oh whoops I said I was going to do a thing and ha, here we go
hey all. I've been here for a million years and I've just always felt kind of completely inferior a lot because impostor syndrome is a lifestyle choice.
So I'm a thirtysomething sculptor who has aspirations toward more 2-dimensional illustration.
I'm not classically trained or college educated in anything, though I've always "been an artist" and I've taken sculpture courses with Jordu Schell, Helder Moreira, and Wendy Froud, among others.
I attend life-drawing sessions semi-frequently but not regularly in the time since I got my most recent job, and I do some cartooning type stuff to blow off steam but I'd be hard pressed to call any of it good or anything.
I'm working on doing more work on my drafting and painting skills. I feel confident in my figure work and I'm committing to myself to make myself do more and work harder. I really want to put some emphasis on actually finishing things that I start in the coming year. Creating illustrations that I feel safe and comfortable saying are "completed" is a thing I struggle with greatly, I think that's something I could use help getting through in the "finished, not perfect" kind of way. If everything stays a study or a doodle or a sketch I never have to commit to finishing it, right?
In terms of mediums, I work heavily in pencil, watercolor, ink, and gouache for my drawn work.
Sculpture is kind of all over the place: wax, clay, polymer clay, and other hybrid mediums for mold-making and casting applications. I've been working in polymer clay for over 20 years at this point. o.O
I'm working to incorporate more media in my drawing and illustration and getting more confident in doing studies and other practical, necessary, if repetitive, work. I don't iterate on things evenly, and I really should spend more time at the earlier stages of a project, I think.
I feel like I'm really terrible at depicting light and shade, especially in terms of color. I think part of this is because I've spent so much of my art focus on sculpture that I have trouble defining light forms because I'm very accustomed to having them be defined by the volumes of the sculpture, if that makes sense? One of my art teachers tried to explain this to me in high school, that this was why I had so much trouble translating, and it's really only been the past couple of years that I've understood what she was trying to say when she would say, "of course you're having trouble seeing where this form goes on the page, you're a sculptor." she wouldn't say it *exactly* that directly, but that's what I'm seeing now when I try to translate light and shadow.
It's definitely something that I want to work on but that I'm also sort of stylistically resistant to. I really like limited palette work and feel a lot more confident there and I'm not sure if that's a style thing or if it's just resistance to learning light and color. so I'm going to try a few things and see how it all works, I guess.
I'll try to post some recent stuff, I need to go through and actually photograph some of my sculpts and recent drawings at a higher quality than just "lol instagram"
tl; dr: hi! going to give this a shot! soon.