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Update 01-04-2018: I did it! I uploaded for Inktober 2017! Well, I'm still uploading for it. But that's because I want to hit my go...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ko-fi: The struggling artist's best friend??

By now, I'm sure you've probably heard about Ko-fi and how it allows anyone to tip you for any reason (or no reason!) without any obligations to the tip-ee or the tipper. If not, well there you go. It's very simple and I'm super into it. You can check out my Ko-fi page here and see for yourself. 

I really think everyone should have one, whatever kind of creator you might be. As the market gets more and more saturated with artists (and the current state of moneys with most people) it makes more sense to find other ways to give value to folks that are into our work. 

Maybe someone wants to buy your prints but just doesn't have the wall space to display them right now, they can just throw some change your way on Ko-fi and basically give you a high-five. That might seem like small monetary value but to me, that's an enormous emotional boost. 

Like 'hey I wanna support you and your work but I can't afford what you're selling, spatially or monetarily, so here's a few dollars - keep making great stuff!'. To a struggling artist, that can mean so much. And if we break it down, if only 20 people did that, this creator could then get food for that week! So I don't want to downplay the importance of the fact that there's real money involved.

For me, I tend to jump in when I see artists I follow on Twitter doing shout-outs for help. Usually they open up commissions if they can and ask for any kind of monetary help folks can give while they get through that rough spot. I feel like I've watched miracles happen there. Everyone comes together (by everyone I mean fans and other struggling artists alike) and pitch in whatever small change they can manage. Some can drop enough for a commission but alot just toss some dollars in the Ko-fi and it really seems to make big differences. 

So while I think Patreon is a great resource for some, right now I'm going to stick with the simple approach. I'm hoping to start doing some small conventions later this year/next year so I'll have a shop up in the next several months. But I like having the option for people to support me without any strings attached for either party. Like if I was playing a guitar in a park for change from passersby. Except in this case, I can now know who you are (if you want) and there's room for relationships to grow there. Once more, you can check out my Ko-fi page here. xoxo

with love - M

I want to be clear that I have a day job, I'm not in dire straits or anything like that. I even enjoy my day job most of the time. However, this job is full-time and can get stressful so I don't have much spare time to spend on my creative endeavors. It's a struggle but if my art starts paying for itself more, that would allow me to lessen my day job or get rid of it entirely. I would be able to work full time as an artist. What a dream that would be...

Monday, July 30, 2018

First drawing video! Portrait in profile

YAS! First drawing video I've ever done is up! I've always been super nervous about that sort of thing but I did it and I'm excited to do another... hopefully with better lighting next time. I decided to edit two versions since I need the practice with editing anyway. I'm working with really basic equipment to start because I don't want to invest $1000's right out the gate on something that I might grow out of in a couple months? So let's see where this goes. I love watching YouTube art related videos but we'll have to wait and see if I'm up for the whole recording, editing, uploading process long term.

Speed version - 4x speed

Full version - 1x speed

with love - M

Friday, July 27, 2018

Sketch Diary: Body shape study

One of the things I like about this drawing...took the least amount of time. That smart looking haircut of course! But for real, this body shape is tough. I love my curvy ladies, no doubt. Especially went mermaid tails are involved. So I've been practicing my less fem body shapes. I like that gray area between feminine and masculine. There's so much to explore there. And it certainly fits my personality more. Next I'll need to start taking the leap to doing some masculine body types as well. I guess I'll have to fill my reference folders with images of beefy men. Won't that just be the worst...

with love - M

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sketch Diary: Random cat face studies

Well this was a bit of a dud. I was uncomfortable while drawing this and just had a really tough time trying to relax enough to really 'see' what I was looking at... in this case, some cats. Oh well. Next please.

with love - M


Here's one of the babies. Her name is Sasha and she thinks she's people and sits at the table while we eat.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sketch Diary: Portrait - a study of pointy-ness

Ya know when you start drawing and feel pretty good about where it's going and then it slowly creeps up on you... that you've seen this before? Happens to me all the time. Like this sketch, for example, is an accidental fanart of Allen from Escaflowne (the movie version). I could never handle the tv series versions of those characters... the noses just bothered me when I was a kid. But I really appreciate the series and I feel like the movie REALLY holds up well. I still love watching it. So beautiful and it really has a lot to say (metaphorically usually, I mean come on, it's Japanese and from the 90's/early 2000's).

with love - M

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sketch Diary: Masculine profile studies x9

Started this in June... finished the last row this week (July). I'm just glad I got back to it all. I still love middle row, first column. That nose just melts me. But I'm having some feels for bottom row, third column. These iterative drawing practice pages always produce interesting results, either on the current page, or on whatever the next drawing ends up being. It helps me focus on those minute details so I don't feel like I'm falling into 'same-face' traps.

with love - M