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December 16, 2015

On lacking “proper artistic credentials” & 3D printing the Dreamer Regalia armor for actor Felicia Day (Part 1 of 3)

December 16, 2015 | By | 26 Comments

Read part 2: Painting, finishing, and final armor preview

Read part 3: Geek & Sundry photoshoot and video of armor

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“People are starting to look less at where you went to school, and more at what you’ve created.” —Chase Jarvis

Let’s be honest. Have you ever looked at someone else’s art or creations and thought “I wish I could do that but…”

“I don’t have the right credentials,
I don’t have the relevant degrees or education,
I don’t have all the right tools or materials,
I don’t have a natural talent for it,
I can’t start learning now because I’ll be too slow,
I have no idea where to start,
it’s too hard for someone like me,
it looks impossible…”

It’s a shame how many people stop before they even start. Read More

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December 15, 2015

2015 Year in Review: Finding Innovation in Solitude (+ new jewelry designs)

December 15, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

Slumps. Getting stuck in a rut. Hitting a wall. We’ve all experienced them.

Whatever you call it, at some point you’ve probably wondered, “Is this the best I can do? Where do I go from here? Will I ever be good enough?”

Oftentimes, our reflex is to keep looking outward for inspiration. While I’m all for expanding your idea and visual library, constantly looking for inspiration may run the risk of becoming too heavily influenced by other people’s ideas or result in feeling horribly inadequate in comparison to others.

Having confidence in the quality of your own work is built on the inside, not on the outside. This may come off as a “duh” statement, but bear with me. This has been a very hard lesson for me to learn, especially this year. Read More

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September 24, 2015

How to keep creating in the face of overwhelming perfectionism and insecurity

September 24, 2015 | By | 8 Comments

“…don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for anyone else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up. Being perfect . . . not so much.” 
—Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel like you’re able to effortlessly move forward on your blog, project or painting…? One moment, the flow feels natural and the creativity seems to be pouring out of you. But when it feels like it’s really gotta count, that’s when you might start floundering. Read More

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May 14, 2015

How to love the challenge + making masks for JiHAE’s music video starring Norman Reedus

May 14, 2015 | By | 13 Comments

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Let’s be honest here. When you were faced with something you were really interested in but found challenging, have you ever said stuff like:

“I need to learn more first. I could never do that. I’m not as good as X. It’s too difficult for someone like me. I’m not the type of person for that.”

“I’m just not good enough yet. It’s impossible for me.”
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April 9, 2015

Silence your inner critic…by listening to it (+ The Dreamer Creed)

April 9, 2015 | By | 16 Comments

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw

Ever have that moment when an amazing idea or realization hits you with such a force, it feels like an intense power is just rushing through your body?

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