hello everyone! i finally did it, i made an art blog! please follow me at chewy-draws! it’d mean a lot to me if you guys could support my new blog. thank you! uvu

Anonymous Asked:
So i love your watercolours and I was wondering how you got the white parts to be very clean and clear? Did you use wax to resist the watercolour maybe? Thanks!

Wow thank you so much! I kinda of feel bad because I haven’t painted in a while and it seems a lot of people like my watercolors haha.

Anyway, in order to leave some areas white, I use something called masking fluid. I think it may also be called frisket? It’s a little pricey, being about $15 for a pretty small container (but the website I provided usually has sales on everything so it’s about $10 now), but if you need small areas to stay white, then I’d invest in it. Generally I only use it for very small line work that needs to be white, or if I’m doing a really textured background and don’t want it to run into the design. Other then that I just paint around an area carefully with a relatively dry brush.

This stuff works great because it dries pretty quickly and repels the pigment that goes over it so you can still see what is masked out. Once you’re done with your painting, all you have to do is gently rub over the area with the masking fluid on it with your finger. It should come up pretty easily and best part is it doesn’t cling to the paper, so there’s no tearing involved!

If you plan on using masking fluid, please use a bad brush! This stuff cakes up your brush, and even if you clean it off afterward it may still build up. I use a really small brush for it, and I think it’s from one of those really cheap packs of brushes that are like $5 for 20.

And lastly, be careful with the container! Back when I was in college I had it in my bag and it spilled everywhere. I was so upset because it was so much money and I swear I bought it the day before. So make sure it’s secured! It also dries really quickly if not closed all the way, and when it dries it’s no good. The cap is a little tricky, so be careful.

Thanks for the question! Hope this helped!

caeruleanluminescence replied to your post: Today is my blogs one year anniversary!

Well said, it’s good to know that you enjoy your blog as much as we do :) Can’t you message the tumblr support about making this your primary blog though…? I’m not really sure wether they’d do it but you should give it a try if you haven’t already

ah i have thought of doing that, I’m just not sure if it’s something they can even do? I’m worried that messing around with that will somehow delete my blog or misplace all my followers. it would be pretty upsetting to have to start over again if that were the case. Though I really would like for this to be my primary blog and finally be able to delete the other one without consequences.

SO! Today is my blogs one year anniversary! To celebrate I’m going to open up requests just for the night. I do want to say though that most likely they will only be bust or waist up drawings. They’ll be pencil sketches, and I may color some, but I’m not certain.

I’m only going to accept character requests! Nothing too complicated please! Specifying things like what their wearing and their expression are fine though! And please, only ask for one character.

Please be patient with me! I’m still somewhat going through a pretty bad art block, so it may take some time to get them finished. In fact I may not even post them until tomorrow night. And please, depending on how many I get, I may not do all of them. I hope you understand if that is the case.

I feel like I should write this just in case. I don’t normally take requests. This is really a one time deal sort of thing. After this is through, I’m not going to be taking anymore, unless there is another occasion I find it appropriate to do so.

And lastly, I’d really like to stick with characters that I actually know a bit about. I don’t draw fan art of everything I’m a fan of though, so I guess it would be helpful to write out a list things that I’m a fan of just in case you like them as well.

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Today is my blogs one year anniversary!

I want to do a little something special for it, but first I would like to preface it with this.

I had no idea what to expect when I started this blog. I made it initially so I could post my fan art in a different place than my original works. I had no idea I would gain so many followers so quickly. It got to the point where there was really no reason to have my two art blogs separate anymore, so I stopped using the first one and ended up posting everything here. I actually really wish I made this blog using a different email, because now I’m doomed to have this be a side blog forever for another blog I haven’t posted on since December.

Anyway, I was really nervous about posting fan art in general. I went to a fine art school where instructors really looked down on that type of work. And before I joined tumblr, I hadn’t posted my work online at all since I was 16, and fanart since 14. For those who don’t know, I was 22 when I started this blog, so that was quite some time!

I started this blog almost right after I graduated college. I had freedom to draw whatever I wanted without having to stick to certain restrictions. It was really overwhelming at first, and still is somewhat to this day, as I was so used to having projects and strict deadlines. It was so liberating to do fan art again. That probably sounds really silly, but it really was so nice. Then to have that work be validated by people who share the same love of things as me was incredible.

Aside from a couple times dealing with art theft, I have had nothing but kindness shown to me on this site. It means so much to me because I deal with anxiety and go through horrible bouts of depression and I tend to keep to myself a lot. I’m always so nervous about my art, but seeing that it makes at least some people happy, even when I feel that it’s no good, means the entire world to me. There’s nothing I could do or say to adequately express how thankful I am for all of you.

The past year has been extremely rough for me. My depression has really been getting to me this year. Being on here has helped me so much. Seeing that my art may actually have a positive influence on someone is all I could ever ask for. I still have a long way to go, and here’s hoping I get over my fear and become a published artist in the near future, but because of the dedication I’ve put into this blog, my art has improved a lot since graduation college and will only continue to get better.

I want you all to know that you are all free to ask me for any advice, be it art or not. Regarding art, I have experience in almost every artistic medium (well 2d medium that is) thanks to college. And I’m always around to listen if you just need someone to talk to.

I really wish I talked to more of you, but I’m so weird about it because every time I send a message to someone new, I have to start off by saying that I can’t send messages though this blog. It’s a pretty big pain haha.

Well anyway, that was my really long drawn out and sappy thank you notice to all of you! I know this is just a blog, but it really means a lot to me. I hope you continue to stick around! And a big thank you to those who follow me for certain fandoms that I may not make a lot of art for! I promise I will make more art for them in the future, but I gotta roll with what I have ideas for haha! Also those who enjoy my original work too, thank you so much!

In the somewhat near future, I believe I’m going to be opening various social media accounts for my art. I’m really nervous about it, but I hope for your support when that eventually rolls around.

Every last one of you is wonderful and I hope you all have a great day! I’ll have a follow up later today about what I’m doing for this anniversary! It’s nothing huge, so don’t get your hopes up haha but I feel like I should do at least something to show my thanks.

I’ve really wanted to draw mermaids lately, so I did! This is one loosely based off of a leafy sea dragon.

I recently reread ohshc and my god I forgot how much I love it. I really wish they’d made a second anime adaptation of it because the manga is so wonderful.

Anonymous Asked:
You don't accept request right?

no sorry. I only take requests on very very rare occasions, and even then it’s very unspecific things. thank you for asking though!

Happy 4th to all my american followers!
Everyone please be safe! Drive safely if you’re going anywhere, and if you’re planning on partying, try to take it a little easy. If you’re around my area, be mindful of the hurricane!
If you’re not american, I want you to have a nice day as well!

Have fun and be safe!

I think I’m going to try and register for artist allies at some conventions this coming year. I’ve never done this before, but hey whatever. I’m going to start off slow and only go to ones in new england and see how it goes. It’s a little early to get excited about this stuff, and who knows if i’ll actually follow through,  but I’m really hopeful.