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More New Stuff! (starting 2018 off on the right foot!)

So...2018, looks like you have a LOT to live up to! In general, 2017 was an awesome year, in fact, as a whole, I honestly can't think of really a single negative thing that came out of it. It was a great year for creativity -- art goals and big accomplishments, to my personal life and goals. It was probably one of my best years yet! So good luck 2018, you're going to need it!

I was really quite proud of myself for being as active online as I was. For those of you who follow me on social media, you may not think so, especially compared to anyone else who you may follow, but I was able to be diligient enough to update my outlets a few times, and better yet, I actually had a substantial amount of new art to show off!

So onto the fun stuff! A lot of these were started sometime in early fall of 2017, and just recently finished up before the end of the year. It just didn't seem apropriate to show them off until now.

I have been diving back into my watercolors and it has felt truly splendid!

 This was a commission piece I did for someone who stopped by my table at an AnimeCon over the summer! I had such a blast doing this one!

These two...

The one on the left started out as a dinky little acrylic painting that I washed leftover paint from another project over a scrap piece of illustration board. I had always liked the direction I was going with it, and had intended to finish it, but I never thought I'd finish it digitally. I think this is my first piece I've ever started traditionally and finished digitally. It was definitely a lot of fun! I think this has been sitting around the studio for 5 years? Ugh! How time flies!

The lady on the right was from a random sketch I was just messing with on my a computer from a couple of years ago. As I was just adding lines, a verse from the song I was listening to stuck out at me and resonated with me and this sketch, and one of the versions of this sketch has this verse scribbled on it as a constant reminder. But this lady has been sitting on my HD for nearly 3 years, begging to be finished. Every time I had opened her, I struggled with painting her; my current painting style at the time just wasn't cutting it for me, and wasn't able to convey the feeling I wanted. Well, over the summer I had started and finished another piece, and while working on that one I figured out how to finally paint this girl. The wait was totally worth it, and I'm proud of how she turned out.

And to wrap up this hefty post, let's not forget some wedding portraits I completed during the last half of the year!