About

Thank you for visiting my blog and portfolio! ^_^ I’ve been fascinated by art (specifically fantasy and sci-fi themed) for as long as I can remember, and have been transfixed by the World Wide Web since it started. Growing up as the web grew has been exciting and enthralling: I remember using the Yahoo! site directory to find HTML iFrame anime fan pages and downloading midi files of theme songs.

Since my earliest days of surfing the web, I’ve always been drawn into other people’s online journals. I love reading about their daily lives, and wanted to return the favor by sharing a blog of my own. My blog mainly focuses on my artistic practice, as I learn to grow my skills.

Learning art isn’t easy, and while there are a lot of videos and tutorials on the specifics of technique and form, it’s harder to express the journey itself — learning to stay inspired, believe in yourself, and make art a part of your life. I toyed with having a pristine portfolio that just showcased my work, but that’s just not me. I’d rather let people see the humanity, clumsiness, and honesty along with my artwork.

Portrait of Elizabeth Richardson

While building an illustration and concept art portfolio is a main goal of mine, I also work full-time as a web and graphic designer (mostly front end CSS/SCSS and page layout/design assets). In previous jobs I also worked with the development side of things – JavaScript, ASP.NET, and C#. I’d like to sharpen my abilities there as well. So it’s always a struggle for time – learning about art, illustration, story telling, design, and programming. But I love art and web design, and balancing the two is a labor of love – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I should note – I did attend college for Graphic Design, graduating in 2007 (If you’re trying to do the math or wondering, I’m currently 32). So I’m not entirely self taught in art, but my program did not smile kindly upon fantasy art or concept/game art. Mostly my painting and drawing classes lauded modern abstractions and derided (I would even go so far as to say forbade) illustrative fantasy art. At the time I was too angry and stubborn about the whole thing to flow well with such a program. I did gain an admiration for modern art and abstract expressionism, but I still knew where my main artistic interests lay. So I’d say that while I feel I was educated about drawing, design, printing, and especially the business side of art, most of my technical abilities are self-taught and in the process of being improved.

I’ve also been studying Wicca, Neopaganism, and Goddess spirituality since 2003. I led my university’s pagan association for a time, planning and leading Full Moon rituals and the Wheel of the Year holidays. Admittedly, in recent years I have struggled with my practice and making time for spirituality. This is yet another aspect of myself and my life I hope to explore in my blog, as I relearn and immerse myself in the Mysteries of the Goddess. I identify as an eclectic solitary Wiccan but have also become interested in hedge witchcraft. I love the occult, history of the occult, ancient history, poetry, and the poetic nature of the spirit. I respect all spiritual paths that bring someone happiness and hold to the idea that if it harm none, do what thou will.

Some mundane details for the curious: I have two cats and live with my boyfriend in a smallish apartment in the Midwest of the United States.

And now, as an ode to my very first web page (made in 8th grade on a site called “Talk City”), I will simply list out my likes and dislikes. That was literally all my first page contained, along with an impressive collection of animated gifs of butterflies (which, alas, have been lost to the ravages of time). ;p

Likes:

  • Chai & Earl Grey tea
  • Macaroons
  • Cupcakes
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Goddess spirituality
  • Wicca
  • The scent of new books
  • Libraries
  • Designing with CSS & SCSS
  • Ancient labyrinth designs
  • Calming new age music
  • Campfires and their smoky aroma

Dislikes:

  • Migraines
  • Panic attacks
  • Mowing grass
  • Sudden loud noises
  • Bent book spines
  • Ironing
  • Conspicuous consumption and consumer driven culture
  • Owing debt (*sigh* Student frickin loans is the bane of my generation)

Fan of many things and people (in no particular order):
Batman, Studio Ghibli movies, fantasy books, sci-fi books, Enya, Firefly, retro arcade games, SNES RPGs, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Sailormoon, Slayers, Robin McKinley, Bill Hicks, Mr. Rogers, George Carlin, X-Men, Shadowcat, Excalibur comics, comic books, retro web design, pixel art, web comics, self published comics, Dungeons and Dragons, hiking, kayaking, camping, vegetarian cooking, Ani DiFranco, graphic design, Loreena McKennit, Tori Amos, Catherynne M. Valente’s books, fairy tales, lucid dreaming, meditating, neopaganism, history, renaissance fairs, comic cons, anime conventions, anime, manga, Halt and Catch Fire, Catwoman (especially the early 90s era version), Welcome to Nightvale, Within the Wires, Alice Isn’t Dead, Wizard of Earthsea, web design, Diablo I, II, and III, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Ramen Girl, road trips, earl grey tea with sugar and soy milk, everything bagels, book shopping, used bookstores, french silk pie, Christopher Nolan movies, vegetarian meatloaf, Celtic music, Game of Thrones, The Lovely Bones, ghost stories, urban legends, walking in forests at night, driving on back country roads, cornfields at night under a full moon, the glow of a street lamp on tree leaves, story telling, stories that connect us, stories that expand our minds, stories that teach us new ways of understanding our world and our fellow humans, folk stories, folk art, and on and on and on…