Hello There

New week new video! (I think Sundays are gonna be my post days because what better way to start you week then with a double dose of me 💁🏾) https://youtu.be/QyeVGMOzscU

This week has been painfully boring. I wake up, I do work (aka draw pictures), I walk around, I do more work (more pictures) – there are full days when I never leave my studio. I need an excuse to go on a trip somewhere fun and exciting (not that Richmond isn’t an absolute whoot but I need a change of scenery). I just discovered AirBnB (I know, I’m so late) and I want to be anywhere but here. Please, someone, hire me for something in another country and give me a reason to finally book a ticket (just putting it out there, Oslo and Reykjavik are currently at the top of my list)!!

I mean if I’m in my studio with no windows and no sense of time then I could be anywhere really – Iceland, Norway, Japan, Mars, Saturn, who knows! At least I’ll always have a free round-trip ticket to my imagination *sob* (please someone save me from mundane routine – pleaseeee).

Keep on keepin’ on

-Liz

A Micro Post

I got the results of my DNA test a little bit ago and it was so fascinating (I highly recommend this to everyone, it’s just such a cool experience)! I’m a visual thinker/processor so naturally I had to draw myself in the traditional outfits of all the places I come from. We are all much more connected then we think we are. 👐🏾

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Liz at Large, Budget at Small, and Hair (finally) at Medium

This summer I am resurrecting my blog from the depths of the post-final exam slump it seemed to have fallen into a few weeks ago. The last time I posted I was working on a self portrait piece that will actually be on display in The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art here in Richmond from late August to mid September if any of you lovely people wish to stop by and see it.

I have a research grant this summer (#EmployedArtMajor) to basically do whatever piece I want which is actually the most intimidating thing ever. No rules, no guidelines, no boss (okay no – I actually do kind of have a boss but he’s super chill) just limitless possibility. I’ve decided to make an animation and am currently underway on script #2 and character design #4. Eventually it will all come together, I’m not that worried (yet)(*hyperventilates*).

Here’s a snazzy little picture of my desk in my very own *studio* (bolded, italicized, and asterisked because it’s that big of a deal).

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I love my studio but the worst part is I’m not by any windows. There is zero natural light by me whatsoever which would be fine except I completely lose track of time. For instance today, I went into the studio just for a quick second at around 2pm – I thought I would be at most an hour, and imagine my surprise when I leave and it’s pitch black outside and 10:30pm. I was pretty peeved until I remembered I get paid by the hour 😉 (Mwahahaha!! But I can only work 40 hours a week so there’s really no need for me to be there that late).

This summer as well as my yoga practice (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday vinyasa yoga and yes it is kicking my ass) I’m also practicing the art of extreme budgeting. So far I’m definitely not doing so hot but as senior year looms so does rent and groceries and adulting which I hear is quite expensive so I’m hoping to get the hang of this sooner rather than later. Summer in RVA is so pricey because there’s so much to do!! Literally everyday is some kind of festival or event (yesterday’s was the DJ concert at Kabana Rooftop, today’s was the South of the James Market and the Greek Festival, tomorrow’s is the Broad Appetit food festival on Broad Street). So much to do, so little time, and so sooo little funds.

I was able to save some money this week though because my friend Mary did, rather absolutely slayedddd, my hair! It was the first time my hair has been straightened in a while and it is official: I have medium length hair! I have completed the full hair spectrum!!! I’ve had long, I’ve had short, and now finally – medium. I feel like this must be how Aang felt when he mastered all four elements (Avatar: the Last Airbender reference, it’s basically one of the best cartoons ever if you haven’t seen it make that a top priority).

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Probably the biggest news of the week is I have finally forreal joined YouTube! I was kinda-sorta on it with a few short animations I made but now I’m a full on YouTuber, an Anim-illust-uber (Animator+ Illustrator + Youtuber) to be exact. You can watch my latest video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UimEHs01chU

Watch, subscribe, like, do a dance then sit down and read a book or something (currently reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith and I’m really liking it).

That’s all for now folks!

-Liz

 

Final Style & Vlog

At long last I have found my illustration style. It’s been a long road guys, but I got there (you can see the evolution of my cartoon style under the Cartoons tab). 2017 marks the year of a consistent cartoon style!! Lookout world!!

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2017

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Simpler Times

Also, I took a trip to NYC and 2017 also marks the year of my first Vlog! Major milestones happening this year and we’re only 3 days in. Sheesh.

New Year (Almost), New Blog!

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I’m not sure if other people do this (maybe you do) but I like background noise when I work. “Work” can mean a whole myriad of things from personal projects like Liz at Large cartoons and animations, paid commissions, doodles, anything art related. Anyway, when I work I like to watch TV (the millennial version of TV so I mean Netflix or HBO GO). When I’m really into what I’m doing, like really into it, all time stops. Maybe it’s been 15 minutes, maybe it’s been 15 hours, who knows. This TV habit of mine has allowed me to create a new measurement of time: Number of Seasons. So since September, not even the real beginning of last year because I can’t remember that far back but just September, I’ve watched the full series, yes the entire 9 seasons, of “The Office”, the full series of “Game of Thrones” (6 seasons), the full series of “Parks and Recreation” (7 seasons), 1 season of “The Crown”, 2 seasons of “Sherlock”, 1 season of “Stranger Things”, 1 season of “Troll Hunters”, 1 season of “Jane the Virgin”, 1 season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, and the first half of season 1 of “The Walking Dead”. What’s even more startling is that I watch more movies than I do TV shows.

This has been my most creative year yet, I made 339 digital illustrations since last December. Just digital illustrations, that’s not including paintings (I was in a 2 hour twice a week painting studio class this semester), paper sketches or drawings, animations, or printmaking things. And for the first time in my college career I got all A’s this semester (loud applause).

On a big level 2016 was total crap, on a small Liz sized level, 2016 was pretty good. I mean I spent the summer in France for goodness sake, 2016 was a great year the second I landed in Paris. I love the idea of a fresh start and clean slate that the new year brings. It would be such a bummer to have a rotten moldy start and a dirty slate right when things are kickin off. At that point it’s like why bother you’ve already stumbled at the start just sit this one out, keep the bench warm this round. But that’s not how it works, you have the start or the stumble you want to have and coach is gonna put you in whether you like it or not so might as well start with a smile. Here’s to another year of playing the game 🥂🍺🍻🍹🍸🍷🍾(guess who just turned 21 holla atcha gurl)

-Liz

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