So sorry!

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It’s been a few weeks since I have written anything. I am so sorry for that. I have been working a lot and working on getting a promotion at work, I can hopefully cross that off my New Year’s resolution list. I have from time to time been working on a drawing of a character have in mind for a comic I’d like to write. I started out with this;

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But then I thought about it, and that’s not the girl I pictured for the story I was creating. So I decided to draw this. (These are pictures of the process)

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I love the direction it’s going in now, I feel like this girl otherwise known as Olivia, is exactly the character I was looking for. When drawing her I feel like she has a personality. I was going to stick with the original pencil drawing which is why I put some of the details into it and thought I can keep everything on paper, but I’ve come to the realization that I love digital art. I love the way it looks, I love the ways I can make the color flow, and that it can be easily edited if needed.

As soon as I am done drawing her I will create the background of her character and post it on here. For the followers who have stayed with me throughout my absence, I truly appreciate it. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram or to check out my store.

hope all is well with everyone. Have a wonderful day!

Happy New year’s everyone!

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I am going to keep this post short and simple. The picture above is a work in progress with another story behind it. (will post soon)

I just want to say thank you to all those who are currently following me. I started this blog about a month ago and I can’t believe that even 5 people are interested in reading what I have to say. It just goes to show me, that I should never to give up. If the person next to you doesn’t believe in you, someone out there does.

I am not one who likes to set goals for themselves because I feel that if you Want to do something good or bad, fun or boring, healthy and ambitious than you should just go for it.

With that being said I wanted to let you all in on what my continuous life goals are. I am hoping that some of them will come true this year.

* I want to continue to lose weight and become a healthier me.
* I want to have more customers visit and purchase items from my store .
* I want to grow as an artist and continue to try different mediums.
* I want to end the year of 2015 with at least 500 followers on my instagram (I want more of course but I feel 500 is more realistic)
* I want to buy a house by June this year.
* hope to be promoted at my work.

And last but Not least

* I want to buy a better tablet to do digital art.

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe new years! Thank you again for all of your support. I looked forward to reading all your guys blogs and making many more friends.

The Day after Christmas

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Good Morning/evening everyone. I had the best day yesterday! I love watching everyone open the gifts I bought them, and to see that I did good with the smiles of satisfaction that came my way. It was cold here in California. A lot colder than it has been in a while here.

My love and I spent the day at his grandma’s farm yesterday. I tried to get pictures but I started having trouble with my phone and it wouldn’t charge so I couldn’t take any pictures once we got there :(.

My morning started with waking up next to my love, and in between us were our two cats, Peaches and Luigi. For me, it 1225140744awas the perfect way to start my morning,

We stayed in bed petting them and listening to their motor sounding purrs. It was the sweetest thing ever. Normally they sleep on each side of my boyfriend. Luigi is the one with the full grey helmet and Peaches is the one with only half the grey helmet. we seriously got lucky when we found them. We have had them for a year.

After we laid in bed for a while I brought in my gift for him. I got him some wrangler Jeans and two shirts. My boyfriend isn’t really big on gifts, which is fine, but it makes it difficult when you want to do something special for him. He got me exactly what I want1224142048aed!! I plugged it in right away and started printing out my artwork.

I wanted to see what it came out like. I printed from my phone, I scanned in some pictures, I even printed from my laptop. It was funny.

After all that we left to go to his grandma’s and spent time with his family. It was wonderful, and great company. I got a sweatshirt that I have also been eyeballing. It has the breast Cancer ribbon on the front and back. So much fun.

Any who, I started working on a new drawing. No1226140840t really sure where I am going w/ it but this is what I have so far.  I did this part in about 20 mins last night while we were watching the guardian of the galaxies. I want to do this one digitally, as far as coloring it in. I haven’t touched my tablet in a few weeks for drawing and I kind of miss it.

Hope you all have a wonderful day today!!

I’m ready!

Merry Christmas eve everyone! thought I was done Christmas shopping, but it seems I missed a few people. I don’t know what happened! Lol, I counted everyone. I kind of feel like the different stores I went to failed to put my items in the bag, but to no avail I wasn’t charged for the items I THOUGHT I purchased. Lol, so I failed. But! I made up for it as I pushed myself passed the many people doing their last minuet Christmas shopping. And finally I am ready! Ready for tomorrow and the long day ahead of med :). Really looking forward to the stories and walking down memory lane.

I was able to finish the drawing I started on this past weekend. I love it! There are a few thinIMG_20141224_203658gs I struggled with. The portion’s and trying to get the shading right. This picture doesn’t really give the coloring justice.The lighting is slightly off, but it is the best I can do for now.

I’ve never really done a drawing like this before. I wanted her to be fierce, strong and confident. I do believe that I pulled that off. I couldn’t decide what hair color to give her. Did I want it to be natural color’s, or did I want to go a little crazier and bright? Well I chose to go on the brighter, crazier side. Plus I had pink hair once upon a time and I can’t even begin to explain how different I felt with pink hair. I loved it!

I went out of my comfort zone a bit with this picture. I usually draw my girls with clothes. There is nothing wrong with nudity, and I am not afraid of that. I just try to be aware of the people who will see my art, especially my nieces and nephew who love my work. I know I can filter then when showing my sketch book, but some of them of social media and can see what I post. I guess the best way I can describe the feeling is like watching a sex scene with your parents. Awkward! lol. I have this one family member (who shall remain a secrete ;)) and almost every drawing I do, I get asked what I was thinking when I drew it? And what made me want to do it? Not that I don’t love the questions, but I feel this would be a little more difficult to explain.

Any who, it is about 10:15 here in California and as much as I would love to stay awake and write more, I am beyond spent. Finally home, after being away for the past 4 days, and I worked at 5am. Until tomorrow my sweet followers.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Christmas/holidays today (for those who are already celebrating).

Secret Santa

facebook_1419311984345So yesterday at work we did our yearly “Secret Santa” and my co-worker gave the best gift ever! I was super surprised by what I received. I have most of this stuff already, but if your like me, you can never have to much “art stuff”. I just loved how this person took the time to really listen to what I always talk about that they went out of there way to pick up a bunch of different things. I really felt their support in what I am trying to accomplish. 

There was an eraser shield that I have no idea what it does, or it’s purpose. I will be researching this later. I felt silly because I thought I knew about almost everything out there in the art world. The book on the top left is a book on how to create a graphic novel, aka comic book. I haven’t looked at everything inside of it, but I did open it a little and peeked at some of the pages. It was really neat. 

I can’t lie though, I am ready for this Christmas to be over. I feel like I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I finished all my shopping as of this past Saturday, got all my Christmas cards passed out, and got the food items ready to go for Christmas day. I have a lot of traveling to do on that day. The joy’s of having parents that are separated, and a boyfriends who’s family is all over. 

Leave a comment below and let me know what your holidays look like? 🙂

Amazing Dad!

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Today was a crazy day! it’s 11:39pm here in California. I have managed to finish all my Christmas shopping, and even purchase a few things for myself :). Had lunch with my sister and my brother in-law. Was able to go look at lights with my sister and my Niece, sing songs in the car and just over all having a wonderful time.

This picture I drew today, resembles my father and all single fathers out there. This is not to discredit single mom’s or even parent’s that have crazy schedules. This is just a post about an experience that I have had myself.

Growing up, my sister and I were raised by our father, as well as our grandmother. Our mom was around but she had a lot of other things going on in her life that prohibited her to spend the holidays w/ us. My father worked 2 jobs, in fact he still does! He had his main job and then his 2nd job is delivering news papers for the San Francisco Chronicle (local paper in California). The newspaper job is something he has to do 7 days a week. The hours are from Midnight – 4:30 to 6am (depending on when the truck showed up) in the morning.

knowing this, my father managed to buy all the gifts, including the ones we asked “Santa” for. He setup all the decorations and put lights on the house. He helped my sister and I setup countless traps to catch “Santa”, and create letters and even bake cookies. We use to set them neatly on the fireplace and always made sure the fireplace door was open. When we would wake up, the cookies would be eaten (smushed lol), and the letters would be gone and there would be gifts every where!

As I got older and started helping my aunt and my sister do the same for their kids, I realized that my father was a real trooper. He worked so hard, and provided as much as he could for my sister and I. All I can picture is him exhausted on the couch after getting gifts setup and making it seem as though “Santa” had actually come to our home. Keeping the magic alive. Not one time did he ever complain about how tired he was. Mind you, after a long day and a big meal with the family, he had only about 4 hours of sleep before he had to get up and deliver the newspapers to residents.

I love my dad for providing that for us. For keeping the secret alive, and allowing us to enjoy life 100% of the time. We didn’t have it all. We didn’t even have nice things, but our father made sure we appreciated everything we had, or received. Even if it was a pencil or Binder for next years school year. He reminded us to always be humble, and if we wanted something bad enough we could have it, as long as we worked hard for it.

I hope any single parent, or parents that have odd schedules have a wonderful Holiday. I hope that you offer this same sort of enjoyment for your kids, and remember to keep the joy alive. I love this time of year….Even though I am burnt out and there are still 4 days till Christmas.

Stuck!

1509999_1471061029836288_7712810692169968572_nAs the holidays get closer, my schedule is becoming so over whelming. There is so much I WANT to do, but so much more that I HAVE to do. I think this evening I finished most of my shopping, but I still have two people I have to buy for.

I started a sketch earlier but then I just wasn’t feeling it. I was looking up my favorite artist and trying to get inspired, but then I remembered I had to go meet my mom for dinner. I had a blast! My aunt came and joined us. I can’t lie though as I was sitting there I was thinking…What can I draw? All of a sudden it hit me. I need to draw something that is still Christmas related. I haven’t finished my 2nd drawing for the holiday competition.

I also take my blog very serious and am trying to insure that I write a piece everyday. Once the holidays are over and there isn’t all this running around, I will be able to put out more things.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas for something to draw I would love to know, and Happy to make an attempt at it. 

Copy Cat

Yesterday I received a tag on my Instagram from a follower with a picture that they drew of something I did. There tag had an apology attached to it. This person said “Crzy_Nevaeh_Art, I’m sorry for copying one of your drawings, but I really want to draw like you so I tried to do one of your pieces. I hope you like it and don’t mind.” I quickly took this conversation into a direct message because, first She shouldn’t have felt the need to apologize and I wanted her to know that. Second, I wanted to thank her for picking me as an artist to be like. Knowing that I inspired her, really inspired me to continue to do what I love to do. 

I asked her why she apologized, and her response was that a previous artist had spit out the copy right statement to her, even though this young girl had added her own touch to it. I was really appalled because that is exactly how I became better and better at drawing, by copying someone else’s work. It allowed me to work on my point of references, such as hands, and the way the face looks when looking up,down, to the side, etc, as well as hair and the placement of it. Of course as I got better I started to look at real people, and different poses. Would that not be considered copying a photograph? I always gave credit to the artist that inspired me, and in turn provided this same suggestion to this girl. 

This honestly just made me so dumb founded. It wasn’t like another artist, took someone else’s idea and attempted to sell it. It was a young girl who is an aspiring artist, and just wants to be good like everyone else. I did offer her with many other sites that I have found over the years, that can teach her how to draw. Ways that she can learn to pull an image from her head and place it on paper. I reminded her that she is always able to use pictures as a point of references and to not let this one person discourage her from being great! 

My nieces are always asking me to teach them how to draw, which in fact, I am horrible at! But I always give my nieces things I have done to look at to try and copy. I don’t see any harm in that. At the same time though, I am trying to play devils advocate and be understanding of the artist who feels that someone tried to copy there work. But I just can’t seem to understand. 

I hope you all are having a great week so far! It’s almost the weekend!

Relaxed

Today I did exactly what I said I would be doing. Nothing! I actually slept in (till 7am)! What I love about the weekends, is being able to wake up slowly. Play a few games on my phone, snuggle with my kitties, and check up on social media sites. Once I started moving, I had a little breakfast and sat on my couch and started drawing.

Last night, or this morning (if you read my previous post, you’ll understand), I had a dream about Ballerina’s. I also saw my self taking fake flowers, that are used for scrap booking and using them to create the clothing of a/any drawing. I have seen this before from other artist and love the way it looks. The different textures add a really neat touch to the drawing.

IMG_20141214_171025The drawing I worked on today was so much fun. Every mark I made I was totally satisfied. It did take me a few times to get the hand right. I was going to do the second similar to it, but I honestly did not want to spend that much more time on it. I cut flower petals off of scrap book flowers, and glues them to look like a layered skirt. I then used glitter for the shoes.

I hope you all like it, as much as I loved drawing it. I am going to do many more like this, and add a mat to it, possibly a Frame, and sell it at my store. Speaking of my store, I have been receiving a lot of visitor’s/viewers, but no purchases. I know that there is not a whole lot up there, but I am working on growing my inventory. I would love it if those reading/following my blog, could provide me with some feedback.  I am curious to know what People look for more often, and what designs attract someone’s eye.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Yay to Monday’s (insert sarcasm here)!

Finished!

I did it! I finished My first submission for the Xmas contest. I was determined to finish it before the weekend even really started. I worked a half day today, went shopping for Christmas gifts. I have a dinner tomorrow with my moms side of the family. I am not one who really enjoys shopping, for many reasons really. I am a get in and get out kind of person. I ended up going with my sister. We went to 4 different stores and were done in about 2.5 hours. 20 mins of that we spent eating lunch.

I went into a Hobby Lobby for the first time ever. OH MY GOODNESS!! That place is horrible for me. I will go bankrupt being in there lol. It’s like a Target, Pier one, & Michael’s in one. I don’t know how but I walked out of there not spending a single dime, however I did spy some things that I have to have so I will return….soon. =0P

I did get my new Prismacolor pencils, and sketch book. I have to say I thought the sketch book was going to be a little bigger, but that’s alright I can work w/ it. The color pencils I got were all skin tone related. I wanted them to be able to have

1212141539amore colors to help blend the colors together. I also got colorless blenders. First time I had seen them, but they are used to help blend the colors together, make them smoother. I have been using white for a long time, and it works but why not save the white pencil for when needed the most.

Any who, after shopping I rushed home and immediately started working on my drawing. I had to finish it today and I am so happy that I did. I still have a little more shopping to do, but I saved that for tomorrow. Tonight I am going to start sketching out a different Christmas scene. I plan on submitting at least two. Well I hope you enjoy the picture I have done thus far.

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