Mane

Mane

Word: Mane
Definition: Head of hair
Synonyms: hair, strand, crown, ridge

My friends are amazing. No, they really are!
Sarah M in particular, is probably the most Diva I have ever seen, but the one thing I love about this diva; she knows how to look good for photos!

Just recently I went on a “hair photo-shoot” with this girl, and in all honesty it was more of a “Sarah photo-shoot.” I tried really hard to focus on the long mane she had going on (extensions), but I just couldn’t help but adore how natural she was in front of a camera. This made my job infinitely easier and the photos that sprung from it all are some of my favorites.

So I really hope you all have friends who not only are naturals in front of a camera, but are fun to go on little adventures with. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to take photos of you or vice versa. You really don’t know how amazing they will turn out until you try.

Diva or not, I think I see a lot of myself in this young 20 year old who asked for a simple (yet lovely) shoot..

Thanks for being amazing Sarah!

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Nebula

Nebula

Word: Nebula
Definition: Cloud of Gas
Synonyms: galaxy, nimbus, vapor, etc.

It’s been a little while since I dabbled in something I call Multimedia Digital Art. What that means is, I’ve clustered together a different brush to create an image of something real. It’s like mixing paints or something along those lines. However, instead of paints and such, I used brushes that represent a different image. Of course the background layer is my own mixture of color as a base, but you get the gist. I’ve fooled around with different types of effects as well, so this is new and exciting after so many years of doing the same thing over and over again.

I do hope you enjoy the few I have thus far.

Check out my Facebook website if you’d like to see more of these!
Come by the shop as well (in the navigation bar, click Shop) to purchase the image on a variety of house hold items, such as pillow shames, clocks, mugs, and other fine things!

Thanks so much for your support you guys! It’s certainly what keeps the projects going and sharing more frequent!

Crims.

Surreal

Surreal

Word: Surreal
Definition: having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre.
Synonyms: unreal, bizarre, uncanny, dreamlike…etc.

I wont apologize for the lateness of this post. However I will celebrate that things are now back on track; well sort of!

For the past few months, it’s been a ride that I’d not seen coming. After some misadventures in 2016, the new year seemed a bit more promising. It’s been non-stop; go, go, go, and make sure you take a breather somewhere kind of year. Heartbreak didn’t slow me down, or stop me. Instead if freed me from one less priority to make way for other fabulous things.

What fabulous things? Well, I’ve been at the local market Since January 7th (2017), and missing only-maybe a whopping 3 or 4 days in the month (it’s only a few Saturdays considering the rest of the week it’s not open). The things I sell there rang anything from original paintings, hand colored prints, and jars full of (not so real) pixie dust for all audiences.

It’s been a wonderful kick to the new year and I wont be stopping there. I just (right before this post), officially opened my Etsy.com shop (check it out here). My relatively new images were also posted on my Facebook Fanpage (again, look here).

Yet so much still needs to be done. For now, here’s what I got for you lovely creatures!

Thanks so much for the support you’ve all given me! It paves a way for bigger and better things. I hope the artist in you try’s it’s hand at making it a life career! If not, well that’s okay too! Just enjoy the things you love and whatever makes you happy at the end of the day!

Cheers!

Lady

Lady

Word: Lady
Definition: a woman who is refined, polite, and well spoken
Synonym: queen, countess, broad, gal

These past few weeks (August 2016) have been the busiest I have ever been and I love it.
Currently I’m gearing up to put on a show to get my brand and images out there to the public. Although it’s an all ladies event, I feel like it will be a hit! Of course I will have another art show with other artists, but for now this is just to get myself out there more.

I’ve always had this fear that none of my work was worthy enough for the public to purchase. However these past few years I’ve learned that there are people who have been seriously interested in my style of art. So with this in mind, I started to put my butt in gear and produce work that not only would I love, but others too.

Over the years, although I produced plenty of work, I never got around to selling any of it. Then again, I wasn’t exactly sure how to market myself. Finally this year I got a bit of advice from business experts and here I am, selling prints and originals!

Be sure to never sell yourself short. Your work is unique, and even if it resembles another artists style that has inspired you, it’s still your own and you will always have someone out there who is more than happy to purchase your creation. Just keep producing work and don’t be afraid to put it out there to the public.

Cheers!

 

Revisit

Revisit

Word: Revisit
Definition: come back or visit again.
Synonym: return, or visit again


Believe it or not, but after a couple years of having sketched this image on the computer, just now I’ve finished a couple versions of it.

No, I normally do get back to images much quicker, but something that I thought was completed ended up not being my “best” work. As my best friend T. had put it, “showcase only your very best work. This doesn’t look done.” (She said when the image was still in its infancy.

Okay so that last part I was paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
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If you’d like to purchase the transparent (non filled body) print; you may do so by visiting: The Owl Palette Society6 page

Cheers!

Plenty

Plenty

Word: Plenty
Definition: a large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.
Synonyms: wealth, abundance, luxury etc…

Over the summer I had the pleasure of taking a copious amount of photographs of some of my favourite people – my friends.

There are a so many places in my city to go to for settings to take pictures. Most being that of nature but with the added touch of either rustic or a hint of beauty. Of course I gave my models the choices of their outfits but they really pulled off the things I had directed to them.

With this I only give you less than a handful of the images I’m most proud of. I hope that you all feel as though you have plenty to work with in your own cities, with your friends volunteering their time, and natures abundance of backdrops.

Take advantage of all that you have around you, because you never know what you’ll produce until you utilise these things.

Crims~

Thank you @jacobgirls for your time!

Redraw

Redraw

Word: Redraw
Definition: draw or draw up again or differently.
Synonym: amend, rework, reexamine, redefine etc…

One evening, during a Skype call with a friend (who also happens to be an Illustrator), we decided to bust out the old sketchbooks and folders. Each page contained a fully finished drawing, or in my case a bunch of random things; this included poses, hand drawings, ideas and a bunch of art history notes. Sadly most of my work from previous years (earlier years, before my high-school days) had been tossed.

We scavenged like animals to find older and more ridiculous images. Finally after all the books and folders, I decided that I would like take on a new project. I know how terrible I am for not finishing something I started, but I really wanted to do this for myself and see what the outcome was. I wanted to know:

  1. How far have I come?
  2. What has changed about my style?
  3. Are there things I can still improve on?
  4. Have I even improved at all?
  5. What do I draw more now that I didn’t in the past?

I had seem so many people do redraws on DeviantArt, but it had never actually captured my curiosity (for my own work).

After choosing bunch of characters to redraw (only a few were actually color), I got straight to work. So here I am with the cleaned-up/colored version of my first few redraws. I haven’t added the old version to compare, but in another post I will do so. I wanted to show my clever workings before I forget.

This comes to something I want you all to try someday. Not right away, but on your own time; redraw something from your past. See how far you’ve come and what skills you really have underneath all that eraser dust. Perhaps answer those questions I posed. Share with the world your wonderful old sketches and your new version. You’ll surprise yourself and your friends.

Crims~

Love – What you do

Love – What you do

Word: Love
Definition: to adorn
Synonyms: admire, adore

I love what I do. I think about it when I wake up in the morning, and I think about it when I sleep at night. One day, and I keep telling myself this, I will have my own office where there will be a couch and I’ll be working late hours so it’s significant to have one. I’ll need a place to crash for a few hours and then get back right into working.

Right now, I honestly am doing nothing but practicing work for people who have some create ideas and concepts of characters. I bring them to life and truly do I love doing it! I can create characters on my own but when people come to me, with their idea, I smile and graciously accept the challenge. These characters have depth and I love bringing them to light.

Seriously, I will enjoy doing this for the rest of my life. I hope to wake up and get straight to working on artworks for clients, and in the evening, if I have time, I’ll take up a part-time for some extra cash.

Here’s some advice from Sister Mary Clarence (Sister Act) played by Whoopie Goldberg; “If all you can do is think about singing when you go to bed at night, and when you wake up in the morning, then you should sing.”

I’m not joking! You guys, wake up and pay attention!

Gaming: an art and challenge

Gaming: an art and challenge

Castlevania: Lords of Shadows review

I grew up mainly around my cousins, most of them were boys, and what do boys do – they play video games. At first I was a bit hesitant to write about this. I know there are plenty of girls out there who are “Gamer-Chics”. Yet, how many of these girls/women play a game for the cinematography? Or maybe the artwork that you can unlock when you beat a level?

Certainly playing a game is for action packed adventure and intriguing story line is far more interesting. However I say, yes to all of it; I myself personal love the environment, the character design, and, of course, the secrets of unlocking concept art.

Recently, I’ve begun to play the game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. The story is not as interesting as the game play, but the game-play is not an introspective of the world and creatures.

The main character Gabriel is extremely attractive but through him I can explore the entire world and its most hidden secrets (which is a plus).
This game in particular rich in detail. Starting from the world, to level design, game play, and like a good RPG – the slow progression of character and his/her skills. Such an in-depth game and I honestly feel a bit overwhelmed by the complexity and over all detail. Through each level, you come across the dead (who were once warriors on a similar quest) and through them you receive scrolls that give hints to progression of play, magic power-ups, and over all new skills. These scrolls prove useful and sometimes they add to the story. Who wouldn’t want to read the diaries of the dead?

You tend to miss a lot of things that can help you through the other levels, for example, your health and magic (which become crucial as the levels get harder). The scrolls don’t always give you the hints you need, and you’re relying mainly on when you go off the trail to explore.

The game guarantee’s endless hours of gaming – what fun!? You really don’t have to worry about  the game ending soon.
So far however, I can’t say I’ve even made it to the halfway point of the game (because it takes so damn long to finish one level). Seriously though, you’re let’s say Level 2. In that level you have 5 or 8 stages you need to complete. In those levels you have to collect these things, and then whatever else to improve your character. You’ll miss a whole lot if you don’t explore the stage. Regardless, you press on. At one point a scroll of the dead warrior I pass by talks about being “Patient” in the Labrynth. I have patience, but dear god, as the game gets harder, I don’t know how many times I can keep it up. The other downside to all these levels is that you have to go back to some of the older ones to unlock a “secret” section that you couldn’t get into.

I get it, designing a game isn’t easy. It takes time, lots of programmers, designers, writers, artists and a lot of creative thinkers. I appreciate the flaws as much as achievements in the games over all design. When I finish the game, I think their will be a great deal of relief for actually pushing through to the very end (which sometimes rarely happens with my schedule). So regardless of the length, detail, and complexity, it’s still a pretty well versed game with a lot of beautiful scenes and characters to enjoy.

This game really is a work of art. I can’t wait for the second game to come out so that I can play it- well, that is if I can finish this one first. Wish me luck!

2014 Starter Kit

2014 Starter Kit

What you will need: inspiration, any  medium/canvas (preferably something you enjoy working with, ie. pen, tablet)
How much time needed: as much as you can find in your crazy busy day
When to start: effective immediately

 

Of course this is something personal. I’ve been inspired to really pursue what it is that I love – my art. It wasn’t easy and it really took a lot of people to convince me, but one person in particular – T. Now I know what you’re thinking, whose this T character and what the heck are you going on about?

Well T is my best friend, and I had finally had a chance to sit with her for a couple days to catch up. You see, I only get to see her once a year, and because of my terrible spending habit, my initial action to get my career up and running in the art industry landed at the bottom of my stack of things-to-do-in-2013. Even going to see her that year had been berried in the pit of stupidity (on my end). So when she said something to me (along the lines of me having no ambition in life) it hit home. This made such an impact, that as soon as I was able too, I was drawing furiously again.

It wasn’t as though I wasn’t drawing. That wasn’t the case at all. It was the fact that I wasn’t doing anything other than drawing. There was no promotion of my work, no seeking out commissions, or even making that idea available. I wasn’t whoring myself out (pardon the expression) like all other artists were. While I sat back in my “comfort” I didn’t realize that my passion in life was being swept to the back, under some dirty rug, in some empty room that no one ever uses.

So the idea was this; I would promote myself, my work, my services. This way, I wont be in the slum for another 3 years wondering if anything will become of my work.

I urge you artists, no matter how good or bad you are at your passion, you push for it to become your life. Why would you want to do a job that you don’t like? Get in gear and get moving. Plan that budget, pull through with your sketch-a-day (no matter how small or ridiculous), and find that inspiration you need. It will be hard, and a long year, but imagine, at this age, it’s never too late.