always with the progress updates

Greetings friends,

hope you all don’t mind but lately I think my blog posts are just going to be continued updates on art and other progress… I write this blog as a sort of record, I would like to make it interesting and helpful for others somehow, though? So not sure what to do. I suppose I’ll share the tutorials and art supply sites I’ve used, as before, and I hope the pictures will make it interesting too… Let’s see… I’m checking my last post to work out what I have done since then. I think I would say the website is mostly all done and waiting for a new series of work before its next update!

Printmaking: As I already said I’m waiting to buy some lino pieces off my art school. Currently the lino pieces I have here are from intaglio printmaker and they are the softcut ones- thin, flexible, creamy coloured. I haven’t really enjoyed using these ones as the lino was a bit slippery, and am hoping to get some mounted lino blocks. I think I’ll be less worried about chopping my fingers off with the more sturdy blocks which will work better with my bench hook.

photo of several pieces of lino carved with two faces and one abstract form which is similar to the gourd vegetablePainting: After ordering myself some paints, paintbrushes and bits and pieces over the last month, I finally coaxed myself into painting yesterday. I tried my hand at painting a portrait of my friend, and I am fairly happy with the result. I often have the issue of the eyes being wonky in a portrait and I’m sad to say it happened for this one but overall I think it was a good first attempt after several years of avoiding painting out of fear of failure. Last night I started on a second canvas, this time without a photo reference, but I have a feeling I may scrap it.

I’m trying to get to grips with the medium and read some tips and so on on the internet, along with that I’m just experimenting with the paints. I get pretty impatient waiting for layers to dry though, which usually ends up in me trying to paint over too soon and ruining it and having to wait and then repaint the section.

Illustrator: Thanks to skillshare offering a month free subscription to people who signed up for a prize draw, I can now start my forays into Adobe Illustrator. For several months I’ve had my eye on a couple of the courses offered and I’m happy to be able to begin them now. I’m currently looking at “Master the Basics of Adobe Illustrator to Create Awesome Illustrations” by Julian Burford and I feel like I’ve learned a lot. Another course I’d like to do is about combining usage of Photoshop and Illustrator and that’s by Lydia Nichols. I thought I’d wait for a while before starting that one so that I could learn the fundamentals of Illustrator beforehand.

mac screenshot of a poster made in adobe illustrator featuring a girl in a space suit against a dark sky

Attempt at adobe illustrator – still in the sketching phase, next stop is the pen tool!

By the way, here is a link to a free month of skillshare if anyone is interested.

Actually, I just saw an advert in the paper today about summer courses at the London art colleges. I’m tempted to take a design based course in order to challenge myself AND improve my job prospects. They are usually several hundred pounds but fortunately I’ve saved a fair amount of money through my part time work.

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Anyway, woah okay this blog post is getting a bit long so we’ll leave it at that. As for the game design we’re having a meeting tonight and maybe I’ll make a separate post regarding my progress. I have improved a lot on the game design stuff!

As ever, thanks for reading and take care, feel free to comment and share cool tutorials, links, shout at me or whatever. x

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Sort your life out

It’s been a while since my last post and I have come to the decision that I need to play less computer games and spend more time dedicated to art. I also nearly wrote… and languages, but I think for the most part I have been spending an OK amount of time studying Japanese and occasionally revising French vocabulary (need to revise grammar though too). If my parents are reading this they’ll probably give a small cheer of victory that I won’t be playing as much, although since I’ve been working extra hours at the takeaway I’ve not really played much anyway.

I need to do more art and be a bit more dedicated to at least trying to somehow sell my work. I have very little confidence however and am afraid of dedicating myself to making work because I worry people will not ever be interested. Also I’m not really sure of what to draw and that worries me too. I am afraid.

One of my great friends started working towards selling her work, and seeing her progress made me realise how I’ve barely made any efforts in this and it is definitely something I would like to do. I just feel clueless and aimless and I don’t know who I am half the time. I definitely don’t know what I want either. So anyway I’m writing this blog post so that I can give myself a list of small achievable goals which can build towards a career in art, as well as helping me to enjoy artwork again. I want to enjoy it more than video games, I want to make it so I’d rather be painting and turning away from my work is a chore. Is that something that is possible or do you have to feel like that already? I was like that before.

  1. Create some new artwork for portfolio – perhaps a series of illustrations – character illustrations, work for my friend’s music project. I could make a list of types of work to feature in portfolio.
  2. Do some lino prints, smaller ones for cards and little prints and larger more complicated ones. I want to make some ramen bowl prints. To achieve this I may want to buy a bench hook to prevent cutting off bits of my fingers while carving blocks.
  3. Be in some sort of artist collective in order to have peers to turn to, group projects to work towards, etc.
  4. Learn some more useful skills through skillshare – like how to use Illustrator and InDesign.
  5. Actually make my website… I’ve started coding it although I need to sort out the CSS bit.
  6. Create a better working environment/deskspace.
  7. I would like to start oil painting too.

Maybe the next list here should be all the things I think I should include in the portfolio. I hope you all don’t mind that this is a personal post. If there are any people who are in a similar situation, any advice? Or people who have already been able to start making a living in art..?