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The Importance of Sketchbooks

I seriously sketchbooks

I seriously sketchbooks

Yesterday I mustered up my courage and ventured to unknown places to do one thing. Draw. Since I moved to Nashville, I’ve been nervous to wonder around by myself, and as a consequence my sketchbook has suffered. Back in Florida, I spent a lot of my time in cafés and books stores, constantly doodling. Occasionally I would meet up with my dear friends Jen and Kiki after work and just geek out about art. I miss those days!

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Cute As A Button

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Drum roll please! The Cute As A Button sketch card set releases today! I’ve been anxiously waiting to share all the cards I produced for the set. I’m madly in love with each card I created and a bit sad I had to depart from them. Hopefully these adorable cards find lovely new homes! Are you ready for all the in-depth process work? Let’s go!

To start off with, lets highlight the requirements I had to meet on this project. I was given twenty cards, for every ten cards I’m allowed a pair of puzzle pieces, the characters have to be my original creation, full body with color colored background.

For all my process work, I used 32lb color copy paper by Hammermill. It’s not like normal 20lb computer paper with its strange gritty textures and translucent features. This 32lb paper is beautiful with its 100 brightness and extra smooth surface, my mechanical pencil glides effortlessly!

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Keeping my requirements and theme of the set in mind, I write down all possible ideas, no matter how lame or weird they might be. Eliminating negative judgment during this process frees your mind to discover hidden gems! One of my favorite aspects about working on sketch cards is that I challenge myself to draw something I normally wouldn’t have. For examples, the fairies, sunflowers, knights, and astronauts are ideas I really want to explore but never had a reason to. Now that I have good amount ideas to pick from, I begin to thumbnail the ideas that are most attractive to me.

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Pulling from the list above, I explore each idea, sometimes combining ideas to make a more unique illustration! Hooray for synergy! In the little thumbnail, I experiment with different angles and composition. These cards are so tiny, it’s a challenge to fit a full body! As the process continues, I find out quickly if a particular concept is not going to work or I find a concept I really like and I’ll run with it! In this case, I was really intrigued with witches, candy, fairies, and mermaids.

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I’ll admit, I do get antsy doing so much process work. Sometimes I just need to finish a card and feel a sense of accomplishment. I jump right in with my first card, the mermaid with lavender hair! This particular card did spark an entire series of rainbow mermaids. It was a challenge to coordinate each card in terms of body position and color scheme.

As always my initial drawing was done with a Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil in Rose. I most certainly do a color study before I add copic coloring to the card, I do not have the luxury of ruining a card. I was given twenty exactly. At this stage, I juggle a bunch of cards at once, sketch a few then color.

Another particular challenge I face is not having the actual paper of the sketch cards to produce accurate color studies. The 32lb generates lovely color studies, but they do not translate well to the cards. The bristol-like card produces more intense color in comparison to the light and airy feel of my color studies.

Instead of using a Pilot Pocket Brush Pen to detail outlines, I used a Hi-Tec C Gel Pen 0.25 in brown. The black brush pen was too heavy for the cute, whimsical theme, plus it feathers like crazy on these particular cards. You may wonder what all the wiggle markers on my color studies are. Those were my attempts to revive my Hi-Tec C pen. Unfortunately the Hi-Tec C skips a lot.

To see one of the cards in the making, please check out my recent Ladybug sketch card video on YouTube!

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To purchase a pack, please visit CHADPOPS Entertainment group on Facebook!

Visualizing Progress

Hello beautiful people! Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely week filled with fun adventures. Nashville is currently experiencing blizzard Jonas and this Florida girl is crazy distracted with the beautiful snow. Without much further ado, lets review the week!

Not going to lie, I did a bunch of tedious paper work this week, hunting down tax information and shipping orders. BUT I finally sat down to do some serious planning for my year. Many of you may know about my planning obsession from Snapchat. I did a massive brain dump of all the things jumbling in my head, got my priorities straight and now I’m taking actions to make those projects happen. I absolutely love this process, especially when I feel overwhelmed and have no idea where to start. It allows me to focus on one task at a time without all of the to-dos swirling in my head. When in doubt, write it out!

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Above is my new moleskin planner, game plan book, and a bunch of kawaii stickers. What’s this game plan book? I know, awkward name, it’s a work in progress. The binder clip stack of papers contains all my projects in order of priority and accompanied with actions to take. Included in this manual is my one page plan, highlighting my top projects, goals and values that would make this year amazing to me. The most important part of this one page plan is a paragraph in which I clearly visualize how I want my year to be at the end of it. Every morning I read this paragraph, kind of like a mantra. Here it is:

By the end of this year, I will have explored new depths with my art and contributed helpful resources to the art community. I will be fearless and act without hesitation. I will have learned how to say no and focus on my priorities. My lifestyle will consist of healthy life choices and active exercising. I will have established a good work routine, ending the work day at an appropriate time and paired with restful breaks. I will have a properly managed business and not be over scheduled. Drawventure will have a fun following and actively provide inspiration for rising artists. I will not be ashamed of my dream and aspirations. I’ll be known as the artist who gave it her all!

Writing this out brings me relief and bravery to take on anything. I really do encourage you to write your ultimate vision! A simple paragraph about how you want your life to look like at the end of the year in relationships, business, health, and purpose. I would love to read your dreams in the comments below!! Sending many good vibes!!

P.S. Thank you so much for the lovely comments last week, they really touched my heart!

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Moving Foward

Sketch date with the lovely Julianna on New Years day

Sketch date with the lovely Julianna on New Years day

Ahoy there matey! Today I have exciting news I’ve been wanting to share with you for a long time. As the new year unfolds, I’ve been seriously thinking about the past year and what I can do to make this year better. Lots of things happened in 2015, between comic convention tours, releasing my art book Juicy Ink, creating YouTube videos and much more.

At the end of the day, for some odd reason, I felt I accomplished nothing and that feeling super sucks. The majority of the art I created is no longer in my possession and off to good homes (thank you kind folks for taking in my art and giving it much care). Since my creations are not in front of me, I don’t feel the fruit of my labor. Where did all the hard working hours go? Did I really do anything with my time? Cue the nervous break down.

All that is going to change, the yucky feelings and questioning my self worth. From here on out, I would like to actively blog about my art adventure, sharing my process work and documenting the thoughts invested into my work. There will be many silly little thumbnails and color studies.

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Recent sketch cover commission of Nurse Joy and Pikachu

Ultimately, I want to take the time to acknowledge the work I do. Way too often I will wrap up a project already thinking about the next challenge, never taking a break and running full speed ahead. Straight into the ground. A recipe for disaster! This year I wish to slow down and take time to actually celebrate the journey I’m experiencing.

While I have your attention, I would like to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you for always being there and cheering me on. You made last year incredibly marvelous and memorable. I am forever grateful for all the support and love you have given me. May I give you a big hug!?

Moving forward, expect a new blog post at least once a week. I give you full permission to lecture me if I skip a week 🙂 I hope you enjoy the behind the scenes progress and I’m incredibly excited to share this experience with you.

I invite you to sign up for my newsletter for blog notification. Sending much love your way and thank you for being here :3

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Juicy Ink art book is back!

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Back by popular demand, pre-order Juicy Ink today at my online shop! To celebrate the second printing, I’m adding eight bonus pages of my Copic coloring process and creating new cover art! Pre-orders made opening weekend will receive an Early Bird Special of the super cute princess postcard set above. It’s probably my favorite part, I’m so excited!

[icon name=”star”] Starts: Friday September 18th, 2015 at 12:00 PM CT
[icon name=”star”] Ends: Thursday October 1st, 2015 at 11:59PM CT
[icon name=”star”] Where: www.toriandollie.com

[icon name=”gift”] Early Bird Special: Preorders within the opening weekend will receive the free postcard set below. Ends Sunday September 20th, 2015 11:59 PM CT

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I can’t express how grateful I am for all those who have helped make this project a reality. It was almost a year ago Juicy Ink was launched on Kickstarter. So much has happened since then between traveling to comic conventions and working on my art. It shocks me how incredibly supportive and kind people are. Most of all, it brings me so much joy to hear this book has inspired others to make art again.

You may be wondering why I decided to reprint Juicy Ink. I have a silly dream of one day having an art book in a shop, gallery, etc. I didn’t have the confidence before but now I believe I can pursue that dream with Juicy Ink. And that is all thanks to you!! BIG HUGS!!! By the time I gained the courage, I unfortunately had no more copies left, since the original print run was very small. I’m opening pre orders to the public to gauge how many people are interested and to help the print production be more cost effective.
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Original Art Giveaway

[icon name=”gift”] Two Winners

[icon name=”book”] Preorder & Share to enter

[icon name=”tag”] Include #JuicyInkPreorder @Torianne00 and www.toriandollie.com in description

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Throughout the pre-ordering period, I’ll be creating original Copic artwork to giveaway to TWO lucky winners! This giveaway is ONLY available to those who pre-order the book. To enter, please share the great news that you pre-ordered on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook! Feel free to use any of my images to accompany your entry. In order for your entry to be valid, please tag your entry #JuicyInkPreorder @Torianne00 with a link to the book! www.toriandollie.com Winners will selected October 2nd! One randomly selected from the pool of Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook entires and the second winner will be the one who gets the most likes/notes on their original post! Please note if your account is private, I won’t be able to see your submission. Thank you so much!