Valentine’s [Nerdy] Style

With February comes that obligatory Valentine’s Day post!

For me, Valentine’s day has never been a big deal, and is just an excuse to eat really good food. These cute gift ideas and cards are a great alternative to your typical chocolate-and-roses route (which honestly, is a classic). I love finding geeky things that are still great for Valentine’s day but will hold up over time:

Kyla Is Inspired | Valentine's [Nerdy] Style

BB Mine Card | Sailor Moon Necklace | Pikachu Pin
One Punch Man Card | 8-bit Heart Magnets | PS I Love You Phone Case

What are you planning on doing for Valentine’s day? Whatever it is, I hope you have a great dat :)

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#ArtEveryWeek

Wow, I can’t believe it’s February already! January seemed to fly by for me. Does it feel like that for anyone else?

I posted one of my goals this year was to create art every week, and I’ve been using #arteveryweek to document. Creating something every day just wasn’t realistic to me. Ever since I started cosplaying my art has fallen to the side, and I’m hoping this goal will be the kick in the butt I need to get other things (like starting an online shop) moving.

Here’s what I created during January:

Emily & Tracer – Overwatch

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Mila – Yuri On Ice!!

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Original Character – Wedding Reception (drawn while at a friend’s wedding)

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

Shiro & Keith – Voltron (in honor of season 2)

Art Every Week | Kyla Is Inspired

I challenge you to create something every week, too! It doesn’t need to be a drawing; maybe it’s a scrapbook page or a fun baking recipe. The goal this year is to stay creative, one week at a time :)

Also – if you have any thoughts/recommendations on who I should draw, just let me know!

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Pin It

So I have shamelessly gotten into the “pin game”, or #pingame, or flair or whatever you want to call it, and I’m not looking back. I started seeing flair creep into bloggers and instagrammers I follow and when I looked into it more and started discovering artists, I was hooked.

I tried taking some fun & glittery photos but damn! Shooting gold plated pins on sparkly paper is hard. Here is my [rapidly growing] pin collection so far:

Kyla Is Inspired | #pingame

White DiamondYesterday’s Co | Ice Cream Conesockie | I Am Very BusyBando | TamagotchiFairycakes | Cotton CandyFatally Feminine
Rin & Mt Fuji – souvenirs from Japan!

Are any of my readers Free! fans? Because I definitely squealed when I saw the Rin pin. He’s become a fave and permanent fixture on my favorite blazer.

As I posted in my New Year’s resolution post, one of my goals this year is to open an online shop, and I’m toying with the idea of creating a couple of my own pin designs. I have the ideas, it’s just actually setting out and doing them! ;)

Here’s a few more pins for your flair game:
Kyla Is Inspired | #pingame

1: Thesparklecollective
2: Sugar & Vice
3: Not Magic Shop
4: Really Big Dill Shop
5: RockCakes

Do any of you collect pins or flair? What are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for more fun finds!

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Penelope 2017

With 2017 comes new art goals for me! Over the past few years I sort of stopped drawing as much in favor of blogging, then later, cosplay. I’m now trying to find a balance of the 3 hobbies…easier said than done though, huh?

I’ve shared my original character Penelope before (here & here) so I wanted to share a few more.

Kyla Is Inspired | Penelope the Pin-Up Space Cadet
Kyla Is Inspired | Penelope the Pin-Up Space Cadet
Kyla Is Inspired | Penelope the Pin-Up Space Cadet

I like using Penelope as an exercise to try out different styles; the top is vector (my typical style) and the bottom was drawn on Procreate.

Do you have an original character you’ve created? I’d love to see if you do!

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Happy Friday!

Wow – almost 2 weeks gone of 2017! I’m heading off to a winter wonderland wedding this weekend and am looking forward to relaxing a bit. We finally got hit hard with snow and I’m trying to finish my Winter Belle costume quickly to get some photos.

Happy Friday!
Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Friday!

Geo Bomber Jacket | I love the funky colors and shapes on this bomber jacket. I personally don’t own a bomber jacket, but if I needed to get one this would be it.

Emili Magical Girl Enamel Pin 1 | Emili Kimono Girl Enamel Pin 2 | Have I mentioned how much I adore collecting enamel pins? Bonus if they’re cute girls wearing Kimonos! Stami Studios on Etsy has a lot of fun pins to choose from.

Snow White by MeoMai | Have you seen Jessica’s art? She does stylized characters that are so gorgeous to look at.

What are you loving this week?

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