Breast cancer awareness

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This picture was one I had a pleasure drawing. I have a lot of family members and people I have come into contact with that have either, won the battle of breast  cancer, or unfortunately lost their life to it. I have a friend whose mom is working on winning the battle with breast cancer. She is a woman who is also like my own mother. She struggled for a min, but quickly making her way back to the woman she was before.

I wanted to draw this because I wanted to let her know that it doesn’t matter what you look like, or what you are going through, you are a beautiful just the way you are (I know that sounds cliché, but it’s true). To get a little personal, as a woman to have your breast, the one thing that truly can make you feel like a woman, taken away from you in order to live, is a struggle I hate watching my loved ones go through. It’s crazy when there are no other options but to remove what you have carried for many many years. Yes, you can get fake boobs, but I just imagine that it isn’t the same. It’s different for woman who weren’t blessed with voluptuous breast and wanting to get fake ones to help them feel sexier, more like a woman.

Writing about this makes me really sad because I know the struggle my friend is going through. Having to explain to her son why he can’t visit his grandma as much. Or when there is one person sick in their house, they have to postpone the visit to her mom, to prevent the risk of her getting sick.

Anyone who knows anyone going through tnis, or even if you are/have gone through this. Hang in there! You got this and can overcome this. And don’t worry about the hair loss or the lack of breast, because what really matters is that you are the same person inside and that alone is beautiful.

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!

Drawing block

So I want to draw but I’m having a drawers block. Lol. I’m not sure if that’s even a thing but If not, I’m making it up.

I wanted to reach out to some of my followers. I wanted to see what you guys would like to see me draw? Any suggestions or request let me know :).

I was thinking of creating characters for a comic but I have to create a story line. This could take me a while. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and start to their week.

If you haven’t started following me on Instagram you should. 🙂 I update my works in progress. Hoping to start posting videos of me working on my pieces soon.

Frustrating

Hi guys! Sorry I missed a few days of posting. Had a busy weekend that just lead into today.

So today I wanted to tell you guys about a frustrating situation. I don’t if anyone has ever experienced this and maybe not with drawing but anything else that you might have creatively done.

I try not to draw when I’m upset because I just find myself not taking my time on things, that really should require patients. I don’t put enough “love” into the piece… Not the kind I would like to make it my own.

So on Friday night, after a long day at work, I came home to work on a piece I started the previous night. Someone (who I will not put on blast) called me and wanted to discuss a dramatic situation. I was asked for my opinion, so I stated it, but it wasn’t in this persons favor and they pretty much ended the call by hanging up. While I was talking to this person I was continuing to work on my artwork. When the call was released I just got stuck looking at what I had done.

I thought about taking pictures, but I just was so pissed that I drew a giant “X” across it and ripped it up. I was angry because I knew I should have stopped working on it once I was on the phone, but no I kept going. I was also angry because I had been in visioning this picture in my head for a few days and it just didn’t go the way I expected.

I did end up drawing something new though and fell in love with it right away.

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Please check out my Instagram to see the finished product coming soon!

Hope everyone is have a wonderful start to the new year. Goodnight everyone.

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.

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)!