Art Swap in the Drawing Club

It's rare that I pass up an opportunity to buy new art supplies, and I've always seen this as a good thing. Since moving into my art room I've found that I have more art supplies than I could ever need! A lot of them I actually use, but some I just hang on to because of whatever reason (I'm a bit of an art supply hoarder I guess...) I had a couple of drawers filled to the brim with pens that I used every once in a while or maybe once before, but never again. Not because they weren't good, they just weren't my preference. Well, at the Drawing Club I started at my school we have this thing where we bring in art supplies we have but don't really use anymore so others in the club can get a chance to use them in their own work. I was inspired by this idea because I was thinking about how much I would have loved something like that when I was younger! I always brought everything I could carry when I would go on drawing dates and loved using my friends' supplies and letting them use mine. I bit the bullet last night and just sorted through what I have and set aside anything I haven't touched within the past year. Surprisingly... it was a lot. What can I say, I'm a creature of habit. A lot of these pens are in really great shape and was looking forward to letting my kids use them. I gave this box to them filled with stationary and art supplies and I had so much fun watching them sort through them and get excited about the contents. It was definitely worth it. I hope they find that one pen they just can't live without like I did when I did this with my friends.

If you find yourself cluttered with art supplies, try sorting through everything and really minimizing. Let someone you know who likes to try new things try your supplies, see what they create!

Vixena Foxhood

One of my resolutions was not just to draw more, it was to draw more consistently and challenge myself with new techniques. One of my beloved OCs just doesn't get enough drawing time from me, so here she is. When I was in school, whenever I would draw my characters like this I would always get asked "WHY IS SHE NAKED"and I always felt the need to give some sort of excuse. Now that I'm older, my answer is simply "because I drew her that way." Draw what you want and don't make excuses for yourself! I see this sometimes with my students and I just want to tell them to not BS! It's ok to say that you just wanted to do that. That's what one of the focuses was, you liked the way it came out, you just didn't feel like doing anything else. It's coo'. But yes, here is Vixena. I drew her naked because that's what I felt like doing.

I'm trying to flesh out more characters for a story I want to focus on this year. The main character is Avyana, a character one of my students helped me name! I hope you're enjoying the new artwork so farหœ

Shaki Shaki

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely time with their friends and family for the holidays! I just got done with break from work and I had a lot to do at home to get ready for the holidays T-T But it all worked out and now it's over! We have a new year ahead of us and it's going to be a really good one. I have set some personal goals for myself this year and I'm excited to get started on them. Obviously one of them is always to draw more so I'm trying to draw every day or draw to catch up on missed days. Last night I did a bit of that and wanted to share it on here.

I post my art primarily on here, but will also now be updating on a new Instagram and my Tumblr. I'm still working on an official name for my new Instagram, but I might just go with my pen name. NOTHING IS FINAL. I have decided to make my current Instagram private because I tend to post either a lot of personal posts or a lot of artwork and I would rather keep them separate. I do tend to post some personal Instagram pictures on here so the separation doesn't mean they will be completely one without the other.

I hope everyone works hard on their New Years resolutions! 

I Must Have Loved You Once

FINALLY SOME NEW ART. I actually draw a good amount in my sketchbook lately, but I want to really draw digitally more and actually complete a full colored illustration. I'm really pleased with the way this one came out! They are the humanized versions of my first OCs, Alisha and Alexandra. Alisha was my first blue hedgehog I ever created and Alex came right after back when I was 12. The originals are... interesting looking. I'll try to find them somewhere, haha! On my drive to work I was thinking about them and their story and found some time on my hands and decided to draw them out. 

Meet the Artist November 2016

Hello everyone~ <3 I'm sitting here with my s'mores flavored coffee and thought I would update on here. I have been feeling really wonderful, lately. I think last week hit me a bit harder than I expected it to and it's taken some time to get out of a bit of a funk that I wasn't even aware I was in. I wasn't drawing and I was a bit stuck. This past Summer was really great because I was able to start drawing regularly again (or as regularly as I could get?) but then the school year started and I had to focus more on work and had to stop for a while. Now with the breaks coming up I'm able to jump back on it! I was working on an assignment for my class as an example and something really simple turned into a little bigger and I really love the end result. I've been working more on fleshing out my style and truly finding it.

The cold weather is finally starting to come around and it has been really wonderful <3 Though when I get home all I want to do is crawl under the covers on our bed and just sleep. I've been growing out of my comfort zone and doing things I never thought I would do! I think it's good to be able to do that every once in a while. We went to a Korean Spa in Fort Lee with some friends and we had a really lovely time not fretting about our insecurities and just going along with everything. I am wearing things I feel more comfortable with and more suited to what I want my style to be and not just safe options like jeans and a t-shirt. I am working on myself little by little and making changes to my lifestyle and way of thinking and it has been liberating.

Along with becoming free of these insecure thoughts, I have been more willing to sit down and just draw. I think I've reached a point where I just don't care what people could potentially think about my work (in a negative light) and just want to put my work out there. The experiments, the style practices, and the random sketches and doodles that I seem to just be pouring out lately. I had been beating myself up about how little drawing I've been doing but then I take a look at the Sketchbook 2016 page I have set up here and I see that it's just not true. I think this has been the most active year in years and I can't properly explain how happy that makes me.

We are still setting everything up in the house and I have officially made the Art Room my personal project. It is technically for both of us to use but Josh is letting me set it up entirely how I want! So obviously it is like... covered in pink and frills. No art prints on the walls yet but I want to buy frames for the ones I want to put up and start the inspiration wall. I'm thinking about painting the walls and have a few pieces of furniture in mind for the space (like I really want to replace that make-shift drawer shelf thing pictured above with an actual dresser that will hold all our art supplies). I think this room will always be a work in progress but I think that's a good thing. We recently moved up my computer and desk up here and broke up our office downstairs because I just wasn't going in there. I'm more comfortable sitting on my computer in this room and drawing. I have a different table and space with a window right in front of it for watercolor, painting and bigger projects. I want this room to be everything I dreamed of having in an office since I started drawing and I thin it's shaping up nicely! I'll keep putting up progress pictures as it continues to evolve!