It's either this or clean my studio.

  • I have been lurking (and learning) on SVS for awhile now and meaning to get around to introducing myself. Finally, tonight I have arrived at the critical moment when I either clean my studio or introduce myself on the forum.

    So hereโ€™s my introduction:
    I've never had a chance to attend a formal illustration program, but I've been a compulsive doodler for roughly four decades now. The last decade of which I spent building a school here in South Korea. Part of running the school was doing illustrations for in house publications and developing a cartooning program for the kids.

    In September of last year, my wife and I sold our school and set out on the Camino de Santiago in Spain to find our new direction in life. After a thousand kilometer walk and some time thinking in Italy. I became clear on two things. First, my new direction is to tell stories with my art. Second, I have a lot to learn about telling stories with art. And so, after a few months spent reinventing the wheel, I washed up on these shores here at SVS.

    I'm looking for a tribe. A group of the kind of people that maybe I would have met in a university program had life taken a different turn. I'm looking to connect with people jousting at the same sorts of windmills and maybe take the same sorts of courses on SVS together.

    As for where I am in the process, here are a couple of recent projects I've been working on:

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  • Nice to meet ya @sketchbook! Welcome and love your work! I feel ya, I really need to clean my studio too sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Welcome tribal windmill jouster, you are not alone! Your first work is my favourite -your application of paint/texture grabbed me. You will find a great community here, but I think you know that already lurker lols.

    ps. I am always cleaning my studio space. It never ends.....

  • @sketchbook said in It's either this or clean my studio.:

    the critical moment when I either clean my studio or introduce myself on the forum.

    You made the correct choice ๐Ÿ™‚

    Welcome to the forum!

  • SVS OG

    @sketchbook Welcome to the forum. Finding a tribe is so important and while SVS courses are great and full of valuable information, it's even nicer to have people to share them with, and to share that common goal of story telling. I admit, however, that I am really jealous of your thousand kilometer walk. It must have been a great experience.

  • @sketchbook nice to have you with us. Like @Braden-Hallett said, you made the right choice. Welcome.

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    Welcome! You are in the absolute right place. Your portraits on IG are great!

  • @Heather-Boyd Thanks for the warm welcome and for your observations on the Dino-biker. I'm enjoying experimenting with gouache. The textures really add an extra dimension to a painting. Itโ€™s been pretty hit or miss, but I'm getting a few more hits these days.

  • @Squirrelsize the studio struggle...sigh... it is an eternal work in progress๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @demotlj that is for the welcome. The Camino is one of the best things Iโ€™ve ever done. It is a unique experience in terms of world travel. It's one of the few 'vacation' destinations that is guaranteed to be difficult, uncomfortable and challenging, yet every year more pilgrims set out on the path. If you ever decide to go, let me know, Iโ€™d be happy to bore you to tears with observations and advice.

  • Welcome home @sketchbook. Can't wait to be part of the tribe! (Amazing pieces. Loved the first one especially!):face_with_stuck-out_tongue_winking_eye: ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Pro SVS OG


  • @sketchbook I can love gouache one moment and then the next it frustrates me.

  • SVS OG

    Your work is amazing. All I think is missing is a portfolio and youโ€™re good to go. Amazing!

  • @nyrrylcadiz That's the big plan for the next couple of months, to try to pull together a strong portfolio. I've been drawing, sketching and doodling all my life but putting together a good professional portfolio of finished pieces is something I have never done.

  • Ello ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love your art โ€ฆ and love your story too. I can actually imagine this place being a desert island, be the best desert island ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love your art, it is very good! You'll build a pro portfolio in no time.

    I think you could not find a better place than here, it is a very welcoming place to find like-minded people showing constant support.
    I came for the very same reason.

    Also, I walked the Way from Burgundy some years ago. Nice to meet a fellow pilgrim here ๐Ÿ™‚


  • @Julia SVS seems like a wonderful place to get (and give) some extra artistic support.
    The Camino from Burgundy must be amazing. I would love to have a chance to walk through France. It must be so beautiful. So happy to find another pilgrim here. Buen Camino!

  • @Sophie-Lawson Thanks for your welcome! I agree with you an island of artists all striving to help each other improve sounds like just the right sort of island for me.๐Ÿ˜Š

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