Sweet 2016 🍨🍬🍭

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As its the start of the new year, we have a tendency to view it as a starting page 1 in a new book. A fresh start, “New year, new me” mentality.

I view it as not a brand new start, but time to reevaluate. What worked the months prior on getting me closer to my goals. And makes adjustments where necessary. The beginning of anything can be difficult, especially when it comes to changing habits. Its way to easy to find myself in cruise control of old habits that didn’t really get me anywhere. Whether it be from procrastination, feeling unmotivated, what have you. I usually go the route I find comfortable because that’s what I know.

So since it definitely is time to shake things up a bit. Stepping out my comfort zone & staying out, more like kicking myself out where I’m the most comfy. Its unnerving & I know I’m going to be miserable {especially in the beginning}. But it has to happen, on the road to become a better me, it won’t be easy but it’ll definitely be worth it.

Here’s to making 2016 sweet 🍨🍬🍭
Thanks for stopping by
✌ & πŸ’—
Peace & Love

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“Neatly” participating in trial and error

Still continuing the progress, I’m working to improve shading with color pencil. In all honesty I didn’t have much of a clue what I was doing at first…

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I knew I wanted to work on creating a Cypress tree {May be hard to tell by the looks of things however, lol}. I started with a light French grey for shadow. Than thought maybe if I just create lines & dashes to fill out the subject it’ll improve. I mean inorder to create a work of art, it all starts from a dot/line. At least that’s how I see it {perhaps I’m wrong….}

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I than decided to adapt some of the hatch & cross hatching technique. Layering a few greens & charcoal color mixed with brown. I was feeling better about the direction but I knew I didn’t reach the destination. So very eager, I continued the process.

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Once the tree’s base was filled in, I just noticed it was too green. Cypress trees in the swamp are covered in algae,yes. But my image -for lack of better wording, just wasn’t it.

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& this is where I am currently, I need to create more branches. While continuing to work on the shadow of the crevasses.

I’m proud of my persistence, didn’t get discouraged. I saw I could fix things and bring it all together. I feel confident that I’m finally headed in the right direction. Going to thoroughly enjoy the ride as I become a better artist.

Thanks for stopping bye
Peace & Love
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πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰2016: Time to Believe πŸŽ¨πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

What 2015 has taught me is to believe in my abilities more. I have always lived by the saying….

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Which I do on a regular basis. Except when it comes to my art, I honestly come down a lot harder on myself than I should. I get fixated on the result I wish to achieve and than what I produce. & 9:10 I am not over the moon about it.

So I’m learning to look back at what I create not to be as critical and harsh, but to revisit this journey I’m on to become a better artist. Take pride in the level I’ve reached now, and with faith & excitement I’ll get to that goal. {& with a lot of consistency & patience too}.

I was working on doing some shading with color pencil. On my first attempt using the Harshing & Cross Harshing technique, I honestly didn’t know what was what. And it showed πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Although it looks like a replica of one of my nieces & nephews work, I should find just as much pride & carry on. & that I did. May not look like much, but it looks a whole lot like progression to me πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š

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So for 2016 I’m going to be do away with the negative habit of self doubt, believe in every once & fiber of my being. And focus more on my passion & craft.

2016, I’m ready πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š

Thank you for stopping by, & HAPPY NEW YEAR πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
Peace & Love
✌  &Β  πŸ’—

Drape Success πŸ™ŒπŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„

I don’t usually post my progress with Draping because its so tedious & its a lot to try to explain over a typed text…… But some times when you do exceptionally well & surprise yourself, you just have to tell someone. Well all you someone’s I have great newsπŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ˜Š.

We were working on draping a blazer, & life has left me feeling a bit overwhelmed these past weeks. But I stuck it out {& so glad i did.} Gaining more motivation after each stage of the drape.

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This was right after I created the lapel, but right before all the difficulty of the collar set in.

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I’m draping a 4 panel blazer

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Back view, with collar pinned & semi rolled.
I would have to say the part I found the most challenging was the collar.

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There’s a fashion show coming up next month, thinking about constructing this blazer, or one similar. Because I’m so excited about the whole thing. I really want to see how it would like fully done & on a model.

Thanks for stopping by
     ✌ & πŸ’—
Peace & Love

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Progress πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Its always awesome seeing progression on things you’ve been working so hard to achieve. & I for one am super pleased πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š Im getting better with facial expressions, it wasn’t that long ago I would feel the facial features I illustrated were {lack of a better word} bad.
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Most times I would just avoid them, not even bother with an attempt. But after dedicating the appropriate time to, researching different techniques, & countless YouTube videos…. I really started bettering my craft. Which is so satisfying, I am elated with progress. Truly can’t say it enough.

Which reminds me of this fabulous quote:
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So as I walk down memory lane with these illustrations & rejoice over the development of my skills. I have such strong faith for where it may lead me.
πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠQues confetti & exciting exit πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Thanks for stopping by
Peace & Love
✌ & πŸ’—

Presentation Prep. Collection I

Presentation prep.

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Gearing up for my presentation later this week. I’m showing illustrations for a collection. & the biggest huddle is color rendering. The print fabric is satin, & probably the biggest challenge is doing the appreciate downsize of the print.

I’m using mix media on each girl. The first croquis is primarily marker.
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Her hair however is color pencil. Its a bit rougher than usual because I haven’t work in marker for some time.

The original was fully in color pencil, but I got the sense of moody & sad.
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& decided to scape this image & keep the marker.
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My second image is a halter top with a key hole cut out, & slack made from the print. For her face I switched it up & used ink. I am a lot more pleased with using the fineness of the ink to capture the facial details. I always used ink on some of the braided bun of the hair
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For both the 2nd & 3rd image I used color pencil & ink for the face. Its a work in progress but I’m really loving the results. Feel really confident about this one πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„

Thanks for stopping by

Peace & Love
✌ & πŸ’—
Have a great day 😊

Kuba Love 😍😍

Stumbled on these gems 😍😍😍 both are made out of Kuba cloth. The Kuba people adorn their garments with shells which is their currency. Kuba Kingdom is located in Central Africa, bordering Dem. Republic of the Congo.

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& the cape doubles as a skirt, this deal just gets better & better 😄

I love gaining insight through experience,  especially when I’m learning through fashion. I am over the moon about these eclectic pieces. The fact that it encourages me to dive in & take a clearer look. I want to learn what’s the symbolism for the position of all the arrows, diamonds, fine lines etc. I want to research, learn about it all.

My excitement at this point is apparent. & whatever I find I sure will share with everyone

Thanks for stopping by
Peace & Love
✌&💗
Have a great day πŸ™‚