Trying is Brave

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This illustration was made by Charlotte Trounce. Stop by her website to see many beautiful maps, portraits, patterns & editorial illustrations!

A few weeks ago I had an interesting experience, which made me reevaluate the way I speak about achievement, the way I look at my own goals, and the way I talk about these things to my students and my daughter.

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How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish

 

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Left: work in progress color layer demo /  Right: final “Sound of Music” poster by Adriana Vawdrey

I have been wanting to show you my design/drawing/coloring process for a while, and this week I finally documented it in photos! After attending this show at the beautiful Eccles Theater two weeks ago, I got excited to make a poster inspired by one of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music. Continue reading “How It’s Made: Creating My Illustrations from Start to Finish”

Applying To & Paying For Art School

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Check out the amazing mixed media masterpieces that artist Lauren DiCioccio is known for!

It’s not breaking news… college costs money.

A lot of money.

And when you’re interested in studying for a career in an art/design field, it’s normal (and maybe a good idea) to have some concerns. Continue reading “Applying To & Paying For Art School”

Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids

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School Bus Print by Blanca Gomez. Check out all the lovely prints she has for sale in her shop

Imagine you are an art-loving parent volunteering to teach an art lesson in an elementary school teacher’s classroom. You want the kids to have fun, learn a new skill and complete artwork they feel super proud of.

But maybe you’re a little stressed by the thought of teaching 30 kids at once, and possibly trashing the room in the process? Here are a few things I do to make my lessons run as smoothly as possible and motivate better listening. Continue reading “Tried & True Teacher Tricks For Classroom Art With Young Kids”

“Is Art School Right For Me?”

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Photograph embroidered by Victoria Villasana. Her work is fabulous, and you should definitely visit her shop.

“It’s important to think about end-game goals for your college experience. Maybe you want to make inspiring friends and great connections or maybe you want to master a completely new medium. Ask yourself – what exactly do you want to get out of art school?”  Angella D’Avignon  from Society 6’s  “Should You Go To Art School?”   

Are you thinking about a creative career, and wondering if art school is worth your time and money?

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6 Ways to Marry Minimalism & Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)

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Both of these illustrations are by Adriana Vawdrey (me). The simpler collage on the left was an sketchbook / Photoshop experiment, and the very detailed tiger image on the right was a camouflage experiment I did earlier this year. The tiger, called “I Spy,” is available to purchase as a print here.

When it comes to planning the design of anything — (a painting, an outfit, a room, etc.) —  do you normally focus on achieving simple elegance and efficiency? Or do you prefer details, layers, and eclectic mismatched combinations? I have been thinking about this a lot! What are the definitions of “minimalism” and “maximalism”, and how can creative people meet in the middle?  Continue reading “6 Ways to Marry Minimalism & Maximalism (for Interiors or Visual Art)”

My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop

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In college, one of my illustration professors gave some advice that stuck with me:

“You can do anything with a really good drawing.”

That could not be more true! With an awesome drawing you could make a fantastic painting, a well-designed screen print, thorough plans for an amazing sculpture… and the list goes on and on.  There are even more possibilities to build upon a beautiful drawing after scanning it and making playful adjustments with digital tools.

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