Back to school

Hello!

Today is wednesday, the day I usually post. As you may noticed I haven't been so active lately with my website. I'm so, so busy taking classes that, sometimes I just don't have the energy to seat down and go writing. Well, MATS part A started, it's a very intense course and I'm, so far, very disciplined with my assignments. For those who want more information check it here. This week we are covering Children's book market, last week was Home Décor and the first week we had Bolt Fabric. The good thing about it is that you learn a lot about each market, what Art Directors are interested in, time management and yourself... Which is so far everyone's struggle.

Do I fit in? Is my style good enough? Am I a commercial artist? Do I really want to be? What's next? All those questions are popping up in my head like every five minutes. Having a studio is helping me a lot to manage my time and to focus on creating art. My drawing skills are getting in shape and I have many others to develop, like character development and hand lettering. Where is everything is taking me? I don't know but I'll have good and varied portfolio and I'm having fun, a lot!

Check it out my presentation pages for MATS A. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Please feel free to do it! 

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Home décor presentation page

Home décor presentation page



Facebook project and Inktober: how is it going so far

Hello!

Later is better than never! I've been working a lot this week so this is a late and short post. I have two logo projects happening here in France (and happy clients) and I'm enjoying the fact that I started my Facebook Project this month, so I'm participating in Inktober (check it out here and here). This is a cool world wide illustrators challenge to draw with pen and ink everyday in October. So far, so good I can say, I'm disciplined and committed.... and I'm dealing with a lot of frustration too.

I'm learning to deal with my Inner Critic, not easy. But, what's cool about it is I'm getting used not to give up on drawings, embrace my (many) mistakes and getting to know my materials much better. Some days I sit and draw and nothing happens, my lines sucks. See the examples below and you'l see what I'm talking about. So, I've been searching the Internet about tips on face elements and Pinterest is a good friend. I'm considering taking live drawing sessions and I definitely need to keep working on my skills, especially in angles, scale and anatomy. It means pretty much everything!

Anyway, I hope I'll stick to it and keep having fun. 

Oh my god, I just hate both drawings. But deal with it, sort of.

Oh my god, I just hate both drawings. But deal with it, sort of.

On the right side, the perfect example of a fail attempt to save the drawing.

On the right side, the perfect example of a fail attempt to save the drawing.

I like the results on this one

I like the results on this one

Facebook: my new self challenge

And this is not what you're thinking about. No, I'm not leaving Facebook. 

I post daily, I interact with my family and friends in Brazil and all over the world, I work and I learn a lot everyday. 

But few days ago I've accidentally started drawing faces, from photos, from my imagination, cartoonish, realistic... I posted one drawing and I had nice compliments. Another drawing and the AHA! moment happened: I decided to keep my experiences in one sketchbook that I called, of course, Facebook.

The idea is to fill the pages daily and post the drawings on Instagram (follow me: @superlavis, I'm a private user but if you're not selling anything I'll accept you!). I'll be using the #drawinginmyfacebook hashtag.

 I don't know for how many days I'll do it, I don't have any precise style, I have no idea how many pages the sketchbook has, I don't know yet if I'll use color and I don't created and follow very strict rules. The only serious rule I created is drawing faces or head elements.

So, the whole idea is just to have some fun. I hope you enjoy it too!

My Facebook pages

My Facebook pages