Self-Reflection Exercise!

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Hello everyone! Everyone? Anyone? lol.

I hope you are well!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter you may know that I hit a rough patch when it comes to art and figuring out where I want to go with it (which isn’t really new, but it’s been more intense and crucial lately that I figure it out). In pursuing illustration, it. is. BROAD. You can do so many things by being a visual communicator and the amount of things that I can do is overwhelming. Editorial illustration? Product design? Narrative illustration? Apparel design? Graphic Design? Can’t I just do it all?! The answer is no. No, right now I just need to pick something and hope for the best. But upon choosing one area, if that area is tough to get into or maybe your portfolio isn’t ready, you’re going to be waiting around a while. And guys, I need money NOW.

SO.

I have started applying for jobs, both part time and full time. I am looking for something that will allow me to continue pursuing my Etsy shop and illustration career in my free time. I can’t tell you how nice a steady paycheck sounds. And Chipotle burritos. And Vegan buffalo chickin’ sandwiches from Veggie Grill. Mmm. If someone from a company I applied for is reading this right now…hey, how’s it going. Haha

Back to the point of all this! I’m spiritual in the sense that I like trying to figure out why I’m on this earth. What can I offer the world. I am keen on the idea that self reflection can help guide you through life when you’re feeling stuck. I enjoy analyzing why I am the way that I am, it helps me understand my traits and how those characteristics interact with others. When figuring out what my personality is like, it can help me analyze what I would be good at. When choosing a job, you want to choose something that feels like a good fit right?

Low and behold, I made a thing to help me better understand who the heck I am (while also playing around with Graphic Design a bit).

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I recommend you make a thing too! Play around with fonts you like. I made this in Adobe Illustrator (a program I loooove). Ask yourself questions. Really dig deep and answer the tough ones. Is this vain? Possibly. However, when pursuing something scary (like being an entrepreneur) YOU NEED CONFIDENCE. When you figure out who you are, it can help bring a natural confidence that will help you with your everyday life. People will try to strip you of your confidence, don’t let them. Keep chasing those goals and keep doing good in the world.

This exercise can also be a good way of figuring out your art “style” (I know that’s a touchy subject amongst artists). Figure out what you like and create art based off the things in the world that inspire you. Easy peasy. Kinda.

Upon doing this exercise, I looked through my external harddrive and rediscovered a folder titled “Self Exploration” and in that folder were the results of a Strengths Finder test that I took in college. I was taking a class called Professional Practices in the Arts and my professor had us buy this Strength Finder 2.0 book which came with a test. Once you take the test, you figure out your 5 biggest strengths. Looking back on my results now, I am realizing how accurate they are, so I put them in as a reminder. (P.S. if you’re going to buy this book, you have to get it brand new. I think it only comes with one test so if you buy it used, you can’t take the test.)

Try this out! It doesn’t have to be super formal either, you can just jot some Q&A’s down in your sketchbook. It helps to have it written down somewhere as a reminder of your goals and strengths. + You can share your results with me if you’d like!


OH! I made an exciting announcement over on my Instagram today! I’ll be selling at Fan Alley’s Artist Lodge at their new location: Art Institute of Orange County. See the original Instagram post for more details!

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Have a splendiiiid weekend everyone!

K.R.

Hourly Comic Day!

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Hey all, how’s life? Can you believe it’s February already? HUH?! 

Today, I am mentally exhausted. But…it’s a GOOD exhausted, because yesterday I participated in Hourly Comic Day for the first time. It was quite an experience! I first heard about this challenge while attending Cal State Fullerton as an illustration major, all my friends were doing it and I’ve always been intrigued yet felt my artistic abilities weren’t “there” yet to actually participate.

Well. Yesterday afternoon I saw that my dear friend Tara Johnsontarakeet.carbonmade.com ) was posting her hourly comics on Instagram. “Damn it!” I thought, “I’m frickin late!” I had no idea that it was Hourly Comic Day and never until that very moment did I think about participating. I took a deep breath said an internal “hell yeah, let’s do this” and got to work.

I’ve never made a comic before. I don’t even think I know what the general qualifications of what could be considered a “comic”, but whatever, right? So I started making the comics around 1pm and finished around 9:30pm taking a small break for dinner around 5:30. Not going to lie, I thought I wasn’t going to finish it during that dinner break. While I was working on the last painting before I took a break I realized that I had been holding my breath? My body was all tense and I was waaaay too focused. I do that a lot with my artwork. I put too much effort into everything and get burnt out pretty quickly. It ties in with my anxiety disorder, did I mention I had an anxiety disorder? I have an anxiety disorder. That dinner break I spent watching Parks and Rec on Netflix with my boyfriend and eating leftover pizza from the night before. I don’t know how I snapped out of it, but I got back to work pretty quickly.

Chris/Blue my boyfriend invited me to go to Dave and Busters (an arcade/bar/restaurant/thing) with him and his friend but I stayed home and worked. I’m really glad I did. I managed to finish it. My first comic-y thing! WHAAAT.

Anyways, here it is! So proud of myself. Anyone else participate in this?

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Sleeping beauty, but not really. Messy hair, blackheads and all.

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Trying to get out of bed. Checking all the social medias and email.

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Breakfast in bed courtesy of my boyfriend.

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Getting ready for the day.

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Shooting and editing product photography.

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Uploading new listings to my Etsy shop.

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Lunch!

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Finding out about Hourly Comic Day, starring Tara!

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omg.

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Dooooone!

#MeetTheArtist

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If you weren’t already aware, there’s a wonderful little movement going around various social media platforms called #MeetTheArtist . Visual artists are encouraged to create a self portrait, share some details about themselves (such as likes and dislikes), and show what’s in their bag.

Here is mine!

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If you haven’t already made one, I recommend you do! Fun little exercise.

Did you already make one? Feel free to share in the comments!
K.R.