Here’s a couple of pictures from the nature conservatory today.
I have no idea what kind of spider that was, but it was pretty big (about the size of a quarter)… Then we saw a huge spider that was eating a crawfish (about the size of my hand).
Then there was a huge dose of cute when we found a trio of baby raccoons hunting crawfish (the picture is of the runt of the group).
I have a lot of background in art. I went to school for art for 7 years and have been involved in the arts since high school. And while I think this gave me a great jumping off point, it really is a constant learning process. I am constantly seeking out new knowledge and techniques. With the advent of the internet this is SO much easier than it used to be!
I remember back when I was in college and trying to learn how to do special effects techniques (with prosthetics), the internet was still relatively new and there wasn’t a lot of information on it, so it was mostly trial and error. A lot of error. I’m really good at error. But now there is so much information out there, I try to absorb anything I can get my hands on.
When I’m first thinking about trying a new technique, I will start by researching it. I read a lot so I kind of now what I’m getting into. But I still like to actually try things because I think the best way to learn is by doing (of course this isn’t always possible). I still make a lot of mistakes, and more importantly, I learn from them!
Which ultimately comes down to the best advice I’ve received… and that is to keep practicing. Want to get better at drawing? Draw more.
There was an anecdote I read on Tumblr a while ago about how a ceramics class was split into two sections at the beginning of the semester. One section was graded on making “the perfect piece of art”, and the other section was graded on how much work they made. At the end of the semester, the group that had busted out as much work as they possibly made much better work because they practiced and refined their technique than the group that had spent the entire semester debating about how to go about making the perfect piece.
Second most important piece of advice? “Every piece of art goes through an ugly phase” from a colleague of mine when I worked at an art supply store.
What I took from that was to stick with it. Sometimes you’re unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that doesn’t mean that a piece is hopeless… It’s just in its ugly phase. Keep on working!
Third piece of advice? Always be taking in new things and getting inspired. Looking at other’s work always makes me want to get off tumblr and get back to work. There are so many amazing artists out there. Go get inspired!
Of course, this is just scratching the surface. The more you work, the more you will find out what works better for you; and everyone is different. Different methods work better for different people. So keep working on it and don’t give up!
Melissa!!! It’s your kiddos’ future gaming wish!
Omg, this is so wacky… Though I could never play Skyrim like this… Nothing beats taking down a dragon.
i love these so much
Portland, Oregon-based artist AJ Fosik (previously featured here) has created an awesome new series of dynamic and vibrant wooden sculptures. Each ferociously striking piece is made using locally sourced lumber from Oregon that is painstakingly carved, painted, and assembled.
"The interpretive works are featured as both eye-popping wall mounts and stand-alone sculptures. There is also a piece in the exhibit that is a 30-sided geometrical shape made of thirty different, diamond-shaped sculptural panels."
Visit the gallery website to view the rest of this stunning exhibition.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
More from this amazing artist!
Today we went to a wildlife sanctuary. It was about a 45 minute drive, each way, which is a bit much to ask of a two-year-old. So to keep my kid placated, I drew whichever character he wanted me to. He actually kept it to Sesame Street.
The drawings aren’t that great (moving car with crayons and a touch of motion sickness and only from memory) but they definitely got worse as I progressed, ending in a terrifying Count Von Count (though Abby Kadabby was actually last).
Anyway, in an effort to show some creative work, here ya go.
Just wanted to welcome all of my new followers! Hello! And thank you for following :D And to my already-followers, thank you for sticking around!
You kinda came at a weird time… I’m on vacation so I’m mostly reblogging and posting vacation pictures but NORMALLY I post:
- wip pics
- mask pictures
- sculpting pictures
- cosplay pictures
A little about me… I’m a 34 year old artist that is heavily influenced by pop culture. I have a husband and a kid, 2 dogs and a tarantula. I love to cosplay (that’s me as Daryl Dixon), but since becoming a mom I don’t have as much time for it as I would like. Right now my work is mostly sculpture based with a little drawing thrown in. This tumblr is mostly dedicated to showing a little bit abut the artist behind my work, but if you want work-only pictures, please check out my facebook page:
If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer (within reason!)
Obligatory question mark ?
im so sorry for the child that has to ride a carousel in a ball of shit
IIII WANNA RIDE THE MANTIS AND THE CICADA
Move over, I’ll get in that ball of shit! This is the carousel of my dreams *~*
*claps and bounces happily*