I wanted to share some of my favorite art works from each month of 2016!
It's easy to think that we aren't going anywhere with out creative goals or dreams or skills.
But if you look back, there's usually a reaction of "Whoa. Look how far I've come!"
Or for me, it's like "I can't believe I made that! It's so good!"
I really like making art that I love looking at.
It is one of my highest joys in life.
So let's take a look at some of my 2016 art highlights!
I made this pretty close to the new year. I was listening to Jeff Beck and just doodling paint around and writing little quips about art and life. I like the loose, free hand style of it.
This was when I first started playing with all my markers. (If you follow me on instagram, you know I went through quite the marker phase. It was a lot of fun. And challenging!)
More marker fun! I would challenge myself by only picking three to four colors to work with.
Even more markers!! As you can see, I tended to favor blues and purples. This one was for an instagram challenge called #aprilartchallenge. I believe it was @bybun who started it. It was a lot of fun, even though I didn't finish. This one was "zodiak sign" I'm a Gemini so that's what I drew!
Here's where things start to get crazy! It's hard to believe I've only been doing digital art for less than a year! I love it so much! This is one of my earlier pieces, when I was still trying things out and getting acquainted with my app. (FYI: most of my digital art is made on my phone with an app called ArtStudio. I have the paid version but the free version is incredible as well. I have about three other photo editing apps that I use to edit the works as well.)
This is one of my all time favorites. This is one that I look at and think "holy crap. I can't believe I made this!" And I made it in the same month as my birthday! :D
This one really stands out to me because it's actually super detailed, with the knots in the wood and the yarn wrapped around. It usually takes me about two to three hours total to make a regular digital piece. This one probably took like four to five.
Since I began making digital art, I wasn't making a lot of regular art. I made this piece while I listened to the Art Journal Jam with Connie and Tashie. (They aren't happening anymore, but you can still watch the first three. Here's a link: Art Journal Jam Episode One.
They were great fun to listen to. This was just me being idle and experimental with my paints and makers. It's a fun mess.
I traveled a lot this month due to the passing of my amazing Grandma and for more pleasant reasons; the amazing IGNITE Immersion with Connie Solera in Washington. Seriously one of the best experiences of my life and one I will probably devote a much belated blog post to. I miss those ladies everyday! I made a lot of art there but want to save it for it's own post. Plus, some of it is very personal and raw. But I made this little trippy doodle at work, I believe. (another great thing that happened this month was that I left my awful, disheartening job for a lovely job at a Bed and Breakfast. It can be hard work but it is so rewarding and the atmosphere is so uplifting! and don't even get me started about my lovely coworkers!)
Back to digital arting. I was inspired by a lot of 80's Japanese art on Tumblr. I might make another post about that too. I wish there was a name for the type of art I'm talking about, but if there is, I don't know it. But I find it calming and lovely. (The words in this piece are lyrics from a song called Carnival Babel by Takada Band. It's the theme song to an anime from the 90s called "Blue Seed")
If you follow me on instagram, you know that I've been making a lot of art with these little creatures in them. They don't have a name yet, but they speak softly to me. They are quite lovely. And this one reminds me of banana leafs, which I love. This is also when I started editing my art with different photo apps and getting all kinds of cool effects and outcomes.
This is one of my favorite pieces ever. EVER! I might get it as a tattoo, honestly. I just love it! There's not really much else to say about it. I just adore it.
Well, there's my art highlights of 2016!
I'm excited to see what 2017 holds for me. I've already made a few digital pieces that I quite like. And I have a studio space to make actual art in now!
There's a lot I want to explore and grow with, like short animations, and a lot of stuff involving Patreon. Which you can check out here: My Patreon
It's not completed yet, but I'm kind of jumping in full force. I figure it's the only way I'm going to get into action!
I will talk more about my Patreon in an update post soon, talking about my year ahead, ideas, youtube plans, and dates for lots of goodies and experiments and blahblahblahART!
I just had coffee and my brain is teeming with creative lightning.
I would love to see what you've created in the past year and hear what your creative dreams are for the upcoming year!
Be brilliant in the face of all this nonsense in the world.
Be kind to yourself and others.