Finished My First Mix Media Sketchbook!! πŸ™Š

I finally finished my first Sketchbook dedicated to drawing ✨
 
I have been working in drawing what excites me, I call it “Morning Free Drawing Session” or “Morning Session” (as you have seen it in my weekly videos), I primarily do it in the mornings, that’s why the name. 

The first step is to make a doodle in a sketchbook with Sharpies then I transfer it to an XL Mix Media Canson Sketchbook which allow me to use watercolor. I wanted to improve my watercolor skills that’s why I added the second step. 

I have been doing this for a couple of months and today I finally finished this sketchbook and I wanted to share my last drawing with you:

I’ll probably make a long video about it πŸ™ˆ, adding it right now to my to-do list!

What do you think? What do you do to improve your drawing skills?

Paola

April 2021 Printable Calendar

Hi my lovely reader!

Today I share with you a calendar I created for the month of April and that has been available in my Etsy shop since the beginning of April but I just couldn’t share it with you at in my Blog πŸ™ˆ. 

To be honest, I was confused because I didn’t know if I should sell it or give it for free until today that I said “why not? let’s sell it” maybe someone would like to buy it and because this has happened to me that I just want art from my favorite illustrators and I will pay anything 😍 I imagined that there is maybe someone out there who would like to buy my art too πŸ™ˆ maybe haha (how hard was to say this out loud). Anyways, today I just lowered the price from $2 to $1 because why not haha ok no it’s because we’re 3 weeks away from ?April ending so is like a final sale πŸ€‘.

click on the image down below ⇣

 or here 

That’s it for today πŸ˜‹

Have a beautiful weekend and remember that there is going to be new Weekly Video Clip (you can watch it on the side column of this blog or here) next Monday! πŸ₯³

Paola

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Story

I remembered when I was little, back in Mexico, I loved playing with my cousin to be one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles πŸ₯· (in Spanish Las Tortugas 🐒 Ninja). 

A while ago, I found in Netflix a documentary called The Toys That Made Us and there was an episode dedicated to the Ninja Turtles where they explained that the cartoon was originated from a comic book created in the 80s. 

So, from my recent interest in graphic novels, manga ind the different fields of Illustrationwhere you can develop as an artists, last week I looked for videos that explained more about the creators of this comic, the artists behind TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and after a couple of YouTube videos this was the best that I found, that’s why I wanted to share it with you:

It’s very inspiring to see something that started like an indie comic could turn into a massive empire, well it’s kind of amazing and scary to be honest. What do you think? Did you play TMNT when you were little and a girl and wanted to be one of them? πŸ˜‚ I remember also wanted to be Knight Rider (in Spanish El Carro Incredible), I don’t remember if the car or the guy πŸ€”.

Paola

Why a “No” is a “Yes” to myself?


“A question is just an opportunity to be honest” –Byron Katie

I started wondering why it is so hard for me to say “NO”. Sometimes, I say it but I feel guilty afterwards, like wrong and I was wondering why it is so hard inside my mind to be honest. So I started researching on google and I found this article:

25 Ways to Say No by Kim A. Flodin

I liked it, I think that is a good introduction to the main question: “Why is it so hard to say “No”?” but for me it wasn’t completely clear, so I continued with my research and as always I decided to look for Byron Katie’s experience and I found this video:

Video 1: How to be grateful for the opportunity to be honest β€” The Work of Byron Katie

Then I understood that saying “yes” when in reality I want to say “no” is just a way to look good in front of you (others) to manipulate the way you perceive me and then you can see me as a “good person” but how “good” am I when I was lying to you by saying “yes” to something that honestly was a “no”. In the video you can see an example and maybe understand it in a deeper way. 

So, when I’m saying “yes” to you (and not wanting to do it or it’s a “no” inside my head), I say “no” to myself because I’m ignoring me and putting a mask of a person that I’m not; therefore, I’m lying to two people, you and me, I’m ignoring me, ignoring what I’m telling myself about what I want to do or say in reality. How is that going to mean being a good person?

Then I asked myself: How I’m going to be honest? sometimes is painful for me to be honest, When is it correct to say “no” if I should love everything the way it is. With all these questions in mind I found this video later:

Video 2: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Make Changes?β€”The Work of Byron Katie

And then I noticed that freedom is not what I think or what I have learned from movies or heard around, the answer to “What is freedom?” it’s inside me. That’s why, when somebody asks me “Do you want to do this or that?” and I don’t want to do it the most honest and freer answer is a “No” and if I don’t say it I’m just lying first to myself and then the other person, that’s why is painful because I’m lying, for this reason I wrote at the beginning of the post: “A question is just an opportunity to be honest” (because being dishonest hurts) the quote isn’t “A question is an opportunity to say what I think the other person wants to listen to without considering myself” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Freedom is recognizing my feelings and being free , sincere or honest with me first and then towards the other and say no if that’s what I hear.

I have been practicing being honest and I have to say that it has been hard, sometimes I can do it, sometimes I can’t, still working on it.

What’s your experience with this?

One last important thing, what allows me to be open and loving when situations like these happen and the answer inside me is a “No” is to do the work. It’s not enough to just realize or understand this is very important to connect to myself to cement what I understand. The ego will tell you “Oh I understand this” but it’s just an excuse for not doing the work and connect with yourself. This is theory, the work is practice.

Love,

Paola

Hourly Comic Day 2021

Hi lovely people from the interwebz,

Yesterday I had the audacity of making for the first time ever an Hourly Comic Day which was one day late because I didn’t know it supposed to be on the first of every February. anyways I didn’t want to let it pass and I did a very raw, fast nothing fancy comic. Let’s see what happens next year πŸ™ƒ maybe I will be prepared haha.

Let me know your thoughts, Have you done it?

Paola