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Firstly just a heads up to anyone that held off ordering the Pinup Portfolio, online sales of the Pin-Up Portfolio will be ending Sunday, September 20th. After that there will likely be a limited number of the folios floating around at conventions, but as each artist was limited to a set number of folio's they could purchase, there probably won't be too many out there. So just giving ya all a headsup in case you missed your chance previously.

ANYWAY, that aside, I'm heading to Rainmurrfest (Rainfurrest) tomorrow and will be dealing there all weekend. I am most likely not taking any commissions at the con unless your idea particularly gets my gears turning {:..but I will have some originals at my table, bunches of lovely matted prints, Endangered Ark decks, Pathfinder decks and bonus goodies,and one more copy of the wildcat card deck. Also other stuff...including some freeeeebies. So if you are gonna be there, stop by and say hi, always a pleasure to meet new people and chat ^_^. I plan to make this a super ultra laid back con and not full of stress and crazy.

ALSOOO on a raaandom tangent, been wondering what YOU folks would like to see me draw more of. More speedpaints? A certain animal? A certain style of art?? Anything is game. I'd like to start trying more and more new stuff.

And just so this entry isn't completely devoid of art. This was done between two computer crashes..I don't know where it came from but I had to get it out of my system:

by *balaa on deviantART

***EDIT:...had the date of the pinup folios closing messed up x)

Date: 2009-09-16 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That snowy-owl-snow-leopard-swan gryphon piece is so lovely! I think a few water lilies would have been a nice touch but I'd also have to agree with what you said in your comment at DA about keeping it simple, too. The idea came across beautifully regardlessly!

As for a subject matter suggestion--I don't believe I've seen you draw a giraffe before. I'd love to see your hand with them! Or maybe explore some sea creatures/animals, maybe? Something a little out of your comfort zone makes for some interesting results, I think. =)

And of course, have fun at the con! =D

Date: 2009-09-16 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooo, I love hybrid animals, this is great! :)

Date: 2009-09-16 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Balaa! Hopefully I will see you at the con! I'll be sharing a table with Vantid. I'm planning for a laid-back con, too. It seems like that's the general mood this con, even though it hasn't even started.

The picture you posted is really inspired. I can't stop looking at it. Your work is always jawdropping. May you sell lots of art and make lots of money!

Date: 2009-09-16 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't know you would be there! OH man cool beans. I will come flail fanatically at you...don't be scared x:. I look forward to seeing you there ^__^!!! Have a safe trip to the con (where are you coming from btw???)

Date: 2009-09-16 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not if I come flail fanatically at you first! We'll see each other and there will be much squeeing and excitement, I'm sure. Prepare to be fangirl'd.

I'm just driving up from Portland, Oregon. It's about a 3-hour drive. You live in Washington, right? Are you far from the con? I hear you guys are having some crazy swine flu right now.

Date: 2009-09-16 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Im bout 2 hours north of the con, right by the Canadian border C:.

Then flailing shall be had, of the retarded variety!!! Drive safe!!!

Im not sure whats the haps on the swine flu..if thats the case, hope no one brings it to the con :/.

Date: 2009-09-16 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Red pandas, definitely red pandas >.>

Date: 2009-09-17 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooo, that's so pretty! And I love looking at your speedpaints and landscapey-type stuff, in case you feel like doing more of that. ;>

Date: 2009-09-17 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
actually, theyre closing this coming sunday :)*doesnt know how you got the october date* *scratches head*

Date: 2009-09-17 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
accck..I copied it from Synnabar's entry..and didn't pay attention what with con prep. All fixed!

Date: 2009-09-17 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*flails!* That was my fault! Sorry! I guess I had a brainfart! I fixed mine too.

BTW: SERENITY IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL! Oh my gosh, so glowing and lovely and just WOW> I love the anatomy on it too! :)

Date: 2009-09-17 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For an exotic suggestion, maybe an ocelot crossed with a bird of paradise? Or a snow leopard with tribal styled spots? Instead of the general spot, have it be something akin to a tribal style tattoo! Strange ideas, I know, but maybe they'd be fun~~

Date: 2009-09-17 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I plan to make this a super ultra laid back con and not full of stress and crazy.

I can believe laid back and not full of stress, but it will take more than words to make me believe that you can leave the crazy behind. :p Hope you have a fantastic con!

As for your questions, I LOVE your landscapes and your fantasy environments. And, of course, leopards. :p Like you'd never have guessed that.

Date: 2009-09-17 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your artwork is always beautiful and inspiring <3 ^^,
Though, hyenas, polar bears and penguin could be a nice see :D

Hope you have a great time at the con ^^,

Date: 2009-09-19 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
DANG I wish I had knew about that con sooner! I live like 40mins away. I would have loved to have come and see your artwork in person T_T lol

Date: 2009-09-20 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would like to see more picturs done at night at the beach. Maybe calm waters with a bright moon.. or sunset pictures at the beach. Cx cant you tell I love the beach views? I have all kinds of things to say but I will leave this for now. Hope you enjoy your weekend!! C= Haha!! Lmao Im gonna bring up the idea of going to Further Confusion next year. I have the money, and it would be one hell of a vacation treat for myself. now its just convincing my mom to let me go (technically I dont have to convince her to go, but its respectful) Still so much planning though xDD

Date: 2009-09-22 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you ever figure out who the old dog was that kept hanging around your booth?

Date: 2009-09-22 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMGOSSSH XD!!!! auuugh..seeeee if you had written down your lj username I woulda known immediately xP. I feel super dumb ;P.

Date: 2009-09-22 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your not dumb! It's been over a year since we've seen each other and it's not like I'm around much. *snugs*

Date: 2009-09-22 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..I so will remember next time xD!!! Im sooorrrryyy! gosh x____x;;;;

Date: 2009-09-23 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hopefully we will have more time to chat next time.

I just found out your a lemur in disguise!

Date: 2009-09-23 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG Balaa journal... I'm totally stalking ;)

Once again, it was great seeing you at RF.. You're always a highlight of my con! Thanks again for the adorable sketch!

PS.. Got some good news today from my adviser who just returned from Zambia. Looks like things actually stand a very good chance of happening! *Dances*

Date: 2009-09-23 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OOOOOOOOHH *continues to cross her fingers* If there's anyone that deserves this and truly wants's you. Will continue to think warm thoughts for you hon!!! Thank you for the SERIOUS coffee at the con and for stopping by to chat it up! Hope you both walked away without the crud and with some good memories to keep with you! I amd glad I didn't take commissions, if only just because I got the chance to actually chat with people I have been meaning to catch up with for forever.

Date: 2009-09-29 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Beautiful. I love how the gryphon seems to glow as it glides across the dark, still water. Gorgeous contrast.

Technical question - did you actually repaint the reflection of the creature or did you flip the image and tweak the copy? The reflection is very well done so I'm wondering what method you used.

I'd love to see more hybrid animals and speed paints. Your speed paints are always so magical, I love them.

Date: 2009-12-05 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Christmasdragon has invaded your space with a request:

Its the time of the year again where I send cards to people who are dear to me, who inspire me, who are my friends, whom I want to thank (the list goes on...)
Please email ( reply with your address (a valid address that a postman can find, it can also be the place where you work) if you wish to receive a Christmas card (traditional card, involves stamps, envelopes, postman and mailbox!). Its important that you update me should your address change and you wish for a card. Trust me, if you see this mail then I REALLY want to send you a card (and for all those who may misunderstand: no,
I dont need something in return, this is a gift from me to you).
So, please dont let the Christmas Dragon freeze outside... its really really cold... or atleast the forecast is cold.

Thank you :)

XXX Barbara Utzinger
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