It’s my artiversary: I’m celebrating a decade as an independent artist!
I don’t take this 10-year journey for granted….many businesses never even last five years, and I owe such a debt of gratitude to my mentors, patrons, students, followers, art collectors, and business partners who’ve taken a chance on me. Bless you all for your love of art, and thank you for coming along on this journey, for trusting me and supporting me!
In this post I’ll be talking a bit about the art, since the video doesn’t cover much. But at least you’ll see the various aspects in realtime, eh? 🙂
Tutorial: My Artiversary: 10 years and counting!
Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!
From Snoopy to Vienna
After the old tutorial being a Snoopy stamp (no longer made as far as I know), I decided to create a drawing featuring my two dogs. Often when I color or draw dogs they seem to just magically become my babies, ya know, I don’t make the rules.
With Vienna’s tail marking being the same as Snoopy, all I had to do was make the tail long and curl – then add the spot around her eye. And since everything else got realistic on this Stonehenge paper, I gave her a real eye too. Olo markers and colored pencils were layered to get the textures and realism you see. (If you want to learn to draw animals realistically in alcohol markers + pencils, click here.) A few elements needed to be painted in gouache, too – the highlight on the hat grommets, collar, and parts of the eye.
It’s….a bit like a blog site; people are much more interested in reading and writing than pictures, though some of the artists do share just photos of their work.
How does this differ from what I already post on my blog, YT, and social media?
PAID SUBSCRIPTION: I’ll be creating a written longform piece weekly there, which will be just for paid subscribers. The first one is public, so you can get an idea what I’m planning for these newsletters. ($5/month or $50/year – $4.17 a month)
FREE SUBSCRIPTION: Daily doodles (including a tutorial in the welcome email!), sketches, drawings – again, this is more like a public sketchbook, which will be more easily searchable for me than scrolling for eons through an instagram account. And it’ll be just sketches, all mediums. (Free)
You can download the app from Apple or Android, but you could just go simply to my Substack page, subscribe, and everything will come to your email. If you want to add to the discussion, though, you’ll need to be a paid subscriber. And if you decide it’s too much email and you want to unsubscribe, there’s always a link at the bottom of the email.
IF YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP, there’s other features in Substack – you can go searching for others who you’d like to potentially subscribe to, there’s a public text chat option called Notes (similar to Twitter or Threads) and Chat for community-building among my subscribers.
10th Artiversary celebrations
All throughout August, I’ll be popping up with various celebrations, so stay tuned for sales, a zoom party, giveaways, and more! Two for right now:
1. The V & G drawing from this post will be given away on my Substack this coming Monday. How to enter will be announced Monday there.
2. Everything on my fine art site is on sale! I added a bunch of new paintings and sketches – lots at a variety of prices.
Your suggestions for videos to revisit?
Let me know if you have a favorite video I could refresh – or how about one that was terrible and needs to be redone? LOL! I’ll take suggestions and pick from them!