Monday, December 31, 2012

Frohes Neues Jahr!

It's the last day of 2012: A year that has brought my life around 180 degrees... I had no idea I would be where I am today at this time a year ago! To think that I emigrated, became a citizen of a new country, and have found the love of my life is truly incredible.  I had a couple of really great artwork commissions, really fun projects that have been exciting to see get out there in the world.  I hope 2013 brings me a lot more creative energy so I can make a lot more of the fun stuff I love. We'll see!
We start off to another international move, this time to the UK. It will be exciting!

New Year's Resolutions:
1. To do a back bend and the splits through slow yoga flexibility
2. To do lots of fresh juicing with my new juicer!
3. To worry much much less, and learn the art of relaxing during relaxation time.
4. To soak up every moment for what it is, without questioning WHY so much, and to stop worrying about the meaning of everything and just move through it with clarity of mind.
5. To do yoga for at least 20 minutes, and meditation for 30 minutes every day, as often as truly possible.


Favorite things about 2012:
-Moving to Germany
-Falling in Love
- Working for Megg on "A Fairy Tale..."
- Drawing Auburie's Doggies
- becoming a British citizen
- learning new games, like Card Fight Vanguard!
- making new wonderful, excellent Recovery Buddy friends who have really inspired me on my healing journey!
- all the generosity and love that my friends and family have shared with me.
- The Hobbit, Brave (I have lots of movies to catch up on since being out here has made it a little difficult)
- Gangnam Style
- "Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding, performed by Fifth Harmony on The X Factor
- Grumpy Cat 




Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

I got another amazing donation through my birthday blog post  and was inspired to start making art for Christmas! I hope to make much more, hoping my good energy lasts all through the holidays! Enjoy =D



Oops and I forgot to share this little one I also put on Squash n Sketch:

Have lots of merry merry merry merry celebrating this season!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Micros: The Lost Episode

Finalmente!! The Micros episode I worked on waaay back in February/March is online! Read about the run around it went through all year to get to your eyes at this moment. Enjoy!!



The Micros on Facebook

Monday, December 3, 2012

Yay I drew some pictures!

Oh hello, has it been a whole month already!? I had some really good traction on making lots of artwork and then got sick again so I lost  track of time! Here is my Turkey Day drawing and also the second commission of Max and Winston! Wee!
I have a feeling I'll be doing lots of good work in the last month of 2012 so stay tuned, friends. =D



Monday, November 5, 2012

It's the Little Things that are the Great BIG things...



Matt and I shared our 1 year anniversary this weekend, on his 25th birthday Nov. 3. Yes I'm dating younger. =P. He has brought so much love and magic in my life.
We met at the Los Angeles SIGGRAPH in 2010 as student volunteers for the computing and digital technology in entetainment and design conference. In other words, we have big Nerd love.
Matt is a research and development assistant for Konami Digital Entertainment, designing game play for the Yu Gi Oh trading card game, and I am a trained 2D and 3D animator but as you see do mostly illustration now.  So the nerd love began... well not quite at SIGGRAPH, but we kept in touch over the course of the next year as we both had enormous big life shifts and when the dust settled, the Universe said "IT IS TIME!" and over skype we developed a relationship filled with compassion, joy, laughter, geek talk, and huge, all encompassing, wrap you up with both arms, big Love.  He came to visit me in Colorado in January of this year and in June I came out to Frankfurt to be with my man For Good.  We're moving to the UK together in February of next year.

Our life together is small, humble, and extremely, hugely, magnificently filled with love. We are true partners, companions, and complimentors. I'm OCD, and he's ADD. I'm Type A, and he's Type what are we doing? I'm over-anxious and emotional, he's cool as a cucumber and steady as a rock.  I love this guy. He has made my life so very very happy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Doodle doo boo!

It's Halloween all over the world today! I think? LOL .... my plans are to watch some Young Frankenstein and play with brains...

Here are some doodles. =D


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wowza! Birthday Wish Report

Omigosh! This Sparkle Rainbow Pony is filled to the brim with love and gratitude for her 22 backers, the sum of 1000 blog views, 107 video views, and the result of eternal thanks from one very lucky girl.

Please click the image to the left to see all the thank you doodles I made in thanks for the donations and commissions!

I raised enough money that I can sit back a little til the end of the year and not push myself too hard.  I hope and pray this is the beginning of a new cycle for me in my health, but no matter what I will never EVER forget the kindness, compassion, and attention that my friends, family, and even strangers have shown me over the last two weeks.

If anyone struggles with ME/CFS, or knows someone who does and wishes to talk about it, I am MORE than happy to share my experience, advice, and commiserate.

More to come in the short future, these sketches have taken a lot out of me but they have been worth every electron of energy.  Tomorrow I am headed to the Essen Toy Fair and may take a while to recover from that but will be back with an update as soon as I can, hopefully more Halloween Art!!!


SO MUCH LOVE, wishes, kisses, hugs, rainbows, sparkles, and oodles of joy to all of you.

ooxooxoxoxo
JennySRP

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jenny's Birthday Wish

Update: Wow the response has been phenomenal! This blog post has had 724 views since posted on Oct 4, and I've received 16 gorgeous donations.  What a treat! I've also received so many kind words and support from friends, family, and strangers in the ME/CFS community.  What a brilliant birthday this has been, thank you everybody!!!! More sketches to come!!


Thursday, October 11 is my 28th Birthday. This year I have a special wish that I hope you will help me grant.  I explain in this video =D






My birthday wish is simple... I just want to share my story with the people in my life so that a little bit more understanding about my journey and ME/CFS in general gets out there.  My wish would be that if any person has to explain to a friend or family that they have ME/CFS the response in return will be that of at least a little glimmer of knowing and understanding, instead of perhaps jokes about yuppie flu or prescriptions being written for weight lifting exercises to help with energy (yes, both of these happened to me!) A lot of my friends have expressed a real desire to help me out but don't know how, so I've set up a pay pal button below for small donations in lieu of gifts and cards this year for anyone who wishes to contribute in this way.

You will be helping me pay off medical and living expenses I've been slowly paying off as I can over the last two years, accrued as I have been doing my very best to get healthy and work despite extremely debilitating ME/CFS.  Everyone who donates to help me kickstart my life will get a thank you doodle.

If you choose to order a piece of custom artwork (through my website) please note that return times will be variable. I have been extremely blessed with my freelance career and often times have more work than I am able to complete in a timely manner due to my health limitations.  My lack of income has enormously more to do with the time I am able to spend working than it is about the work I am able to get.  Having said that, I absolutely love doing small commission pieces and really look forward to working on yours. All work will be submitted to you digitally, and of course you may print in any way you choose. See a sample of some different options here or email me for a custom price.



Birthday Gift

More Information:

What is CFIDS/ ME?  CFIDS Association of America looks to answer that question...
See Research1st for more on the current medical research on ME/CFS.


Here is a concise and extremely vivid picture of what life is like with ME/CFS.

Where I'm getting help, The Optimum Health Clinic 


More on my Journey through this Blog:

June 2010 4 Years with ME/CFS (Includes the Origin story)

April 2010 Down for the Count

Aug 2010 The Noble Truth of Suffering 

June 2011 A Little PSA

Aug 2011 5 Years on...

Aug 2012 The Daily Weeks of a Sick Girl


Thank you to my gift givers!!! <3  Click each for a larger look at their thank you doodles!






























Please use the comments below for any questions, advice, comments, worries, wishes, conversations, debates, birthday prayers hugs and kisses, or sparkle rainbow unicorn droppings.  I am more than happy to engage in conversation or discussion or answer any nagging ponderings you may have.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I Love October!

I love October... the 11th is my Birthday and then of course the 31st is Halloween! The air gets crispy and chilly, the smell of pumpkin lattes fills the air, the leaves crunch under your feet... boots are back in! Woo hoo!

Hoping this year to make lots more Halloweeny art, but here are some blasts from the past =D





Monday, October 1, 2012

Max and Winston


How adorable are Max and Winston? I recently completed this commission for my beautiful friend Auburie. (See the cute pups photo below!)

Also I launched my Art of Jenny Sherman Facebook Page, so make sure to *Like* it when you stop by!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hot off the presses....

... well cooled down after a 7,000 mile journey to Germany, but I got my copy of Megg Eli's book A Fairy Tale: One Day My Prince Will Come  with such a nice printed postcard of one of my paintings I did for her. My sketches are at the end of Chapter 12!

The paintings are up on the website at Castle-Wall.com  in the characters section.

So proud of Megg and excited for this milestone. =D

Get the Kindle version for FREE: A Fairy Tale: One Day My Prince Will Come  is on special Sept 1-3 on Amazon.com.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Still Singin'


Made this quick photoshop for one of my favorite entertainers, Gene Kelly. He would have been 100 years old today.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Grumpy Jenny is Grumpy

You talkin' to me? YOU talking to ME!?
My panties are in a bunch today. I mean... I have "reasons"... but really I'm just plain GRUMPY!
To add a little joy to this grumpiness I have made a Grumpalumpagus album, a public album on my Facebook page where you may find a compilation of the funniest and cutest grumpy animals you have ever seen.

Since my last blog post I received so many compliments about how I've inspired and stayed optimistic through tough times, and I am so grateful for all who gain that from my stories because that is the point. But even us eternal optimists get grumpy sometimes, and I'm actually more curious about grumpiness now than ever! What a funny emotion!




Let's see some great Deviants interpret GRUMPY today!




What makes you feel better when you are grumpy?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

the daily weeks of a sick girl



Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen."



Today is a Tangled Soundtrack kind of day. It started off inspiring as I bopped up and down and sang along, making note I really need to sing and dance more often, feeling like I can't wait to watch the movie again... but by the end of "When Will My Life Begin" tears were streaming down my face.


My boyfriend returned from his week long visit to Tokyo last night and I was so excited to see him. He told me of his adventures and brought me back a transparent disney princesses puzzle from the biggest Disney Store in the world... (or at least that he had ever been to), and I laughed and said, "Do you think I'm a disney princess?" and he said "Of Course! Your'e Rapunzel!"... now this is not a new thing but it does make my heart fly when I hear that because I love Tangled's story and really do feel like it's my own in a lot of ways.


Hence the inspiration to sing with Mandy Moore all morning.... and then the tears, oh the tears. I can't begin to explain what it is like to be a person with giant dreams and will power only to be tripping over the limitations of my physical body, unable to move like those nightmares where you try to run away but your legs feel like lead. The paradox between my desires and my actual ability to accomplish is hugely frustrating and maddening. My 20's have been miraculous and magical in so many ways, but mostly without any doing on my part. Sure I made the choice to go to grad school for Animation because I knew if I was gonna be ill I had to do something I loved (That was when I thought even though I was ill I could still work some day), and yes I got myself through grad school 45 minutes at a time even though I so lament not being able to make more of it than what I physically could, and yes I made the decisions to go wherever I need to go to have a safe place to rest my head while I let my body heal, but gosh oh golly it is taking such a long time, and sometimes it feels like the world is just moving right on by and I am here, sitting, waiting.


I don't feel as though I'm really WAITING for life to begin, life still happens without too much effort on my part. That's the magic of the universe. The universe brought me my best friends in the world. It brought me the love of my life. It brought me to travel the world, even though I didn't have the money or energy to do it, it still happened. My life is still full of meaning, and is very fulfilled, probably mostly due to my "gift" of being an introvert. My inner life is colorful, full of ideas, full of questions and curiosity, and full of depth. I am never bored, never uninspired, never feeling "lack". I always find miracles, always experience gratitude, and constantly make note of the magic and beauty in my life.




Though I'm not a religious person I can find such truth and such beauty in many religiously inspired teachings. In the parables of Jesus, Matthew 6:24-34 (Luke 12:24-27), it says: 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.


I cry in recognition of these beautiful truths. I have seen so many seasons pass by on those days I have been too ill to do anything other than look out the window. This illness has taught me so much about a world, a different reality separate from the "rat race", a different path completely perpendicular to the constant seeking of comforts.


My carbon footprint must be close to nil. It's amazing how little you can survive off of when you aren't constantly consuming fashion, media, petrol, all the things we buy that we feel we need in some way. I'm not saying I don't love the luxury of life, I think you should milk it for all it is worth, the treasures of life WANT to be milked for all their worth; but I also want to impart my experience of not NEEDING it, not falling into the depths of a black hole if you cannot consume on a constant basis. It has been terrifying and freeing, mostly beautifully, wonderfully, all encompassing-ly freeing. Life doesn't end when you have to apply for benefits (or when you are denied those benefits). Life doesn't end when your bank account is empty. Life doesn't end when all your clothes are hand me downs and more than three years old. Life doesn't end when you go give up everything and move abroad... in fact that could be when it all begins. Please please please, enjoy all the worldly delights you can, but remember to ENJOY them. Be there with them and enjoy all the things that are truly free, too :).






I get most frustrated when I fall over in worship over my peers and heroes and their amazing contributions and life in the art and animation world. Matt asked me if I get sad when I watch animated films because I might have worked on them if things had turned out differently, and I said no, I love these creations with all my heart and know my place is somewhere different, and that will have a place all its own. But I do get frustrated when I try to create and my body gives out on me, I'm so comfortable with discipline and work ethic, but they cannot fuel my body. They cannot give me energy. As of last Tuesday I have been on a Doctor's prescribed 6 week vacation... no work allowed. The permission is amazing, I think it is even freeing up my creativity, but I also am having a chance to feel more afraid about my decades going by. I know this won't happen as long as I am present. My constant mantra all day is "healing, healing, healing...". Whenever I feel the tug of anxiety or the pressure of doing, I bring my attention back and say "healing... healing... healing..."


And as we started, we know that sometimes there are weeks when decades happen, and I know with all my heart that someday my life will be rolling forward like a well oiled machine, and I'll be running, and racing, and dancing and chasing and leaping and bounding, hair flying, heart pounding, and splashing and reeling and finally feeling! That's when my life beeegins!!!!!


And then it will be time for a new dream.

:)


Friday, August 10, 2012

this happened.

click to enlargify

Doesn't Tokyo have wi-fi? BOYFRIEND EMAIL ME!
lollersk8s
will be watching The Pirates! tonight since I'm out of fashion girly movies.
Recommendations welcome.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The One Drop Comic Project


Support our Kickstarter Project!!!! UCLA Animation artists submitting comics in print! Proceeds go to printing and prizes!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Birthday Puppy


Today is my very best friend's birthday, and she loves puppies and eccentric marathon costumes!! I made her this little birthday card.

Check out more on my website at JennyLSherman.com !

Happy Birthday Danielle!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Translation Productive?


I was trying to translate my rice tonight and found out it was "more productive than other rice"... wtf does that mean? In honor of this and Matt's upcoming trip to Tokyo, I have hence-forth created this blog post of hilarious bad translations.





Enjoy more at these links:

http://www.oddee.com/item_96533.aspx
http://www.jnweb.com/funny/translation.html
http://www.engrish.com/

Sunday, July 29, 2012

First Month in Frankfurt



 Hello Everyone! The formatting of this post is a little weird because blogger does not translate very well with google translate, and it does not allow me to log in with my stealthy IP converter to log me in from an english speaking location, soooooo I'm sorry for the wonkyness!

It's been one month since I arrived in Frankfurt and I am so happy.  For the first two or three weeks it was a little on the "testing" side, did I do the right thing? Am I crazy? Do Matt and I even LIKE each other!? The answers are Yes, No, and No, we LOVE each other :).  This has been a crazy magical experience and it only strengthens my belief that great reward comes with great risk, courage, heart, and determination.  It was not easy getting all the requirements I needed to get here, including selling my baby car and packing up my life into two suitcases, but now when I wake up and realize I am HERE I am the happiest girl in the world.  I have had my fair share of recovery and relapse since I got here, hence not a lot of touristing going on, a lot of time in bed, but thankfully we have a GREAT view from our 14th floor studio apartment so spending all day looking out the window when I am in too much discomfort to read or watch TV, study German or draw, is half of the beautiful experience of living in a new city in Europe.

The weather here has been interesting, it's pretty humid and when it is hot it is MISERABLE, but there is  a lot of beautiful summer thunder storm and clearing that happens, a lot of beautiful sunsets and the green everywhere is so beautiful.  The hot days only come in twos or threes so there is not long before relief.

 Matt has been incredibly supportive in my health and care, begging me to continue on acting as though I am truly on vacation for 6 months, which is so hard for me, since I am what they call the "Acheiver" type, which probably is what has kept me sick for so long in the first place.

I've been going back to drawing on paper since sitting at my computer can be very hard when I'm having neuro-toxic symptoms, and I'm happy to see how much better my line is on paper than on the computer. I thought I would have to give up art all together!!

I updated my website and set up a commission page, so hopefully I can do some commissions here and there to keep up with my work and make a little spending money.  Please let me know if you're interested in drawings for gifts or fun :).

I won't get to see much of the olympics but I am rooting on both my home countries USA and UK for the win. Love the concept of the whole world coming together for these games. So inspiring and heart-lifting.

Love to everyone <3

Saturday, July 28, 2012

fashion passion


I've been on a Project Runway marathon streak since I've been extra super sick all week and just keep loving all the fashions and designs. I don't have a lot of experience with clothing in my drawings and I like how simple the drawings always start with a runway form. My mom first taught me to draw a human figure from her experience making and designing clothes for myself and my sisters when we were younger, as her mom lived and worked as a textile seller and seamstress.  This drawing isn't directly from any of the designs, I just kept thinking of the movie Marie Antoinette and the amazing costume fashion they had, it was like a candy movie so yummy.