Rising Tide.Digital. 
Done as a pace breaker from other projects going on at the moment — Based off an article I read regarding the rising levels of work related stress, in the workplace as the US economy improves, while wages stay the same because the mentality is that there’s always someone else off the street who can do the same thing for cheaper. 
This one is becoming highly relevant to many, but as a personal note, I’ve been drinking way too much coffee to hit my (self imposed) deadlines. I’ve also found myself bribing my mind into working: “Hey brain, hands, if you get this done, you can go for a walk and have dinner. GET TO WORK!”

Rising Tide.
Digital. 


Done as a pace breaker from other projects going on at the moment — Based off an article I read regarding the rising levels of work related stress, in the workplace as the US economy improves, while wages stay the same because the mentality is that there’s always someone else off the street who can do the same thing for cheaper. 

This one is becoming highly relevant to many, but as a personal note, I’ve been drinking way too much coffee to hit my (self imposed) deadlines. I’ve also found myself bribing my mind into working: “Hey brain, hands, if you get this done, you can go for a walk and have dinner. GET TO WORK!”

Small sneak-peek of a current WIP. Hopefully I will be able to talk more about it in the coming weeks. 

Small sneak-peek of a current WIP. Hopefully I will be able to talk more about it in the coming weeks. 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

A self initiated project this weekend where I decided to illustrate a faux cover for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, inspired by the poem of the same name by one of the most inspiring women of all time.

The poem floored me in my very impressionable high school years, and has stuck with me for a long time now, so here’s a nod to Mrs. Angelou.

This piece was fun :) My eyes can’t take doing a whole piece start to finish on a computer screen, so I’ve decided to mix it up by including traditional materials in the process. Plus what’s the point of wasting tons of hours creating photoshop brushes to emulate real pencil when I already have  a billion pencils to begin with. Inspired by old illustrated vogue covers and even older etchings. Enjoying the process so far.

In another news, I became an auntie today! My brother and his wife just had their first baby and have given her my name (Mia Jael Espinosa) which is about the biggest honor anyone could ever do me. Now go look at the proud dad and the most beautiful baby on the planet here. p.s: isn’t she sassy? flipping people off at the tender age of one day old. 

Story time. Can’t show you the whole thing I’m working on yet but here’s a snippet!

Story time. Can’t show you the whole thing I’m working on yet but here’s a snippet!

We’re all Mad here.

This blog has been going through a ton of changes lately, just as my art has been, and it only seems fitting that my website get the same makeover treatment.

This is a small illustration for the front page. Tried something new by starting traditionally and finishing digitally (just like the last piece with lettering), and I have to say, I’m enjoying it very much.

Here’s a bit of a closeup and a bit of the original pencil. 

"Try it." 11x 14" — Ink on Rives BFK. 

"Try it." 11x 14" — Ink on Rives BFK. 

Thumbnail for possible piece. Real thumbnails not included.

Thumbnail for possible piece. Real thumbnails not included.

A small work in progress to get my long weekend started.

A small work in progress to get my long weekend started.

DON’T GO TO ART SCHOOL.  Written by Noah Bradley.
As an artist who was educated at an art school (and considering going back), but having also seen the drawbacks of academia, I think this is a good read for all of you considering formal education as a way to further your artistic career.
Now, hear me out — I am not by any means endorsing that you do not go to art school. There is a lot to be gained from a 4 year degree, including the unlimited time to explore your craft. But, I would be a fool to say that it doesn’t have it’s downside, and everyone else would be foolish not to consider these things when making up their mind. The cost of an art education is skyrocketing, and like Noah said, unless you’re making nearly a 6-figure salary, most of us will be paying off student loans until we die (and then an extra lifetime). Unlike other fields, art school does not guarantee you a job, or success, or even being good at art.
If the only reason you’re looking at art school is because you think they contain a magic well of information telling you how to be the next Duchamp, the next James Jean; the next [insert awesome artist you look up to on a daily basis, who almost makes you cry due to their awesomeness], then perhaps you’re better off looking elsewhere. 
Most (if not all) of what I have learned has not been learned in the classroom, skill-wise. It has come from making art outside of it, and experimentation, and beating myself up every now and then. A lot of what I’ve learned has also been thanks to the almighty Internet. It’s a fantastic tool, use it. And if you still wanna go to art school and give it the best shot  you’ve got, I’ll be the first to cheer you on… but know that said education doesn’t come cheap. 

DON’T GO TO ART SCHOOL.  Written by Noah Bradley.

As an artist who was educated at an art school (and considering going back), but having also seen the drawbacks of academia, I think this is a good read for all of you considering formal education as a way to further your artistic career.

Now, hear me out — I am not by any means endorsing that you do not go to art school. There is a lot to be gained from a 4 year degree, including the unlimited time to explore your craft. But, I would be a fool to say that it doesn’t have it’s downside, and everyone else would be foolish not to consider these things when making up their mind. The cost of an art education is skyrocketing, and like Noah said, unless you’re making nearly a 6-figure salary, most of us will be paying off student loans until we die (and then an extra lifetime). Unlike other fields, art school does not guarantee you a job, or success, or even being good at art.

If the only reason you’re looking at art school is because you think they contain a magic well of information telling you how to be the next Duchamp, the next James Jean; the next [insert awesome artist you look up to on a daily basis, who almost makes you cry due to their awesomeness], then perhaps you’re better off looking elsewhere. 

Most (if not all) of what I have learned has not been learned in the classroom, skill-wise. It has come from making art outside of it, and experimentation, and beating myself up every now and then. A lot of what I’ve learned has also been thanks to the almighty Internet. It’s a fantastic tool, use it. And if you still wanna go to art school and give it the best shot  you’ve got, I’ll be the first to cheer you on… but know that said education doesn’t come cheap. 

faithmckay:

And get the fuck off tumblr.

This also applies to artists. Especially the gettin’ off tumblr part. (Says this girl as she posts this on…Tumblr). 

faithmckay:

And get the fuck off tumblr.

This also applies to artists. Especially the gettin’ off tumblr part. (Says this girl as she posts this on…Tumblr). 

(Source: kamigarcia)

The inspiration board frame. Usually it’s just full of random tidbits. Today, it features hand lettering, random gouache swatches, and a bit of colored pencil flora from yesterday’s sketching session.

The inspiration board frame. Usually it’s just full of random tidbits. Today, it features hand lettering, random gouache swatches, and a bit of colored pencil flora from yesterday’s sketching session.

The mailman was very, very good to me today. Tons of supplies for projects and the most beautiful, most gigantic light pad ever. #heckyes #mail #artsuplliesporn

The mailman was very, very good to me today. Tons of supplies for projects and the most beautiful, most gigantic light pad ever. #heckyes #mail #artsuplliesporn

I often feel like my posts for my shop and my posts for my personal blog/art seem to blend into each other a lot, but that’s what happens when only one person’s doing both things. It’s kind of insane around here due to us moving soon, but I managed to snap a few pictures amidst the craziness, just for posterity. Can’t wait to have a proper studio soon, though.

Happy weekend, everyone!

p.s: see that awesome pillow on the couch? it was created by Alyssa Nassner of Small Talk Studio — whom you all should go check out now. <3 

Handlettering-365: # 17 - Les Mis.
One of the saddest love stories out there (because honestly, les mis is much about the love triangles as it is about anything else) and Fantine&#8217;s story is about the saddest of the bunch. 

Handlettering-365: # 17 - Les Mis.

One of the saddest love stories out there (because honestly, les mis is much about the love triangles as it is about anything else) and Fantine’s story is about the saddest of the bunch. 

 Taking a break from being a busy homebody to share these with you. Every beginning of the year, I go through my camera and basically clean out my card. This time I stumbled upon a ton of pictures from our Summer, but here’s a few from a particularly fun day with friends. Our 4th of July last year. I can’t wait for it to come again! fair time!

And for those of you wondering, my husband’s the one in the white shirt.