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.
I still love these tips and they're still working for me! However, I have tried a new marker out for outlining from Faber - Castell. It's perfect! (and more affordable)
Working in marker was by far the most terrifying medium for me as an artist, solely because it felt like I couldn’t make any mistakes. Don’t like your pencil sketch? Erase it. Messed up a brush stroke? Paint over it. Went outside the lines with marker… *crickets* So this blog is a mixture of my love/hate relationship with markers and how I learned to embrace them.
Reading back my own advice definitely makes me feel better about why I'm continuing to write these blogs. I really have something to offer this community because out of all of these 10 pieces of advice I've taken... drum roll... all 10 of the. They really were a great stepping point (especially the part about having a close group of supporters and people in the industry. And don't worry if you don't know anybody personally, Instagram connected me to a ton of people who were more than willing to answer my questions.)
So if you’re here then chances are you’ve read part 1 of this series and you’ve decided that you’re ready to put forth all the hard work it takes to own your own business. Cool, me too… now what?
Well, now you have to understand some basic business concepts, get your finances together, and construct a team. (which might be easier than you think) Here are the last 5 pieces of advice I learned from my small business intro class.
This month I decided to take part in the Instagram challenge called February in Bloom created by Shannon Higginbotham. The challenge is simply to spend the month of February creating works of art inspired by flowers. Now, I’ve been wanting to step up my wreath design game and work on sketching some different types of flowers so I got out my marker and started to sketch. Below are some of the “in progress” shots.
I am beyond grateful to my past self that I put myself out of my comfort zone and went to this class. It was the jumping point to now owning my own business! *Squeel
Last Wednesday, I decided to take one of my only nights off and head to the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center. They were offering a three hour class on how to start your own business. It was beyond what I could’ve hoped for.
Since this post I have since switched to Weebly.com (A backwards switch for most but it allowed me to customize without coding and focus on my portfolio instead of constantly redesigning my site!)
When I first started my business journey I created a blog on blogger.com I had looked into different blog formats including WordPress but blogger had the most customization and it was easier for me to learn (seeing as I was a beginner) This blog was successful for everything I needed it to do at the time, but then I started illustrating. I didn't want to have my illustrations shared only in blog format. I needed a portfolio of some kind, and I also wanted to be able to provide a link back to somewhere you could find everything about me. So, I decided to create my own website and that prompted the question...
Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org?