Friday, August 5, 2016

A fighting light to take on any darkness



As I sit here alone in the dark I feel lost and uninspired. My mind has taken off to run around in other places, I can’t get a hold of it. I sit here trying to find myself, trying to find my purpose. Then just as this happens I see a light start to glow. A small candle light that grows into a search lamp. So very bright that I have trouble seeing the shape of what it could be. I can even feel the warmth from the light and as I start to accept it and feel comfortable the forms start to come into view. I try not to focus on the physical but how I feel. I see a smile and happiness, but it is surrounded by pain and sadness. So much that it could swallow it up. But this light shines without any issues or doubts. This special light is holding the darkness back, keeping it at bay. No matter how many tubes or feelings of pain a pretty smile and a contagious giggle still emerges. A ruthless fighter unwilling to give up or give in.
                I just stand here trying to understand as I am washed over with happiness. My mind really tries to understand and learn but it is beyond the realm of reason. I believe this light is here for a reason and I was able to discover her in a time and place where I needed her. When I was longing for a purpose that is larger than myself. There are so many things that happen all around us every day but to really make an impact you have to discover that purpose and cause that brightens up your day and really touches your soul.
                Thank you so much for your fighting spirit and your beautiful smile that can take on all the sadness in the world. No matter what comes your way you will stand fearless and ready to take on the world. Me along with thousands of others will stand here praying and having your back when you need us the most.


Thank you Mayse for inspiring me and for putting a smile on my face even in my darkest days. Keep fighting strong baby girl.

Thank you for reading, to hear her story and learn more click here

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Make your own path - Motivational Monday


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True Beauty is in our Scars and Flaws

True Beauty is in our Scars and Flaws!
Wear them Proudly!
    

 Do you keep yourself hidden? 
Are you afraid of what others might think of you? 
Why are you holding yourself back? 
Why are you hiding your beauty instead of sharing it with the world?

We are all human beings down here. That which by definition we come created with flaws. Certain quirks or habits that are specially unique to us and make each of us different. These are the crystals that shine and make us stand out in a crowd, making each of s one of a kind. You are your own person and you were given some amazing qualities and gifts to use too better yourself and the world around you. Only you can do what you do.

     Now with those great powers you were also given a set of trials that could be be your kryptonite if you let it. These I believe are really misunderstood as weights bring you down and drowning your should instead of obstacles. Obstacles that you must face and overcome, little challenges or tests that bring out a tool or emotion that you never knew existed and helps to move you forward in life. Overcoming these obstacles gives you more tools to really live life and to truly explore who you are.

So keep pushing forward and keep fighting for you.
Find the Beauty in your Scars and Flaws!
Wear them Proudly!

Thank you for reading,

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Monday, May 30, 2016

What inspires you? - Motivational Monday


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Are you living with a purpose



Are you living for something?
Are you living with a purpose?

Or are you just drifting through life? Like a leaf in a river, you can be here and stay afloat but the flow of the water determines your movement. The forces outside of your control are pushing you in a  specific direction and you do not have the tools or strength to fight it. (Now you will also want to surround yourself with a community or "river" that pushes you in the direction you want to go.)

Dig Deeper, down to your core there is something that is moved by an issue or idea. Try to find that spark that makes you come alive. You may have a big strong one or you may have a few little fires. Pick these up and nurture them. Hold them close and let them grow for these are precious gems that give your life purpose. And from this purpose you will be motivated, inspired, energized.... YOU will be ALIVE and you will be read to do that thing that your passionate about and lights you up.

For me I am inspired by seeing others reaching their potential and fighting for their goals. I like to be surrounded by other creatives that are Doing! With that I am very interested in being part of that movement and being an icon that can help to motivate and inspire others to live their lives with purpose. I want to make art that makes and impact and have a presence that inspires.

Now with that mentioned I am also very interested in helping others in need. One of the hardest things to learn and really embrace was that we cant save the entire world and we shouldn't try to. However we can make a difference, even the smallest donation or show of love can mean the world to someone. The key is to get connected to something that really means something to you. You will make more of an impact when you really believe in a  cause as opposed to sending a couple bucks to every other charity you see.  I have a soft spot for children and I am touched by seeing those in hospitals and those suffering really breaks my heart. So for this deep feeling I have as well I am motivated to try harder and be my very best so I can make an impact on those families that I am able to support.

Please don't take this as a push to support a specific cause or to follow what I believe. I really want you to look deep down and be aware of your own feelings and what moves your heart. What gets you excited and really pumped to go out there and do?


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Making time to think. Motivational Monday


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How do you define Success?



How do you define Success?

For me I define success as living your own dreams. Living a full life according to your own personal passions. A life that is not dictated or swayed by the ways of the world, or the forces of the government, or the influence of society. Each of us is our very own person so why should we stand in line and pretend to be a clone? Our gifts and differences are here so that we can stand out and share it with the world.

Success is connecting with yourself and living the life you were meant to.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Understanding your strengths and being aware of your weaknesses.



Understanding your strengths and being aware of your weaknesses.

  One of my current struggles is that I understand that doing more isn't a guarantee for more fruit, and
I also know that sometimes its better to spend more time on a piece and refine. But the issue is I understand myself and I know what I am good at and what I enjoy the most. I am a concept artist, I like the building and pushing the forms. I also really enjoy the overall shape and expression, but once the character is figured out and there I get bored and don't want to keep refining and get into the fine details.

There are 2 types of character designers, I am the artist that can turn out hundreds of sketches and different characters but can rarely sketch the same one over again. Not the other artist that can take 1 character and draw it over and over refining it, testing the wardrobe doing different variations and making the character the best it can be and creating a deeper character.

I understand my strengths and sometimes I struggle with looking towards what others are doing but I hold onto tight about what it is that I like and enjoy and I am aware of what I do not enjoy.

The key is to be know your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses. Sometimes weaknesses are areas you may want to improve on but other times they are spots that lead you a stray and in a different direction your trying to go.




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Monday, May 9, 2016

Do you ever fall off schedule?



Do you ever fall off schedule?

This is something that happens to me when I don't have my target and schedule for the day. I fall behind at times and get a little lost. Then I go into the studio with a long list of projects and ideas and spend forever trying to figure them out and what needs to get done. 

I think we all fall off track sometimes, We just need to remember to get back up. Forgive yourself and move forward.

So give it a try and make a plan for yourself. That way when you go in to create you just produce and don't wast time thinking. Your productivity will go through the roof.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Do you believe in your own success?



Do you believe you can be great? Do you think your brand can be a success?

How do you expect others to believe in you and see greatness when you don't even see it in yourself?

This is a topic i have seen in a few artists. It is also a topic that I saw in myself and struggled with for a while. A personal struggle that I was battling with and still to this day have trouble with at times. One piece is I have a very strong push that keeps me on the lookout and persistence to get better in my craft. Now its true you should always be growing and bettering yourself every day. But it becomes an issue when you cant look at your current step and be happy. Be proud of how far you have come instead of focusing on where you aren't.

Take a moment to look at your progress. 

Take a moment, stop thinking of where you want to be and focus on how far you have come.

Be proud of your journey.

Be proud of your progress

Be proud of your persistence. 

Think about all those roadblocks that got in your way and tried to slow you down and you stood tall and overcame each one.

Keep pushing forward and look deep within yourself. I believe in you and your journey to greatness.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

More Monster Love!

     Do you Love Monsters and Creatures?


     Do you love the Dynamic they bring and the beauty and the beast concept that seems to appear? I am bringing them back to life in a new concept. Mixing in my own style i have already begun creating, but would like your help in supporting me to continue. What I am making here is continuing a set of wall sculptures cast in resin. Blank or painted and ready to hang. The hearts are approx. 12" x 12"
     As a Bonus i will be recording and doing some demonstrations on the entire process so you will be able to come along for the ride. (I have a few videos of the ones already created but you will get to see behind the scenes to ALL of them)
     So for your help and support you will be able to choose between these pieces I create. The Frankie and Bride piece as well as Creature and Kay have been created already. The Morticia and Gomez is in the works, and the ones I plan to create in this project are as follows - Freddy and Nancy, Myers and Laurie, Jason and Mommy, Wolfman and Gwen.
     For a Couple of Stretch goals If I am able to reach $1200 I am also interested in Creating Chucky and Bride as well as Herman and Lilly Munster.
Check it out Here - Monster Love

 

 

 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Giving yourself a TIME OUT!




Are you feeling burnt out? Are you getting overwhelmed?

Maybe you need a moment for yourself. Some quiet time to gather your thoughts or even better to just forget about them. I try to make it a habit to give myself 15-20 minutes of quiet time before i start into my studio time. I just lay back and meditate. I try to forget about the troubles of the world and he struggles of life. I don't think about anything, i just let my mind wander as far as it can. My thoughts take off to the clouds and i am at peace.

Seriously though. This practice really does help. For me i let my thoughts go and just focus on my breathing. I close my eyes and see nothing bu blackness.  As i relax i will begin to create images like stars or flying through the clouds but i am call. I get relaxed and then my focus projects come in=to my mind and i start to get excited. My heart starts pumping faster and it almost jumps out of my chest. Then the timers goes off and i am pumper, Energized and ready to go.

Give it a try and see what works for you. Take some time for you and give yourself a TIME OUT!



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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Analysis Paralysis has found me!

   


 No! He has found me again! I don't know how or where he found a crack but he has snuck back in!
He is here, I cant see him, but i can feel him. That feeling of anxiety and fear. The dizziness and sens of being lost but still continuing to run in circles as fast as i can. Like a chicken with his head chopped off!

     My analysis paralysis has got into my mind and has tried to drive me crazy. Having me overthink every little task and every action. Making me think in circles trying to find a method to my own personal madness. Its like trying over and over again to find the number 3 in the alphabet and wondering why there are are no numbers in there.

     Have you ever had this issue? He tries to confront me on almost a daily routine. The best thing I have learned to do is to accept him and be aware of him. I just start doing something, start moving so you don't think yourself to death. For me i can even just start sculpting something small. A simple ball shape will change the focus and will unlock my thoughts from my mind and then the ideas will begin to flow. Its like when your trying to force the ideas to come and you come up with nothing. Then later on taking a walk all of the sudden the ideas are just there. Its a simple switch that takes courage to turn on and off and to train you thoughts. There will be some tougher times than others, but it isn't impossible.

Don't let this demon take you over
Keep you thoughts in check and get Moving!

Thank you for reading,

My Inner Demons collection has been given a new life more demons are on the way!

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Monday, February 15, 2016

5 hr Challenge - Re post

Here is a good exercise to give yourself just to have fun, let go, and test yourself to see what you can create.

Here is some pics from an exercise i did yesterday. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece in 5 hrs and use it as an exercise, not rush a piece to get it done.

Here is my base, just newspaper on a pipe.

Started out with a demon face, but wasn't crazy about the character.

Changed him into more of a hellhound creature.

Refined.

Refined and added more forms.

Smoothed out the piece.


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Procrastination has tried to Tempt me!




I'm Reworking my procrastination demon to match with the inner demons line I been sketching out.


Every time procrastination sneaks into our mind time is stolen from us. Grief and anxiety is put into the schedule for when you look back, and for what? To accomplish a meaningless task of doing nothing. We lie to ourselves and for some reason believe the lies without noticing the changes it makes on us. We can see it in the mirror but refuse to acknowledge it. The tempting nod and voice that says "check this out!" or "look over here" "come on you can do that tomorrow." why are we drawn to it? Why do we get sucked in?

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This Is ME!



I am a Creative using my Vision and Gifts to Impact and Inspire others to be yourself and follow your dreams.

This is me and who i am!

I uploaded a video version here.

     With a new year started I wanted to take a moment and re-introduce myself. This year has just been planned out so here I am going to lay out who I am, what I am about and how you can see me and my creations.

So I have got something special for you here. A look into the studio and a peak into the future. This year will be a year of Creation, a year of me sharing my sould and ppuring everything i can into you.

The Brands have been discovered and now they will begin to flourish and I think I have a little something for everyone. So please enjoy and let me know what you think.

I will be pouring everything i got into the Art of Creation. A new teaching and video series that will include video tutorials for purchase as well as free tips on YouTube. Really digging into characters and creating concepts, stories, and pushing that expression. I will also be sketching for some new sketchbooks to drop.

My Inner Demons has taken a step back to understand the feel and character and will now leap forward with a lot of new sketches created. I think the story and inspiration for those guys will be amazing and touch so many people on an emotional level and help them to overcome your own personal demons. These Demons will be released in a series early to mid year.

Monster Love pieces will continue, re creating the classics and bringing a new life to icons that haven't been seen. My own versions of the monsters i grew up to love. A new understanding and love for the love they share and my love for their characters. Monster Love will have a new piece coming to life every few months this year.

New artistic Mash Ups will be sketched every Monday and the ones that prosper will be completed. They are little wall plagues to collect and enjoy of your favorite characters splashed together.

Personal Expressions (Not 100% satisfied with name yet) will have some new pieces created but will be worked around the other pie es. These are all animals that express themselves and are meant to inspire you to be yourself.

Personal Angels (still deciding on a name) will be a new series i touch this year. Pieces that are touching and very emotional and will be the pieces to life you up and open your eyes. not necessarily the typical fluffy feathers but mostly the angels we see everyday. That special person that goes out of their way or touches your hear and brings our spirits up. These will be getting sketched and plan to release in a small series right after the Inner Demons.

Misunderstood Monsters will be something I start to play with this year as well. A series that focuses on the strength of my cute and creepy style that has made an impact on collectors. This is a series that I have been thinking about and planning for a long time just haven't found the right time and way to present it, but i feel I have a plan to start with. These will be the classic childhood fear monsters from a different point of view. Take the monster under the bed for example, maybe he isn't hiding under the bed waiting for you to step off and attack. Maybe he is just scared of the light, the dust and allergies give him red  itchy eyes and sneezing which sounds like growls.



Now this is a schedule i am still fighting to keep and pushing myself to stick to, but here is what you can expect for this year.

email newsletters and updates - weekly
New blog posts - every Tuesday and a few Friday posts
Motivational Monday episodes - every other Monday on YouTube
Monday Mash Up - Every monday i will be doing a mash up sketch and i will try to start doing it on periscope

You can find my work on www.alter-ego-dezines.com and www.alteregodezines.storenvy.com and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube and Periscope


Thank you for reading,

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

embrace your fears and discover beautiful experiences



Here is my take on Otis! 
A courageous and brave little squirrel. An amazing little creature that teaches us that we all have fears but we have the choice to be crippled by them or be empowered by facing or ignoring them. And when we choose to face them the beautiful experiences of this world are discovered.

What fears do you have that are holding you back? What wall is getting in the way of you living your Dream?

Otis from the book "The Tree of Life" by Justin Stumvoll - http://justinstumvoll.com/





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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Are you Overwhelmed with Sadness? - inner demons series



Here is Frank - "Overwhelming Sadness"

Sometimes it's not the tears that fall from our eyes that hurt, it's the ones inside that stain the soul. With our insides being consumed we see our inner flame flickering and ready to go out. We feel our bodies starting to fall apart, stitches start popping at the seams. Sections of us begin to sag and fall off. All while we put a big smile on our face for the world to see as the battle is fought inside.


You are not alone, You are surrounded by people that are rooting for you to become the best version of YOU! When times get tough remember to take care of yourself, keep feeding your flame with your passions. If your flame is strong you will be capable of igniting the world around you, if it blows out you may become the wind that blows out everyone else's flame.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Beneath the Shape - Artistic Mash-up



"Beneath the Shape" 

The Boogeyman! 
A character that although has no supernatural power has the evil and strength to never die. 
Maybe There is something hiding behind his skin. A fun one for tonight, but the task with Myers is to create a blank emotionless face and make sure the Shape is correct. The terminator I worked in but removed his eye. I put it in but it removed the creepiness of "the blackest eyes, the devils eyes" of Myers.



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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What inspires You?



What Inspires YOU? 
Tonight I have something special to share with you. 
Everyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for children and tonight I am sharing part of my inspiration and what juices my soul to create.

I saw a picture of a smiling little girl.
I read a story on the things she was going through.
Just a small glimpse into her life and how she was holding on.
I was inspired, i saw a fighter going through an experience that no one should have to endure and yet a genuine smile and giggle is on her face. It makes you look back upon your own life and how much we have to be grateful for,
I have been moved by her story and will continue to create

Meet Mayse a child with spinal muscular atrophy, she was chosen as one of the "scares that care" charity recipients. Please visit scaresthatcare.org to learn more and donate. Every little bit helps this amazing cause. 
Thank you. 


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Be Bold and fearless, we are cheering for you



Have you stepped out of your comfort zone? 
Have you faced a fear? 
Overcome a tough obstacle? 

Me and my little buddy here want to tell you we are cheering for you. Stand up, be bold and brave. Appreciate what you have accomplished and keep facing your challenges. 

Let me introduce you to my new personal expression that is the first piece in my How to capture expressions video series.


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