Unfortunately I don’t have any of my work available as prints right now. :(
I live on 5 acres of land out in the back area of North County, so I don’t feel so consumed by the city. My mom is super outdoorsy, so she’ll often find things for me (bones, skeleton leaves, honeycomb, etc) either in our own backyard or on horseback rides. Most of my other finds (like my skulls, furs, and antlers) are from flea markets and a Native American craft store I go to often.
There’s a huge difference between replicating an artist’s style in order to discover your own, and carbon-copying another artist’s work and calling it your own. Some may argue otherwise, but I don’t believe you learn by imitation; you learn by inspiration.
As a kid, I drew things I liked (Pokemon, Neopets, Zelda characters, and tigers). I copied the images from other works in order to familiarize myself with the details, then I drew my own versions of them. I don’t see anything wrong with that sort of “imitation” or “copy.” This was my learning procedure. The problem today is everyone feels the need to post everything online. When I was learning, I didn’t trace a picture of Princess Ruto from a game manual then publish it online as my own “work”. That would be plagiarism (they still teach about that word in school, right?).
Take inspiration from other artists and experiment with different styles. But don’t rip someone else’s exact work and call it your own (it blows my mind that there are people who actually think this is okay).
My personal approach for starting a new drawing: I brainstorm an idea and roughly sketch the layout; then I might search around for some inspiration from other artists and see what may spark some more ideas; then I seek out reference images (from stock photography sites or I take my own photos); I either trace from these photos or I just use them as guides for my drawing. And I recommend everyone learn to draw this way. I see so many people ripping images from Tumblr, tracing them and coloring them in, and calling that piece “their own work.” There’s a lot more to drawing than just being able to guide a pencil along paper…
Awh, well thanks! That means a lot to me. :)
Yes, I do! If you’re interested in commissioning me to create a design for you, shoot me an email at corinne[at]stuckwithpins[dot]com and we’ll talk details.
Thanks! :D I’m at a complete loss when it comes to Wordpress, haha. For this site, I only integrated the blog portion using Wordpress (while the rest of the pages are standard HTML/CSS) and even that took me hours to figure out. But yeah, I’m definitely interested to see what else I can do with it once I play around a bit more!
Thanks! Yeah, because most of my charcoal pieces are primarily black, I find it’s easier to lay down a lot of black then erase to create the forms and details.
Nope. Just these here: http://stuckwithpins.tumblr.com/tagged/video
Thank you! I appreciate it. :)
Thanks. Isn’t it interesting that people will be hurtful to other people in the name of “animal rights”? Seems counterproductive to me…
Like I said in my response about this before, animals are killed daily by human activity. That’s life. But I try to appreciate and respect them by preserving their beauty rather than allowing man to destroy them into nothingness.
I’m just annoyed when people sit on their “animal rights” high horse, judging everyone else for “harming” animals, when they themselves are just as guilty of “harming animals for selfish purposes” by driving a car, living in a city, and participating in all other human activities that have affected the native wildlife. It’s naive to believe that just because you don’t eat meat or wear fur, your hands are clean.
I understand taxidermy and collecting animal parts isn’t for everyone. But the reality is, animals are killed by man and by nature every day. And there’s no soap box you can stand on to stop that. Instead, I appreciate nature, recycle it, and give it a new life through my art. So don’t act like I’m somehow less “moral” simply because I choose to embrace what you choose to naively ignore.
Sorry you feel that way.
This post here pretty much explains in detail what my routine was last year. I’m still following a relatively similar plan, but I’m focusing a lot more on strengthening my core now rather than losing weight.
I work out on the elliptical for 30 minutes a day, then do weights and ab exercises for 30 minutes. Most of my exercises are from Seventeen’s 5-week fitness challenge videos or Cosmo. I use the Water Your Body app to make sure I’m drinking enough water, and I use the MyFitnessPal app to monitor my calories (which is an UH-mazing tool for losing weight, by the way).
I think people put too much thought and preparation into their decision to start working out and getting fit. Just start doing it! I swear by a week of really good cardio to get me in shape. And hopping on the treadmill or going for a power walk is easy. Just don’t over think it.