Totoro T-shirt Contest Design

I really enjoy designing t-shirts and I love Studio Ghibli so I was excited to learn that there’s a Totoro t-shirt contest going on. I also really love drawing trees, so a Tree of Life inspired design felt like a good fit. My idea was to show Totoro and friends hidden underneath and in the tree, just outside of plain sight from the human world.

The contest is open for voting until April 11th, 2018. You can rate my design on For Fans by Fans.

Let’s Do an Art Trade!

I’ve always wanted to do art trades but never knew who might be interested and I felt a bit too shy to ask. I thought it might be cool to come up with a way for people who are interested in art trades to let others know that they’re open to it. That’s what sparked the idea for April Art Trade. (That and it’s my birthday month and I just wanted a bunch of art for my birthday!)

The idea is that you’d let people know you’re interested in participating in art trades during the month of April. Look for artists who are open to trades or ask a friend! Once you’ve completed the trade, tag the recipient and use the hashtag #aprilarttrade.

#AprilArtTrade Rules/Guidelines

1. Ask a friend for an art trade!
(Please don’t message artists you don’t know unless they are open to random trades!)

2. Tell each other about your interests!
(Don’t ask for a specific drawing, just let them know your favorite characters, animals, etc.)

3. Set a range for the amount of time you’re both willing to spend on the art trade.

4. Draw something for them and post it with the hashtag #AprilArtTrade!

That’s it! Go make art for each other!

March 2018 Fauna Focus Animal – Dhole

Animals have always been on my list of “things I want to get better at drawing, but never actually draw.” (By the way, if you have a list like that too, knock it off.) So I was excited to learn about Fauna Focus, because it’s great motivation!

Every month Fauna Focus features a different animal and shares information about it. Artists are invited to create artwork of the animal and share it using the hashtag #faunafocus. The project was founded by artist Noelle M. Brooks who specializes in drawing and painting animals.

The featured animal for March 2018 is the dhole. Dholes live in the mountains so I wanted to incorporate its habitat into the background. This project was really fun and I look forward to participating in future months.

Figuring Out My Coloring Style – FF6 Terra Speedpaint

Do you ever start working on a piece and you have a vision in for it in your mind—you know exactly how you want it to look—and you start off strong and then… it just falls apart? I’m not sure if it’s because my visions isn’t actually THAT specific to begin with or because my skills just aren’t at that level yet.

That’s what this piece was like. Continue reading “Figuring Out My Coloring Style – FF6 Terra Speedpaint”

REVIEW: Linework in Photoshop vs Lazy Nezumi + Clip Studio

I’ve always enjoyed linework.

Looking at it.

Because DOING linework is hard.

I’ve always struggled with doing linework digitally. It took me forever to do, looked like trash close up and was just a really frustrating, long process for me. There’s definitely a learning curve to digital art. It’s hard to explain, but drawing with a tablet doesn’t feel exactly like drawing with a pencil and it’s very difficult to get smooth lines in digital art. I work primarily in Photoshop which, up until recently, lacked any kind of line stabilization. In order to get smooth lines in Photoshop you needed a tool like Lazy Nezumi. After years of struggling I grabbed a trial of Lazy Nezumi and very quickly become dependent on it. It made a huge impact on my linework and I found that I was working much faster. But I still felt like my linwork could be better so I started bugging every artist who has good linework doing research. Continue reading “REVIEW: Linework in Photoshop vs Lazy Nezumi + Clip Studio”

Extra Life Rewards Sent Out

Quick update about Extra Life… all of the rewards have been sent! Thank you again to everyone who donated to the campaign. It was my first year ever doing Extra Life and together we raised $142, surpassing my original goal. Thank you again. 🙂

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Leading up to Extra Life, I did a bunch of sketches of Final Fantasy characters. Anyone who donated at least $10 got access to these. Anyone who donated at least $20 was promised a high resolution download of a finished piece. I wasn’t even sure what the piece would be, just that it was going to be FF6 related. I ended up turning one of the sketches into a finished art nouveau inspired piece that incorporates a lot of elements from the game.

I really enjoyed participating in Extra Life and I will definitely do it every year. If you’re interested in getting a hi-res download of this piece it will be available again next year as a reward, as well as some other new stuff hopefully. Thanks again to everyone who donated and everyone who came to the stream to hang out!

What to Expect at a Figure Drawing Class

When I was about 11 my dad was in art school. I remember being fascinated by all of his school projects, but especially like, the whole concept of life drawing class.

Like… you just… sat and drew a naked person? In class? Whaaaaaaaat? Weird concept, especially for a 6th grader.

And if you’ve never been a life drawing class, it may be a weird concept for you too—regardless of age. Don’t worry, I don’t judge. Continue reading “What to Expect at a Figure Drawing Class”