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Art Update: August 2020

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Happy Friday!! ❤ I hope you guys are all doing well and staying safe. I know 2020 has been a total hot mess, but I hope you’re finding ways to keep yourself sane during all of this. I’ve been finding a lot of solace in drawing and it’s been really nice. Like spending time with an old friend from before the stressful days of adulthood. (Maybe it just feels like that because I haven’t actually been able to see any of my friends in-person since February due to the pandemic!)

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For most of my life, drawing was such a huge part of my daily existence. The past 10 years, though, I found myself doing it less and less. Sure, sometimes I’d make time for it, but it just wasn’t how it used to be. Well, the past year I have definitely been at it more again and now I’m pushing myself to not just settle into my drawing comfort zone, but to work on new poses and techniques, and really work at strengthening my skill again. I’ve got a long way to go, and a lot of learning to do, but I’m enjoying being back on the journey. 🙂

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One of the ways I need to push myself further with my art is getting back into digital art again. It’s been a long ass time. I’m strangely intimidated, to be honest. I got this great new art tablet but to quote the Joker from The Dark Knight:

“I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one”

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Well, one thing that will eventually force my hand to branch back out into digital art is the fact that most of my markers/brush pens are on their last leg. Filling up that sketchbook I got a while back has been slowly murdering all of them. 😥

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Plus, I don’t think I’ll forgive myself if by the time I eventually return to work, I STILL have not gotten the hang of the new art tablet. I mean, it’s literally been 5 months since my work had to temporarily close its doors due to the coronavirus. Usually I have the excuse of not having enough free time, but that excuse has kind of gone right out the window this year, hasn’t it?? 😉

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I hope you enjoy the new art. I’ll be posting some shark illustrations soon that I’ve been working on during Shark Week for an Instagram art challenge I’m participating in. It’s been a lot of fun so I figured I’d feature them in their own little post at the end of Shark Week. 😛

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What skills have you guys been building on during this year? What hobbies have you found comfort in?? What have you been doing to keep from going completely stir-crazy???

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Thanks, as always, for checking out my humble little drawings and reading my ramblings! ❤ Have a great weekend!

13 thoughts on “Art Update: August 2020

  1. I’m really loving all your art as per usual but I’m especially liking seeing more of it. Keep them coming. Not to sound like a suck arse but I can never fault your work. It’s spot on. I really love how a lot of the pieces tell a story. I also like that, often, the colours you choose aren’t conventional. Does that make sense? Very cool. I’d really love to see a book from you one day. I’d buy it and promote it for you on my blog, instagrams and podcasts. It’d be so cool. As you’re aware I’m doing more painting of miniatures than usual but I also have several handyman type jobs around the house to do. I like that kind of stuff as, sometimes, it can be another way of using my creative mind. Stay cool 🤘🏼

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! ❤ That really means a lot to me. Your feedback is always so nice to read and very much appreciated. 🙂
      And yes, it totally makes sense what you said about the unconventional colors! That is something I've been doing since I was a teenager. It started when I would draw more realistic portraits of people. For some reason, I enjoyed doing them more with greens or purples, greys, etc. and it just kind of stuck. lol
      And thanks so much for the support about if I was to do an art collection book. ^_^ It's something I definitely might look into at some point. I've made photo album style art book prototypes before for my mom since she collects art books and likes having my work around to look at.
      Glad you're getting so much done in the painting of minis and also with your home projects! 🙂 There's definitely a sense of pride that comes with a job well done on your home.

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  2. I wouldn’t beat yourself up over the art tablet. We want or anticipate doing things, but life has a way of getting in the way. I’ve got a list taller than I am with the things I wanted to do and haven’t done in absolutely freaking ages. One is trying to get back into a little art, but I suck at it so that kinda puts me off. I hope you can keep finding joy in art and that you can find the time for it when ‘normality’ returns because you are absolutely amaaaaazing! xx

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  3. I love all these pieces and would love to see what you could do with digital art. I’m constantly amazed by how realistic so much of it is especially when it comes to 3D models. That’s a big thing now with fan art and it’s like “um, is this from the game???” It’s really deceptive because it looks like it could be, but nah, it’s just fans doing their own thing. There’s a world of possibilities out there.

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  4. I tried to like and comment on this week ago but of course, I picked a day that WP decided it just was not going to work properly. D:
    These are great! I’m really excited to see what you come up with when you make the shift to digital. 😀

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  5. Lovely art pieces in this one (and the Shark Week post as well!) I used to draw a lot when I was younger, but really haven’t done anything with it for decades now, as I’ve really transitioned pretty much entirely into painting. I do love to see your illustrations, though, and it would be great to see what you can do in the digital medium as well as maintaining the P&P apects.

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    1. Thank you so much!! ^_^ I really appreciate that. And I pretty much did the same for a while, shifting my focus to writing rather than drawing for a good while. There just isn’t enough time for all the hobbies! 😛

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