Trying to make time to finish some paintings, acrylics on canvas,...and other projects.
I'm an Australian living in Japan, for nearly 17 years.
It's a long story, but I'll try to keep it short.
I've always loved art, especially cartoons, and awesome masterful paintings.
When I was a teenager, I wanted to become a tattooist in Australia.
Around 2000, I studied Cartooning and Illustration with The Australian College of Journalism, and received a diploma/degree.
Came to Japan in 2003, got married and started teaching English. It was fun.
I created my own teaching material, flash cards, etc. Everybody loved my art.
Joined the SCBWI and exhibited my fine art at galleries.
In 2013, I started working at Tokyo Disney Sea, as a caricature and silhouette artist. After 4.5 yrs, I quit.
Tried to go freelance.
For two yrs now, I have worked as a professional portrait artist and silhouette artist at prestigious events around Japan.
Still in love with the idea of being a published cartoonist and illustrator.
First I found Will on Youtube, and now SVS.
Might touch it up a little, but calling this completed.
Acrylics on canvas, W27.4cm x H22cm
Started a few days ago. And while my paints are still wet, updating other paintings.
Thinking about creating a new Instagram for my paintings. What do you guys and gals think?
My main Insta is all over the place.
Hi fellow students,
I've been checking out many courses, and I like all of them.
I thought that I didn't need to do most of them because, I am mostly self taught and with the help of many awesome artists online(credit to all of them), I feel I've learned very similar things. And fundamentals keep coming up, and I absorb everything I can.
I will stay at the student level, always!
However, I pay to learn. So I should commit myself, and do the assignments.
So, I have begun.
I'm no stranger to working with a brush pen, and no sketch. Just a little confidence, and go for it!
As a teacher,...we are all nervous as students. Don't worry about making mistakes. They happen to all of us. Just try!
0 points for not trying.
100 points for trying. Even if you make mistakes.
No pencil sketch. Just brush pen.
Only brush pen on the chair. Rough pencil sketch on the buildings, then mostly brush pen, and no reference.
I will update my progress soon.
Hi creative people,
Did some sketches with Sketchbook(PS has been giving me too many probs), and now I can't find them.
So, this is what I opened in Procreate on my iPad, and it's the only one I saved.
And I like it.
And thought about making a spread, but not sure.
Hi, I hope everyone is happy and healthy.
This will be my first time entering.
I love all things nature. So this sounds like fun. Not that the others didn't sound fun. They did!
I had ideas for the last one. But, put other things first.
It's also very interesting.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates.
I love realism. But, recently trying to completely change my focus, and create a new portfolio geared towards children's book art. It's a much bigger market than caricatures. And my shift isn't just for financial gain.
Creating something for someone to love and enjoy sounds nice. Creating something for thousands of kids to love and enjoy, sounds like awesome fun!
So, enjoy the process, and make it fun,...for me! And thousands of kids!
@Chip-Valecek Inkin da Ink fairy sounds good!
Lookin forward to everyone's inkin!
When you're inking, don't forget to breathe.
Not sure, maybe it's just me, but sometimes I catch myself holding my breath,...when I'm inking that nice line.
Looking forward to seeing everybody's beautiful artwork.
@VeronicaMui Thank you.
I think, I already mentioned somewhere, that I like your work.
Yes, I can relate to that, with kids. And now I am back to teaching again, I am taking advantage of enjoying every moment with them(Kindergarten and after school). My kids are now teenagers, and my boy just blew himself away with how well he can draw now. Without studying. Just leveled up.
I am very surprised. And don't know what to make of it.
Please enjoy every moment. Time goes by too quickly, and I always want to go back,...enjoy some moments, but I cannot. I missed some precious time.
However, I am strong, and I love what I have, and my kids are doing great. Looks like I'll be with them again soon.
Thanks, I'll checkout that podcast.
All the best to you for this year. Stay strong, and keep smiling.
Yes, I've watched many, enjoyed 'em, took notes, and watching again.
I'm liking your style too. Keep going! And every now and then, experiment with something completely different. That'll definitely help you grow organically.
I agree, and I study in a similar way. Now studying Visual Storytelling Techniques with @Lee-White Learning new things.
Character art- That's great! Warm up with sketches of people daily. Just short warm ups, and don't worry about mistakes. Do be aware of happy mistakes, they're great!
Thanks. I have a few "go too" styles. My caricatures on my artstation, they're painted in my painting style, but,...they take nearly 30hrs each. No photo-bashing! Just thousands of strokes.
I am trying to learn how to get to a similar end result, much quicker. Maybe more stylized?!
Your insta link doesn't work, but found you anyway.
This is awesome for everyone, beginners to pros!
I found it today in my feed, and I was just about to post it here,...actually I started typing it and found you @davidhohn had already shared it. Good job!
I am lovin' it!
Hi there creative people,
I am sorry, I don't comment much. I am not shy at all. Actually, I usually speak my mind a little too much.
But, I am really busy studying and trying to work out what style I want to commit to with children's book art. I can work in many styles confidently, so it's taking time to decide, and do a little experimenting as well. And of course, I enjoy it.
The art in my online portfolio, is just some of my art. I would like to change and update it.
So one of my main goals for 2021 is, decide on a style, and work it!
I appreciate any comments from you, and thanks for your time.
Please feel free to add your goals here.
The least I can do is encourage and support you.
I am a teacher, and I see that encouragement is still the best gift we can give to anyone, and it's free.