I am: Portraits

Today's #MarchMeettheMaker prompt is your branding. What makes your style unique, your image, and what you're known for. Some suggestions were bold color schemes, a pretty palette tone, a specific font that keeps everything cohesive...I've actually struggled with this recently in the era of "Instagram aesthetics" and trying to build my online following, in that I don't have one continuous style or theme. I LOVE sharing all different types of work and having them available for sale, as well. I like sharing my 35mm film adventures, artsy finds, creative processing, multimedia projects...any type of creation at all.


Now with that said, I may not have a cohesive style or color palette, but I do believe that my portrait illustrations are my strongest feature and the image of my brand. Those are what make up most of my commissions, but more importantly than that, I so genuinely love illustrating portraits - in general, but especially for other people. I feel so connected to the person or animal I'm illustrating, and although it is a relief when they are finally finished and ready to go to their new home, there is also a sense of loss.


This thing that you've created, that you're so proud of, that you've spent so much time on, is leaving. For any kind of artist/creator/maker out there, you know the roller coaster relationship that comes with each and every piece: it might start off strong and beautiful, but then the middle part of the process ALWAYS gets muddy - that's just part of it. You might start to hate it, but you have to just push through, knowing that it will come together in the end. It is really a love/hat