10 More Days of Pawgust

The struggle continues with daily production of stuff. Some days I feel like I’m getting this. Other days I think I’m wasting my time. While I think every creative person probably goes through these feelings at some point, I don’t remember a time when the flip-flopping happened so rapidly for me. But if I know anything, it’s that I just have to keep at it. I’m going to try not to analyze anything over the next 10 days and just keep my head down and produce. There’s an odd vulnerability I feel. I don’t want to share anything anymore because I feel like I’m forcing people to look at crappy drawings. How strange.

Experimentation continues. I’m just going to post a few favorites for now.

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Time-lapses are fun.

People seem to be fans of time-lapse videos! It makes sense, when I think about it. When else do you get to see such insights of the creation process? If you’re watching real time, you don’t see the way things develop in the same manner. The sped up timing makes things appear a bit differently. It’s good stuff.

Here is a link to my time-lapse of today’s Pawgust drawing:

I am pretty happy with this one. I could also see a series of fun dogs in space drawings, in different space suits, maybe with some planets or other space stuff. This may be my first Pawgust drawing I feel could lead somewhere!

 

Back to Blogging…

Hello, hello! It’s been awhile. Things have been changing in the office, and I’m excited to start creating more again.

I have some goals, as well as just some general thoughts…which look something like this when I’m thinking about them:

BlogThoughts

That’s a big question mark on a big piece of paper as I ponder at my desk. I have been listening to podcasts about art and illustration, reading online, and have a ton of ideas that I need to pare down. But the main and first goal is to make this illustration thing a bigger part of my life. Then I will see where I can go with that.

How might I be starting that, you ask?

1. Draw every day. No, really. Something…anything. Draw! Instead of picking up my phone to look through reddit or facebook, I should pick up a pencil and draw.

2. Blog. I miss writing, and I feel like it’s a pretty important ingredient of my creative soup, so I want to revisit that practice. Plus, it’s fun.

3. Take advantage of getting more space in the office (!!!) Greg (my husband and business partner) and I have been sharing about 120 square feet for a while now. It’s crampy when you’re trying to make prints and package things for an Etsy shop. It’s tough to make the space work for your graphic design business as well as a space to draw, without constantly spilling out into other parts of the house. To solve that problem, we are building an amazing office space in the separate garage that will be all his, which also means I get this room to be all mine again. Woohoo for being able to spread out the arms! Goal is by August. We seem to be on track for that date.

Starting there. And look, I just did number 1 and 2. And I’m going to go outside to mud some more walls in the office, so there’s some work toward number 3 for the day as well. High five!

 

A new series…

I’ve been trying to draw more and more…the story of my life. However, I have found some peace with the amount I’ve been drawing, and have also come up with some structure for creations I may be able to develope as pieces I could sell in my etsy shop. 

Here are two drawings – they are more exercises in color, which I love, than anything else. I want to do these more often with the hope that I’ll come up with some ideas for etsy paintings.