Repeating One Song for Hours

It’s the end of the year and Spotify graciously created a playlist of my top 100 most played songs for 2017, conveniently called “top songs for 2017.” It’s my second such playlist (2016 was jammed full of good music, some new and plenty not so new) and let me tell you, this playlist is full of songs I remember putting on repeat and just letting them play endlessly.

Sometimes a song is so freaking good, so well made, speaks so clearly to my inner being that I simply have to listen to it… over and over and over. Constantly, without stop.

Here’s a couple:

  • “Let Go – Sir Sly Remix” by RAC, Kele, MNDR
  • “Warrior” by Steve James, Lights
  • “Strong – RAC Remix” by London Grammar, RAC
  • Stranger than Earth” by Purity Ring

In other news, I painted a picture of Dianne. 🙂
Journey before Destination

-Jesse

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Seuess

A Place to Call Home

Life surely is some sort of journey.
Many steps taken in one or different directions – over a lifetime – will take you somewhere. But is it the place you want to be?

I’ve found myself deliberately (and accidentally) in places, doing things that if I’d asked my younger self, I would have surely laughed at the question.

Regardless, here I am.
Luckily I’m still me, haven’t lost myself or my love of art.

-Jesse

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
– Erol Ozan

Bedtime! The Best Time to Post a Blog <3

Interesting things happen when you decide to sketch for an hour or so before bed, instead of consuming YouTube videos.  When you decide to work instead of play.  Things get done.  The ball moves forward and you are that much closer to a goal.

I should do this again and see if I get similar results.

-Jesse

 

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake – you can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osborne

Today, Will We Finish?

Alive and kicking. What’s there to complain about? Going to do a quick art stream today starting at 3pm MST. Stop by and say hello twitch.tv/thefro3po

This Guy Takes Care of Himself

Got a quick sketch in before work the other day, really wanted to do some characters stuff (not portrait) something quick cause I only had about an hour or so.  I like how it turned out.  I’ve dipped my toes back into the Premiere pool and am enjoying myself.  I still have to work on some intro/outro stuff for my videos, but that’ll be down the road.

If you’re able to leave me any feedback on these timelapse vids, I’d really enjoy to hear it.  Anything helps, is the speed too fast, music okay, etc?

An Alley is Not Your Ally

A lot of late nights, accumulating into a collection.  A conscious effort to accelerate the very thing that occupies my everyday mind dream. I walk a path, I make the journey… the journey makes me.  Not stopping when I’m hurting, just attempting to bear fruit before the curtains catch me.

Recently started dabbling in streaming my creative efforts (https://www.twitch.tv/thefro3po come check me out, I’m streaming Tuesdays at 12-4pm MST and occasionally during the week when I get off of work 11pm to 12am MST ).  A scary and exhilarating experience, but one that has been most rewarding.  Here’s the broadcast of my first stream saved onto my YouTube account.  I’ll be looking to do some time lapse versions of these in the future whenever I dust off my Premiere knowledge and stop procrastinating.

Sleep beckons me…

The Journey

– Jesse

 

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

Sketching is the Best Thing

Portraits have always been my favorite things to sketch.  People in general have always been a bit more interesting than environments and I tend to lean in that direction when I sketch, but I’d like to start incorporating more environments in my sketches…

We’ll see what happens.

Streaming has been going well, I’ve started to upload the full streams onto my YouTube channel  and will be tackling some timelapse videos as well as some 1 min or a couple min clips from the stream.  Doing my best to use the existing content and distribute them amongst the social media and other avenues in the best format that makes sense and allows them to be more easily consumed.

So far, being limited by time and having the pressure of recording or even having people watch me record/stream has helped me immensely.  Forcing me to make the most out of my time and letting go of my ego and just continuously solve for the next creative problem.

The Journey is getting exciting

-Jesse

P.S.future art plans = painting, art contests, art forums, t-shirts, blank comic covers.

 

“Unless you are willing to try, fail miserably, and try again, success won’t happen.” – Phillip Adams

Photoshop my Friend

I’ve been dying to jump back into photoshop, if not just to play around a bit.. feels like forever since I’ve been able to paint anything digitally.  Now that it’s out of my system, I should do it again.  🙂

For now I’m off to bed.

– Jesse

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

Read Fantasy

It’s been taking awhile but I’m finally starting to see ideas merge together. Still in the exploring phase, just further along…

Thank You Trees <3

Nontrivial sacrifice for someone to live inside of another’s dream. Thank You Trees <3 - Jesse

Mandy Spaceleft the Space Cadet

If someone would have told me to stop using Photoshop and not draw anything digital for months on end, if I wanted to level up my art skills. I probably would have told them to go fuck themselves.

But.
As life likes tends to do, it once again showed me that I’m the amateur in this game called life and it’s the veteran.

Well fair enough.

There is something oddly relaxing about the traditional mediums and the tactile pleasure of pencil on paper. I like it.

And then I started painting and that mother filet has a mind of its own. Like trying to calm a waterfall. It doesn’t act like Photoshop painting… But my exercises of not using the color picker was extremely helpful though.

Although, the process was quite the struggle I found patient, mindful strokes – like a slow methodical game of chess – got me further than just blindly adding coatings of paint.

All and all
I’ll definitely do again
Maybe even something serious in the not too distant future.

P.S. I miss my computer.

The Journey
– Jesse