s nice to just savor them when they occur 🙂

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I’m loving these illustrations by London based illustrator Zoe Taylor….

These illustrations are striking to me because they look as if they could be made of crayon and children’s drawing paper. They are made using pastel & newsprint. I love them all the same though!

Loving…The World of Playing Cards

One of the things that has always fascinated me about playing cards is how many different designs of card decks you can get. They’ve been around for centuries and are sold anywhere you can imagine, from amusement parks to resorts to restaurants & bars. As a result, there are so many different card deck themes & styles, that they should be considered a form of art in their own right! I think this neat website I stumbled across, The World of Playing Cards, would agree. I spent quite some time perusing the site and I came across so many neat decks of cards that I had to share them with you guys…

Aren’t those neat? The World of Playing Cards not only has a visual archive of all sorts of card games, but they also have articles about the history of playing cards and how they vary in other countries. I think I’m going to start collecting card decks…this has proven to me that they can be really unique!

[Fifty & Fifty]…A 50 States Design Project

One of my favorite parts about going on road trips is the “Welcome To..” signs that you past when entering a new state. It always gives me a sort of nostalgic feeling for the old US of A and it reminds me how different each state is. So, with this in mind, I was thrilled to come across the 50 & 50 project, which gives artists & illustrators the chance to illustrate their state’s motto. The only restraint is that the illustration must be in red, white, & blue…

Arizona (God Enriches)

Minnesota (Star of the North)

Maryland (Manly Deeds, Womanly Words)

Georgia (Wisdom, Justice & Moderation)

Florida (In God We Trust)

Oregon (She Flies With Her Own Wings)

This is cool…although Maryland’s motto is sort of odd to me…

Anyway, I look forward to seeing the one for California…a new illustration is released every day, so check it out!

[The Pairabirds]…Illustrations by Tabitha Bianca Brown

Lovely work to share by Tabitha Bianca Brown. These awesome wood grain & color illustrations certainly speak to my soulful side…

They come from Brown’s studio called The Pairabirds. I believe Brown is based in The Chi…which explains where she probably gets her inspiration from! I have already bookmarked her shop to buy the print above…I’ve got to have it in my home!

[Retro]…Prints by Inalux

I’m swooning over the retro vibe & colors of these prints by Inalux

They’re just so nostalgic to me…I need to have some of these on my walls!

[Britescapes]…Illustrations by Fmio Watanabe

Aren’t these landscapes the stuff dreams in 8 bit vintage video game color are made of???

These awesome paintings are by Fmio Watanabe. The colors floor me…like I said above, they remind me of vintage video games & what’s better than that??

[The Four Icon Challenge]…Illustrations by Kyle Tezak

The following illustrations are pretty neat if I must say so myself…they are sort of in the vein of minimalist film posters, but they’re unique because the artist, Kyle Tezak, only used 4 icons to illustrate iconic films.

Check ’em out!

Gotta love stuff like this – it’s always cool to see a different spin on how something is represented.

Artist of the Day…Killian Eng

The work of Killian Eng is certainly something I really dig. I’m excited to share him because I’m really enjoying hsi sort of 80’s retro illustration style and I also think it’s really awesome that many of these are storyboard art for various concepts of his.

Eng is based in Stockholm, Sweden and churns out many of his works through his design studio DW Design. He combines graphic design, illustration, and animation to create a variety of short films that are quite visually stunning. (See a trailer for his short film Marchmounts here.). I love his work because it has an obvious vintage Anime style aesthetic, but it’s also quite vivid – even though many of his images utilize a dark color scheme.

It appears that Eng has also designed some film and event posters as well.

Very amazing…I would love to see a compilation of all his short films – they certainly look like they’d take you on a trip!

[Bottoms Up]…Illustrations by Fabio Rex

Sometimes, recipes are so much better with pictures rather than words…

I love that Fabio Rex created these neat drink infographics. The colors are really cool and I really enjoy the quirky scientific feel of that Fancy Drink print. What better way to show the different amounts of liqours in drinks besides using a pie chart?!

Very cool!! Be sure to check out Rex’s flickr to see some more delicious beverages!