"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."
- Bishop T.D. Jakes
I knew from the early stages of my life that I wanted to be an artist. Ever since I was a little kid I have been creating in some form or another. When I was in first grade a teacher gave me my own personal set of markers and that made me feel special. She probably gave everyone their own set of markers, but it doesn't matter because that moment helped push me towards the creative road in life.
For me, it's a place where I feel free. Where I allow my mind to take a break and allow the subconscious to take over. This place I'm talking about is my sketchbook. Think of my sketchbook as a visual diary. It's a place I go to vent, relax, play, and to simply just be. It's easy for anyone to get lost in their own thoughts and for me it helps to capture these thoughts in my sketchbooks.
Here's a drawing a I created showing you how my mind works when I am in my flow state.
I love creating unique art that comes from my natural state of flow. I've been creating pen and ink art right from the beginning of my life. I started out like most artists with pencils, crayons, and markers of course. However, my early years (7-10), is when I started to create pen and ink drawings during class at school.
My love for pen and ink art grew. Over the next 15 years and several hundred pen and ink drawings later, it became one of my favorite mediums to use for a couple of reasons:
I love the way my drawings look and how fluid and concise I could be
I can take my pen and notebook with me everywhere I go and I can be "in my studio"
There are so many different ways you can create art with this one medium
By experimenting with pen ink art at the beginning of my artistic career, I was able to cultivate my series called Back Rooms of My Mind.
Here are a few of my favorite pen and ink artists:
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Whew- 2014 is already here! Where did 2013 go?? It's been a great year and a busy one at that! I hope your 2013 was as fun filled as mine.
I know I haven't been posting much and I wanted to apologize for that. Life has been extremely busy and I have been hard pressed to find the time. To be honest, I haven't really even had time to create much new art either. But the ideas…. let me tell you, the ideas are still coming in from all corners of my mind. That's why I just purchased an idea book or my little book of ideas if you will.
Previous to this purchase I have been writing down my ideas in sketchbooks (when I was sketching) or on tiny pieces of paper - I will show you all the idea notes I have- the purchase of this book allows me to have all my ideas in one place. This is huge for me because I have hundreds of these notes all over the place and this book is harder to misplace.
I have however, found some time to and from work to take some photos. We have been fortunate to get some lovely snow in time for Christmas and holidays which always makes it look amazing! More photos can be viewed here.
Again, Happy New Year and I hope everyone's 2014 is a fun and prosperous one! Be safe and stay healthy.
If you like this design I can create some shirts or posters on request. Right now I have the basic graphic in Black available for sale here.
Shopping on Amazon soon? (affiliate link)
Before you do, click on this link when you make a purchase, Amazon will give me a couple of pennies for every purchase that is made.
Have a great weekend!
I've been creating art in some form or another all my life and it's what I love to do.