I apologize for the spam in the email and Happy New Year!

Greetings!

First of all I wanted to apologize for the avalanche of entries that you have received in your emails in the wee hours of the morning, but it won’t happen again. As some of you know, my web began in Spanish and I made an effort to translate it in English as well not long ago: the entries you received are translations of the old existing entries, so I can that my web is definitely bilingual, yeah!

 

On the other hand I wanted to tell you, Happy New Year 2017!

Times are hard for some and maybe not so much for others, but don’t be discouraged. This is life. We wouldn’t be able to appreciate the beautiful and happy moments if not for the bad ones. I would like to leave some advices not for the year 2017, but for all the upcoming years. Not because it’s what we have to say today, but because I really believe it’s the lifestyle that makes you happy:

1. – Be positive.
It’s not easy and of course we cannot be positive all the time, but it helps a lot to be a positive person in general and to focus on the good things.

2. – Make an effort on everything you do.
Efforts have results sooner or later, so do it no matter how long it takes without reward. It will arrive if you don’t give up.

3. – Follow your dreams.
Far as you may see them, however difficult they are. If these are your dreams, you’ll enjoy every step of the way.

4. – Be tolerant.
You’ll save yourself of many absurd arguments, make others feel better and you’ll feel better with yourself. Open your mind and respect other living beings.

5. – Don’t accept the “ordinary” of your life.
Don’t be like your parents, cousins, comrades or what you see makes society normal. Be yourself and follow what you like and feel.

Thank you for reading and see you next year! 🙂

 

Instagram raffle winner

This is the portrait from the first raffle I did, for the Instagram winner, it was done to celebrate the 100 followers. Thank you once again to all of you who were interested in participating and I wish you good luck for the next time…. Because there will be a next time, I just don’t know when, but there will be one 😉


The process through a gif

Lately I haven’t been able to draw since I hurt myself (those daily life issues) and I still can’t doodle speedpaintings, so I got this idea to show some gifs of the process of some of my previous works. It’s not a very specific substitute, but it will help you to see the steps that were taken for the final result and it can be educational and interesting.

Today, I would like to show you the process of the last request I finished. If you like it, let me know and I will keep uploading more!

 

Since the end of this summer I have started out the habit of not doing the portraits exactly like the pictures, I end up modifying the look, adding some little details that were not on the original pic, etc. It’s funny because in the past I was obsessed with copying the reality just the way I used to look at it.

Now, I wonder, why should I draw what you get through a picture? (if it’s not for the usage of some studies)

Which is my style? Semi-realistic? I actually don’t know and I don’t worry about it. However, in order to enjoy drawing the best thing you can do, it is to do it in the way you love the most, without trying to get a label on yourself. Since the moment I started drawing the reality in the way I see it, I feel so much better than when I used to imitate it!

And that will be it for today’s reflection!

Coming soon, I will upload the portrait of the Instagram raffle winner and some other stuff.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Win a portrait for free!

I have reached 100 followers on Instagram and I was thinking about making a small raffle to than you. To participate you just need to follow me on Instagram, like the post and comment tagging one of your friends! I will say the name of the winner on Tuesday next week (27 September). 🙂

Shirt || Jinx

Buy man shirt here.
Buy woman shirt here.

Western Manga Style

Manga style is fairly well-known, I think I can say there are no people who read this and don’t know about Dragon Ball, Doraemon, or the one that is so popular nowadays, Pokemon…

It’s a style pretty well-known, but I think it’s also undervalued, at least in the Western. Personally, I don’t understand why a person who draws in a realistic or semi-realistic style is “more talented” than someone who draws manga style. Maybe, there are people who actually appreciate this artistic style, but I’m aiming here for a professional environment. I believe that people who draw manga have more hardships trying to get hire or having someone who likes their job, unless the company is looking for someone with that style.

It may be a simple or complex style, and there are artist that are truly talented, and they create works that take your breath away for the amount of details they have.

There’s one particular artist, Shilin, who creates amazing works. Shilin’s style has a very personal touch and it has evolved from the manga.

I totally admire the amount of details Shilin’s works have and the quality; this artist is very careful with the color palette, the composition, the different textures, the perspective, etc…

There are some people that feel less and quit drawing even if they like it just because they draw manga style. I do believe that any kind of style can become totally good and you don’t have to worry about “belonging to a style,” but to draw in the way your feel more comfortable with and with the one you can improve into something more personal, which is what happened to Shilin and many others 🙂

 

Own Domain

Today’s entry will be much more shorter in regards to the ones from previous weeks, but I’m happy to announce about the change of the site domain’s. We have move PatPaigeDesign to a new server with its own domain:

patpaige.com

At the moment there are some improvements that need to be done for the mobile versions and also stuff like the entries’ wideness, but we hope to have even more sooner.:)

Love is never antinatural

ElliexRiley

Maybe I should stop being so critical in things I cannot fix, but I think anyone who draws, writes, makes music, or practice any kind of arts, understand that all of that is born out of feelings. I express them in the best way for me: drawing, what I like, what I want/support.

Today I share a simple drawing, it was born from my feelings and my fanaticism for two fictional characters. I was not worried about planning a spectacular composition, not even about the image having a complex meaning to understand, I just wanted to draw two people who look at each other with with love, tenderness and complicity. Two girls, they could be two boys as well, or a boy and a girl.

It is a tribute to all that people who love other people, but it is especially dedicated that people that we can call in so many ways, but we summarize it as “homophobic.” It is not dedicated to only those homophobic who can get to kill and support homicide against people with different preferences, but also to those homophobic in disguise. Those who pretend to be nice, respectful, cool, modern and pacifist. Yes, to all of them who start with the contradictory “I respect them” and it is followed by BUT, but I don’t think they should adopt, but I think they should not show their pride in public, but those are not things kids should see, but it is not normal, but kids can be traumatized if they don’t have a father-mother… that kind of people who claims to respect what they actually don’t. Do not deceive yourself, do not try to deceive other. That people are as homophobic as those who expresses their hate clear and loud. That rejection causes as much damage as the one given by the extremist. Those are ways of thinking, and the way you think it can encourage rejection and aggressions.

Homophobia is an involution, homosexuality has always existed.

I could say that many people think like that because of ignorance, but I know people that love to grasp to that ignorance. Many people do not care, knowing that we are animals, that animals are the most natural species, and that there are species that practice the homosexuality. They don’t care that in the history of humanity, the homosexuality was accepted with no problems, in civilization and in past times. They don’t care about people trying to open their eyes so they can see that what the others make them believe since they were little it’s not the absolute truth. Since there are many primitive behaviors, too much extreme fanaticism and too many lies.

Once, I did agree with everything it was imposed to me, to be another sheep, which is the most comfortable.

Today, I prefer to belong to the black sheep and love whatever I want, without taking care about what others think.

 

Illustrating with no limits

What do you think when someone says “Illustration”?

In an incorrect way, too many people link it immediately with drawing. Illustration is drawing, but it is also photography, collages, colors, materials, sensations, and messages. Of course, knowing how to draw is an advantage at the moment when you illustrate, you handle one of the possible ways to illustrate, but it’s not everything.

Nowadays, we normally can find thousands, and thousands of videos on the net from illustrators called “Speed Painting.” It is the most common since they show the process of a drawing that took hours in a couple of minutes; although you can also find others done in real time. The point is that I have found very few that can show more than drawing and I think that helps to the general confusion.

We are not limited to illustrate, you don’t have to pass hours doing doodles for a pose you can’t get, you don’t have to pretend that you know how to reflect all kind of textures with a brush or a pencil. You don’t need to know how to draw EVERYTHING to be able to illustrate. You can photograph and draw over it, or use it as a texture, even as a base. That is not “cheating,” not everybody can do that and get a good result.

There’s an artist who I admire a lot and I wanted to share his work since he shows different ways to get a digital illustration. Yes, he knows how to draw, but he uses different techniques to get to one result. He creates a composition, his own palette, he searches materials that he can use, etc.

His name “RossDraws” and he has an amazing YouTube channel, besides other social networks. For me, he is a huge source of inspiration, because of his works as well as his sympathy that shows all the time, he leaves you speechless watching video after video, and you can learn so much from him.

I hope you can get as inspire as me when you get to see him and you can dare to try other ways of illustration!