Positive Inking

A little over a week ago my friend Alyssa Nassner invited me to join a new tumblr blog she was starting called Positive Inking. The project is based around the idea of Daily Affirmations for artists.

Alyssa wrote to me:
I think we all get the point in our days/careers/goals where we feel washed out, not confident, or like we’ve failed. This blog is about those moments, but instead of dwelling on them – I’m asking artists (and myself) to look at the positive! We’ll be sharing motivational illustrations, goals, and advice for ourselves, and one another in a fun type-and-illustration driven way!

I loved the idea and immediately got to work, sketching pages and pages of ideas. Seriously. pages. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I sketched, and doodled, and scribbled for a few hours and came up with all kinds of ideas. I’m looking forward to eventually finishing them all up!

With my nieces and nephew at my house last week for Anicamp : Summer 2012, I was inspired by their constant activity and curiosity. They delighted in everything they did from digging in the dirt, to creating a fabric collage, to picking blackberries and discovering a nest full of baby robins.

It was so much fun to be around the constant activity, and I recognized how different the schedule was from my day-to-day life in which I spend a whole lotta time with a computer on my lap. I was inspired by their curiosity to illustrate an animated .gif!

animated gif of the words "be curious have adventures"

My positive message is to be curious! Get out from behind the computer screen, go outside and have adventures. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel happier, refreshed and more inspired.

If you haven’t already, go check out Positive Inking and see some of the good advice other artists have been posting. Maybe you’ll see a message that is just right for you!

6 thoughts on “Positive Inking

  1. I love the animation! Is this your first time doing an animated gif? How fun!
    I hope you had a wonderful time last week with your family – you are such a wonderful aunt! It was fun following your photos on instagram.

    • Thank you! It’s not my first animated gif. I learned how to do them in college and did a really funny one of someone making a bed, and a dog got covered up in the covers (wonder where that inspiration came from??), so then the bed is unmade (which was a reverse of the frames of it being made), so it was a never ending loop. I’m describing it in words, because, alas, it has been lost to time and old formats of storage (it’s probably on a zip disk somewhere if it hasn’t already been tossed).

      I did have a good time with my nieces & nephew. I love the time I get to spend with them!

    • thanks tammie! I’m glad you like the gif! It’s the first one I’ve made in a long time. Anicamp was definitely a good time for all! :)

  2. I saw those images on your flickr and fell in love with that little cat! Very cute and good advice, too. I love the lettering you used. Is that your usual handwriting or a special font you made just for the piece?

    • thank you kimi! It’s not quite my handwriting, but it’s not overly-carefully drawn either. I didn’t do pencil sketches before inking it–just drew it with a black fine liner. I think it’s like an overly loopy version of my hand writing.

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