3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Illustrations

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

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

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

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

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

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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Wanderlust and the Stationary Artist

​I’m a city girl.
Metropolitan areas are my jam.

But one thing that sets me apart is that as much as I love the city, as much as I love bustling people and places and transit and things, I need something a little more… Green.

Taken on my trip to New Orleans last year.

There are days that cripple me with wanderlust. There are days during my commute to work that I wish I was in Japan, or Ireland, or maybe Switzerland or Amsterdam. Literally, if I’m walking to my job and it starts downpouring, I think of how much at peace I’d be if I were on the other side of the world.

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Art Inspiration is Everywhere. Yes, Even in Winter.

​​​Being a city girl, experiencing different areas is something that I treasure the most.

I see so many cars and people and buildings that it all looks the same to me. After watching a few videos of artists exploring different areas and reading about some were able to transform a photo into a new painting, I had to do this myself.

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How to Design Buttons pt. 2 – Packaging

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Now, you’ve got your buttons sent out and you’re anxiously awaiting that package.

Wait, you don’t? Check out this post on how to design your buttons!

If you DO have your designs, then let’s work designing their packaging!

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