Of sales, sketches, portraits, and pencil sketches

 As most of you know,  I try and have art sales around holidays. Being the absentminded professor I am, I didn’t realize it was Valentine’s Day until it was too late, and then President’s Day snuck up on me (sneaky little blighter) and slipped past before I could catch it.

So, I now announce you a belated-holiday art sale on my site, Art Whatsoever!

Through March 10th, you can get:

1 Sketch Sheet for $10

1 Portrait for $30

Buy 1, get 1 half off anything

Also: I do fanart now!! – I was drawing Dr. Who and Merlin and Sherlock so often I thought “Why not?” And the same rules apply for fanart as they do for original commissions.

BONUS: If you post about this giveaway on your blog and give me a link to it, you get free shipping on any piece you order!! Hurry and take advantage of it before March 10th!

Credendo Vides,



Christmas is good for the muse…

Ah, Christmas. The twinkling lights, the snow, the hot cocoa, the frostbitten noses… and the drawing inspiration.

“Snow White and the Apple”

“Snow White” – I need a background! I’m thinking trees and ravens – your thoughts?

“Paper Faces on Parade” I”m really in love with this one 🙂

“Winter” WIP – I’m thinking I’ll do a dark background with floating snowflakes, rather like the ‘Snow White and the Apple’ picture…

“Changeling Child,” inspired by the song by (genius) Heather Dale, my current musical obsession.

“Faery Rebel.” It scanned *so so so* badly… ugh. But I still like the drawing – sort of elegant punk on an urban fey, eh? 🙂

I have a head.
Any thoughts for a body? I’m thinking maybe a banshee/wailing woman or something of the kind?


I’m sorry, I’m just sort of ‘doing this’ every time I post until Christmas. *cough* Anyhoo, I”ve got an ART SALE! Yes, yes, contain yourself. I’m selling many things in my gallery, which you may check out at your liesure. I’m also adding something new, where I will sketch something for you for $5, no shipping. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

Credendo Vides,


The Super-duper-trouncy-pouncy-flouncy-bouncy-full-of-fun-fun-fun SURPRISE…

The big news is – –

wait for it…

waaaiiit for it….

(okay, it’s not THAT exciting… but still….)

….wait for iiiittt….

My artwork is going on SALE!

From now through December 20th (latest date for rush shipping), there are several different sales you can take advantage of. (Gadzooks, I sound like a salesman. Oh, well.)

1. If you order a drawing with two characters, you can get it for the price of one ($10 off)

2. If you order two drawings, you get the second drawing half-off.

3. You can order five 4×6 cards for $20 rather than $25

4. You get ten percent off any ordinary commission.

5. Also, I’m selling some of my originals, and will take price offers! If you want to look at them, check them out HERE. Mind you, they’re not ALL for sale – but if you’re interested, contact me: the-shieldmaiden(at)hotmail(dot)com and we can talk about it. 🙂 (They will not be as expensive as a commission unless they’re one of my favorites. 🙂

So far, all my commissioners have been satisfied; and I managed to garner a few references! (Yes, they’re completely real, and I could probably provide contact information if you wanted to check. *laugh*)

Stephen says –

‘As a writer I always wished I had the artistic talent to couple with my idea, story, and book concepts, since I never considered getting others to draw them for me; most artists would charge high prices for relatively low quality, and I didn’t give the idea much thought.  However, when I commissioned Mirriam Neal to draw several book characters for me, providing her with only a relatively rough description, she more than exceeded both my standards and expectations.  The characters turned out better than I myself had imagined.  If you have any desire to get your creative ideas written out on paper, a fancy to see a favorite person or book character drawn, or perhaps simply want a picture of some kind to hang on your wall, I highly, highly recommend this young, talented artist, Mirriam Neal, for nearly anything you want done!  I might also add that she is very easy to work with.’

Michelle says –

“Your prices are ROCK SCRAPING BOTTOM. *ahem* People are going to cry into their tea when the prices REALLY go to where they should be. In other words, ladies, gentlemen, and elves, do not hesitate to order.

As a customer of hers, I can testify to the fact that Mirriam is prompt with her work. She is also very conscientious and shows several preliminary sketches for approval before starting the work on your commission. Her skill is every-growing, and her wiliness to offer one-of-a-kind art for these prices is proof of her humility.

She has been published in Aletheia Magazine, has created art work for their website, and has illustrated several pieces in an Anthology due out from Port Yonder Press. When that happens, her prices COULD go up.

Order NOW. Do not let this talented and bright minded lady’s work slip through your fingers.

Order now, and avoid the rush!”

Shawn says –

“I commissioned some concept art from Ms. Neal, and was more than satisfied with the results. What she gave me was quality, low-priced art that conveyed the character of my concept with great success. She has my recommendation.”

So there you have it. From now until December Twentieth, I am having the biggest art sale yet! 

Enjoy, and please spread the word! I would be eternally grateful if you did 🙂

~ Mirriam