On Saturday, April 5th, I was lucky enough to be able to meet some people I really admire – Pentatonix. If you don’t know who they are, I recommend heading over to Youtube immediately and watching every video they’ve ever posted. They are an a capella group unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I could rave about them ’til the cows come home, but I’ll just let the videos speak (sing?) for themselves. Here are a few of my faves:

I am constantly in awe of what they can produce with just voice. Each voice in so unique, yet they blend seamlessly together. And yes, they sound JUST like this live – it is not editing that makes them sound so amazing, just pure talent. But enough fangirling – on to the point of this post!

Teamed up with my BFF, we headed down to House of Blues in Boston for their show. I had seen PTX twice before this particular concert (once at UNH before their massive success, and then last year at House of Blues as well) but this year was special. We’d purchased VIP tickets to actually MEET them, and most importantly (to me at least!) get my drawings of them signed!


Pentatonix: Daft Punk

Couldn’t wait to get them signed!

When I first got my tickets I was massively excited (duh). As the day drew closer, excitement started to be replaced with a massive amount of nerves, and my anxiety brain running in overtime, to the tune of “WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?! HOW AM I GOING TO SHOW THEM MY ART AND NOT FREAK OUT?!?!” But, I did it. And it was so worth it.

We arrived, went to soundcheck (they sang to us live without all the show bells and whistles of lights and choreography – it was amazing), then got our photo taken with them.


Can you tell I’m crazy excited?! 

Then it was time to queue up for the signing. At which point I was freaking out a bit in my head. And probably sweating more than I do all year. I seriously put on deodorant about three times before we left, just for this reason. Yup.

When we got up there, I stammered out that I had drawn some things for them to sign (one for me and one for my BFF), handed them over, and then I am lost in a world of fangirl!! They loved them, said I shouldn’t be nervous as they were awesome, and I about died from excitement. I thanked them about a thousand times, and pretty much floated for the rest of the evening.


I decided to keep this one, as it was the first one I drew, and I’m really proud of it.


This one is for my BFF, and it was the one she chose anyway!

The show itself was amazing (not surprising in the least) and even made my cry during ‘Run To You’. I can’t handle the harmonies in that song – total goosebumps and overwhelming emotion; music does that to me sometimes. I was also blown away at what they sang – their setlist was full of the most complicated songs they do. And they rocked the shit out of it. Hopefully they’ll be back again next year, since we’ve decided it’s now a yearly thing to go see them. We’re three for three so far!

It was an amazing night. It was so worth the splurge to be able to show them my work and get them signed. Knocked one of my big goals off of my B.I.G. List (which I really need to update more!) that’s for sure!

And just one more vid. Enjoy!




I don’t know where the time goes. I blinked and it was October, blinked again and it’s already a week into November. But I have been busy busy! Mostly with art. My muse has apparently taken full time residence with me, which I am 100% okay with. I’ve been getting tons done, and even more exciting, I’m loving the work I’m doing! I know that sounds a little silly, but there is nothing like finishing a piece and being proud of what you’ve done. Plus, seeing my skills improve in my drawing is such a good feeling.

Unfortunately, I can’t post TOO much of what I’ve been drawing here as they are mostly Christmas presents for people! But I can post a few, so here they are.

DRAWtoberfest The Kiss
‘The Kiss’
Drawn for a twitter sketch party I was partaking in (#DRAWtoberfest, at the time).

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Finally finished this commission! Client decided on adding the phrase at the bottom, and while it was originally going to be a wedding present for her soon-to-be wife, she decided she can’t wait and is giving it to her for Christmas instead!
(Note: I received permission from the client to post this on my blog.)

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The final piece of wall art for my daughter’s big girl room upgrade (which I am SO excited for! Only another month until the big redo!).

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Fellow blogger Polly of This Enchanted Pixie was kind enough to let me draw an adorable photo of her daughter in this wonderful handmade knit hat! I always feel odd asking people if I can draw their photos, but so far no one has thought I’m a crazy weirdo. I’m quite proud of this piece, as that hat was a big challenge but I’m pleased with the result!
(Note: I received permission from Polly to post this on my blog and other social media.)

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And lastly, this piece of the AMAZING a capella group, Pentatonix. I am REALLY proud of this piece as it turned out exactly as I was visualizing in my head. I’m especially happy with how Kevin turned out (all the way to the right, with the cello). I was expecting him to be the hardest to draw given that his features were heavily shadowed, and not only did he come together the easiest, but I LOVE the shading! And in case being happy with this piece wasn’t enough, I posted it on Twitter and Scott Hoying (fourth in the from the left) saw it, and faved it! Cue nerd-gasm of amazingly talented famous person seeing my artwork of him and his own band, and liking it. Day. Made.

Also, my hubby, being fabulous, agreed to let me do a MAJOR splurge for my birthday next April so now I have a VIP TICKET to go see Pentatonix which means I CAN GET THE DRAWING SIGNED!
Needless to say, me and my art have been having a grand ole time lately. And so far, it seems to be holding strong!
And now, a shameless plug for my art:
If you like what you see, please head over to my Facebook page and give it a like! Pencil and Paper
Commissions will be re-opened sometime in January 2014, so keep it in mind if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift.

I think I’ll be giving blogging the backseat for a bit, at least until after the holidays. This is crunch time for me to get presents made, and half of what I make I can’t share online. Which also applies to most of the fun projects and crafts I’ll be doing with my little miss. Lately I’ve been scouring other blogs for inspiration on what to blog about since I don’t have any particular projects I can share lately. So I’ll still be around, just on a smaller scale than my normal three posts a week. I’m thinking about a re-vamp in 2014. . .we’ll have to see what I have time for. See you around blog land!

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