So, I suppose I should start with an introduction. I am 28 years old, a teacher at a high school, and as of this moment, a first time blogger. Most of my time is spent obsessing over visual arts. Not so much 3 dimensional, but more or less, drawings and paintings. I love drawing portraits! I love drawing cars, Custom drawings! oh yea! that’s what I’m good at so that’s what I do. But when it comes to my appreciation for art, it is always something conceptual. Artwork that is creative, fantastic, even science fiction…. (well, that last comment should have said “Especially” science fiction, but I also want to save myself some dignity as an artist).
I have been teaching for 2 years in public schools. I taught Kindergarten for a year, that was interesting, to say the least. Currently I’m finishing up teaching at a high school level, and I’d like to transition out of being a full time teacher and turning my art into a full time job. Maybe I’ll substitute teach to make some extra money on the side. Either way I can’t wait until I turn my art into a full time career!
I started painting during my second year of college. It was amazing, the texture, the colors, and all the creativity. I fell in love. But it’s been a struggle too, mostly because I didn’t have enough time to devote to art. I wanted to paint everyday, but I also needed to practice sketching and drawing to improve my skill and refine my style. I don’t want to spend a day trying to paint eyes when I should be done with the eyes and working on the creativity and composition of the piece.
After College I started teaching and working in public schools. This made me abandon my art. I was so overwhelmed as a first year teacher that I forgot all about my paintings. Until, about mid November of that year, someone asked me to do a portrait. I struggled with the likeness, I struggled with the whole piece. I thought to myself, this isn’t fun. this is ugly. I went to the store that night, I bought a 20 dollar hard cover sketchbook, and I started drawing. I said too myself, that I will draw everyday, rigorously practicing my portraiture and other drawings as well.
Well. …It wasn’t until that summer that I really started drawing rigorously. I started to draw around an hour a day, which quickly turned into 4 or 5 hours a day. It was all I thought about. I started watching tutorials and obsessing over animators and fantasy artists like Glen Keane, Jim Lee, even museum artists like Alphonse Muccha or Norman Rockwell. I want to be like these people. But in this competitive career where raw talent combined with practice can still leave you very unsuccessful. What am I to do.
I continued drawing everyday and it’s been about a year and a half. I developed a website which has several portrait drawings on it ( http://www.Andrewspencil.com ). On this website I promote myself as an artist. I can do Custom drawings, Custom portraits, portrait art, and classic car drawings. I have also been trying to promote myself in the community. I’ve been going to events such as downtown art walks and purchasing booths at car shows and the upcoming Comic book convention at the Phoenix convention center.
But now I am stuck. I don’t know what the next move should be. I have tried advertising online through google. I have had very little success. Although, I’m not quite ready to start blaming my artwork. I need to find a way to get some more exposure and some new clients. Otherwise, I will be signing another contract for another school year and abandoning my art again. Which I refuse to do, so… I better figure something out. Well… if you’ve read this far, I must have captured your attention, somehow, so spread the word. let everyone know that I do custom drawings, Custom portraits, Car drawings, animal portraits, and much much more. all at a pretty affordable price. And if you really did make it to the end of my very first blog post, drop me a line, and I’ll discount one portrait for you. 🙂