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Twitch Makes Me Feel Old

As I’ve mentioned in quite a few previous posts, I started live streaming my art on Twitch! And boy, is it a whole new world. *cue everyone singing Aladdin* I’ve always been a pretty tech-savvy person. I grew up with the internet and cell phones emerging as mainstream, I’ve always had computers and game consoles in the house, and there have been very few technological things that have thrown me for a loop. Even with blogging, there are few things I haven’t been able to solve with the help of a quick Google search. But Twitch. Oh boy, Twitch is it’s own animal. I had absolutely ZERO experience with live...

My Happy Mail Project

Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving snail mail? Be it a package from Amazon, your favorite subscription box, or an Etsy order, getting mail is fun. Period. So I wanted to start a project, which is simply titled Happy Mail. What is it? Quite simple. At least once a month, I will randomly send out art to someone in my address book. It could be fanart, a portrait, or just something I think you’ll like. Sound cool? Then add your name + mailing address to my Postable address book and one day, you may just have a surprise from me in your mailbox! International addresses are fully welcome to...

Valentine’s Day Commission Special!

Today’s the day – commissions are officially open again! I just wanted to pop in and officially announce it on the blog, as well as share a little info about my Valentine’s Day Commission Special! With Valentine’s Day coming right up, I wanted to offer up some stylized couples portraits at a special price of $25! That $25 gets you a one-of-a-kind portrait drawn up for you and your snookums (oh yeah, full on cheese-ball nicknames are a necessity here) and emailed right to you. You can print it on a card, as a framed print – anything you like! Slots for this Valentine’s Day commission special are quite limited,...

Botanical Drawing Challenge!

This year one of my big art goals is to continue trying things out of my comfort zone, both in subject and medium. To kick that off with a bang, I created a botanical drawing challenge! As I’m sure most of you readers know, my particular niche in art is portraiture. I’m pretty comfortable with drawing human faces and I love capturing expression. But I do want to broaden my subjects and get comfortable with more. Nature is a passion of mine. I love gardening, hiking, being outside, and growing plants. Therefore it only made sense to create a botanical drawing challenge as my first 30 day drawing challenge! To...

October Favorites

1. Costume making. I’ve had so much fun putting together our family Pokemon costumes for Halloween! It ended up turning into way more work than expected (more about it in the costume reveal post) but it’s been such a fun process! 2. Inktober. Not only have I enjoyed making an ink drawing each day, I absolutely love scrolling through Instagram and watching all the Inktober Youtube vids. SO much gorgeous art everywhere! 3. Going vegetarian. We finally did it! This is the first month where my family has been 95% vegetarian. I say 95% because my partner still buys lunch meat for sandwiches at work, but what can you do....

Zodiac Portraits + Learning Creative Confidence

Today I want to talk about creative confidence, a subject which happens to be tied directly to a new portrait series I’m working on. Truth be told, I lack creative confidence in so many ways. The biggest area I’m lacking in is drawing without using a direct reference. That is something I truly struggle with. For over a year, I have had the idea to create a portrait series based on the Zodiac signs rolling around in my head. But a lack of creative confidence always held me back. Every time I went to start this project that little voice in my head suddenly became deafening, telling me I couldn’t...