“Prints for Pam-a-Lamb,” a call for submissions!

Attention all artists – my dear friend Jen Goodsell and I are running a charity print project, and we would like your help.

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Prompted by the unfair treatment of yet another queer character and queer relationship in a recent DC Comics event, we have created our own event in honor of the LGBTQIA+ characters who have been silenced throughout years of comic storytelling.

Representation matters. Obviously, in comics, safety is never a guarantee. Characters die all the time. But to kill off one of the only prominent, visibly queer characters in that universe, and have her girlfriend be one of the prime suspects, feels very much like a slap in the face. I can’t help believing that the impact and treatment of this situation would be far different if the characters had been a straight-presenting couple. A little bit of attention was given to Harley mourning Ivy, but I feel like much more weight would have been given to the characters’ relationship if it had been Bruce suspected of killing Selina, or Clark suspected of killing Lois, etc. As it is, it simply feels like a cheap ‘wow’ factor played to get attention and remove an “obstacle” to any assumptions of heterosexuality.

So, in honor of Pamela Lillian Isley and all other characters like her, and loves like hers that have been silenced before, we are running a charity print event!

Here’s the plan:

~ Event title: Prints for Pam-a-Lamb. Please use #printsforpamalamb when promoting.

~ All proceeds to the National LGBTQ Task Force.

~ Pieces due by March 1st, with the event to launch that day. Content is up to the artist, as long as it’s LGBTQIA+-related. Nods or direct references to the characters in question are very welcome.

~ Prints should be available for sale through the end of May, shipping in early April.

~ Each artist will handle their own sales, shipping and getting their share of the donation money to the Task Force. That’s very easy to do – there’s a donation link right on their website. IF you’re unable to handle printing, shipping or managing the donation yourself, let me know, though. I will happily handle that for you through my own site, if you’d still like to participate.

Please contact either me or Jen if you’d like to sign up, you can message me here or email me directly at rachelillustrates@yahoo.com. Same with any questions.

Thanks so much for any interest and/or good vibes in the project’s direction!

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Fanart Friday – “Lively!”

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“Lively!”

I love this alien princess and she needs more attention.

3Below was wonderful, and Aja Tarron is THE BEST. I would protect her with my life even though she doesn’t need it. Cannot. WAIT. For. Season. Two.

(And yes, that is the Diablo Maximus in her hand, there. She is indeed Queen in waiting of everything.)

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Sunday Gnomedays 12-30-18, dElfcember days 27, 28, 29 and 30

More catchup and Gnomish-Elven connection ❤ (And only one more left for this challenge, after this!)

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Sunday Gnomedays 12-30-18/dElfcember day 30, “Bonds”

Specifically, bonds of friendship.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my own friendships over the last couple of days, and though I don’t always keep in touch very well, I appreciate every single person I am able to call friend – be it a friendship in person, or a bond that was created over fangirling and artwork online.

Thank you, every one of you, for being here for me.

Featuring Tock, of my “Tock the Gnome,” and Luke from my friend DrMistyTang‘s amazing comic “Grey Eyes.”

(Couldn’t not draw one of her “elves” for this challenge, too!)

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Day 27, “Dobby”

From “Harry Potter,” of course, loving his Free Elf self!

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Day 28, “Unicorn”

This one was really calming to draw 🙂

Also, this one does still count for “Tock the Gnome” world-building – there are certainly Unicorns in Tock’s world….I just haven’t figured out the context yet. Any further information will likely show up on Patreon, if you’re interested.

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Day 29, “Mead”

Despite the very specific prompt, as mead is made from honey, it got me thinking about bees instead. Angry ones, by the way my day was going 🐝😅🐝💥

Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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dElfcember days 18 and 19

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Day 18, “Marshmallow”

Which, unconventionally, made me think of their soft sqwooshy texture, which led to this (……I was also very tired at the time).

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Day 19, “Stars”

“I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out.” ~ With Fanart Friday flavor! Which led me to Galadriel 💫 She is easily among my favorite Elven characters and one of the best characters in such a male dominated story (a story which I love, buuuuuuut still).

Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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dElfcember 13, “Wolf”

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With a Wolfrider from “Elfquest,” of course!

Had to had to. I’m very grateful for these comics and what they’ve given me over the years.

“Strange blood! No regrets. We would not turn aside.

It brought us safely through the fire where all the others died.

Strange blood! Howl again, for now we know too well:

Better a friend on paths unknown than be alone in hell!”

~ Leslie Fish, “Strange Blood,”

from “A Wolfrider’s Reflections”

Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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dElfcember, days 1 through 8

So I fell into another drawing challenge ^^;

I am very, very busy with commissions right now, but I’m going to do what I can to squeeze these in for fun in-between. As you might have guessed, I’m leaning towards world-building for “Tock the Gnome” again (….<3 ) but any spoilers will be tagged/noted and I will probably include a good smattering of Tolkien-style Elves (and maybe some “Elfquest” ones too!).

Here we go! Prompt list from @monicamarinhoart.

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Day 1, “Holly.” – also counting as 12/2’s Sunday Gnomedays.

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Day 2, “Tea.”

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Day 3, “Reindeer.”

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Day 4, “Winter Elf.”

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Day 5, “Pine Tree.” (Available with bonus information for “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday here!)

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Day 6, “Snow.”

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Day 7, “Moon.”

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Day 8, “Owl.” – Our first specifically Tolkien-style Elf of the challenge!

Aaaaaand Bonus dElfcember available here for patrons, in the form of this month’s Thank You drawing

(Today’s Sunday Gnomedays will be up later today. Doing my best to get back on track with that and other regular posts, including Tock’s World Building Wednesday.)

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