In the Words of Staind: “It’s Been a While”

Hello all! Sorry I haven’t been around for a while. In addition to being a blogger, I am a full time student and worker and life has just gone off the rails on the crazy train (we are FULL OF MUSIC REFERENCES TODAY.)

I’ve decided to keep myself on a consistent schedule, blog posts will be going up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays probably in the afternoon time. I will be making my triumphant artistic return ASAP! In the meantime, why don’t we celebrate Casimir Pulaski Day in style?

Also, if you’re craving some arts, have this old self portrait, circa 2009:
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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A LOGO

Started: 10:58 p.m.
Finished: 11:08 p.m. 

I am unbelievably excited. More excited than anyone has ever been for really amateur graphic design work. Are you ready to be super underwhelmed? Because I am VERY overwhelmed and pleased with myself:

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After sitting around and shirking my responsibilities for a bit, I thought I would make a little logo for myself. Just something super simple that will make my page more attractive when I’m posting about it? I don’t know. Work with me here.

The trick for this one was getting that nice blue-gray bit that corresponds to the banner on my page. When I was done pressing the option key and dragging the eye-dropper tool, I turned to my good pal, Google, who directed me over to this page which is SUPER HELPFUL (it will probably be my bible throughout this entire process).

But yes! Logo! I made that! First Photoshop-battle: success! While the amount of technical skill in this is minimal and the design isn’t anything that will knock anyone’s socks off, I DID THAT. I MADE THE THING. I just used my trackpad for this, no tablet yet…we’ll get there, I promise.

If anyone out there has any critiques or suggestions for me, I am all ears. Let me know. Please help me.

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.