Sunday, August 23, 2015

A fairly odd summer is nearly over

Well definitely more than the halfway point in this year and it's been about a year since I moved to Orlando. Overall it's been another year of slowly building things with moments of frustration and elation throughout it. I was working at a law firm as an administrative assistant, not a position I ever imagined having but it was an experience that taught me a bit about another part of life I didn't usually think about.

In any case I am now back to full time art life. It's the one thing that allows me to be who I really am, definitely learned I am not a fit for the corporate life at all. Here are some recent sketches and such, finally putting more time into my projects and a few commissions lately. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year brings.















Sunday, July 12, 2015

Surprise, surprise...surprise.

Well I'm trying to get back into the habit of frequently scanning and updating this blog o mine. Funny to think it's been almost 8 years or so since I started this thing or rather funny to think how long I've been blogging and posting my sketches and such. Lately many of the same things have been on my mind concerning creating art and such. I 've heard a whole bunch of suggestions, some invited and quite a few uninvited ones. Yet I have to stay true to myself honestly, I can and no longer will apologize for that. Any how on to some recent recent sketches.





Sunday, July 5, 2015

My recent work and thinking.

One thing that has stayed consistent has been my daily sketching since I got serious about this art life. Funny how it still so much to learn and more yet my world of stories and ideas keep expanding. At times I look back at what I've done I wonder if I'm getting better, then other time I think I am. Yet it's still a thrill to sit in front of a blank page every morning before I head out and see what comes out, either something new or a continuation of one of my stories which weave through my noggin. Any how on to some sketches.



























Monday, June 8, 2015

The matter of practice

It's been an interesting last few weeks, many things have crossed my mind and I've been in a different place almost weekly mentally when I'm considering what and where I'm going in life. Taking action despite my fears and the gaping possibility and chance of failure seem to be it. Funny enough that describes my approach to many areas not all though in my life these last few years, from heading of to art school without much except a single months worth of rent and no idea how I would pay for school to leaving Illinois and returning to Florida with no idea of what chances and hurdles waited for me.

In either case  over the last 7 years I've had my successes in earning my BFA and failures with the bust of a job hunt (an art job or decent paying one in Illinois/Chicago). So here I am at the beginning of summer having worked at my current job for some almost 9 months, scary how fast time moves when you have  routine and a boring job. Yet it has allowed me on not much pay to get my own place and finally get a decently powerful computer to pursue areas I have been lacking in my skill set.

Honestly I never expected to be able to get my own spot yet it worked out at just the right time and just within my price range. I've ben pushing myself even more in freelancing and learning and honing my skills. My dream is to make this full time and leave the 9-5, my current gig has soured that scenario for me. It seems I'm not the type for it. I hope for the best as usual but work to expect the worst. I may switch to a part time gig soon.  Recently the passing of one of my favorite figure instructors made me really reflect on his advice the way I have grown over the last few years. I have fond memories of his classes and the rush of finally being able to learn and pursue my passions in art and learning. I would have loved to speak to him again but it's been a scramble to just get by much less visit people these last few years. Farewell Fiore Custode, your words and ocassional jokes at my expense still make me chuckle and keep my pencil and brush moving.

Anyhow here are some sample of a few of my recent works in progress, for more steady updates please check kmrussellart.tumblr.com for daily updates via Instagram.