I’m starting the 2nd semester of my junior year at PAFA. I’m excited. Especially because I have less classes this time around, which means I will have entire days to myself in my studio to get lost in my head and art projects. This semester I have also promised myself to put more time into entering art shows, contests and applying for grants/scholarships. Some of them, the lil’ contests, might require voting, so when they come up, I’ll definitely post them and hope some of you give me a nudge towards school-cash-money.
Something else I hope to accomplish this spring is to re-brand my illustration based work. That means new name, shiny logo, seperate website, all polished into something I want to be a business. It’s my goal to get this up and running by the time I graduate in 2019. Sounds totally doable to me, which is important. Attainable goals keep my engine running.
The idea to separate my illustrative work from this site, my painting and perhaps even me as an individual person, was a bit hard for me to come to, because it feels like everything I do, painting to design, has a cumulative effect on who I am as an artist. This isn’t not true, but from a professional point of view, I know it’s likely the best decision I can make for myself. This blog will stay the same and remain informal. I will definitely update with everything I’m up to, but I will also have an independent brand identity where I only push my stationery and surface design.
Another bonus to more down time means teaching myself to enjoy reading again, specifically art history books. I’m especially enjoying Symbolist Art in Contextby Michelle Facos. It covers that frenetic part of art history as the 1800s shifted into the early 1900s. It’s been a good book to have on hand as I take an online 20th Century art history class.
You can practically hear the dot matrix printer grinding away when looking at these pages!
While in elementary school(Garrettford Elementary was a Great Place to Grow!), I participated in some creative writing classes. Our county schools
also participated in a program/contest called The Young Authors, where every year kids submitted stories they wrote, which were then judged by grade. I loved it and won several times. You can see another of my lil’ stories on my scraps page Scroll to the bottom of the page.
This little book, which I never finished the drawings for all the pages, was from a summer creative writing class. I was likely in 3rd grade at the time. I was really excited when I found this in a box at my parents house. It’s been interesting to see that the themes in my paintings go back so far. Unicorns and skulls.
It’s clear I loved fantasy as a child. My favorite toys were My Little Pony dolls, She-Ra and my Rainbow Brite. This little book was probably a result of watching The Last Unicorn. I also was obsessed with Unico. It was life changing when that came on the Disney channel.
I busted this out during a sleep deprived, burst of inspiration at school. It’s collaged paper, acrylic paint, silk thread, oil crayon, tape and glue. It measures about 40 x 40 inches.
I did a little write up for RedBubble, where I talk about getting the most out of your Halloween designs. I realize we are past Halloween time(if you even believe in it ever not being Halloween time) and into the winter holidays, which is why I updated my RedBubble shop with some Giftmas-esque illustrations as well. Give it a read!
As for school-
I’m learning, again, how and when to take advice and criticism. I don’t get upset about negative reactions or try to force positive ones out of my critics, but there is something seductive about the good feedback I receive, and that makes me afraid I might just heed advice in order to keep receiving it. It’s childish, but I don’t feel like I’ve ever gotten a lot of encouragement or recognition, so sometimes it just simply feels good to hear some.