My stories on instagram

Hi!

For a long time I have wanted to share my stories but I didn’t know how.

Last week, I tried with a stories widget in the sidebar of this blog and another stories widget on a page but it wasn’t as effective as I wanted, I was looking for something more organic and easy to share so after lots of thinking I decided to make my instagram account public to share my day to day behind the scenes (well Monday through Friday). Oops, then every business day to day behind the scenes 😋.

To go to my instagram account just click on the logo down below 👇

Have a relaxing weekend! (an advice that I’ll take myself).

Love,

Paola

Drawing proficiency levels

In my last post I talked about my path to becoming an illustrator and how learning art fundamentals was something that I needed to implement to improve my drawing skills; nonetheless, the question is: Where to start? There are so many facets to art fundamentals that it can get very confusing.

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My path from engineer 👷‍♀️ to illustrator 👩‍🎨

In middle school I used to spend my evenings drawing images of Sailor Moon, it made me feel so relaxed and happy that I just wanted to do it forever. When I went to high school I met this girl that was very good at drawing. One day she lent me one of her sketches which I immediately tried to replicate and I couldn’t. Her drawing was right there in front of me yet as much as I tried to follow the lines and angles I just couldn’t, I never did. This was when I ruled out drawing as a profession. Since if we were still in high school and she was already so talented obviously I wasn’t going to be able to draw to her level, she was talented and I wasn’t.

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Learning to be kind to myself

I had this huge post scheduled in my mind for today, I started researching and writing since last Friday but it was yesterday 9 pm and I couldn’t write it, something was off. After talking with my husband I realized that what I was trying to express wasn’t clear and that writing this post was going to take longer than I thought 🤷‍♀️. I couldn’t break my own commitment nor could I just write whatever thing came to my mind and post it. I felt it had to be something academic, groundbreaking, long and with lots of research 🤓.

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Drawabox | Learning illustration with Drawabox

A couple of years ago I noticed I couldn’t draw some things that I wanted. In that time, I used to draw #dtiys (draw this in your style) that I found on instagram created by my favorite Illustrators but when it come to make my own illustrations from scratch I was totally unable. The discomfort that I felt by this made me feel frustrated and incapable of drawing anymore so I decided to delete my Instagram account and stop making illustrations.

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Rosca de reyes | Three kings bread

Last Saturday we had Three kings bread:

Three kings bread

This is a bread that I used to share with my family back in Mexico every January 6th. The tradition says that if you get a baby Jesus in the piece that you cut for yourself you have to buy tamales 🫔 on February 2nd or Dia de la Candelaria.

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Shorthand Writing ✍️

Hi! Paola here…

I think it was last year when I wrote a note to myself to share this finding about what it was Shorthand Writing and I just let it sit there for a year 🙈 it´s kind of embarrassing to accept it but this is what usually happens. The worst part (in my head at least) is that it was just something so short that I could have just shared it in a couple of minutes but I decided to let it sit there for a while, maybe notes are like a wine 🍷 and I’m just noticing now.

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