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!

 

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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!

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~

Style

Style

Word: Style
Definition: a manner of doing something.
Synonyms: technique, design, vogue.

 

I know that many people have a “style” of art. Mine comes with the many illustrations that I have grown to love and admire of the years. Most of my style comes from this so-called “womans” touch with a dash of realism and a hint of Japanese anime. It’s interesting to look back at my old work and actually see the transformation of this so-called “style” of mine grow and blossom, to what it is today. I doubt it will stay the same forever, considering I change my hair as often as I change my style of art. However, if it does stick, I want it to be distinguishable; so that when I do produce something completely fabulous, people can point out and say “Hey, that was done by The Owl Palette – Rojin Hamid”. Big ambitions and dreams for such a short post about something that’s significant in art. 

We all have a style of our own; I wonder, what yours is and would you share it with me and the world? 

Starting

Starting

Word: Starting
Definition: offset
Synonyms: opening, origin, outset

 

The day is done, the evening arrives and I find myself wired. I’m convinced I’m an owl (or maybe I was in another life). When I get this way, I find my muse is acting up and starting to find ways to allow for my creativity to be taken advantage of. So many things in my head and so many projects that I sometimes never want to start any of them. It will always be just an idea. However there are those moments when we take the ideas and actually materialize them. That’s when we create a bit of magic.

Recently I’ve been hurt again, but a friend, a person I trusted, and someone I really liked (yes it’s a boy if you must know). Unlike Taylor Swift though, I don’t bounce back with a song and find the next cute boy from a band to crush on. Instead I focus on myself, I move onto the more important things to help me heal and mend. However just like her, I do get a bit creative, but what artist hasn’t? We have allowed our creativity to be fueled by Love, and heartache, pain and grief. Maybe it’s these emotions that allow us to actually create something so spectacular, it’s hard to understand how it really came about. Even if the answer was as simple as a breakup, loss of loved one, a new love, or a positive event in your life, it baffles us (at least it does to me).

This bit of heartache hasn’t stopped me from continuing from my original project idea. Instead of dropping it because I didn’t have the right supplies for the painting, I simply took pencil to paper. I love to start with a drawing, and then take it to the canvas. It’s not always an exact match, but in most cases nothing ever ends up exactly the same from your original thumbnail. There will always be some tweaking to better the image (or make it worse).

So, to those of you who are hurting, like myself (and I know you’re strong like me, and will get over it, move on and grow from it) let this be a beacon of opportunity to utilize the feelings and drive your work.

Pink

Pink

Word: Pink .noun
Definition: rose color
Synonyms: blush, coral, flush, fuchsia, rose, roseate, salmon

This color, there is just something about it that has always drawn me to it. There are men and women who wear this color, but I know some who live their life in it. Though I may not live in it completely I still have my fair share of pink. Three pink throw blankets, pink night shirt, pink dresses, pink body spray, pink jewelry, pink makeup bag, and much much more. I adore the color (as much as red). I really like using it as an accent color in my artwork. Why? Well because it just looks so clean and soft. In the picture of a friends avatar (on a website I’m part of), I tried to to accent the image with a shade of pink that pops and gives some definition to it all. The eye (mine in particular) is drawn to that color and enhances my experience with the image.

If you use a color right, (the right shade or tone), your image can look outstanding, even if it’s as simple as a cartoon-ish like character (such as this one). There is always a time to play with multiple colors and then there is a time for color to shine above the rest.
Use colors wisely.