Have you noticed my slight redesign on the blog? I’ve been meaning to update some parts of it for a while. Now those things are done, except for my portfolio. I’m still gathering various parts of that.
I now have a Contact page, so if anyone wishes to email me, well, there it is. I also updated the Shop page with a few new links. I have more coming up in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!!
On to the Pinterest thing.
If you know me in real life, you’re probably aware of my slight Pinterest obsession. It’s a delightful and giant vortex in which much of my time is lost, but it also has its practical uses.
If you don’t know what Pinterest is yet, I shall offer brief explanation. There are a bunch (as in endless) pictures that link to things like recipes or outfits or photographs, pretty much anything you can think of. Users sort these pictures/links into folders called “boards”, so that they may be accessed at a later time, if they so desire. When you do this, you’re also sharing with people who follow you, but that’s beside the point.
Pinterest offers a wealth of information and is actually useful when the energy is channeled in a certain direction. Let us examine this and how it relates to art.
I have several boards that I use for artistic purposes. My favorite is probably my color combination board. I LOVE colors, how some of them work together and some of them clash. Whenever I’m working on an art project and I’m not sure what to do with the colors, I browse my color collection.
I also do a lot with flowers in my illustrations, so I also have a garden board. There’s other stuff in there, like statues and such, but I use this one primarily to look for flowers.
My graphic design board has some great examples of design that I find appealing for whatever reason. That one is more for inspiration than anything else.
That’s another thing Pinterest is fantastic for – inspiration. It’s a stream of endless art. If I have an idea kicking around in my head and it isn’t quite enough to stand on its own, I jump on Pinterest and see what makes the creative neurons connect a little more effectively.
I also have a concept art board. I haven’t done much with that one yet. It’s there for study purposes.
I’ve seen typography boards, artist model boards, product packaging boards, etc, just about anything you might want to learn about, especially if it relates to arts and/or crafts, is probably on Pinterest.
And thus, I justify my obsession.
Want to lurk on my page? Here’s the link – http://www.pinterest.com/RLDraws/
Hey there! I haven’t posted here in a while, and thought I would drop in. I have been busy, busy, busy, mostly with setting up the Cafepress shop, which looks pretty awesome, even if I do say so myself.
The only complaint I have about Cafepress is how much some of their products cost. Some prices are okay but other prices? Not so much. If I decided to buy anything through them, I would definitely wait for a good discount code. They have some kind of promo going on pretty much all of the time.
Once I finish setting up, I’ll post a link here. I estimate that I should finish in April. In an effort to keep myself focused, I’m abstaining from drawing anything new until that’s finished, except for sketches because those don’t count.
I’m thinking of switching up the branding a little, too. AvinaLeo has been about art inspired by nature, but I sometimes find that theme too restrictive. I don’t like restrictions. What if I want to draw a car? Actually, I do want to draw a car. That’s not exactly natural subject matter. I want to draw all the things.
Also on the agenda for this summer is a new art book/catalog. I’m going to put all sorts of pictures in there and stuff from each art shop I’ve set up. There will probably be some workshop pics and a cat picture or two because I find my pets adorable. The book will be digital and free, of course.
What else? Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I’ve been posting on the Snapdragon Magazine blog I set up last year. The posts are mostly fashion inspiration and occasionally decor. I put together some of the sets. Other sets are ones that I choose and share. It’s a fun time.
Here’s the link for that: snapdragonmagazine.wordpress.com
And now, just because, here is a picture of an owl that I drew on my phone.
I did this in the Sketchbook Pro ipad app. It’s just a thing.
What is up, my fellow netizens? It’s snowy ’round these parts.
I’m not all too fond of snow. However, it does give me an excuse to stay inside and work.
This is an illustration I’ve been working on for the last few days. We have skulls. We have poppies.
I wanted the poppies to have a feel close to old-timey botanical illustrations. They don’t have that level of detail, of course, and I’ve taken some artistic license with the placement and shape of the leaves, etc.
I’ve been busy setting up the Zazzle store-gallery thing, which has been fun. I keep trying to move on to new projects, but seeing my artwork on all of this stuff is cool, even if it is in a virtual setting! It’s like a toy.
Check this out. This is an older design of mine, inspired by absinthe. I put it on some playing cards, and I can even change the color of the kings and queens etc to match the graphic.
How cool is that? They have all kinds of products I can slap my drawings onto. Magnets, plates, mugs, towels, shirts, teapots, decorative boxes, wrapping paper, cards, lamps. Yes, lamps. The list goes on and on. It’s crazy. I’m going to have to start limiting my time on there or I’ll never draw anything new.