Environment piece for the Keeper and the Soldier~"A soul is lost in the depths of the city, seemingly unknown to the world, but there will always be someone who remembers."

Environment piece for the Keeper and the Soldier~
"A soul is lost in the depths of the city, seemingly unknown to the world, but there will always be someone who remembers."

Early sketches of the Keeper~

Early sketches of the Keeper~

augusthowl said: id love to get into drawing. i think often times we see the "end result" and not the struggle that an artist goes through in order to get there. it can be discouraging. for someone who wants to learn how to draw, what types of things should i be learning first? i'd appreciate any tips :)

Having an art as a hobby can be really fulfilling for people and the struggle is what gives others purpose and satisfaction in the long run I think. :)

- I would say start doodling everywhere! Carry a small sketchbook wherever you go and draw what you like or interesting things you see. Use anything and everything at your disposal- pens, pencils, brushes, inks, watercolor, photoshop, etc. This can really be an eye opener about the things that you are drawn to and might even be indicative of your own personal style and artistic choices. Plus you’ll have all your great ideas and brainstorming in one place to refer back to if you want! Moleskin or a cheaper alternative~

- Look for as much process work as you can online, like WIPs, tutorials, livestreams/timelapse videos, concept art, etc. You will find interesting techniques/methods and find that everyone works differently and have different nuances in their decision making.  Forum of artist sketches, this guy , or this as examples. Learning the more technical stuff like anatomy and perspective can be found everywhere online, the previous links can be a good first step towards finding more resources on that.

- This to me is the most important, but it is different for different artists. Finding others to draw with or people that you can bounce ideas off of and find inspiration from was really important in my progression as an artist. First, I didn’t feel alone in my struggles as an artist. Second, they supported and critiqued my efforts and taught me new things along the way. Third, being able to laugh about my art or get into heated discussions about the topics in my art helped to make me feel motivated and surer about my steps or ideas. And fourth, made long lasting friends.

Sorry a lot of the above didn’t really have to do with learning technical stuff. I guess for me, the motivation, exploration, and passion come first. If you have the passion, then the technical stuff will happen along the way I feel. Hope that helps!

My father had art hidden away from his high school years. He didn’t draw much after that or pursue an art career, thinking that nobody would be interested in his work and that he would never be good enough. When I was young I stumbled upon a folder of his works that survived 50 years in a cabinet. I decided to scan and save what I could last week. I just want him to know that he made a huge impact on my life, a great supporter, and is an inspiration to me (and I think his art rocks). Happy Father’s Day!

*Hopefully I can get him to pick up a pencil again :)

Needed to relax with some bird studies~ 

Needed to relax with some bird studies~ 

Photos courtesy of my helper!  Fanime Artist Alley booth Day 1 setup right before the big rush! It was nice to say hi to you guys who were able to stop by~ Lots of work, but was a blast, especially the chances I got to fawn over other artists’ art and hang out with new friends *^.^* (Also, if you’re interested in who was tabling to the right of me, it’s this awesome artist: http://shaolinfeilong.deviantart.com/)

If you went, hope you had a great time!

Some more spitpaints~

Completed it! I brought it with me to Fanime and I’m overjoyed that people responded to the illustration well. :D

Completed it! I brought it with me to Fanime and I’m overjoyed that people responded to the illustration well. :D

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All Fanime info!

I will be at table 227, which is in the back left corner of the artist alley map in the Grand Ballroom!

I will be giving away select prints on SATURDAY ONLY and it will be first come first serve with any purchase until I run out of the ones I bring. :D I will be taking commissions at Fanime, too! 

This year I’ve decided that I will make more time to meet people and walk around the artist alley/con, so if you’re going to Fanime I’ll see you there! My table helper Vince will be there to make sure I stay healthy and am not giving away too many free things~ ^.^ Say hi to him, too! A shout out to Vince because he’s been an excellent table partner for the last two years, hard working and a great support (especially when I’ve hit the deadline or stress phase of making work T.T). 

Fanime Info and Print Special :)

I will be at table 227! I was hoping to attach a map, but there has not been one released yet for Fanime artist alley. 

I will be giving away select prints on SATURDAY ONLY and it will be first come first serve with any purchase until I run out of the ones I bring.  

Are you going to Fanime? 
I will be attending Fanime’s (link ) artist alley this coming May 23-26th. I have several new buttons, prints, and bookmarks that I will hopefully be able to post previews of before the convention date. I will be taking commissions at Fanime, too! 
    This year I’ve decided that I will make more time to meet people and walk around the artist alley/con, so if you’re going to Fanime I’ll see you there! My table helper Vince will be there to make sure I stay healthy and am not giving away too many free things~ ^.^ Say hi to him, too! A shout out to Vince because he’s been an excellent table partner for the last two years, hard working and a great support (especially when I’ve hit the deadline or stress phase of making work T.T). 

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Almost finished Sona print for upcoming Fanime!

Almost finished Sona print for upcoming Fanime!

mistressandry said: Your coloring and just general.. weight, are what I aspire to e-e aspire to aND FAIL but ya know.. it's a process! Honestly your work is great. A+ great job I'm really happy I found ya.

Thank you so much <3  I’ve had a lot of failures and probably a lot more to come, haha. :D It’s definitely a process, but it’s just another thing to love about making art. Laughing, poking fun at my failures once in awhile, or knowing when to stop/leave an artwork have been helpful in staying positive (sane) and motivated~

~Draw on~

Preview of a work in progress print~

Preview of a work in progress print~

Work in progress black and white Zelda fan art~
Now you can see how vague and ugly my sketch lines/process is. 

Work in progress black and white Zelda fan art~

Now you can see how vague and ugly my sketch lines/process is. 

A short process gif~

A short process gif~