Monday, March 27, 2017

Artistic Style

I was asked recently about how I developed my artistic style. In my mind I was screaming, still working on it! Of course I don't remember what I said, because I was panicking. Artistic style is always one of those things I'm stressing out about and trying to continue to develop. I feel like I'm the last person to go to for advice.

Artistic style is something I've slowly been working on in regards to custom portraits. I feel like all of my characters look the same, and I've been trying to break the mold I seem to be working from (even though I'm not sure how to do that). I was asked to draw some portraits recently, and my first instinct was to say no, because I'm just not ready. Instead I said yes, and drew them and I hated them, but they liked them and that's what matters....right?

A few things I've been trying:
  • Speed sketching while I watch cartoons with my kid. I will try to draw characters and things from whatever show she is watching. I'm trying to think less and draw more. 
  • Looking though old sketches and "Frankenstein-ing" things I loved about those with my current "style". 
  • Drawing more!

If you have questions about developing your artistic style I suggest:
Let me know your thoughts on developing your artistic style. xo

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Supporting Other Creatives

This year I haven't created much at all. I read books, crochet, drink coffee, and watch anime. I've been unmotivated and in the biggest slump. So far 2017 has brought me stress in the form of art theft that has left me bitter and on the verge of just giving up and becoming the cat lady I always wanted to be.

I follow lots of creatives on social media. I love supporting other artists and buy their amazing products + art whenever I can. Recently, a few creatives have inspired me and I decided to support them by becoming a Patreon.

Sonya Cheney has been such a huge inspiration throughout the years that I've followed + talked to her here in this crazy internet land. She has such a beautiful + deep soul. She knows who she is and what she wants from her dreams and life. I enjoy her zines and seeing little peeks into her very cute life. Her drive + passion for writing inspired me to sit down and think about what I'm doing and what I have a passion for. That maybe I could continue doing the things I enjoy even in the face those who would try and take it from me.

You can find Sonya's blog here and support her on Patreon here

Fran of Frannerd is one of my favorite artists + YouTubers. She reminds me so much of one of my friends that I haven't talked to in a long time. I love how down to earth and real she is about illustration + just living the artist life in general. I always look forward to her YouTube videos + she has inspired me to try new art supplies + techniques. 

You can find her YouTube here and support her on Patreon here.

I'm new to Patreon, but let me know who you support or if you have your very own Patreon! xo