Changes and Development

We are nearing the 3 year mark since I launched my website, and boy has it been a wild ride. Ups and downs, twists and turns, and a whole helluva lot of learning experience along the way.

Over that time I have experimented with lots of features, options and offerings, most of which were slotted under the title 'Special Projects'. This was my personal overarching study, or rather, set of studies, where I would offer discounted commissions in any particular style that I happened to be practicing and pursuing. It was an overall aim to expand my skills, and while in theory I had set it up to encourage me to work on them more, I have finally settled that this theory was a failed one. In reality, setting up commissions for styles that I was not comfortable did not end up making me want to push them and develop them better, but instead kind of... resulted in the opposite. I began to dread working on some of the projects because I felt like nothing I produced was good enough. That what I was producing didn't reach that level of perfect that I needed it to be. It was like half of me wasn't conversing with the other half, because I knew that it was for practice on something new, but I also knew that it had to be perfect to uphold it to my other work. This is something I struggle with in all of my practice pieces, in truth, and I'm only coming to terms with it recently. I have to let go of trying to get all the details all the time, and let my practice pieces be practice pieces, and accept that I won't like most of my artwork, but I have to get through the pieces I don't like, to get to those masterpieces that are locked up somewhere in the darkest depths of my grey matter.

So in conjunction with these findings I have finally settled to just close down my Special Projects entirely. I will continue to have commissions open and available in the areas and styles that I am comfortable in. And instead of the Special Projects, I will simply be setting aside some time within my work schedule for experimentation and practice as a part of my daily routine, but having that be on my own whims and wishes, I think, will be more productive in the long run.

 

With that all said, I have created a new section in my Design commissions called Badge Design!
This has actually stemmed from various bits and corners of previous Special Projects, mainly my Chibi and PokeChibi Projects, for those of you who've been following my progress. This Badge Design service is a summary of by far my best development over the last 3 years.
Badges are created with the intention for use as avatars, icons, achievement badges, emoticons, emojis, pagedolls, stickers, etc! As these pieces are smaller and simpler in nature than paintings or full-fledged illustrations, they have their own pricing structure and as such deserved their very own page. Click the giant button to go check out all the details!

 

This year has several planned goodies in the works, so here's to more failures that lead to many more successes down the line.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, and thank you to my beloved husband, who is always there to encourage, challenge, inspire me, and also remind me that I am and always will be my own worst critic.

Sketch Page - Dec 8 2017

Phew! It's been quite a while since I've been active on my blog... and that needs to change. I'm working on getting back into my groove!

Got my new tablet today, an XP-Pen 22E, my first draw-on-monitor tablet (my other tablet I've been using for the last few years is an Intuos Pro). 
So I'm going to be spending the next few weeks getting used to this tablet to see how I like it!

I decided I need to do some sketching for warm up/cool down so I'll be uploading sketch pages here to my scraps. Enjoy! 
 

Conrad the Cat

I had the pleasure of taking on a commission for a friend where I turned their adorable housecat into a chibi. I'm very happy with how these turned out, and now without further ado, I introduce to you, Conrad the Cat! 

Conrad the Cat as a Chibi

Conrad the Cat done in my Hardline Style

And here is the Real Conrad the Cat! (Picture (c) Conrad's owner, Br1gz)

Training for Azurite

I am very happy with how this piece turned out. Each of the sections of this image would be considered a 'scene' in my books, since they are focused on telling a story, or even putting across a feeling, and not just showcasing the character.
I spent a lot of time attending to details, trying to make the backgrounds interesting while keeping them simple, and staying true to the characters. 
These images not only represent stages in the character's training, but coincide with some story lore for them as well, which always seems to inspire me to do better in the artwork to try to help represent that story.  

Character featured, Azurite 885