Thoughts & notes

Teaching art classes? Whattt

Wow.

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)

 

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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.

 

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Adding the final details with black ink

 

 

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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. . .

forgotten,
neglected,
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.

Tragic.

Progress updates · Thoughts & notes

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.

Phew.

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 🙂

 

 

 

Art projects · Flashbacks · Thoughts & notes

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?

Art Videos · Thoughts & notes

Are You Limiting Yourself? (aka the video that was supposed to be out last week)

The title says it all. . .

This video was basically done on time last week and then. . . well, life happened. More accurately, I happened. Anddd I didn’t get it quite finished then. I had business to attend to and also I just slacked.

Shame on me, I know.

And then of course when I went to finish it I just had to have technical difficulties. Yayyy! But it’s out now, so all’s well that ends well, right?

Anyway, in case you don’t know, I’m going to be gone for a while. No fears though, because I got a bunch of posts pre-scheduled while I was procrastinating on this video. (In fact this post is one of those posts)

At least I was still being productive on something right?

I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you in a bit!

Drawing Every Week 2018 · Thoughts & notes

Drawing of the Week– week 15

For this week I decided to– once again– tackle my higher quality acrylic paints and play around with those.

I didn’t have very high expectations going into this, and not in a very helpful way either more of a negative, let’s-just-get-this-over-with way.

I don’t really know what I wanted from this piece going in either. Adding the gold acrylic paint in wasn’t even part of the plan to begin with, it just kinda happened to be next to me. So much for planning right?

(I say that jokingly because I actually have been planning several pieces, it’s just all the behind-the-scene stuff at this point. I am keeping my word, I promisee)

Anyway, all I was expecting was to struggle with the acrylic paints as usual. And that did indeed happen. I was trying to get things perfect, trying to blend everything out smooth and render everything realistically and I couldn’t, as usual.

I just don’t have a lot of control with acrylic paint yet.

It was so hard to get a good photo of this with all the gold shimmer and even now it looks far better in person

 

Every time I fight it but after this piece I’m wondering. . . Should I really?

I’ll talk about it in the timelapse– which I tried so hard to get done (that’s why this is a day late)– but unfortunately I just can’t fit it in this week with all the crazy other things going on.

I’m leaving Friday morning to go to a singing event and after that I won’t really be back home until the end of the month, so I’m doing a whole lot of scheduling posts and making art and finishing up other projects and this is one of the things that we’ll just have to leave.

I’ll see you on Thursday!

Art Videos · Thoughts & notes

New things coming up. . . one by one

Boy, this week has been hectic. And it’s not even over yet. Because when I say new things are slowly coming up, I mean they are for you. For me, these things are happening all at once in a flurry.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

It’s time for an announcement!

Sometime within the next week or two, I’m going to be posting timelapses of my weekly drawings at the end of Monday’s normal post!

Because I’ll have already talked about the pieces in my actual blog post, these timelapses aren’t going to have voiceovers doing the exact same thing– though I might add in some bonus comments– no, they’re going to be based around topics.

What these topics will be is going to vary from week to week as I figure out what exactly this is meant to be, but you can expect anything from casual advice, (whatever that means. . .) sneak peeks into my thought process, projects I’m working on/want to do, rambles, basically whatever.

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I feel like after being on here over a year I’m starting to develop a community with you guys– not just on here, but on my other platforms and social media (yes I have social media now)– and I love learning more about you guys and your thoughts and likes and dislikes, whether that’s through the comments you leave or your own posts (shout out to all the people who do this, you know who you are).

I can’t say how refreshing and exciting it is to have more artists to talk to. And I’m not just saying that. Every other artist in the same position I’ve heard has said the same.

I don’t know why I didn’t listen to them earlier and get out of my little hermit shell. . .

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My latest and greatest WIP to satiate your daily art needs while I ramble

At this point– and with everything else going on in my life– it just makes sense to me that the next step is to make videos so I can interact with you guys in that way.

Why now? Because– after years of thinking of doing it– I actually feel comfortable with it.

But let’s be honest, as much of it is that, a huge part of it is that I really love making content and creating and mixing mediums (written content and video content, not just gouache and colored pencil), and for me this is an exciting new way to do just that.

“Oh no wayy, it’s not like you’ve been experimenting for forever already. It’s not like it’s old news. Oh wait. . . it is.” Yes, that’s exactly the point, sarcastic me. It’s called “what did you expect?”

This marks the start of a new chapter in this blog and even though at its core it is going to stay the same, there’s going to be a whole lot more going on.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends, and I’m so excited to let you all know about the rest of it!

Question of the day: what topics would you like me to talk about in my timelapses? Any ideas?

 

 

Art projects · Progress updates · Thoughts & notes

Big things coming up. . .

In Monday’s post, I said that I wanted to do more pieces in graphite this year. Now the next three projects I have planned are graphite pieces (and that’s not including the side projects). That wasn’t what I was planning when I said more, but well, suddenly it is.

And I’m enjoying it.

It feels so strange. I rarely, if ever, do two projects in a row in one medium. Let alone three. I don’t usually like doing it that way.

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For once in my life, I’m working from left to right in an orderly fashion instead of jumping all over the place

I have my reasons for all the graphite pieces though. It wasn’t an impulsive decision. (An unusual thing in my art.)

And here comes the big announcement:
I’m starting an art channel on Youtube for my upcoming website, The Art Lark, hopefully by the end of January.

Here on my blog, I talk about my art, how I feel about it and what I’m practicing. I very rarely give advice or touch on the ‘how-to’s. I’ve never felt like this was the place for it. I experiment on this blog. I try new things, things I’ve never touched, or I haven’t been doing for long. It feels like learning how to ride a bike.

It doesn’t feel like the place to give advice.

The Art Lark does. (It is its purpose after all.) In it, I’ll be teaching fundamental drawing skills through step-by-step tutorials and articles sharing advice, tips, and tricks from everything from the actual drawing to the obstacles in between. Why am I all of a sudden deciding to do this? Well. . .

For a long time, it’s bothered me– the lack of drawing sites that teach fundamental drawing skills. Especially as a complete newbie with no money to buy art courses, that was frustrating.

Like most artists, I’m my own worse critic. But I know that if there’s one thing in art I know how to do it’s drawing and shading accurately. And I believe the best thing you can do with the knowledge you have– no matter how little– is to share it with others and use it to encourage them. Why would that not apply to me?

So late last year I started it, my website. It’s still not done. Figuring out the layout of everything, writing all the articles (I’m aiming for 30ish before I publish it, 10 for each category), phew, it’s a lot of work. And part of this whole process is incorporating a Youtube channel to complement it all.

Since the rest is taking so long to finish, I decided I might as well start the channel for it now. They say that next to yesterday, today is the best day to start one.

That drawing you saw up there? That’s for the channel banner.

The second graphite drawing will be the profile picture/logo. You’ll see the third (the one drawing that isn’t channel related) next Monday for the weekly drawing hopefully.