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SDCC and our new Stretch goal for GoFundME!!

Hi everyone, San Diego Comic con is in full swing!! I know today is mostly about snapping up those exclusive but if you are in the Sails Pavillion be sure to check out my stuff in the art show! Its a great show and there is never a 4 hour line for it!! 

If you swing by do let me know! Next year we are planning on getting a big time booth in the Exhibit hall so stay tuned for details. We LOVE SDCC and all the great new friends we meet there. Be safe, stay hydrated and BREATHE its a lot to take in!!

In other news we hit our first funding goal for our new Lucky Cat pin design!! I ordered the purple kitty pins today and now we are going to the second most popular Traditional! It was such a close race I just had to try and get you guys both!! Two is always more fun!!

Here is a preview of the stretch goal pin!

We are still taking pre orders for the Purple pin so don't worry if you haven't gotten him yet. We close those out last day of July! If we get 266.00 more dollars everyone is getting the traditional pin FREE!! With free shipping and a free pin in the mix its a BIG incentive for you guys this go round. To pre order check out http://www.gofundme.com/luckycat

I hope you guys are having a fantastic week and I have some cool new stuff in the works so stay tuned. If you wandered over here as a result of San Diego Comic con welcome!! So happy to have you here.

Unicorn hugs

Ash 

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My current project

Right now I am working on what is to date the largest project of my career. I'm so out of my depth I am actually taking supplemental instruction after work and leisure time from 11 pm to 1 am every morning. 

Right now I am developing a cast of characters and really trying to understand them so I can stylize them into something really magical. I am even studying ensemble casts in movies and TV so I am watching a lot of The Office, Seinfeld, Friends and a bunch more just so I can understand the components that make successful casts. It is SO time consuming but I am hoping the finished project is something really worth while. 

Prior to my deciding to take classes I started on this:

But after my first sessions I am having big doubts about the whole thing so I am scrapping the painting and starting over. I think there will be many revisions and editing in my future. 

If I am quiet on media and in the production of art I am very sorry. I will try my hardest to do additional work but currently my day is:

Wake up, Social Media, breakfast, take care of all my animals, Emails, fill orders, take a class, lunch, work trough dinner take a three hour break and take classes from 11-1 am and then do it all again the next day.

 

Its crazy!!

BUT I wanted to remind you our GoFundMe is almost at 100% funding!! We are 82.00 away from our first pin!!

Don't forget we also have a color variant stretch goal as well!!! http://www.gofundme.com/luckycat


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Lucky Cat pin GoFundMe

Wow guys we are only 247.00 away from funding for the grape kitty pin!! That is just awesome! The sooner we hit the goal the faster we can order the pins. We also have a stretch goal for a traditionally colored lucky cat pin! If we hit our goal everyone who orders gets the variation free!! Please share our project, the more the merrier!! Thank you all!! http://www.gofundme.com/luckycat

Here is our stretch goal pin mock up: 


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Work in progress

Frame WIP

 Today I spent designing and painting this carved wood frame for a new set of character paintings! Soon you will be introduced to the cast of characters in Hallows Eve. Boy is carved wood time consuming! I was going to do a different frame for every character but I don't think thats likely! 

I've been doing a few concept pieces for Hallows Eve

This is the town sign

This is the town sign

Fly by Night

and this is a concept of how the postal service works there.

 

World building is a lot of fun but totally time consuming. I'm super stoked about my art being at Comic Con, Fly By Night will be in the art show and I hope he find a good home!

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San Dieo Comic Con Preview 2

One hand accented OOAK print of Kitsune will also be hanging in the San Diego Comic con art show! I will also have of my favorite newer pieces Nutkin. The art show is in the Sails Pavilion in the Convention center.

 


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San Diego Comic con 2015 art preview

Lapin

There are 20 days till SDCC and I have selected all of my work that will be hanging in the Art show. I have 20 pieces so I will be showing a piece a day!  Lapin will be at San Diego Comic con in the Sails Pavilion. This will be a hand accented 11x14 in matted print. Each hand accented print is OOAK. 

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Tealie Pins are in!

   

 

 

Thanks to our latest GoFundMe venture I have been able to manufacture our monster pin Tealie! All pre orders have shipped and should be arriving in peoples mail boxes as we speak. 

Lucky Cat

The results are in for the next round and Grape Lucky cat is the winner! We will be pushing funding for it in July but we did set up a link early just in case you are in the mood to get the party started early!! Link is at http://www/gofundme.com/luckycat 

We have a stretch goal of getting an additional pin the Traditional Lucky cat if we go 300.00 over goal. 

In art news I am currently wrapping up a new piece called Fly By Night. It should be completed Friday at the latest. I am also getting ready to send my work to SDCC for the art show! There are 20 pieces total and I will be posting an image a day on Twitter since we are only 20 days away from the show! 

 

 



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Coming Soon!

Hallows Eve

Currently I am working on a project that will develop the back story and current tale of Fortuna the Cat. I can't say much on the subject beyond this teaser graphic I painted the other day. I hope you are all as excited as I am that Fortuna's story is moving forward. Please be patient as these things take a tremendous amount of time, research and effort. 

Fortuna has been obliging enough to tell me he is indeed not from England at all but from a small village named Hallows Eve in a place I have never heard of and to mind my own business thank you very much. The quintessential cat, he is as always very mysterious. He has also requested his own twitter account which I have given him. We will be setting him up to tweet: @fortunathecat

 

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New logos

Hi Everyone,

I am going to make a concentrated effort to blog weekly and try to do video updates monthly if possible. I say this now but it is always difficult for me to maintain if I am traveling for a show or bogged down with work

We have decided our company needed a facelift and a rebrand is in progress. We are updating EVERYTHING and retiring some prints. We will be transitioning packaging as supplies are used up. I know this will add a new vitality to things and I hope you all like the direction everything is taking.

Without further ado the logos:

   This is one of our banners for a social media site. All of them have been updated to reflect our new look and colors. 

 

 This is one of our banners for a social media site. All of them have been updated to reflect our new look and colors. 

For condensed packaging we needed something more compact so for smaller items and products we have chosen this:

We felt that the first image served better for banners and trade shows and the smaller one for packaging. In a weeks time we will have the option for bags and things of the logo for interested parties.

Currently I am working on an unrelated side project, doing some voice over work for an upcoming theatrical performance. It has been taking up the past few days but I should have it all wrapped up tomorrow. 

After that my sole focus is finishing the brand new website. You may see things moving around on the current one. We will have a soft opening at the end of the week and should everything be in order we will have a launch party for the new website. 

I have ideas for art so do stay tuned. We are currently voting on the next pin design! It is an all Lucky Cat round! 

May you all have a magical day!!

Ash Evans

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A Salute to Toasty

Toasty the phoenix has been our logo/mascot for over 7 years. He is much more recognized then our FIRST EVER logo with Charger the unicorn (very few people have buttons of that) He was our teenage years image (company wise) and I'm getting a little nostalgic talking about him.

Toasty will be retiring in a few days. I still have some stickers I put on my orders. I will use him until we are out (waste not want not)  We still have a few sheets which we will use up but then thats it. We will be transitioning all of our packaging as well as redoing our website. Its time for a fresh coat of paint. 

Happy Trails Toasty! Thanks for your service. 

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Sylvan series

Hi Everyone! I have been working hard on all sorts of projects. Today was a snowy one and I got almost a good 13 hours of painting in. I am currently working on this little fairy bunny. I have wanted to paint bunnies for AGES but had too many other things going on to devote the time to it!

 

fairy bunny WIP

It still has a LOT of work to do but I hope you like it! Well my brain is fried so I am signing off for the night. Have a wonderful night guys! 

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Frost in the Pumpkin Patch WIP

Frostinthepumpkinpatch

I have been working on my latest Fortuna the Cat piece and I am hoping to have it finished tomorrow. Working title is Frost in the Pumpkin Patch and will be part of the 2016 Calendar for next year. As soon as it is completed prints will be available. I have so many things in the pipeline but I am terrible at blogging! I will try and keep you posted with ideas and items as they come out. 

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Mewnicorn

I got to have a fun paint what I wanted day so I did this adorable little Mewnicorn!!

 

Prints are available

I have a project I agreed to be a part of to work on next and then I get to do another piece just for my own pleasure. Its the best possible gift I could get for Christmas! 

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A year end review

This year was an intense one for me. One with massive changes and massive opportunity. Looking back now its startling to see how different my life is now compared to last year. I am grateful for the lessons I learned along the way and I am especially grateful for the amazing support my friends and fans have showed me.

This year I managed to create 40 painted works of varying mediums, design 9 pins for GofundMe and have them made as well as several sets of hand sculpted ornaments. Considering the first half of the year yielded an international move and a drastic life change I don't think that is too bad at all.

I was able to attend San Diego Comic con for the first time and show my art and it did very well there. I was able to pass the DragonCon jury and attend for the first time in several years and had my best show ever. I've made new fans and new contacts and have grown my business considerably. 

I want to thank my Patreon Patrons especially for their generous support this year. You guys helped me acquire some new supplies to replace ones that didn't survive the trip back well, a new PO box so people don't come to my house, a Square Kiosk for faster processing at shows AND a new FLUSH flat bed scanner/wireless printer which is so amazing it is going to change how I do work in the future! We are able to wirelessly print invoices from anywhere in the house which will make shipping and fulfillment SO much easier I can't even tell you how happy I am about it.

For every single fan that has left a comment or made a purchase this year THANK YOU. You all single handedly fund my dream of being an artist and that is a gift that I can't articulate how grateful I am for. 

Moving forward we will be making improvements to the company, to our equipment and how we run things. We will be making efforts to reduce waste more then ever before and streamline our process for faster shipping. I have a LOT of projects in the pipeline this year. This will severely limit my ability to attend and vend at shows but I will make an effort to do at least three. Please check my events schedule for up to date appearance schedules. 

All in all as the business draws to a close for the year I will be happy for some down time to reflect on what has passed and what has yet to come. I hope all of you and your families have a most wonderful holiday and I wish you all the BRIGHTEST blessings in the new year. Keep an eye out for new things. We have some very exciting projects, art and products in the pipeline for 2015. I am sure it will be our best year ever.

Thank you all

Unicorn Hugs

Ash Evans 

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I have a new address!

People always ask if they can write, send cards or what have you. I am happy to say I now have an address for that!!

Ash Evans

PO BOX 435

Pasadena, MD 21123

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San Diego Comic con

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder I personally leave in one week for San Diego for Comic con. Be sure to follow the Unic0rnQueen on Instagram to follow my whereabouts and activities. I will try to post as frequently as I can. My pets are having their "grandparents" move in and stay with them so that they have round the clock care. My poor Mischief will not be happy though.

There will be some order delay from July 21-28 th as I will be in San Diego and I have given everyone else time off so no orders will be processed or shipped during that time. Please note you can place an order any time 24/7 but we will be unavailable to process,ship or answer customer service inquiries. Also note that there could be a delay in shipping when I get back due to the back log of orders. We will work as hard as we can to get everything packed and shipped in a timely manner. If you would like to get an order out before I leave the LAST day to do that is Thursday July 17th. 

For Con attendees: I will have two panels in the art show with hand accented OOAK matted prints. Lucky number 13/250 of my Bub Nouveau print will also be at the show. I WILL be there but have decided not to set up a meet up, this is my FIRST vacation(ish) since 2007 and while I will be working to some extent every day with meetings and some other things I will for the most part will be trying to enjoy myself. 

After the con I will be working STRICTLY on DragonCon and the art show. I have 6 original paintings to complete and a lot of other things to do to prepare myself for the show. After that show has concluded I will be working on Fortuna the cat up until Christmas and then we close for the holidays. 

I'm really excited to be going to Comic con and having my art there! Have a wonderful day everyone!!

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New art and WIP's

I don't blog as much as I should. There are so many things I should do but time does not allow me "should" much. I am trying to delegate what I can to my mom, Susan who helps when I call but I think I need to start picking up the phone more. I have managed to finish my first Fortuna the Cat painting of 2014. 

Conjuring Magic will be in the 2015 Calendar. 

Conjuring Magic

This is the third image I have completed for the calendar. There are 9 left to go. It feels impossible at the moment. I'm trying to prep for San Diego comic con and trying to hash out what pieces will go into Dragoncon. I was NOT expecting to get in. I get rejected every year. I have to decide what is going in my bay by July 15th. 

Zodicat WIP's I am working on this week:

Virgo

With any luck one or both of these paintings will be completed by the end of this week. 

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For Clarity

I venomously resent the fact that I have to type this blog post but for crystal clarity on some issues that have come to my attention (and I have had to address in the middle of what was supposed to be a painting day, that I was now robbed of). 

In case there was ever a shadow of a doubt, ALL licenses, collaborative artists and business associates I work with are listed on my website. Any other persons or businesses purporting to be associated with me and their practices or dealings are misrepresenting myself and my brand. If I find unauthorized persons or businesses infringing on my copyright or committing slander or liable, I assure you they will be pursued to the fullest extent the law allows. If you find any copyright infringement PLEASE do not intercede on my behalf! Email me, as I have an attorney that deals with this sort of thing. If you ever have any question about the validity of a product or a claim (because I DO have products out there) feel free to email me directly at ash@ashevans.com DO NOT ENGAGE with any individuals on my behalf. Sometimes it will actually hurt a valid legal case. 

I am creating an employee page so you know who does and does NOT work for me, any persons saying they do and you don't see their smiling face on that page is completely FULL of crap! If you are ever approached by someone claiming to work for or with me and they are not a licensor, my agent or my employee notify me immediately. Speaking on behalf of my company or pretending to be an associate of mine is criminal liable which is a class 6 felony!

Again I am sorry for any confusion that has been created at this time, sometimes as part of a business you have to deal with undesirable circumstances. 

Unicorn Hugs,

Ash Evans 

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HUGE print sale!!

HUGE print sale!!

Hi Everyone, now through Monday I am having a huge print sale!! All regular prints (8.5x11) are buy TWO get ONE free!! 

Here is how it works. You just add two prints to your cart (or more there is no limit but for every two you buy you get one free) and then in the notes section of checkout list the ones you want FREE.

Do not add the free prints to your cart! Just list them in the notes section of checkout. IF you forget you can just email me your list at ash@ashevans.com, please reference your order number in the email. There is NO limit to how many you can get free. 

Offer excludes matted prints. Sorry we have a hard enough time keeping mats in stock! 

Ends Monday at Midnight EST, cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons. 

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