Oh, Shading !

Hey,

Something new from me today. Been catching a good few livestreams from one of my favourite artist, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau.  If you haven’t heard of him before you can check out some of his artwork on his deviantart . His gallery will tell you.

When it comes to his livestreams, other than watching him create, the chat with many other artists and the music just makes for a pretty cool time, I learn just watching him and reading the chat. Everyone and Artgerm share many tips and encouraging words to get you on your way.

I was watching one lately when he mentioned something about shadows  and light  after being asked a question by someone in the chat. I can’t remember it word for word but it was something like, ‘simply think of  shadows as the absence of light’. Pretty basic I know  but somehow this took the pressure off  of me a bit when it come to shading.

You see shading was never an easy thing for me to do.  Still isn’t, sigh.

I kinda always tried to skim pass it but if I wanted to get better I couldn’t keep doing that. So I’ve been  reading a few tutorials and practicing from photos.  I’ve improved but of course I can do better. You can always do better.

Anyway, after the stream, I was driven to practice some shading so I did.

There was this really pretty picture of one of my fave Youtuber, Carmen from My Natural Sistas, floating around my facebook so I  used that as my reference. Her picture was clear and easy for me to see the light and dark areas.

Here is a link of the photo, linkie , and here is what I did;

Carmen from My Natural Sistas

Carmen from My Natural Sistas

 

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I see things I could fix of course but I still really, really had fun doing this.

I will be doing more but right now I’m working on a children’s book which I’m really excited about that. When I can, will show some of the illustartions on here.

Last but not least , here are some words I feel the need to share here:

There is a place in life, a place where you want to sit and give up, give excuses to stop pursuing your goals and kick your instrument away and do something easier, like doing nothing. But I’m telling you that if you get up from this place, if you push pass that sinking feeling of failure, you’ll find your way. You’ll get a glimpse of what you can become and you’ll know you can be it. So don’t give up. Just don’t do that.

Thanks for reading.

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Calendar Diary

With the start of the year and everyone goal setting, myself included, I remembered something.

Usually as the year goes on and I get to, say June or even before then, and I’m doing none of the things I set out to do. Somehow, I would end up in the same slump and old habits I wanted to change from the previous year .

I know everything can’t always go the way I plan it, and that’s okay because God has ultimate control, but there are the things I can control. If there is an obstacle I have the choice to give up right there and then or stay strong and keep pushing ahead. I have to decided to stick through it all and finish what I started. That’s always been a problem for me, finishing what I start.

Well, as always I got my calendar for the year and I usually run through it and scribble down the birthdays of my family and close friends just so I’ll have a visual reminder and then it hit me. This would be great for my goals as well.

This will help me keep track of the year in a quick and easy way by  noting when I start a goal and when I finish it. Also, anything positive or inspiring I hear during the day I write down as well to stay encouraged. I like that idea because it forces me to look for the light in each day.

Calendar Diary 3

Calendar Diary 3

Since exercise is also one of my goals this year, I’ll keep track of that in blue ink, I’ll be numbering the days I do workout. So if I look back at a month and there isn’t enough blue, well I’ll know I’ll have to get back to some push ups again.

Calendar Diary 2

Calendar Diary 2

One regret of mine was looking back at all the time I wasted doing nothing. I don’t want to do that again is year. I want to look back at every month and see it covered with words and progress.

This is a great idea for those who don’t have time to write a whole journal entry or aren’t fans of the whole diary thing.

How do you keep track of your progress?

Have a great and productive Monday.

Thanks for reading.

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