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I figure it's my turn to start a sketchbook.
I'm a visual designer and art director who works mostly in advertising now, though I started out with solo shows as a painter in San Francisco almost 10 years ago, I haven't been that kind of artist again until only recently. So, in some ways, I've gone full circle, but now the whole circle is kind of happening at once.
I listened to a lot of other people while building my career, instead of following my heart, and so here I am. I currently make mobile rich media ads, and my career has spanned all sorts of stuff from app design to full ad campaign concepts. I don't know how else to describe it but, I'm ready to start speaking my truth. Fortunately for me, my trip down advertising lane has made it now possible to fully indulge in art without starving or waiting tables (apologies to waiters, been there/done that for many years, as well as being a clown and childrens' entertainer, professional belly dancer, and ESL teacher, but that's another story.)
I know that my skills and experience thus far means that I don't have to completely "start over." I know the tools, I have a BFA, I get tech/video games/concepting, etc., my proper drawing and painting skills are rusty, and my digital painting skills are almost nil, so I know that needs work. But, I would like to know how to start "getting in," skewing my portfolio, make a new website or change my current one?, take a break from my current work and focus on getting my artist chops back up to speed?, keep doing what I'm doing and find some extra speck of time and energy? Do I need to go back to school or can I just get a junior position where I can work under some awesome folks? I don't want to denounce my current skills and experience (they're relevant), but I don't want to not be taken seriously as an artist, so I'm on a lovely balancing act and so happy to be a part of this community now.
I think if I focus my energy back into what I really love, I will take off. I just need some folks in my corner and knowledge that I am going in the right direction, the right way. And, of course, make great work and be great to work with!
I feel a bit awkward laying my guts out a little to strangers, but I'm good people with good intentions and my hope is that if you are here, you are too.
"Want a good body? Work at it. Want to be a success? Work at it. Want to be truly exceptional? Be a touch insane...You need a little bit of insanity to do great things. " - Henry Rollins
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Some dead chick I drew.
Happy new sketchbook elinoree, welcome!
Was really interesting to read your intro and get a feel for your background, I can relate to it in many ways. You are off to a great start here and I certainly look forward to seeing more. Lovely pencil work, especially like the expressive feeling of the person reading the book, post 2. Also dig the sun guardian
@Bri in the sky
Thank you for the warm welcome. It does indeed seem like we have much in common, though you are clearly much further along than I in your journey. So inspiring!
Heh, the person reading would be me being a creeper on the subway sketching away at some poor fellow commuter. Gotta love us weird artists sketching away on our work commutes.
Love your work! And your story!
Yeah I always feel weird sketching people in public even though it is an essential part of being an artist. Was thinking of going out and offering free portraits just for the practice and to get more comfortable sketching in public. Who knows.
Digging the last one, beautiful colours. Arabian fairy racer, me likes
So I'm working on this disgusting fellow for this week's COW--Intellect Devourer.
I figured since I'm going to have nightmares after staring at this guy all day, I'd share the wealth. Anybody else work on horror stuff, and wonder where the heck that came from?
I discovered that painting brains have their own set of unique issues to solve: folded, but fat, and shiny. Also, such flesh tones... So all in all, after the creepathon, it's pretty good problem solving and practice.
Hello! I love your sketchbook so far! Your creepy creature is awesome! I like the idea of the brain being the monster. Very nifty!
I can't wait to see more from you!
@LibraGrey, thanks for the love and kind words!
Remember Peter Rabbit? Yeah, that guy's not happy with Mr. McGregor.
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That is one scary brain creature! Digging the Rabbit, feels otherworldly. A very fashionable jacket I might add