All That is Gold by Miranda Meeks
Retreat by Miranda Meeks
Late Last Night by Miranda Meeks
Click HERE to pay nothing for shipping on any* products in my Society 6 shop, now through this Sunday.
*Here are the details: This promotion expires February 9, 2014 at Midnight Pacific Time. This offer unfortunately doesn’t include framed art prints, stretched canvases, or throw pillows with insert, but everything else will work. You’ll also get $5 off kid’s tees and baby onesies with this link.
By the way, another illustration is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Hope you have a long, relaxing weekend ahead of you!
Smoke by Miranda Meeks
My version of the well-known ‘Join or Die’ political cartoon. The reason for which this iconic symbol was originally created can be read on Wikipedia - it’s pretty interesting.
Have a great weekend!
Hello and a big THANK YOU to all my new followers! I’ve got some cool images coming up for you guys; hope you won’t be disappointed.
I don’t often post work-in-progress screenshots here on my tumblr (mostly on facebook and twitter), but I thought this might be interesting to someone out there. This is just a personal side project I’m currently working on.
I could never own a snake as a pet (unless there are vegetarian snakes haha) but I do love to draw them. I guess that’s the next best thing.
Thanks a ton! I’ve been drawing ever since I was little, but it wasn’t till high school or college when I got very serious about it.
I’ll go ahead and share three different techniques that I think helped me improve as an artist. When I first started out, I didn’t know what style to work in and I experimented with a wide variety of styles. I more or less have narrowed that down a lot by doing these few things.
The first thing involves drawing in a sketchbook, a lot. Look for similarities in your different sketches, and for what comes naturally to you. Specifically, I drew a face every day for 30 days at one point, and I noticed I enjoyed drawing faces more when I drew them realistically vs when I tried a more cartoony style.
The second thing is pretty easy, and you’re probably doing this already. Start collecting images that inspire you and keep them in one place. It doesn’t have to be just art either - it can involve any number of different fields or subjects. For me, I use pinterest, but tumblr or anything else works just as well. The value in doing this is that as you start accumulating images, you’ll begin to notice patterns and similarities in those images, and you can begin experimenting with applying those to your work. For example, I began to notice that I pinned a lot of images with very muted and neutral colors, as well as photographs and realistically-drawn illustrations. I decided to try that in my art and it just felt right, so I kept working that way.
The third thing that helped me become a better artist was learning how to manipulate and work with digital software so as not to make my art look so obviously digital, if that makes sense. It looked very amateur-ish and I was able to overcome that by starting to use the right brush, learning some photoshop shortcuts, and most importantly, I practiced it A LOT. The perfect photoshop brush or shortcut wont do you any good if you dont put your hours in and practice every day. I can give a more detailed description of the brushes I use and such in a different post, if you guys would be interested in that.
Ok, so to summarize, here again are the 3 things that helped me be a better artist:
1. Keep a sketchbook, draw a lot. Identify trends and similarities in your drawings.
2. Keep an inspiration board. Again, identify trends and similarities, and then try applying those qualities to your own work.
3. Practice (digital or traditional) painting/drawing A LOT. It’s all about the hours you put in and there’s no way to speed that process up, unfortunately. Also, if you do work digitally, the right photoshop brushes and settings can help your work look more professional.
Sorry, I kinda got carried away with this :/ Hope it’s somewhat helpful, and dont hesitate to message me with any more questions!
You all are so great. Never forget that. xoxoxo
Thank you so much for saying that, it means the world to me; really it does.
Siren by Miranda Meeks
To start off 2014, I’m excited to announce my new shop! I’ve received a few requests for prints and other items, so you can now purchase those here. They often do free shipping promos and I’ll let you guys know when those are going on.
Thanks guys! You’re all awesome.
Here’s a little GIF I made that kinda shows my process for this illustration. It’s pretty jumpy, but hopefully it’s at least fun to look at :/
(by Miranda Meeks)