Fantasy landscape

Worked all day on this and the website. Time for beddy-bye. Xo zzz

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Weekly Illo Inspa!

I met a wonderful woman artist ERICA ROOT
while taking a class from Make Art That Sells.

Once the class was over, she decided we needed a weekly art prompt.
The 100 Day Project was way too overwhelming for me. I draw almost every day.

Check out the IG @illobites if you want to join!
This week's prompt is STACK. 

(Which is my mother's maiden name.)

I am thinking of pancakes...

Here's last week's: UNDER

 

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Reflecting

A little over a year ago, I decided to launch Minc Work.
Since, I've developed quite a variety of works and avenues or modes to work.
I've just redesigned the site and added tons of new work so I can show it to the world and prospective agencies and art directors. 
I feel I have developed a clearer picture of personal style.
I've had a LOT of fun.
I've spent a LOT of hours hunched over a tablet or watercolor block!
I've hocked my wares in public and done live demos.
It's been awesome.
Now I'm ready to take the show on the road. (Please feel free to share my site with anyone! But don't repost my work without crediting me, please!)
I'm so happy I get to do what I love and that I can see such rapid progress in the direction I had been putting off for so long, but was truly a dream of mine. I'm DOING it! I can't believe it!

Where it all started- a portrait of Ramen noodle, the golden doodle,
And one of my most recent pieces on the right of a warrior woman with border collies.
 

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Getting Inspired

Sometimes being an illustrator is hard because we have to work on assignments that are not immediately inspiring to us. I got a few objects to try to connect somehow in my MATS Bootcamp class and though I deviated from the original objects a bunch, I was able to create some sketches of things that I thought were kinda cute. 

OMG PINS!

How excited can I possibly be?

I MADE PINS!
Grab yours in the SHOP!
minc.work/shop

 

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Happy 2018!

I'm baaaaack.

2017 marked a huge transition in my life. I moved to Portland a year ago today.
I started minc.work with one portrait of my dog, Grover, who I missed SO MUCH. 
With about $400, I've managed to get a business off the ground that people patronize from around the country. I've built a brand and am incorporating. With new endeavors brewing (like a line of wrapping paper and fabric, enamel pins and greeting cards, plus posters and prints and calendars,) I'm so excited to say - I LOVE MY JOB.

I'm also trying to build a portfolio of work for editorial and print illustration as well as some great work to try to get represented by a kids literary agent. More on that soon. I just did this cute doggo as part of a parade of dogs and kids that will be finished soon. For now, a sketch. 

Happy New Year!

days 14-18: whoops!

Hi everyone!
I've been super sick, so I'm gonna post a bunch of images, made just for this 30 days of gratitude challenge all at once. Whoops! 5 days without making stuff, (I've been sketching in bed, though,) makes me feel a bit behind! But, even my idols have lapses in creativity challenges. That's why it's called a challenge!

I'm also going to start doing the weekly color challenge from ColourCollective, which I've been getting inspired by on Twitter. This week's is Alice Blue. Check them out on Twitter @colour_collective #colourcollective

Alright, here are the topics:

Day 14: What sight are you grateful for? Downtown Portland skyline

Day 15: What season are you grateful for? Fall!

Day 16: What about your body are you grateful for? My eyes :)

Day 17: What knowledge are you grateful for? I am enough.

Day 18: What piece of art are you grateful for? The one I'm working on at any given time!

Here's how I put it all together!:

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Day 12 : November 12

What texture are you grateful for?

Hmmmm...

That really fluffy synthetic polar fleece.

 

Day 13: November 13

What abilities are you grateful for?

Obviously, my art skills. 
And I can see the world differently than most people do as a creative person.

 

Day 11 : November 11

A holiday you’re grateful for: New Year's Day

New chances. Every year. Every day, even. 

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Day 10: November 10

What taste are you grateful for?

Violet gum

Reminds me of a little candy store in Salt Lake by Kayo gallery, where I curated a show many many years ago. I can't remember the name of the shop, but the girl who ran it was so nice and all the cute little things she sold there were so quaint. 

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Day 9 : November 9

What place are you most grateful for?
 

Trying to figure out how to interpret this one. Where am I grateful it exists? Some of the Samoan islands that will soon be under the sea. :(

Where was the coolest place I've ever been? Istanbul, Turkey

Where is the most peaceful place I've ever been? Snowmass, Colorado

Where was the last place I fell in love? Los Osos, California...

How about this one.
 

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Day 8: November 8

What book are you most grateful for?

Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Got me through an incredibly hard time. Set in the Holocaust, a prominent psychoanalyst is confronted with the moral question- why do good in a bad world? His theory is that we choose at every moment whether to do the right thing or not. And that choosing to do the right thing each moment, we are able to lead fulfilled lives, even in the face of darkness.

 


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Day 7 : November 7

What memory are you grateful for?

 

The beach at Sauvie Island in the rain with this boy.
Miss you, Grovies.

 

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Day 6: November 6

What in nature are you grateful for?

Stillness.
Nature is where I connect to my higher power. Where I feel my small-ness. Where I can let go of the chatter in my mind. 


Sometimes, when I meditate, I like to hover above myself, like depictions of an out of body experience. If I'm inside, I slowly get sucked out an open window into the outdoors. If I'm outside, I hover at a greater distance. Slowly, I zoom out. I become smaller and smaller, like Powers of Ten

Sometimes, I leave the place my body is in. For example, I see Los Angeles from above, then start to fly away like when I'm on a plane, to the desert. I fly farther up like an ascending eagle. I have a more complete view of things this way. 

My friend who was an addict and schizophrenic killed himself and that was on my resentment list and when I asked my sponsor how to make amends, she said go to his grave site and tell him “I know you see the big picture now.”

When we zoom out, everything is not only as it should be, but is tremendously wonderful and divinely inspired. our problems, like the Eames film, are the size of a skin cell to this vast Universe. 

 

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