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Hi Lanie! I really love your art style! It inspires me so much as an artist myself. I wish I had a decent camera to upload more!! I'm in my first year of art school and I have to put together a art portfolio at the end of my second year and looking at your portfolio makes me feel so under achieved! Is there any advice you can give to a fellow artist struggling with art block?! I appreciate your time! ((p.s sasusaku 4 lyfe))

Thank you for your interest in my work! I’m very happy to hear you are enjoying it and I am so excited that I have inspired you. 

As far as art block… I’ll tell you a little story. I’m not sure what your major is, or what your vein… but it may help. For me, my major is Illustration, (I have a BFA in it) and my vein is (I have a few) oil painting, specifically portraiture and children’s book illustration. 
For a particular class I had to paint four finished pieces for the semester, and I always liked to get a head start.. So right off the bat I was trying to think of something to do, I knew I wanted to paint portraits, but I knew I couldn’t do just that. 
I spent the whole night agonizing over what my project was going to be, I couldn’t think of anything. I was so frustrated and upset. After racking my brain for ideas, I decided to talk to a professor and see what he thought. 
Basically he told me that I needed to make the picture something special, because otherwise…why would someone hire me? If it’s just a portrait, why wouldn’t they just get a photographer? You have to give them a reason to want to use you. 

I was feeling little pricks of inspiration and I ended up with my Feminine Big Cat series. (You can find them on my website: here)

Anyway, what I discovered is that it really can be very hard when you are stuck, but you have to keep pushing at it. Drawing stupid little sketches even though you hate them, or painting even thought you think it sucks. 
Try combining two things you love that are very different. I love painting oil portraits, and I love big cats. So I put them together.  

Sometimes you strike gold, and sometimes it’ll be a little lackluster but at least you kept at it!

And if you are feeling like your portfolio is lacking, just keep creating. Do what you love, and keep going. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. You are in your first year! It will all come in time. 

 And definitely post pictures even if they camera isn’t great! Or, even better, if you are at an art school, use their scanners. 

I hope this helps. 

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Love your art and style! It's simple yet very alluring to the eye! I like the sasusaku pieces and the little comic panels as well:) I was redirected here by a reblog:) hope you don't mind me following you (lol) I'll probably bother you on how amazing ur work is all the time pffff :D btw happy belated birthday! (I'm probably pretty late idk when the post I saw was dated but hey! Hope u had a good one if it isn't today!)

Thank you very much, I’m glad you are enjoying them. :) 
And of course I don’t mind you following me! Send me all the messages you want! :)))

My birthday was the 8th, so you aren’t too far off! Thank you! 

imageI love drawing cute little pictures of Eli and I. I’ve fallen behind a bit as of late..I need to get back on that. I’m glad you like them!

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