struggling

What’s up lads!

Today’s post is just kind of a big rant.

I’ve recently let myself realize just how much I care about my art and how much of me and who I am is rooted in my passion for art. This came about from a long period of me basically burning myself out with so many commitments and figuring out that what kept me sane were the days I could just sit at my desk and paint or mess around in my sketchbook. Anyways, I reordered my priorities and I’ve been trying to shift my educational plan around to reflect that priority. It’s been really difficult though, and the dream school I want to make it to is pretty far out of reach due to finances. Now I’m kind of just sitting here, not sure where to go or what to do. I know I could chase my art passion without any kind of school, but I’ve always loved the environment of learning areas. Being with people with the same passion as me and being in a place where I can be challenged by something I love instead of just going through the motions in my traditional school path right now. I’ve been looking for other options, but now that I’ve found a goal that’s like, exactly what I want, it seems like everything else is just settling or not as good I guess. I realize a lot of life is just that, taking what you can get because it’s not always possible to achieve the perfect goal, but it’s still just kind of sucky.

Anyways, that’s my brief life rant. It kinda sucks to have a dream be out of reach because of something that’s pretty much out of your control.

three marker challenge

What’s up lads!

Today I’m sharing the results of my three marker challenge! I actually have a video of the actual illustration process for this on my YouTube channel, going live April 8.

This challenge is pretty straight forward–it’s all in the name, really. You randomly pick three markers, then you gotta draw something using only those three markers. Most artists also use a fineliner, a white gel pen, and a colorless blender, which I also used. I ended up with two blue colors and a tannish/brown, and being the basic person I am, used them to draw a mermaid.

Here’s what I came up with!

After picking my colors, I sketched out some thumbnails mostly inspired by the colors. I find that to be the easiest way to go about these challenges: let the colors themselves be the inspiration for the piece, so you don’t end up having to force the colors to work with something they maybe don’t want to, if that makes sense. The good news was my markers ended up having pretty different values, so it was easy to create contrast with them and keep the piece from looking like a big blob.

Close up!

-Becca

Get to Know Me!

What up lads, today I’m going to answer some stuff no one asked me so there’s a way to get to know me. I’ve found a list of questions and I’m going to explode some answers out right here.

The basics: my name’s Rebecca, I usually go by Becca, I’m eighteen years old, I love to create, read, socialize (sometimes), and try new things. I’m currently finishing up my sophomore year of college as a psychology and English major, but I’m planning on taking a gap year to get a better sense of what I actually want to do. Here’s me:

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  1. When was the last time you climbed a tree? Last week.
  2. What skills would you like to master? Knife throwing, debate speaking, realist painting, rock climbing and stand up comedy.
  3. What’s your favorite drink? Tied between orange juice and iced coffee.
  4. Are you usually early or late? Late by like one minute so I can usually play it off but also I feel like everyone’s annoyed by me.
  5. What are some small things that make your day better? When it’s really sunny, when I can drive with my windows down and music extremely loud, when my cat walks up and cuddles with me, and when I can bust out some nice drawings that I actually like.
  6. Who’s your go to band or artist when you don’t know what to listen to? Fall Out Boy every time.
  7. What’s your favorite genre of book or movie? That specific group of dystopian young adult fiction where it’s like super the end of the world and everyone’s constantly dirty but somehow still attractive and the main plot points are fighting and stuff exploding plus bonus points if there’s some kind of zombie.
  8. What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read? Fiction is The Game series by Eve Silver and nonfiction is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  9. What’s worth spending more on to get the best? I’ll be stingy on everything but my sketchbooks.
  10. What piece of entertainment would you erase from your mind so you could experience it again? Every Marvel movie ever and also World War Z and Tangled.
  11. What’s one thing you want but can’t afford? A NICE SET OF PAINTS.
  12. What do you wish you knew more about? Everything basically.
  13. What do you think the two types of people are? Those who live and those who wait.
  14. What’s something you’re self conscious about? Height and hair.
  15. What irrational fear do you have? Tight spaces and the Queen of Hearts.

looks of the week

What’s up lads! Today I have a mini lookbook style post with my outfits of the week. I’ll preface this by saying that the weather has been kind of awful where I live lately. It keeps going back and forth between nice and sunny in the sixties then like thirty and thunder storming, so that’s fine.

Here’s what I got!

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This day was incredibly lazy, so I just have the easiest sweatpants and t shirt combo (whoops). I tied up the t shirt to keep the outfit from being maximum boring, though.

Another lazy day, that’s fine. I threw on one of my comfiest sweatshirts and just tucked it into my high waisted boyfriend jeans with a belt, to try to keep a waistline and add some interest. Also featuring like the most hideous bun ever.

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Here we have what is kind of an actual outfit, but awful picture quality because I can’t have nice things. A combo of distressed skinny jeans, green tank top, and my favorite denim jacket. The jacket is a little short, so the green shows through and can break up the double denim some.

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Yay, another actual outfit. Also pretty simple–just black high waisted skinnies and a denim shirt. I kept it tucked in because the shirt is a little baggy, and that way I can have some semblance of a figure. I also rolled up the sleeves (because they’re actually too short shh). With some hoop earrings and a choker, the outfit came out pretty cute!

Anyways, that’s all I got for today. Following editions of this style of post will be better I swear.

-Becca

my watercolor adventure

What’s up my lads!

I come to you today with a story about my adventures in watercolor. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the medium, but after learning more about its capability from some of my favorite artists, I decided to spend some time trying to learn it.

My biggest issue thus far with watercolors have been difficulties due to my cheaper supplies. I haven’t been able to get my hands on good quality paints yet, so I’ve just been messing around with a cheaper set of liquid paints and mixed media paper. I’m not quite sure what of my problems have been due to poor quality materials, but I’m planning on investing in a good set and some good watercolor paper pretty soon, and I’ll suppose I’ll find out then! Within this category, my hardest struggle has been with color mixing and with layering. From what I know, watercolors are meant to be layered in order to achieve their full potential, but what I’ve been struggling with has been my earlier layers of paint getting disturbed and picked up when I try to put down a new layer, no matter how long I’ve let it dry between layers. It kinda wrecks the whole thing and I can never get it to look how I want.

Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of my recent watercolor attempts and what I learned from each.

This one I just stuck with mostly grayscale because I was having such a hard time with mixing a good skin color. I used a water brush and my pan watercolors.

What I learned: dropping a darker color where I kind of need it and then using the water from the brush to blend it out and lighten it up worked better than doing a light base coat and trying to layer a darker color in for shading.

This one I also did with pan paints and a water brush. I don’t love it, but I don’t really hate it either?

What I learned: more water makes it easier to get a more even wash over an area. Because of the water brush, it was a little difficult to get pigment to spread evenly without getting patchy/streaky.

This one I did with actual liquid paints and regular brushes. I kind of hate the sketch, but I learned a little about layering/blending. However, my liquid paints are super cheap quality and the pigment kept separating and becoming all grainy and weird when I tried to apply it.

What I learned: lighter colors layered over each other works better than trying to mix a base layer color like I would normally do with basically any other medium. The fluidity/transparency of this medium works in a totally different way than what I’m used to.

After I’d already attempted a bunch of actual paintings, I decided to step back and mess around with color mixing and wet-on-wet/wet-on-dry techniques. Obviously I should have done this before attempting actual pieces, but that’s just too logical for me.

What I learned: if my low quality liquid paints completely dry before I put on another layer of color, the bottom layer gets all muddy and screwed up. But, more water makes it easier to smoothly apply, but then everything still gets wrecked when I try to layer.

I’ll pop back in with an update on my watercolor adventure in a couple of weeks when I can get my hands on some better quality supplies.

-Becca

April bullet journal set up

hey! it’s about that time, so I thought I’d share my bullet journal set up for the month. I picked a bright color scheme and a bubbly design/theme. I really like to keep color incorporated in my bullet journal, but I didn’t feel like spending a ton of time with complicated doodles, so it’s literally just a bunch of bubbles.

I started off the month with my classic title page and quote, both of which I used to experiment with my design and colors.

I’ve been sticking with a pretty basic calendar design for my monthly spread. I like having a little space for each day and being able to see the days of the week ordered and all that. I stuck with my color scheme and filled up my awkward sidebar space with more little bubbles.

Every month I doubt that I’m going to actually use the brain dump page I make, and then at the end of every month the whole page is crammed with random notes and lists and scribbles commanding myself to get cat food or something. Long story short, I stuck with my brain dump page, as well as my finance tracker so I can always be aware of how broke I am. I used the same colors and little doodles. Also, I totally crunched the page up, so that’s fine. I’ve just decided to pretend it’s fine.

Next up is my mood and habit trackers. I’ve been sticking with a pretty simple circular mood tracker. I made myself some templates for it and even though they’re kind of sloppy, it works. I also went back to a horizontal habit tracker layout. Last month I tried out the individual habit trackers, but I prefer being able to see the “status” of a day after I fill out all the habits, so I’m back to the horizontal.

Last up is the weeklies. I’ve been messing around with a new design that gives me a weekly overview bar while keeping around half a page open for each day of the week. I like having a little more space to fill up during the semester so I can keep track of school stuff as well as personal tasks. It also leaves a bonus half-page at the end of the week that I fill up with a cute quote. The layout is pretty naked looking right now, but it’ll be filled up way too soon, I’m sure.

Anyways, there’s my monthly set up! I hope it inspired someone!