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Hi guys!
It was no small feat to choose between all the coloring contest entries on social but I picked winners and runners up! I posted them to my blog here for you to check out. Thanks for your amazing support for my coloring contest if you posted entries! Big hugs! :D


Today I have BULLYING on my mind. So for #throwbackthursday I want to use my 2016 painting Bettas On My Mind to talk about this issue. I want to speak up about how awful online bullying is. 
😔 Let me first say that I love all of you that comment and send love and positivity on my social media, i love you so much. 🙏 On occasion i have to deal with people who aren’t so nice, people who forget that i’m a human being with real feelings. Their cutting comments hurt. Its one of the reasons i have comments disabled on Youtube. I’ve learned over the years to grow a thicker skin, to delete the mean comments and move on. But yesterday a friend of mine told me about how her daughter was bullied online by her schoolmates and it was awful. Worse than any mean pranks I went through in high school. So let me say this as words of encouragement for anyone out there that is being bullied. If you come across people who want to laugh at your pain, or make you feel awful about yourself, SCREW THEM. 👊 No one is allowed to make you feel bad about yourself. They have no power over you. When you are cornered don’t cower but ROAR! I don’t let negative comments determine who I am and you shouldn’t either. I don’t care about their nasty opinions. For every one of them there are a hundred of you who support me. Focus on love not hate. You are allowed to be who you are and nothing some random people say can take away your strength! 💪 Words have power so I want to use mine to stand up against bullies. I want to promote love and happiness and together we are a community of love. 💖
Hi Everyone!

I hope all you lovelies have been super! I wanted to update you that I'm finally coming to Europe for a Convention event! I'm a guest artist at Roma Cartoon Festival in Rome, Italy, June 23-25. ^_^ This is a super special chance to come see me at a live event in Europe where I'll be doing live painting on Friday, have signings Saturday & Sunday, and my own exhibition room you can visit me in and see all my amazing goodies I've packed for the show. I'm so excited the festival is happening so soon, and I hope I can see some of you there!
Hi Guys,

I'm excited to be coming back to Edmonton Expo next weekend! I'll have a guest artist table Sept 25-27, and bring prints, books like my Tanpopo graphic novel and my How To Draw Pop Manga book, tshirts, and more goodies. If you're in the Edmonton Alberta area, come say Hi. ^_^

Hugs
Camilla
Hi Guys,

I've been featured on Buzzworthy! It's such an honor, I read Buzzfeeds & Buzzworthy, so it's great to get to contribute. ^_^ If you'd like to read the interview, it's posted on

www.buzzworthy.com/artist-spot…

Hugs & squishes
Camilla
Hi Guys,

My newest Timed Release fine art prints of my rainbow tiger painting, "Meenie Miny & Mo" just went live on camilladerrico.bigcartel.com/p…  ^_^ These are printed on high quality 300gsm Entrada paper with archival inks in a big beautiful 16x20" size. Once the order period closes, the edition is set, and not re-made. I don't make & sell prints through DA, so if you have your eye on this one, don't miss out!

Hugs
Camilla
Hi guys!

I have fine art prints available of my painting image "Kitty Titties" ^_^ They're a signed & numbered limited edition of 50pcs, with gold detailing silkscreened on each one.
They're available exclusively through Thinkspace Gallery's website here thinkspacegallery.com/prints/
Once they're sold out, they won't be remade, and won't be offered through DA!

Hugs
Camilla
Hi Guys,

I got to do a fun interview for my Thinkspace Gallery Beauty In the Breakdown show, I thought you'd like to see!
You can RSVP to the event page here, come see me tonight at opening Reception!  www.facebook.com/events/792931…

1. When do you get the most painting done? Morning, Noon, Night, Middle of the Night/Morning?
-If you can believe it I'm both a night owl and a morning person so most of my work is done in the am and late late at night. I think I spent a couple of months going to bed at 4am and getting up at 9am while painting some of these pieces. Not much sleep was had, but it was worth it. I never regret my sleepless nights and days because I'm so motivated and inspired that if I had it my way I'd pull two months of all nighters if it wouldn't kill me. 

2. Have you ever accidentally drank or was about to drink the dirty 'paint' water?
-Full disclosure....yes...hangs head in shame. I totally dunked my paint brush in my tea and didn't realize it until I had a sip. Not surprising fact; Holbein Oil paints don't taste good. 

3. What inspired the direction of your work for the upcoming show?
-This show is my 10yr anniversary show so I spent some time thinking about my journey as an artist over the past decade, from the beginning to present and was really fascinated by the journey my work seemed to take. People reflect who they are in their art and seeing who I was back then and who I am now was something that I wanted to explore. The work is an exploration of the many facets of myself as an artist and person so there is a wide variety of themes rather than one singular one. I equated it to a parfait, there is a layer of playfulness, sadness, romanticism and even the bizarre. Each piece is inspired by a different faction of myself but also a mixture of past and present. I am a hopeless romantic to this day but I've changed in 10 years, from a single girl to a married woman. I can look back at my early work and see a lot of themes of unrequited love, heartbreak and passion but rather than repeat that theme I wanted to blend it with who I am now, so its a more mature view about love I think. 

4. What other artists work are you 'fan-girling' over right now? 
-I am head over heels for Hikari Shimoda right now. I just had a show with her in NYC at Cotton Candy Machine and seeing her work in person was unbelievable. There is so much depth and layers in her work that will blow you away. She's a total sweet heart so that makes her art that much more beautiful to me. I could look at her work for hours its so good.

5. What motivated you to choose the life/career of an artist? 
-Poor life choices. Ha ha no I'm kidding. The truth is that I always wanted to be an artist since I was a kid. Anyone that knows me knows that even as a kid all I was interested in was drawing and watching cartoons...and dinosaurs. I would have been a paleontologist if I didn't have such fair skin and burned like a lobster in a pot whenever I'm in the sun for 10 minutes. So I put all my eggs in the artist basket and worked hard to develop my style and career and I love it. I get to be a big kid and its great.

6. What brand of paint so you use? What's your favorite color and brush right now?
-I get asked this a lot, I use Holbein DUO oils. They are so delightful! I am in love with Ice Green, its like a soft teal that I wish I could just paint my entire house with, it would be so magical.

7. How long does it take to complete a single piece? Do you work on multiple pieces at one time?
-Honestly it depends on the size and elements in the painting, plus how much energy I have during my painting sessions. I don't even know how to measure how long it takes sometimes because I can work on a painting for a week from morning till the wee hours of the night. It can take anywhere from a month to a week and a half of hardcore painting and I tend to work on one at a time so it keeps things straightforward in my mind.

8. What creative person; artist, musician, director, family member etc...  has had the most influence or inspired your own artistic voice?
-That's a HUGE question  like casting a net into an ocean that connects to a lake. I don't know that I have ONE person that has inspired me the most but rather a cast of characters that I can say have influenced me over the years. If I had to narrow it down to the people who have inspired me to be myself and given me the confidence to express myself freely then I'd say it would be my sisters, my bff and my ever supportive husband. The people who are closest to me have given me the support that I needed to be myself without worrying that I had to edit myself.

9. What do you know now, that you wish you would have known when first embarking on your artistic career?
I didn't know that being an artist was also a business. I think with my heart first and my instinct is to just go with the passionate side of art without considering the consequences. It would have been great if I had known to consider the pragmatic side of being an artist I think I would have been better prepared for what it means to be a professional artist now. 

10. If your could invite 5 people dead or alive to a dinner party, who would be on your guest list and what's on the menu?
Oh my gosh...i kinda want to invite a guest list of fictional characters. I'll answer this in two parts. Real life...hmm.... Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Austin and Cleopatra. I couldn't imagine a crazier cast for a wildly inspiring dinner party! We'd eat a gigantic Italian meal that is 7 courses of carby goodness and end it with a glass of grappa over gelato. If I could have a dinner party with fictional characters I'd hate Damon Salvatore, Daryl Dixon, Dean Winchester, Mindy Lahiri and Tuxedo Mask. We would eat chinese take out because with that ensemble you know that its a safe bet, but i think by the end of the dinner half of us would be dead. It would be a memorable night thought and that's what life's all about afterall. 
Hi everyone!

This year I'm celebrating 10 years in independent practice as a full time artist! ^_^ It's a big year for me, with new painting series and books releasing & in the works. I've been posting a lot of WIPs of paintings for my upcoming anniversary exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery, February 28th. Thinkspace is an amazing gallery space in Culver City CA. I'll be flying down for opening night Feb 28th, if you're in the area, definitely come visit and say Hi! I'll have many new original pieces for you to see and a new limited edition fine art print available at the opening.

Ciao ciao!
Camilla
Hi Guys,

I'm so blown away by all the amazing and super creative entries you've been sending for my coloring contest! It's awesome, you're so imaginative, and I'm loving all the different palettes and combinations of media. ^_^ There's still some time if you want to enter! The grand prize is your image will be an official special edition collab print for my upcoming Boxing Day online event. Plus prize packs for runner-ups!

Details are here on my blog camilladerrico.com/collaborate…

Thanks for supporting my contest!
Hugs
Camilla
Hi Guys,

My Black Friday sale just went live on store.camilladerrico.com ! I've got a whole section with a bunch of sale prints for $10ea after the code FRIDAY10  ^_^ It's good for 10% off my whole eStore too.

Purchases $50+ before shipping will get a free pop-culture themed print too!

Happy Thanksgiving and have a great weekend
Camilla
Hi Guys!

I'm getting my big Black Friday sale Nov 28-30 on my store.camilladerrico.com , and the really cool part this year is that there's going to be a whole bunch of $10 Prints after the code FRIDAY10 ^_^ I know prints are expensive, so I wanted to make some more available if you've never gotten a chance to have a piece of my artwork.

I have more details about the sale on my website blog here camilladerrico.com/black-frida…

Happy Almost-Thanksgiving!
Hugs
Camilla
Hi Guys,

I'm hosting a coloring contest! ^_^ The grand prize is making an official collaboration print with me for my Boxing Day online event. I have the contest guidelines and the file for download on my blog here camilladerrico.com/love-your-c…  So you do need to check out my blog for the details, but I know so many of you here on DA are super talented and passionate!

Have any questions not answered on my blog? Email info@camilladerrico.com
Hugs & squishes
Camilla
Hi guys!

I'm on my way to LA for Kitty Con! ^_^ I love love looove Hello Kitty, so I can't wait to join their special guest artist team for all the fun things going on at the show!

I'm teaching How To Draw workshops featuring Hello Kitty at the Geffen at MOCA, in Little Tokyo, all day tomorrow Oct 30th from 11am - 5pm. All the art supplies you need to join in are provided. I hope you'll come out and join me!

KittyCon is full of official Sanrio exclusives, like my new Kitty Berry Kiss Kiss limited edition signed & numbered fine art print! These ones are only available through Japan LA's Booth in the KittyCon Super Supermarket :) They'll never go on my online store, DA or anywhere else!

All the details are here too ^^ camilladerrico.com/camilla-der…

Right after KittyCon I go straight to Stan Lee's Comikaze Oct 31-Nov 2 where I have tables 811-2 in the Artist Alley. I won't be back in LA again until next June, so I hope to see you while I'm there!

Hugs
Camilla
I'm so excited it's almost here! I'm going to KittyCon LA to give How To Draw workshops on October 30th ^_^ I love Hello Kitty, and when Sanrio asked me to do another painting for this event, the answer was totally YES! Prints will be available exclusively through KittyCon, where I'll be teaching How To workshops from 11am-5pm.

Then the next day, Comikaze convention begins, where I'm a guest artist in the artist alley tables 811-2 from October31-Nov2. We have an official convention exclusive print, and I'll have lots of prints, books, convention exclusive collectibles and more!

If you're in the LA area, come say Hi, because I won't be back until next July :)

Hugs & squishes!
Hi Guys,

I've been painting like a mad woman for months! My big 2-person exhibition with Hikari Shimoda, titled "Niji Bambini" (Rainbow Children) opens October 10th at Tara McPherson's Cotton Candy Machine Gallery. If you're in the Brooklyn area, totally come by for opening night on the 10th! I'll be there, with loads of new original artwork ^_^

I have more details and new artwork images on my blog camilladerrico.com/niji-bambin…

Hugs & squishes
Camilla
I'm getting ready to head to Edmonton Expo! I'm a Featured Guest artist in the Guest Creator section :) If you're in Edmonton or have plans to go to the Expo, come say Hi!

I'm giving 2 panels at the Expo;

Poetry Meets Manga Panel,  Friday Sept 26th from 5:30pm – 6:15pm in Room 109 to hear about my creative process bringing Tanpopo to life.

Pop Manga Panel, Sunday Sept 28 from 3:00pm-3:45pm in Room 108 I'll be talking about How To Draw Pop Manga, and Q&A about breaking into the comic industry :)

More details about my trip to Edmonton Expo are on my blog here camilladerrico.com/camilla-ret…
Hi Guys!

It's been a couple years since I've been back to Toronto, but this year I'm featured as a guest artist in the Artist Alley ^_^ Toronto area fans, come find me and say Hi! I'll be at Guest Artist booth P10 in the Artist Alley. I'm bringing tons of prints, most of them I've never brought to FanExpo Toronto before, artbooks, my How To Draw: Pop Manga book, and Tanpopo GN 1&2.

Fan Expo starts this week, Thursday 28th to Sunday the 31st! Hope I see you there :)
One of my favorite actors, Misha Collins, started an NPO called Random Acts in 2010 :) It's dedicated to spreading kindness and showing caring & support to those that really need it. It began in 2010 with Hope 2 Haiti and continues with contributions to schools, communities and more.
This month my new charity print image is Yuuta, and 50% of proceeds collected online here at at the conventions I go to will go directly to Random Acts ^_^ You can help support Random Acts and my charity print here.
Tanpopo Graphic Novel volume 2 is almost here! Finally I'll get to share all the hard work and love I put into the book the past couple years with all of you ^_^ It's published with Boom! Studios and will be available on my eStore, and on Amazon, and in book & comic stores near you.
For GN2 I took inspiration from classic works of literature from Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, 1001 Arabian Nights and TS Elliott. It's awesome!!! 

I have a couple advanced copies and I'm giving away a signed copy with an original sketch inside! What Devilish thing would you do to get your hands on one of these sketched copies? Tell Kuro over social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) with the hashtags #TanpopoAndKuro #DevilishThingsContest and he'll pick his favourite by midnight May 23.

Full details on my blog camilladerrico.com/tanpopo-gn2…