It took me about a year to get ready, and then a couple days of putting everything together so that I have six listings on my shop and I hope you find something pretty for your walls and notebooks!
The shop has some of my older prints as well as the newer ones which all have a story behind their artwork which you can read through in the description.
I’m going to add more listings as I make new illustrations and please let me know what you think about the shop so I can tweak things, as I am rather new with Etsy.
Have a look around here:
So I got myself a new drawing tablet a month ago or so and I just realised I stopped drawing on paper the day I got it, since I could from then on draw directly on a screen. And before, while I was waiting on a tablet to arrive, I bought myself a bunch of art materials so I could experiment more with traditional media. I even bought a fancy watercolour set, which now has not been used for over a month and it’s a shame. Furthermore, since graduationg from art school I stopped doing observational drawings, I don’t even keep a separate sketchbook for that purpose anymore and it’s rather frightening. I think what is vital to keep myself skilled and improving is to constantly draw and project objects and scenes on a paper.
The worst thing about not drawing every day is that it gets worse. While not drawing enough, you get clumsy and then it’s clearly visible in a drawing you do after a longer break, which is discouraging to continue and if you don’t break through the anxiety of not being good enough, then you’ll draw less and less. It’s what I used to do during the summer break in between art school years. I would cut myself off of illustration stuff altogether to have a rest. Taking a break from drawing every day is fine, unless is a three month break. Not drawing for a quarter and suddenly finding myself at a life drawing class can be a nightmare. It’s like I’ve lost all the drawing skills I had and that flamboyant nude looks like a juicy blob figure in my sketchbook. Not ideal, but frankly, mandatory life drawing classes would take place every week of the semester so there would be no other choice but to suffer my way through the anxiety of blob figures and gradually make them look more like my degree would depend on the accuracy of their anatomy in my drawings.
Now, I haven’t had to do a single mandatory drawing since half a year ago and there arw no life drawing classes to attend since I left Scotland. It’s all up to me. So I stopped drawing from observation, because seemingly, I’m not forced too anymore. And it’s winter, so it’s too cold to go outside. But hey, I’m not a fan of landscapes anyway, I’m a coffee shop snob, lurking in the furthest corner with my flat white stalking on people doomed to look distorted and disproportional in my sketchbook without even knowing.
I made this drawing of my dog Tesla the other day. It was a drawing from a reference, a photo I myself took of him while on a stroll. It’s not an observational drawing but it’s good in giving me confidence to carry on and draw the crap out of that chunky bouquet of pencils I have collected over the last year. Now, that I’ve almost finished rebranding myself, I think is a good time to wake up of my hibernation and go out to draw again. I just really feel like doing it today even. I’ll let you know if it worked out!
Good News! I am preparing a separate room for studio at our apartment, which is now bare walls after scraping all the old and rotten wallpaper off, which took ages, but luckily, the messy part is over. It’s soon gonna be smooth and white and I’m gonna be FINALLY legally allowed to drill into walls and put up some book shelves for books and all the nice stuff I accumulated throghout my life mostly in Edinburgh. Here’s a documentation of the project I had been working on for the last couple of days. Peeling great, feeling greater.
This is me, now officially a professional designer with a first-class diploma in my hands, possibly ready to dive into the depths of design waters and build my name through some good work. The best is yet to come, so bring it on, world!
There is indeed a tremendous amount of work done in order to communicate these parallel stories to audience of all ages, but also, there’s so much that slipped through my eyes while watching the film that I had only realised while digging into the artbook. If I had watched the film dozen of times there would probably still be loads to discover and I am so looking forward to doing it. It has already had a high influence on my style and in a way, the use of color, however, I think the book communicates this specific and beautiful mindset that people who worked on the film had, this incredibly sensitive approach to storytelling, that I would love to adapt in the long run.