Just wanted to let you know, there might not be many updates on Deviantart from me for a bit, because I dont usually post un-polished work here, but My blog will be very much active, as I'll be sharing early sketches and concepts for illustrations I want to create for print.
If you're interested in following along, please check out this link here
It's a funny thing when you can look at something you've done years ago and find meaning in it, different from what it started from.
a lot of things come to mind when I think of this one, even now, five years later. It has always been a personal piece, though I couldn't quite put into words why when I was painting it. But it dawned on me..It's an expression of my love for art, and a bearing of my soul as I hope to blossom into the artist I've always aspired to be.
Trust me, lol I'm not there yet-- I've got a ways to go! But after sifting through the dark for so many years, I've found me a spot of light, and likewise I've been given a chance to grow. What I mean when I say this is, I'm no longer confused about the type of artist I want to be, and I know this because of the opportunities given to me by those who saw potential in my work, and have given me a chance, or, in some cases a push in the right direction.
During portfolio reviews, I had the experience of sitting with professionals in positions I've dreamed of being in. To know that my hard work has paid off thus far, given their positive reviews, I have tremendous confidence, that if I keep pushing forward, challenging myself, and growing as an artist, I will no doubt accomplish everything I have set out to achieve.
To tell you the truth guys, I was a wreck these past couple of months. I don't like letting people see me struggle, so I wear a smile, laugh, joke, but I was falling to pieces inside- like, I broke down in tears at least three times because of the pressure I put on myself, and if it wern't for my friends talking me down-- and keeping me level, I would have broken down more times than that. It's my fault, I pushed my own boundaries, and admittedly too far, but that's just how much all of this means to me...so yah, having all thumbs up at my reviews, was like the icing on the cake.
So what does all this mean? Well, I figured I'd give you a heads up on my plans for the remainder of the year, and forward. As much as I want to pursue some of the studies I had planned for myself, sadly, many of them will be staying on the back-burner, or dropped completely. It was said to me more than once, by several individuals, in and out of reviews at SDCC, that I need to create print worthy material, get booths at cons, and sell.
This doesn't mean I'm going to go all commercial on you guys, but I've had a stock of ideas-- literally a list of them, that I've been compiling for years, of art I wanted to create when my skills were good enough to tackle them. In an effort to follow their advice, I've decided that it's time to make them happen.
Many of the ideas I have consists of art books, illustrated short stories I've written synopsis's for, and several series of art prints centered on themes like twisted fairytales, Nostalgia fan art, zodiacs, or the 7 deadly sins, among many others. In fact, I've decided that the first project I want to tackle is a 20 page illustrated book-- which is a short story of a girl who deals with the 5 stages of grief after her encounter with death on her way to the afterlife. Originally this was something I wanted to do as a series of daily sketches for October, but figured it would work better as an art book with a narrative.
Because this, and many of my other ideas are a huge undertaking for someone like me who has very little free time, and limited resources, It's been suggested by my friends to consider a Crowd Funding, or Patreon to help support me financially in the making and printing of these works. At least that way, I could support myself with my art, work less at my day job, and ultimately create something really special that people can enjoy, and maybe even relate too, and own for themselves.
I'm not sure how to do all that yet, but I know it's going to be a lot of work! In the meantime though, you know what I'll be up too, as my progress will be shared here-- sketches, concept art, all that good stuff!
I've rambled on enough though! But thank you for reading, and for following along as I move forward-- it means a lot, and I'm glad to have the support so many of you have given-- again, thanks!
Till next time, Enjoy!!
Quite often I'll find myself scouring the net in search of art. In fact, I spend almost as much time looking at other people's artwork as I do making my own. So today, I'll sharing with you five artists along with three of their works that I adore! Also, feel free to click their names to be directed to their individual websites.
Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the Feature
Medders- I usually look for artists whose work inspires, and motivates me, and each of them do so in their own distinct ways. What I love most about Medder's style is the loose, sketchiness of his paintings. It's my belief that a sketch is the soul of your work, and often times has more character than the final piece does. In his own way, from what I can see, Medder's has a style that maintains the essence of his sketch, which I believe enhances the beauty of his work.
GDBee- Not only does she have a very charming style, but GDbee Is amazing when it comes to composing colors--My favorite of hers being the 2nd one, of the beautiful young girl with Vitiligo. Overall, I can't felt but feel uplifted and joy, upon seeing the vivid colors at play in GDbee's work!
Yoann-Lossel- Words cannot describe just how enchanted I am by Yoann's art. That ghostly dark image with shimmering hints of gold just gives me chills. Even with such a simple color pallet he brings everything together so well. What I wouldn't do to see his work in person. I would just get lost in it for hours!
Saimain- I met Saimain through a challenge I was hosting from my Journal on Deviant Art. She won, and got a free sketch out of my 30 day challenge, and I drew one of her characters. What's so cool about her is that she has all these stories, that she creates art for. She's such a creative individual, a wonderful storyteller, and I can't help but admire just how driven she is, so to support her, I recently became one of her Patreons on Patreon.com.
Skirtzzz- Has a way of drawing that is whimsical and sexy, and I love every bit of it! Not to mention her line quality is beautiful, and not only does she draw-- but she does amaaaazing cosplay. I saw her Princess Peach cosplay a long time ago, and later ran into her work on Deviantart, and was like "Why am I not following this woman >_<!" So glad I found her work again so I can stalk her, lol! I also became her Patreon recently as well, as I want to support the artists I admire.
I really really really...Really REALLY wanted to show Little Bird, an illustrated poem by Moosekleenex- however it was too large to feature in this format. So, as an honorable mention, I encourage you to check it out, and experience the epic feels!
Since this is a post about features, I'd also like to introduce what I will now refer to as my
And noooo I dont mean the show, so I wont be running around rocking a fro-hawk with gold chains dripping down my neck. To be honest I would have said B Team, but....I like A, so, it is what it is. I regret nothing!
So what is the A Team? Well often times you'll hear me mention Justin or Zygona on my blog. Just like me, they are both aspiring artists, we all went to school together, and Justin has literally become my right hand man, and Zygona my right hand woman... which just puts me on the left, I guess >_<. Anywho! These two individuals not only review and often critique my work, but they challenge me, and have agreed to be the trampolines I bounce my ideas off of. They are such a huge part of everything I do, even down to some of the topics that land here on this blog . So, coming soon will be descriptions of them that will be joining mines on my About page, with links to their blogs, for your viewing pleasure!
Hope you enjoyed the Feature, and likewise found new artists to follow-- till next time, Enjoy!
What is it Like to be an Artist?
This was a question that came up earlier in the week when Justin and I went to the gym to check out a membership and ran into someone he knows. As It turned out, this simple question lead to a rather broad discussion about what it means to us, why we do it, what our goals are, and the reality of those goals– annnd it seemed like a great conversation to bring here.
I can’t speak for every artist- so most of what I say comes from my own experience and the experiences of others I know personally, but I’m fairly certain that artists may find some commonality here as I address each question. So, lets get started!
1. So when did you start drawing?
Every artist has an origin story, but….I’ve always been kinda weirded out by this question. Sure I can say, since forever, but it doesn’t probe any deeper than that. The better question is– What was the spark that started you off because it brings you back to a point and time in your life when everything kinda…changed. The answer that follows is much richer and truer to how an artist got started. It could have been their love and admiration for something that inspired them, be it games, anime, comics, movies, fashion, books, or even a particular franchise. Maybe it runs in the family and the artist was next in line to pick it up. For others it may be a form of self expression, their voice in the world…or even a quiet escape from hurt and pain… Whatever their spark, much like a signature, you can almost always see a hint of it, in their work.
2. So why do you do it?
If the answer is– because I love to, it’s what I’m passionate about– a common question/statement that follows in my experience and in some of my friends experience is– “The Starving artist– all about the passion and not about the money”
Lets be real– Money is important– it puts a roof over our heads and food on the table. As much as we love to draw, we also have to make a living, and what better way to do it, than by doing something you love. Justin said it better though- “The term starving artist is kind of outdated. Although it’s a different and pretty difficult road to take, it’s very possible to make a good living as an artist. There are a lot of artists who made a lot of money throughout history. But the mainstream culture likes to romanticize the idea of artists sacrificing everything for the passion. The reality is much different than that. It’s similar to musicians and athletes except it’s a career that can last. I mean your not going to make millions off a single deal , in most cases, but you can make a good living off what you dreamed of when you were a kid, and when drawing was just a fun hobby.”
3. This isn’t a question I’ve run into, but I think it deserved a spot on this list- “Were your family/friends supportive of your dreams?”
The answers for this one can go annnny which way, to be honest, but it brings us back to the concept of the starving artist. Because being an artist has this stigma, and because it’s not a profession you go into to become rich, a lot of times, an artist finds themselves without support, or being steered in the direction of careers that are more “promising”. Friends’ I’ve found to be the most supportive, because they’re with you no matter what you choose to do with your life. Parents, on the other hand, have more concern for your well-being in the long term because they want you to succeed and be prosperous– while their hearts are in the right place, an unsupportive parent or authoritative figure can easily crush a dream by shooting it down, because of the stigma. I personally have had a lot of support, but in a weird way, some of my friends have been a problem in the past because they see what I do as more of a hobby, aka, something I do for fun that doesn’t require a lot of effort. The problem with this is, they end up holding me back, because they don’t see what I do as being important. What it comes down to is, the people in your life need to understand your passion. They need to understand what it means to you, especially if it’s more than just a hobby, but also a means by which you earn a living, and in doing so they can choose to either respect it, support it, or get out the way. Sounds a bit aggressive, lol, but that’s how much it means to some of us.
4. So what are your goals?
Hey, I wanna be the next Norman Rockwell! Go big or go home right! Right? Ever heard the term “You see the glory but don’t know the story?” I’m guilty of fantasizing, and I’m confident enough to say that most of us are, lol! But the reality is, we can’t all be superstars. Does that make this a hopeless cause? Not in the least.
We had this thing at the college I attended, where at the end of the year we’d have portfolio reviews. You’d bring in all your best work for the year and be privately critiqued and graded on your progress by the lead instructors of your major. The last time I was critiqued, which was years ago, I was given a high score and told that I have a lot of potential. But then the instructor took me aside and quietly said “There are a lot of artists out there, who have just as much potential– and who can do what you do, and better. But that’s not what you want to think about. Instead, focus on what makes YOUR art special. What can you bring to the market, that makes you stand out?
I had an idea– but finding out what it was truly was, and honing it, that was the goal, because it doesn’t matter as much what type of style you choose to work in, or how refined your skill, what matters most is what makes you stand out.
5. lastly, what sort of art do you do, what goes into making it, and what do you hope to receive from it?
Okay, lol I’m going to get all artsy fartsy and say something cool, because I want to, and be all poetic about it n stuff! Ready? Here goes!
When you look at a person’s work, like a coin, there’s two sides. There’s one you see, and one not so much. Most people see the head– aka, the end result, the pretty picture on the wall in all it’s glamor! Unless that’s just not the artists style, but you get the idea. The other side of the coin, the tail, is the labor…the long hours, and often sleepless nights, money spent, and mounting frustrations of problems that had to be overcome… in addition to a combination of thought, and emotion, aka, blood, sweat and tears. So to answer the question, an artists work can take many forms, be it illustration, animation, ect, but at it’s core, an artists work is the fruit of their passions, and inspirations, whatever they may be, and the fruit of their labor.
A lot goes into an artist’s work, before they bring it center stage, and it doesn’t always come easy, even if it looks like it does. Likewise, for all the effort we put forth, to express our ideas, having our work be seen, acknowledged, appreciated and/or supported means a lot, and that’s what we hope to receive.
Again, with all that I’ve said, I don’t speak for everyone; this is simply a reflection of my own experiences and observations and talks I’ve had with fellow artists. In a addition though, reflecting on questions like these have given me a lot to think about, like my desire to support other artists, either through Patreon or Feature posts, and about finding ways that I can personally give back to the art community.
One step at a time though I haven’t decided on a solid schedule yet, but after giving this much thought, Thursday I will be my first attempt at a feature post, Where I’ve chosen five artists I wish to showcase on my blog. Not only do I intend to feature there work, but I hope to share in what way their art has influenced me, or inspired me, with the hopes that you too may be inspired by their works. In the meantime, if you have some advice, suggestions, send me a word!
Took me longer to write this post than I thought, but, I hope you got something from it– Till next time, Enjoy!
Among the things that I value in this life-- the freedom to give and share opinions ranks among the highest, even if there are disagreements or differing views. That said, I'm not easily annoyed, nor am I easily offended by what others have to say. I just want people to know that I value their opinions, no matter what they are-- and you're free to share them, or ask questions, whatever you choose, so long as you're respectful about it.
In addition i'd like to say that I appreciate all of you who watch,favorite, share and comment. Though I may not be able to give everyone a personal thank you as much as I wish I could, I sincerely thank you.
*post updated for clarity*
The name of the game is!
**Name That Illustrator**
Last Week's clues were
The Artist is still alive
Has also worked in Animation
Works are heavily anthropomorphic
Name of the Illustrator?
Unfortunately no one guessed it, but we do have our contestants!
Saimain and Maeirys
As promised, even if no one guessed it, their names would be included in a raffle. Since there are only two names though, a Coin Toss, seemed more fitting.
I gave Saiman got heads, and Maeiry got tails.
Tossing in 1....2....3...... and we haaave...
Congratulations Saimain, you are the winner! I will be in touch.
In the meantime, I'd like to thank you Maeiry's for playing !
I wont be continuing the game on into next week.
however I do have a few more challenges in store that I hope to make more interactive with my fellow deviants.
In the meantime, feel free to check out my blogs to follow my challenges!
In addition, I started a blog where I post my most recent work, and where I'm currently doing a 30 day sketch challenge to kick-start the year.
I invite you to follow along! feedback, and critisim welcome! I'll also be posting some of the more refined sketches here on DA, and updating my gallery with recent work. With that said, I'm looking forward to how this new year turns out!