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Dreams of an Aspiring Artist

Everyone has dreams, right? Some dream of becoming a renown singer, or perhaps a musician. Others dream of “making it big” as an actor, or even a director. Some want to be writers, others want to be all-stars, but all of us have dreams, don’t we? As for myself, I’m an aspiring artist with abnormally large hopes and dreams.

My Dreams As An Aspiring Artist

Pencil Drawing of Thumbs Up - Dreams of An Aspiring ArtistTo some, explaining what their dream is can be as simple as saying “I want to be [My Dream]”, and then the point has been made. But I feel my dreams as an aspiring artist are a little more complicated than that. I don’t just want to be a great artist, because saying such leaves a plethora of unanswered questions such as “Why do you want to be a great artist?”, “What kind of art do you want to master?”, “Do you have a time-frame?”, “Is that what you want to do for a career?”, etc..

So instead of simply saying “I want to be a great artist“, I’m going to give a bit more of a detailed explanation as to the why’s, how’s, and when’s.

A Master of all Mediums

Crazy, right? It’s difficult enough as it is to gain expertise in one medium, let alone all of them. It’s an immense goal to have, but that’s the point. I never want to reach a point where I’m content with my skills as an artist. I would much rather continue to grow so I can look back and see the progress I’ve made throughout the years. I feel significantly more confident in my skills today than I did a year ago, and I hope I can say the same with each passing year.

A Web Comic

If and when I do create a web comic, I’ll probably want to create another website to which it’s dedicated. I’ve brainstormed some ideas for a web comic, and I’ve even created one or two test strips, but I haven’t found an idea that I’m willing to proceed with just yet. I might even consider creating several, just to see which ones take off best. I love clean humor of all shapes and sizes, and creating a web comic would be a way for me to express both my love for art and humor. How could I go wrong?.. (don’t answer that).

I’d love to hear suggestions if there’s anyone out there that has a cool idea for a web comic. It’s going to be clean, though. So vulgar suggestions probably won’t be considered.

Fame and Glory

I might be exaggerating a little bit, but in reality, I want to be recognized as an artist. This doesn’t mean I have to be the most famous artist that ever existed, or even famous on a national level. I want people to see my artwork and tell me what they think of it, whether it be praise, critique, or hate, it will all help me to continually improve.

Of course, I also want to be known enough to make a living off of what I create. Whether I sell my original artwork or prints on websites such as Zazzle.com, or I create my own products such as coloring books, I want to be able to call it my full-time job. If becoming a full time artist is my job, then it’s likely that I’ll never feel like I’m working a day in my life.

A YouTube Sensation

YouTubeOh Youtube. A collection of videos from all over the globe where people express themselves in ways photos and words never could. I’ve slowly grown in subscribers over the years, but creating videos as an aspiring artist can be hectic. Recording is easy – Editing is not. And so my goal is to create a large variety of videos in advance, so I can consistently post videos on a weekly basis.

I love watching other artists post time-lapsed videos of their creations. It fascinates me to see all the various styles and mediums thrown together to create amazing works of art in a matter of minutes.

A Great Husband

With all the goals listed above, one would think I would need to dedicate every waking moment working towards making them become a reality. Staying up late, getting up early, work, and more work. But there’s something much more important to me than all of the dreams listed above: my amazing wife.

Does this mean I won’t work towards my goals? Of course not! But I already have everything I need to make me the happiest man alive. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

I’m sure it’s the cheesiest thing you’ve heard of today, but it’s true. Hopefully this little post will help others realize there’s more to life than just “me” and “my dreams”.

A Great Start To 2016


Richard GartlandIt’s already 2016, and what better way to start off the year than with some resolutions! But before I get too far I’ll explain why I decided to draw Richard Gartland today. My beautiful wife has just recently started at her new job working for H&R Block for this upcoming tax season! How exciting! They’ve made an excellent addition by hiring her and her sister for these seasonal positions.

But as I was saying before, new resolutions! I’ve never really been into making resolutions for each New Year, but with some motivational gifts given to my wife and I on Christmas, I figured now would be a better time than ever to start. One of the gifts that inspired a New Year’s resolution for me in particular was a daily sketch journal given by one of my sisters-in-law, which is partly the reason as to why I drew my Gartland today. The other two gifts were given by my father-in-law’s parents, which is a daily devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah and a notebook with a goal of listing a “Joy, Sorrow, and Hope” of every day of the year.

My Daily Sketch Journal

It’s only five days into the year, so I only have five drawings at the moment, but I’m crazy excited about how such a simple book has motivated me to set aside at least some portion of each day to draw. I really struggle to find time for my artwork lately, so having a little more motivation is not only exciting, but greatly appreciated. I don’t have each of my drawings posted yet, but I’m going to be setting up a page to showcase all of my daily drawings for 2016. I’m sure there will be a day or two where I’ll inevitably be unable to complete a drawing, but I’ll certainly be doing my best to do it whenever I can.

The Upward Call

The devotional given to us is titled “The Upward Call” by Dr. David Jeremiah, and was made specifically for 2016. Each devotional is only one page in length, and is labeled by the day you would be reading it (ex: January 5th is the fifth devotional). Even though all of our Christmas gifts this year are greatly appreciated, I’m sure that this gift will certainly be the most beneficial to the both of us.

Even though we’re only five days in, I already know that this year is going to be great. I can’t wait to see what each new day will bring!

How to Motivate Yourself to Draw or Paint

It happened again. Here I am sitting at my desk and ready to draw when suddenly, my motivation just plummets. “WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?” Is what I tend to think at that moment. I always complain about not having the time to draw, but realistically I have more than enough. So what’s the deal? Well here are some thoughts I have on the topic, and I decided to write them down in a hope that they will help me (and others) overcome “motivation killers”. Here are 5 tips on how to motivate yourself to draw.

1) Stop Wasting Time

More often than not, I’ll find myself loafing around on the days that I have off. Watching YouTube videos, browsing the internet, Facebook stalking, playing games on my computer or phone, and so forth. These are all a complete waste of time. Of course, it’s good to be entertained on occasion, but not when you’re constantly using it to replace something productive or worthwhile. Nobody should spend all their free time on unprofitable entertainment.

2) Force Yourself to Draw

Believe it or not, inspiration to draw doesn’t often just magically appear on demand. But I’ve come to find out that forcing myself to doodle for a few minutes will get my creative juices flowing and I’ll ultimately end up getting inspired to draw something bigger. Although, much of the inspiration I’ve had in the past has come through watching a new show or playing a new game (in moderation). Here’s a few examples of said inspired drawings.

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3) Try New Media

I know it might be easy to get comfortable using the same media, but there’s SO much out there to try. There’s pencils, colored pencils, ballpoint pens, micron pens, basic markers, copic markers, charcoal, watercolor, oil painting, pastels, and SOOOoo much more. Not to mention how many different things you could use as a canvas. Why stick to just white paper? In fact, why stick to paper at all? A YouTube friend of mine named Agapey has made a habit of drawing on wooden cutting boards! How awesome is that?
My wife recently signed me up for SketchBox as a birthday gift (She’s the best), so I’m excited to see what new mediums they send me to try out!

4) Write About What You Want To Draw

This may sound odd, but it really works for me. When I lose my motivation to draw, I write about what I hope to draw in the future. I don’t tend to keep what I write, but maybe as an example I’ll post the next one I make. Although, this article actually started out as a way to try and get my creative juices flowing, so that counts, right?

Try to be descriptive when you write, too. So if I use this tactic myself, I would write about the next steps to finishing my Disney Castle drawing. I’ve already drawn the framework and given basic details to the castle, but it still needs shading, as well as creating light/dark contrast.

5) Look At Other Artist’s Artwork

What could be more inspiring than watching the artwork of your fellow artists? If you’re an artist, then I’m sure you’re already aware that you tend to connect well with other artistic people. We’re often greatly passionate about our artwork, and when we find someone else that loves art, it inspires us to continue our hard work.
With access to the internet, viewing artwork is easier than it’s ever been before. There are MILLIONS of artists out there that share their work with the world through both videos and photos (I’m only one of them), and searching through their artwork is one of the best ways I’ve found to get inspired.

Conclusion

Well there you have it. There’s five ways you can use to get up and motivated to create that next beautiful work of art. I would love it if you shared this article with your friends, or better yet, send me your artwork! I have a page set up so I can feature the artwork of other artists and I would love to share yours!

Drawing Uncle Sam

Black and White Uncle Sam Pencil Drawing

*Inhales deeply*

Ahhhhh. Do you smell that?

Smells Like Freedom.

Now, I don’t really have the time or patience to go into how the current government is gradually taking that away from us, but relatively speaking, we’re free.

What is it that makes this year’s July 4th different than the rest? Well, a LOT has changed since the last time I celebrated Independence Day. Mainly the fact that I am no longer a single man.

*GASP*

Yes, I know. I feel the same way. But the fact that I found a woman that I will be happily married to for the rest of my life isn’t what astounds me. It’s the realization that I make her just as happy (so she claims ;D ).

Immediately after our vacation was over, I started my new position at work. It’s quite different than the responsibilities I’m used to, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually. It isn’t amazing pay, but I truly doubt that I could find a job that I enjoy as much as my current position.

Future Artwork

I do, however, still have free time to draw and continue making YouTube videos. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything, but given a choice between drawing and spending time with my wife (even if we’re cleaning or shopping), the latter always wins.

I hope you all have a happy 4th of July! Here’s a time lapsed video of my Uncle Sam drawing. Please share if you enjoyed this article and/or video!

How to Draw a Peacekeeper from the Hunger Games

Black and White Pen Drawing of a Hunger Games PeacekeeperIt’s been a little while since I wrote a little bit of back-story behind any of my drawings. So I thought after drawing this Peacekeeper from The Hunger Games, it’d be a good time to start again 🙂

Mockinjay Part 1
I had only seen the first two movies until just a few days ago when I watched Mockingjay Part 1 with my lovely fiancée. Relative to the first two movies, it was awesome. Of course different people have their preferences, but I really liked the third.
It had such more.. rebellion. Which is the best part.

Why Draw A Peacekeeper?

In one part of the movie the camera zoomed in closely on the mask of one of the peacekeepers while leading up to a really intense scene. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, but basically the scene ended up making me want to draw a peacekeeper. And besides, they remind me of Star Wars Stormtroopers, and who doesn’t love Stormtroopers?

I used an awesome new fine-tip ballpoint pen that I bought from my local art store to create it, and it only took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to draw. That might sound like a long time, but if I had made this on regular sized paper, this would have taken AGES.

Here’s the video of it being made 🙂

My next project that I’m working on is actually a drawing of Luke Skywalker for a good friend of mine. Sadly, it’s not going as well as I had hoped, and It may end up getting pushed back further. I WILL get it finished, though… eventually.
Thanks for taking the time to read 🙂 And have a great day