Orange Unicorn – Remember This 08

Remember This - Self-careJust still reminding myself of things that matter to growth and learning in relationships. But I think this also counts when thinking of yourself: sometimes others have already forgiven you for your mistake, but you keep beating yourself for it.


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Orange Unicorn – Remember This 07

Orange Unicorn - Remember This

A little bit different than my usual for Orange Unicorn. But it’s something I need to remember. People, with their actions, and their reactions to me, are outside of my control. And that’s okay.


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Orange Unicorn – Remember This Series 06

Orange Unicorn - Mental Health Reminders

I decided to make a short series of reminders for myself, for you, for whoever wants it. They’re reminders of things that I think are obvious, but that sometimes I just forget. Things that I want to remind myself, every day. They tend to be things related to my mental health and relationships close to me.


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Orange Unicorn – Liiiiiiine 05

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Practicing self-care with my art. Struggles are real.

Have I mentioned though how cute it is to look up “self-hug” on Google images?

But.

Let’s celebrate! One month of Orange Unicorn and we’re still pretty orange over here! Even if it’s hard. And tiresome. And my ideas dissipate into the thin air from which they also came. From air they were born and to air they die.

Anyways. It’s one month of Orange Unicorn now!

Expect some #Inktober inspired reflections and episodes coming for October.


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Orange Unicorn – Future Plans 04

Orange Unicorn - Future Plans

I guess I broke my own rule with the colors used. Well. I guess I’ll be changing the look of the webcomic… We’ll see where it goes.


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The Friends You Need For Making Art

I wrote this blog post midway through summer. I think it still relates, and seeing how the main theme surrounding Orange Unicorn is friendship, I thought I’d share this one.


It can be your mom. It can be your kid. It can be the close friend that you’ve only met two years ago and that you lived with in their basement for two weeks. Whoever it is, you need people to push you to be productive. People that push you to make art.

I have had many different people encourage me as well as push me to make art. I cannot emphasize enough how important they have been to my success. I’ve identified three types of people you should try and have in your life to help move your art forward.

“The Strategizer”

This was my mom. She has always been good at mapping out my dreams in accomplishable ways. She had an ability to bring to the present whatever was hidden in the future. What did I have to go through to get where I wanted? What could I do today that would be one step closer to where I want to be? What is working, what isn’t?

“The Motivator and the Muse”

I’ve always had someone in my life that I wanted to make art for. It’s that one person that I want to show whatever I’ve been doing and see the sparkles in their eyes, the hidden smile on their lips. This type of person is a great source of motivation and inspiration. Wanting to make them happy can be a healthy way of pushing yourself to do art. Although be sure to also listen to yourself, and not only the motivators. They’ll encourage you again and again to get going. These have usually been my close friends.

“The Mentor”

This might be one of the hardest to find. They have a similar purpose to the Strategizer, but different. This is the one who sees the whole battle field, they’re by your side in the trenches. They’re there with you, teaching and instructing you. New tricks, advice and insights. Like the Motivator they are also constantly pushing you to keep going. I have usually found a Mentor in my art teachers, but also in youtubers, and podcasts like Chris Oatley’s. Online classes have also been an area that I found this even if momentarily, like through CGMA classes.

 

I sincerely believe that making conscious decisions in pursuit of these types of people can be helpful in your journey as an artist. In a Mentor you might find a Motivator or a Strategizer. Or maybe your Stratetigizer is also your Motivator.

But I think identifying people that help you in different areas is helpful to you. Invest in those relationships. And honestly, at times you’ll have to jump in for that position, you will have to become your own Strategizer, Motivator or even your own Mentor.

So when you see yourself lacking in one of those relationships, seek one out, or build it within yourself. Read a book, listen to a podcast. Make it happen.

 

Orange Unicorn – Breaaaaaathe 03

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I’ve been needing presence of mind. With the first week of classes of my junior year under my belt, all I wanted this past week was rest and to be present. To learn as much as I can, but also to enjoy it, and find pleasure in the small things. This is also how I survived my freshman year.


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I Care About Things

So. Second episode is up for Orange Unicorn! Go check it out. Now. It’s an order. Or, maybe, just a suggestion? Up to you.

On a similar topic, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep the webcomic going. I’ve just had my first week of classes back to college. I’m involved in a lot of things, a lot more than I have ever been in college. Last Thursday I just sat in my bed and cried, tired, worried, anxious and everything in between. I ended up watching Hotel Transylvania 2, which I don’t recommend – not the greatest movie, didn’t even offer that many laughs.

I’m going crazy. College reminds me of how much I want to do, how much I need to do and how much incapable I am of doing everything. The funny thing is that, in high school? Well. I slept a lot. And did very little, and just didn’t care. I think the only thing that has changed is that now I care about things.

I care about my grades. I care that I’m making art and making work. I care that I’m putting stuff out there. That I’m working on growing my audience. That I’m working on becoming a paid artist by the time I’m out of college. (Even if it’s part-time.)

I care about things. I care about this webcomic even though it’s just a baby – maybe it’s because it is such a baby that I care so much. It’s so young and fragile; without me will it survive it’s childhood?  So I will stick with it. I will stick with it. I will do it. Because what can be more encouraging than to do something you believed impossible?

I think these Tuesday posts are going to end up being just me reflecting on my webcomic making. Hope you can bear with me.


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Orange Unicorn – Greeeeed 02

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Have you ever had that friend that just joins in with your crazy habits? Hehe.


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To Wear a Hat

Last Friday I “launched” my webcomic.

The Wednesday before that, I was drawing the page and I was scared. Nervous. I realized how unexperienced I am with the comics format and with storytelling. I was worried rather people could understand the story. Did they get the plot? Am I showing too much and not letting the audience fill it in? Or am I saying too little and the audience doesn’t have enough to work off of? Is it funny? Or endearing?

And one of the biggest questions of all: Will people… like it?!

I have very little idea what I’m doing. I never saw myself as a storyteller, but now I am putting out this webcomic for the world to see and judge. Man this theme of the judging world comes up a lot. Maybe it’s because I feel it a lot.

Now, I’m trying to embrace the visual storyteller hat and to wear it with pride – lacking shame. To embrace my identity as a writer and a comic artist. The Visual Storyteller. Ah. It’s one more struggle isn’t it? To see myself as what I am trying to be. But we’re trying. We’re going.

Because that’s all we can do. Keep on going. Keep on dreaming.