To Be An Artist.

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Hey Peeps!

Due to having my first exhibition with my class this year, I’ve been a little lack luster in getting my blog up and running, and yes. Yahpeep.com is into it’s second year of being a domain! happy birthday!

As i “diligently” prepared for said exhibition, and by diligently i mean sitting around various locations staring at a blank page, beating off those inner critics that are relentless in pointing out every single flaw in your concept that has yet been introduced to the page. I found it quite easy to be so distracted by all the negative self talk, that two weeks out. I still had absolutely nothing to show for my angst.

This is why i think Artists, are the most brave, and beautiful people that i have the pleasure of spending time with. It’s because they are inspirational. We open ourselves up to be told point blank, we don’t like you, we don’t like what you represent. It does not appeal to us.

We present our body of work, our secrets, our greatest passion. It is noble, admirable, endearing, and our work touches people. That is something to be celebrated.

Part of the process of creating is to make mistakes. For far too long, i had spent hours perfecting my journals and my sketchbooks. To be full of only the best of the best. Which when i would later return to, i would deem not good enough, and usually throw out.

I’m pretty sure, every one does this by the way.

Since I’ve imposed the “no torn pages” rule, i find that i hang on to more of the things that i think are rubbish, but actually turn out to be pretty good ides. Things to be built upon. Ideas that will one day soothe you in a creative drought.

Today, i wanted to briefly touch note on this.

Play. Be playful, make mistakes, try to mix the ugliest color you can imagine. (Mine would be some form of brown) , Dream big dreams, break them down. Make mistakes, but don’t view mistakes as a bad thing, it’s a beautiful opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you might even enjoy the fun of messing up!

Write everything down, collect remnants of your day, and stick them into your journals. Create mood boards, pallets, color swatches. Heck, read the dictionary and highlight words.

Remember how we learnt as children? We learnt from mistakes. We learnt from figuring out what not to do, and discovering what we could do!

Challenge yourself to do that today!

K xxx

 

Friday Faves : Version Zero One.

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Hey Peeps!

So the reason i haven’t been updating as frequently is because I’ve been writing down a million ideas in my journal, on how to format my blog to include all of my interests; Yes i am one of those people that like to impose structure on themselves as a means to achieve something. Over the next week the new format will be introduced, and instead of deleting all of my previous posts, i’m just going to leave them up. (Guilty of doing this before)

Enough of the Jibber jabber. This week has a been semi bipolar weather wise in Melbourne, with a rather generous amount of sunshine despite the cooler temperatures. It was also the end of my uni break, so i’m in preparation mode for my pending class exhibition. Meaning it’s been a pretty full on stressful week. But hey it’s all part of the journey!

1. Demi Lovato “Sky Scraper”.

So I’ve been sketching and drawing a heck of a lot over my uni break. Like the tortured artist i am, i need something incredibly emotional to push me through those artist blocks. That’s when Demi Lovato appeared dressed in white, walking over glass, busting out those high notes like no other. Yes i attempted to do these notes, NO i did not “hit them”.

I don’t really know what this song is about, and after a short Google search, nobody else really did either, though there was a lot of conspiracy theories floating around about it. Anyway, this has been on repeat and is probably up at the top of my most played list on my I pod “Thunder”.

2. Baby Lips.

This is the one and only gloss that works rain, hail, or shine. Now that we are truly in the depths of winter, my lips are dry, chapped and in dire need of moisture. Now i started using this a few years ago, taking into consideration my pallid complexion, (Seriously, i get burnt sitting inside) whenever i walked around in the summer, my lips were constantly getting burnt. This was the ONLY thing that took the pain away and was able to give my lips the moisture they needed to heal. I am a true fan of this, and this is a must have for anybody. I usually have one or two bouncing around in my purse, they can be purchased opaque or with a slight tint. Best beauty buy for under 5 dollars.

3. Lazy Game Reviews – Reviewing Sims 4 Info.

So, apart from reading the posts about unhappy fans on Facebook. (NO POOLS, NO TODDLERS) I’ve also found a little gem on YouTube – who fulfills my Sims 4 gossip. Sims 4 is due out later this year, and long time fans are well aware it’s a “downgrade” from Sims 3. While i’m not exactly counting down the days till it’s released i’m intrigued to see how the game plays. Fans aren’t happy about the lack of … well everything in the base game, which retails here in Australia for about 80 – 90 dollars. Which is a bit insane for a game that has literally nothing, but of course EA will be releasing a billion expansions at 40 dollars a piece. Hmm, he’s worth a watch. Love this guy!

4. The Queue Function on Tumblr.

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Yes. I’ve been on Tumblr for about a year now, and i just realized that there is a queue function, that i had no idea about. I tend to try and update all of my things at the very least once a day, and now i can do that, without actually doing … that. (wow, i really need to extend my vocabulary) – If you have a tumblr, link me below and i’ll check it out! It’s easy to find me on there, YAHPEEP!

5. Team Fortress 2 .

Every one needs a vice. Mine happens to be jumping on steam, and playing team fortress for a while, Since i was lucky enough to get the magical bubble gun for the Pyro, which enables me to burn my opposition with rainbows, ( upon dying they shoot out balloons and streamers ) and also gives me the ability to taunt them by having a pink unicorn above my head, which bursts into flames – ah, it brings me joy. The only thing that irks me is the 12 year old kids on mic, asking me if i have any crit cola.

Have a smashing weekend

K xx

P.s Yes, you can find me on steam as Yahpeep as well.

Sailor Moon – Redone and Amaze

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Hey Peeps!

If you were anything like me as a kid growing up in the 90′s, Your mornings were filled with waking up early to ensure that you watched the episode of Sailor Moon, In between extended hours of playing Pokemon. It is with great pleasure that i am happy to say that Sailor Moon is back, and has been reworked to reflect the manga much better than the original anime series did!

I was extremely apprehensive when i first heard this news, let’s just say i was quite a die hard fan of the 90′s anime – Yes i spent ages shouting “moon prism power” and spinning around in circles pretending i was Usagi (AKA Bunny), However i was pleasantly surprised when i had the chance to watch Sailor Moon Crystal, even with the appearance of Sailor Mercury right at the very end. The most noticeable thing was how different and expressive the eyes of the characters were, I’m hooked and i can’t wait for the next episode to be out! For those of you who watched the 90′s version, we all know that Sailor Mercury appears!

The other thing i really enjoyed about this was the use of water color animations, as well as how Usuagi’s hair was lovingly animated #HairPorn, not to mention the oh so dreamy Tuxedo Mask! Ah Memories, The fan girl within is definitely looking forward to more Sailor Moon Crystal.

I’m even feeling inspired to re read the manga for the billionth time!

If you were a fan of the older series this is a must watch :)

K xx

Keri Smith : Series

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Which one would you like to see me complete?

Hey Peeps!

I’m interested in doing a series about all of my Keri Smith books, because let’s face it – They have been sitting around for far too long!

Each series will be filmed and uploaded onto YouTube, which hopefully i’ll get better at!

Poll Closes Next Thursday xx

Getting Out From Under The Clouds…

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Hey Peeps!

Recently, I’ve been under a big heavy rain cloud; which has put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm & general happiness.  There are many things that can put us underneath one of these clouds. I call it a cloud because your judgement and your perception of reality are often “clouded”. Yeah, that’s right word play.

Getting out from under the clouds is necessary, a bit of perspective is always a positive exercise and allows you to push forward to realign yourself, and improve on your own ability to complete set goals, which in turn add to your happiness bank.

As an artist, you are slave to the creative process. I don’t mean this in a negative way; To clarify, Having a clean, well prepared working area is essential to creating concepts, and productivity. Something as simple as having a favorite pen in your grasp can be inspiration enough, sometimes you need a little more.

Recently i had my creative licence compromised, And yes, being the sensitive little thing i am, i took it to heart. I resented the new concepts being put forward, and don’t think much of the pack mentality that followed after i had been asked for an opinion only to be talked down too. This adding lightning and storms under my already dark cloud.

To rectify the situation, I’ve taken a step back and reaffirmed to myself, that my ideas and concepts are valid to myself, My style, and that my intellectual property is solely mine, and mine alone. It speaks to me, and therefore will remain important to ME. Sounds like a small step, but for me it’s a rather large one.

Here are some tips for getting some happy smiling sunshine into your life!

  • Journal : Yes. For me it is a matter of writing down ideas, and an essential part to discovering and reaffirming my personality,individuality and artistic endeavors. Just like anyone else i am prone to the woe is me entries, but for the most part, it’s a safe haven to be who you are without doing it for anybody else but you. A journal is a best friend, free from prejudice. Exploit this.
  • Music : Music is a reflection of one’s mood. If your going to be upset and listen to sad songs, you are going to feel it. I read in the happiness project, that if you want to feel happier, you fake it till you make it. By listening to upbeat music you will generally feel a bit more energetic, and smile within. Even if it’s incredibly bad 90′s dance music. For myself it’s K-pop. Throw me some Super Junior, Big Bang, Seungri. I feel happy as a clam.
  • Get Active : A few years back when Yoga was first pitched to me i laughed, Literally. I couldn’t imagine rolling around on the floor, listening to my own breath fundamental for anything. But, It’s actually a challenge. Take the time to treat your body, and to do something active. This will produce sunshine (endorphin’s), Go outside, Go for a walk. Just do something active, It doesn’t have to be working out.
  • Plan : Even when you are under the clouds, ensure that you are planning and setting yourself goals to get excited about. It’s the mark of endurance if you are able to do this. If you are still finding things to do, and look forward to, when you are in a down stage this is great. Not only does it give you something to work towards, it shows you just how much potential you really have!
  • Smile : “If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl 

What do you do to get out from under your cloud?

Wishing you happiness and sunshine!

Kiley xx

Routine Optional ?

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Hey Peeps!

As some of you  may know already, Earlier this year i decided to undertake not one, but two diploma’s. Which is great, it’s Productive and i am loving being constantly busy and having to self discipline myself to avoid procrastinating, which by the way i am absolutely pro at. I’m pretty sure that i’m a “productive procrastinator” – Basically, I will do productive tasks, say organizing and color coding my entire collection of pencils, pens and markers to ensure that i find that particular shade of blue that i interpret to be the sky to be, as opposed to doing a spread sheet assignment in excel.

I had often pondered if routines could be optional. And if not having one could be detrimental to progressing with your desired goals.

I’ve found for me personally, that if i don’t have a routine – I wake up in the morning, wander around the house with no sense of purpose, usually flicking on my computer, browsing various social networking when suddenly the sun is sinking behind the clouds to dream, while i’m incredibly confused as to where my time went. Feeling unproductive does not make me feel happy, It does not make me feel accomplished and it does not bring a smile to my face. 

What does make me feel good inside, is being productive – I’ve been attempting in recent days to implement a routine that will not only increase productivity.Because even on the must lack luster days, you have got to be hungry. You have got to want to try to do something that lends it’s self to completing the bigger picture. 

I find what works best for me is a “to do list” opposed to a structured hour by hour routine. Now i say this merely because i am the kind of person that always ensures to be available for anything that pops up without notice, i’m sure that it is with no great surprise that while i am deep in an assignment i have a brilliant idea for a concept, or a plot line that i need to jot down.

What are your thoughts on routines?

Especially if you are an artist, i would like to get some insight into what other creative people like myself do to ensure they maintain levels of high productivity even on the off days, if you have any advice please comment below – would love to hear from you!

Kiley xx 

Reaching Beyond Your Comfort Zone : Peep Rantz

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Hey Peeps!

Well i’m over and done with the negative Nelly rubbish, I’m on a new path and i’m absolutely loving it. Ages ago i expressed a desire to start a YouTube channel, and i’m happy to announce that tonight i filmed my first attempt at “vlogging”, destroying one lamp – in the process, but hey peeps that’s show business. ( Sorry Lamp, RIP)

It’s an exciting time in my life, as i have finally grasped hold of my sole purpose and that is creativity. I have big dreams, and lots of leg work to do, so while things may be moving slowly now, things will not always be so sluggish. There is a world of possibilities out there for everyone, and anything you want to achieve is possible with hard work and dedication. 

Now, for a long time i heard this and thought, yeah of course. That’s how you get things done, but i had failed to marry myself to what i am passionate about. Instead i procrastinated and continued down the woe is me path and failed to push myself. Which let’s face it. Is pretty much a right of passage of a quarter life crisis. 

It is scary and absolutely terrifying to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, but in the end it is absolutely worth it, it fills you with a sense of accomplishment and the rewards you reap are inexplicable. 

That feeling of being able to say ” I did this, because i wanted too ” is a wonderful feeling, and the opportunities life gives you are immense, they are mysterious and the greatest things to smile about when you least feel like it. 

Now for me, having self imposed dead lines to do things, works absolute wonders for me. For example – Having days i blog, film, journal etc. Treating things like a job and pushing yourself to execute even when you don’t feel like it, are absolute necessities, especially if like me, you are aspiring to have your own business one day. 

It’s a tough thing to do, but it is only you who can stand up on your own two legs and work towards what you want, who you want to be, and where you want to be. Where you want life to take you, and who you surround yourself with. 

Get out of the comfort zone, it’s no good remaining idle.

Don’t let anybody tell you that you won’t achieve your dreams, you can and you will. 

Just Work. 

Kiley xxx