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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 21, 2013, 8:40 PM
hai guise. So, I've not been keeping you all in the loop the last...actually, I have no idea the last time I wrote a journal and at this current time I'm too lazy to look :XD: Anyways, I'm home in Ohio for Christmas, I've been home for a little over a week now :la: I'll be here a couple more weeks. My brother got married a week ago, and I was the maid of honor (I'm not pictured here because I was standing off to the side lol) :1526161 10151852953107169 1878200164 N by Xadrea
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And during the preparations for the nuptials, my sisters were dancing parts of Sleeping Beauty at their ballet school so we were running back and forth and aaaaaaaall over town to do everything :lol: The ballet was nice, and one of my sisters got a really nice part in Aurora's Wedding Party: 

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Then today my mom surprised me and took me to see Wicked at Playhouse Square in Cleveland :la::</span>1533783 628576937205702 1928660004 N by Xadrea
I've been wanting to see it for a while, so it was nice to finally get to :meow: I'll be updating with moar arts and tutorials very very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

How's everyone else's holidays going? Are you spending time with family or friends?


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: All I Want for Christmas Is You--Mariah Carey
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water

IT'S JENN'S BIRTHDAY

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 10, 2013, 2:26 PM
It's TheCreativeJenn's birthday! go wish her a happy birthday (and of course stuff her cake full of lies and jazz hands)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENN! YOU'RE SUCH AN INSPIRATION AND I LOVE YEWWWWW

&quot;My Axe is Pleased to Hear That...&quot; by TheCreativeJenn


  • Mood: Adoration
  • Listening to: Antonia- Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: Chicken Parm
  • Drinking: water

Happy (early) Halloween :D

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 30, 2013, 8:44 AM
herro friends ^ ^ I hope the fall is treating you well :D It's been chilly here (a little colder than usual actually) and the leaves are falling nicely ^ ^ as you're all well aware, tomorrow is Halloween and I'm going to be Nyan Cat this year for my costume :iconnyancatplz: I painted a black long sleeve t shirt to look like a poptart , a rainbow Nyan Cat scarf made by the mega talented MasterPlanner, grey jeans, and I'll be working on my kitty ears tonight to complete the look ^ ^ (or not, depends if I have enough time XD) Are any of you guys going to work or school in costume? What about any schweet parties? 

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

Postcard Giveaway #2

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 10, 2013, 12:53 PM
Hai frans! Since the last postcard giveaway went so well, I'm doing it again :meow: I made an edition of eleven postcards and I'll be giving away 5. 

Like the Sky by Xadrea
Note me your address and I'll send it you :la:

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  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

Hiiiiiiiiii

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 2, 2013, 10:51 AM
Well now, it's been well over a month since I wrote a proper journal entry :XD: So here's what I've been up to: school, interning, and art ^ ^ It's ArtPrize here (if you don't know what that is check it out here www.artprize.org/) and the city is literally swarming with shoobies! I love ArtPrize, but I don't love getting trampled, or getting trapped in the bus because traffic is gridlocked :XD: This is the painting I entered12077 10151653523672169 2036658684 N by Xadrea
SHOOOOOBIEZZZZZZZZ
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Anyway, I digress, all in all ArtPrize has been great ^ ^ School is going pretty well, midterms is next week and I have a test in my seminar art history class (Fashion and Fine art in the 20th/21st centuries). I have no idea how I'm gonna study for it because all the material thus far has been about thought and abstract ideas rather than solid images and people and dates to memorize. UUUUUUUGH, well, I've been doing alright with the papers I've had to write for that class so far so I guess I'm understanding things properly lol. I have a 15-20 page paper to write for that class because I'm a graduate student :| Meh, it'll be ok I spose. 

My screenprinting class has been going well, I bought two 20X24 silkscreens and I think I'm gonna buy another one because I'm using silkscreening in my paintings as well. The next project is to make a band poster and a local music company is coming to our class tomorrow to show examples of the posters that they look for when they promote bands and whatnot and they might choose a poster from the class for a band gig :la: I already chose which lineup I'm doing, but I'm going to have to tweak the design A LOT because I'm not going to have enough time to do as many layers as I would like :lol: Plus the image size has to be 18x24 minimum image size (or something comparable) So tomorrow I'm gonna be madly refiguring the stencils, printing them, and mixing as much ink as I can :lol: If I have enough time I'll coat my screens too. 

Lastly, my internship is going nicely. I went on that retreat I was telling you guys about before and it was pretty fun. There were about 104 kids there and I had about 24 girls in my cabin. Herding them around was fine, but there were a LOT of kinks that the program coordinators didn't plan for so the schedule didn't work out quite as well as it should have (plus it would have been great to have more female adults to work with, there were only 3 of us lol) The art classes have started and from what I understand it's still a little bumpy with attendance for now, but things should even out shortly. What I've been doing is keeping track of all the students enrolled in a master spreadsheet. Adding information gradually and organizing it all. It's a fairly easy process except that Dropbox (the cloud that we use to share files) doesn't update as quickly as it should on my laptop, well the intern laptop that I use there. So there is a loss of information and files can get messed up really fast lol. I had everything organized last Friday, came in yesterday and everything was wrong :XD: I'll probably spend the rest of the week amending the lists again as well as logging new info in as I go along. Oy vey :lol:

Also, happy falltime peeps :D I wuvs fall ^ ^


  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Breaking the Habit--Linkin Park
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy--Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

***UPDATE***

My sincere apologies for the voting delays! I had absolutely no intention of having you all wait 3+ months!!! I and all of the judges have been under very busy schedules and this outcome was not intended. I will be choosing winners this weekend and winners will be announced Monday, April 1. 

THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
I'm assembling the last entries received and uploading the corpses tomorrow afternoon! Judging will begin this week! It's been a few years since I've held a contest, but it's time to break that streak! This contest will be different than most here on dA because this one will be a collaborative effort by all entrants! There will be multiple winners in this contest because of its collaborative nature as well! Keep reading for all the details...

Exquisite Corpse Contest
For those of you unfamiliar with the game of 'Exquisite Corpse' here is a basic definition: 

'In a collaborative, chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse, Surrealist artists subjected the human body to distortions and juxtapositions that resulted in fantastic composite figures.'- Museum of Modern Art, New York

One of the artistic interests of the Surrealists (Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, and so on...) was the idea of images created either accidentally or through a means of random/blind drawing. An Exquisite Corpse is born from that method with a bit of a twist, each artist will draw a body part (arms, leg, hand, eye, ect) without knowing what the other person on their "team" has drawn. And viola! Amazing composite images are born!


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Contest Details

:bulletpink: Anyone can enter this contest! The more entrants the better! You don't need to be a watcher of mine or at any skill level to enter this contest. 

:bulletpink: This is an all media accepted contest! However, literature will not be accepted. (sorry guys!)

:bulletpink: All entrants will be randomly matched into teams of three (3)*. The teams list will be added to this journal.

*In the event that there is a lack of participation or an overabundance of contestants, teams will be expanded or shrunk accordingly*

:bulletpink: Once the teams are formed, each member will draw or paint a body part. It can be human, animal, mechanical, or an appendage of your own creation. 

:bulletpink: I will note :note: you when you are matched to a team.

:bulletpink: Once your part of the corpse is complete DO NOT upload it to dA. Email it to me (mellissajredman@gmail.com). This is to ensure that no team members will view their colleagues' corpse pieces. Also, I will be assembling these corpses (in the order that they are received) per team. They will be uploaded to sta.sh, and then posted in this journal. 

Contest Rules

:bulletpink: The deadline for entries is November 17, 2013, 11:59 EST.

:bulletpink: No judges may enter (donators are allowed to enter). 

:bulletpink: Please adhere to dA's ToS and rules when entering this contest. 

:bulletpink: Nudity is allowed but let's keep it classy people, nothing overtly erotic. 

:bulletpink: No gore or violence. Zombie parts are allowed, but leave out the chainsaws please. 

:bulletpink: DO NOT create your corpse piece until you have been matched into a team. 

:bulletpink: DO NOT upload your entry to dA. Email the image to me: mellissajredman@gmail.com. 

How To Enter

:bulletpink: Simply comment on this journal and spread the word! Once you have, your name will be added to the contestants list and randomly jumbled into a team. 

Prizes

**Prize donations are welcome!**
As I mentioned before, this contest will have multiple winners! All artists involved in the creation of the winning corpse will be awarded! Here's the prize chest so far:

1st place:
3 mo. sub from Xadrea
8x10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea

2nd place: 
1 mo. sub from Xadrea
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea 

3rd place:
300 points from Xadrea
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea

Honorable Mention: 
8X10 digital print of your creation from Xadrea

Judges

Contestants List

Teams List

:bulletpink:Team #1: 

:bulletyellow: Team #3:
Team1 by XadreaTEAM #1

**NO ENTRIES FOR TEAM#2**

Team3 by XadreaTEAM #3
Team4 by XadreaTEAM #4
Team5 by XadreaTEAM #5
Team6 by XadreaTEAM #6
Team7corpse by XadreaTEAM #7





Skin by jonarific

Thinking of holding a contest...

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 6, 2013, 7:08 PM
So, I've been rolling this around in my head for a couple of months, but I'll need a little help to make it come to life: I wanna hold a contest with the theme of Exquisite Corpse! I recently made a poll without much response, although the majority of voters weren't familiar with the Exquisite Corpse so I'll more fully explain it now...

Exquisite Corpse

The Exquisite Corpse is essentially an accident, the outcome of randomness. One of the artistic interests of the Surrealists (Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Alberto Giacometti, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, Man Ray, and so on...) was the idea of images created either accidentally or through a means of random/blind drawing. An Exquisite Corpse is born from that method with a bit of a twist, each artist will draw a body part (arms, leg, hand, eye, ect) without knowing what the other person on their "team" has drawn. The pieces are assembled then BAM:

Exquisite Corpse by Mttt
Exquisite Corpse by Art-Minion-Andrew0
Exquisite Corpse 1 by Fadingseven

This is the way I would like to run the contest

:bulletpink: Each "team" would consist of three randomly matched contestants 
:bulletpink: Each contestant would draw whatever body part (human, animal, mechanical) that they wish and email it me. I will "connect" it to the other drawings from that person's corresponding teammates and post it in the contest journal.
:bulletpink: Since there will be teams of 3, the winning Exquisite Corpse will result in three winners :D (there will also be a 2nd and 3rd place as well as an honorable mention)

What I need now

What I need at this time are people willing to help with prizes and judging (as well as getting the word out) I'd like to get the ball rolling so that the contest runs through Halloween :D If you have any questions, want to enter, or want to help out just comment here :D


  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Goodbye To You--Michelle Branch
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: Pizza Hut
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

Support Woohooligan on Kickstarter!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 4, 2013, 3:49 PM
hai ppl :D long time no journal (again XD) anywhoooo, I've been pretty busy as of late ironing out my fall schedule and getting settled into it properly. My friend Ike (aka Sam, aka woohooligan) has a kickstarter project that is closing in 3 days! He needs more supporters, so get in on it, tell your friends, and your friends friends!! He's $105 short of the goal of $300, it's not that much money folks please pass this info along if you cannot help back the project :D

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Chain Me Free--The Matches
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

first day of school (again)

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 26, 2013, 3:21 PM
well yeeeees, it's the first day of school again :XD: so far it hasn't been too bad. I have two classes on Mondays one at 12:30-3:20 then one from 6:30-9:20 so Mondays will be my looooong day :XD: I have to get up really early on Tuesdays and Thursdays for my new internship, but it should be alright :XD: anyways, last week my mom and siblings visited, so LOOK AT OUR FACES (well my brother and mom aren't in that picture) BUT LOOK AT IT ANYWAY
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I is short ._.

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Someone to Call My Lover--Janet Jackson
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

New Internship

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 12, 2013, 1:38 PM
so hilariously enough, I got a new internship the very day the one I've had for the last 3 months ended :XD: this one is for a non profit community arts center that teaches teenagers artsy fun things :meow: The space that the teaching studios are in there are like GORGEOUS, the entire space is loft style and student work is hung everywhere :meow: the programs are after school and they even feed the kids dinner! the organization has an adult program that offers medical training (FOR FREE) to raise people out of poverty and minimum wage to jobs that earn them an actual supportive income. omgomgomgomgomgomg I SOOOOO needed this for my resume! it's unpaid, however, this is still a very much worth it opportunity and will directly lead to more jobs, except this time in a non profit arts organization ^ ^

  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Someone to Call My Lover--Janet Jackson
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape 3
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: diet pepsi

Holy Tick Mark, Batman!!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 6, 2013, 4:47 PM
I'm a senior now?! WHAT IS THIS, I DON'T EVEN... Thanks so much fourteenthstar I am so honored right now!!!!

  • Listening to: Alone Together

Who wants a postcard? CLOSED

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 26, 2013, 1:15 PM
I printed a total of 8 owlie postcards last night to send off, now I just need to know who wants one?
comment here then send me a note with your address!
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FULL
5.Arc-Neo-Masato


  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: The Phoenix--Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water

The Market by Avenue for the Arts

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 17, 2013, 9:14 AM
...was a success :la: I sold a small pile of my art made some new artsy frands and passed out a TON of business cards ^ ^ It was an 8 hour event and I don't know how many vendors there were, but there were quite a few. I forgot a chair, sunblock, and sunglasses so I was sitting on my backpack for most of the hot parts of the day squinting underneath my pink rain umbrella :XD: Thankfully I didn't get toasted, but I have awful feet tanlines from my shoes :XD:  Just look at it!
Untitled by XadreaI don't know which is more hilarious: the fact I look ALIVE with a tan, or the fact it now looks like I have my Five Fingers shoes on all the time now XD
Anyways, here's some pics from the market :la:
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  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: The Phoenix--Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: water

Need Ideeeaaas XD

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 19, 2013, 8:41 PM
hai ppl :iconomghaiplz: i'm going to be a vendor at a local art fair in a couple of weeks and i have not many ideas of what to sell. i have paintings that i need to get rid of definitely, but when people come to fairs with booths and stuff, generally they aren't looking to buy large paintings and stuffs :confused: so i need some ideas of things to make. i was thinking of making little journals, but they aren't coming along the way i'd like (i've made a handful, but nothing pizzaz worthy, i'm still working on the fine art of hand binding) so here's a list of random things that could potentially end up in my booth, i need some feedback on which of these would sell well/best:

notebooks
handmade paper
postcards
screen printed t-shirts
book marks
unframed paintings
framed paintings

let me know what your thoughts are guys :la: 


  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Listening to: The Phrase That Pays-- The Academy Is
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: burgers om nom
  • Drinking: nothing

*dusts off*

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 14, 2013, 7:55 PM
Hai frands! sorry for the lack of journalness (and overall activity in general XD) I've been busy with working as of late :la: buuuut I'm back now and ready to tackle the mountain of messages in my inbox :XD: 

  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Listening to: Take Me Away--Fefe Dobson
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing

I haz an internship :D

Journal Entry: Sat May 18, 2013, 11:20 AM
well yesterday i got an internship at a healthy living company called hellolife. basically i'll be writing blogs on their website on various topics relating to healthy living and other cool stuffs (specifically the creative aspect of healthy living) it's technically unpaid, but we do get paid for our time at the end of the summer ^ ^ i'm super excited for it :la: the illustration job i have is going well, i'm almost finished with my first project and i'll be getting my next assignment next week :D hopefully the projects will continue to be steady :la: i'm all done with school for the summer and i got my grades in, two a's and one a- minus (curses XD) that's still good i suppose :lol: my brother and his fiance are supposed to visit in July :D

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Everything--FeFe Dobson
  • Reading: The Joy Luck Club-- Amy Tan
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing...and I&#039;m starving lol!
  • Drinking: nothing

I PROMISE QUEENIE'S NOT DEAD

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 2:42 PM
I've just been a lil busy :XD: I have 4 pages in the process of coloring and all that glorious jazz and they should be up by next week at the latest! I just finished my last final today :party: Technically, I still have a week until school's over for reals, so I have a few more things to take care of before summer mode. The open house is coming up for my school and all graduate students are required under penalty of death by tickling to submit work to hang in the galleries and hallways of the school (this is a fairly large building, 7 stories) so I'm going to have a total of 6 spread between 3 galleries. On top of that I have 2 paintings at a gallery downtown, 2 I still have to pick up from another space (is bad at remembering these things*shot),I just entered a juried exhibition in Detroit called "The Bitters: Fuck It" (awesome show title ikr) and the annual ArtPrize (which is not juried but I need to secure a venue, like I did for Art. Downtown recently...so much legwork I says) 

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I also got a contract freelance illustration job starting in May :la: I'm still trapped at Walgreens, but hopefully not for too much longer, I'm waiting to hear about a few other job leads. Oh and the the other night I got another painting auctioned and had a fancy dinner at the gala it was auctioned in for free :D Also, the Grand River is really REALLY swollen from all the rain we've been getting and flooding in places, so I'll get a pic or two of it for you guys to see, because it looks really cool (though it's not so cool if your house is flooded...meh that's not the point :XD:) So that's what's going on in my neck of the woods, how are you people?


  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Everything--FeFe Dobson
  • Reading: The Joy Luck Club-- Amy Tan
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: nothing...and I&#039;m starving lol!
  • Drinking: nothing
Hello folks! I've been meaning to discuss this topic here for a while, but I always forget! Well, this blog's topic is about dunDUNDUUUUN studio safety! Now I know, I know, the majority of you, myself included, don't have a private studio to work out of. Your studio may be you livingroom, bedroom, basement, or garage, but there are definitely precautions to be aware of while you're madly creating art. Note: none of this information is here to scare you or deter you from making whatever art you like, it's simply here to help you develop safe studio practices.So let's get started shall we?

:bulletred:Hazardous Materials
This part is specific to those of you who use traditional materials to make your artwork. The supplies we use today are much MUCH safer than those the old master's used, but there are still chemicals and materials you need to be aware of for your own health and well being (as well as those around you). I'll list the materials by category along with the method to keep yourself and others safe:

Drawing
Charcoal
Powdered Graphite
Chalk Pastel
Spray Fixitive

Any kind of powdery drawing materials pose a risk of inhalation  The best way to avoid doing so is to work in a ventilated area, and to also vacuum thoroughly after your drawing sessions. If you make a LOT of dust regularly, wearing a heavy duty particle mask (these are pretty cheap) will also protect your lungs. NEVER USE SPRAY FIXITIVE INDOORS UNLESS YOU HAVE A VENTILATED SPRAY BOOTH. 

Painting
Solvents
Mediums
Pigments

The biggest thing to remember when you're painting is that your skin is an organ. The next thing to remember is that the next thing affected after your skin is your liver. Although oil paint is less dangerous than it was in the past because of synthetic materials, there are still many hazardous materials to be aware of. Heavy metals are the ones to be most aware of in oil painting. Flake white, for example, contains lead and should never come in contact with your skin. The best way to keep skin contact at a minimum while painting in oil is to wear gloves and an apron. The other thing you should be aware of while using oils is the solvents. The solvents are flammable and also need to be used in well ventilated areas because of fumes. NEVER stack oily painting rags on top of each other to dry, they can spontaneously  combust (I've seen it happen folks, it will freak you out and it's extremely dangerous!) Other types of paint such as watercolors can also be dangerous because of the pigments. Keep in mind: the higher the grade the paint, the purer the pigments and the more dangerous they are for your skin. 

Artisan Crafts and Sculpture

This category has a lot hazardous to be aware of. Particularly with any type of clay materials, be aware of what they are made of. Silica, the basis for most traditional ceramics, is horrendously dangerous for your lungs. A condition called silicosis (for which there is no cure) can develop if precaution to limit and avoid inhalation of dry clay materials is necessary. Enamels and glazes also need close inspection for the presence of heavy metals (chrome, manganese, cadmium, and arsenic). 

Ceramics
Silicone dust (from dry clay and dry clay making materials)
Glazes

PAY ATTENTION to what ingredients are in glazes. Most glazes are perfectly safe in their dried, hardened states (except for barium) but in their liquid states, they can be highly toxic and should never be handled without gloves or outside of a well ventilated area. Be aware of chemical reactions that occur when heat is applied to materials as well. 

:bulletred:Be kind to your body

Sit up straight! You can probably hear those orders coming from your mother to this day :XD: Posture is vital not only to look nice, but if you spend extended periods of time making artwork your poster is important. If you sit while you work, posture is still something to be aware of. Too often we work hunched over, or too close to whatever we're doing. I developed significant eyestrain from being too close up to my paintings and literally forgetting to blink for minutes at a time (it was not a fun time :XD:) If you stand while you work, be sure to practice good posture and invest in a cushioned mat to absorb the hardness of the floor to protect your feet, knees, and back. If you work on a computer, be careful to make sure that your wrists and shoulders are relaxed because carpal tunnel is a terrible monster. One thing I've been forcing myself to do is when I'm drawing to keep 12 inches of distance between my face and the paper. It keeps my eyes from having to focus so hard and also keeps my back and shoulders relaxed. 

If you have to do any kind of lifting, be extremely careful to lift with your legs, not your back (this means squatting instead of bending over to pick up something heavy...the muscles in your legs are more powerful) I made the mistake of ignoring those rules just one time and herniated a disc lifting a bag of clay materials. Trust me guys, it's not worth hurting yourself to get something done quickly, it took several months for that injury to heal :XD:

:bulletred:Food

As a rule of thumb, don't eat and work at the same time. Yes, yes, I know, it can be hectic at times and multitasking is an important skill, but if you're much less likely to eat paint while folding in a sandwich if you separate both tasks. Never prepare food in your workspace either. If you're working from home, keep the art out of the kitchen. Need lots of water? You've got a sink in the bathroom, right? Extra awesome if you've got a tub too. Second, drink from cups with lids or from bottles with lids. A.) You're less likely to spill, and B.) you're MUCH less likely going to accidentally take a sip of your painting water or dip a brush into your tea. 
2011 ID by toerning

:bulletred:Kids & Pets

It goes without saying that if you're working with a hazardous material, you should probably try to limit the exposure kids and or pets could have to them. My kitty cat Princess was an enormous admirer of my paintings, so much that she enjoyed sitting on them. 
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Those of you with cats can probably understand the "if i fits, i sits" mentality of our feline friends. And bless her little furry soul, she would try every chance she could to drink out of my watercolor pans!:shakefist: 
Being careful to put things away when you're not using them, and hanging paintings to dry out of the reach of little hands will save you from stress migraines :XD:. If the wee ones belong to you, treat your studio like you would any other potentially dangerous part of the house and childproof to your heart's content. 


Be safe while you create!:heart:Xadrea



Herro people! I've been giving this much thought and have decided to include along with our "Common Misconceptions" series a series based in the basic art elements followed by the principals of design. There are seven basic art elements as follows:

  • Line
  • Form
  • Shape
  • Value
  • Space
  • Color
  • Texture

The purpose of knowing this list and understanding each element is to help you make good decisions compositionally as well as help you with formal analysis. Formal analysis is an identification of the basic art elements in a work of art which is useful in critique and also understanding the artist's choices in composition. Ideally, a piece that we would call "successful" would have each of the seven elements here present in some way, as well as the principles of design. A lot of our choices in art making can be either arbitrary or intuitive. Neither are inherently bad, but making choices that have a sound base in these elements will help you with some of the compositional conundrums we artists face. To begin, we will explore line

Line can be defined as a point moving through space. A line can be both visible and implied. Lines are one dimensional in form and can lead the eye throughout a composition. A line can vary in weight and direction. Here are some works that are composed primarily with line: 
Home by rhuuDrawing 06 by ZaleaFreeze the time by LadowskaSalvation by AlblooMusic power by waver-hmadame cloud by koyamori
Wake up older by fdasuarezline walker by koyamori

Work Life by sygninI.N. S.P.A.C.E. by NilanjaChiraa : The Timepiece by dapper-owlaction by NilanjaFem inkskin by iumazarkCrown by Yaphleen

Let Me Fly To Freedom by Rockfield
Aside from being a vehicle for the forms in an image, line can move you through the work to pull you in and push you out. Here are some images that use line to direct the viewer's eye. 
DDatTL Promo 002 by TangoCharlieESQ
Notice how the beams and cables from the ship frame the action in the dead center of the composition but also pull you in from every direction. Also notice that the right side of the composition is not as crowded by line to avoid a claustrophobic, and cluttered feeling. This piece is also a good example of implied line. Implied line can most easily be described as a line that isn't there. Your eye will continue the borders of the shape. The woman's arms and skirt, as well as parts of the ship are shapes that exist within an implied line. Here's are some more pieces that use line to direct the viewer's gaze: 

There are two strong diagonals in this painting which pull into the figure. 
Commission - DJ Shwann Universe by Kanthesis
This piece has a literal line beginning with the sword of the character at the lower left that weaves through the image and ends on the axe handle at the lower right. 
Got Zombie? by AprilMcGuire
Here's another example of a strong diagonal directing the composition. The placement of the shovel also calls attention to the background which wouldn't be as obvious without the extra cue. In addition to being a compositional device, line can also be used to study the form of objects as seen below in these contour line studies: 
. contour . by LittleLaceDressContour Hands by KatePfeilschiefterART102 Cross contour hands by RetkiKosmosSelfPortrait by TheNeccoContour Portrait of a Girl by sharpiemastermale contour by ASTROPUNCH
Cross Contour FUNTIME. by HanMonster


I hope this brief cross-section of the element of line will help you out in all of your art adventures! The next blog will cover form

Etsy Shop is OPEN!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 15, 2013, 5:24 PM
hey peeps! i finally got my etsy shop back on it's pixelly feet and i have stuff for sale :la: check it out and tell yo frands! 
right now i've got postcards, bookmarks, and greeting cards for sale. i will have art prints in the near future and maybe even some framed paintings (once i double check shipping costs and all that hubbub) 

i had a successful showing at the local artwalk called art.downtown and i was one of the 400 featured artists :la: i had work in two locations as well, one of them being a salon so hopefully lotsa folks saw it XD im putting more work into a local gallery's open house this week as well so that's more good stuffs :D


  • Mood: Pleased
  • Listening to: The Phoenix--Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: Dreams of Joy-- Lisa See
  • Watching: you!!!
  • Playing: Runescape
  • Eating: pizza!!
  • Drinking: Diet Coke