Thursday, March 31, 2011
I have been thinking a lot lately about how I want to be spending my time....Important things to think about. I love to draw, sculpt, paint and animate. If I try to do it all at once I know I won't realize my full potential in anything. Time to think and prioritize!!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Today the coffee shop was BIZAY. It was nice to have that extra energy in the air but at the same time I start to feel edgy cause I am taking up one of the very limited sitting options available and I stay there for like an hour.... But I should just get over it cause no body is ever left standing looking for a seat.
Have a happy day!!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
BARE ANKLES EVERYWHERE!! I LOVE IT!
ANNNND I totally wore my spring shoes today. I know I know, the temperature is going to drop after today but sometimes you just got to take it one day at a time.
Either way, three cheers for no socks!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Something fun about Toronto: In spring and fall you can observe people in both parkas and short sleeve shirts on the SAME DAY. That was true for today. I saw this girl and she was wearing flats with no socks and it warmed my heart.
Summer is on its way.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Well here is a perfect example of something good coming out of something bad. Today when I drew this I LOVED IT. But then when I painted it I am not loving it. I feel like the drawing really got lost under some heavy handed painting. It is my goal to be able to be consistent in any medium other than digital. I messed up the water amounts of my gouache (see post below) and lost my drawing in the process. This sucks.
THE GOOD PART
I did not want to post this today. But it has been my resolution to post my paintings good or bad everyday. I named this blog frecklesfun for a reason! Because I want to post things I have fun with good or bad. This blog is made for me and the fact that other people check it out is just a superfun BONUS! Being too critical of yourself and therefore not sharing artwork is a slippery slope... I never want to get back in that headspace that I had in college.
So even though I don't like how this painting came out, I had fun doing it and discovering new things while creating it and most importantly I am proud of myself for posting it.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
If you have been reading my blog you know that I am always striving to improve my gouaching skills. This is because I LOVE GOUACHE and I am committed to making this relationship work!! The one thing I have found since I started using it is that the most IMPORTANT thing is to have exactly the right amount of water in it. Too little water and it streaks like hell and refuses to blend, to much water and it dries with ugly little marks in areas that the brush has touched last. It is very finicky but when you get it just right it is even and vibrant. LOVING IT!
Have a happy day!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I will not lie to you all. I am mentally not as present as I should be with my posting. I have had some stuff on my mind that has taken priority over commenting on other people blogs and posting animation. Good news is that the things that are sidetracking me should be wrapped up by the end of this week. YAYS!
I will be a blogging machine after that. WATCH OUT!
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
EXES AND OHHHS!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Some people like to work in silence. Some people like to put on the tv or a movie in the background. I tend to cycle through different background noises and silence depending on what mood I'm in. Right now I have found podcasts to be about the best thing possible. In my last month or so of work when I was animating I found the last Harry Potter audiobook and that was HEAVEN to work to.
Recently I've been listening to the most AWESOME podcast called the nerdist which is sort of like an interview show hosted by stand-up comedians who interview other comedians. TOTALLY AMAZING. Anyways I was listening to one with Jon Hamm (lead in madmen, and yes he actually started out in improv!) and they quoted a line from the Steve Martin autobiography "born standing up" and they said something like " You will not get the job you want by auditioning". As an animator this really struck me. It is easy to get caught up in jobs animating on things you are not really passionate about. You really have to create the project you want. Apparently after realizing this Steve Martin wrote "the Jerk".
Smart guy! I think I am going to buy the audiobook because Steve Martin himself reads it.
Have a happy day!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The randomly chosen winners of my giveaway are.......
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I will have another giveaway when I reach 100 followers!!
Thanks again to everyone who follows my blog!! YOU ROCK!!
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Today the wind was UNREAL. Snow was falling parallel to the ground it seemed. There was slim pickins as far as people to draw because nobody wanted to be outside this morning and if they were they were walkin FAST.
REMINDER: This is the LAST DAY to enter into my art giveaway to win some FREE awesome art!
Have a super day!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
So as many of you know who have been following along I am trying to build my freelance business so that I don't have to depend on the rollercoaster ride that is the animation industry. So far so good but I am looking to step things up.
What are some of the lessons for success you have learned along the way in your own industry? Any advice to a budding freelancer?