I had posted this originally on my instagram and forgot to post it here. This was a fun illustration that I worked on one day. Recently I’ve been in a mood to draw with markers and I love balance between the metallic inks and black. I plan on creating more and better illustrations with my markers, because sometimes it’s a lot more fun to work hands on then working on the computer.
Here is a fun design that I worked on awhile ago and finally had the chance to post it. I decided to create a female sugar skull vector illustration. I started with the head and face, then decided to take it a step further by adding the background with the flourishes, sun ray, text, and border. I decided to use the word “Beso”(Spanish for “kiss”), because I think the face has a pretty element and a kiss from a pretty face seems fitting. You can see below the before and after of head. I enjoyed this experimentation and hope to improve with each illustration that I work on.
I’ve been drawing recently and I hit a point where I was forcing myself to be creative. Have you ever done that? I felt as thought everything I was doing was just coming up short. I had friends tell me that I can’t overwork myself and that creativity has to be worked out. One friend said that the best advice he ever received was from illustrator Greg Manchess; “Draw all the time, especially when you don’t want to draw.” He even told me that waiting for creativity hurts it, but he did agree with me that maybe taking a break didn’t hurt.
I’ve been trying to improve myself as a designer and as an artist, which may be why this year my posts have been lacking, but it’s something that I want for myself. The above image is from the other day where everything I was doing didn’t feel right or I was happy with it. Everyone has their way of getting through a roadblock or finding inspiration, but sometimes it’s not easy as you hope for or expect it to. A break is fine, but sometimes I feel that there are not enough hours in a day. We all have goals or at least we should, but having a creative stump is a situation where no one wants to be and no one else can really help us get out of.