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is studying illustration and design at the pratt institute in brooklyn
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oohhh that sketchbook looks so nice and huge? is that a moleskine? btw, what brand is that lightbox?
Yes! It is an A4 size Moleskine Sketchbook. And the lightbox is Artograph!
how do you find these interesting projects to do with other artists? Do they ask you or do you seek them out? I think it’s so great for you to participate in magazines/kickstarters projects. I would love to do something like that but I don’t know where to start!
Sometimes I get an email, but most of the time I see postings on Tumblr! Follow artists because they will sometimes create or be a part of collaborative projects!
Hello! How many followers & following do you have? Plus how long did it take you to get your tumblr recognised and how did you go about doing it? Im an illustrator in need of advise, thank you!
I currently have a little over 20,000 ~*~*~fronds~*~*~ But I guess took me around 4 years to get recognized? And all I did was post my art and works in progress. This blog used to be my inspiration blog, but then I started following all these awesome artists! They inspired me to start posting my work. It’s really nice to see a response for my work but having a bunch of followers does not really mean anything! Just make work and throw it out into the interweb! Someone is bound to see and adore it~
hi! I adore your beautiful drawings and you’re a big inspiration to me! :) I’m a junior in high school and I’ve been thinking about college a lot. so far, after a visit and review, pratt seems awesome! I like how it has a campus in Brooklyn. how do you like it there? any cool quirks about it? also, any tips on choosing the school that fits? I’m interested in illustration. Thank you so much for your time!! ^-^
I love Pratt! The campus is small but beautiful :) Art schools always have quirks, come and find out hehe. Visiting the school usually helps you choose! You can quickly tell if it’s the right environment for you or not.
Hi, just found your blog and super amazed by it. Do you have a video about your picture’s making process? I would love to see one. Excuse my english tho. Keep inspiring!!
Thanks! I do have a video, but it is was my first and blurrrry haha. But I would love to make another once I have more time~
congratulations on the moleskine! where can I buy it from? is it purchasable to general public?
Thanks! Unfortunately I think it is only used for Adobe + Moleskine promotions.
Just found your blog wow your work is amazing. Just wondering on tips for coming up with themes/ideas for artwork to be about. Have to start my folio and picking a central idea is so difficult!
Just draw things you like! Simple but effective~~ Watch movies, listen to music, take a walk! Go to a museum/show! Surround yourself with inspiration!
be my mentor! the way you color things is incredible. any tips for digital coloring? thanks rose!
Layers are your best friend! Use color/palette swatches :) Play around! I am not an expert because I am always still experimenting! So you should too!
I’m sorry if this seems like a rude or shallow question, but how did you get so much exposure through tumblr? I’m trying to get my name out there, but to not much success. Any tips or advice on how to do so?
Tumblr is a great resource for getting you art spread around the internet and to be honest, there is no shortcut on getting ‘exposed.’ Just post, submit to popular art blogs and tag your work~ You will never know what piece will get chosen by an editor. IT’s a MysTeRy! Definitely check out the Illustration and Art tag editors though~
i know this must be a boring question, but I scoured your FAQ and found nothing! what pencil is that one that features in all your photos of your sketchbook? the whitish clearish one? i am looking for a new mechanical pencil, I cannot find one that is as smooth as my graphite pencils (but i don’t want to sharpen them all the time). regular cheap mech pencils are so thin and sharp on the paper.
It’s a MUJI mechanical pencil! And smoothness is all about your lead and application~ I use 2B lead and I got it from Utrecht.
Not to be creepy or anything,but I’ve got your same last name!
What do you know about PrattMWP?
Not much. But I do know that you don’t live/study in the Brooklyn campus and then you eventually transfer here?
Screenshot of my portfolio when I applied to colleges. You can see most of the pieces from within the bowels of my deviantart account haha.
I applied to: School of Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt, College for Creative Studies, and Ringling.
And I wasn’t nervous during the application process, but I was right before I ripped those letters open to see if I got in or not!
Ahh thank you so much! Advice would to just keep on drawing them. I struggled with drawing figures from my head for the longest time. And I only recently felt that my constant practicing and figure drawing sessions are finally paying off! Just do a lot of observational study, take reference photos of yourself/friends and draw that. Even if it is not the way you want it to be, do not be discouraged! I promise you that you will get better through a ton of practice and study. ^^
First off, congratulations! :))
And to kind of answer your question, please read the following:
You’ve probably seen it floating around the Tumblr sphere but it’s important because I finally realized why I was so uneasy with my own art once I read it!
My only advice is to just keep working on it. Because that is all you can ever do. Confidence in your own art is gained through constantly closing the “gap.” But as for “mentally preparing yourself,” just be the best you can be. And be yourself. Work hard, develop good time management, have good habits! And since you are drawing often already, just keep on doing that (or maybe even more?)
I would also experiment with as many different mediums and subjects as you can before school starts. Because I personally do not have enough time to play with different techniques and mediums unless it’s assigned in class.
Look at artists that you admire, do some study of some masters. One of my professor always advises us to have an art book at hand when figure drawing because we can always be inspired/influenced by someone/styles we admire.
Good luck to you! Freshmen year is going to be an interesting one haha
I am currently getting into the habit of doing a basic sketch of the body/proportions, but most of the time, I just go!
It’s that feeling where you don’t feel “whole” without drawing. Sometimes I can go days without drawing/creating, but it’s like a drug for me almost. I lose myself in it. Recently, I have been motivated to draw because I haven’t been drawing, for myself at least. Have been doing a lot of school work and even though I’m doing illustrative stuff, it isn’t the same as just creating for the sake of creating. I just have so much feelings, and art dissipates it.
And looking at other artists really drive me! UGH I LOVE ART.
The hand studies were an assignment, but man did it bring back the fire!
It just takes practice. I remember when I first started drawing (even when I was serious about art), my line was so rough. And this continued on for years until my hands felt comfortable and my lines became more fluid and alive!
Now, after drawing hair over and over again, I can draw it without even thinking :)
HMM. I think when you’re drawing all the time, you don’t see your progress until you take a step back to look at what you’ve done in the beginning of a year and the end. I think you have to work hard for it and it just becomes natural. Like, you can’t not work hard to make something that you like looking at you know? You work hard to make something that you are satisfied with and once you are there, it just comes so naturally to do it over and over again.
I became serious towards the end of my junior year (that was also the time I discovered ink pens and played around with patterns). And I started preparing for applications the beginning of my Senior year. ^^
This might be a dumb question.. but when you go to an art school do you have to take the basic classes like math history and such.. orrr not?
Pratt requires students to either take a math or science class and to take art history classes for all four years.
You have a beautiful soul.
O vO <3
are you planning on making speedpaint/draws youtube-style with your new video recorder?
Lots of people may have already told you this but I’ll tell you again: You are awesome, your drawings are very beautiful!
i showed my art teacher your art, and she really enjoyed it. She said it reminded her of Muccha, if you know who that is. she even printed out the woman in patterns you did a while back. :) where do you draw inspiration from?
Yes I know Mucha, I really enjoy his work! Inspiration-wise, I draw it from my emotions, experiences and things that catch my eye in the world! Mostly nice colors and pretty contour lines haha.
have you heard of/draw inspiration from artist Alphonse Mucha? their work really reminds me of yours.
Refer to question above! ^^ And thank you, that is really flattering.
how do you scan your pencil/traditional works? my scanner always seems to bleach and clip the image like it’s trying to turn it into crisp white/black linework.. even when I do turn off auto settings and futz with everything :(
I scan it in with image capture and I modify the levels in Photoshop to make it look a lot cleaner. I’m not really sure what is up with your scanner. Maybe try a different one to look for different results?
Do you ever have problems with people taking your work/ not crediting it?
Of course. It’s rude and disrespectful towards the artist. But I never go ballistic over it. But that’s the price I pay with using the internet and not putting in a watermark.
Your art is amazing! When you post pictures do you use a scanner? XOXO
hi there, I’m an illustration student too and I would like to know if you have a blog from blogspot..¿ so I can follow you there, (I cannot put my adress here, tumblr don’t let me) your work is stunning!!! :)
No I do not, I was planning on making on eventually haha!
You seem to have an ongoing theme with your work. What was your root inspiration? And how would you categorise your work? Fantasy?
I’m not sure if I can just categorize or give a theme to my works thus far. It’s a little more emotional/conceptual/surreal. Just a mash up of that I guess haha. And my inspiration comes from what I feel and want to express on paper. I soak in the energy from my life and what catches my eye. That is my inspiration.
Where do you get your art work printed?
iprintfromhome.com! If you get an account, tell them I brought you there :D
What is your dream job? Or what do you plan to pursue after Pratt? :>
My dream job is to do huge art installations. Like painting on walls and such! I would love to see my art in public spaces or galleries.
I have no current plan after Pratt. I want to do many things and I am doing my best in school so that I can prepare myself for the art world. I feel like my art will take me somewhere. I don’t know where, but it’ll be okay.
oh wow Rose! i just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago. Your stuff is ridiculously amazing. no, that doesn’t cut it.. it’s super dooper awesome in every way. Anyway you get my drift. I love it. Every bit of it. ANYWAY i just wanted to say that i love how wonderfully nice you are with responses to everyones questions, it makes me warm and gooey inside :3 and to please keep art making forever and I think you should just go ahead and write your own book with beautiful pictures already! <3
I ran out of charcters in that last ask hah but I also wanted to add a comment about someone elses comment a while ago: about the ‘naked nun’ being offensive and I’d like to point out that personal art should be whatever you personally feel like doing and that, that nun was beautiful and skillfull regardless. To be honest there are way too many offended people to even consider worrying about it! Make art for arts sake! It’s supposed to be contraversial, that’s the only way it moves forward! <3
ps. I also go to art school.. except on the other side of the world to you (Australia) and absolutely love it :) also if I wasn’t having trouble logging into my account this wouldn’t be so anon hah anyway have a lovely day/night/whatever time it is there.. now I feel like a creep for posting lots of things at you hah oh well <3
Thank you for this wonderful message haha! I really don’t know what else to say. It’s really really nice hearing people like and believe in my art.
And that nun thing was a figure drawing session in class. I didn’t make it up lol.
Thanks again sweet anon! Glad to hear you are enjoying your school. :)) I like it when people enjoy their school.