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. :)

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!