22 Years and Counting

I turned 22 a few days ago, and I am about to graduate!

After 16 years, my school years are finally coming to a close, which is pretty monumental to say the least. Even though I will be done with my classes, I still have so much learning left to do. And honestly? I can’t wait!

Now that my free time has significantly increased, I will be dedicating a chunk of time to activities that serve to inspire me and working on passion projects.

Some of those activities will include reading more books, playing more video games, watching movies and TV shows, exploring new places, taking Skillshare classes, etc. Here is a list of my goals for the month of June:

  • Read one book from start to finish (I’m allowing rereads)
  • Finish watching Iron Fist
  • Finish playing Persona 5
  • Take and complete a Skillshare class and post the project on social media
  • Resume fencing lessons
  • Get up to #5 in my 100 Palette Challenge

Of course, this is a blog about my life as an artist, and while the activities I mentioned serve as inspiration, it would be silly to not talk about my current and future passion projects. I have already begun a passion project in the form of the 100 Palette Challenge. When I started, I created 2 different lists; one of 100 characters from video games, shows, books, etc. and one list of 100 different actions. I randomly assigned a character and an action to each palette, which helps me with drawing different kinds of characters doing different actions and working in color palettes that are foreign to me. I only give myself an hour or two in which to finish these since they are more for studies than actual finished pieces.

The first one I did was of San from the movie Princess Mononoke examining the crystal that the hero Ashitaka gives her in the film.

#1San.jpg

I finished this a few months ago and it’s really stiff with really bland posing. There’s nothing exciting about it, to be honest. I’m torn on whether or not to redo it since I want to be open and honest about my progress, but I of course do want to create great art and show it to the world. Either way, when I finished I was pretty proud of myself for not panicking about the colors as much as I thought I would.

The second one I did is of Allura from Voltron: Legendary Defenders crying.

#2Allura.jpg

I finished this one a week after I finished San, and while I think this is better, it’s still not dynamic enough looking back on it. I did intentionally try to make it look borderline overdramatic because I felt that it fits with the show to be possibly comedic.

Only 98 more palettes left to go! I have already started on the third one, but I stopped because I ended up working on it more than my schoolwork! Now, I can devote as much time to it as I want.

I hope you all will continue to follow me through my journey as an illustrator, designer, calligrapher, wandering adventurer, etc. And look forward to hearing from me again soon!

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