Happy Chanukah


Not necessarily the point of the holiday , but I’m taking some time during these eight days to reflect on my life and the changes I wish to make.

On Perception

There’s a popular axiom that goes, “Perception is reality.” Mostly this is used a superior in the workplace whose is giving you shit for being seen doing something out of the ordinary by someone even more superior and that they’ve perceived as wasting time.

For me it was drawing. I am a graphic designer and I often draw to flesh out ideas and find solutions to problems, but someone saw me drawing and due to their poor schooling thought drawing was a waste of time. I was told to stop.

A quote from a self-help book states that “just because you think it doesn’t make it true.” Perception is not reality, it’s someone’s brain using what it know it knows to understand that world around it. Often its wrong. In fact the axiom itself confirms this otherwise why would we need to proclaim it’s reality–reality is reality and nothing else. At least that’s my perception.

Three Happy Things

  1. Spending time with friends and spending time alone and the ability to feel good either way.
  2. Thinking about art.
  3. Fixing earrings that used to be my favorite.

This was inspired by my awesome friend, Sue.

Art Department Rules

  1. Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
  2. General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow students.
  3. General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.
  4. Consider everything an experiment.
  5. Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
  6. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
  7. The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.
  8. Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.
  9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
  10. “We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” – John Cage.

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything always. Go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully often. Save everything, it might come in handy later.

This list was originally from Teczno.com

Things I’m Learning from Watching YouTube Painting Lessons

YouTube has lots of instructional art videos and now that they have an autoplay feature I’ve been seeing more than I ever thought possible. Many of these tips I’m learning from the videos although some I’ve learned from simple trial and error (mostly error):

  • Use a minimal sketch. The first impulse is to draw a very detailed sketch, but what works better is draw very basic outlines.
  • Use a soft lead pencil. Some pencil lines are okay, but mainly you want paint to be the stand out.
  • Use a minimal palette. Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Orange, etc.
  • Spend extra on good brushes.
  • Same goes for good paper.
  • Use leftover mixed color for a prewash.
  • Use Payne Grey for deep woodsy trees and foliage.
  • Use the side of your brush for good tree effects.
  • Build from light to dark.
  • Keep an opaque white handy as cure for over-painting and highlights.