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Hahaha, I was trying to help teach a friend how to use photoshop to draw. I’ve been using Ps since I was thirteen, and never took any classes on it, so I guess I kinda took for granted how much I taught myself, and how quickly I can get around in that program.

I also realized how little I know about some of the tools, functions, and settings….Hahaha, I’m just like, “I don’t know why this works, but it does”, and “I have no idea what the slice tool does, so I never use it?”

He’s got his fancy new computer, and new bamboo tablet, so I think he thought it would be easy? Lol, in some senses it is, but on the other hand, there’s a reason people pay us artists to do what we do.

Ode to Fall #anthrowindows

katiesamanthaborkin:

elissandras:

elissandras:

Nighttime Ride

India Ink, 19” x 25”

Finito! All done, dried and photo submission has been sent to a nearby art gallery; hopefully to be accepted into the show!

I’m really missing the big scanners at school right about now, ‘cause I am needing a better way to photograph and document.

Fullsize Image

Just got notified that this piece sold in the show it’s in!!

My first gallery sale (‘:

Now I have to go up there and photograph it one last time in its frame.

Congratulations, such a beautiful piece, I really love the content, it’s similar to some of things I’m including in some of my current work,which will be appearing on here over the next couple of weeks, first will be coming tomorrow.

That’s awesome! I’ll keep an eye out for your upcoming stuff

I love portrait commissions! I always procrastinate starting them, but once I get the outlines down I don’t wanna stop

elissandras:

Nighttime Ride

India Ink, 19” x 25”

Finito! All done, dried and photo submission has been sent to a nearby art gallery; hopefully to be accepted into the show!

I’m really missing the big scanners at school right about now, ‘cause I am needing a better way to photograph and document.

Fullsize Image

Just got notified that this piece sold in the show it’s in!!

My first gallery sale (‘:

Now I have to go up there and photograph it one last time in its frame.

Just taking my own advice and drawing whatever the heck I want

I lost these right after I bought them, BUT I FOUND THEM AGAIN GET EXCITED CAUSE I SURE AM

Hey. I was an art student in high school and after I graduated I never draw again. I was never as good as I wanted and in the end I gave up. I really want to start again but I just don't know where to start. I cant draw from my imagination and never really find a good way to develop that. If you can give me some tips that'll be awesome like how did you manage to not give up when you draw bad etc. thanks! x

Hey! So this is a great question. And truly, I think you’ll find very quickly that almost every artist has wanted to give it all up at some point. We are constantly striving to be just that much better, and sometimes it just feels like you’re never gonna get there. I totally understand that. So here are some things I try to keep in mind when I’m feeling stuck and unoriginal.

  • Be careful not to compare your work to other artist’s work! Your mind is unique, and therefore, with time, your style will be also. Studying particular artists, however, and imitating qualities of their work, like color choices and line weight, etc…are good ideas. Try to analyze what you like about a certain piece, and why you like it! Then practice that by making a piece or sketch that uses that quality.
  • Don’t feel like everything you make has to be a finished, polished production. This is how I used to work. I would never start anything, because I wanted it to be great, and I would try and plan every little detail. Basically, I didn’t want to bother making something if I didn’t know it would be perfect. Since then, I’ve loosened up! I told myself if an idea pops in my head, I should doodle it in my sketch book. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, or super conceptual, it can be as silly as a cat eating spaghetti. Don’t worry if it’s no good, you don’t have to show anyone. It’s for you.
  • Art is for you. So yeah, in my personal work, if I want to draw fish, and only fish, that is up to me. Try to draw enough that you start seeing themes in your work, and follow those themes!! What I’ve found is that eventually, those themes can be honed down into actual pieces, and because you did so many studies, you have something to pull from. If something resonates with you in your own work, chances are, it will resonate with someone else out there. And that’s awesome.
  • Keep an idea log! No idea is dumb. I just looked at the most recent thing I jotted down. “Wooden King Frog surveys termite kingdom”. I literally thought that after seeing a stick this morning. I might never draw that. Although I kinda want to. Sometimes I also just brainstorm off of a general theme. Example: School assignment prompt had “shoes” as a possible theme. 
         Shoes > Famous Shoes > Wizard of Oz > Ruby Slippers > Red Shoes > Pope Shoes > Pope > Anna Wintour > Pope of Fashion
    My slightly eccentric train of thought was influenced by current events involving the election of the new pope, and a fashion documentary that I had just watched where somebody commented that Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour was like the ‘Pope of Fashion’. These were just things floating around in my brain and you just gotta write them down until something clicks for you.

SO WHERE TO START??? This is a tough one. Especially when your mind’s eye has high expectations that maybe your technical skill hasn’t caught up to yet. It’s frustrating. And drawing from imagination can seem really daunting. I think something people don’t realize, is that when you’re drawing from ‘imagination’, you can still use references. Especially for things like human/animal anatomy and poses/expressions. The imaginative part comes in with your original composition, back story, color scheme, character design, content and themes…..everything. But technical things like perspective, and anatomy, don’t have to magically spring from your own mind. Eventually, by studying those things, you do get better, and it gets easier and easier to draw convincingly without references. I’m still getting there, in fact. But if you draw frogs all the time, chances are, you start remembering how they are structured, and you won’t need as much help.

Something that many people have told me helped them get re/started in their art journey, (but unfortunately I have never read) is a book called, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That might be a good starting point!

The only other suggestion I have is to look at art. A lot of art. Tons of it. Libraries have so many books, and I surf tags on tumblr all the time. BUT! Look at it, not to compare, but to inspire. See what matters to other people. Look at all the awesome quirkiness that the human race can produce. Drool over the impossibly great hyper-realists.

You do you!

Nobody else can.

Work break

Kitty kitty

Hahah, I don’t know guys….just more pen practice

Also! In other news, my piece, Nighttime Ride, was accepted into the show I submitted it to! It runs in September, and I’ll find out the Juried results then. :D

Whiling away this rainy Sunday by re-creating my resume - this time in Adobe Illustrator!

Hello tumblr folk! Faithful followers and new alike! Today is my birthday so I hope you yourselves had a wonderful Friday!

In order to keep sharp on my digital skills in Illustrator, I realized I’m gonna have to practice them. Also, I know the basics, but I really would like to become more proficient with the program, so I’m embarking on the ambitious task of a 30 day drawing challenge! It will probably not be 30 consecutive days, but as I said, the idea is just to get practicing and more comfortable with vectors.

Day One: Yourself

This one is pretty basic…more like an OOTD than anything else! I put a little Anthropologie bag because I do work there part-time, and this is what I was wearing the other day when I finally was able to do a little shopping there for myself. :P