Back to Basics

The digression of my development as an artist began during my freshman year of high school. It was my obsession with anime. As time passed, I forgot how to draw realistically. Even drawing from reference photos was not doing the trick.

In college, I could not put together a piece that didn’t look like a 14-year-old made it. The lack of a solid foundation prevented me from moving forward.

For 17 years, I’ve been trying to answer the most asked existential question. Who am I? Furthermore, who am I ask an artist? My adventure began anew shortly after the birth of our son.

I decided to reimbark on this quest to find myself as an artist after becoming an independent knitwear designer. It requires understanding the human figure and fabric drapery as part of submissions to magazines and other publications.

Normally, I would start by using a sketchbook and sketching daily. It’s a great place to start for early ideas, but it would be ten tons of easier to eliminate the sketchbook and scanning part of inserting the image into a design proposal if it was simply digital. So, I strapped on my big girl boots and started where I left off in the digital world.

I understand the concept of inking and the layers part of it from previous experience. I have several jumbo ZIP disks worth of images of previous works. Then there was the pixel art stage. So, digital is a natural choice, too.

Presently, I’m learning a lot from other artists on Twitch (see links in sidebar). One suggested painting many different flowers because they are the most difficult. If you can paint flowers, you can paint anything. I now appreciate my plant science class more than ever before.

So, I’m taking a big step back and looking at art foundations, which includes anatomy and composition. I hope this will invigorate my style and ability to transition between styles more easily. As I begin to answer more questions about myself, the more my style will develop.

The transformation is real, long, but real. So, if you’re willing to watch, I’ll be willing to share.

If you’re interested in the books I’ll be viewing, I’ll list them at the beginning of every month.

 

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Caring for Knits: Save your Sweaters

We’re in the height of sweater season here in Wisconsin. Even though we’ve had a few days of spring weather, it’s still necessary to keep out those sweaters. Finding proper drawer storage for them has become problematic until I came across a USA Today video on YouTube.

It shows how to hang your sweaters without the guilt of ruining them. I tried it, and it’s amazing! No longer will my sweaters sit stacked on my nightstand. Check out the video below:

 

Now, the only thing to do is invest in some quality hangars that will hold up to the heavier sweaters. Hellooo, Amazon!


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Style Study

As of late, knitting has taken a back burner. Most of my designs for the next fall and winter season are drawn up and ready to swatch, but I feel burnt out on that front. So, I decided to take to the sketchbook.

This week I wanted to start jumping into some simple style study by checking out a few library books. The first books I looked for were the masters of Art Nouveau. Alphonse Mucha is my favorite, but also the most well known.

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The Pursuit for The Truest Brew

Well, it’s Saturday, and Santa Bucks are here. Too bad the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew 47796 was nowhere to be found. We checked the entire region and my mother’s store. NOPE! Apparently, people did not know that using Santa Bucks would save them an additional $6 instead of purchasing it at 15% off.

PSA:
Meijer Santa Bucks are always available the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

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