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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.

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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.

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June 3, 2013
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Happy Summer!: an Arts Alive 2013 recap

I can’t believe it’s June already. I’m back at work after taking a vacation the week after Memorial Day. I expected to get more art done. That did not happen. However, I do feel quite refreshed. I haven’t posted here … Continue reading

April 11, 2013
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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 dump: lbd + oc’s

February 25, 2013 by Sharon | 2 Comments

It’s really sad that I’ve waited this long long to make my first post of the 2013. Better late than never in this case.

If you’ve been following my Facebook page, you may already be aware of the events I am about to recount. I have become a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. So much so, that I decided to do yet another piece of fan art. I posted it on my tumblr.

Because I like to make myself suffer, I decided to color it. It eventually found its way to being reblogged by Ashley Clements (Lizzie Bennet) and production designer Katie Moest, tweeted by Geek & Sundry, and finally reblogged by Hank Green, producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I actually thanks Ashley for the love and she tweeted me back. So. Life Achievement Level unlocked.

While I really, truly, absolutely love doing fan art, I am also reminded that I have my own original characters and story that I’d like to get out in some form. So last night I decided to sketch out two of the leads and go ahead and color them, too.

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July 28, 2012
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Dog Days to Cat Nights: Sketchbook Project 2013

Today I went to pick up my art pieces from Mobile Arts Council. In my previous post, I neglected to mention that The Dog Days show was a benefit for Alexander’s Place, a Great Dog rescue in Mobile. It was … Continue reading