September 26, 2020No Comments

weekly update: sept 19-25

The words "weekly blog" next to an adorable greyhound wearing a homemade bandana

This week I wrapped up some client projects for the month, and got my hands on a SEWING MACHINE. That's the big game changer around here. My friend Elisenda is away from Seattle back home in Spain for a long term trip, not sure when she's getting back, and was able to have her in-laws bring me her sewing machine from her apartment! So exciting to have something new to learn and be creative with as the days start getting darker and colder and I need some mega distraction from all the darkness in the world these days.

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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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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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June 20, 2019No Comments

Big news

Well the big news around here is I decided to leave my job at Microsoft. I have felt a little stuck the last little while. While I've never felt more creative, I've also never felt stifled in quite this way before. And not by my job, like so many other creatives who long to go full time freelance but are too worried financially to leave their day job, but actually just by the rules of my work visa. Since I can't really start my own business as a Canadian on a temporary visa living in the U.S., it's either work as a designer for an employer or don't work at all.

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