Wow, it’s been a while since I last updated this blog, but this last semester of school was crazy! Between camping out in the thesis room until 3, or 4, or 5 a.m. almost every day, trying to pass my last few classes, a job, visiting New York, a surprise visit from my trans-continental sister, and way too many caffeine and donut runs, I almost can’t believe that it all happened in twelve weeks. And that my pants still fit; I think that’s the greater mystery, actually. All in all, regardless of the stress and
major minor melt-downs, I’d still say it was my favorite semester of art school. Thanks to the awesome company of close friends, those long studio nights were never lonely and I was always inspired.
So since I just graduated yesterday, I thought it’d be cool to wrap this semester up with a blog post about my thesis, Stories My Mother Hid From Me.
School just started last week so that means less time to work on personal stuff, but usually immense growth! I’m excited to have an actual facebook page and website now to keep people updated with instead of spamming my personal facebook with it. If you don’t follow me already, please feel free to!
Anyway, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of “studio visit” kind of posts on the internet, so I thought it’d be cool to do my own. My studio space is mostly just my desk right now until I have time to make it look pretty, but here’s my typical painting set-up: my laptop for music and reference, headphones to help me zone out, watercolor paper, watercolors and gouache, my three “go-to” brushes (with others nearby juuust in case), artist tape, palette, water cup, tea cup (which usually turns into a water cup), and lately I’ve noticed that I tend to take off my jewelry before I paint.
Painting on the stone with tusche
After the first layer of tusche dried and before drawing on the stone with a litho crayon
The final print!
I was going through old phone photos and stumbled upon some process shots of the litho piece that is currently on my website. I really wish I had taken more pictures before the final print, but I think even just seeing how differently tusche dries is pretty interesting. Maybe I’m just a big process nerd or something though.
So in my last post, I posted a picture of my two characters, Peach and Marie. Before Marie, Peach used to adventure around the world with a maned wolf that has issues with his own identity as his name is Wallaby and can’t understand why wallabies won’t accept him. After drawing Peach and Wallaby all over everything for a good month or so, I started wanting to add new characters such as a sassy bikini-wearing alligator named Ollie.
When I was brainstorming for more character ideas, I kept remembering how my sister would always jokingly suggest that I draw her when I didn’t know what to draw, and so I did. Thus Marie, named after my sister’s middle name, was born. Given that my sister lives abroad and is biologically my half sister, it seemed perfect that she be a mermaid despite the fact that Peach is not. Peach is also extremely terrified of swimming in the ocean, which also correlates with the fact that while my sister and I communicate on an almost daily basis, we are only ever in the same continent together once a year. The two are also always seen doing things that my sister and I bond over such as yoga and our “unusual” love for eating plain bread and toast. So far every painting of the two has been a gift or card created specifically for my sister, but I do hope to eventually spend more time developing these quick paintings to cleaner finishes that may potentially find their way onto a page of my website. This also includes developing the other characters and Peach’s relationship to them further as well.
I’d like to think that this drawing pacified all the evil bug spirits that were probably attached to that dresser.
Peach and her sister, Marie, who lives in the sea.
People always tell me I need to draw less dark stuff, which cracks me up because I do stuff like this in my sketchbook.