Holiday Gift Guide : For the Artist, Nerd & Creative Person in YOUR Life!

Greetings, peeps! :D

It's that time of year again! The time where many of us brave the overcrowded and tacky-holiday-music-filled malls (or, if you're like me, sit snug as a bug at home mindlessly clicking through Amazon) in search of the perfect gift for our friends, family members, roommates, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and maybe even your dog.  You know, if you're one of THOSE weirdos.

I know sometimes that us nerds & creative types can be hard to shop for.  So if you're struggling to find just the right gift for that special weirdo in YOUR life, here's a few things I'd recommend to almost anyone.  The best part? Everything on the list can be had for $30 or less!

OH, and before you ask: I'm getting absolutely NOTHING for pimping any of these items.  None of them sponsor me, and I never asked for kickbacks.  Honestly, they're all either items I already own & would recommend, or things I would be head over heals to get myself (not that I'm hinting or anything. ;^_^)

Stripped: A Revealing Look At the World's Greatest Comic Strips 

"Stripped" is a documentary, and quite literally a love letter to the history and process of comics.  It was put together by Frederick Schroeder and David Kellett and funded entirely through Kickstarter (which I'm happy to say I helped contribute to, yay!)  They have interviews with TONS of comic creators, from Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Mike & Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal) and MORE, and even includes a rare, first-time-ever audio interview with "Calvin & Hobbs" creator Bill Watterson.  It discusses the history of the comic strip, explores the process of creating comics in a variety of mediums and styles, and postulates about the future of the medium as we move into an internet-savy, post-newspaper age.

I'm not kidding when I say, if your perspective gift recipient reads comics, makes comics, LOVES comics, you owe it to them to get them this documentary.

Recommended for anyone in your life who reads comic, has a nostalgic love for comic strips, and/or makes them for a living.

Where to Buy: StrippedFilm.com (recommended)  *  Amazon  *  iTunes

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Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

My own D&D character! Hero Forge sadly doesn't have non-human races like werewolves or (in my case) dragonborn yet, but they've said they hope to expand possibilities in the future.

My own D&D character! Hero Forge sadly doesn't have non-human races like werewolves or (in my case) dragonborn yet, but they've said they hope to expand possibilities in the future.

If you run in nerdy circles, chances are you know someone who plays some miniature-based tabletop roleplaying game. Dungeons & Dragons is the most well-known of it's ilk, but there are SO many more that it would be pointless to list here (a quick glance at Wikipedia proves this.)  But if your targeted gift-receiver collects, builds, paints, and plays with such models, than they might be interested in Hero Forge's Custom Miniatures.

Their website allows you to create your miniature (which as of now is limited to humans & humanoid races like elves, dwarves, androids, etc), complete with costume pieces & props.  You then have a selection of options for your hard-copy model, from the inexpensive low-detail but durable, higher resolution & paint friendly, to even larger 3" and 6" statuettes.  The models are then 3D printed and shipped right to you in 2-4 weeks.  Pretty neat!

The turn-around time for these, on top of the unique customizable nature, may make these seem like not a great option for christmas.  But trust me when I say that half the fun in these is choosing just the right pose and parts for your custom model.  Give your giftee an IOU for one of these and they'll be just as happy!

Recommended for roleplayers & tabletop gamers of any variety.

Where to Buy: HeroForge.Com

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"Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" by Andrew Loomis

This book is considered by many to be THE definitive book on figure drawing. It was originally published in 1943 and had been out of print for many years until Titan books finally put it back into print in 2011.  Before then, it would regularly go for 3 digit prices on eBay.  Yes, artists wanted it THAT much.

I own the book in hard-copy. It's a nice, hefty 3lbs and is chock full of information and sample drawings, including anatomical studies - both full figure and broken into parts - with labeled drawings of muscles and skeletal structures for both male and female models.  Loomis's drawings are not only detailed and informative, but beautiful, rendered expertly in pencil and charcoal.  In my personal opinion, any serious artist should have this book on their shelves.  If your artist doesn't, it is your sacred duty to rectify this.   And remember: if you REALLY want to make an impression (and have the funds to burn), keep an eye out for an original printing.

Recommended for painters, illustrators, and figure-focused artists with an appreciation for the classics 

Where to Buy: Amazon  *  Barnes & Noble

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Jet Pens.com Gift Card

All hail the mighty gift card! Fits in a card, ships super easy, and guarantees your recipient will wind up with something they'll like. Win-win!

My favorite online store for pens & pencils is JetPens.  They specialize in writing pens, pencils, dip inks, cases & bags, and a variety of office supplies from Japan.  I buy my favorite inking pen from these guys, and have made many purchases from them over the years.  Their shipping is super quick, AND is totally free as long as you spend at least $25.

If you're not sure what kind of drawing or writing implement your giftee likes, you can snag a $25 electronic gift card.  There's a TON of stuff here, so there's no way they won't find something they like.  

Recommended for illustrators, cartoonists, and writers who love working with real materials. Computers are SO overrated!

Where to Buy: JetPens.com

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One last thing before I go: If you enjoy my work & want to give one of my shirts or books as a gift, please consider checking out my store.  There's not much time left before the holidays are over, so if you want to give something of mine as a gift, don't wait too long!  Hey, I've got my own gifts to buy. ;)

Happy holidays, folks! Drink responsibly.

-Lizzy B.

League of... Furries?

I draw furries.  I also play video games.  I am what some may call a "nerd", and I happily celebrate the term.  Yay nerds!

I recently got the urge to draw my mascot character, Lizardbeth, as Jinx "The Loose Canon" from Riot Game's League of Legends.  I thought it an appropriate fit, given Liz's hyperactivity and colorful nature.  Plus, Jinx is just one of my favorite heroes in LoL, both in terms of design and gameplay.  What's not to love about a rocket launcher shaped like a shark? I mean come ON. 

Of course, having doing that, I got the itch to do a few more. I told my followers on FurAffinity "hey, if any of you want me to draw your character as a League of Legends champion, I'll totally do it."  I opened two slots initially, with the intent that if I got enough demand I'd open up a couple more spots later.

Well wouldn't you know it? There's a lot of furry LOL nerds. out there. :)

I'll likely continue to do these until interest dries up (whether it's mine, or potential buyers).  But I'm certainly enjoying them for now.  

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One last note: during the month of December, I'll be doing a Patreon Advent Calender for all of my $2+ patron subscribers.  There will be one exclusive post per day from the 1st to the 25th, including anything from digital icons and backgrounds, secret doodles, printable greeting cards for friends and family, and more. And it won't be only Christmas-centric; there will be some Hanukah, Yule, as well as lots of general winter fun. As long as you set you're Patreon subscription to at least $2, you'll be able to see everything that gets posted all month.  

If you're not a Patreon subscriber yet, please head on over to my Patreon Page and show your support.

-Lizzie B.

A Snake and his Harp

Another time lapse art video! Woot!

This was a commission I originally did as just a black-and-white line art, but which was later upgraded to full color upon request.  Humm, not sure what else to say about this one, other than that... uhh... naga-bodies are fun to draw? ;^_^

Sorry, I got nuthin.  Anyway, here's the full piece!

...and of course, the time-lapse video.

On a side note: My Patreon campaign has not only successfully completed it's first month, but quite a few folks have already received their $6+ goodie packs!  Extra-special thanks to @AntiUmbra, @Scigglicious@SilverSean85, and @The_Foxish for sending me pics! :D If you got a goodie pack and want to share it, tweet a photo to me at @LizardbethArt

If you want a goodie pack of your own - or just want to support me & my work - please visit my Patreon Page and join up.  Goodie Packs go to the first 100 subscribers who choose to pledge over $6, but any amount is met with appreciation and psychically-transmitted high fives. ^_^

Until next time, friends!

-Lizzy B.

The Girl is Dangerous

No, I mean, really Mike. She's, like, SUPER dangerous.  Maybe you should get off her before she gets nippy? 

The Copic official twitter @CopicMarker is doing a month-long coloring contest event under the hashtag #CopicSummer. They've been releasing new line art for people to have fun with on a weekly basis.  I'm not normally one for coloring contests, but when I saw the line art for this one, well... how could I refuse? 

Wanna see how I did it? Here's the time lapse video of me coloring it from start to finish. The original footage was about an hour and a half long.

One final thought; today* would have been Michael's 56th birthday.  SHOULD have been.  

 Do something nice for someone this week, ok?  In spite of all the nasty rumors and false accusations thrown his way he always made time to give back.  He donated millions upon millions to children's charities and hospitals.  He was an inspiration, and the world is lacking without him.  Time for us to start picking up the slack.

If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change  -Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror

-Lizzy B.

*It's just past midnight as I'm posting this, so technically it was yesterday (August 29th).

D20 Comics - It's about DAMN time.

Wow.

Yes, it's been a long, LONG time since I did these.  Yes, I should have posted them ages ago.  But y'all don't want me to waste your valuable time making excuses (mostly involving 7 months with my life in boxes in my mother's garage), so I'm just gonna let you have 'em.  Enjoy! :)

There is a small chance that I MAY have missed one or two, and given the length of time since I started these.  If I owe you one and you don't see it above, please e-mail me and I'll be happy to correct it.

One at a time from now on. And never, EVER right before a move.  Lesson learned. ;^_^

-Lizzy B.