The last fews days have been pretty crazy, but in a good way! One of my biggest dreams has always been to professionally print an art book — and guess what!? This dream has been made possible through my Kickstarter project Juicy Ink, a collection of my copic art and ink work. So much has happened the past few days, I’m still pretty swept off my feet from the rush.
When I was a student at Ringling, I would spend countless hours in the library. They pretty much have every art-related book imaginable plus more. One of my favorite things to do was read the “Art of” books and sketchbooks of illustrators. While flipping through the pages, my heart would always clench and I would think to myself “man this is amazing.” I would fantasize the rest of the day about having an art book published and hoping I could one day inspire another artist too. After a while I would snap out of it, saying to my self that it was impossible and that I need to work harder. Shortly after graduation, I started working at David & Goliath Tees as a graphic artist producing humous shirt designs. While I was there, I was able to work on a lot of amazing projects and grew quickly as an artist. But I found myself wanting to improve even more, so I dedicated hours at night for my personal art. Every night I would post a piece of art on Instagram and discovered that people actually like my art. The support I received from friends and followers on Instagram has inspired me to do so much more. I started a personal project creating stationery goods and cute accessories as Tori & Ollie, and attended a few comic conventions with my dear friend Jennipho showcasing our super cute booth. Eventually I left Florida and moved to Nashville, TN to pursue my career as an independent artist. The journey of going solo has been scary but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Juicy Ink represents my journey as an artist. Earlier this year I posted the first few drawings from my Rendr sketchbook, and it’s amazing to see how much my art has grown. I want to inspire other artists to push forward in their dreams and share how true dedication to your passion can be rewarding. Help me spread the word about Juicy Ink to as many people as possible. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support in this Kickstarter campaign, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you!