This past month has had a lot of struggles for me both as an artist and as a person. I’ve waded through multiple professional rejections, and one of my closest personal supporters admitted they don’t believe in what I create. It was a lot to take on all at once.

But I’m still here.

And digital drawing was my refuge when I couldn’t find the energy to do anything else. I continued to push myself to create a style that satisfies my picky nature.

Enter: the bust portrait. This is a format I’ve been focusing a lot on lately because it teaches me how to see the world in a new way. After practicing for a few weeks, I find myself mentally outlining and shading actor’s faces whenever my partner pauses the television.

Because I’m unable to mentally visualize (unlike most of the population), being able to plan out the specific movements needed to create shapes is really important to me. Even when I was a small child, I would sit in the pews in church and quietly outline the wooden whorls and knots with my fingers, drawing them in my mind.

Due to this specific mental restriction, reference photos are incredibly important for me when I’m creating something that’s even vaguely based on real life. That’s why it’s crucial that I have software and apps that allow me to incorporate reference images into my work-space. Currently, my go-to is ProCreate (which did not sponsor this post in any way).

The results so far?  

So, how does one keep going when the odds are stacked up against them?

-Remember why you began this journey

-Take criticism and track down its roots

-Learn, learn, learn; grow, grow, grow


-Let go of anything that isn’t contributing to your goal

-Don’t get attached to the future; live in the present

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One thought on “Finding Some Humanity”

  1. Very interesting style. You got something really cool going on. Imitation is very much part of the practice. Tracing pictures and then go back in with your style will help wonders with developing your own ideas and refining your technique. Once you get the hang of that go free hand and use block models.

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