Coming Out as an Artist

lucky cats

I’m in the process of changing careers. Well, I’ve actually already switched careers, but only three people know it. My plans are to illustrate my own picture books, design patterns, and license my designs — all on print-on-demand markets. I’ve been doing this for about a year under another business name, and to be totally honest with you, my earnings for 2018 were underwhelming and sporadic. Despite my dismal finances, I’m optimistic... most of the time. I do get overwhelmed with impostor-ish feelings. Nevertheless, I’m grateful for every sale, and feel thankful to my husband for believing in our plans even during those moments when I don’t (he’s going through a similar transition from programmer to illustrator, as well). He reminds me (and it feels really great to hear) that most people in creative careers go through the same stuff, financial difficulties and all, especially in the beginning.

So, armed with this bit of inspiration, I called my favorite uncle last night. Uncle A is trained in fine art. He paints in oil and has a fine eye for photography. I told him about my new gig as a print-on-demand “illustrator”. I don’t know if he’s familiar with the sites I mentioned like Zazzle, Red Bubble, or Society6. I don’t know if he was just being nice when he encouraged me to keep on keeping on, but I do feel happy for coming out and letting him know the truth about me. There’s something to be said about the statement that begins with I am ____. After we hung up, I felt a little less like an impostor.

Anyhoo, I drew these cats while on the phone with my uncle last night. The left cat was drawn with my DaVinci sable travel brush and the right kitty was drawn with my beloved, wet and wild Yasutomo Niji waterbrush. Can you guess which cat I prefer?

Food Holidays Week 1

I’m happy that I actually completed the first 5 days of my food holidays project without time troubles, and I was surprised that it was actually fun. Real real fun in fact! I even have day 6 all done and ready to go, but I’m going to save it for next time. Here are days 1-5:

January 1 - bloody mary cocktail
January 2 - creampuffs
January 3 - chocolate-covered cherries
January 4 - spaghetti (Filipino-style with hotdogs)
January 5 - strawberries (Japan holiday)

Cover of a Cover

bon appétit summer like an italian

I have a ton of magazines that I have yet to read. When I buy these guys, I have every good intention of reading the magazines from cover to cover. But what happens most of the time is that they make their way onto a stack of other magazines that I have yet to read and as life happens, they just sit there. While doing the laundry today, I figured I’d finally start hacking my fat-ass pile of lovely mags.

This issue of Bon Appetit was the travel issue from May 2018. Beautiful food, photos, and writing all around, of course, and before I could even finish the cover story, so inspired by the article, I whipped out my travel palette and water brush and began drawing the cover, and I really like how it turned out. The things I like were all unintended, and I have my water brush to thank for all of it, really.

So, I finished the drawing and I finished the laundry, but as far as finishing the rest of the issue, I forgot about it until now, which leads me to my new resolution:

Until my all of current magazines are read and appreciated, no new magazines!

Food Holidays 2019

food holidays 2019

I tend to gravitate towards the same object matter when drawing things. So, for the purpose of variety and to inspire me to draw things I normally wouldn’t, I’m going to draw the food holidays this year, primarily those celebrated in the USA, as listed on Wikipedia. These are the rules of engagement for my Food Holidays project, effective today:

1. Daily max time: one hour of drawing.
2. If the drawing is incomplete by the end of the hour, finish it the following day.
3. Continue any unfinished work from the previous day and start the next.
4. Post drawings on this blog once a week on Sundays.
4. Tools will be limited to these guys:

gouache equipment

Umm, that’s it I guess. By the way: Happy 2019!

365 Modifications

ikea cup and twigs

I’m going to modify the rules of engagement for my 365 project. I broke the rules way too many times by changing mediums midstream (from watercolor to gouache) and although these were self-imposed restrictions, breaking them after making such a big deal about the importance of them didn’t feel good, no sir-reee. Also, drawing fake food became all too cumbersome. That’s not to say that I’m going to stop drawing junk food all together — I simply need a cohesive theme that I can sustain for all or most of the year. I’ll repost my new rules of engagement tomorrow.

By the way, these moleskin drawings have nothing to do with the project. They’re just doodles of my coffee and some twigs I found on my walk the other day.

My Keto Meals

keto macronutrients

This is what I eat everyday, twice a day:
- Swiss chard (or collard greens) sautéed in coconut oil
- Grass-fed Angus beef or Grass-fed NY Steak or Grass-fed bison burger patties
- Celtic Sea Salt (1.5 teaspoons)
- Coconut oil on the side (2 tablespoons)
- 3 egg yolks

Not in the drawing:
- Mocca-Java Decaf from Peets with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (keto coffee)

Despite the monotony, I do enjoy my simple meals. Meat and veggies bathed in coconut oil? Quite good!