Where I’ve been & Where I’m going!

Hey everyone! Despite the title, no I’m not taking a trip of some sort, unfortunately. I know I haven’t made a post in a while and I kind of wanted to give you guys a brief update on what’s going on with me right now. If you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I have been around and I’ve been a bit busy with the new semester starting. That being said this is my second to LAST semester so things are really starting to get crazy already. I am going to have a two portfolio reviews soon as well as a public reading within the next couple months.

If you guys need a refresher, I am a Graphic Design and Writing double major so I have plenty of work right now. I feel like I’ve committed pretty fairly to this blog so I really want to continue it and maintain it despite everything else on my many plates. So…that’s exactly what I’m going to do! I can’t promise when or how many posts you’ll get but they will happen, that I can definitely promise. If you guys get lonely and start to miss me feel free to visit my Twitter page @melfranco17, where I am on there daily! I also try to incorporate articles and other art and writing sources on there so if the idea of reading tweets on the life of a college girl don’t interest you, don’t worry, it’s not all about me.

So yes, I will have two major events in my infancy as a professional coming up soon! I’m planning on putting some of my process and projects on here so look out for those as well. I think I covered everything I wanted to say and I just want to thank you guys for your constant support by reading this blog. Blogging is no longer required for my classes so right now it’s something I am choosing to do and you guys give me the push to do it simply by visiting. I recently had my four-year anniversary with WordPress, which I can’t even believe, and I’m amazed at this blog and what its accomplished. I never expected anyone to read what I was posting since it was just a class requirement and I was so new to the blogging world. Since I started I learned to love blogging and not just because of the writing aspect but also because of all of the people I’ve been able to interact with. This blog continues to amaze me and it is something that I want to continuing doing for a long time. So thank you guys, and here’s to a new semester of blogging! Until next time!

New Year, New Semester!

Hi everyone! I’ve started another semester of school so that means more consistent blogging, yay! I was pretty busy over break, more than I wanted to be, so I kind of took a break from blogging for awhile. I’ve been back at school for two weeks now so a post is going to go up very soon! I just wanted to let you guys know what I’ve been up to and why I disappeared for a little while. I’ve already started so interesting projects so I’ll be sharing my process on some of these with you guys so you can kind of see the things I’ve been doing! Thats all for now but see you guys soon!

Oh my Oil…part 2!

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Hey everyone, I know its been awhile but I’m back! I have definitely been taking advantage of summer break and working on some stuff for this blog. However now that its been really hot and the air conditioner is dead I thought it was a perfect time to start blogging again! I also came across some really cool paintings so I really had no excuse. I find that lately I’ve really been drawn to realism and I’ve probably mentioned that before but its something that I’m drawn to.

I feel like I’m still finding out my own style as an artist and I love the look of a realistic painting or drawing. In fact I kind of freaked out recently because after what seems like years I finally feel I perfected the eye. Yes I am that obsessed. I won’t talk too much about that though since that is for a later post! Anyway I thought that these paintings had a really nice look to them and they captured that reality along with something else I can’t really put my finger on. I also appreciate how these still have a painting aspect to them, they don’t look like a photograph which is okay but I find this work stands out a bit more because it doesn’t try to be something else.These paintings were created by Claire Duguid and I think they are really nicely done. It always amazes me how you can’t see the paintbrush strokes but I guess practice makes perfect! Including on here are my favorites but I put a link to the others as well. I hope you guys enjoyed this; until next time!

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Claire Duguid with one of her paintings