September 17, 2020No Comments

stuck

I am sooo stuck. I feel lost. I really never thought I'd be in a position like this in my life. How far in do you wade into the river before deciding you can't make it and turn back, when that's just as difficult a trip? Ian and I have been anxiously moving through the different steps of the PERM application, which is how we would be able to transition from a temporary work visa to a green card. It's not going so well.

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September 11, 2020No Comments

Weekly Update: Sept 6-11

Painting supplies in the grass with the words Weekly Blog written across them

I have fallen hard off the blogging train, and with all that's going on in the world I think that's probably just fine. But I would like to start some version of a weekly or monthly journal update here, for a couple reasons. I've felt so many wild emotions in the last five months and it's interesting even looking through drafts of blog posts that I never ended up uploading to see where my headspace was at. I also would like to start a Patreon in the future, and my favourite thing about the artists I support there are the inside look at their work week, or month, or current client projects. I'm unable to start a Patreon until I get my green card, so for now I think it would be interesting to get in the practice of it here.

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May 13, 2020No Comments

Gouache Practice

Before accepting the fact that I needed to rest my wrist and take an extended break from art, I started up a daily gouache practice. Gouache is something I've been meaning to learn for several years. I love the opaque and chalky look of it and the vibrancy of the colours. I bought a 24 colour set of gouache paints from Arteza, a more affordable option to the Windsor & Newton and Holbein varieties that I see all over Instagram. I got the paints, tried them once, and then they sat in a pouch on my art shelf for eight months. I'm sure that's a relatable series of events, especially with something aspirational like art supplies.

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May 12, 2020No Comments

I Messed up my Wrist from Drawing too much

A hand holding an Apple Pencil

This is something everyone comes to realize as you get older...and I recognize that being in my late twenties is not what a lot of people consider "old," but still, I feel I've passed a tipping point where random aches, bruises, twinges all have a bit more of a feeling of doom attached to them. The past month or so I've been dealing with the latest such occurrence, a sharp, spreading pain down my wrist from the base of my palm to about halfway down my elbow.

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April 20, 2020No Comments

Life in Quarantine

A hand holds a copy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Well what a year 2020 has become. I was re-reading my Year in Review post of 2019, and at the very end I wrote a sweet little wrap up of how I was looking forward to 2020, blissfully unaware of what was coming down the pipeline.

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April 13, 2020No Comments

Greyhound Skateboarding Animation Process

A greyhound skateboards past a book store

To make this illustrated scene, I followed Abbey Lossing's Skillshare tutorial. I think the tutorial is a good project-based way to learn After Effects, but I would say maybe it would be better as a second or third project, rather than your first time opening the program.

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April 12, 20201 Comment

Trying to get Better at Photography

Sometimes it works out....other times it does not.

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February 20, 2020No Comments

Things I’m Loving Lately

Watch

I have been OBSESSED with some real niche British artistic competition shows lately...they are just so GOOD! Specifically The Great Pottery Throwdown, which is literally Bake-Off but for pottery, and the Portrait Artist of the Year show by Sky Arts, which has been airing since 2013 and how did I not know about it until now??

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February 4, 2020No Comments

January Update

January was my first full month off work again, having wrapped up my temporary contract at Microsoft as a production designer. I've spent the month reflecting on what I'd like to do moving forward, and how best to use the time waiting for my green card/work authorization so I can work for myself full time.

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