"Try it." 11x 14" — Ink on Rives BFK.
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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.
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
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’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.
From my shenanigans in #NYC this #winter.
agentdaedalus asked: Happy belated birthday! [Courtesy of Gabe] and also i heart your art.
Ahaha thank you! x 2! Glad you like it :D
Anonymous asked: Wow, your art is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the vividness of the color you create with watercolors. I'm definitely going to look into buying a print for a friend's birthday kinda soon!
I am so glad to hear this!! Leave me a note in the buyer comments once you purchase so I know it’s you!
lulles asked: It's your birthday today? Happy birthday!!
It was! Thank you!
reafu asked: Happy birthday dear :D!