Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Goodbyes {Nearly Forgotten Faces of Good Friends, or Fan Art Friday}

Two top photos:
Today is a different kind of  "fan art friday."
And yes, I know it's not Friday....but pretend it is.
This fan art is made after people in my life--a few of the many that were dear friends to me while I was living in Seattle.
 I haven't seen them in about a week and a half and I was starting to forget their faces, so I painted them from memory.

Bottom photo:
Sidewalk chalk art by Allison Lippert (a very skilled 11-year-old artist) and myself at the family dinner program Friday night held in celebration of my younger sister's marriage!
My sister is said to have the personality of Rapunzel and Thomas the personality of the Blue Power Ranger. At the dinner, they were each prompted with questions and were to answer in the character of each personality respectively. It was such fun! :)

Lots of changes are going on in my life right now--My sister is married, my brother is graduated from high school, and I'm leaving on my mission for a year and a half.
 It's starting to hit me. I hate goodbyes.

Don't Wait Too Long- Madeline Peyroux
Shangri-La - YACHT
Baby - Warpaint
Wolf Girl (Acoustic) - Simian Ghost
Hoppipolla - Sugar Ros
Animal Skins - Dry the River
Casimir Pulaski Day - Sufjan Stevens
Stuck In The Middle - The Burning Hotels

(Sorry I didn't link the songs; I was in a rush!)
Love you guys!

I'm Going Away For A Year-and-a-Half {A Somewhat Brief Explanation}

(But don't worry, my sister Sierra will be posting on my behalf as I am away, and this is not the last post I will be making today)

This is old news for some of you.
But I must say to the rest of you---I'm really sorry to spring this on you all at once, dearest ones. . . but I just wanted to get it over with quick, like ripping off a band-aid.

I am going AWAY.
Like, away away.
From Tumblr and Blogger and Facebook.

Why am I going away? And where to?

Well, my Dear Family, Casual Followers, Avid Readers/Viewers, Supporters, Friends, and Fellow Artists, I have decided to serve as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church). We are most commonly referred to as the Mormon Church because we believe the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible to be the Word of God.
I have been called to serve in Federal Way, Washington from August 2013 to February 2015. 
I leave this Wednesday. So, tomorrow.

I want to be clear about one thing before I proceed: I do not wish to force my beliefs on you. 
Honestly--I just feel like I owe you guys an explanation after your tremendous support and kindness.

Some of you may not know what this means---this "mission" thing.

At first I wrote up this detailed three-page-long description of the process of getting a mission call and preparing to serve a mission and so on.
...But a lot of us these days have the attention span of a gnat and can't read three pages without falling asleep (and by "a lot of us" I mean me. ESPECIALLY ME). 

Here is what it means to me summed up in one word: Sacrifice.

Missionaries sacrifice time away from their families.
They put their education and careers on the back burner to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They have to give up listening to certain types of music that take away from a peaceful mindset, using the computer for things other than emailing family, and some other materialistic things.
They hand over their lives to God and teach his Word: That God is our Father and he loves us, and that Jesus is our Savior.
They willingly give up focusing on whatever passions or hobbies they might have to serve God and bring happiness to people.

There are lots of other things that LDS Missionaries are asked to sacrifice temporarily, but all that is sacrificed is matched or even doubled in exchange for great learning experiences.

I was recently accepted into the Illustration BFA at my university and it will be a definite sacrifice to leave such awesome people and opportunities behind, even if it is only temporarily.
My biggest passions are people and art, but I don't actually have to give up doing art while I am on my mission, but I do have to give up making it a central part of my life so I channel that focus toward God and others.

My personal Testimony: 

More about the LDS Church, Missions, and Beliefs: 

Again-- Because I will be serving this mission, I will not personally be able to post art updates. HOWEVER, I will be able to email my family pictures of any artwork I might have time to make and they will be able to do that for me. ( How nice of them! :) )
That means that this blog will still be alive! :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Reasons To Love You {Finished Window Scene}

FINALLY I finished something with a background. Good job, Karly. *pats self on back*
I am still working on understanding light and color!
Color rough and thumbnail sketch of this piece

Tried a different color scheme. Different mood.

Muuuuuuuusic of the day:

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Bird of the Summer {Brave Fan Art}

I've had a hankering to draw Merida from Brave for over a year and a half. Finally did!
Thought it would be a good opportunity to try a different, more detailed painting style.

I know I said last post that in my next post I would do something with a background. . .
. . . this is the next post and there's no background . . .
. . .but at least I put a shadow in! That's background enough, right?

Some chill tunes for your Sunday enjoyment:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Yellow Red Sparks {Summer Sketch Sessions}

Hey! Still working on commissions. A little behind because first it was my birthday and I went on adventures, then I got a little sick and slept more than usual.
Such is life. . . but all is well!
The majority of these people are based on people I have been seeing around.
My favorite person I saw is the little girl in the hat with a  "sun allergy." I saw her among swimsuit-clad kids at the Seattle Center fountain. She was COMPLETELY shielded from the sun except for her hands. I don't know if it's a fact that she's allergic to the sun, but I really want her to be because I think that's interesting and endearing...in a weird way.
I have more sketches that I am in the process of coloring!

SOMEDAY I'll finish one of my ideas with a background...Goal: next blog post.

What I've been listening to:
Save Me - Gotye