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How it Feels Being 24

 

It’s been a week since Prince’s birthday, what a legend that left this world way too soon. I have vivid childhood memories of listening to Prince in the car with my dad and sister, listening to Prince on repeat on my iPod nano back in the day. Do y’all remember those old iPods? Seems weird to call those old now…

Oh yea, and it was my birthday too.

On June 7th, I turned 24. With most birthdays I’ve had so far, I usually feel the same after the day, and don’t necessarily feel my age. This time, it was a whole different story. While the actual day was very casual, the second I woke up, something was different. Surprisingly, I have been feeling very reflective in the week of being 24. I am now officially in my mid-twenties.

Wow.

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Me living my best life: ice cream in hand, pink shoes, and flowers.

I’m still young that’s for sure, I have my whole life ahead of me. But I am two years away from being closer to my 30s. What?! Are you sure?!

In terms of how my life is going, I am at least 75% adult, at least that’s what it feels like. I still get slightly nervous when making phone calls, I can kind of park a car, I can JUST BARELY pay my bills with the pennies I make at my day job, and I only sometimes cry thinking about my financial situation.

To be honest with myself and to you, I feel like I should be farther along in my life story, and have more things figured out by now. I know life is more like a winding road than a set path, which is something I have to constantly remind myself. But I have lots of goals and milestones I want to achieve in this life I was given.

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Me and the bf @triangletyler

I have short and long term milestones I want to reach, and some look astronomical when I write them on paper. Things like paying of my student loans, buying a house, becoming self-employed. Not to mention getting married and starting a family, because those are things I would like to do too. Shorter term goals like finding a higher paying job, paying off some smaller debts, buying a car, planting the seeds of self-employment sound slightly more feasible. I will strive to take the steps needed to get where I need to go. And now that I am feeling my age, it’s all the more motivating to do this. Again, 24 is NOT old. I want to emphasize that. But maybe I’m just mature for my age, like when I was a teen. Some things never change, y’know.

Along with goals, I am striving to make lifestyle changes for my health, my body, and mind. Eating healthy and exercising is something I have lost over time, and I want to get back into it. That means More cooking from home with healthy recipes along with doing my pilates. Back in 2013 I was very good about this, and I could tell I felt good just by living this healthier lifestyle. It wasn’t perfect, but it was definitely something good for me, and I will get back to doing that.

While on the subject, I would like to talk to you about my newly opened Etsy shop, and my Patreon. My Etsy shop, Alla’s Art Store, has lots of cute stickers, art prints, and copies of Jazz. Soon I will be listing some original pieces to the shop, so please be on the lookout for that, and favorite the shop on Etsy so you’ll know when I list new products. When I showed at the Art Fair and SPACE back in April, I had all of these products available to sell at my booth, so if you saw me there and wanted something, don’t fret! I have everything still in pretty high quantities. Also, if you would like to have a custom piece made by me, I will be soon opening commissions! They will be shown as a listing on my Etsy, so stay tuned for that too!

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALLA’S ART STORE ON ETSY!

I am sketching everyday, trying out more classes on Skillshare, and I am enjoying showing off my work on social media. I have lots more work to show off very soon too, and lots of ideas for new stories to tell under Soft Peach Comics. It makes me excited to think about adding more stories to the Soft Peach universe!

So, while I am 24, I will strive to better my life, work towards my short term goals, and plant the seeds for those long term goals.

If you want to support me in another way, consider following me on Patreon! If you don’t know what Patreon is, it is a platform where creators can make a living by offering exclusive content for viewers for a monthly price. I am really enjoying Patreon because I have two tiers right now: One is a small donation tip jar, and the other is for a cute wallpaper for your phone! So if you want a cute wallpaper for your phone made by me, consider becoming a Patron.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY PATREON PAGE!

I love writing my thoughts on this blog, so if you want to see more, follow my Twitter, @Alla_Alla_Art to see when I post, or sign up on my website to receive email notifications to know when I create new posts.

See you soon! <3

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Alla’s May Meanderings

May… what a month. Had some slow weeks at work, and my finances are looking grim, but next month is birthday month, and things are looking up. I’m so close to getting my driver’s license, and I’m making art, and applying to jobs. I have a lot of goals, some of them seems impossible right now, but I would like to see them be possible soon! SO let’s get into what I’ve been doing! 

This month may have been a little trying, but I have some goodies to share with you that I’ve been loving…

1. Homemade Pizza

I’ve had a lot more days off the last few weeks; May is a slow month for retail it seems, so I’ve been at home a lot. And apart from watching all this YouTube drama unfold, I’ve been watching more Basics with Babish recipes. One I have been loving lately is his homemade pizza recipe, using an overnight, no-knead pizza dough recipe. The dough and sauce were homemade in my very own kitchen. While the first attempt didn’t turn out so well (ask my sister), the next three pizzas I made were amazing. While I’m still trying to figure out how an oven works (you’d think I already know), pizza is so fun to make. My hobby of cooking is something fun for me to do on my days off.

Check out Babish’s video on making pizza, and let me know if you make it too!

2. Mermay

If you don’t know already, every May, artists participate in #mermay, a time where you make art of mermaids. Last year, I created cute little mermaids out of circles, all on one page. But this year, I decided to create small gouache paintings of mermaids, based on a prompt list I found from an artist called @nlittvin on Twitter. I really liked their list because they sounded simple, yet they were slightly vague so that a lot could be left up to interpretation. Here are some of my favorite mermaids from #mermay 2019:

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Koi Fish!
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Clouds!
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Tears!

If you wanna see the rest of my #mermay posts, be sure to check out my instagram, @allas_art!

3. Game Grumps

I’m no stranger to Game Grumps. They’re a let’s play channel that I’ve watched since 2013, rediscovered them in 2015, and watch frequently now. They are a great group of people, full of creativity and comedy; I love watching their play-throughs of various Zelda, Mario, and Sonic games.

Some of my favorites of theirs are Mario 64, Pokemon Fire Red, and of course, their 10-minute power hour series. 

This month has been a little difficult at times; job hunting can really take a toll on you. Add that to financial difficulty, and you’ve got a nice recipe for stress. And when I’m feeling down, I turn to YouTubers like Game Grumps when I need to hear a friendly voice, or just spend some time laughing to myself in my bed, alone in the dark. Sounds kinds sad, I know, but I do love to watch them with my sister when I come over there too. They’re a great group of guys, and I hope to one day meet them.

Check out their channel for some great content!

4. Patreon

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Give me just a little time to talk about my Patreon page. I have been wanting to create one for a couple years now, but decided now was the time with the new updates to the site lately. Patreon is a great site that allows creative people to be able to make a living by creating content for their following. I have a couple ideas I would like to implement into my page in the future, but for now, I have two tiers. One is a small tip jar for those who would like to throw in a small amount for support. My next tier is the first one with benefits. For just a small amount, I will create an iPhone wallpaper every month for users to sport on their phones and represent.

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I believe Patreon is best to start with baby steps, and, since my following is still growing, I don’t want to start too big. If people like what they see there, I will definitely be expanding the page. But that only comes if people support, so if you have a free moment, check out what I got going on there so far! I will be creating this month’s wallpaper very soon, so if you would like to have a new wallpaper for your smart phone, be sure to support me and my work. Every amount is appreciated, and it lets me know that my work moves people.

My Patreon page is right here. Please check it out if you can, I’d really appreciate it!

That’s it for Alla’s May Meanderings. Be sure to follow for more blog posts! I’ll be sure to keep updating frequently on all my social platforms.

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Why I Love ASMR

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What kinds of things do y’all do to relax, especially before bedtime? Do you meditate, take a shower, play video games, read a book? Well, for me, I like to watch ASMR videos on YouTube.

What is ASMR you ask? Well, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”, better known today as ASMR, is described as a tingly, relaxing sensation you get when you listen to, or feel something particularly relaxing. Think back to a time when someone played with your hair, or knew someone with a soft voice. Have you ever heard a small, ordinary sound, like scissors cutting, and felt a strange relaxing feeling? You may have even listened to music that has moved you, and felt a rush of tingly feelings in your head. Have you ever experienced ASMR?

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Not everyone feels this unique sensation, but I feel like I am especially sensitive to it. I have a vivid memory in elementary school where the teacher was reading us a story book, and her soft-spoken voice sent tingles all over my head, down my neck, crawling down my back. As an adult, I remember watching YouTube videos of people unboxing products, someone talking particularly softly, that sort of thing. And the intention was not to trigger ASMR for me, but for some reason it did. I would listen to these videos over and over, just to feel the relaxing feeling, not really knowing what it was. It was then I discovered videos on the platform specifically filmed for triggering ASMR. When I learned exactly what these tingly feelings were, and that they had a name, everything started to make sense. I had discovered this while dealing with countless stressful situations months after graduating college, so it helps ease those hard times.

My favorite YouTube channels to watch for ASMR are “Whispersred”, and “Goodnight Moon”.

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The beautiful Emma from Whispersred.

Whispersred is this wonderful lady named Emma from England, and she creates all kinds of videos from simple trigger videos to roleplaying videos like going to a hotel, or visiting the clinic. She has a nurturing quality with her body language and her voice that reminds me of a mom’s warm hug and kiss goodnight. I can very easily fall asleep to her content. She also makes ASMR content for children, sometimes with her own children, and she has a vlog channel as well.

She has a great video on her main channel of her simply caressing and tearing paper towels. Something about it always gives me crazy amounts of tingles, and I can easily fall asleep to this one.

Check out Emma’s channel here! 

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Erin from Goodnight Moon. She’s like a best friend in her videos!

The other channel I watch frequently, Goodnight Moon, is another ASMR channel, but mostly focuses on the role-play aspects of it. She makes scenario videos like talking with you at a party, putting on make-up. But my favorite set of videos is the Babblebrook Series. This series takes place in a medieval-like world with different characters she plays; namely, a pair of witch sisters, an innkeeper, and a dragon merchant, to name a few. These videos amaze me because so much goes into the costumes, props, and sound design, not to mention the acting. Many creators could learn from her videos (including me!). So much quality and creativity with the stories she tells, and I am of course enchanted by the tingly sounds.

Check out Erin’s channel here!

I could go on and on about these two channels, but I’ll instead talk about some of my triggers. Which is a lot. Like I said, I am particularly sensitive, so many things can set me off. Like:

Paper sounds, like paper towels or tissue paper

Caressing fabric or wooden surfaces

Gentle voices, especially soft spoken women’s voices

Watching someone fold, or play with something in their hands

Crinkly sounds, like unwrapping plastic

Tapping sounds, especially nails on glass

Sometimes very good music will give me a rush of tingles too

And these are just visual and audio triggers! I have physical triggers too like:

People gently running their fingers through my hair

Gently rubbing my back or any kind of caressing on my face

Like I said, I’m very sensitive to ASMR.

What about you? Do you experience ASMR? I would like to know, or is this your first time hearing about it? It’s become a big part of my relaxation time before bed, and I can easily get a good night sleep because of it.

I’d also love to know what are some of your favorite ASMR channels; I would love to check them out!

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How to Pass Your Driver’s Test in 1 Month

I’m ready to get my driver’s license.

It’s May, one month away from my birthday month, and two months away before my temporary license expires. It seems like the perfect time to get it. Also, I’m gonna be 24, so I’m way overdue, huh?!

When I was a teenager, I had an opportunity to get my temporary license and take driving lessons, but never went through with it. Maybe because I was lazy, but living in the city with a reliable bus line, I was willing to just take the bus wherever I wanted to go, since my childhood home, college, and downtown were all accessible by bus. It was when I graduated college when I decided I need to finally buckle down and learn to drive. Taking the bus to my work isn’t so bad like people think it is, especially where we live now.

My roommate and I both work at the same mall, which by car is about a 15 minute drive, by bus it’s double that time. When we lived closer to downtown however, it took over an hour to get to work, which in the winter time was rough. I had to take one bus up north, wait about 10 minutes, and transfer to another bus to the rest of the way to the mall. It wasn’t much of a hassle as it was a lot of time to commute. Back when I just graduated college, I had a call center job up near the airport, which is northeast. I lived back home with parents, which was south. To get to work took about an hour and a half of commute. Thinking back, I wonder how much time I could have saved if I had my own car.

2018 I made it my new year’s resolution to get my license. Well, it’s May 2019, time to get rolling!

Thankfully, I am not a newbie to the road. My very first time driving was in my stepmom’s truck, which was too big. But lately, by boyfriend has been helping me out by letting me drive his car around. I’ve gotten pretty good, I have driven through residential neighborhoods, set up some cones and practiced maneuverability (which I was able to do once!), and even parked multiple times! My boyfriend is a great teacher, always making sure I can see through my mirrors, have my seatbelt on, and being patient with me when I ask him questions while he drives. I have yet to go on the highway, but my next goal is to be able to get on the main roads and eventually drive on the highway, even parallel park!

I’ve been too nervous to go over 25 mph, and when I think about driving for too long, I feel anxious. Whenever my boyfriend and I do a spontaneous practice session, I get very nervous. I guess the main nervousness comes from being out of control. But what helped me calm down was telling myself, “it’s just like controlling a machine.” Cars are just big machines that we control, and as long as we know the basics of driving, and mind our signals, driving is a breeze. I’m planning another practice session soon (today is the 1st of May), and typing now, I have butterflies in my stomach. Mostly because I want to actually get on the road with other cars around, instead of driving around residential neighborhoods. Its a hurdle I need to get over if I want to get my license.

My next point, which is both fun and kinda scary to think about, is shopping for cars. I know next to nothing about cars, but I have things that I want in a car that I would like to share. With my passion for wanting to travel to different conventions to go as both a visitor and an exhibitor, I would like a car relatively big to hold suitcases, booth displays, things like that. I also would like a car that does well against ice and snow. I’m such a newbie on the road that the thought of driving along ice and snow sounds like a nightmare. A car with something like 4-wheel drive sounds lovely. Another thing I’ve been considering is a manual, or stick shift car. They look harder to drive since you have  to know exactly what you’re doing. But from what I hear, stick shift cars last longer, and are more reliable. Also, if someone tried to steal my car, there’s a higher probability they may not be able to drive it away! Not the best thing to think of, but still a funny thought anyways.

Again, I know nothing about cars, so as long as I can get a car that can drive, then I’ll be happy.

Thanks for reading my small little post! May will certainly be the month I get my driver’s license, so pray for me. I will try very hard to get there, even if I take the driving test at 11:59 on May 31st! And if you’re out there trying to learn how to drive, good luck, take it easy, and have a good teacher.

See you all in the next post!

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Alla’s April Additions

Alla’s April Additions

April, what a month, huh? It hasn’t been consistently warm yet here in Cbus, but that’s what happens when the seasons change, right? It’s been a busy month, but in a good way. I have been able to relax in-between working at my day job and my artwork on the side, even making time to practice my new hobby every now and then. This month has brought in a couple things that have helped me in some kind of way that I would like to share with you. So here goes!

SPACE

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Me cheesing. My booth was really fun to set up!

First off, SPACE was amazing! If you didn’t know, I spent the last weekend at an indie comics expo called SPACE, ran by Back Porch Comics. I had so much fun there. There was so much talent in one small room, that I barely had enough time to look at all of it. A lot happened that weekend, I even had an interview on indievolt.com! Pretty amazing, when I think about it. I met some new people as well as some I met last year, and sold lots of copies of my comic, “Jazz”!

I wanna say a quick thanks to everyone who stopped by my table, talked with me, and those who purchased something. It means a lot that there are people out there that think my art is worth something. It’s great being able to put myself out there and show off what I’ve been working on. Seeing a positive response in people as they look at my art couldn’t be more rewarding. I learned so much about sales and what people gravitated towards. I hope I can do a few more shows this year, cause it’s a new passion of mine to set up shop and talk with other creatives around Columbus.

Binging With Babish

I’ve been getting really into cooking homemade dishes lately. While I am accustomed to eating Maruchan ramen and instant pancake mix, I made an earlier post about how homemade mac n cheese kind of changed my life. This is where Binging with Babish comes in. This youtube channel has introduced me to lots of different recipes I’ve been wanting to try. Binging with Babish has a show called Basics with Babish, where Mr. Babish himself goes over simple dishes like pasta and chicken noodle soup, and shows the best ways to make them from scratch. There was one episode where he made homemade chicken stock, and with that created chicken noodle soup. It inspired me to try making my own homemade stock. While I still have a lot to learn, (I used waaay too much water) it was a fun experiment to try, and once I use all the stock I made, I’ll gladly try again. My next recipes I want to try are homemade pizza, down to the dough and the sauce, and homemade pasta. His videos are really nicely edited and easy to follow too. He puts every recipe in the descriptions of his videos. I recommend his series Basics with Babish for those like me who want to try more homemade cooking in the kitchen.

Illustration Board

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My cute girl on Illustration Board. I used gouache and inks for it!

This April I’ve been experimenting with different surfaces to make art on, cardboard to be more specific. One surface I haven’t used since art school is illustration board. There are a lot of brands to choose from, but I generally choose the kind that feels the best at the store; I’m not picky. But the best thing about Illustration board is that it can take a lot of different mediums, and has a good amount of “tooth” on its surface to hold different consistencies of paint and pencil. My favorite method is doing layers of watered down gouache to build up some color, and enhance those colors with colored pencil. I finish the whole thing off with inks on top as well as white acrylic paint for shiny areas. I haven’t had too many chances to use it, this month has been a busy one, but I thoroughly enjoy illustration board, and will be making a lot more pieces with it soon.

Doll Customizing

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My first face-up with a proper sealant! Still gotta practice my aim with the sealant though…

Doll Customizing has been my new hobby that I’ve wanted to pursue for over a year now. Luckily, I now have most of the supplies I need to start! I’ll show the first face-up I did earlier this month. I have a lot to learn about using these different materials and drawing on a plastic surface, but I like where it was going! It feels weird drawing on such a tiny surface too. I’ve been heavily inspired my Dollightfully’s youtube channel as well as a few doll artists on instagram such as @c_u_l_u_r, @miasdaydream, and @moonlight_jewel. Such pretty dolls! Once I get some more free time, I would like to take some more time on this hobby of mine, and learn how to sew so I can make some doll clothes too! I find Doll Customizing very fun and rewarding (also, a little hard on the neck and back). Part of me wants to devote a lit of time to perfect making dolls and try my hand at sculpting dolls, but we will see about that one. I have a lot of things I would like to create, so let’s try and take it one project at a time!

That’s all I have to share this April! It was a month full of showing, doing and networking. My plans for the summer involve me moving up and getting a new day job. I’ve tried my hand at having two jobs before, and while it was good money, my health and art was another story. My plan is to look for a higher paying job while I can still have my art and blog on the side. I would also like to continue making my comics. Jazz chapter 3 is coming, and I plan on outlining what this next one will be about. I also have another brand new comic I would like to work on about a witch! So stay tuned for that. I am also still working on updating my Etsy shop, as well as promoting my Patreon page.

A lot of things, but all good! Thanks for reading and following along my journey, and I’ll see you in a next blog post. <3

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How to (Almost) Spread Yourself too Thin

This summer is going to be an exciting one. I’m ready for warm weather, enjoying the sunshine and (hopefully) going swimming, y’know, typical summer fun activities. Summer is my favorite season, but I’ll always say that spring is my favorite time of year. The flowers blooming and seeing all the trees and bushes wake up from a cold, snowy winter is so nice. Also,  cherry blossoms bloom around this time of year, and it’s a goal of mine to go back to Washington D.C. to view the cherry blossoms.

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Lil ‘ol me with some cherry blossoms.

The side hustle is real right now. I have many things to share with you. Let’s start at the beginning:

First off, this coming weekend, I will be tabling at SPACE, an indie comics expo here in Cbus. Like always, I will be selling lovely prints and stickers, some classic goodies and some new to share. I have copies of chapter 1 and 2 of “Jazz” as well, so if you need your magical girl kick, come by my table! It’s free admission for the whole weekend, so feel free to peruse by booth and other talented local artists. It’ll be my second showing at SPACE, and I hope I can continue tabling there every year from now on! It’s always a good time meeting new faces as well as familiar ones there.

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The map for SPACE. I’m on the exact opposite side from last year!

Second off, my Etsy shop, Alla’s Art Store, is temporarily closed for renovations. I decided that it needed a new, fresh look, and I have been hard at work taking nice photos of my products. It’s been a fun experience that has brought my boyfriend and I to the park to take nice photos. It’s been great setting up props and making sure the lighting is just right. I’m lucky to have a good phone to take pictures; that always comes in handy, since buying a DSLR camera sounds daunting right now. I didn’t major in Photography in school, but I know a thing or two about taking a nice photo, that’s for sure.

Also, expect some brand new work in the shop as well! I have ideas for print collections; themed pieces to go with the seasons, or whatever catches my fancy that day. I’m excited to unveil the new and improved Alla’s Art Store this summer, so be on the lookout for a store opening announcement soon, maybe even an exclusive discount for readers of Alla’s Art Story readers!

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A sneak peak of a favorite of mine.

Third off, I’ve decided to make the plunge and create a Patreon! It seemed like the right time to reopen my account and make a page because of the upcoming changes to the platform. I’m still trying to get the hang of the website, but right now, I have a single tier lovingly called “Baby Peach”. For just ten bucks, I will create a super cute, peachy themed wallpaper for your smartphone. Custom made for each person, so each one will be unique! If that’s something you’d be interested in, I’ll leave a link so you can check it out.

As of now, I will stick with one tier. Patreon seems like the type of thing you build up slowly, so that’s what I’m going with. In the future, I would like to offer up some more exclusive stuff as people start gaining interest in it.

That’s about all I have to talk about today! I’ve been working hard, as well as resting easy. My day job has us working a lot of tasks in short periods of time, so I usually come home tired, but manage to get a thing or two done for me. One thing being this blog post. I would like to try posting a blog post once a week, but it may take some time to build up to that. For now, please enjoy my sporadic posts!

Be on the lookout for Alla’s April Additions soon! And also, if you are interested in anything I’ve talked about in this post, be sure to look for links below. I love sharing what I’ve got going on. Catch you all later!

PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/allasart

ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllasArtStore

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Quest for ART! Some New Experiments

How’s everyone doing so far this year? Made some progress on a goal you’ve set?

As for me, I’ve been trying to experiment with new techniques for creating artwork, mostly in the traditional sense. It’s actually been a hot minute since I have created anything digitally. Recently though, I have been feeling spontaneous with my creative processes. I have been finding myself sitting at my work desk, then hit on the head with inspiration to paint, or sketch out an idea. Recently an idea appeared to me a few weeks ago. All that I saw was water, and bright orange goldfish. As soon as I could, I immediately took a piece of illustration board and did a painting:

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Lovingly called “Merfish”, this painting was the result of a spontaneous burst of inspiration. I believe every artist has had moments like this. An idea strikes, and you HAVE to make it a reality no matter what. Sometimes they don’t translate as well as intentioned, but I found that “Merfish” may be one of my favorites pieces I’ve made in a while. I’m a fan of the colors; I used two complementary hues together (blue water, orange fish; red clothes and green hair), and used plenty of mixed media techniques. There’s gouache, colored pencil, white pen, and ink wash jammed into this little piece of illustration board.

Just so you know, “Merfish” is available on my Etsy shop if you would like a print, or even the original piece. To be honest, it may be hard to part with the original piece; I try not to get too attached to my art, but dang, I’m proud of this one.

Along with creating that piece, I have taken to painting with acrylics on scraps of cardboard lately. I noticed some saved cardboard from packaging that had to be painted on. As a result, I made this piece:

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To be honest, it was more of an experiment to see how the paint would look on the cardboard. Seeing as cardboard is a mid-tone color, it’s easy to push darker values back and bring forward highlighted areas. Anyone who has worked with mid-tone paper knows how nice it is to make drawings using black and white charcoal pencils. It reminds me of a piece I made in college that I was really proud of back then:

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Figure drawing was one of the classes in college that really helped me improve.

But anyways, watered down acrylic and cardboard might be one of my new favorite combos. Cardboard takes watered down acrylic surprisingly well, something I discovered after the experimental piece I created today:

 

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I am a huge fan of building the layers of acrylic onto the cardboard; it almost looks like watercolor or gouache. When I used thicker layers, like on the wings, it creates this texture that looks nice against thinly layered acrylic. For this angel girl I painted, I did around 4 layers of paint for her skin and hair, making sure to change the water-to-paint ratio every time. For other places like her eyes and the wings, I thickened the paint. For a little extra flair, her top is the cardboard, which it’s a little hard to see. It was a fun experiment that opened the door to more ideas I have for acrylic and cardboard that I would like to implement in future pieces. Maybe I’ll actually buy some illustration boards to look more professional, but to be honest, I’m really feeling the scrappy, cardboard look. I even had someone come up to me and say I should continue making cardboard pieces.

Fact of the matter is, sometimes it’s good to let the creative spirit come out when it strikes. I don’t know where these spontaneous burst are coming from, but they are allowing me to learn and experiment with different techniques which I would have never thought of before.

Truth is, I could talk about art techniques all day. Art is truly my passion, and illustrating feels like the only thing I’m good at. If you all enjoy reading my rambles about art, let me know, I would like to keep the discussion going about different artistic techniques, and hear advice from other creatives. Artist grow when surrounded by other artists, at least that’s how it seems.

If you all would like to see my artistic journey, I have an Instagram, @allas_art. I try to post as frequently as I can, even if it’s just a little Insta story. If you’re interested in supporting me, I have an Etsy, AllasArtStore, where I sell prints, original pieces, and stickers. I would like to become a full time, self-employed artist someday, and even a little support goes a long way!

Coming up next, I have a few things in the works that I would like to share with you, but it’ll have to wait for a while. So keep up with me on instagram to see what I have cooking up.

Enjoy the warm weather, and have a productive April!

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March Muses and Mishaps

March has been quite the month, hasn’t it? As for me, I’ve been working on preparing for two art shows in April, along with a busy work schedule at my day job. Spring break is apparently the time for people to come buy their American Girl Dolls. It feels like there hasn’t been a dull moment in the past few weeks, and of course I have some things that I’ve really been appreciating in March that I thought I’d share with you all.

1. Ikea

Everyone loves Ikea in some sort of fashion, right? There is a relatively newer store in my city that, when we go, we have to put away time to explore before we gather whatever we need for the house. In this particular trip we took a few weeks ago, I was on the lookout for some expansion for my workspace, so I bought 2 desks and 2 drawer units. My boyfriend was so kind as to be cart pusher and ride to said Ikea to pick up my wares, which I had saved my tax refund for.

What I love about Ikea is how easy it is to put their furniture together. I am a very visual person, so if you’ve put Ikea furniture together before, you know that their instructions are ALL pictures with no words anywhere. It may sound like a bad thing, but it makes someone like me, ditzy and kinda slow, seem like a professional furniture put together-er. And thanks to Ikea, my workspace has improved! I now have a small desk attached to my corner desk that houses my printer with convenient drawers to hold illustration boards, as well as a bigger desk in my room to use for my doll customizing hobby (that I should probably start soon). Along with that I got some inexpensive drawer units to put under my corner desk to have a better spot for art supplies, electronics, and my giant collection of pens, pencils, highlighters, and the like.

With my new workspace, this should make me more efficient in making more content for everyone. And it’s all thanks to Ikea’s easy-to-put-together-and-inexpensive furniture.

2. Lush

Despite following lots of skincare brands and influencers on Instagram and Youtube over the years, I’m not the best at taking care of my skin and body. And please ignore the fact that my diet this March has probably subtracted years from my life (that’s another blog post). This winter has been a strong contender in making my skin super dry, itchy and red. Not to mention the sinus allergies. I usually can go without lotion most days since my skin is naturally pretty oily, but not this winter season. But that’s where Lush comes in. Their lotions like Charity Pot and Jade Roller have soothed my itchy, red skin enough to where I don’t go back to my prescribed ointments. What I like most about Jade Roller, my most recent find, is that i can rub it where I want to on my face and body, and it melts right into my thirsty skin. Also, it smells like delicious peppermint.

Another recent find is Gritty Politti. Like Jade Roller, I can rub this on my skin and it does the work for me. Only this time, with Gritty Politti, it has exfoliating properties which take out all that dead skin and dirt. I like to use it once in a while to invigorate my skin, encourage blood circulation and all that jazz.

Maybe one day, when I’m more financially able to, I may switch all my skincare products to Lush, because their natural ingredients and safely made products do wonders for my skin.

3. Apple Store Genius Bar

March has been the month where my 7 year old MacBook and 2 and a half year old iPhone have decided its about time to kick the bucket. First it was my computer. I had fallen asleep to a Youtube video (most likely an ASMR video) and the computer battery had died, like it does. Once I woke up the next day, I had plugged in my computer to reboot it. And just like that, it shut off, and would not turn on. Feeling slightly worried, I took it up to the Apple store near my work to have it checked out. Turns out there was something in the system that could not respond to the battery and had to be manually switched on (not sure what the correct lingo is, the store associate can explain it better). I was thoroughly impressed with the services the Genius Bar at the store provided; first off, they fixed my computer. That’s pretty good. And also the associate was quick, and able to explain the issue. He felt like someone who cared about my concern and genuinely wanted to help me out. For some reason I thought that they would look down on me for having a now out of date laptop, but this wasn’t the case.

My other qualm was my phone. Still an ongoing issue, but the Genius Bar was able to help me out again with my phone, which is currently glitching out on my desk. The associate at Genius was helpful in having me make the decision to update my phone or stick with the old one.

Nevertheless, the Genius Bar is a great resource for Apple-loyal users like myself, and was surprisingly impressed with their service. No wonder Apple is a multi-billion dollar company. 

4. Skyrim

It’s no secret that I love video games. As a Nintendo girl at heart, I do have a love for fantasy RPG’s and story-driven games like Fable and Skyrim. I had an itching to play the aforementioned Elder Scrolls game, and a friend let me borrow it. It’s been like a therapy in the midst of all that’s happening this month. I get to wander the wintry wilderness, fighting dragons and leveling up my character. I’m going for magic using, like I always do. I love how you can stray from the main storyline, and even the side quests to wander off and do as you please. You could join either side of the civil war, become an assassin and join the Dark Brotherhood, become a master mage and hunt for soul gems. Or you could do what I do talk to everyone you meet, completing simple delivery quests for gold. In my game currently, I am trying to become Thane in every town, which is a high honor. I am saving my money to buy property in the town of Solitude, home of the Imperial Army, which I’m a part of, in order to become Thane. I’m having mindless fun, and it’s just what I need during a busy, uncertain time.

What were some of your favorite things about the month of March? Let me know, and be on the lookout for more blog posts! I’m trying to come up with some more ideas for posts, and in a few weeks I should have some more time to sit and write.

See you all in April!

(Sorry for no pictures this time, next time I shall have plenty of them…!)

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Life Update-Exciting Things to Come

It’s the third month of 2019, and some things are cooking up to make for an exciting couple of months. I thought I’d write up a quick life update for y’all to know what’s been goin on, and what to expect soon…

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1. Soft Peach Updates: Jazz Chapter 2 release soon

Jazz High Kicks, the next chapter of Jazz’s story is set to come out soon, this Thursday in fact! I’ve been working very hard in the background putting the book together, making sure all the finishing touches are there. To make it easier on everyone, I will be making High Kicks available to read for FREE on my website, allasart.me. I thought that this way, people can follow Jazz’s story without committing to buying a physical copy.

Speaking of a physical copy, I am going to be listing a physical copy of Jazz on my Etsy shop, AllasArtStore, very soon. Would anyone be interested in purchasing a physical copy of Jazz? I personally love having a copy of a comic or a book to physically read. Well, besides Etsy, there will be more opportunities to pick it up.

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2. Upcoming Art Sale appearances: Art Fair & SPACE

In April, I will be tabling a a couple shows! On the 6th expect me at CCAD’s Spring Art Fair. Along with my comics, I will be selling original and digital prints and stickers. I’ll also be doing live commissions, bundle deals, and sales. More details to come soon on my Instagram, @allas_art. Along with that, on the 27th and 28th, I will be tabling at SPACE, a comics expo! This will be my second SPACE show; I had so much fun last time, so I’m ecstatic they invited me back for another go. Same kind of tabling setup; gonna be selling comics, prints, stickers and live commissions.

Conventions are some of my favorite things to do as an artist, something I have a lot of passion for. I find myself looking up other artists’s booths, watching videos about what to bring, taking notes as I watch. As both a vendor and an attendee, I always leave conventions incredibly inspired to keep doing projects and making artwork.

My goal for this year is to be more engaging to the event goers and other vendors. Networking with other artists is very important it seems, and establishing those connections has the potential to make partners and friends. And of course, collecting another stack of business cards for my collection. I have another goal of finding more and more shows to apply to, both in Cbus and across the country. I have a list of cons that I have applied to, ones to apply to next year, and ones to attend. Ultimate goals would be tabling at a show once a month, or even more.

My boyfriend always gives me ideas on how to make my table more interactive and unique among the sea of artists. Last year, I had a basket of apples for people to take to promote Chapter 1 of Jazz; they were supposed to be peaches (y’know, Soft Peach), but sadly they weren’t in season. It was still a fun experiment; people were either confused as to why I had apples, would ask of they were free, or just took them. It was interesting, as people react to things in their own little unique ways.

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3. Commission Planning

Over the years I have had commissions open for when someone wanted a unique piece from me. As an artist that’s pretty active on social media, it seems like I almost HAVE to have commissions, or a Patreon, or some kind of online shop so I could make money. Every time I have opened commissions, even made cute little flyers with my prices, I get nothing. Not that I am struggling with money, I have a day job to pay bills, but I just want to make art for people. I love seeing people get excited about something I’ve created. I have been working on making a commission page on my website allasart.me for people to see, however, I think I won’t be releasing them until I know people want them. It’s easy to get buried under everyone else trying to make a living off commissions, so my plan is to have them open soon, but maybe not very soon. It’s something that I will play by ear moving forward. That way I will have more time to focus on actually MAKING art 🙂

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My very first face-up using acrylic paints; I haven’t shown this anywhere yet because it was such a spontaneous process.

4. Doll Customizing

My newly found passion is doll customizing. One day I stumbled upon a video of an artist customizing a Monster High doll, and the result was a gorgeous doll that I was mesmerized by. I ended up binge-watching a ton of doll customizing videos from different artists, thinking, “I could do this.” I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to try doll customizing for myself, but, if y’all know, if you have a passion for something, you can’t stop thinking about it, and just HAVE to do it. Or at least that’s me anyway. This was the case with doll customizing, or OOAK (One of a Kind), as its called in the doll community. I will be practicing this craft over the next few weeks, and show my progress online. It will start out as a hobby for now, something to do for fun. We will see where it goes from there.

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My ultimate goal is to become a full time artist; once I get there, there will be MORE projects, even MORE artwork, tabling at MORE shows, being my own boss. Know that some days feel harder than others, but I always spring back and motivate myself to be the best I can be at what the day holds for me. And trust me, sometimes it takes a LOT to spring back, but I have faith on my side. I have my friends and family to lean back on, and somehow they always carry the best advice for life. It’s good to take things day-by-day, and not expect something to happen if you don’t put the work in. That’s what I think at least.

My philosophy in life is to put in good work, be kind, and good things will come to you.