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Teaching art classes? Whattt


What to say. . .

This whole month (and a bit of the last) has just been filled with events that have quickly been changing my life.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but the point is, things are starting to feel very different, very new, and in an overwhelmingly good way.

At the beginning of the month, I did the graphic design for my chorus’s Mother’s Day tea. As you might have guessed, that was finished last week (I mean, it was for Mother’s Day after all).

The day after that event, I sold my very first piece completely out of the blue. I wasn’t even thinking of selling originals, let alone expecting to sell anything. But of course, why turn away an offer like that? Needless to say, that was a huge milestone and man, I still can’t quite wrap my mind around it.

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The painting I sold

The day after I shipped that out (which was two days after I got the offer (am I making this confusing? I’m sorry)), my brother officially hired me to do the art and graphic design for the board game he created (which you’ll probably be seeing sneak peeks of over the course of the year as long as he lets me).

And that leads us to today, when I taught my very first art class to my two little sisters (which my mom is also graciously paying for. Thank you Mom)


I let them finish off their sketches with the beautiful inks I love so much


That’s the fourth first in the past two weeks and three of them were this week.

Excuse me for a second while I try to take that all in. Feel free to look at these pictures I took during the final stages of class as you do.


Adding the final details with black ink



What we came up with after about an hour of sketching and painting


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I thought I would enjoy teaching– I do love throwing advice at people afterall– but I didn’t think I would have this much fun. Of course, when you throw inks into the mix everything’s twice as fun, so there’s that.

I’m so looking forward to next week’s class.

There was one thing that cast a grey shadow over the event however.

This poor brush. . .

left to suffer as he hangs onto the edge of the brush holder for his dear life.

Unfortunately, I didn’t notice until it was too late.

He had to hang there for several hours before I rescued him.


Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week– week 19

About a week or so ago, I went to the art store. You know what happened next. I bought things. Of course. A little more than I originally intended but not too much more.

I’ll show you the full ‘hull’ another time maybe, but today’s painting features two of them: Winsor & Newton Ink…


and Derwent’s watercolor paper


The more I do art and look at art and all that fun stuff, the more I realize what kinds of things I love and what kinds of things I want to draw. 

Giraffes are one of those things. 

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Their long necks and gangly bodies combined with their goofy faces, tufted ossicones (that’s what their horny things are called as I just learned; thanks Google), and spots make them into a majestic but also a rather awkward and silly looking creature. Especially with the facial expressions they make sometimes.

And I can’t help but like them for it. 

But back to the paper and ink.

I don’t have a lot to say about the ink. It’s black. Very black. It’s ink. Very inky. And it’s actually waterproof unlike my last black ink which– despite claiming to be– was very much not waterproof. It’s a good ink in other words.

There’s a little more to say about the paper, though I think I’ll be able to give a more thorough review when I try colored pencils on it– which, by the way, I’m very excited to try.IMG_8070.jpg

I’ve heard watercolor paper can be great for colored pencils but I’ve only ever had cold-press, which is too rough a texture for the detailed work I do. But this paper is veryy smooth. I just hope it’s not too smooth for building up colored pencil. . . that’s always a danger.

Because of aforementioned smoothness, the ink went on. . . well, smoothly. Super smoothly. So much so it wanted to do this cool unpredictable bleeding background. I could have evened it out if I wanted to but I liked the look and when it came to the giraffe and I cared about realism I didn’t have to fight it to get smoother washes.

I’m reallyy happy about that. And I bet my other colorful inks will react the same. In that case, the possibilities are endless.





Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week– week 18

You thought it was going to be late again, but it’s not. Ha, take that.

It was a struggle getting it posted on time alright– I lost my camera in a tragic event (it got misplaced, that’s all) and then I kept adding things to the painting over and over again– but I did post it on a Monday for the first time in four weeks. It’s time to throw the confetti, people.

But enough about my wonderful and oh so impressive accomplishment; we’re here for the art.

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I did this piece in something that’s swiftly becoming my favorite combo– ink and colored pencil. In fact, I’ve already started yet another one with the same subject matter. (Spoilers)

In my perfectionist mind, this piece didn’t turn out perfectly (but then again, when do I consider my art perfect?); however, I must say I am happy with it and definitely much happier than I expected I’d be for most of the process.

At first, I was afraid the birds looked too goofy– and they do indeed look rather goofy, to me in any case– but then I embraced the goofiness. Then I was worried the leaves might look too abstract, but now I think I kinda like the look and I wouldn’t want them to be so detailed they take the focus away anyway.

Then of course, I had to be worried about the background, that it would be too crisp and dark and not abstract enough, because you have to worry about every part of the process, but that turned out fine as well especially after adding some white.

But all-in-all it was enjoyable and all that worrying was for nothing. Well, it did help push me to come up with solutions I suppose, but still, a little unnecessary perhaps.

Maybe I was just staring at it for too long; that’s basically always bound to give you some troubles.

You start to see things, I tell you.


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Too many projects. . . (and an announcement!)

It’s been yet another crazy busy week. A bit of traveling, a lot of art, a visitor, a lot of running around, anddd now I’m sick. Yay!

And the week isn’t even over yet. . .

The good news is that I’m done with my traveling so I can focus more on my artistic endeavors and that means less cramming for me.

It mayyy also mean that I get to start doing videos again but perhaps that’s a bit of an unrealistic goal because the busyness isn’t quite over yet, unfortunately.

But regardless of how busy I’ve been with other things, I’ve been the most busy when it comes to my art. During the past three weeks I’ve finished these paintings and sketches:

Started and/or worked on these ones (not including my next weekly drawing):

And I’ve been gone for 8 of those 19 days. Not a ton but that’s a lot when you’re working on that much art in between trips.


But that’s not all, oh no, that’s not all.

I’ve also recently been posting on other social media platforms. Yep, I finally got social media and I’ve been using it behind your backs. How dare I.

Not only do I post the inevitable work-in-progress’s, I also post ‘exclusive’ content on all of them so if you want you can follow me on:

Facebook, where I post my thoughts on different mediums and brands, my art in general, and who knows what else (my last post was on this neat pack of blank mixed media cards I got)
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Instagram, which has extra work in progress photos and a look into my ‘studio’ life (whatever that means)Screen Shot 2018-05-03 at 10.07.59 PM
Twitter, where I retweet quotes and posts I like and share little sneak peeks of what I’m thinking and doing, like the live stream I joined today.
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Google+, which is focused on the behind-the-scenes of my brainstorming progress for my art and youtube channel (or it will be once I start making videos again)
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And Tumblr, where I post the stuff I’m too embarrassed by to post anywhere else, along with random doodles and sketches and thumbnails.

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All these accounts are fairly new for me and I’ll be developing them more over time and making them more unique to themselves and (hopefully) more engaging.

So hop on, enjoy the ride, and if you have any feedback, I’d appreciate it very much!

Until next time!

P.S. Since I’m fairly new to the social media game if any of you have art accounts on any of these sites, please link them below and I just might follow you 🙂




Drawing Every Week 2018 · Finished Pieces

Drawing of the Week- week 17


Generally, I veer away from using the same medium twice in a row because it feels wrong (don’t ask me why– I have no clue) and after doing one I’m bouncing to do something else, but there was no resisting this time. And so I ended up painting another gouache painting; this time a lion.

It’s definitely one of my looser pieces and honestly, I’m surprised with how well it turned out.

I did like how it looked better at an earlier stage but my loose drawings always end up looking sloppy. (To me anyway, though staring at a painting for hours and being an overthinker certainly doesn’t help)

This though, this is pretty good by my standards.

I’ve always wanted to do looser pieces. . . maybe I’ll be able to. One day. I’m still not quite there yet.

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Let’s get all nostalgic (and analytic)

A while ago a trend popped up all throughout Facebook and Twitter and who knows where else, called artvsartist where artists would upload a collage of drawings they did surrounding a picture of said artist.

Shockingly enough, I participated in this trend. Why is that shocking? Well 1) I don’t usually participate in trends and 2) I don’t usually know about trends; probably the biggest reason I don’t ever do them

But I’m on instagram now (shameless self-promotion, sort of) which is where I think this tag originated, or at least, where I first saw it and I thought “why not?”

So here I am surrounded by some of my favorite pieces of art.

It was very interesting looking at the ones I picked and seeing the themes running through them.

It’s not like any of them were surprising, but I hadn’t really consciously thought about it before.

The most surprising thing to me was the presence of so many black and white pieces.

I’ve never really thought of myself as a black and white sort of person– as far as art goes, I mean. I’ve always added color to everything when possible, even if I started out a piece intending it to be black and white.

It’s why I don’t do many graphite drawings.

But clearly, this isn’t so much the case anymore. And clearly, I love how they look, even if I am usually tempted to add color.

I know what caused this sudden (though slight) rise in black and white art though. Inktober— when I was ‘stuck’ with almost exclusively black ink until the last week or so.

I was basically forced to do more black and white pieces. (Well, in order to do Inktober anyway)

And even though I was dying for more color by the end of the month, I really enjoyed getting to work in black and white and experimenting with that.

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Another thing that’s very apparent to me, especially in the black and white pieces, is my love for very contrasting values, from the lightest of the lights to the blackest darks– one of my favorite things about the power of black ink.

Not so surprising is my love of drawing animals. . . here’s a few extra examples

and still lifes.

And last but not least, did you notice how many ink pieces there were in there?!? I had no idea how many of my favorite pieces were done either mostly or partly with ink.

Here are the full ink pieces:

That’s 5/8.

Now the ones with some ink:

True, the dragon piece only has a bit of ink– he’s just lined with it and shaded a tiny bit, but still.

The only only piece without any ink at all, is this one:

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Now, granted, half of these pieces are from Inktober, but nevertheless, it’s pretty obvious how much I love ink.

Colored pencil is a close second for commonality (3/8) but mostly as a touch-up medium at this point. If not for the Inktober pieces, where I strictly used ink, I think it would have been even more common.

What common themes do you see in your art? 

It’s interesting (for me at least, I don’t know about you) to look back at all my old art and figure out themes in them.

It’s almost like a little style budding out and I’ve never really thought of myself as having much of a style so it’s kinda cool.

But this was a very small sample of the art I’ve made for the past bunch of months. It makes me wonder, what would I find if I compared all my art?

Maybe I’ll do that at the end of the year. . . What do you think?

Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week- week 16

The post is a day late once again, but the weekly drawing is done!

Last Saturday, I had my birthday and as you all know, birthday’s mean presents– art supplies, if you’re me.

This year I got these gouache paints:


Pretty much ever since I got my bottom-of-the-barrel cheap Reeves gouache paints– which I still loved– I’ve wanted some higher quality stuff.

Reeves is known for being extremely low quality, and even though I loved using the gouache paint I had despite that fact, it was largely because I was aware of how bad this particular kind was and I liked the gouache-ish qualities well enough to let it slide until I could get some better ones.

So after two years of patiently waiting I finally have some better ones! And oh, are they better. I could tell as soon as I swatched them.

Of course, what it really came down to was this test run that I did. And here we come to the actual drawing of the week: this quick study of some roses.

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I know if I spent just a few more hours on this painting it would be much better but it serves it’s purpose well enough

My first impressions on this new, student-grade gouache is that it’s a lot smoother, thicker, richer, and– though it’s reworkable as gouache (other than Acryla gouache) is meant to be– it’s not patchy or overly liftable and fickle like the Reeves.

But best of all, it’s far more vibrant. That by far was my biggest complaint with the Reeves. Patchiness and fickle lifting can be really frustrating and hard to work around but I got familiar enough with it I could manage.

But when the quality of a certain brand gets in the way of the final piece– not just the process– that it really bothers me.

Dull colors is one of those things, and believe me, those Reeves really did dull.

True, I can always add my lovely colored pencils, but they can only do so much and I like to have an option to not use them. (Though let’s be honest, when do I ever not? I’ll probably end up adding colored pencil to this as well)

And now that I’ve gotten all my complaining about cheap art supplies out of the way, you can fully appreciate how happy I am to have these new paints.

The only problem is after having a taste of new art supplies, I feel like going on a shopping spree again.