if I covered myself in tattoos and got naked on the Internet my work would get more attention… :/
Awh thanks! :)
I’ve posted about this a few times already that you can read here and here. I don’t do anything too special. I mainly just do cardio on the elliptical for 30 minutes every day, then I do about 20-30 minutes of other exercises (abs, arms, legs, etc — whatever I feel like doing that day). And I keep track of all my calories using the MyFitnessPal app. I don’t really diet. I eat what I want when I want to, but by measuring out my portions and logging everything, I’m more conscious about what goes into my body so I typically make better choices. Also, the biggest motivation strategy for me has been taking a picture of my progress almost every day. It’s easy to overlook the subtle changes and think nothing is happening, but it’s a huge encouragement to compare previous photos and see how much has actually improved. It proves that my hard work is paying off and it pushes me to keep going.
Thanks for liking my work! ;D
I’ve been friends with the MyChildren MyBride guys for a few years and I always joked that I was going to get them to take me out with them one of these days. When their European tour with The Chariot was announced, I jumped at the opportunity to make that joke a reality. Organization was a real mess and it almost didn’t work out, but their manager loves me so she did everything in her power to make it happen and got support from the label. Probably one of the best experiences of my life thus far.
I don’t think being a girl is the issue (you can read my long-winded rant about that here, haha). I think the biggest misconception girls who want to “get into the industry” have is that they’re just going to somehow get a job with a band they’ve never met before. I wasn’t sent on that tour as hired help for a band I barely knew; I was a friend going on the road with guys I’ve developed relationships with over the course of 4 years, and it was made possible because I had also developed a relationship with their manager over several years of working together. It’s all about developing and maintaining these relationships. I don’t know many bands that would be comfortable taking on some girl they barely know into such an intimate living situation and having her document all the gross things they do off stage. That’s why I consistently hear touring photographers say they don’t tour with bands, they tour with friends.
In my situation, I got lucky that my first tour happened to be on the other side of the globe and with one of my favorite bands. There’s no magic formula for making that happen. The best advice I can give is keep working hard at what you do, build up an impressive portfolio that proves you’re worth taking out, make and maintain relationships (and I don’t mean the fake “I’m only keeping in touch with you to get something out of it” kind — people see right through that), and don’t be afraid to go after what you want. Worst case scenario: they say no; best case: they say yes and you get to travel the world.
Thanks for taking an interest in my work! I don’t actually have any prints of my work available at this time for immediate purchase, but if there’s a particular photo you have your eye on, I’d be willing to discuss details with you and see what we can work out. If you’re interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re high quality, large format, giclée prints. Just to produce them, they already cost me close to $45. I’m making little to no profit considering the amount of time and effort required in making my artwork available for others to own — not to mention the 3 months of my life I dedicated to creating the original work. I’m not trying to cheat anyone out of their hard-earned money. It’s greatly appreciated if and when anyone supports my art enough to feel it’s worth paying for.
Well thank you. I appreciate that. :)
I don’t think it didn’t sell because people didn’t appreciate it, but because it was shown at a student gallery and most people are broke, haha.
I’m looking to finally have this charcoal drawing made available as prints. I’m planning on doing a limited run of giclée reproductions. The original piece measures at 32x18, so obviously that’s a bit large (not to mention, expensive) for the average print collector. So taking size and cost into consideration, which would you be more interested in purchasing and owning?
A larger, more commanding 24”x13” - $65
Or an average 18”x10” - $45
Any suggestions are a huge help to me and your interest in my artwork is, as always, greatly appreciated! :)
Thanks! I don’t use Dreamweaver. All of my websites are designed in Photoshop and hand-coded in Notepad (or other text editor).
Thanks! ;D Glad to not disappoint, haha.
Thanks so much for the longstanding support! I appreciate it more than I can express in words. :)
Seeing as our mediums are unrelated (she’s a painter, I’m a photographer), but we’re both smokin’ hot long-haired brunettes and aficionados of the odd, I’ll take that as a compliment. Thanks anon! :)
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!