I cant get enough of this song. I just love it. I must have hit the replay button on this song along with a few others.
I just got done drawing up another design for another contest. I’m hoping to turn this into an actual job. haha They always say “DO what you love and the money will follow” I feel like that is happening. It’s like every direction I have gone in my life always leads me back to art. IN some shape or form, I always go back to art. I was so focused in fashion and my art in high school, then I joined the military and it was like I forgot I was an artist. I found myself only drawing when I was on deployments in my spare time. When I got out, I went back to school, back to art and loved it. Life happened and other things happened that distracted me like my kiddos, but I wandered back here and there. Years pass again, more life happens, and I go back to school.
When I attended the Art Institute I was so excited, in love that I was back involved in art studying fashion. I only attended 6 months, but they were the best 6 months of college I ever had. Fashion Illustration, color theory and Intro to Drawing were just my favorite. Art was my way of escaping from the real world. AT that time, I lived in Colorado and I wasn’t living in the best conditions but I pushed myself. I really feel like those times were almost the hardest and darkest times of my life. Art was my light. This was when I started drawing tattoo designs and started thinking about one day being a tattoo artist.
Above was one of the first designs I made for an ex boyfriend (heartless is right too! that’s should’ve been my sign lol)
I have really branched out since then. I went back to school when I moved back home to Virginia Beach 2 1/2 years ago and changed my major to graphic design, and then also enrolled in hair school, going to 2 schools full time. I was busy but happy. I discovered more of who I am as an artist in 2011. From makeup, to hair and to my artwork.
In 2012, I started working for Xotic Eyes, and I was really happy to work there for the experience and also because I was helping to create new looks and do the hair and makeup for the photoshoots. Then, after that going to work for a salon, I was excited to help create beauty. But I still always felt like it wasn’t enough.
And now, the past couple weeks, I have been putting my all into my sketches and artwork and trying to open my mind up and create beauty through tattoos and I feel so complete. I have developed a routine and I have to admit, I am loving it. Money is starting to roll in, slowly but surely and that tells me that I am headed into the right direction. And it feels good. I cant be afraid, I just have to do it.
I just wanted to share that with you and I hope that I didn’t bore you to death with this super long post!
Ill leave on this quote:
“You can’t make your dreams come true if you aren’t awake”