Strings

This piece I created in my color theory college course over 10 years ago! God, that’s a decade! I can’t believe it has been that long. The amount of work it took to complete this piece is still fresh within my mind. The piece is almost entirely single strokes of paint in tints and shades of blue. Even though the original painting is 8x8in, it took over a week to complete. I still admire this work because of the abstract and complex elements it took to put this together.

New Project Day 1

Well actually, this is the third documented day, but I took a break to explore some art techniques (fforestSignor example, what I posted yesterday). I drew this on the 25th and scanned it in high resolution on my scanner. After that, I let it sit on my computer for a few days while doing some “adult-ish” things: Laundry, Doctors’ appointments, running after my forever energetic toddler…

Get this, he’s taken an interest in my tablet and stylus. Great for him, bad for me…sort of… This means that for the most part, most updates to this piece will be handled during nap and bed time. Unfortunately, this piece will take some time to complete, but on the other hand, this is like meditation time for me. I’ve got my YouTube music playlist playing, and I’m chilling at my desk with my feet on my ottoman, wrapped in my blanket.

…Me time… The rest of the world does not exist…

My Practice Piece

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 9.02.58 PMWhile still in art school, I remember an assignment my figure drawing teacher gave us. We were to create a monochromatic self portrait of ourselves using conte crayon and colored paper. Back then, I sucked. Terribly! The common criticism back then was that I was too stiff. The long version of that was that I was too focused on being a perfectionist, and needed to learn to loosen up. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t disagree. And after two tries, I finally managed to create a display board worthy piece. It has been 10 years since I have created anything similar.

So, this evening after a long day, I decided to (for a lack of a better term) be bold and practice the same concept using digital art. Since I’m comfortable drawing trees, I decided to use that in this piece. It was not easy. At first, I was going to do rose petals until I hated how it was beginning to turn out.

In doing this challenge, it reminded me to focus in two very important artistic terms: tints and shades. When you’re a kid coloring in you coloring book, you have all of those colors screaming at you to use them. But, in this case, you are only allowed to choose one. I was so tempted to cheat, but then I would learn absolutely nothing from this exercise. I will not say this turned out great or if it did not, but I will say, for once in 10 years, I was actually okay using just one color.

Check it out on DeviantArt

http://fav.me/db3b1vo

As I experiment with my art styles, I find that some art may be more successful on certain platforms than others. So…I decided to join DeviantArt. It’s wonderful to view the work of other artists around the globe and get inspired!

By the way, check out my new piece!Mars

I’m Back!

Sorry that it has been a little over a week since I have posted. I’ve spent the past few days planning and updating my website. As an artist there are two things that I have to remember:

  • My website is my resume therefore it must be updated for style accuracy and versatility.
  • If proof that I can design is not easily accessible, I’m out of work.

I decided to go minimalist in my design scheme this time around, using a photograph I took in Downtown Tampa on a family trip and minimized my use of color. What do you guys think? Yay or Nay?

Tax Day Sunday

Today I had an epiphany; I need to “ART” more. When you freelance, it seems like 99% of the work goes to client searching rather than actually creating art.  As I went to the tax office today to file for the year 2016, that realization came to me. While I made a substantial amount of money, I realized that I put more effort into advertising to bring myself more business and that I only had a handful of pieces created last year to add to my portfolio.

It’s not totally a bad thing. Yes, I was able to help my family bring in some extra dough, but that was for extra money for diapers and baby clothes and emergencies. Yes, I can show versatility in web and graphic design. The thing is, I need more.

I have decided to make a major change this year: I’m going to create more of a balance between business and art. As I got older, got married and had a child, I think I’ve been putting more of myself on the back burner. The electric bill came first along with all of those other responsibilities.

Creating great works of art should be more than just making money. It should show my passion. Don’t get me wrong, my child, husband and I cannot survive with a starving artist’s salary, so I’m not losing sight on what is important. I just think I need to focus on why I enjoy doing art in the first place. Then and only then can I truly make a difference and say that I truly am an artist.

Who I Am

My name is Tiffany and I am a Graphic and Web Designer originally from the D.C Metropolitan area.

I chose to be a Graphic and Web Designer because I wanted the opportunity to influence the world with my artwork. I chose to put the majority of my focus on business relations because art and business are so closely related. The business world uses artwork to attract prospective customers. Focusing my artwork on the business world allows me to influence a broader audience. I enjoy using digital tools because it allows me to explore a constantly developing medium. My design decisions are based on strategic and organized planning. I use wire framing as my first step because it allows my design to be laid out thoughtfully before being placed on screen. I explore themes associated with typography because it is a theme that provides many possibilities. I have created several works using only typography as if it were paint on a canvas. I experiment with very limited color schemes and I enjoy experimenting with negative space, trying to find all possibilities and execute them into a great piece.

My design process involves minimizing the cognitive load. Cognitive load refers to the total amount of mental effort being used in the working memory. Cognitive load theory was developed out of the study of problem solving by John Sweller in the late 1980s. Just like computers, human brains have a limited amount of processing power. When the amount of information coming in exceeds our ability to handle it, our performance suffers. We may take longer to understand information, miss important details, or even get overwhelmed and abandon the task. It is important to minimize cognitive load because user attention is a precious resource, and should be allocated accordingly. Having a complicated design, loses the attention of a potential client/ customer, therefore a business owner/organization loses the business.

I welcome you all to my online blog and encourage you to follow my artistic journey.

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