Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Split-Screen Sadness

Something I made to get some sadness out that was brought on by a rainy day, a sad John Mayer song, a little bit of buyer's remorse after I splurged on a few things I needed/ a few things that I didn't need, and some other stuff. It was a pretty bad day, but I felt better after I did some art. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

[Lily and Pip]

Lily and her pet bird Pip. They go on adventures in Lily's backyard in the summer and early fall, usually for hours. She always packs peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for them, and sometimes they even campout, too. I'll probably revisit these characters later and develop them more. 

Oh, P.S. I am in charge of making the Relief Society (a women's organization/class) Newsletter each month at the Church I attend. :) Here's the one for September :)
It's meant to be folded in half - here are the back and front covers
and here's the inside. 

(Layout & art: me
Pink quote & Visiting Teaching Message: LDS.org)

And here's some music for fun :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

[Animations & Overcoming Art Block]

Some stuff from the past month. Been trying a lot of different mediums/techniques to break my art block. Even tried my hand at freehand animation in Photoshop CS6.
Some character sketches in different mediums:
I played the shape game with myself in sharpie:
Some color thumbnail ideas in crayon:
A 2am for-fun project in pastel:

Sometimes I feel like I will forever be plagued with anxiety. It contributes a lot to my art block, and it's frustrating.  It obviously takes time and patience and is a part of growth, but it's frustrating.  Instead of letting it overtake me, I have tried various things to get out of my art block. 

If you, too are experiencing art block for whatever reason, here are some tips/things that are helping me overcome my art block:

-Change your drawing environment 
in whatever way you want. Just get out of your comfort zone-- listen to different music, sit in a park while you draw, draw left-handed. Just switch things up.

-Change your medium. 
If you're used to red pencil, change to pen or marker. If you're used to watercolors, use pastels. And preferably use something children use -- like sidewalk chalk or crayons. It takes the pressure off and gives you a greater sense of freedom.

-Pray, meditate, do yoga, or do whatever you do to clear your mind. 
I personally like to do all three of these things. 

- Then go out in public and look around to fill up your mind. 
Observe people, places, and things. Just appreciate those things. MAYBE bring a sketchbook to take notes of things that inspire you, but don't beat yourself up if you don't draw anything while you're out-- the main purpose is just to fill your mind with ideas. 

- Draw LOTS of ugly things. 
Draw ugly things on purpose. Draw ugly things on accident. Just remember that your purpose for 15+ minutes a day is to draw ugly things. Have a good laugh at yourself. This helps you not take yourself too seriously, which makes art block more fun. 

- Play the scribble/shape game with your friend/yourself. 
Draw a random scribble and turn it into a person or an animal (but not a snake) to get your creative/problem-solving skills juiced up.

-Show love to others and yourself. 
Getting out to treat yourself or serve others can help you get out of your weird art funk. Surround yourself with people and things that give you energy and bring happiness. 

Some music I'd recommend:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

[Potpourri of Art Things]

 Here are some sketches and paintings that I have been working on lately that are finished. There's a lot more where this came from.
 I could say more about these pictures but I don't have the energy right now, haha.

This ^^^ one is something I painted with my finger one really crappy, free phone drawing apps. I'm pretty happy with it considering the medium. I will probably take it into photoshop and do something with the colors.
Some good music:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Theory of Everything [Little Dreamer-Adventurer]

I'm loving the summer in Seattle!
Here's one of the little things I made today.

Really beautiful music:
The Theory of Everything Soundtrack

I haven't seen the movie, but I know the music is heavenly; I've been listening to it all week.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Song of the Sun [Sidewalk Chalk Things]

Hey guys!
First item of business: I spent many hours this week with my family and some sidewalk chalk. Here are some of the things I did/had a little help with from my little cousins/sister and some pictures of my process. I've been trying to get away from my usual mediums and it's really helped rekindle my relationship with art.
My favorite thing about sidewalk art is that people stop to watch you so you get to meet new friends! My least favorite thing is that the art isn't permanent so if it rains or gets driven/walked on...it's gone :(
Second item of business: I don't know how many people this blog reaches beyond my meager 36 followers, but I have decided that I am going to try to be a little bit more personal in my posts.

 If you're here to only look at my art, that's fine. If you're here to only take my musical recommendations, that's fine too. But I hope that at least something I post will make a positive impact on you.
So, it's been a while since I've posted. I've still been making art sometimes. There are days that I am just hungry for making art, and then there are weeks at a time where the closest I get to real drawing is doodling hearts and flowers in my notebook.
I am going through a complete shift in my perspective and although it's been hard work, it's had a very positive impact on my life. I feel like I am finally making a change that I should have started making a long time ago. Before I go any further, I am gonna say this: I have depression and anxiety. Like, pretty bad.
Now, I am not saying that to get your sympathy. I know everyone has their own problems/trials that they are dealing with. The thing is that for many years I've almost willingly let myself be a victim of my problems. I've let myself think that my problems can't be fought or solved-- that things were just how they would always be. But finally in these past months, I've been becoming less of a victim. I am finally working with what I have-- I'm accepting my "flaws" instead of letting them defeat me.
In short, I am learning that it's okay to be imperfect, it's okay when things don't go as planned, and that I am never alone in my trials. I hope that you can learn and feel that, too.
Here are some things that helped me get started:
-This TED Talk
-This song

Monday, April 6, 2015

I Wanna Go [Disneyland Shirts]

My roommates are going to Disneyland this week for Spring Break! I won't be going because I have a ton of work to do. I designed these Tshirts for them to wear while they are there, especially because one of my roommates will be going for her first time ever! These were super fun to make and I am really pleased with how they turned out :)
(update: I added a picture of them in their shirts on break!)

Some upbeat tunes I've been loving lately:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Alignment [Viking]

I did the sketch as a sketch daily that my studio had last semester and I thought I'd paint it for texture practice, etc. I finally finished it. Been working on it here a little there a little since the end of December. 

More music I've been into lately:

Patience [The Scribble Game]

I've been dead to the world for many reasons, and one of them is because I have been working on a stop-motion film. It's about a little girl who travels the world by balloons. To see progress/updates on the film, head on over to @Trishazemp or @Karlyjadec on Instagram. I won't be posting too much on here about it. I will later, though!

Last week I spent some time with my friend and the kids she is babysitting. We played the scribble game. The game is simple: Someone else makes a scribble and you turn it into something. Anything but a snake, really. I love this exercise because it can help me get out of an art block, etc. So this was a collaboration with Dane, and 8-year-old. He scribbled and I turned it into this.  Kids are the best. 

Some music I like:
Patience -  Geographer
Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wash. [Silver Lining]

I have been really stressing over commissions (I'll update about them later), so my relationship with art has kinda been rocky. This is something I did for myself because I've been doing a lot of the same things for the past month.
This little painting was inspired by my time in Washington last year while I was on my LDS mission. My first time in the town of Graham, I was riding in the back seat looking at the scenery. That day was so full of emotion-- I was leaving some of my best friends and was being completely uprooted from a place that I had loved so much.  I had just spent 6 months in Federal Way -- a more city-ish place. Graham is a more forested, farm-like place.
While it was hard to leave, the beauty of the new place was healing my broken heart. The sky was doing one of those weird things where it was sunshine-y and rainy at the same time. The evening sun was lighting up the evergreens, the farm fields, and the flawless rolling hills of grass.
Both rainy and vividly colored with hope, I thought that the weather perfectly captured the feelings I had in that transitory moment of my life

Here are some chill songs I've been diggin' on lately:
Cutty Love - Milo Greene
Bridge - High Highs
Morning - Beck (I am SOOO glad he won a Grammy for Album of the Year!)