I have been working on a fun side-project with 230Films that I am excited to share some concept art from! The artwork is being used in a pitch-deck that they will be sharing with their client for an up-coming commercial. I will be able to share more details about it in future posts, but for now…enjoy!
It has been a short while since I shared custom commissions (aside from the snippets I put in my Instagram stories). Below is a small gallery of some of the custom illustrations that have made their way into new homes in recent weeks. I want to thank you all for your continued support of my work. It truly means the world to me!
They say you can master a talent after having spent 10,000 hours working at it. Ten THOUSAND hours. That's over four years of working hard at something every single day, and in my case, well over 10,000 bad drawings for me to fit in.
The past few years have been the best and worst times of my life (in terms of mastering art). I still feel like I am in my infancy with it, which is both exciting and frustrating to me all at the same time. The Journey of a creative is all over the place. It's a lot of trial and error, frustration, breakdowns, and only-so-often am I content with the work I'm producing. Some say this is because 'the mind of an artist is never truly satisfied,' but I say I just haven't hit my sweet spot with it just yet. I'm still finding myself in it. I'm still studying, and learning from people before me, and trying to perfect the processes.
This week was a 'frustration' week for me, but in the best way. Frustration weeks are the weeks that I push myself the most, and although I hate the anxiety from fear of missed potential that comes with a frustration week I always learn something new. I had been struggling with the values and colors in my work. So, I found a process video by David Ardinaryas Lojaya (he's an inspiration of mine), and tested the process he uses for his digital work out for myself (the product being the above image).
Here is how I worked it!
The process was messy for me at times, but I really loved how it unified the two aspects I was having trouble with (color, value).
It's always great
to get good critiques by people in your field of work!
Even with frustration weeks, I still love my job with all of my heart and have a blast creating custom pieces alongside the Visual Development portfolio work I do. Below are some custom commission pieces that came out of the past seven days! Thank you all for making my job so terribly enjoyable, and bringing my artwork into your homes.
Since graduating from The Academy of Art University in May of this year, I have had an absolute blast taking on custom commission requests for individuals, couples, and families. Each time someone commissions me for a piece I ask them for any details that can be included in the piece that are iconic to person(s) being drawn. It's my favorite part of creating these pieces! To show off uniqueness, and make each piece extra special for the person it's for.
The following gallery are a few examples of commissions I've taken on over the past couple of months. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them!
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
My best advice to all aspiring artists is to not compare your beginning to someone else's middle. Talent is not created overnight, it's a process - and the process is full of frustration and hard work. So, learn to fall in love with the process and know that everyone who has ever made it to where you hope to be has their process story, too.
Just last month I was contacted by the amazing team at 'What's Hamptoning' for an interview! They discovered my art through Instagram, and were excited to get to know a little bit about my journey as an artist. Read the full article [here]
Just a little something Ry and I came up with on our Memorial Day off.
He swore Pasadena had the best of the best lemonade spot in the whole state. Possibly the world. I don’t know why I bother to doubt him.
He’s usually always right. Usually.
The extent of our fights.
Me. Instagram Modeling.
San Francisco hills.
I found an old sketch I did from a year ago, and decided to paint her!
A little over a year ago, now I helped my Grandma pack up her home and move. She had boxes and boxes of photos. 85 years worth, in fact, but in one small shoe box she kept in her closet were the old photos of her and my Grandpa.
..."I'll just keep this box, we can get rid of the rest," she said with a wink.
"I'll see you in a few days." -His goodbyes.
Most days, he's more entertaining than my Netflix shows.
Ry and I took a late night drive to Mammoth, California so we could spend our one year swimming in wild hot springs. Just for one day. We slept in our car and woke up to a rainbow peeking out over the mountains. Spontaneity can be romantic. Happy one year, Goober.