February 17th, 2012 § § permalink
Hey! I’m still alive. I’m just recuperating from surgery I had on Valentine’s Day. I’m still a ways away from recovering. I can’t pick Natalie up until next Tuesday at least. I’m sewing a little bit Blythe wise because it’s so small and easy to do. I haven’t been doing much else.
In the meantime, I’m taking it easy playing Mass Effect 2 which Robert gave me for Valentine’s. He definitely knows the way to my heart. I have a ton of projects ups in the air. I’m not too happy about it but I need to rest. I really have to just take it easy. Yes, I keep telling myself this. I know I pulled a muscle overexerting myself yesterday.
List of Projects Until May:
– Coraline Cosplay
– Coraline Doll
– Doll North Cosplay Contest Entry
– Doll North items for sale
– Snow White
I hope you all have been well! What were you up to on Valentine’s Day?
NB. My DSLR kicked the can. I’m waiting on a back ordered Nikon. 🙁
August 29th, 2011 § § permalink
Chanel - Romantic Alice Pullip
So I was totally gungho in doing this Pullip niche project! I bought the box and have a total list of supplies I bought with a manageable budget. Then I did more research. I realized I was totally in way over my head. I’m a perfectionist and when I start a project, I want the end result to meet my standards. This project will not turn out the way I want it to because there are very little or no playscale items that meet the aesthetic standard I am looking for and because of the previous point, I will have to build everything I want and I don’t have the time, space, and funds to do so at this point.
I will use the box I bought and turn it into a fat quarter stash box. I will be taking pics and doing a quicky tutorial for that. I feel a little disheartened because building a diorama/getting into miniatures is something on my wishlist but I just can’t do right now. I’m caught up in getting back into doll sewing, have the embroidery underway, and want to start writing again. I often feel like I wish I could cell-divide to be able to do all these things. Precious time is also scarce which makes everything even more daunting. The project setback is more of a blow to my creative ego. I hope to be able to do this all one day. In the meantime, I really shouldn’t pile more on my full plate as is. There are days when I wished I lived forever so I can just do everything I want to do. This is one of those days.
July 10th, 2011 § § permalink
I’ve asked my artist friends and those who have gone to art school about self-promotion and art. How do you get yourself out there? How do modern illustrators get to where they are? How much of the success is attributed to networking, constant self-promotion, viral friend promotion, blogs, or is it just plain kismet?
The “overnight sensation” is a constant myth propagated by media but is there even any truth to it? Rebecca Black of Friday fame was shown on Tosh.O and her Youtube video spiralled into notoriety. Seems like it was overnight and it exploded like a firework. Instant fame, glory, talk shows then wham! Gone. No one wants to be the one-hit wonder. Lasting success is made of hard work, talent, and perseverance.
My husband tells me that all I need to do is keep producing work and keep entering in the County Fair for local exposure. I joined crafter.org to get myself out there and I’ve also joined some Flickr groups centered on embroidery. I don’t know how many people actually read my blog. I check my Google Analytics stats and see a few constant followers.
Time and again I go back to: “If you build it, they will come.” — Field of Dreams
I can’t get too caught up in self-promotion and lose track of my main goal which is to produce art. I hope that if I continue producing work, people will come and check this blog and my art. It took me 31 years to realize the simple truth that producing art makes me happy and this is what I am meant to do. I am an artist. I began drawing on walls when I was young. Art has always been there for me and even when I got distracted, I keep going back to my first love.
If you have been reading faithfully and watching me grow as an artist, I thank you. I won’t disappoint. I will continue to do what I can. Speaking of which, Little Red is underway and afterwards, I have a little side project on tap. The side project will give me time to think on what to work on after Little Red. I have a ton of options and ideas to choose from.
June 10th, 2011 § § permalink
FTIP #1: The Little Mermaid
This is a piece I posted a long time but it is the first entry in my Fairytale Illustration Project. This is meant to complement my embroidery. I have a Little Mermaid piece underway which I’ll need to work on soon. I have a small black portfolio which will contain all the art. I love that I can just flip through the pages once it’s done. Every artwork will be 5″ x 7.”
I started a painting but it turned into a complete fail because I used too many mediums. Ah well. I now learned that I will be doing all future works using coloured cardstock for the background. They will all have this in common and perhaps I can see my style/work evolving when I’m finally done filling the pages.
March 10th, 2011 § § permalink
I am deeply involved in Dragon Age II now. It’s my downtime in between projects. I will be starting Drew’s soon. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do and how much I want to do. I love creating projects and learning new techniques. My problem has always been “too many fingers in too many pies.” I have creative ADD. I just love doing too many things at the same time. A jack of all trades! Realistically, I need to focus to get better on some things because being great at a million things is impossible. I’ve narrowed it down to three areas: drawing/painting, sewing, and writing. I really want to do well in these three areas so I can’t go off and make baby clips like I want or do other things. It’s a realistic and logical goal. I’m going to stick to it and try and hone my focus.
In the meantime, I’m returning to Dragon Age II when night falls and the baby is asleep.
January 17th, 2011 § § permalink
So I was getting ready to start prepping for a craft project this weekend! I already had all the materials ready and it was going to be a useful craft project. I wanted to customize my own craft bag using a reusable plastic shopping bag, ribbon, snaps, and beads. A quarter way into it, I realized I was making a mistake. I even contacted a friend for advice and she did confirm it. This craft bag’s purpose was to hold all my embroidery gear and current projects.
Embroidery gear is pointy and has edges that will poke and destroy the plastic.
Yep. I laughed my ass off at that simple revelation. I have now found a useful bag that was already in the closet and reclaimed it as my embroidery projects bag. It’s really durable and handy to have since Natalie won’t be able to get into anything with the zipper closures. I can keep all my sewing gear in one place at arm’s reach.