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”
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”
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?
Continue reading ““Is Art School Right For Me?””
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)”
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.
Continue reading “My Absolute Favorite Coloring Trick in Photoshop”
Progress animation of Part 2 in my David drawing tutorial. Look for the step-by-step video below!
You can do WAY more than “barely draw a stick figure.”
I really believe that any person can surprise themselves with the creative ability that exists inside them, and we need glimpses of that in ourselves. You know how just about every mom makes their kids take piano lessons as a kid? Like many kids, I often dreaded it… because it took time and practice, and I wasn’t what you’d call a prodigy. But after most lessons I realized I did better than I originally thought I would, and that made me feel good. If you try this project, and you work along with my video, I promise you’ll come out with a much better drawing than you expected. Drawing is SO good for the brain, and nobody would do it if it wasn’t so rewarding. Give yourself a chance! Continue reading “DIY: (Part 2) How to Shade and Highlight a Human Facial Profile”
“Victory” and “Taste Your Reward” by Adriana Vawdrey
“…’You can have it all, but not all at the same time.’ How important it is to take very good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing; it’s hard to do. It’s easier to be a workaholic than to have a truly balanced life.”
-Dame Quentin Bryce
I need to tell you about the year I completely sacrificed my health for a passion project.
It is common for dedicated people to refer to themselves as “workaholics. ” The term is sometimes used in a silly way, but there is a difference between working with ambition and immersing yourself in impulsive project after project to escape other anxieties. From 2013 to 2016, I invented, and obsessed over never-ending piles of work in order to escape the fears and frustrations that came with a big life change. The problems which followed, and solutions that eventually pulled me out of that pattern, taught me a lot about the purpose of passion, the importance of balance, and the real possibility of feeling good again after a mental health scare. Continue reading “Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom”