Dana's Quarterly Bulletin

Quarterly updates from the desk of Dana Amundsen

The first 3 months of the year have come and gone, and I have news to report. I attended my first ZineFest, invested in a printer, and have been trying out new things with my art. I am excited to share everything with you, so without further ado let’s recap January – March of 2023.

A photo of me at the table, from Detroit Zine Fest.

Detroit Zine Fest 2023

Detroit Zine Fest 2023 was a bit different than I had anticipated, because my art partner A.OK Art was unable to attend with me. Nevertheless, the event was well run, everyone was understanding, and I had a successful fest. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m just getting back into making and selling my work, but I ended up exceeding my expectations so I’m proud of myself.

My favorite thing about this event was chatting with other artists and getting inspired by their work. I also love seeing other people relate to my work, or get a laugh out of one of my silly cat zines. The zine space is such a supportive and welcoming community, and this event really motivated me to make and share more of my work.

To learn more about the event you can read my write ups on the DnA blog and my personal blog.

Printer Upgrade

I decided to put my tax return toward a new printer this year. I had been doing some research, so when the return hit my bank account I was ready to make a purchase. There was a laundry list of features that I wanted, including automatic double sided printing, borderless printing, refillable ink tanks, and higher print quality. I was hoping to get a printer that could print larger 11” x 17” prints, and was interested in getting a printer with more than the standard 4 ink colors to get better color prints, but those were optional and ended up being out of my price range. I mainly want a printer that can handle printing my zines, stickers, and 8”x10” prints.

Ultimately I ended up purchasing the Canon Pixma G6020. I have been using it for a few weeks now and have no complaints. My previous printer was probably 10+ years old and I was constantly fighting it to get it to print the way that I wanted. It would suck up multiple pages at a time, leave smudges where the rollers were, and guzzled ink cartridges. With the new printer I’m less precious about the ink because it’s so much more economical and the printing is much more consistent, easy, and better quality. I am looking forward to printing on it more, and saving money by not ordering prints and stickers from vendors online. It’s also nice to have a bit more control over my prints and get the instant gratification of printing something whenever I want.

New Art

There are some new posts on my blog, where you can see me experimenting with more screentones and ink drawings. I am liking this mixture of digital and traditional art and it reminds me of the manga that I grew up reading. It’s simple but still very interesting artistically.

This illustration of Tove and Merri, from my now forever-on-hiatus webcomic Lady Knight became the cover of my 2022 Sketchbook zine. I’ve also posted some portraits of Oak and Suren, from Holly Black’s most recent novel and some sketches of characters from The Secret History.

I’ve been prepping for the next fest as well. I have a couple of new zines ready, some stickers, and plans to do more. There are also a couple of other new products that I don’t want to spoil, but I’ll be able to share them with you in the next update. If you want to hear about them before then, make sure you are following the DnA instagram.

-Dana danaamundsen.com Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Just a quick update to announce that I will be attending some zine fests this year with my good friend A.OK as DnA Artists. We will be selling zines, prints, and other paper goods as well as making collaborative projects with each other and the attendees.

We currently are scheduled to attend two events:

Detroit Zine Fest

Saturday, March 4th, 2023 11 AM to 7 PM The Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit MI

Parking and the event are free! We will be set up at table 28. More info on our website.

Halftone Zine Fest

Saturday, May 13th, 2023 12 PM to 5 PM 21c Art Hotel 167 West Main Street, Lexington KY

More details and information will be added to our website as it is available.

”Coffee for a Ghost” a print that will be available for purchase at Detroit Zine Fest.

We are hoping to add more to our schedule. If you know of any good zine fests in North America, let me know and we will check it out. We are mostly staying in the midwestern United states for now as that is where we are both located, but we are open to travel.

”2022 Sketchbook” a half-page zine which is a collection of sketches and drawings from 2022.

If you want to keep up with us, Alex is running our awesome instagram which showcases some of the work we will have at the events along with behind the scenes footage. We also go live periodically to check in and share what we are working on. If instagram isn’t your thing, I made us a great website which you can keep up with via RSS.

Looking forward to seeing you! I will talk to you again in April with the usual Quarterly Bulletin.

-Dana danaamundsen.com Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Highlights of 2022 to start off 2023—

Launching My Own Website

In 2022 I started my own blog and made and remade a portfolio using GitHub Pages. I already had some experience writing HTML and CSS, and I knew that I wanted to build a presence for myself independent of social media websites. I started building a WordPress page but found it to be a bit more complicated than I was looking for.

It took me some time to understand how to use Jekyll and Liquid, but now I feel like I’m really starting to take advantage of this compact and flexible static site generator. In 2023 I am planning to release a new and improved personal website that will have my blog and portfolio both built in, as well as creating an easy-to-use template for other artists that want to build their own website with GitHub Pages.

Experimenting w/ Social Media

After a couple years of not sharing much artistically on my social media accounts, I did some experimentation this year. I was briefly active on Instagram, I joined the Fediverse, and I finally ditched Twitter in December. I feel like social media demands a lot of the artists that use it, and I want to continue to be critical of the social media that I use and reduce the time I spend mindlessly interacting with social media. I also want to use it more efficiently to promote and share my work.

My Favorite Pieces of 2022

Finally, here are my favorite pieces of 2022 in no particular order. Click through to go to the blog post about that piece.

A low poly 3D model of a Victorian Study Vin and Elend Venture from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series standing back to back A man writes at his desk while a woman in a black Victorian day dress drapes herself over him posessively

Looking forward to 2023, I am planning to attend some art shows with a friend and long time collaborator, A.OK Art, as one half of DnA Artists.

I have been ruminating on a new long-form project with the working title Frostbite and I hope to share more of the development for that project as well.

I will also to challenge myself with different media (I’ve recently been playing with watercolor, ink, and calligraphy) and pursue other creative hobbies outside of digital illustration.

Happy New Year! I look forward to sharing more with you in April.

-Dana danaamundsen.com Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

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