Sharpie Pen + Sketchbook

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I was pushing my preparation for San Francisco Comic Con hard last month after finishing up a successful Maker Faire at the end of May, and then came to a dead halt somewhere in the beginning of July.

There are a couple things I could blame this on, but in general, my motivation stopped when my energy levels started to drop.

San Francisco Comic Con is just over a month away. I may not have everything done that I wanted as I originally planned (two coloring books, lots of large donut plushes, new felt donut items), but I do have a lot of things that I haven’t had at previous shows I’ve sold at, like all the new prints and cards I have on hand.

In an effort to motivate myself again, I picked up some Sharpie pens. This morning, I grabbed a mini sketchbook on my desk before leaving for work and threw it in my bag. Posting a blog here and there might also help me get back on track for the next month.

Hopefully I feel like sketching here and there on short breaks.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

The Pokéball Donut

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I admit it. I haven’t been posting or drawing much lately because of Pokémon Go. But here’s a super quick sketch of a “Pokéball Donut”, which is almost like a neapolitan donut.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

The First Donut Card

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Since I’ve been focusing on a lot of paper products recently, I took a look back at some older paper things in my archive.

This was the first greeting card I made and sold, sometime around 2011. It was the only one like it, too, since I drew the donut by hand and used puffy paint to decorate it. When I look at it, it’s kind of lame, especially compared to the individually handmade cards I do now, but at least I have improved!

I do want to use more paints sometime soon, and maybe this is how I should decorate my mini sketchbooks!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

Mini Sketchbooks

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I posted a few shots on Instagram last week when I started working on some handmade mini sketchbooks.

I had a random urge to make them, so I bought some recycled paper: brown paper for the covers and cream paper for the inside. For me, making these was another form of de-stressing without staring into a screen. Slicing paper with an xacto blade and stapling up the books, stamping my name on the back and laying them out ready to be decorated was pretty relaxing in little chunks.

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I also started making some tiny paper stickers to go along with the sketchbooks so that people who wanted the sketchbook could also choose to stick this wherever they wanted inside or outside their sketchbook or on another sketchbook or notebook they owned.

How I’m actually going to decorate the sketchbook covers is still up in the air, but I have a few ideas.

Happy Wednesday, all!

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design

I Like Bagels, Too

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I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I was working on some stuff at the beginning of the weekend, but took most of it off to just relax with friends. But I just wanted to take this time to say: hey, bagels are cool, too!

I love donuts, but I love bagels too (and a lot of other baked goods or breakfast foods). I realized I should give bagels a little bit of the spotlight at some point, too. So maybe I’ll start adding them in to my illustrations and things. Who knows.

Love + Donuts, Mayene Design