Giving Yourself “Small Wins” in Your Art Career

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I did it. I made the largest piece to date!

It took me over 3 months to get that illustration to where it is now. So much improvement from the last illustration, too! That pose is on point, those colors are cray, that composition is lit. By God I killed it. 🔥

…And now I have to make something better.
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How I’m Improving on Backgrounds

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Someone in a Facebook Art Group I’m a part of asked this question:

“How do you improve on backgrounds”?

And man, as much as I wanted to save the post and add nothing to the conversation out of laziness, I needed to make some sort contribution. I’m not alone in the pursuit of illustrating believable backgrounds. While I am still very much in need of getting my environments down-pact, I offered some advice on what has helped me so far. And this is what I’ll share onto you. 

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A List of Monthly Art Challenges

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Making art can get tricky. Sometimes just a word can spark our imagination, and other times strict rules are the best for creating.  If you want to participate an art challenge but don’t know where to start, here is a monthly art challenge list I gathered up, just for you.

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Illustrations

*Reading Time: 3 minutes*I know as an artist it’s extremely hard to break that barrier of stagnation.

There’s a moment of time with your work that always has the same results, no matter how hard you try.  There are even times when you’re working on the greatest illustration you could imagine, and when you finish, it… doesn’t come out like you imagined. It’s frustrating!

I know how you feel.

That’s why I’m here to give you three simple, actionable ways you can work toward improving your art.
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What Doing a 30 Day Challenge Taught Me

*Reading Time: 4 minutes*The past few months, have been going through an ongoing creative block. There have been times that were hard for me to produce anything, if anything. I had blank canvases piling up. I was afraid to finish paintings in fear I wouldn’t like them. I was afraid to finish paintings in fear that I would ‘waste’ the canvases I painted on. This led me to doing something drastic.

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The Juiciest Brushes In My Studio

*Reading Time: 2 minutes*One thing that I love about making traditional illustration is not just the surface I’m working on, or the brand of paint I swear by, but it’s the watercolor brushes that I use.

Each brush has it’s own style of mark making,

Each brush has it’s own flair.

The way the handle is held, the way the bristles dance back and forth on the painting, this results in it’s own personality.

It’s time to tell you about my favorite watercolor brushes in my studio: Princeton Neptune.

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The Watercolor Brand I Swear By

*Reading Time: 3 minutes*When I first started watercolor, I learned from a mentor who works at a local commercial art supply store in my city. I was raised on really great quality watercolor brands, however I could only afford student grade paints.

As I tested out paint after paint, one watercolor brand that stood out to me were the Qor line of watercolors from Golden Paints.

I’ve been painting with these for about two years and I doubt I’ll go for any other brand of watercolor.

If you’ve seen any watercolor illustration from me, then it’s made with Qor.

I love the vibrancy, the clear, deep hues of each paint color. And what I love the most is the sheer mixing power these colors possess. But… how?

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How to Become A Happier Artist

*Reading Time: 3 minutes*Artists are fickle. Our inspiration is fickle, our sense of self can come as fast as it goes. One thing that I’ve noticed around the art community is the sheer amount of people unhappy with themselves and their work. There’s so many people that complain about their lack of improvement in their art, as well as the many mental troubles they face because of it.​

In order to become a happier artist, you’re definitely going to have to check yourself before you spiral downward.

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How to Start Selling Your Art OFFLINE

*Reading Time: 2 minutes*It’s already a doozy starting to sell your work online, but selling your work personally might be able to net you quicker results. If you want to sell your art, the first thing I suggest you do, dear artist, is to take a look at the style of artwork that you do, and see what places accommodate your style.

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