SongS of the Week

Sorry, guys! I know it's been a few weeks since I did a "Song of the Week" post. To make it up to you, I'm going to do two songs in one post ...

This week, I randomly decided to binge on Calvin Harris' music. I had always loved the dreamy quality of his songs, and I had realized a lot of time had passed since the last time I blasted them on the radio in my car or on my iPhone. 
Sometimes, whether I'm drawing or going about my daily life activities like getting ready for work, it's just necessary to get lost in music and allow it to take you to a different world, and I feel like his songs have that effect.

Songs of the Week: "Feels" and "Slide" by Calvin Harris

Song of the Week

What's my top song of this week, you ask? Well, here it is:

Song of the Week: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!

Lately, I've found myself playing the song over and over as it acts like an instant mood booster. I've also noticed that it helps me get into my creative mode, but not in the way you'd expect. I don't mean creative in the usual sense of doing something artsy like drawing or dancing -- I personally believe creativity not only can exist in the artsy way but also while you're doing everyday, non-artsy tasks. Every morning, for instance, I wash my face, put on antioxidant serum, rub on my daily moisturizer and facial oil and then add on my makeup. With certain random songs like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," I've been able to get in the zone and actually enjoy doing what is usually seen as totally mundane ... And I did not expect to share part of my morning routine in detail with you, but there you go. :)

Song of the Week

I'm trying out this new thing where I share "Song of the Week" posts. Music has always been an important part of my life and also one of my must-haves for when I'm creating my artwork. I thought I'd share whatever particular songs have helped me get "in the zone" while art making, and also it's always fun in general to talk about good music!

What songs get you in the zone when you want to get creative? Here's one of my top choices ...


SONG OF THE WEEK: "Desperado" by Rihanna

Back when I spent most of my free time choreographing at the Velocity Dance Center (in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle), I would often find myself overthinking every move I came up with. The song let me loosen up, lose the fear of doing a "wrong" move and just go with the flow. Out of that came some of the dance moves I was most proud of that were part of a performance I did sometime last year.

It turns out the song has had a similar effect when it comes to my drawing process. I tend to get too cautious and worry I'm going to do a "wrong" stroke that's going to ruin the whole sketch, and the song (among other songs from the same Rihanna album) has helped me get out of my head, really focus and lose the fear of making mistakes. Besides, awhile ago I had decided to force myself to make any drawing mistakes look like they were done on purpose, so it all seems to be working out so far. :)

Gaining Strength Through Drawing

Originally posted on September 4, 2016.

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Today, I decided to try something new: drawing a portrait where the subject's eyes aren't the main focus. Pretty much all my other portraits have the woman's eyes open and directed near or at the viewer, but this time I wanted to have the eyes diverted.

It's almost like what they say about the five senses where if one is blocked then the other four gain strength. After choosing to block most of my concentration from the eyes, that focus gravitated toward the woman's other facial features. I even ended up spending more time on shading. The original photo barely had any shadows, and I wanted to make my drawing a more intense version.

Also, I diverted a bit from my general drawing routine in terms of the music I listen to. I went for something fierce to hopefully bring out more emotion in my piece, and I ended up going with a Kimbra playlist. I hadn't listened to her in awhile and always loved her style! Below is the music video of one of my favorite Kimbra tracks. Enjoy!