As artists and illustrators, we constantly talk about style. It seems the most coveted aspect of our practice. We consider it the most important goal when we want to be known or recognized. Well-known artist’s portfolios are cohesive and consistent. We rarely see the steps it took to get there. It’s advantageous, no doubt. A… Continue reading You Don’t Need to Find Your Style
How much time have you spent trying to get the photo that will do justice to your artwork?I’ve wasted days. Once I decided I was going to batch-photograph everything against my bedspread, which was off-white. I shot one piece after the other quickly. I Congratulated myself for being so efficient, only to realize upon transferring… Continue reading How I Take Photos of My Art
Do you have an iPad with Procreate installed? If you do, you might have begun the wonderful journey of digital art.
You know when you think you’re putting all your efforts towards something but then that something wasn’t the right thing? This has happened to me over and over. As a good student/citizen etc. I wanted to follow the rules, work hard, get results. I would research like mad, take courses, make lists, plan, etc. But… Continue reading Lessons from Five Years of Making Art
One of the biggest challenges in my life is my attention deficit. Despite all my planning, I go off on a tangent and complete tasks and projects that were nowhere on my plan. They drop out of the ether, while the ones I planned for linger on. For example, I want to do an Artist… Continue reading Manage your art projects with Notion
Very few of us know consider the different functions of each. If we did, we would probably make better use of our resources and clarify our practice. This is my classification of these different “containers” as I understand them, but by no means you have to keep them all! Sketchbooks A sketchbook isn’t supposed to… Continue reading Visual Journal, Sketchbook, Art Journal or Studies?
Maybe this happens to you, but when I go to the art supply store to buy a palette, a brush holder, or some other accessory for my studio, most are very sad looking while if you browse Etsy, unique objects seem to jump out of the screen. If you have an artist in your life… Continue reading 17 Unique Gifts for Artists
This essay was shared with my newsletter subscribers last week and it resonated so much I decided to publish it here as well The optimism waned almost immediately. A yucky feeling installed itself right above my navel and I couldn’t quite pinpoint it. What do you call this? It’s not sadness nor anxiety. It’s not… Continue reading The Instagram Problem
Long before I ever held a brush or even bought a sketchbook, I had a Tumblr where I collected my favourite things. During the Tumblr days, I came across a beautiful sketchbook. It had everything I aspired to learn one day: beautiful painterly strokes, expressive freedom, brief poems. Every page was more than a landscape;… Continue reading Painting With Acrylic Inks
The first class I bought from Domestika was Design and Illustration of a Fanzine with Violeta Hernandez. For most of my life, handmade books have had a special place in my heart. Whether they are sketchbooks or small publications. In the 90s, I used to dream I was part of the Riot Grrrls just to… Continue reading Creating a Zine: A Domestika Project
For the past few years I’ve listened to hundreds of podcasts searching for clues, paths, assurance but most of all, company. We know that art students have the environment where they connect with teachers and other students and they spend four years doing art full-time. The self-educated artists have to go it alone, and unless… Continue reading The Art Advice I Keep Hearing
I’d never dared to paint black skin before. I didn’t want to fall into the trappings of my eye telling me that black skin is a certain color. So I have been avoiding it. Same thing with brown skin, although me, being Latina, I forgive the faux pas some of us make. Here is a… Continue reading Painting Watercolor in Procreate