Elephant Painting 1

Elephant paintingI was going to write about how poaching is a problem and don’t buy ivory, but then it somehow ended up morphing into a poem, and since I didn’t want to finish it, now all I’m going to do is write an incredibly long run-on sentence.



Koi Print


Initial Proof

Finally I’ve finished my first linoleum print. To be fair, it has been finished for maybe a month and a half, and I was just too lazy to do the actual print. To be honest, I can’t even remember when I actually did this. I am currently living with my parents, so I only work on these types of things when they aren’t home. It’s easier that way and I need my peace.

I was really happy with the idea when I started on this, and I still am. The scales were an absolute pain to do. I told myself never again. But I’m already over it and ready to do something else tedious! I don’t enjoy tedious work at all, but the end result is worth it. It has been a long while since I’ve created something I’m proud of, so I’m glad I did this print. It was actually my first time using linoleum, which was interesting as well. As a person with arthritis, I think that speedy-cut nonsense saves a lot of pain, but I’m still happy I gave this a shot.


Finished Print

I actually made myself an online store, which you can find at dejesus.storenvy.com. If you want to support me through my current period of unemployment, get yourself something from my store! Really, the store is simply a way to keep myself motivated. I want to get better at the art thing, and the only way to do that is to practice! And so I shall practice.

The Art Thing

Lately I’ve been working pretty hard but also hardly working. I have a lot of goals I’m working towards. I’m trying to improve my climbing, run faster, fight harder, learn Korean, and prepare for my career. Lately I have focused on doing art. I feel weird calling it art, because if its garbage is it still art? It shouldn’t be.

When I went to college I took a beginning drawing class that 110% ruined my interest in art. The art looked like garbage because it was always a still life that was literally garbage piled on a table. Then since I changed majors and had a job and all, I was way to busy to have fun. But now I have time, so I started back into the art thing. The end goal is to have an online store set up and sell my work. Which is a huge long shot, but I have almost finished setting up the store part, so I can’t back out now.

The first thing I’ve been working working onhas been this block print of a fish. On the left is the first proof I did of it, so of course it has come a long way since then. I am actually very lazy though, so I think its done, but I haven’t made any prints of it, so I can’t be sure. I ended up getting a bit sidetracked. I was doing all of these proofs towards the end, and I had a bunch of these not finished fish, so I decided to use those to make a painting. Because reduce, reuse, recycle.

fullsizerenderWell that painting came out approximately bad. But I’m still going to try to sell it because worst case no one wants it and I am reminded why I got an engineering degree. I keep telling myself that the actual reason I’m doing this is to prove to myself that I needed an engineering degree to live comfortably and that is why I didn’t go to school for art or literature. Even if I am awful at computer science, I think I can still make a decent living. And I’m not that awful anyways. I am very good at art and computers when you compare me with my dog.

So here is that fish painting. Let me know what you think. But make sure to put the bad stuff in between compliments so that my fragile ego will not be entirely destroyed.