An Artsy Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!

My Christmas gift to myself was to fully embrace my identity as an artist. To be honest, my Christmas was poopy.    My already-minimal privacy was interrupted very early this morning.  My most beloved family members live thousands of miles away.   I’m broke (actually broke doesn’t even cover it; income-free full-time student is more accurate).  And I received peanut brittle as a gift.  (I really appreciate the thought; but… yuckums!).

Anyway, I salvaged it by going to the park, sitting on a bench, and drawing.  As always, my cares were wiped away by the sheer act of creation.  Besides, pity-parties are lame.  Drawing, painting, sculpting – any artistic act, really – is  always enough to help me shake off even the nastiest of moods.

And my vacation continues to be productive.  I have already completed three of the books I checked out last week:

  1. Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, by Jennifer Pozner
  2. Drawing Cartoons & Comics for Dummies, by Brian Fairrington
  3. Making Comics, by Scott McCloud

Each one was good for different reasons.  Reality Bites was just a great read.  I learned so much about the secrets behind some of the most popular reality shows.  It was very entertaining, eye-opening, and a tad depressing when you consider how many hours of these kinds of shows young people actually watch.

Drawing Cartoons was very informative.  The book really went into a lot of detail regarding the types of tools you need to draw comics and the whole process.  Although I enjoyed all three books, Making Comics was my favorite.  The whole book is done in comic book style.  Rather than belaboring any particular aspect of creating comics, it goes into an overview of the creative process and what it takes to make a compelling comic strip.  It also provides exercises at the end of the first few chapters so you can put what you learn into practice.  I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in making comics.

Well, I am happy this day is mostly over.  I hope to sneak in a nap and continue reading and drawing.  My work this week has consisted mainly of sketches that I plan to paint later using either watercolor or pastels, and a couple of comic sketches.  I plan to do more over the next week, working primarily on pencil drawings.  The cool thing is that the more I work, the better I feel!

Neither fine art nor commercial art are “easy” career paths, but I truly can’t imagine doing anything else.

Now, go follow your bliss…

2 thoughts on “An Artsy Christmas

  1. Have a blessed Christmas, Raven, regardless of how it feels – especially when it is a poopy day. Honestly, this Christmas has taken on new meaning for me. My family has been saying for the last couple days that it didn’t “feel like Christmas,” for them. I feel the exact opposite, but not because of the anticipation of gift giving, food and family gatherings, but something very different. I think, for the first time, there is an appreciation of the gifts God has given, and certainly, of being an artist. I appreciate being loved, being thought about, by friends and family far and near. I appreciate God’s gift to me in His son, and in the way I’m “wonderfully made.” And all being said, I get to live as an artist again. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! God’s richest blessings attend you and your boys and all those who will benefit from your expressions!

    • That’s wonderful, Eddie! I am glad that Christmas has taken on new meaning for you. And you certainly should be grateful for all your gifts as an artist and writer!! : )

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