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April 30, 2018
Here's what I got up to in April! My creative energy is starting to return little by little. I finally finished the Sailor Neptune and Uranus piece I started in January, and I got a few other things done besides. I'm going to keep moving forward and try to accept that I will have days where I can't summon any art energy, and it's ok to rest. I've applied for London Comic Con and Forest City Comic Con this year, and I'm looking forward to making lots of art to sell! Up next on my list are a few quick pieces for MerMay, Witcher pieces, and more Warcraft art!
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April 01, 2018
I've been slowly getting back into doing personal work, but I'm not forcing myself before I'm ready. I spend 8 hours a day at work making art, so it's been difficult to summon the energy to work on my own projects on top of that. People process grief differently, and I respect people who use their art as a creative outlet when they are struggling, but I find I can't work when I'm not doing well. When I force myself, I often don't like the results! When I have good days, I work, and when I don't, I rest and try not to feel guilty. I've got a few works in progress right now that I set aside after my mother in law passed away, and I'm trying to finish those without stressing about it if I don't feel like it. I was inspired to paint Ysera and Utena this month, so I did! The ...
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March 04, 2018
There's no art roundup this month because I only managed to complete 1 art piece. On Feb 6th, my mother-in-law passed away. I married my high school sweetheart, so I have had a relationship with her that was as close as a real mother for 16 years. Between keeping up with my day job, helping with funeral arrangements, and grieving, I had no time or energy left for personal art. Things are slowly getting easier, and I don't think I will be at full steam for a little while, but at a month out, I'm recovering and returning to normal. I'm going to focus on small pieces that make me happy for a little while and see how that goes!
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February 01, 2018
We're one month into 2018 and I'm feeling pretty good with what I've accomplished! I don't have any assignments or cons upcoming in the near future, so I'm free to work on things that I want to do. The plan is to slowly build my catalogue of art prints up so that I have a good selection of popular artwork to sell by the time the summer con season rolls around. In between that, I'm going to draw whatever catches my interest, and try to specifically work on my weak points to improve overall. Each of the 6 personal pieces I completed were picked to work on a specific skill. Vice Admiral Holdo was an attempt at a realistic likeness using Real Oils. The Fellmina chibi was a chance for me to flex my vector art muscles outside of work without the limitations on time and file size that ...
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December 31, 2017
2017 is a wrap! It's been 12 months since I made a resolution to work on my art consistently, and make things I love. It hasn't been easy, but it's been incredibly rewarding. I've heard it takes about 30 days to turn new behaviour into a habit, and I've found that's pretty true for my art. I made myself a trello board for my home projects, and every time I finish a piece I go check my backlog of ideas to see what I want to work on next. It's become natural to me to find time in my day to work on my art, even though my time is limited. With commute, I'm at work for 10 hours of my day, and my art practice has to exist in the time outside of that. I feel pretty proud looking back on everything I accomplished in my free time! Unfortunately, I've also struggled with burnout this ...
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December 31, 2017
It's New Years Eve, and I have just realized I neglected to make a November post. Shoot! In November, I finally got to finish my Dreadlord Jaina piece, which was a big relief to me! I hated having to shelve it for an entire month while I tackled Inktober. I also finished a prize commission of a Lightforged Draenei, for a contest on the Warcraft twitter community I agreed to provide a prize for. I liked doing it, but I need to be more mindful of the amount of work I take on, so I don't get overwhelmed. Once I finished all my obligations I spent the rest of the month happily drawing whatever I wanted <3 The new expansion for Warcraft was announced, and I enjoyed making some fanart pieces inspired by that!
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October 31, 2017
For the month of October, I participated in Inktober! It's an art challenge in which artists create a new ink drawing for every day in October. I'm happy to say I completed the month with 31 new drawings! I think there's a noticeable improvement between my drawings at the start, and my drawings at the end of the month. My line quality is more confident, and my compositions improved. Unfortunately I had to put everything else on the backburner in order to get these done. Every night I spent up to 2 hours making new drawings, and I just didn't have any energy or time left to work on other art. I'm looking forward to finishing the three things I had to put on hold, and get back to improving my digital skills! I have a gallery of my best inktober pieces here: More

October 01, 2017
I reached some major goals this month in my art! I had a successful art table at Forest City Comicon after months of prep, and it feels so good to be done. I took 17 days in September to work on a painting of Alleria Windrunner for the Shadows of Argus art contest, run by Warcraft. I won't find out the results of the contest for a little while, but it's already been worth the effort -- my piece was retweeted by the Warcraft twitter account and got 2.7k likes, making it my most popular painting yet. It feels great to put all my effort in and be recognized! I started a new piece of Jaina fanart, but I've had to put it on the backburner a little bit while I prep for Inktober. I'm going to be drawing a small ink drawing for every day in October, and I'm trying to get ahead as ...
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September 24, 2017
I had a great time at Forest City Comicon yesterday. I was really happy with how my booth came together visually, and it was great seeing the results of all my hard work coming together. I loved seeing the reaction on people's faces as they came around the corner and saw my booth for the first time. I also got lots of interesting data on what was popular -- I sold out of my large Sylvanas prints mid-day, but didn't sell a single Tyrande! For next time, I want to diversify my offerings a little more and have a few more prints from popular titles besides Warcraft, Diablo, and Sailor Moon. I would like to do an Overwatch piece for sure, and maybe some Disney Princess stuff. I think I can iterate on my display as well. The buttons did well in part because I had them sitting out, ...
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August 27, 2017
All my prep is complete for my appearance at Forest City Comicon! I think I've done a good job of making merchandise with a reasonable price point, at a profit margin that allows me to recoup my costs. I'm pretty proud of all the work I've done! Come see me Sept 23 in London, Ontario! Con info is here: http://forestcitycomicon.ca/
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