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The Above the Clouds campaign is now live!
kck.st/2NMHMj6

This project is 5 years in the making and I couldn't have gotten here without you. Thank you! Can never say that enough. I am so grateful for all the support ATC has been given and I can't wait to deliver a beautiful book into your hands.

The first day is super important for all campaigns, a good launch means it will be more easily seen! More eyes means we are closer to making this book REAL! AHH! Even sharing this page makes a huge difference!

And for those who are early adopters, an early bird tier has been added just for you.

Let's do this!



I'm excited to finally announce the Kickstarter will launch Tuesday, 8 AM on September 4th.
So mark your calendars!

SPECS: So far it looks like the book is shaping up to be 268+ pages with a funding goal of $12,000.
Why your help is essential: The number of pledges (even $1) on the first day of the launch will be crucial to making sure this project is seen on Kickstarter. More eyes means we are closer to making ATC a real book!

Thank you so much for supporting. I can't wait to deliver a beautiful book into your hands.

all the best,
Melissa

*** if you want to keep up to date on the news you can join a mailing list here: www.mpagluica.com/kickstarter

From the Elegant Tea Lady Collection comes Chai Tea! Prints and vinyl stickers are now available in my Etsy shop.
www.etsy.com/shop/TeacupBee

So excited about how the collection is coming together. It's pretty fun to line them up on my kitchen window.

Hey friends, I made a page dedicated to the future launch of an Above the Clouds Kickstarter!

A mailing list is forming for those who want to be in the know of when it goes live.
You can find it over here: www.mpagluica.com/kickstarter





Hey! Happy New Years!

The last day of 2016 seems like the right day to do some reflecting. For those who have stayed with me since 2013, holy cow you have a lot of patience (and you are going to like what I am going to announce below), and to those of you who have joined the journey along the way, thank you. I really can't say it enough, thank you! I am profoundly grateful for you being here with me.

Since starting in 2013, you can see Eily and Cian have changed along the way.  It's crazy to think that I've been on this project for 4 years. 

There have been a lot of struggles along the way and sometimes the only thing that made sense was making sure that Monday's update went up on time.

When sitting down to look over the past year and where I wanted to go in 2017...

I broke down my current page rate and how many weeks it would take to finish 2 chapters. And it’s scary, really scary to see the end in sight of something that has been my sole focus for 4 years. If I keep to 2 pages completed a week (at the minimum), we are looking at the end of Above the Clouds in about 6 months. 

6 months. Feel free to scream with me in delight.

So here is one of my goals for 2017:
1. Finish drawing Above the Clouds by the end of June.

Ready for January?

Designer Con

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2016, 10:52 AM





Designer Con, Nov 19th-20th

Pasadena Convention Center

First time attending and I can't wait! ATC's newly printed chapter 5 will be available along with my new inktober witch ink drawings. Come by and say hello!

Kraken Con!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 22, 2016, 12:31 PM




This coming weekend is Kraken Con! April 23rd-24th, I will be hanging out at the Oakland Convention Center at table N1.

Come by and say hello!

Patreon UP UP UP! Above the Clouds!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 15, 2016, 5:32 PM




Hey friends, the Patreon for Above the Clouds has just launched. Please take a look and help spread the word. Your help is needed!

www.patreon.com/ATCLOUDScomic

There are going to be some fun stuff happening for Above the Clouds. ATC will always be free to read, but for those who help keep the project moving forward there are going to be a lot of fun rewards.

So take a look! Reblog! And a big thank you, in advance, for all your help.
-cheers-



Preorder Update!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 21, 2016, 11:20 AM


A quick update for those who Preordered chapter 4 of Above the Clouds. The books are in, the special print and bookmarker design is done, and all I am waiting for is the delivery of the bookmarkers so I can start sending things off! Expect delivery of new chapters to your local comic book shops soooooon.

For those on the web, Monday’s update as always! Putting the finishing touches on the new website (mobile friendly, woooooohoo! Plus RSS feed) aaaaaaaand working on finishing my Patreon video. Big thank you to everyones support, it’s what fuels me! -cheers-

Looking to support? Preorder Chapter 4 here!



Moon Court

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 14, 2014, 2:33 PM


I have been getting emails in regards to my Moon Court piece so I am composing this journal entry to address any questions.

Moon Court by DarkSunRose

You can now purchase the Framed and Matted Moon Court at the Rothick Art Haus by visiting their gallery or by going to their online shop here: mooncrisis2014.myshopify.com/c…

The framed/matted piece is $275 (SOLD!)
For those who like the convienance of work ready to hang while also helping to support the gallery (percentage of price goes to the gallery so that more awesome shows like this one can happen)

For the 18x24" Giclée print = $50
(comes in a protective clear sleeve)

Feel free to email them directly for any questions at mooncrisis2014@gmail.com

I will only be selling a limited amount in this size and once they are gone they will not be reprinted in this size. 10 are available through the gallery and 10 more will be available through me after August.

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There will also be a 2nd reception for the Moon Crisis show happening August 9th
Check out their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/MoonCrisis201…




Anime Expo and Sailor Moon tribute show!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 2, 2014, 2:39 AM


Heyo! First, a big BIG thank you for all the support thrown towards Above the Clouds. Tears...my eyes. ahh! Thank you! I can't wait show them at Anime Expo. Right when I get back I'll be putting the comic in my Etsy shop.

Which brings me to.... ANIME EXPO! Happening this weekend. I'll be there July 3rd-6th in Artist Alley...table B21. Comics, commissions and prints. I will also be bringing copies of my Adventure Time variant cover -cheers-

Moon Court by DarkSunRose

The first 10 of my exclusive Sailor Moon piece will be sold at the Rothic Art Haus for the Sailor Moon tribute show. Here is the info:

Moon Crisis: A Sailor Moon Tribute Show
Saturday at 6 PM
170 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Above the Clouds - Chapter 2 - PREORDER!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 30, 2014, 9:02 PM


Cian's Dragon by DarkSunRose

Super excited to have PREORDERS
open for chapter 2!


atcloudscomic.bigcartel.com/

The estimated time for shipment will be June 1st (safe date placement as I wish to get them out sooner then that). Chapter two will have 30 pages and will come in a protective sleeve. There will ALSO be a special package option that will come with an exclusive print (not yet revealed) and a bookmarker.

Also

Big WOW! is happening May 17th - 18th at the San Jose Convention Center. I'll be in artist alley selling my prints and comic -cheers-


QUICK EDIT! I've been asked if it was possible to get chapter 1 and chapter 2 together. And the answer is YES! woohoo -dance-
I went ahead and added Chapter 1 as an item.

For those who may have already purchased, feel free to send me a PM of your email and I will make sure to add it to your order.

Above the Clouds first print and Sac Anime

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 29, 2013, 3:03 PM


What, what, what! Sac Anime is this weekend.
Here are the details:

Sac Anime  
Aug. 30th - Sept. 1st
Sacramento Convention Center
Table: AA88

What is even MORE exciting is that I'll be selling my 24 page,
fully colored, Above the Clouds comic for the first time. Just for fun on my end, I'm number the first 100 copies sold and it will include an exclusive print that will only be sold with the first chapter and a bookmarker.

For those unable to attend
it will also be available on my Etsy shop.







Woohoo!
-celebrating with a several cups of tea-

Junior and Leo Show #81

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 5:04 PM


Hey all! I was recently on the podcast "The Junior & Leo Show". I talk about my new comic Above the Clouds, attending conventions, and random art subjects.

My first one, can't tell you how nervous I was but I was really excited they asked me to be on. Both are really great guys and fun to talk to:



twomenandapod.podbean.com/2013…

Fanime 2011

Journal Entry: Sun May 15, 2011, 12:25 PM


May 27th- 30th, I will be in San Jose to attend Fanime 2011! Look for me at Artist Alley and stop by and say hello! I'll be armed with my camera to take pictures of the wonderful cosplayers (Avatar cosplayers I want to see YOU - as obviously you rock).

If you will be attending and have any request feel free to PM me before the event.

-ALSO-

I am making use of my Etsy Shop found at: www.etsy.com/shop/TeacupBee



Now available:

Queen & King button set
Inu Yasha Book marker set
Avatar: ATLAB - Fire Book group

ART DOLL Quarterly - Tulah

Journal Entry: Sun May 1, 2011, 11:18 PM


Some time after creating Tulah, I decided to be brave and send off photos to the magazine ART DOLL Quarterly.

Tulah - elf sculpture by DarkSunRose

Her story can be found here: teacupbee.blogspot.com/2010/12…
Recently found out that she will be appearing in the May issue!



It has always been one of those magazines I loved to look through while in the bookstore, wanting to see all the inspirational artwork and stories from artist I admired. "These are the people who are doing what I want to do" I always thought.

For once, as I held a copy of the magazine, I looked for their submission policies and got to work with putting together what was needed. I had to be quick because it was literally the last week to send in work for consideration. I rush to the post office and realized I needed to do a rush delivery, having to spend $20+. I hesitated for a moment when I was standing to pay for it - but my mind kept going "But what if it does get in?" Don't stop!

Many months went by and I started to believe that it may not have been received in time. "At least I went for it!" I decided. So I pushed it in the back of my mind.

Today, as I was working from home, I heard the mail drop in and went to go see what came in. My heart stopped because it was a copy of ART DOLL with a note attached that said I was published.

I held that magazine and I did one serious Happy Dance.

It went from being the one who only browsed the artist magazines to finally being a part of it. It makes me want to shout to all artist that you shouldn't just keep "looking", decide and then go for it!


-Cheers-

Supporting a good band

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 13, 2011, 8:05 PM


A while back I designed a cover for the band The New Orleans Moonshiners.

Moonshiners - I'm Comin Home by DarkSunRose

and now I have a chance to help support them in their NOMINATION! WOoooo! They have been nominated for "Best Traditional Jazz Album" of the year. I can't think of a better group of musicians - who work hard, laugh hard, creating magic.

Take a few moments check out Best of the Beat Awards and if you feel so incline, participate.
www.offbeat.com/2010-best-of-t…

Working on a sexy art piece, well as sexy as this prudish artist gets. And I'll be having my buttons available sometime this month!

Album Cover sketches

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM


LOVE this time of the year in California. The air is crisp,  the leaves are changing colors, AND you get to wear scarves! It's a feeling of change.

With November approaching, I am feeling the spirit of giving. Whoever is page viewer 58,000 will get a pair of Queen & King Buttons. Screen capture your proof and send it to teacupbee (at) gmail (dot) com.

Queen + King - Button design by DarkSunRose

Been working on an album cover, creating many many sketches. These were the initial ideas for the font and back cover (not sure they will be used):




Doll sculpture progress...

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 9, 2010, 5:11 PM
mpagluica.com l Blog l Etsy l twitter l Watch Me l Note Me

Haven't uploaded anything in a bit, but I have still been busy creating! I have great love for ceramics, but the fates have deemed it that a kiln be far away. So to get around this, I am working with something new!

Check it: teacupbee.blogspot.com/2010/02…

Updates on the progress of my new creation.

  • Drinking: Tea
Hello everyone!

Been some time since I have posted but I have been busy working (working at being creative! haha). Since last, my work has carried me towards submitting an illustration for ~kagai~, A few commissions (one of which is creating a new CD cover for The New Orleans Moonshiners 2nd album), AND! AND!

A new website! A new Blog! Check it: www.mpagluica.com

Also, been busy working on a few more personal projects (in between dayjob, commissions, life craziness) which include playing with Prosculp and more writing for my Magdalen story. Woooooo.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful start to their new year.
  • Drinking: Tea