Saturday, December 17, 2011


I made some calendars! These were fun for me because I was trying to think of ways to make prints that could be useful and fun! I always have a hard time finding places to put artwork up and a calendar I thought would be great for other people! The princess one is in my shop right now, but the others will go up soon! I have been selling these at conventions but I realized I forgot to post these on my blog!

Happy Holidays Everybody! I hope you are all enjoying this awesome time of year. I realized I haven't done any of my Christmas shopping yet ughghghhghghghghghgh.....

Friday, December 09, 2011

Some Tangled Fine Art Pieces

Over the Thanksgiving break I was able to find enough time to do some little pieces for Disney Fine art by Collectors Editions. These paintings are available through them. I had a lot of fun revisiting these characters and just imagining new and fun things they could be doing together!

Using gouache again has been a real treat too. I really forgot how much I liked the medium after playing with watercolor for so long.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Motivarti Mentorship

Hey All! I'm doing this awesome new program called "Motivarti!" It's a program where you can apply to be a mentee to a specific artist you admire, and I've singed up to be a mentor!

There are two weeks left to apply, It is open to all english speaking people.

Here's the Link with all of the information for those interested

Check out some of the other Mentors too! My husband Mike Yamada is also a mentor as well as my friend Scott Watanabe!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wonder Woman!!

For some reason I always love painting wonder woman! She's just a great female superhero! I've also been playing with gouache again, which I'm finding to be much more fun this second time around :)

This piece is for sale in Mike and Me's new shop! You can also buy FRECKLES and Mike's ZOOM ZOO cards here! Check it out guys!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered my give away! I was absolutely shocked at the response! I chose the winners and here are those lucky fellas!

End of the second day of CTN Expo....Boy am I exhausted! I don't know how people manage to do this more than once or twice a year!! I met a ton of great people face to face for the first time and made a lot of new contacts and friends. So many nice people who are excited about animation!

I'm having a really great time, even though I'm so tired! I can't wait to do more of this! Thanks everybody!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CTN X Info

At work recently, Lorelay Bove showed me an American in Paris (edited)! I loved this sequenced and got inspired to do a little piece on it! The old Technicolor films are some of my favorites and this sequence was just so brillianty art directed! If you haven't seen this movie, it's worth watching! The art direction is brilliant!

Also, Here's information about CTN-Expo this week! I hope to meet some of you! I'll be selling Freckles, and prints and greeting cards!

There's still 4 days to enter the Freckles giveaway too! Comment on the giveaway post to enter!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Giveaway Giveaway Giveaway!!

My books have arrived! To celebrate, I'm doing a book giveaway that will end on the first day of CTN X, so you have 11 days to enter and win a Free copy of 'Freckles!'

There are THREE ways to win:

1) Comment Here on the blog under this post:

2) Tweet about it! Use @victoriaying and Mention the 'Freckles' Giveaway for a second chance!

3) Comment on my Tumblr!

Each entry will boost your chances!

EDIT: WOW! What a response! I'm adding one more book to the giveaway thanks to all you nice people! This second book will be for Those who are tweeting about it, so one will be for the people commenting and a second for those who are tweeting! Thanks everyone!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Karmen Rider Super Sentai Anniversary Show!

My Piece for the Super Sentai Karmen Rider show at Q Pop Gallery this weekend! The top piece is the original acrylic painting while the lower piece has been edited with photoshop! I have some of these posted in my shop! If you are interested in the original, please come to the show and say hello!

Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween everybody! I hope you've all had your fill of sweets and booze! This week seemed like the perfect time for me to announce me and my husband's newest collaboration project! It will be a collaborative effort with other artists and writers! It will be ready for the public one year from today! Let the countdown begin!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cat Circus

My now husband likes to always entertain me with little stories about our cats, one day he said that my old cat boots had run off to the circus while I was away. I imagined what a circus full of cats looked like and was very amused. I imagine there would be lots of cute kitties and lots of fur flying!

I have this also listed in my shop as a large and small print! I'll have some at CTN X too!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Small World

I'm participating in a show this Saturday at Gallery Nucleus! This piece will be up for sale! It's a 16x20 Acrylic, Paper, and Washi tape piece. When I saw the Mary Blair show at Imagineering earlier this year I was impressed at how she used so many materials and I wanted to experiment with it myself. Here's the result!

Hopefully anyone in Southern California will come down on Saturday to say hello and see all of the beautiful art that will be on display! Here's a list of the artists participating

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

More Hunger Games fanart

Secretly I'm a giggly 16 year old girl! It's interesting how my mental image of the characters seems to be very pliable. As I keep sketching I keep discovering things that I realize feel more like the characters than the way I had imagined them!
I wanted to do a piece where the characters were wearing the black fire costume that Cinna makes for them

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Announcing my book! Freckles!

Hey all! Exciting news! Last week I mentioned that I will have an art book available for CTN-X! This is a temp cover, the text I think will change. It's going to be 72 pages of artwork, about half of which has not been posted before! I'll be printing 500 of them, so I'll have some for Emerald City con and for sale in my shop as well! I'm so excited for everything this fall! I'm so excited to get to meet everyone!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Katniss Everdeen

On my most recent trip to Taiwan, I bought the Hunger Games series on my Kindle, and I had such a great time reading them! I'm very excited for the films, but I wanted to do a sketch of what Katniss looked like in my head. I imagine her with large Doe like eyes, but a narrow sharp jaw and strong eyebrows. In my dream casting, I would have had Jennifer Carpeter from Dexter 10 years ago!

I also wanted to announce that I'm going to be printing an art book for CTN-X in November! I hope to see you all there where I will be sharing a table with my Fiance.

He's doing a really cool project too, Go to his blog and check it out! I'm helping him with the animals in his cars

Monday, July 25, 2011

Paper Cut Stylez!

A few weeks ago at Imagineering, they had a Mary Blair show where they displayed many of her original pieces of art! We managed to go on the last week and got to see some of them in real life. I was shocked at the quality of them as well as how much process you could see by seeing the originals. On many of the pieces you could see her grid lines, and how she cut the paper or tape. I loved how you could see that the pieces were both very planned and also very spontaneous.

I was also surprised at how much paper cut she used in her pieces many of the scanned images you see in the books don't show the little folds or curls or cut marks. I got really inspired and I wanted to do some pieces integrating paper as well. Here is my first try, using Pricessia Pia again, I also used gold tape and some Washi tape for her dress and crown! I had SO much fun doing it, I can't wait to keep exploring these materials!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Original Acrylic Painting available

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a little bit unfocused! I decided to try this Acrylic style from my Art Director, Mike Giaimo at work! He's an amazing artist and and has taught me alot about handling the materials!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Original Art Available at my Etsy

I'm going to try and just do some original art here and there, hopefully one a week! I'm going to be listing them on my etsy for sale! This one is on there currently, it's a small ish piece 5x7 experimenting with different ways to use watercolor.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Power in Numbers

Gallery Nucleus has an online program where artists are constantly updating small pieces for charity. I participated, and have submitted this piece called "Princessa Piea" She's a spoiled little girl. I'm going to try and do a childrens book with her!

It's a really great program for artists and art buyers alike! The prices are always fairly reasonable for original art! This piece will be sold for only 100 dollars!

Here's the link to the sale

My Piece hasn't been listed yet, but I'm sure it will go up soon!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


A Piece I did for Japan :) I had a pretty great time painting it, I need to get more watercolor practice.

My friend Lorelay is doing a show at Nucleus tonight! If anyone is in the LA area they should swing by and say Hi!

Monday, May 02, 2011


I love Sci Fi! Ever since LOST ended, Fringe has been my weekly event. Sometimes I sketch during the show and did some caricatures of the characters. I might do another one with Fauxlivia, Walternate and Lincoln Lee.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

April 2

Outfit of the day post!

Hung out in Silverlake today, had lunch at one of my fave spots "Forage!"
I've been having a lot of fun doing the text for these pieces too. Illustrative text is one of my favorite things nowadays! One of my biggest regrets is not playing as much in my classes and learning how to do things other than illustration...

Hat: Urban Oufitters
Dress: Steven Alan
Shoes: Anthropologie

Thursday, March 31, 2011

march 31

Feeling summery! It's 90 degrees in LA....

I spoke to a group of students today at Disney Inspiredays, it's great to talk to other young people who are passionate about illustration/animation!

Top: Urban Oufitters
leggings: Target
Shoes: Marni
Bag: Chloe (same as yesterday...I don't usually change bags often)
Watch: Channel

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30th

Chose jeans today! It was a warm day though and with a walk to the lot....I feel like it was a mistake...

Top: Franche Lippee
Bag: Chloe
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: Frye
Jewelry: Forever 21

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29th outfit

Outfit of the day! It's a beautiful spring day here in Los Angeles! I got all these adorable socks from Madwell and I need to get some open toed Heels shoes to show them off better!

Hat: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Forever 21
Socks: Madwell
Shoes: Deena and Ozzy @ Urban Outiftters

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22nd

I got this idea to start doing doodles of my outfits from a few diffrent people, I saw Nancy Z's blog, which is awesome, but I sadly don't have the time or energy to photograph myself, but everyone should check out her work!

I also saw recently this awesome chick Tiffany Ford's been doing it too! It's so fun to see into people's normal lives outside their art!

Outfit today:

Feeling a little lazy, which for me means Jeans and a tee

Top: Scolar
Sweater: Madewell
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: Toms
Bag: (not pictured) Stella Mcartney for LeSportsac
Accessories: COFFEE

I've been feeling a weird desire for coffee lately. Thank goodness for good coffee at work ;)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Some Disney Commissions

For Christine, she wanted her kids playing with Rapunzel and Jack Sparrow! I had a good time doing these...I started using watercolor to line the pieces instead of the colored pencil. I think I'm starting to get a technique that works well!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sketches of Ladies

Some very loose thumbnails I did for a commission....They were quick, but I enjoyed doing them!
The first is an opera singer, the second a geisha, and the last a christmas themed gal!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fat Unicorns~

I did a few more fabric designs! These are fun for me because I like to do things that amuse myself.

I have pre-orders for these fabrics on my fabric shop!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Snow Girl

Watercolor on paper, This little lady was a commission I was asked to do! I always love painting blondes with watercolors~

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pamplemousse Fabrics for Crafts!

So I'm a pretty crafty person and recently I heard about this awesome website called Spoonflower where you can print all of your own fabric! I thought it could be fun to print some fabric and sell it as limited editions for quilits...or pencil cases or anything else people can come up with!

I just love craft supplies!

I have a seperate shop for this apart from my shop for pints

The newest designs will be added to the shop on Friday at 3pm PST! Look for it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A little commission I did recently~ I was very inspired by the watercolors in Miyazaki's books and wanted to get that loose, vibrant feeling I get from them in this piece. This girl made me think of a wild and tough princess like Princess Monoke.

I had some trouble with the water, but I learned I need to practice things like that :P

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Mike Yamada

My Fiance posted on his blog for the first time in a year and a half. I've seen all of this stuff, but it's new to the world! I thought I would share for those of you who maybe have not seen it