Has it been a month already? And it’s February now? What happened? Did this month seem to disappear for everyone else, too?
I’ve been working on personal art projects, watching lectures about writing, writing, and some freelance design work. I’ve been keeping myself busy with some exciting projects, and I look forward to continuing to make progress on those.
Anyway, here is some of the art I have been working on this month. More works-in-progress can be found on my ko-fi page for supporters, for those who want more of a behind-the-scenes look at my process.
My latest timelapse video is now ready! I cannot promise I will create videos every week, but I can say that I aim to post 2 every month. Some months may have more, but my goal here is to create, enjoy doing it, and not get burnt out by pushing myself too much too soon.
Back in May, Pianta (Céli) created a Draw This In Your Style (DTIYS) Challenge on Instagram. I have been wanting to complete this challenge for a while now, and am glad to be able to show you my process for this piece. Watch as I go from sketch to final in this digital art timelapse in Clip Studio Paint.
As you may have noticed, I disappeared after my last post on June 9th.
My ability to create was, for a few months during the summer, shaky-at-best. I don’t need to detail the pandemic or quarantine or make vague allusions by calling the past few months these troubling times. We know. We all get it. It’s a rough time for all of us, and some more than others.
Let’s catch up, shall we?
Since my last Art Update, back in May 2020, I have been both procrastinating, dealing with burn-out, and discovering new ways to paint digitally. I’ve spent the last few months working on pet portraits, commissions, and other related work.
I’m selling digital prints on my ko-fi shop starting today! If you have always wanted my work on your walls, or as a background on your devices, you now have the option to purchase these files from me directly. 😀
I’d love feedback on what other digital items you may be interested in. (Stock photos, colouring books, specific artwork not yet in the shop?) I would love to hear what you think and what you’d like to see from me in the future. ❤️
I’ll be adding more items all the time, so please do check back!
May has been a busy month. I’ve been keeping myself busy during this time, using different tactics to motivate myself to create, learn, and improve. At the beginning of the month I was feeling particularly low and unmotivated, though my mood has since improved and I have a few goals and tasks to focus on in the coming months.
How are all of you dealing/coping/doing? What are your tricks, if any, to get yourself to focus?
I’ve had to remind myself that naps are okay, if I need to reset. I’m learning to not push myself too hard when what I really need is some rest.
We’re at of the end of April in the year that has been a thousand-year blink. It is a vast expanse of time that has vanished between breaths. I see the work I have done over the last few months and think, “Wow, I made that so long ago.” Only, upon checking posting dates and timestamps, I discover a week, or maybe two, has passed. The months have become emotionally heavy.
At least, that is how it feels to me.
What has it been like for you? How are you holding up?
Monday April 6th I started the One Week Portrait Challenge, run by Paintable, which I was excited to work through and see where I end up on the Friday. I posted the daily results on my Ko-fi page, Instagram, and Twitter for good measure.
March has certainly been a trial in productivity and I have been trying not to drown in the waves of anxiety. I’ve been trying to keep the depression at bay, but in the last few days I finally realized part of the reason I have been feeling so low… I haven’t kept it at bay.
Not at all.
I’m focusing far too much on the news, and really need to take steps back. More so than I thought. Depression is finding a way to settle in but, thankfully, it rarely stops me from creating. I can work through it, I just need to be careful and take more breaks. Plus, I know why it’s here this time.
This pandemic, and the state of the country, are making a mess of my mental space. I need find some higher ground and remember how to breathe. I’m not drowning. I’ll get through it.