On Recognition and Why I am Bad at Receiving Compliments

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I Am an Artist (?)

Because I am a twenty year old college student, I’m forced to ask myself a lot of questions. “Adult-Life” is right there, staring at me like the proverbial barrel of a gun, and apparently I have to make some decisions.

Here are some of the questions (and answers) I have to ask myself as I look over the precipice of young-adulthood:

  • Q: What do I want to do with my life?
  • A: I have no idea.
  • Q: What do I like doing? 
  • A: I really like creating. I like making stories, I love drawing, I love making things that people can look at and say, “Huh! Neat!”
  • Q: So am I an artist? 
  • A: Eh????

Although I’ve always considered myself an “artist,” I haven’t been actively drawing and creating pieces since high school (two years ago).

I am a traditional artist. My entire life I have only used colored pencils and paints and media that I can get my hands into. It’s my comfort zone. It’s my passion.  When I think of what I want to do with my life, the idea of becoming an artist tends to fight its way through the other ideas of a more “stable” and satisfying career choices. Except I have a thousand and seven road blocks. I am not an art student. I have no real, sustained formal training. I haven’t been seriously drawing for two years. I don’t even know how I could go about becoming an “Artist.”

And then this Christmas happened.

This Christmas, I was gifted with this thing: Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 4.35.48 PM.png

This Thing is a Wacom Intuos tablet, and it terrifies me. I have never really worked with digital media in any capacity. It is sleek and it is pretty and I don’t have any idea how to use it.

So I said to myself, “Self: this is your opportunity. This is how you can get back to that big dream of being an artist. This is the chance of a lifetime.”

And now here we are.

This semester, in an effort to get back in touch with my artistic roots and also learn how to use this expensive and beautiful thing, I will be chronicling my attempts to learn Photoshop and effectively become a Digital-Artist™.

Join me on this terrific and terrifying journey as I fumble with technology and create a visual diary of my transition from Traditional2Digital (get it? That’s the blog name.)

It’s gonna be a trip.