I’ve been busy these past months with freelance design work and it seems everything else is up in the air and unfinished on my plate. It’s a bit frustrating to always have things in progress… but I suppose I simply need to hustle more. Philosophically, I thought this quote was fitting though…
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
– Leonardo da Vinci
For MATS Bootcamp I did submit a simple pattern from my drawings, digitally colored, but not sure it’s totally done.
Then there are all the drawings I’ve sketched up of characters with bright eyes… but I haven’t had a chance to color them at all.
I’ve also realized that I have a huge library of random designs that need to be used somehow, someway. Old designs from my digital scrapbooking design days, unfinished collections, the beginning of ideas, random icons here and there. I’m proud of the work I have created, but I realize that I need to package it up. Finishing seems to be the repeat critic in my head these days.
I also have a library of surface patterns, but never really did anything with those design explorations. Yet again, how to finish it already? Or at least do something with them.
There’s just so much random stuff. So I’ve decided that this month I need to revisit my own library of work and start hustle with an art business in mind. We have to always create new work, but it’s okay to leverage what you already have as well.
It’s not always about chasing the next big idea or hot trends. Sometimes the gems are already right there in front of you… just got to polish ‘em, huh?
I usually participate with Art Every Day Month, but this year I really missed the boat. Although I couldn’t keep up with posting daily by any means, I thought that at the least I could post on this last day of the month with what I have accomplished. Focus on the positive, right?
During my boy’s naptime, I have been able to sketch out lots of ideas for my girl characters. It’s funny how a few minutes of creativity can re-energize my body and fill me up with hope.
Of course, some sketches were a bit odd and strange – that is what sketching is for, right?
Hopefully, I will be able to turn these into something a bit more finished. That is always my issue… finishing what I start. It’s easy to be bursting with a million ideas, but without the follow-thru and finishing touches, there’s little to show in the end. I’m realizing that it’s fun to indulge in creative play, but I also want that feeling of accomplishment when something is complete. Wish me luck?
Here’s a little peek into my sketchbook and creative adventures in general. It hasn’t been easy making time for me, myself and I… but it’s worth the effort. Creating can revive you, inside and out.
I’ve also recently made myself a new journal to doodle in. Of course, I also got a little boo boo in the process… reminding why I don’t make and sell leather journals anymore – LOL!
Hope to share more peeks and new work soon… stay tuned!
This past week in Lilla Rogers Studio School we tackled the market of wall art. It’s a huge, vast and so-open with possibilities market that fills me up with a lot of hope. I was excited and surprised to learn some of the expectations as well as the trends and what really sells. Some of things we assume are true can be totally and utterly wrong!
For this week’s assignment we had to create an abstract floral collage piece and Lilla encouraged us to go with real media – fling some paint!
Although I’ve always loved playing with paint, I can’t say I’m skilled in any way. It’s one of those things I would love to do, but have never spent enough time practicing. I still have trouble controlling the paint itself and most definitely make a huge mess every single time.
These days, the mess is more annoying because I’m washing my hands a million times with all the intervals of running to take care of my boy. It may seem like a trivial aspect, but it’s really a factor in my consideration. Now I understand why one of my girlfriends said she wanted to switch to watercolor! It’s just easier cleanup and less dangerous when you have kiddies running around. That’s just a real life consideration.
However, I’m still wanting to experiment with collage, but in a neater and less paint flying all over way. I’ve been trying to use this course to practice using real media more, but perhaps I would be creating better work going all digital – something I’m much more comfortable with. It’s this struggle of wanting to combine the two because the market is flooded with all digital artists. Everyone wants that handmade touch. But perhaps chasing the trend is not the way.
I’ve always thought it funny that digital artists always try to make their work look less precise, less perfect, more handmade with flaws and all. Funny. Lots to think about in regards to my art direction.
I can’t believe the course is practically over and the next session is not until October. Although there’s still so much to absorb and do – need to get cracking as Lilla says!
Are you in the Los Angeles area this weekend? My Girls Rock! illustration will be on display at the Paper Trail Show, June 29th at Monkeyhouse (2874 Rowena Ave., LA, CA 90039) – please show your support and check it out. I love all the artsy goodness and cuteness that Mayra, the owner, stocks – she definitely rocks!
My illustration is always available in my Society6 shop. Lately, I’m in love with the simplicity of black and white drawings with tiny highlights of color. Cuteness that is crisp and direct to the point. What do you think? Would love to hear your feedback and comments!