Welcome Back~

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Hello everyone and welcome back! I can’t tell you how good I feel being able to sit here with my coffee and write a blog post again on my laptop. Sex and the City is playing in the background and my baby is taking her first nap for the day. So let’s catch up!

I have been updating my social media and actually keeping up with it (like… more than usual.) I had to make a decision on my blog. I love it so much, and I have been blogging since 2008. I have moved from Livejournal to Blogger to Squarespace, and I swear I do research every year to see which place is the best for maintaining a website and every year Squarespace just makes sense. I am in the process of kickstarting my online presence, and a big part of that for me is maintaining a website. I have been updating a few places with my art which I will link at the end of this post. I do want this to be the main place that will be updated with my art! I want to keep it as my online portfolio and sprinkle in some blogposts here and there. I have been updating with videos on Youtube which has been really fun. I want to maintain updating once a week on there, but I don’t have a “steady” schedule yet. I’m still getting used to it, and I want to focus on having fun with it all.

I’m going to be making a few changes these upcoming weeks, so please keep an eye out!

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Challenge Yourself!

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HERE I COME WITH MY THREE MONTH UPDATE! September marked the beginning of the school year and the first time I taught 2 different classes, Digital Sketch & Draw and Digital Arts. One is a middle school class and the other is an upper school class. At this very moment grades and comments are due so those have been taking up a good amount of time. Two classes have been a lot to juggle but I have been able to organize myself through... 3 different planners and calendars. Some might think that's overkill but it honestly has been the only way I have been able to keep up with everything. 

October was eventful because it was our second wedding anniversary! We had a lovely night and actually celebrated twice. Once at our favorite greek restaurant and the second time on the anniversary of when we started dating which was a couple of days later. Korean bbq and laughs were had~ Every year we say that we won't draw something for each other but we always manage a little something. 

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Life has been very good to us. We both are working hard and focusing on the future. I have been planning a lot of stuff for my own work and trying to draw more regularly. Would you believe that after my previous post I stopped drawing as much? I started focusing more on my double workload and the beginning of the school year. If everything goes according to plan, there are a lot of changes coming within the next couple of years to our curriculum and our department and I'm taking a nice lead on that which I am very excited about! So I am still working to find a nice balance of my professional and personal life. I have been finding inspiration in Freelance artists on Youtube. I have also been stocking up on some of my favorite artists' merchandise from Etsy or their own stores. I have a pile in my art room that I need to photograph before I rip into them! At first I was going to film it (you know, trying to get back into my own Youtube channel!) but I would like to focus my filming more on my own work rather than that of others. Which is going to be difficult because I don't like filming myself while I draw... so I'm going to have to figure something out. 

How about you? How is everything going? Do you still read here?! Please tell me of any lovely things going on in your own life!

Self Journey

As always, it has been a while! I am happy to say that I have actually been sticking to drawing regularly more than I have in the past couple of years, and it has been really great for me. I have been practicing watercolor and getting more serious about learning new techniques and figuring out my style with it. I would like to create another blogpost entirely on this subject, so I'll try to keep it brief. As I tend to do, I mix many brands and just go with the flow. The top image is my latest piece that I did a couple of days ago. I have been inspired by artists like Alisa Vysochina and Leigh Ellexson. Their work is so beautiful and they are such lovely people. It has been a struggle getting back on that horse, but I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with my art. There's a lot I could write on this subject, maybe one day I will. I feel happy with my work and I'm excited to continue! I have been updating my Instagram and my Tumblr regularly with my art, I guess it's mostly because they're the easiest to update with! I had left both abandoned for a while and I'm actually posting there again, so please have a look! I am currently figuring out a way to take better photos of my work to post them up <3

Along with traditional media, I have been practicing my digital art skills with my iPad Pro. This is something new I'm trying to teach myself as well. I try to draw every day with either medium to get some practice in. I'm learning a lot about myself in the process! By not concentrating so much on developing a style, I have found myself developing one. Last year I feel like I concentrated very hard on that and while I was drawing regularly, I felt like my work felt a bit alien to me. This year has been more about exploration and risks. 

I had to decide to renew my Squarespace. I felt sad knowing that I don't update as much as I used to and maybe I should stop trying to make this happen. To be honest with you, I'm not exactly sure what "this" is. I have started really thinking about what it is I'm trying to accomplish here. So many wonderful artists online have dreams about becoming freelancers, animators, Illustrators, etc. and I think to myself, what is it that I am actually trying to accomplish? I have been reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it is helping me find some peace about this entire thought process. I have selfish reasons for continuing to draw. I don't want to become an animator and I have drawn for other people in the past in terms of books, projects and web design. It was all fun and I wonder if I'll ever have enough time to take on more projects like those, but I enjoy drawing for myself and displaying my work. I like writing about my work and my process. Now I have to decide if this website is worth keeping. I love my space. I designed it from scratch. I made all the graphics, organized everything and love having it on display. I use it as a sort of portfolio, as well. I'm still figuring out who I am, what I like and what I need in order to be happy. So I'm going to continue on this journey! I want to regularly update and work on so many more things and share it all on here. I'm planning many things, so please stay tuned!

Getting Back Into It

Can you tell that I've been obsessing over buns lately? I love how some of my favorite artists draw them and wanted to actually give them a try with my own art! I also got the chance to ry out some of my gold watercolors last night with that second piece. Pocky and Pills is based off of someone I had a dream with recently and wanted to try to put it down into paper. I'm very happy with how it came out! I guess pastels are just going to stay with my style. The first one is called Figure.09 mostly because I was listening to some good old Linkin' Park while drawing it. My boss gave me a new nib for my Apple Pencil this morning and I wanted to try it out! The more I use my iPad Pro for art the more I love it. I was able to easily get down a drawing without thinking too hard about it! I hope you guys like them!

Summer Reading and Updates

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE THIS TENDENCY TO COME HERE ONE A MONTH AND JUST HAVE THE URGE TO WRITE. But I come with some art updates! I had the privilege of designing some summer reading postcards for my school and I just handed them in! I hope they get printed, but even if they don't I think I'm going to print them out on my own, anyway. I tried to mix my new style with a style I've always been comfortable with for both and I love the outcome! I have always loved the flat lay design in photos so I wanted to try my hand at drawing it. I really love the result.