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

Step One Complete

I’ve reconnected to the digital realm via an actual computer… love the ability to post on the go and the options mobile devices provide.  But I’ve always had a computer since 2005 and I’ve grown quite attached and comfortable with it (and the ability to actually type out a whole blog #heaven).  Glad to have it back.

The main reason though I’m super stoked about having a computer again can be summed up in one word. PHOTOSHOP!!! Although, I’ll still be working in the traditional mediums, I’ll be moving the ball towards my 2017 goals so I can get back on track for completing Phase I by October.

I just recently had a schedule change at work, so my weekends are now Tues/Weds, so this first week will be a little weird as I adjust.  But I’m stoked for late March/Early April.  Some cool stuff going down.

Step two will be all about setting up a streaming work space (new desk, webcams, lighting, etc) and to begin actually streaming consistently.  I have a ton of ideas on projects to stream and I imagine their will be an interesting learning curve as I stumble into “A Whole New World.”

For now, It’s grocery shopping and then I’m off to see Logan.

Journey before Destination
– Jesse

“Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required.” – Winston Churchill

Bella Will Resist

I’m enjoying the Inky Leak Brush set I scooped up from GrutBrushes, I have an idea for a whole series of illustrations with them, but that’ll be for another time.  For now, I’m just experimenting and getting a feel for what each of them do.

When I sat down to create today, I initially started to make another series of thumbnail/paintover/explorations, but I got distracted by some of the earlier stages and just started having fun.  Before I knew it I had something that was really catching my eye and I just rolled with it.

A previous version had her blowing air bubbles out of each sides of her mouth apparatus, like deep sea divers might.  I’ll probably revisit the idea, putting her under water, with hair flowing and maybe some pipes/chains flowing out and around her.

Time will tell.
For now, it’s bedtime.

Journey before Destination

-Jesse

 

 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

Creating Again :)

I’ve been wanting to get back into photo manipulation for awhile now.  Having leveled up my painting skills, I’m interested in seeing how the two will combine.

I guess we’ll see.

-Jesse

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross