Tuesday, July 21, 2020

It's Okay To Disagree.


I feel like one of the greatest problems in the world today is that people don't know how to disagree.  Instead, they seem to think that if someone has a different opinion, a different belief, or thought process, it means that person is bad or stupid and that we must become enemies with those who are different.  When did we forget that it's okay to disagree?  When did we become afraid of listening to each other?  And how do we find our way to treating differences with respect and love?  I wish I had the answers.  

Monday, July 20, 2020

Public Service Announcement



Just a little public service announcement.  If you'd like to share it on social media, you can find it on Facebook under Susan Meeks Fitch, or on Instagram under @sufitch. This is not available for download at this time. Watch for more to come. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New Scripture Characters.



I need your opinion. I get requests all the time for more and different scripture characters.  I first started doing characters for Follow The Prophet.  You may be familiar with the sets I did.  The character or prophet is a little smaller and has a 4x6 inch background scene to go with them to represent their story.  More recently, I started doing "Book of Mormon Buddies" sets that just have the characters.  I'm a total people pleaser. I wanted to please all those people who were asking for more characters.  I thought I could get more characters out more quickly if I didn't try to do backgrounds with them, but the new sets don't seem to be as popular as the old ones.  I'm not sure if that's because the old ones have just been around longer or if they are really liked better.  As I move forward in trying to do more scripture characters would you all prefer the original set up with smaller characters and a small background, or do you want a little bit bigger characters and more of them?  Or does it even matter to you at all?  

Another question:  There's no way my drawing speed can keep up with the Come Follow Me Lessons.  There are a lot of characters that I have missed this year so far.  I'm trying to decide if I should try to keep drawing the characters in order and slowly fill in the characters I've missed, or if I should choose a spot a little ahead of where we are now and start going from there so you'll have some new characters for your lessons in a month or so.  Do you have any preference about that? Are there specific characters you think need to be done immediately?  

Thanks for any input you can give!  

Monday, June 15, 2020

Two New Kits!

So, I've got two new ACTIVITY DAYS kits in my Etsy shop.  The first one is just clip art of Activity Day kids doing all sorts of activities.  The second one has that art used to make goal sheets and Brag Tags.







If you haven't heard of brag tags before, they are a super cute idea used by school teachers as motivation and rewards for positive behavior and accomplishments.  The ones I've made are the size of a business card.  There are tons of different ways to use them (google it!) I liked the idea of laminating them and punching a hole in the top to make a necklace.  The teacher in that scenario had an award ceremony every Friday to give out brag tags to the kids.  They got to wear their necklace during school that day, then gave it back to the teacher to keep.  At the end of the year, they got to take their necklaces home.  I thought it sounded really easy and doable, but also a really fun thing to draw!!!  And without scouts and merit badges it might be a fun way to motivate kids.



I've decided that instead of doing a drawing for a give-away this time, that I would just pick one or two favorite images and make them available as a free download here for anyone at any time to enjoy.  So, here they are:  click the links below to download them.  And if you like the brag tag idea and have ideas for more, let me know!

BAKING GIRL


BAKING GIRL BRAG TAGS

I hope you are surviving your summer and staying safe and healthy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The sum of my time spent in quarantine


So, during quarantine I drew a bunch of pictures to keep my sanity.  I posted them on Facebook and Instagram.  And now, I decided to publish them through Amazon. (It will not be available through Etsy)  It has been a fun new type of project.  If you have been following my social media and seen all the pictures there, you should know that I saved the best ones just for the book.  I hope you'll like them!  This is the first time I've done a book entirely by myself.  It feels really fun to have accomplished a project like this.

If you are interested, it is on sale now on Amazon:  click here.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Pandemic Printable



So, how are you all holding up?  I hope that where ever you are, that you are doing well.  Isn't this a strange thing to be going through?  Here in Utah we also had an earthquake and several aftershocks. It's enough to make you feel like it's the end of the world.  I'm SO grateful to have a loving Heavenly Father and living prophets to calm my soul.  
And, if you couldn't guess, I also use drawing as a coping mechanism for life in general.  After my kids go to bed I use the evening hours to decompress and process my day through my pencil and paper.  Lately, that means I've been drawing a lot of pandemic related things.  I honestly can't imagine who in the world might need these little cards and drawings. I think we all know these procedures by heart.  But, I drew them.  And I feel like I should do something with them.  So they are going into the Etsy shop.

If you haven't been on Facebook or Instagram lately, you might enjoy checking out the other pandemic drawings I've been doing.  FB: Susan Meeks Fitch IG: @sufitch

As always, I will do a drawing to giveaway a free set of these.  If you are interested in winning, just leave a comment with your name and email address, and tell me what you are doing to cope and process this ordeal. I will randomly pick winners a week from tomorrow.  That's May 2nd, so you've got a while to enter and to spread the word if you think someone else might be interested.

Stay Safe!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Conference Bingo!

Hello Everyone!  I hope you're all staying safe and healthy and sane during this pandemic.  It's crazy isn't it?  I never imagined I'd experience something like this in my lifetime.  Anyway, I've been drawing myself through it just like I do with regular life.  I've been doing some fun pandemic related illustrations that I've been posting on social media.  You can find me on Facebook as Susan Meeks Fitch, or on Instagram as sufitch.  I'm not super tech savvy, but I've made them all public so I think you should be able to see them if you try to look. Feel free to share them.  I'm on a mission to try to lighten the load if I can.  I hope they'll give you some encouragement and light.



I've also put together a General Conference Bingo game that is for sale in my Etsy shop right now. There are 10 cards and they are all different. There is a set with text naming each square, and a blank set if you prefer to play that way or if you want to put in a different language. I tried not to use too much color because I don't know if print shops are open right now and I didn't want to put too much of a strain on home printers.

As always, I'll be giving away 3 free sets to random winners.  Usually I do the drawing on Saturdays, but because I want you to have plenty of time to download your files and print them before conference - I will do the drawing this time on Thursday.  That only gives you three days to leave a comment with your name and email address to enter the drawing. If you win, I will email the files to you on Thursday.  Check back then to see who the winners are.

Stay safe and healthy!

P.S. I almost forgot!  You need to check out an Etsy shop called Latter-day book and bead.  Holly has purchased a commercial license to be able to use my art to make her products.  She's got some fun things there! click here to see what she's done and to get ideas on what you can do too!