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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Moving to Squarespace

After much debate I made the decision to move webhosts. It was not a decision I made lightly, as I've been with my former host ICDSoft for 11 years (!!!) But I did feel like it was time for a change. After all 11 years of digital baggage is a lot to carry around. (Note: I still really like ICDSoft for pure speed, fast support, uptime, and FTP style DYI hosting.)

My new hosting choice: Squarespace. Why? I fell for the slick and minimalist portfolio designs that they offered. I liked the ease of use and ease of updating. I also liked their SEO features, namely the ability to make clear urls for each image in a gallery. I liked how I was also able to ditch Lightbox in favor of images that can actually be paged through.

Being the type who has done a mix of handcoding html and css, and also used a combination of sliced Photoshop files and Dreamweaver, the change was even more marked for me. But in the end my thought was that giving up some of this in favor of a more responsive and more modern portfolio might be worth it. I am curious to see how it works going forward.

Note: The URL for my portfolio site remains the same: www.LDiehl.com.

My blog, will also be moving to the new site, that means that the RSS feed will change to: https://laura-diehl.squarespace.com/ldiehl-blog/?format=rss

So please re-subscribe above if you'd like to continue receiving updates!


Please excuse the construction dust as I build and move into my new home. (And do let me know if you find anything broken.)


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Starspun Comic Launch!

I'm super excited to announce that my brand new shiny online graphic novel has gone live at StarspunComic.com! This is a personal project that I've had in development for many years 'on the side.' Now I've finally taken those first important steps to get it out there into the world.

Please see the blog post there for further information. If you like the project please spread the word.

Enjoy!



Starspun: Poppy and the Nightmirror - Book Cover

Friday, March 21, 2014

Den Eviga Eldens Magi - Project Completion!

Today I turned in the final batch of images for my extensive 'Magi' project with publisher Lilla Piratf├Ârlaget and author Patrik Bergstr├Âm.

I made the image below to commemorate the sheer amount of work I created for this fantasy children's series. Like the image says: 5 covers, 45 interiors (!!!), 5 chapter headings and 1 map. I feel like I've just crossed the finish line to a long, yet satisfying art marathon.

Link: Publisher's site for this series.
Link: Author's site for this series.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

In the Land of Magnanthia - Book Cover

Just recently finished up a fun book cover for author B.R. Maul. Below is the custom cover I painted for In the Land of Magnanthia, which is book #1 of his Portals, Passages, & Pathways series. It's a teen/young adult novel that involves two teenage boys with very different destinies in a colorful fantasy world far from Earth.



Find out more about the book and author:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G1Y98HA
Website/Blog: http://brmaul.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PortalsPassagesPathways
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRMaul_author

Cover Painting

Cover with Title Text

Process Animation


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