Art projects

Told you I’d be planning more. . .

Every once and a while I– and it seems a lot of other artists- get into a rut with our art. We feel like we could be doing better or that we could be doing something new, something that pushes the limits of our skill or our style.

In my last timelapse, I talked about my own rut and basically concluded by saying I was going to plan more to help myself think in more thoughtful and creative ways in my art, instead of not planning and automatically defaulting to my normal– realism.

Well, a week has gone by and I still haven’t done anything new on this blog so you’re probably wondering “well, are you ever going to do it?” (Okay, you probably weren’t wondering that, but let’s pretend, just for the sake of this post.)

Yes, I am going to do it, and yes, I have already actually.

I have drawn these studies of some dogs.

Better dog sketches

What is this planning done for?

Good question.

The answer: I am (planning) on doing another dragon illustration (on popular demand, including my own).


How does this help with that exactly? I mean. . . they’re dogs, not dragons so. . .

Allow me to explain.

It’s pretty simple really. Anatomy is tricky. Especially when you’re trying to get the correct anatomy for a non-existent creature. So I’ve turned to drawing dogs in similar poses over and over and over to get a sense of what it might look like.

I figured dogs were similar enough automatically to the dragons I wanted to draw and so I drew them. Like I said, simple.

And now I have nothing else to say, except that I’m excited and now that I’ve just said that, I guess it’s the end of the post.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you later!

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!

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Bigger means better. . . right?


Color pencils always take a long long time if you want to get anything close to a smooth blend. With the piece below, I’ve made that process take 6 times as long by working on a 11 by 14 paper, a whole lot bigger than I normally work.

CP girl PR3.jpg
It’s starting to get to the awkward phase of unfinished bits (mostly hair) floating everywhere

There’s several reasons for me to avoid larger pieces and most of them have to do with time and my distractability– if a piece takes too long to finish I’m far too likely to forget about it or get excited about something else.

But recently, I’ve decided to make bigger pieces.

Partly it’s for ease of detailing but I also want to get to a point where I can sell prints of my art and I figure that bigger pieces are better unless I want to limit my shop to super small prints.

And since most of my pieces are about as big as my hand, maybe a bit bigger, that would certainly be the case.

So this portrait will be the first one many bigger pieces, two of which I’ve started today and I’m maybe a little bit too excited about. They’re for another day so no peeks for you, sorry. I will give you a hint though: they’re both in ink, much like my butterfly from a while back.

Finalize butterfly
Ink and colored pencil

That was a bit of a rabbit trail.

But anyway, I have mixed feelings on the size of these pieces, specifically this one right now.

CP girl PR3 cropped

It’s all good when you’re working on skin tones and you have all that extra room to figure out the detailing and such.

But the hair, oh the hair.

I’m just starting to tackle it and I must confess, I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed. All those different strands going everywhere. . . The hairline seems like it’s going to give me the most trouble, since you can’t just draw it as a clump– you have to give it some definition. But not toooo much definition otherwise it sticks out too much. And where exactly I’m supposed to be putting it on the forehead I have yet to figure out.

Ahh well, I’ll get there.

Slow and steady wins the race they say, right?

Art Videos · Drawing Every Week 2018

Drawing of the Week– week 14

A few weeks ago we got these really juicy, flowey ink pens. They’re just for writing– nothing special or anything, but they go on so nicely and so darkly I couldn’t resist doing a little drawing with them.

Cinnamon and anise PR1.jpg

And as tends to happen with pens in order to shade properly, I ended up using a lot hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling.

It’s been a while since I’ve done these particular techniques on purpose. My last few ink drawings– if I remember correctly– had a mix of them, but it was mostly scribbles and the like. Very free-flowing and nothing too organized.


And as nice as that is, I do really like the look of the more organized product. Which I like better, is a totally different question and one I don’t have an answer to.

What’s interesting is that when I went into this week’s drawing, I didn’t have any plans of being organized– or unorganized for that matter– I just started, as I tend to do.

Very quickly I decided that I was going to go for that orderly approach and go (mostly) in one direction– up and down- but the original intent was. . . well pretty much nonexistant.

It wasn’t very set in stone even after that. It was just a thought, one I (for the most part) ended up following.

There’s a lot to be said for that way of going about things, and sometimes interesting things like this can happen, but even then I find in some ways it can be, well, boring and predictable.

And that brings us to the topic of the first of my (hopefully weekly) timelapse videos:


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7 Steps On Motivating Yourself To Do Art (with YOUR comments)

Sorry that the weekly drawing post isn’t out yet. It should be by tomorrow.

I’m working hard to get the timelapse done for that, but there’s no way I’m going to get it done tonight by this rate and I kinda need a good sleep after all this running around I’ve been doing lately. Bit off a lot more than I could chew last week I think. . . Whoopsss.

You can blame it on the conference I was volunteering at/attending. Or I mean, I guess you could blame me since I agreed to do it but. . . yeah, let’s just stick to blaming the conference.

Anyway, here’s my latest art advice video to tide you over until then and yes, you heard that right, it has your comments in it.

In case you need a refresher, I asked you guys how you motivate yourselves to do art about a month ago and promised to credit you if I ended up using it in a future video.

Well is that future video and I did indeed end up using your comments and crediting you.

So Anna Pishko– check her out here (unless you are her, then that’s quite unnecessary unless you’re blogging)– your comment is featured in this video!

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.


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. . .

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?