ramblings in between

the art + life of sharon samples

Bad Art Is Good Art: Always Room for Improvement

December 10, 2013 by Sharon | 0 comments

Reposted from tumblr.

This idea was originated by ivorylungs.

The purpose of this meme is to encourage younger artists to continue to improve. But it can also work for older folks like me. ;)

To be honest, I never thought about giving up on art. Doing art was something that was just a part of my life, and my parents encouraged my talent, never discouraged it. But it wasn’t until I got to my junior year of high school, when I was considering what career path to pursue in college, that I had to make the decision on whether or not to pursue art as an actual profession.

So drawing has never really been a chore for me. However, as I progressed in developing my artistic talent, there were many moments of frustration, of things not turning out exactly as I pictured, and that’s still something with which a struggle to this day.


August 1996—Spring 1997: I was about 14 years old when I got “serious” about my art. The piece on the right is something I drew of my characters Adriana and Amber, referencing the poses from catalogs. Sometime between then and the next year, I discovered art on the internet and I began reading comic books. This led to me to learn how to stylize my art.

After high school, I went to college, earned a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. I had to take a butt-load of art and art history classes. I didn’t take any illustration classes, but I did take figure drawing (LOVED IT) and perceptual drawing classes.

So, if when people ask me if I have formal art training, the answer is “yes,” but I was drawing long before that. Drawing is a talent, but it’s also a skill that needs to be developed and cultivated. The only way to get better at it is to do it.

View the pictures →

This gallery contains 0 photos

September 21, 2013
by Sharon


Let me try to be better and post more frequently than every 3 months. There was that awesome moment when my art was featured in the demo reel by Pemberley Digital submitted for consideration of the Primetime Emmy Awards. The … Continue reading

April 11, 2013
by Sharon

Arts Alive 2013

I’m really bad about this updating this, but I have a wonderful announcement. After much deliberation, I decided to apply to be a display artist at Arts Alive. I send the application in at the last minute. They accepted me. … Continue reading

art: decent enough {darcy + lizzie}

December 7, 2012 by Sharon | 0 comments

I first heard of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) about a month ago after I began to see posts about it in my tumblr feed. I was finally drawn to watching it after seeing a particularly sweet gif of Jane Bennet (Lizzie’s older sister) interacting with her boyfriend, Bing Lee.This piece refers to the scene that Lizzie describes where she and Darcy are having the most awkward dance at the wedding. Now, the term “smoking hot” a term that I use rarely, but in reference to Bing Lee’s appearance, it more than justly applies.

But it turns out that apart from the smoking hot guy(s), LBD is a very brilliant web series. In a mere three days, I was I caught up with the 60 episodes that had been posted at the time. Granted, each ep is between 3:30 to 6 minutes long, but there’s so much that happens.

Did I mention that it’s a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice (which I still have not seen because I’m lame)? And all the characters have twitter accounts, so it’s a truly immersive and interactive viewing experience.

mini print / notecard sale

October 3, 2012 by Sharon | 0 comments

After weeks of teasing, I’m finally ready to offer my mini prints. Yay! I first sold these during the Dog Days of Summer show to benefit Alexander’s Place.


Details: Each pack will include 4 images of your choice printed on acid and lignon free white card stock. Dimensions of the card are 4.0” x 5.5” with a white border for easy framing. The title of the work is printed on the back with handwritten signature above it. Envelopes are included unless you request otherwise.

If you request something that doesn’t quite fit the dimensions of the card, I will most likely crop the image. I can email you a preview of what the print will look like before sending it to you.

Price: $10.00 USD Free shipping.

Payments: I accept payments through PayPal to sharon@artgyrl.com. Please specify in the comments which prints you want and where to ship them (if the shipping address is different from the one associated with your PayPal account). I must receive your payment before shipping your order.

Other stuff: If you have any other questions, please leave a comment. If you can’t decide on 4 prints, I you can just let me know which ones you absolutely want, and I will make your pack a “surprise pack.” :)