9.04.2014

A day with creative energy

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I have so many things to tell here but just too tired. I can only say that each day of my life right now is full of creative energy and I love it :D If you miss my work, I update my facebook page and instagram everyday. Hope to see you there :)

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8.24.2014

Sunday Sketch : crayon drawing and play with paint

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I'm spending this peaceful Sunday watching Alisa Burke's wonderful e-class videos. I was first introduced to this super creative and prolific artist through Creative Courage course, signed up for her classes (with 50% off you just couldn't resist it) and have been inspired by her works and classes ever since.

Redefine Creativity is my second class with her. Her lessons really got me excited and inspired me to get some paint and have fun. This drawing is done with Sea Green (I just love how they name each color) wax crayon first. I already loved how it looked and almost left it as is but decided to go ahead and play with it (I can always draw it again if I want to). I painted over all the drawing with different shades of watercolor. I didn't think much just put water and colors on. The wax lines worked as resistance that you can still see the original drawing, just with different look and feel.

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Then I put pink marker on some parts, making it pop out a bit and some little drawings behind the scene. I just couldn't help it, playing hide-and-seek with my characters becomes part of my drawing passion :)

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I have to say I love the very first crayon drawing best but I enjoyed the process of putting colors on and watching colors blended and be resisted by the wax. I think I'm going to experiment more with this technique :)

This is only the first lesson I learn from Alisa. Can't wait to learn more and be inspired in the next 4 weeks :D


8.22.2014

Make it in design Summer School week 2 : Tribal theme

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Here is one of the online design challenges I'm participating this month. I got the news of this Make it in Design Summer School through Nini (again, she's such an inspiration!). The school is giving out a creative brief every 2 weeks in August to those who sign up. Then we design a pattern based on the brief and the final work will be shown in their gallery. So many people signed up for the class (it's free!) that the web site went down in the first week and I had to wait for a day to be able to submit my first work. You can see my first design in the theme of Tropical Paradise here.

The above image is my pattern for week 2 theme, Tribal. I didn't have time to research much so I decided to go with very simple icons of geometric shapes representing nature.  Here is my initial sketch.

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I tried using various shapes and varying sizes of each icons to make it dynamic. Keeping it in my merry style is very important so I added cuteness and put in very bright colors. I had problems choosing background colors so I posted this color choices on my facebook page and got some helpful replies :)

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My eyes really went for the yellow (always my merry color) so I used it in the final pattern (the very first image). I'm very happy with this design as I was figuring out how to make pattern for my personal project and still couldn't make it. This design at least makes me understand more about making pattern. I'm also excited to see details that used to be in my doodles developed into a real artwork.

Below are my other color choices. Although I go with the yellow, I'm curious to know which one is your choice :)

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This summer school has 3 tracks altogether, beginner, intermediate and advanced. I signed up for all 3 tracks but decided to do only the beginner for now. It's a good exercise to help you stay in design challenge and connect with people who are like-minded. I just wish that I could have time to chat more with talented participants in the class. But like I have said, facebook and other social media really suck your time. Right now I really need to focus on creating more art. I'm so happy that I can do more and focus more this year :)

I like this design so much that I made it a wallpaper for my screen. Feel free to save the image to use it on your desktop if you'd like. Hope it will make your day merry :)

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8.18.2014

Watercolor painting practice

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Hello my blog :) I am having problem with my eyes and cannot stay too long in front of computer screen. It's a bit frustrating that I have to work on my digital drawing at slower pace. However, I use this opportunity to work on my watercolor practice and really enjoy it. It's really art therapy. The painting above is my latest practice and the ones below are what I have so far. Remember, I 'm always on my facebook page and instagram drawing my draw everyday project. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for coming. Hope I can talk more about my new journey of watercolor painting soon.
Have a merry day!

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8.12.2014

My Artist's Date : how to make paints from flowers and leaves

Last week was quite a busy week for me. It was full of family activities as well as of creative ones. I attended 2 live workshops and two online art challenges plus I'm practicing watercolor painting!

There are so many things happening in just one week and now I have stories to write on this blog for maybe 2 or 3 weeks :).  Let's begin with my latest Artist's Date. The Date was for a live workshop with a lovely artist who specializes in painting watercolor with organic paints, the ones that made from leaves of plants and trees and flower petals. Her name is Tongkarn Samathakorn and you can look at her beautiful work at Organic Water Color page.

The workshop was hosted by The Museum of Floral Culture in Bangkok where you can learn about plants, flowers and Thai culture related to flowers.

Here are some of beautiful flower displays around the museum.

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The class was held in a small cozy little pavilion in the garden. We were introduced to various kinds of flowers and leaves that could be made into watercolor paints. 

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You can make pink paint from Bougainvillea,  blue from Butterfly Pea, yellow from Night Jasmine, green from Pandanus leaves, and the list goes on. How to make it is very easy.  Begin by picking the petals off, put them in a mortar, add little bit of hot water and start grinding until you see the color comes out.

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This method needs time and patience. The artist has devoted her time in experimenting until she finds the right paints for her paintings and here are her works all done in organic paints.

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The artist has a lot of her paintings published in books and magazines but I have to tell you that the original paintings are much much more gorgeous than the printed ones. So happy to have a chance to see them :D

And here is my attempt of organic watercolor painting.

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This workshop inspires me to begin my journey of watercolor practice. If you have been following my facebook page, you may have seen some of my paintings already. After some awkward moments in front of water and paints, I think I'm beginning to fall in love with watercolor painting and I will write about this lovely journey here soon :)

Thanks for coming. Hope you have a merry creative day today :)


7.31.2014

Draw everyday no. 54 and what I have learned

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I posted this draw everyday no. 54 on my MerryDay Page the other day and immediately got a feedback from one of my followers that she liked this drawing without colors better. Below is the drawing she talked about. I forgot to take a photo of the drawing without the bracelet. (I took this photo with the bracelet just for fun :)

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My first response to her comment was 'oh no, I shouldn't have posted this. I don't like it either'. I got a little worried as before this colored version, I got a lot of good feedbacks on the first line art drawing and someone actually asked if I had this piece for sale. I worried that she might not like this colored version. But then realizing that I was going back to be my old self who thought too much on little things, I pulled myself back and found good things from this little incident.

One is that I seem to be able to worry less about trying to be perfect. I didn't like this color combination but I posted it anyway.  By showing it in public and getting feedbacks, my doubt got confirmed. Although there were also some people who liked it, I knew in my heart that the colors were not right yet and I need to improve it.

Second is that it seems I'm getting more and more valuable feedbacks from MerryDay's followers who care enough to stop by and tell their opinions. I have been with my page since 2010 posting and getting some likes for each post and few comments from time to time. Now I'm getting more feedbacks and conversations in the page. I guess it's because of my everyday post of work in progress. While my followers are learning about how my art process is like, I'm also learning from their feedbacks. It's a kind of happy interaction :)

So, that's what I have learned from my little drawing. I'm going to work more on its color selection and will make it a greeting card and A4 print for my shop. It will be a wonderful addition to my new merry collection :)

Thanks for coming. If you have time, please drop a line and tell me how you like this drawing :)
Wish you have a merry day!

PS. If you just happen to be here for the first time and want to know me better, you can read my post of 'Artists around the World blog hop' here, or follow my 'draw everyday' on instagram or facebook :)

7.28.2014

Artists Around the World blog hop

Today is a special day as my post here is now included in a wonderful blog hop called 'Artists Around the World blog hop' where you will meet artists from different places sharing their answers to 4 questions. I was invited by Nini from Made by Nini. A wonderful artist and inspiring friend. Thanks Nini!

Now in case you just happen to be here or have been following me not very long, let me introduce myself first. My name is Pavinee. I'm a freelance graphic designer and illustrator living in Bangkok, Thailand. Right now I'm focusing on my own little stationery design and illustration brand called MerryDay. I either use MerryDay or onMerryDay for my other online presence :)

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And so here are the questions that may help you know me better :

1.Why do I do what I do?

If I were asked this question last year, I would simply reply that I loved creating and making art. It's a true joy in life. But this year, I have found the deeper meaning of how important art and creativity has been to me. I didn't realize this before but earlier this year, I suffered from some kind of unreasonable anxiety. I was afraid of everything. I worried about my parents even though they were fine. I worried that something bad would happen to my husband when he's out for daily job. I slept badly and felt bad all the time. I am an anxious person by nature but never felt this worst. Then I got back to my everyday drawing, trying to draw something every night before bedtime. The few minutes of each drawing helped me focus and calmed me and I began to feel better.

Art is really a healing tool. Now I feel more confident, less worried and be able to let go of things more easily. I want to live a happy life like this with least anxiety as possible. That's why I do what I do now:)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

One thing is my drawing style. With years of practice, you will gain your own style. I'm always happy to hear that people can tell right away that this or that piece is my art. I am also blessed to be able to draw something merry and whimsical even when I feel most depressed. I'm not sure why but I guess it's because I want to be happy so I draw something happy. Simple as that :)

Making my art different from others is what I 'm always thinking. I love playing with composition,  stories and having a bit of element of surprise in my drawings. Right now I'm working on adding patterns and magical atmosphere into my art. It's fun to imagine things and figure out how to make it into my own style :)

3. How does my creative process work?

I generally brainstorm by writing down keywords first. Then from those keywords, I find more words related to (or unrelated to) the keywords and try to visualize a whole scene in my head before doing a pencil sketch. When I have a complete rough sketch, I scan in and trace over the sketch using pen tool or brush tool in Adobe Illustrator program.

This is for my digital work. As for my daily drawings, I try not to think much but just dive in and enjoy the process :)

4. What am I working on now?

My main project right now is to build up a whole new web site containing new collections of my MerryDay art. I used to have a portfolio web site under my own name (pavinees.com) but already cancelled it. My future will be under the name of onmerryday.com and I can't wait to welcome you to my merry world :)

I hope these answers are clear enough. If you want to know me better, you can follow my daily updates on facebook, instagram or this blog where I intend to make it the best record of my life: work, art and play :)

Next  Monday I would like to invite you to visit a lovely artist I met in Make Art That Sells class. Anais Lee is a talented and prolific artist with so many wonderful and refreshing art of illustration, graphic design, pattern design and lettering.

You can enjoy her beautiful artwork on her web site first and don't forget to come back next Monday when I update this post with the link to her answers :)

Thank you so much for coming. I love comments and feedbacks. They are really part of my improvement. So, let's connect :)


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