Recently I’ve been spending some time to look back on my own work and pick out my favorites.
It’s actually an accidental exercise as I was backing up files and doing some digital organization, so was forced to dig into the archives.
Years and years of artwork – much of it very old, simple and just plain bad (sort of embarassing…) but there are some that I love oh so dearly.
Definitely some that I am proud of even if not perfection or technically superior in any way.
There’s just something about it that makes the work unique and very much me. I personally love it, even if it was NOT the most praised.
I’m realizing that pulling together those that I love, will help as a retrospective of my best work thus far.
It can help me understand what I have done and where I want to be, looking ahead. So how can I use what I have created and work towards getting better and honing my art?
Lots of self-reflection time for sure. It’s also helpful to look back when you are feeling a bit depressed and wondering what you have ever accomplished! When you look into the archives and stack things up, it suddenly does seem like you have done quite a bit. Chin up, right?!
Also, I think picking out my favorites is a good excuse to start printing and make myself a gallery wall of art love. What do you think? *wink*wink*
I’ve been taking it easy this month, waiting for our 2nd baby to arrive (any day now!) but still keeping myself creatively active via Instagram. It’s probably because Instagram is so easy to update on a day-to-day basis. I joined in on the #The100DayProject challenge all about the process of making for 100 days in a row. You pick your own challenge and get to it for a 100 days, posting your progress. I kept it simple by challenging myself to create a simple sketch every single day and it’s working because I’m still going at it 40 days later. Pretty cool!
Even though I know that when the baby arrives, I might run into a time crunch, it’s worth incorporating a creative routine into my day, no matter how small or quick. It’s proof that it doesn’t take a lot of time to inject a bit of creative mojo into our busy schedules. It always seems like such trivial progress, but when you look back you realize how much you have accomplished. It’s never too late to join in or start your own initiative or challenge, so I say go for it!
After taking Monica’s Smart Creative Style course, I’ve been in this stage of evaluating my own work and trying to reframe and realign, so that I can move forward with intention and clear direction.
As I look back, there has definitely been a lot of growth in my work… which comes from a lot of experimentation… which looks quite inconsistent and all over the place, unfortunately.
I suppose it’s time to buckle down and really take stock of what I personally LOVE and stick with that. We all want to receive feedback and recognition for what we do, but sometimes those outside opinions can really skew what we set out to create to start with. Gwenn Seemel did a video post about imitation and it sparked all these thoughts for me.
I MUST create what jives with me personally, no matter what. It’s taken me a while to get to this point and I’m still brewing with thoughts, but I realize that I often live inside my head too much. Time to get out there! On that note, I’m super excited for the launch of ArtLicensingShow.com and have already signed-up as a founding lifetime member.
Also, I want to thank you everyone for answering the little survey I emailed out last week. I’m humbled and honored that so many of you took the time to respond. I feel so loved and grateful for this little piece of the web-o-sphere – grazie grazie grazie. If you’ve missed everything, you better join my newsletter asap!
How long can I dwell on this little owl girl? I can’t seem to figure out how to finish her off and have been playing a lot with different color experiments. It would be the start of a beautiful series now that I’m getting really comfortable with this style of character drawing.
My little helper seems to think any marker color will do – perhaps all colors! But I’ve been learning that I like the muted, soft colors. Happy colors for sure, but not in your face. I like to think of it as quiet, happy.
Slowly but surely, I will find my way! What do you think?
I often have no problem diving into sketch mode and drawing to my hearts content. It’s fun to invent characters and bring them to life with pen in hand.
The trouble is how to finish it all off. That’s where I definitely fall short. I can never decide how to color up my work. Should it be an acrylic painting? A watercolor? Collage fun? Copics? There are too many possibilities and that seriously drives me into a panic and wide-eyed, head-twirling stand still. Sigh.
Enter the computer. Oh, for the love of digital tools and the Undo button! With a scanner and Photoshop, I’m able to load up my sketches onto the computer and play with a million color combinations. Yes, it can be a time consuming affair, but it’s definitely worth the time. This is what they call color studies, right?
I’m loving the variation and freedom to play with color, since I consider color theory one of my weaknesses! How do you like my little girl sketch variations?
Pretty cool that with technology, we really have so much power – muhahaha! Now, if I could only decide which version to go with! What do you think?
I’m realizing that I’ve never posted my own entry to The Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers… so here it is finally – it’s a doggy dog world journal cover by yours truly.
It’s totally inspired by my westie dog, Vash. It’s not easily to illustrate a white furbaby, but I’ve always wanted to create westie themed items. From there I branched off into other dogs and what it would be like to see them hanging out in a playground. Silly, fun, sort of back-to-school style illustration for me. I realize that I might have gone overboard with the pink background… too girly girl?
Well, I didn’t make the cut for the competition, but a fellow MATS classmate blogged about a bunch of us unsemi-finalists and really I’m grateful to have pushed myself to create check out Ashley’s blog to see all the beautiful journal designs. You would buy a journal with those designs, right?
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!
For the third week of Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers, I created a mock children’s book cover illustration for The Snail and The Rose Tree.
It turned out quite vintage looking to me… but I ran out of time, so it’s not very detailed at all. There are so many little tidbits that can be added to this and I always seem to struggle with the balance of elements. I personally like simplicity, but I second guess myself, wondering if it’s too spare.
People have often told me that my drawing style seems to cater to children’s books, but I’ve always been afraid to approach the industry. It’s intimidating for sure! But I’ve been thinking about how sometimes scary things need to be faced and how sometimes your path is not even close to what you think it would have been. Must be more open to possibility…