December 23, 2012

The End of 366 Days

Day 345 of my Drawing Project

When you spend so much time on something, you get attached. It happens with every piece of artwork I’ve ever created. But this year-long drawing project has become such a major driving force in my life and here we are with only a handful of days left… so how do I feel?

Relieved. Accomplished. Overwhelmed. Overjoyed...And sad that it’s nearly done.

This year has been an amazing journey. I’ve smashed the walls of my little comfort zone and met some truly inspiring people. I’ve found support for art and a cause that means the world to me and when I sit and try to wrap my head around this year – it’s just impossible! No matter what kind of crazy happened in my family and personal life – setting the goal to draw everyday with a purpose has made this year SO much brighter and more colorful than any 366 days I’ve ever known.

Now, you may wonder – what’s next? How do you follow a year like that?
A little rest, for one!
But I want to take everything I’ve learned on these tiny, daily canvases and make something MASSIVE and beautiful. Pumping inspiration into an artist’s heart on a daily basis does amazing things and I’ve been sketching and jotting down big ideas ALL year.

2013 is going to be year devoted to true, original creation. I want to go on another adventure! And if you’re up for it – I’d love to share this new year with you, too.  

Thank you to my family, friends, collaborators and supporters and the wonderful people at Alternatives to Violence(ATV) who made this project such a HUGE success!

Me on my 23rd Birthday!
All the love in the world, 

P.S. Stay tuned for the final tally of funds raised for the Safehouse!

July 11, 2012

An Interview - by YOU!

We just passed the 6 month half way marker for my 366 Charity project and I knew there were lots of people with questions out there, so here we are! 
(Questions come from various supporters from DeviantArt, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr!)

Q- Tarashima/ SierraLD12  - I would really want to know how the idea came into your mind; What events, thoughts or ideas led you into starting this project?
A - Doing something art-related every day for a year is something I've always wanted to do! And after 2011, when my little brother had 5 serious hospital stays, my art took a backseat most of the year so I could help care for my brother and my family. I also happened to sprain my wrist 3 times that same year, which kept me from drawing most of the year.

I guess when 2012, a brand new year came around, I needed to do
something big!

But to be completely honest, I wouldn't be motivated to keep going if I was just doing this for me. I wouldn't be doing this at all if it wasn't for the Safehouse. The people that need a safe haven in my hometown are the reason I keep drawing every day. There is no greater joy for me than to make a difference by doing something I love.

Q- Robert Jackson  - Do you believe you will continue this project to some degree after this year is over?
A - Absolutely! I will always support the Safehouse and continue to raise funds for them. I’ve loved doing the cards so much, I plan to continue on into 2013, doing 2-3 a week – with 100% going to the Safehouse of course!
I also aim to continue adding to my print collection, & add postcards and calendars as well – with 25% also donated to the Safehouse.

Q - Norbert Reichinger - Where do you get all the ideas for your pictures? Do you use photos for reference?
A-  I do use a lot of photos for reference, especially when I want a very realistic drawing. I’ve partnered with many talented photographers on DeviantArt and Flickr who have volunteered their work for my project!

Q - Shawn Cernik  - Your subjects are so diverse. Is your subject matter predicated on various inspirations and if so what are those inspirations?
A - My motto for this whole year has been “One day at a time”. Slowing down and taking in the world has been one of the biggest sources of inspiration for me. Anything I see throughout the day is something I can put into my card- like a color that caught my eye, or a shirt pattern, or a ladybug… maybe the sunset that day was especially spectacular. It can be anything!

Q - Whitetippedwaves  
       - What is your biggest inspiration?
A - My friends, my family, and my hometown. I couldn’t do any of this without their love and support. And my beautiful hometown is the whole reason for this project! I could never dream of living anywhere else!­
Q - When during the day do you work on the project?
A - I usually work on my card around 3-6pm, after I’ve finished work on commissions for the day and rested my hands a little bit. When I started at the beginning of the year, I didn’t have my routine quite down and was squeezing them in at the end of the day. If you count 1-3AM the end of the day! :P

Q - Do you ever have to skip a day and do two the next to make up for it?
A - I do! If I get sick or something comes up with family and I can’t get my card done that day, I’ll wait until the next day and do two. That way I can still create a great card for someone and not feel rushed in drawing it. No matter what happens, at the end of 2012 I’ll have a full 366 cards for the Safehouse.

Q -  What's the first thing you do when you sit down to draw? Do you sketch and plan out the drawing, or do you just start with a blank slate?

A-  If I’m using a reference, I take a minute and just look at it! I look for important lines and features that help me with outlining and then I start sketching the outline from there.

If I’m not using a reference, I just go for it! I start scribbling out the idea and refine it along the way until it matches the image in my head. 

Q - Do you have any tips for another artist who may want to start a 365 day project?   
            A-  Find your motivation before you start! What goal is going to
drive you for the whole year?
-Choose a project that you have time for. Something small every day really adds up, so go small! After 365 days, it will feel HUGE. :)

Q - Is there ever a day where you just can't seem to get your ideas flowing and pencil moving?
A- Of course! I think every artist runs into that wall. And most days like that I just push on through and draw anyway. But when I can’t – I listen. I take a day off and let myself rest a little and catch up the next day. You’d be surprised what a day can do!

Q - Have you ever started an ACEO card and then decided to throw it out and do something completely different?
A – Only once! It was a space drawing I tried in a new medium and I just didn’t like how it looked! I think I ended up doing a cityscape instead.

Q – De5srtRo5e- How many hours a day do you spend on a project/piece on average?
A- On average I want to say around 3 hours a day. But it also takes about 30 minutes for each card to photograph, seal with fixative, and then post and share with everyone on all my favorite sites. 

Q -  Do you ever get sick of doing this project?
A - There’s really only been one stretch of time so far that I really didn’t want to continue- and that’s all due to my right hand having pain and trouble from all the extra drawing and work. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise! How else would I have had the chance to train my left hand to draw in such a short amount of time? I can now call myself an ambidextrous artist because of this project!

Q -  Do you try to do the project all at once, or do you break it up and do some at the beginning of the day and some at the end?
A - I usually do it all in one go. Being able to finish something in one stretch of time is actually a really great feeling! I’m used to taking 30-120 hours to finish anything over 2-6 weeks.

For my more detailed portraits I do split up the time I work on them. They take about 5 times as long to finish, So I like to split those up over the course of the week- and still finish one card for each day on top of that. That’s probably why you don’t see as many portraits with this project! haha

 Q -  Are you considering doing any kind of physical art show to show the public what you've been working on?
A- I would love that! It’d have to be prints, of course. I hope to have all the originals sold for the Safehouse!

-  Why did you pick this charity?
A - The Safehouse Project and the Alternatives to Violence organization is one that I’ve always found incredibly worthy and very important – But people are also less aware of it. I guess it’s one of those things we would rather forget about, or not talk about, or leave these dark parts of human nature… well, in the dark. I want to help change that. 

It’s vital that people know they are not alone when they face a situation of abuse. It’s even more important that they have somewhere safe to go, where every need can be taken care of to help them find the road out of abuse and into a life of healing and hope. 

The safehouse is exactly what they need – and I’m honored to be able to help in any way I can to help make that safe haven a reality.

Q - Savanna Miller  - Well you've had a wonderful 6 months meeting cool people and changing lives (I'm so very proud of you. ^_^) What do you see for the next 6 remaining months of this project and do you think you'll do anything else in the name of charity in the future? (After a well deserved break I hope.)

A - It’s been an incredible first 6 months and I have seen so many wonderful people come together for this project in a way I never expected! It’s already gone above and beyond my biggest hopes – I’ve no idea what the possibilities are in the next 6 months!

I would love to raise more awareness for this project locally, like in a few upcoming art shows, Pastels on 5th(An art-benefit for the Safehouse that I also volunteer with!) and maybe an article in my hometown’s paper to really get the word out!

As for future charity work, I plan on continuing with my cards after 2012 and volunteering with Pastels on 5th every year. When they break ground and start building the safehouse, I also hope to create and donate full-size pieces of artwork to help decorate the new space! If they’ll have them, of course!  

New questions pop into your head? Ask away!

Also – for those awesome people who have bought cards to support the Safehouse – send me a picture of how you’re displaying/collecting your cards! I’ve heard so many nifty ways, I’d love to share them! :D

July 9, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I love traveling to see family and it's definitely a special occasion when we can! We drove a total of about 20 hours and played countless awesome games of Skip-Bo with my Grandmas! We also celebrated my Mom's birthday on the 4th with a red,white, and blue cake and our favorite flavor of homemade ice cream - Yellow Cake batter! Mmm ^.^

I also snatched some time here and there to draw a little. And being on vacation, I let loose and tried some new things!

Next up? Some catch up! I have a handful of cards to draw and I'm looking forward to getting back to my commissions!

July 3, 2012

It's Vacation Time!

So, I just made it through the first 6 amazing months of my year-long project for charity and I just so happen to have a family trip! Great timing for a break, huh?

Me, my mom, my youngest brother and sister are taking a road trip out to see my grandmas. It's been about 6 months since I've seen them last(And last time was because one of them was in the hospital on life support. Not a happy visit!) SO we're all super excited to go and see her and my other grandma now that she's all recovered!

Couple of downsides though.

1:No internet access. So that means no new art cards until I get back on the 9th. So when I get back I'll be drawing 2 cards a day until I'm all caught up(unless I find the time while I'm away to draw!)

2: I'll be making the 9.5 hour trip with a sprained knee. I've been hobbling around on the poor thing for a week and a half. And I don't even have a cool story to share about how I did it. haha

So wish me luck! And see you all on the 9th!

December 26, 2011

My 365 Project - ACEO Sketch cards for Charity

For every day of 2012, I will be drawing one ACEO sketch card. Every single one will be for sale - ALL proceeds to be donated to charity at the end of 2012.

My charity of choice is a local foundation called Alternatives to Violence, who is currently raising money to build a safehouse. This safehouse will provide a secure shelter to women and children who have recently escaped physical and sexual abuse.

With the safehouse, 312 individuals every year will receive crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, advocacy and shelter.

Together, through art, we can help make a difference.

The Plan:
♥My cards will range from $5 to $11 depending on subject and detail. 

♥Only my costs(Etsy, Paypal, Material fees) will be deducted and the rest will go to Alternatives to Violence(ATV) at the end of the year. 

♥I will share every card I create  - that means a new piece of art to see and share every day, through my DeviantArt, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy and Tumblr.

♥I will be drawing various subjects, including portraits from the casts of Supernatural, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Star Wars & Firefly. Also musicians such as Michael Jackson, Tokio Hotel, Jared Leto, Lady Gaga and lots more. And whatever else I can think of!
-Send me requests, I will need lots of ideas!

♥At the end of each month, I will tally up how much we have raised and let you know which cards from that month are still available for you to purchase for charity.

My 365 project will be done in addition to all my usual art creations and commissions, so this is going to be a busy year! I’m looking forward to all there is to create and capture and inspire. I’m looking forward to the challenge and all I have to learn. But more than anything, I’m looking forward to helping families find a new beginning, find hope, and a future with new light.

Visit ATV and read about the safehouse project details at:

October 3, 2011

Crazy Life

So things have been really quiet around LainyArt and I just wanted to give you all an update and let you know I’m still here and that the lull in updates is temporary! 

Over the summer, my little brother Colby has been through 2 major back surgeries resulting in 15 fused vertebra, a heart surgery, and two blood clots. I’m writing this update from his ICU room in the hospital as we work through and take care of his second blood clot. This is his 5th hospital stay since February and I’ve been by his side nearly 12 hours every day he’s been in the hospital(when I’m not sick myself :P) and ‘playing nurse’ when he comes home. Colby is a real sweetheart and big trouper, still optimistic and making jokes and friends with all his nurses. A real amazing guy, I tell you!

Around that, you all know about my wrist injury that kept me from drawing for quite a while – which is thankfully now healed! I’ve been sketching on and off here at the hospital and hopefully I’ll have a drawing to share with you all soon! I’m still working on commissions, too. I have 5 at the moment that I’m making progress on, so don’t worry!

I’ll do my very best to keep updated and creating!

September 19, 2011

How to Create Your Own Scrabble Pendant

What you’ll need:
Scrabble game tile
Glue on bail
Epoxy lens
Drawing paper
Acrylic paint
Glaze (I use polycrylic)
Tacky glue
Jewelry cement
Trace your tile using your pencil to outline your drawing space on your paper.
Create your art in any medium in your outlined square. Go crazy – this is the best part!
Cut around your design with your scissors. Use the same Scrabble tile you traced from to carefully trim each side to fit on top of the tile with no overlap.
It's important to make sure it fits, so trim little bits at a time until it is the perfect size. This part took a little practice for me, so you may want to try with a piece of scrap paper first.
Paint the sides of the tile with acrylic paint to match to your design. Do as many coats as you want - for mine, I layered blue acrylic paint and glitter... 'cause who doesn't like sparkles?
Seal sides of pendant with the polycrylic glaze. This may take 2 coats to reach the level of shine you want. Let your glaze dry completely because you will need to touch the sides of your pendant for the next steps.
Put a drop of tacky glue on the blank side of the pendant and use your paintbrush to evenly spread the glue over the surface.
Go all the way to the corners and edges!
Carefully position your trimmed design on the glue and press tight to remove any air bubbles. Make sure your letter is right side up on the back.
Ready your epoxy lens and very carefully position over your design. You only get one chance to get it straight, so take your time!
Press your lens tight to remove all gaps and air bubbles.
Use your jewelry cement (or something like DiamondGlaze) and put a small drop near the top of the letter side of your Scrabble tile. 
Set your bail into the cement and make sure it is straight. Let it dry design-side down until firmly secure.

Enjoy your new art pendant! You can string it on organza ribbon, ball chain, or snake chain - really anything you want.

Now, this pendant has already sold, but if you want something like it, I do custom pendants, too! Just message me with what you would like!

Have fun creating and let me know how you do!