i’m doing something new with my website and been prepping myself for a slight different direction career-wise. Been building that portfolio and trying to add more onto it as well. I already had a resume that I made that i liked but i needed to make one especially for graphic design, since my other resume just comes off more.. animation/ videogame artist looking.This one looks more clean and more UI-ey (yes i just made that up).
I’m basically splitting my site to separate my game art stuff from UI Design/ graphic design stuff. I’ll update and post more as i finish up! 
I got around to making a sort of logo for myself! it’s the girly character with the hair… lol. And i made it so it’s kind of like an “R!”
But yeah cant wait to post up the 2nd site. (All you see now when you go on my site is my usual website)
Stay tuned for moar!

i’m doing something new with my website and been prepping myself for a slight different direction career-wise. Been building that portfolio and trying to add more onto it as well. I already had a resume that I made that i liked but i needed to make one especially for graphic design, since my other resume just comes off more.. animation/ videogame artist looking.This one looks more clean and more UI-ey (yes i just made that up).

I’m basically splitting my site to separate my game art stuff from UI Design/ graphic design stuff. I’ll update and post more as i finish up!

I got around to making a sort of logo for myself! it’s the girly character with the hair… lol. And i made it so it’s kind of like an “R!”

But yeah cant wait to post up the 2nd site. (All you see now when you go on my site is my usual website)

Stay tuned for moar!

BTW… been a little MIA on here due to trying to revamp my website and portfolio! Soooo stay tuned..

I will show you all the things.. ALL OF THEM.. SOON!

Facepalm moment #175676

Why do some non artist clients insist on doing some graphic work themselves? It’s going to take you a few hours to a few days to figure out how I did something in 15 min… Might as well just pay me for it and save 3 days worth of pay for 15 min of high quality service and work… You trying to save money by not asking me isn’t really saving you any money nor time. 

It’s coming….
The best next photo taking app with friends! I got to work on this fun app doing all the art and design work. But it’s coming soon to launch! Since they posted on their fb page the cow I concepted for their mascot, I am posting it here! I’ll post up an official update/ launch along with details of the app itself when the time comes!
Stay Tuned!

It’s coming….

The best next photo taking app with friends! I got to work on this fun app doing all the art and design work. But it’s coming soon to launch! Since they posted on their fb page the cow I concepted for their mascot, I am posting it here! I’ll post up an official update/ launch along with details of the app itself when the time comes!

Stay Tuned!

A Breath of Fresh Air..

I’ve obviously been under a lot for a while. So naturally.. i’ve been feeling down in the dumps about my own art. I’m a really positive half glass full kind of person. But after months of feeling like I was being turned down or not noticed.. I started to allow the negative things get to me. Thinking.. maybe i’m not good enough anymore? It’s easy for that to happen when I’ve been confined in my office room with my own thoughts and I have to improve my own art and work on that on my own rather than having bubbly coworkers with different skill sets to learn things off of. I mean i know people have improved on their own. I did that my whole life. I didn’t have others to learn off of til I went to art school. But sometimes you need to surround yourself with other creative people to get better, i feel. 

But it’s easy to lose sight of yourself. So easy that I felt so worthless.. that I started to apply to low level jobs, non art related. Some photo editing type stuff etc. And instead of feeling some bit better that hey I’m working alongside others, i felt like crap. I shouldn’t be doing this. I’m not an amateur artist, i have potential that I have to work hard on, and I know deep down I’m meant for so much more. 

This morning I got a call from an old acquaintance. He used to work as a recruiter/ job placement counselor at my college. And me and one of my old friends used to meet up with him every now and then because our plan was to get noticed early on so after graduation we would be already acquainted with him and he would be eager to help us out. After a few months though from meeting him he sadly left the campus for a better job. So I lost contact with him and eventually years later reconnected with him on facebook. Out of the blue he gave me a call today. Talked to me about how I’m doing. What I’m looking for, etc. He was surprised I was out of a job. He continued by lifting my sprits a bit and telling me how he’s always thought highly of my art and I shouldn’t just settle, that I should continue pushing real hard to strive for bigger goals. The thing is I’ve been telling myself that, but I kinda lost sight of my previous ultimate goal to one day work at Dreamworks or Pixar, well, bc of life and life priorities. I get encouragement from friends here and there.. but I dunno.. i was still sore from the flame that extinguished in conquering my big big goals in life. Somehow, he made me feel like I can do it. He’s mentored students before and they ended up becoming successful, some of his students ended up working at Dreamworks and pixar. Maybe that’s why his words had an impact on me. Knowing that he wanted to reach out and do something for me and give me a push made me feel good. He urged me to draw from my heart, and post them up continually. To come up with stories and concepts and ideas and throw them up on my website, and make it a habit to create something on a weekly basis. (like this is something i feel like anyone could have told me). its something a lot of artists already do. But maybe I couldn’t push myself bc I was so unfocused on what to do portfolio wise. Sometimes I want to do fanart, bc people love fanart. Sometimes I want to do completed original art to add to my portfolio but I get busy and cant finish. I’m too ambitious and can’t seem to find one thing to stick to and finish one thing at a time. I’m way too much of a scatterbrain. And with no one to really guide me towards a better art portfolio.. it makes it worse. I’ve hit up professionals before to hopefully get a response and an idea of what I should do.. but I never hear from them. A lot of my discouragement comes from this. Bc lack of guidance. It’s really hard figuring it all out on my own. I have friends who went to Academy of Art or San jose State and they have a large community of artists to learn things off of. And by that I mean self promotion, participation in art shows and trade shows, etc. I majored in 3D modeling/ Visual Effects so there was no knowledge of art shows for concept artists being spread around my school. The older I get the more scared I get about being left behind. 

But yeah, his words lifted me up. I felt that flame of my ultimate goals rekindling again for the first time in a long long time. There are those who juggle being a parent, while succeeding at their career, and working on personal projects/ films, AND taking classes.. all at freaking once. So what’s my excuse really? I should be taking advantage of these little moments i have instead of waiting for that perfect moment to draw and set myself free. 

I need to do what I know I’m meant for. It was a nice moment to receive an unexpected random phone call and be told by someone I’m not really close to at all, that they believe i am capable of a lot. It was almost like God heard my prayers in asking, what should I do. And I kinda know now what I should do now. 

An Ariel sketch to practice watercolor painting/ gouache painting. I hope I don’t mess this up! 😱

#ariel #littlemermaid #drawing #sketch #fanart #illustration #art #mermaid #flounder #khanart #omgkhanart

An Ariel sketch to practice watercolor painting/ gouache painting. I hope I don’t mess this up! 😱

#ariel #littlemermaid #drawing #sketch #fanart #illustration #art #mermaid #flounder #khanart #omgkhanart

Jeez SF, I left you for 3 years and come back, and you’re hella insanely hipster. Everywhere I look, its skinny jeans, and thick rimmed glasses on beautiful people. What the eff.

Beautiful day for a graduation! Congrats to class of 2014 but more importantly congrats to the youngest of the Khan and Bassam clan! @tamanahhh @__aamiirr (at James Logan High School)

Beautiful day for a graduation! Congrats to class of 2014 but more importantly congrats to the youngest of the Khan and Bassam clan! @tamanahhh @__aamiirr (at James Logan High School)

In honor of the World Cup Soccer happining now, i guess its the best time to post up some KIK and Emoji’s I had to do a few weeks ago for the World Cup!! Check them out and find them on KIK!

In honor of the World Cup Soccer happining now, i guess its the best time to post up some KIK and Emoji’s I had to do a few weeks ago for the World Cup!! Check them out and find them on KIK!

This song’s been stuck in my head all day, but it’s catchy!

Fun trailer for Dead Island 2!

Poor people stay poor because they do arts degrees.

Sophomore Engineering Student (via shitrichcollegekidssay)

Poor people stay poor because other artists have allowed the industry to degrade to a level that people drastically undervalue art. In graphic arts, an independent artist typically makes below minimum wage. So many people take advantage of starting out and struggling artists, that they offer “exposure” as compensation. Or a hideously low rate. I have had people offer to pay me just $5/page for color work. And they saw nothing wrong with this offer. This is for something that I typically spend 4-6 hours per page on. And there are artists out there so desperate for ANY money, they will accept those offers. And thus perpetuate the idea that this is okay.

No, poor people aren’t poor because they take art degrees. They’re poor because there are entitled assholes who take advantage of them so they can turn a bigger profit.

Art is everywhere. Try to imagine a world without it. Without graphics. Without font design. Without logos. Everything done in the same, bland typefaces, with no images and no sense of color. Artists are more than people who sit and make pretty pictures. They are what gives companies an image, an identity. So why are they treated like the lowest possible rank?

(via sandpuppeteer)

My attempt at #gouache.. Not what I wanted but at least I tried! Trying to do more traditional mediums just to take a break from the computer from time to time 😬 hopefully my other attempts will be better… 😐 
I made the mistake of buying pan gouache instead of tube gouache. Anyone have tips using pan gouache? 
#pokemon #bulbasaur #drawing #design #painting #traditional #sketch #sketches #omgkhanart #khanart #fanart

My attempt at #gouache.. Not what I wanted but at least I tried! Trying to do more traditional mediums just to take a break from the computer from time to time 😬 hopefully my other attempts will be better… 😐
I made the mistake of buying pan gouache instead of tube gouache. Anyone have tips using pan gouache?
#pokemon #bulbasaur #drawing #design #painting #traditional #sketch #sketches #omgkhanart #khanart #fanart

Wanted to get acquainted with some gouache since I’ve never used it before. So I thought I’d start with some #Pokemon sketches! Here’s #bulbasaur!

#sketch #sketches #drawing #omgkhanart #khanart #illustration #fanart #design #painting

Wanted to get acquainted with some gouache since I’ve never used it before. So I thought I’d start with some #Pokemon sketches! Here’s #bulbasaur!

#sketch #sketches #drawing #omgkhanart #khanart #illustration #fanart #design #painting

Sorry for lack of art updates @__@

It’s been a busy 2 months trying to work on multiple freelance projects.. gotta pay the bills somehow :P But I have had to hold off on my personal art for a bit bc of working, stress, etc. As I’m wrapping up some projects I’ll probably be getting back to it soon! I finally finished editing my wedding video so crossing that off the list once and for all! I literally jumped around yelling “omg im done” while receiving victory hugs from my husband lol. Needless to say we were both happy. It was a long process to do between working and just life in general, along with a lot of learning since I used to edit in iMovie, and i did that ish in Final Cut Pro to make it all pro and shiet.

Right now i’m working on printing wedding photos and getting my album together to get that out of the way as well. Then i can get back to my oil painting that is meant to hang in our living room wall. THEN i will be free to art some more for myself!

I’ve been trying to develop some TJ designs since as lovable the original cape and t-shirt deal is, a much older me feels like I need something more. Something more memorable and something that I can claim is ME and my character. I want to start on my graphic novel or indie video game (whichever comes first). I want to paint more so I can participate in shows in SF hopefully someday like all the other cool artists I know. 

So those are my updates! Sometimes I post stuff on where I’m at and how I’m feeling bc after all.. it is my tumblr. So bear with me as I go through my own shit. But teh arts are coming!!!