I've just started reading Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. I've watched her show for years now, and she give me a great 5-10 min boost in the morning. I don't blindly follow her as a self-help guru, but I like the direction this book is going. One thing that stood out to me last night was talking about commitment to the process (and to her getting more revenue, but I digress). I felt that these words ring true for me and anyone that is looking to improve themselves.
"... insight without action is worthless."
This calls to attention all the insights I've had into how to upgrade the lazy part of my life. Don't get me wrong, I know that we're all human and that means imperfection. Nothing will ever be in total balance in life, but it can be in harmony; heavier on the strings than horns, peppered with tempo that is rising and falling. I like to think I'm striving to be able to handle the seasons as they come, not avoid them. And part of handling the seasons is having a great foundation of habits.
I have a lot of action to take, but I'm celebrating small wins, like getting up every morning to sketch or making it to the gym yesterday! These things add to my happiness and make me realize I can certainly commit more in a day, and it adds rather than detracts.
This sketch went for three days! I may do a few longer sketches again, but I'd like work on smaller things for a bit. As I work through a certain subject quick/rough drawing can lead to more insight into the form versus meticulous study. The more volume the more understanding!
Here again, I have another day to go on this sketch. There is so much personality in architecture! One thing I never really did while illustrating was landscapes and it was always a goal of mine to get better at it. This challenge is really giving me back something I was missing and helping me create new things in my life.
These little scenes are a great way to get my feet wet again. They are unlike any of my assignments or work, and really allows me to completely check-out from drawing to make a living. Pure fun!
One day weekends will be for play. I don't plan on getting out of my pjs today. I will do work/homework but it will be done from the comfort of home at some point... whenever... but before Monday.
This was a larger piece and took longer than I was planning on spending for these drawings. It was pretty scene and I was listening to some good interviews as I moved through the sketch. I can remember certain parts of what was said when I look at the porch-door area. Sometimes when I view my past work I can remember exactly what I was watching or listening to as I was drawing. Teachers used to think I wasn't paying attention when I drew in class, and maybe I didn't hear the details, but I knew what was being discussed.
"Lord, keep my memory green."
Well I got up at 5 again, but it was another day where I felt more need to prepare myself. I did draw today, but it was for work, which I was trying to avoid doing during my morning routine. I was planning to make it up this evening, but let's be honest, it's Friday night and my husband hasn't gotten to go out on the town in a while.
Here is a brainstorm sketch and final illustration circa 2016! Also the inspiration for Lisa!
I allowed myself some extra time for waking up and getting my day going this morning. Taking the quite space I need to get my mind right isn't weakening my discipline. It's giving me a chance to be a better version of myself than if I let the world happen to me.
I dropped ground coffee in the water today. I made it in semi-darkness and didn't know until I got a mouthful... Cup # 2.
I didn't sleep well, but I still woke up at 5:00 to get my day going. I like to feel prepared, so I did some inspo research to go into the day with more confidence.
I quickly busted out the foundation so I still had time to do my hair. :P It's a larger sketch that I have been doing since I want to include some landscape. Should be done tomorrow or the next. We're onto cottages now!
My goals as an artist are simple: Make a living from doing what I love most. I'm passionate about art and design, but really I just like to draw cool stuff and I want to do it everyday! I'm a multi-passionate and I consume everything I can from animation to business branding to local posters; I eat it up, it's like fuel for me.
Far in the distant future I would like to find a balance between being my own boss through freelance work and having something steady with a great tribe of people.
My style is playful, illustrated, and bright. Everything I do includes an illustrated element that translates literally the subject matter. My work is fun and I like to think brings a positive moment to an audience.
From concepts to color. This was my tagline from many years ago when I first started pursuing art, and it still rings true. I think what makes my work unique is the artistic element. I'd like to design a portfolio that demonstrates the idea of sketches morphing into final color concepts. It would include movement, playful elements and express my style through storytelling.
My goals for this semester include maintaining my GPA, build my brand, and making more art! Lucky for me these things all seem to go hand-in-hand.
This class is already challenging me. I knew the thing that would be the most difficult is also what I needed to do most, and that is to take years of work from two disciplines and boil it down to a single element that is my personal brand. I'm looking forward to seeing what I look like on the page!
Some art technique thoughts this morning. So far, I haven't been planning my drawing before picking where to begin on the page. This is the third time I've come to the edge of the page with little wiggle room.
This certainly isn't perfect, but I'm starting to find my rhythm again and that is making me so happy! I really missed drawing for myself and it's inspiring my creativity so much more in other areas.
For a while now I've wanted to experiment with patterns just for fun, but I kept holding myself back until I got a truly flawless idea. But in the last few days I was able to sit down and do it! No little voice in my head saying "No, you're not ready yet..." Again these aren't perfect, but I'm just happy that I'm getting over my inner critic for enough time to go for what I want to do.
I'm an illustrator and graphic designer who is desperate to get back to the basics of pencil and paper! I'm challenging myself to sketch everyday for 40 days in hopes of regaining my overall skill, creativity, and wonder!