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I paint license plates. These are most, but not all that I’ve done since 2008.

Story time for those who want to know more:

WAAAAY back in 2003 I got a hold of my old license plates from my car I had in high school. On a whim, I thought it’d be fun to paint on them. So I did and they were pretty awful, admittedly (I’ll dig up the photos someday). Nothing came of it for 4 years. Flash forward to 2007. I don’t know what made me think of them, but when I graduated college and was bored and looking for interesting things to do with my art, I remembered the plates and did one as a gift for a friend. When other friends saw that, THEY wanted one. I was happy to oblige, they’re fun! Pretty soon people asked for them as a commission so I started offering them at cons. By the end of 2008 I looked back and realized I had done more than 20 of them in a year. I continued doing them by commission and as gifts for friends until around 2011 I noticed my art was stagnating. Paint pens can’t do the tiniest of detail on metal and you can’t fit very big words or intricate styles.  I was getting unhappy with my work and I finally had a job that meant I didn’t need to extra income. I finished the plates I owed and closed commissions completely. Finally, around this year, 2014, I started getting back into my art and felt refreshed after a long break. I’m not doing these by commission except for rare circumstances, but now I enjoy doing them as gifts for friends again.

Looking back, I’m proud of the amount of these I’ve done and I think most have stood the test of time well. Only a few in there make me cringe.  I would love to track these down and ask people if they’d be willing to let me borrow them for an art show. But that would be a HUGE undertaking as you can see by the amount of work and the number of people I would need to contact. Imagining a wall filled with these would be very cool. Maybe some day.

Some FAQ’s and tidbits about these:

  • I’m always asked where I get them from. The plates are either given to me by friends or I buy them online off ebay. A large bulk came from an antique store which sold a giant box of Ohio plates and my good friend, Beanie, who gifted me something like 50 of them from Illinois.
  • Nearly all were done in decocolor paint pens. A few were done with acrylic paint, but it’s harder to get crisp, smooth lines that way so I stick to paint pens.
  • No, I’m not taking commissions for them anymore. Sorry.
  • I spray them with clear matte to keep them from chipping or being tacky. It also makes photos easier as it cuts down on glare.
  • I still have something in the realm of 80 or so unpainted plates left in my collection. We plan to use them to decorate our basement.
  • The one that says “TooieBird” in yellow and orange was commissioned by tooie the first time I ever met her. I had no idea at the time that years later she and I would marry. <3

If you bought one of these, thank you. It’s been a crazy ride for all the years I’ve done these and it’s neat to be known for something.

Can I just say these are all awesome and commissioning one was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made <3<3

Hey everyone, I made some adopts which are still available over on my da, here and here for $5/500 points each!

Some quick advice for your glasses: Gorilla glue and masking tape.
tooiedraws tooiedraws Said:

I had them taped together for most of the day and just did a quick fix with a little bit of hot glue. Hopefully that’ll hold for a little while. if not, I’ll try some gorilla glue. thanks

I managed to break my glasses at work today. ( that’s not blood in the picture, it’s paint. I didn’t notice it when i was taking the pic because I was too focused on my glasses ahahahaha..) I’m trying to get new glasses and while I’m currently having some difficulty because it’s been a few years since I’ve gotten my last eye exam and I don’t have insurance, it looks like it’s going to cost $300+ for new ones.

So, I’m opening for emergency commissions. I’m currently offering

$20 full body digital flats/$50 with a complex background
$10 doodles
$15 full body traditional sketches
$30 traditional inks with a spot color

or if you want something else, please e-mail me at thetooiebird[at] with any questions.

**If you are interested in getting a commission from me, please fill out a form here:

thank you so much, and if you could please spread the word I’d really appreciate it!!

Here is my submission for the DoodlersAnonymous coloring book!

Feel free to color it (and show me if you do :D )





What better way to celebrate Halloween then a 31 day ART CHALLENGE?

RULES: Art submissions can be most anything (stories, drawings, crafts, etc) as long as they pertain to one of the days words. See how creatively you can incorporate the words for each day!

Feel free to submit your writing/art to the Challenge’s main blog, spoopyartchallenge. It’s a great way to meet other artists and give your creations some exposure! Signal boosts always help!!

Five more days till the challenge starts. Are you ready?



I think I’ll try this one!

(via devilscape)


Things I sometimes do to get over artists’ block.  Hope this helps!

(via pugpatrol)

Sketchbook 69! Started on May 14, 2014.

And because this is #69 there is more adult art in here than my usual sketchbooks. I’ll be sure to tag those pages as #nsfw

I’ve spent the past few days coding this and trying to figure out if it works and all that fun stuff that is the headache of trying to figure out everything. It’s been at least 3 years since I last attempted coding (my old website) and I forgot a lot. I’m currently in the painstakingly slow process of going through my art files and duplicating and making thumbnails of everything I want to be on the site. But I do have a few things up for now.

I think my lightbox (picture viewer code whatever) needs to be updated since I used the old code from my old site, but I haven’t looked into that yet. You can still see the pictures in full if you click on them. Any feedback is appreciated though!

I feel like an adult with responsibilities now.. gotta keep this updated.

Still on that neopets kick. Love drawing my babs. Here’s Motts, drawn on my new tablet which I am having oh so much fun with.

sketchbook 68 is over!