The entire craft show experience is a whirl wind. The days leading up are stressful and the moments talking with customers are sheer bliss just because you were able to get this far.
I'm writing this to remember the people I met. These are my people, my neighbors and friends, and likely a reflection of any local community. They're quirky and opinionated, they will support you and they will be honest with you.
Ripple effect - a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence. - Merriam- Webster Dictionary
I remember everything about that moment clearly, because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. “It looks like you have everything you need, you just have to go for it.”
What? I have everything? I don’t need to do anymore research? No more email conversations with my accountant or using my lunch break to read (literally everything) about owning a small business? I should be excited… but I’m not.
A month ago I was feeling really down on myself about my Instagram followers (or lack there of) and I wanted to do something to change that. What I found not only changed my attitude, but my entire mindset on the world of social media and I picked up some tips that helped me get what I really wanted.
I participated in Ria from Craftsposure’s free webinar and this is what I learned.
So I’m wrapping up a good three months worth of fruit sketches right now and I’ve been inspired to talk about my process. Everyone’s drawing process is different depending on the medium he/she works in, the amount of detail in the piece, and the artist’s drawing style.
I decided to pick one of my smaller pieces (this one took about half an hour total because I was filming at the time) and show how it went from sketch to finished design.
The end of May is a stressful time. For me, it was filled with exams, new projects at work (the interior design world thrives in the Spring) and the promise of Summer.
Trying to find inspiration when you’re so bogged down by endless lists of life chores that have to be done, let alone all the actual chores you’ve been neglecting can make you feel like you’re trapped in an artist’s quicksand… and sinking fast.
While I still wanted to draw, I didn’t have time to fully develop any drawings, so I came up with the #alphabetminiseries
As I’ve been discovering my love for markers this past year I realized something; the number one reason I didn’t touch markers in High School is because I didn’t know how to shade.
When you think about popular mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolor, and colored pencil you can easily find tutorials on how to shade and make artwork look incredibly realistic. Markers are a lot harder to work with when you’re going for realism, or so I thought.
So I want to pass on the knowledge I’ve learned about shading in marker and a particular tool that helped me achieve realistic marker drawings, my Prismacolor blender.
This is a collection of my favorite illustrations from Spring of 2017.
Ah! I forgot how good Etsy's quit your day job series is! I'll have to read more of those in the future. Amy Lynn Andrews is still my number one go to.
As I am still in the research phase of starting my own business, I’m subscribing to tons of email newsletters, reading blogs, and adding a billion things to my “to do” list. (Seriously, it’s starting to look like a scroll from the medieval times) So, this blog is my collection of helpful links for art, blogging, and small business. They’ve helped me through good times and bad and now hopefully they'll help you!
Aww this one was fun to read over! I remember how much time I spent cultivating these drawings and also a relationship with my cousin. I just came back from visiting her and her children and she's still one of the most uplifting people I know! It's always good to have family in your corner.
Having support from your friends and family can be more than just emotionally uplifting it can be financially helpful as well. Family and friends are an artists biggest support system. Our mothers show off our work to friends, our friends support us on social media, and occasionally our relatives are interested in commissioning a piece or they know someone who does.
In my case, my cousin was looking for artists and designers to come up with merchandise for her company True Conversations.