Learning to fly...

In just a few short days, I'll be starting in Lilla Roger's e-course, called "Make Art That Sells", or MATS for short. I randomly stumbled across it a few weeks ago, and as I started reading the course description, I instantly knew it was something I wanted to do. 

 

A part of me wanted to sign up to the later opening date, which is more that six months away, because I felt I needed more time to get my things in order. Like, set up a perfect workspace, build an amazing website, brush up on my digital painting skills, and amass a much larger body of work that I already had. I'm notorious for being a perfectionist, the kind that forgets that done is better than perfect. 

I read many reviews about the course on the blogs of many who participated in previous sessions, and was astounded by the amazing talent and polished styles that each brought to the table. I took a deep breath, reminded myself that I bring with me my own set of talent and experience, that it's not a contest, and that I would be enrolling in order to grow as an artist. 

I also stumbled across a saying that helped me be okay with it all:

Painting it was fun, and a nice way to practice a positive affirmation!

So, here goes! I look forward to learning about myself, about my artistic style, and plan to post my process over the next five weeks.... Excited!

 

Here we go again.

I have a confession. Blank pages scare me. I've tried starting up a blog before, and that attempt lasted one blog post. Getting over my fear of imperfection is something I'm working on.

A little bit about myself! I'm Shelly. I'm an illustrator and graphic designer.

My first love of illustration came about when I started drawing pretty ladies dressed in even prettier dresses. I was probably no older than six or seven. Over the years, my love of drawing these fashion figures had me believing I wanted to be a fashion designer, and so I got my degree in fashion design. :)

Five years of university later, I slowly began to realize that my real passion was actually illustration, not so much the designing, cutting, and sewing of clothes. 

For me, sharing my work on this little corner of the internet is another way to put my art out into the world, though it's strange to write this to what could possibly be no one. **Crickets.***

I am endlessly inspired by the work of contemporary illustrators, sometimes getting lost for hours in Pinterestland. I especially love getting an inside look at their process, with little snippets from their sketchbooks, so I figured it would be only fair to share my own creative process with you. 

Have a look around, and I hope you enjoy!