Pug Party Podcast Ep03


The Pug Party Podcast — where art, creativity and writing go off the leash.

In episode three, Roxy talks about the new online class, we share our creative origin stories, geek out on the new IT trailer, and then we totally f**k things up (all because of an ice cream truck and james’ stupid fingers).

Mentioned in this episode:
+ April the Giraffe live stream
+ “Spirits” Online Art Journal Class (coming soon!)
+ “Spirits” hashtag on Instagram
+ Women’s Bean Project
(and here’s the split pea soup)
+ IT 2017 movie trailer (and yes, I got the brother’s names mixed up in the podcast!!)
+ IT trailer side by side comparison
+ The Boys comic
+ Ex Machina comic
+ Saga comic
+ Fargo season 1 (available on hulu)
+ Feud season 1 (airing on FX)
+ Rick & Morty Season 3 premiere


Thank-you for tuning in!
-Roxy & James

studio playlist: march


monthly music playlists curated by artist Roxanne Coble

woah you guys. I almost missed this month’s playlist entirely! because I’ve been teaching and running around so much lately, it’s been tough for me to really put together a solid playlist. I’m just not sitting in my studio or at my computer long enough to really curate something together. soooo…there’s really only one word to describe this month’s line up: random.

now mind you, there’s a few solid tracks in this playlist – like ‘amsterdam’, ‘cat thruster’, and ‘drink to moving on’. but some of these songs were just random stuff that came into my discover weekly playlist, or something I heard at a bar (like ‘six underground’ from sneaker pimps…I nearly fell over when I heard it, it had been ages!).

tune in below on spotify, or dig back into my archive of monthly playlists for more music…


+ want more? be sure to follow me on spotify so you can stay up to date on what I’m jamming to!

Pug Party Podcast Ep02


The Pug Party Podcast — where art, creativity and writing go off the leash.

annnnddd we’re back for episode two! while we intend on recording this podcast weekly, we were unable to record last week because james was sick. needless to say, we did a lot of catching up in this episode! hit play below to tune in, listen on youtube, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes


In episode two, we tackle creative frustration, Rox explains her uncontrollable sobbing with Beauty and the Beast, and we embarrass ourselves with a Sporcle quiz.

Mentioned in this episode:
+ April Art Challenge
+ James’ Tinkerbell
+ New Hero ‘Orisa’ on Overwatch
+ Sock Wars
+ Life movie
+ April the Giraffe
+ James’ twitter
+ Sporcle Lyric Quiz

Thank-you for tuning in!
-Roxanne & James

april art challenge 2017


April Art Challenge (a 30 day drawing challenge hosted by artist Roxanne Coble, aka BY BUN)

if you remember, last year I hosted my first ever 30-day drawing challenge. well I’m bringing it back this year with a whole new set of daily prompts! I also made sure to post the prompts early this year, in the case you wanted to get a head start…

daily drawing challenges are awesome for a slew of reasons: it keeps you inspired, it’s a great way to practice, test your skills, and create something everyday. not to mention, it all leads you to a rad little pile of drawings by the end of the month!

like last year, I’ve made some of the prompts a little spooky (because it wouldn’t be a by bun drawing challenge if there weren’t prompts like skull, ghost, monster, tarot, or stitches am I right?), and the rules of the challenge are simple:

1.) draw something everyday inspired by the prompt. this is totally your own interpretation, and thinking outside of the box is very much encouraged!
2.) your drawing can be done in any medium and on any substrate of your choosing. personally, I’ll be doing my daily drawings in my large sketchbook with pens (and maybe some liquid ink here and there).
3.) you do not have to have any drawing skills to participate. it’s about doing a creative task everyday, and practicing!
4.) share your work on social media using the hashtag: #aprilartchallenge

so there you have it – get those sketchbooks ready and let’s do this thing. the challenge starts saturday!


el segundo workshops this sat/sun!


"Cacti" art journal workshop with artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

Mini Art Journal Workshop with artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

happy monday! I just wanted to let you know that if you’re in so cal, I’ll be teaching two in-person workshops this weekend in the south bay. these classes are being held at a private residence located in el segundo this saturday & sunday. here’s a look at the line up:

“CACTI” *new!*
saturday, march 25th – 10am-4pm
Art journaling meets illustration in this mixed media workshop “Cacti”. This class takes you through the process of creating a two-page art journal spread that uses succulents and cacti as a visual focal point. Through guided step-by-step instruction, you will build up a mixed media foundation layer using ephemera and acrylic paint. With a foundation layer complete, the class then further explores: planning a composition, the use of a split-complimentary color palette, observational drawing, and unique illustration techniques using both acrylic paint, ink, and/or watercolor.

sunday, march 26th – 10am-3pm
This art journaling class takes you through the process of creating a miniature, two-inch, mixed media art journal. Through step-by-step instruction, we will begin by binding and constructing our mini journals by hand. Once our mini journals are assembled, the class will then take you through a variety of individual techniques, prompts, and illustrations to apply within each 2-page spread! At the completion of the class you’ll have a fully altered mini journal featuring eight different miniature art spreads…

space is limited, but there’s still a few open seats! I would love for you to join me. shoot me an email to scope out the supply list and get more info: madebybun@gmail.com


+ not local or cannot attend in person? join me online! I’ve got two online classes that you can join at any time and do at your own pace: ‘Creatures‘ & ‘Lyrical‘. and yes, the rumors are true…I have a new one in the works 😉 stay tuned!

Pug Party Podcast Ep01


The Pug Party Podcast — where art, creativity and writing go off the leash.

YAAAAASSSS. that’s right, you read it…we’re launching a podcast! and I say ‘we’ because it’s hosted by myself and James…

as I’ve mentioned on the vlog, we’ve been talking about the idea of starting up a podcast for a while now. well I’m happy to report that episode one of the ‘Pug Party Podcast’ is here for your listening pleasure!

so what’s the Pug Party Podcast all about? well, art stuff. writing stuff. creative stuff. geek stuff. (you know, the usual podcast banter). I hope you get a kick out of it – as we definitely enjoyed recording it and hope to continue this series for as long as we can.

we are working on getting the podcast up on iTunes (update: it’s now up!), but for now you can listen to episode one below, or over on my youtube channel. enjoy!


In episode one, we dive into creative planning and brainstorming, go deep into X-Files, and get personal with Star Trek TNG.

Mentioned in this episode:
+ Our pugs Mr. Behr (left) and Olive (aka GEEBS, right)
+ Rick and Morty Art Book
+ Joseph Cambell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces
+ Watchmen
+ The Boys
+ Saga, Vol. 1
+ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
+ Buzzfeed’s ‘Which TNG Character Are You?’ quiz

**UPDATE: you can now subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!***

studio playlist: february


creative monthly playlists curated by artist Roxanne Coble on Spotify

I don’t know what it was about this month, but I seemed to have experienced a bit of a music dry spell. typically, I am able to fill up a playlist rapid speed with new and old finds. but for some reason, I just struggled to get this one to the finish line. maybe it was my schedule, maybe I just wasn’t really in any sort of mood. who knows!

I do find however, when I’m in a funk like this – that I default to sort of chill-hop instrumental stuff (and that genre consumes a lot of this playlist). and honestly, it’s the best kind of tunes if you’re in any sort of ‘creative zone’. ps: definitely listen to this playlist in order (and not on shuffle), it mellows out towards the end…

+ need more tunes? each month I curate a creative playlist on spotify! you can follow me, or check out last month’s playlist here.

mini journal #9


mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

mini art journals by artist Roxanne Coble (aka BY BUN)

as promised, I’m bringing you some photos and a video tour of mini journal #9! hop on over here to watch the video…

+ reminder: this fully altered mini journal, along with 3 others, will be available for purchase in my etsy shop TOMORROW MORNING @ 9am PST!