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.

Vixena Foxhood

One of my resolutions was not just to draw more, it was to draw more consistently and challenge myself with new techniques. One of my beloved OCs just doesn't get enough drawing time from me, so here she is. When I was in school, whenever I would draw my characters like this I would always get asked "WHY IS SHE NAKED"and I always felt the need to give some sort of excuse. Now that I'm older, my answer is simply "because I drew her that way." Draw what you want and don't make excuses for yourself! I see this sometimes with my students and I just want to tell them to not BS! It's ok to say that you just wanted to do that. That's what one of the focuses was, you liked the way it came out, you just didn't feel like doing anything else. It's coo'. But yes, here is Vixena. I drew her naked because that's what I felt like doing.

I'm trying to flesh out more characters for a story I want to focus on this year. The main character is Avyana, a character one of my students helped me name! I hope you're enjoying the new artwork so far˜

I Must Have Loved You Once

FINALLY SOME NEW ART. I actually draw a good amount in my sketchbook lately, but I want to really draw digitally more and actually complete a full colored illustration. I'm really pleased with the way this one came out! They are the humanized versions of my first OCs, Alisha and Alexandra. Alisha was my first blue hedgehog I ever created and Alex came right after back when I was 12. The originals are... interesting looking. I'll try to find them somewhere, haha! On my drive to work I was thinking about them and their story and found some time on my hands and decided to draw them out.