printing for @wondercon - come by this friday-sunday, table d-18! #wondercon #artprints #everydaylove #seaturtle
a little peek into my weeks as of late. <3
i am heading to southern california this weekend for wondercon, if you’re in the anaheim area please come by, my table is D-18. if you’re planning on stopping by and have print requests let me know, team everyday love will be printing tomorrow! this will be my last show for a long while - as i won’t be at san diego comicon this year. after a very busy season of work and work travel, i am happy that after this i will be still for a bit so i can focus on my books - which are more excruciating than i care to admit.
have a lovely week!
we lost track of time - this is from over 4 years ago! one of my favorite memories from college #illustration #art #porch #friends
pastyourporchlight asked: Loved your response to sailorbon! But it made me wonder about something and I'm not sure if you've mentioned it before. The concept of an artist's "style" for some reason eludes me, it amazes me how some artists are immediately recognizable. Is that something done intentionally or is it an organic thing where they just draw things a certain way? I've only ever drawn from life so never felt like I had a 'style'. Maybe this is a nobrainer but I'm perplexed anyway haha
i love this question! in art school i OBSESSED over the idea of “style” - how do i find mine? what steps do i need to take? i am not the first to say so but style is an after effect of hours of professional practice. some pro artists still don’t have a recognizable style, and that’s just fine! they are versatile and can draw from life loose or tight, they can draw cute kawaii or with hard lines and sharp edges. so that versatility becomes their style!
i love drawing the way i do, but i didn’t set out to have a style. as much as i obsessed over it in school, when i let go of that idea, i drew everything. i tried every shape, software, pencil, pen, color, etc… as i explored and HAD FUN my style developed on its own. i started to enjoy drawing in flash. i loved creating my own brushes in photoshop. i moved from my lollipop head characters and had more anatomically appropriate characters.
style is great because it makes my work (hopefully) recognizable as mine, but in other ways i also show my limitations. i do not draw cars, futuristic environments, etc… but that’s because i primarily draw for me - i draw what i like and what inspires me. i can draw cars and the future, but i haven’t been inclined to… and no one has offered to pay me to, either ;) even if i did, those things would end up looking like mine because of who i am.
i also STOPPED LOOKING AT ART. radical, i know. being inspired is a slippery slope and can turn into envy, self-doubt, and destructive criticism very quickly. in a way, i am telling you to stop looking at my work. whoooaaaa. wait. that’s not the point! hahaha. but it is, in a way. you have to clear your mind to make space for YOU.
style is you - that’s what’s coming through in your work. you cannot cultivate that, it’s already there. you can only hone it through hours of drawing and training… and soon enough you will see yourself in every brushstroke. it’s guaranteed.
i hope this helps! ^_^
after traveling for too long, happy to be home among our #comics and #vinyl - #eccc #illustration #reading #art
xcuppycakemuffinx asked: can you draw anime??? 0 w0
oh, i wish! i like drawing the way i draw and i’ll leave the anime to the pros - but this blog might tickle your fancy: http://animangaconfessions.tumblr.com/
sailorbon asked: I love your work and style ever since I found it, you're one of the people i look forward to the most to post new things! I went back and read some of the asks, you said you (approx) started learning to draw 4-5 years ago if I understood correctly. I know the best way to improve drawing is practice as much as you can, but would you say some things helped you along more than others? I mean should there be a focus on life drawing, or your imagination, feeling overwhelmed tbh. Thanks in advance.
hiya! yes, it was around 2008 that i went to art school and a year and change later i dropped out. i didn’t drop out because i had some AMAZING talent - i dropped out because i knew i needed to practice more. that’s what i did, and i know EXACTLY how you must feel. i recall contacting professional artists and asking the same questions and it’s frustrating to hear - but it really is a matter of hours. hours and hours of practice. draw one person, draw animals, draw two people, draw people interacting, draw environments, draw hands, shoes, feet, clothes, draw in cafes and draw from your imagination. i suppose if there’s one thing that really helped was really trying to break free of the same things i was comfortable drawing. in fact, i’ll post an embarrassing old drawing
in a style i lovingly call “lollipop heads” - these characters were my comfort zone. once i expanded beyond it and drew from one to 3 hours every day i was on my way. i hope that helps!
i am thrilled to announce that i will be working on a children’s book with author hugh howey. over the next few months i will be creating 32 illustrations for his lovely book about a cloud named misty.
it’s been nearly 4 years since i started working as an artist full-time, and for the first time i feel truly legit. i’m working on two books - pashmina, my graphic novel, and now this project with hugh. it feels like all the late nights, conventions and craft shows have brought me here and i feel happy.
in order to manage my book deadlines, i will be pulling back from my regular illustration posts - i will try to post one image a week, but can’t make any promises!
i hope you have a lovely week!