Good morning ! Long time, no posting! I’ll get to that in a second, but I want to take this time to wish my blog a happy 4th birthday. Along with Veezy Vibetime Creations now being 6, I’m so thankful and glad to know that I’m still standing as well as this blog. I never thought that I would create a small platform where I could be myself, show people my talent and tell them my story behind the artwork. This past year has been a bit more challenging, and I’ve had my moments of self-doubt as well as wondering if art has been right for me. To tell you the truth, I still have my times where I struggle with it. With all of the moral support I’ve gotten, I swore it would be much easier to just bounce back and get right back, but it’s been a bit more challenging than I expected. Ever since learning about copyrights, (that word gives me the creeps) I’ve been nervous to post the designs because I don’t wanna potentially get in trouble, plus I always want to feel like I’m doing the right thing, not just as an artist, but a person as well. It’s been tough as I’ve been working on building myself back up, believing in myself and my designs more, and of course trying to creatively better myself. However, I’m also fighting to prevail and to me that overpowers the negative. I want to take this time to genuinely thank each and everyone for the support, not to mention the positive messages and the love you’ve shown me. I started out this blog completely unaware of what I was doing. I’m still not the best blogger to be honest, Lol, but over time, it’s become my artistic diary. A way to just talk about the things that are passionate to me, like the edits & designs, not to mention my poetry. I will not quit or give up, that’s a fact. If anything I want to learn more and more, design better and of course be the best artist I know I can be. You guys have been amazing. Thank you for being patient and thank you for showing support.
I’ve been big on trying to constantly tell stories when it comes to the designs that I create. I love being able to make something so simple and unexpected become a great visual. A few days ago, I decided to revisit a previous subject, Draya Michele, from one of my favorite shows to watch, Basketball Wives: LA. The decision to use Draya as my subject was last minute, but something just told me that she would be a great one to use. My inspiration came from some watercolor designs as well as culture. My reference was a photo of Draya with a braided hairstyle. (Credit: Mane Addicts). It was pretty easy from there to figure out the direction I wanted to head in. I thought about the watercolor designs from last year, “Oriental Opus” and “Audrey”. I knew I wanted to make this a design with significance. As I started creating it and watching it all come together, it was just magic. I can’t really explain it any better than that because that’s exactly what it felt like. I loved how well the colors were meshing with one another and how well they brought out the composition. I believe in this design so much and I’m really glad that I decided to pursue it. Something very unexpected happened to me after choosing to post it on my instagram. Draya didn’t only like the design, but reposted it on her account. The gesture came with a lot of love and appreciation for the design as well as some friction. A lot of people have great feedback on how beautiful and modest the design was, however a lot were saying how she didn’t deserve to be portrayed this way because of her past and being risque and that honestly bothered me. It’s hard to see that some people will hold things against you even when they don’t matter. That right there made me realize even more why I fight so hard to remain myself and remember what I do this for. I just want to show people how strong art is and how much beauty it possesses for a person. Nothing else really matters and I think this was a great process as well as lesson to keep trying. This is probably one of the most life-changing designs for me because I’ve learned so much. I’m so glad for impulse decisions and I hope more amazing artwork comes from them for the future.
It isn’t very often that I get into the habit of binging on TV shows. Sometimes I try my best to avoid it because of how invested I become. I recently became OBSESSED with Gilmore Girls. I never really watched it when it was on TV, but I love it now. Aside from relating so much to certain characters and storylines, I’ve been inspired to create designs and have some of the actors as subjects. Since the design of Thomas Fiss was inspired by the character “Luke Danes”, I thought it would be great to use Milo Ventimiglia, who plays “Jess Mariano” as a subject. I connect a lot with his character and he’s actually one of my favorites if not the favorite. I’ve wanted to actually use Milo for a long time. I had a phase where I was obsessed with the show Heroes and wanted to pursue something of Milo creatively. I guess it’s all about timing because I feel like this is one of the best designs I’ve done lately. I went with a watercolor for this one and I’m glad that I did because it speaks so much to me. I’ve never really used a green-meets-purple kind of scheme. I love how nature-like it looks. I think about the character “Jess” and how unpredictable but smart he was. I came up with the name, “Man Misunderstood”, because Jess was a good guy and a good soul, he just didn’t show it as well. This was fun for me and I love how crisp the design came out. I also worked on another design of a second character, Jared Padalecki who plays “Dean Forrester”. Cyborg was excited about this one. He’s wanted me to use Jared as a subject for a long time and he was excited once I showed him the final result. The character “Dean” is a lot different from “Jess”. A little more emotional, loving, and sweet, but also naive as well. It’s pretty much night and day. I went with a subject design for Jared and since my reference photo had Pink as the main color, I decided to feed off of that and create a wonderful illusion from it. The design looks really taboo, almost like it’s forbidden to be around or see. I didn’t plan that so I thought it was pretty cool to see that visual form the way it did. I went with the name “Potion” for this design because I think of potion. The colors going on remind me of it, I get a very mysterious vibe, and the presence is very spooky but sensual as well. This, along with the design of Milo, have easily become favorites of mine. So glad that I have something simple like a great show that can inspire designs like this to be done.
(Watercolor Background Texture used for this design: texturefabrik.com)
Sunday night I tuned in to the American Music Awards and I was super excited. At first, I was only watching to see One Direction perform (I’ve become such a fan girl it’s ridiculous) but I ended up watching from beginning to end and was just getting inspired creatively left and right. The most exciting part for me was seeing the red carpet looks as well as the memorable moments and performances. It was those very things that inspired me to create this post and I thought it would be amazing , or should I say A-M-A-zing, to create some designs with some of the music artists that I loved from the event: Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Lauren Jauregui (5H), and Scarlett Leithold. A couple of the designs I created prior to the show and others over the last few days. I’ve been struggling for a while now with confidence in my artwork and I’m really glad that this show helped me jump back into the swing of things. I feel a lot better now about my craft as an artist and I’m thankful that I was able to be inspired by something that I didn’t think was possible. Art is so … A-M-A-zing.
Below I have a gallery setup with all of the designs that I’ve created. For the subject designs, the credit of the photo references go to their rightful owners.
Recently, I created a watercolor design of new dance music duo Dumblonde. During high school I was originally a fan of Danity Kane, which Aubrey and Shannon, the members, were a part of. It was nice to use subjects that I’ve followed after all of this time that’s passed. Cyborg gave me the idea to use the girls so I have to definitely thank him for that. Before I got into this design, I decided to check out their music and try to get a feel of their sound & energy. I thought it would be a great asset to the design process to me. Looking at their music videos gives me a really free and trippy kind of vibe. I like to be like that sometimes with my art as well as unpredictable so this is right up my alley. I chose to go the watercolor route since doing a subject design to me would feel too much like that of their videos. I knew that this would be a cool idea from the start. Since this would be a two-person watercolor design, I got some inspiration from the design of the Veronicas (Two Become One) to keep the girls in the middle so they could be the main focus of the design. I wanted to go with a cool colors kind of scheme and I’m not sure why, but I think it was an amazing choice to be honest. I was going to be girly and vibrant but I felt like it would be too much. Lastly, what I chose to do was add in the four card suits, ♠♥♣♦. This was a very random move from me. The inspiration came from playing cards. Since the girls have a trippy and colorful vibe to their craft, I feel a lot like playing cards have that same effect. So there, I thought it would be cool to make this design feel like a playing card, which inspired the name, “Wildcard”. After finishing, I was happy with the way the design came out. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I felt good knowing that I was able to take what I got from this group and create my own perspective on it. I love this design.