Hello! (I apologize in advance for the length of this!)
This is a drawing I did today during your Livestream YouTube “Portrait Drawing Hangout”. The most recent from any kind of reference, which of course, you provided.
I’m excited about your web site – this seems too good to be true!
About me (I’ll be 52 this year) My oldest daughter went to my High School graduation (‘87). I went to a community college, got an Associates in Arts, had a second child, transferred to UCONN, Storrs where I got my Bachelors in Fine Arts.
I did not readily love ‘digital drawing’ (preferred the “traditional” way) but became a graphic designer right out of college, doing freelance work and then worked for a few different companies in order to have a steady income as a single mom of 2.
I packed my ‘traditional’ art supplies away, and tried over the years to ‘get back into it’ but never had enough motivation to keep it up. I worked in graphic design until about 9 years ago when the company I worked for was sold and I did not like the new management.
I became a personal trainer during the transition of the sale, and have been ever since. I also work part time at a deli.
Long story kinda shorter – I have always loved drawing, I loved oil painting in college, had a wicked interest in animation, but unfortunately there were no degrees in that before I graduated.
Last year I had an opportunity to illustrate a children’s book, and time on my hands since the gym I worked for shut down for a few months because of COVID.
The style was more “cartoony”, and I prefer figure or portrait drawing, but – I’ve also always wanted to illustrate a children’s book so I was pretty psyched about it!
That opportunity made me drag out all my ‘old’ college art stuff which I have always kept.
The book was published (the author self-published through Ingrams Spark) and now I’m trying to keep the momentum going. I can’t afford to go back to college, though would love to get my Masters some day.
I found you while trolling through YouTube looking for tutorials. I am psyched.
The End 🙂