Learning to Draw Animals

This year, one of my biggest goals was to learn how to draw animals and become comfortable with painting them. I was never good at drawing animals. They always turned out looking broken and creepy with backwards legs, due to a gross misunderstanding of anatomy. That, or just very stiff and awkward like a product of picture day in middle school.

Now they are currently my favorite subjects to draw and paint. Pet portraits and animal-themed nursery art are also what I’m commissioned for the most. It’s really interesting to reflect back on that.

A tip if you want to learn to draw animals. Really pay attention to the fundamental shapes that make up the body and the flow of them. You will see similarities in the anatomy repeat between different animals and those fundamentals will help you learn to draw any animal way faster. (Though, to be fair, this advice could probably be applied to drawing literally anything)

Remember, basic shapes are good. Basic shapes are your friends.

Also, Practice makes perfect…or vast improvements at the very least~

(On a side-note, I feel super weird not including any fun pictures or anything. Until the holidays are over, though, I’m not going to have a whole lot of time to put into my blog 😦 I’ll update and beautify when and where I can, however!)

Inktober 2018 – Conclusion

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Oh color, how I’ve missed you!

Okay I know, I could have used more color inks and generally Copic markers qualify as ink too. It just seems the perfect season for a grungy black and white style. But as much as I love painting with ink now, I miss my colorful acrylics! Excited to be back to sharing them ❤

So I said I wanted to do a spooky theme throughout October, but I totally burned out about halfway through. I ran out of ideas, so the whole spooky thing ended up being a flop. I changed angles and just tried jumping straight into painting with ink, instead of sketching each painting out first.

Here where some of the initial ‘spooky’ ones:
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1,000 Instagram Followers

Recently I have hit 1,000 followers on Instagram, which is crazy to me. When I started posting I doubted I would ever even have 500 people, let alone a thousand, interested in my art. So I just want to say thank you to anyone who may be reading this. So,

Thank You!! ❤

A bit about my journey on Instagram…

I had originally started on Instagram as a way to share the traditional art I was making whilst my computer was broken for about a year and I couldn’t make digital art. This ended up being a huge turning point in my career path. I went from wanting to be a digital concept artist for the longest time, to accepting that I wasn’t cut out for that kind of work. It was a rough, but I think my broken computer situation ended up being the best thing that could’ve happened. I probably wouldn’t have gone on Instagram, found a bunch of awesome illustrators who inspired me, and chose the path I’m on now if it hadn’t.

To me, 1,000 people is a lot. Considering I started with around 250 of mostly just friends and family in January. I have made so many new friends there over the last 2 years which has been awesome and has pushed me to really keep improving my work.

I also found that starting my 365 day challenge journey and sharing it on Instagram has really helped connect me with a lot of people, which has been super cool too~

Here’s a fun comparison of the first few illustrations I had ever posted to Instagram to some more recent ones. (And I think it’s safe to say, my skill in just taking the pictures of my art has improved drastically haha)

Summer 2016 vs Fall 2018:

Anyways, that ended up being a longer post than planned. Congrats if you made it this far and thanks for reading! I hope you had a great weekend 🙂

Also, if you’ve ever had a huge stop and switch in career/life paths, please share! I feel times like that can be super difficult and it’s always nice to know you’re not alone and all the stuff you learn along the way~

Illustrating a Cookbook & Self-Initiated Projects

It’s a good feeling to actually want to wake up 2 hours early to get some extra painting time in before work. Soooo much can be accomplished in that two hours, and it makes me that much more excited to get home and pick up where I left off!

Self-initiated projects are a great way to continue working on your portfolio between commissions. Sometimes it’s really hard jumping from one painting to the next or feeling burnt out from the decision fatigue of what to paint next. Creating a larger project gives you a list to work at each day.

Currently, I’m working on illustrating all of my boyfriend’s favorite recipes. I was collecting and re-typing some of the worn out and scattered pages one day, I thought of this, then wanted to smack myself for not coming to this decision sooner. Hoping to be able to finish the first 15 recipes in time to print a mini booklet by early December!

Here are a few ingredient illustrations:

 

Prepping for the Holidays & Commissions

I know, I know, Christmas still seems like miles away. Never too early to start preparing for seasonal products when you hand make them, though! (Honestly, I feel like I’m pretty late on this)

This year will be my first Christmas season with an Etsy Shop and open commissions. I already wish I had started planning this sooner but, live and learn, ya know? I’m really excited and I have tons of ideas of things I want to make and add to my shop, but we’ll see how time and resources work out for that.
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Let me introduce myself…

I’m Caitlin and I am an artist based in Western New York. I say ‘Western’ to distinguish  the fact that I am not from the city. I actually live in the middle of nowhere…

…Anyways, I love painting plants, people, animals and anything colorful. I use a variety of media to create my artwork, but I specialize in Watercolors. I’m always looking to create a strangely beautiful, dreamy twist on reality whilst using as many colors as I possibly can. (You know, in a tasteful way)

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