Hello everyone and welcome to the blog! Today I have another book down for my required 24 out of the year, and this one was an interesting read! A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness For this book, I went ahead and did my first ever video review of both book […]
Author: Ciarra Stebbins
Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog!
Today’s post is a fun one since it features my tribute piece for this years Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year! And this year happens to be the year of the pig! So let me tell you a bit about this piece as well as some quick things about those born under the year of the pig.
I definitely knew I wanted to do this piece for the New Year, since I really enjoy everything to do with the zodiac, astrology, numerology, tarot etc….
But I was really unsure of what the actual subject of my piece would be, and when I find myself struggling with a concept, one way for me to work through it is by drawing in my comfort zone. For me, that would be mermaids. So that is what the subject of my initial rough drafts were, but this changed once I read up more on the actually traditions and celebration of the Chinese New Year. It is really fascinating stuff to read, and I would encourage you to check out this site HERE, since it had a lot of info to springboard you into further reading.
Year of the Pig
So let me talk a bit about the year of the Pig! If you were born in the years such as 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and now 2019–you are the Chinese zodiac of the Pig. Each year for the Chinese Zodiac is also associated with a certain metal or element which will affect the attributes of that sign for the year. An example of this is say those born in the year 2007, you would be a fire pig. 2019 is the year of the earth pig, which these pigs are characterized as being very good with social interactions and luck later in life. The other year that shares this element is 1959.
Overall, Pigs are very honest, pure of heart, good-tempered, loyal, and gentle. With everything though there must be a balance, so some of the struggles for those born under the sign of the Pig are a short-temper, materialism, hesitation, being sluggish or lacking action, and some naivety. As for your best compatibilities with other Chinese signs, you guys get along really well with those who are Tigers or Rabbits. Pigs are least compatible with those that are Snakes or Monkeys.
As far as what you could expect from this year if you are a pig– it sounds like you guys will have a lot of ups and downs throughout the year. You will have moments with a lot of stress or frustration, especially at work. So try to avoid any major conflicts in those areas. It overall sounds like a year to really hunker down and keep chugging forward even when it’s challenging, because 2020 will be the time for you guys to really see the results of your hard work this year. In all of this, also remember to go have fun. Earth pigs are all about social gatherings, which means going to social events throughout the year will be very beneficial for you. It won’t all be downs, and there will definitely be some good luck in 2019.
Those are just some quick things that I learned about this sign during my research. 🙂
Another fun thing I did for this piece was record most of the process, so if you would like to see how I worked on this piece, please do watch the video.
As I mentioned in the video, this piece will be available as prints HERE.
Thank you all so much for reading, and I hope you all have a fantastic Lunar New Year!
Were you born in the Year of the Pig?
Let me know in the comments down below!
Until Next time!
Hello everyone and happy February! It is time to reflect on the previous month by looking at some of my favorites from January, as well as wrapping-up my thoughts on the month! Lets get started! Enamel Pins! In January, I found my next obsession…enamel […]
Hello everyone and welcome 2019! In today’s blog post I want to go over some of my goals for this New Year!
New Year’s resolutions or goals can be daunting, but I think it’s important to pick positive goals anyway, because it sets the energy and your outlook for the year. Even if you don’t meet some of your goals or they change completely, don’t beat yourself up over those things, because we all grow and change each month and so will our goals.
That being said, my whole outlook for 2019 is to be productive, consistent and have a fresh start! Coming out of 2018, I just felt stagnant and in need of new energy. 2018 was just a weird year, and even though I had important milestones that happened (such as graduating from my university and having my first solo show), it felt as if nothing really occurred in the year, and it went by so fast.
For 2019 though, there are specific goals I want to set for different parts of my life–achieving this fresh start I am craving.
Personal Health Goals
This is something that I have done on and off for a few months now, but for this New Year I really want to make this a daily habit. I want to become more mindful of my own thoughts as well as the world around me.
Similarly to meditation, the previous year I was never consistent with a workout regimen and my health, quality of sleep, and energy levels reflected that. This year, I plan to fix all of that and become more consistent, both in working out and my nutrition.
Original Art & Merch
A big goal of mine this year is to start selling original artwork, prints, and other merch! I’m already starting to work on updating my Redbubble shop regularly, and I am in the process of finding good options for creating prints. So stay tuned for more news on that in the coming months!
These two are now available on my Redbubble Shop!
Starting up YouTube again
This year I plan to throw myself completely into making videos again! I really enjoy watching YouTube (even though it is far from a perfect platform, but what is nowadays?), and as typical of me…if I enjoy consuming it, I want to join in on the making of it. I already have a number of videos planned and in the works, and my challenge is to have 2 videos up a week starting in February!
If you would like to see my most recent video, feel free to watch it HERE.
Upgrading my Jewelry making skills
Something I’ve always wanted to try is silversmithing. I personally prefer better quality jewelry over something that is cheaper and has a limited lifespan. I know I like working with very process and tool centric mediums, so I have a good feeling that silversmithing may become a new favorite of mine…once I get the hang of it of course!
I’ve only done a little bit of digital art in my time, and I’ve found it very overwhelming. This year though I plan to break through my awkwardness of using digital programs, and add this important skill to my tool belt. One of the ways I plan to tackle this is by making a webcomic; that way I can practice both the digital side of things as wells as visually storytelling.
The last goal I will mention for this blog post is more in the hobby realm of things, and that is to finish at least 1 book every month. I love reading, but for the majority of 2018 I was in a massive reading slump. I didn’t finish reading any traditional novels last year (but I did read some graphic novels). For my reading goal this year, I am aiming for 24 books. Very low compared to other years, but I rather start low to move out of my reading block. 12 of the books out of my goal must be traditional novels. I’m planning on writing blog posts reviewing the books I finish, so keep your eyes out for that!
So those are some of my goals for 2019! I hope you guys enjoyed finding out what I’m planning, and now I want to know what you guys are doing for 2019!
What are your goals for this New Year?
Let me know in a comment! 😉
Thanks for reading, and I will see in the next one!
Can you believe we are already in the month of September? Time has gone by so fast! But that means it’s time to do my favorites for August and wrap-up!
Favorite reads of the month
Didn’t finish any major novels this month but as usual, I did read a number of graphic novels. This is one of my favorite mediums for storytelling and I can read them fast, which is great when you have a busy schedule! So the novels that get an honorable mention this month are….
Winter Woods by Cosmos + Van Ji
This one is a little bit out of the box since it is actually a webcomic, which you can read through Webtoon. I’m a huge fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, so this comic was prefect for me because it has a very similar idea. Overall this story was so touching and human (no pun intended), and I easily binged it in a few days.
If you would like to give it a read, please click HERE.
Giant Days by Allison + Treiman + Cogar (Volume 1)
Love the style of this comic and the story was just fun! It follows 3 young ladies through their misadventures in friendship, college, and life. It was such a funny and easy read. I’m definitely hooked and looking forward to reading more!
If you are interested in learning more, please click on this LINK.
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
For all the fans of the animated movie The Secret of Kells, this is the book for you! The style of the art is similar in feeling to that movie, which means it’s completely adorable and detailed. The story was simple but sweet, and as someone who grew up with a pretty active imagination—I can relate to the daydream aspects. Definitely a great book for kids who aren’t easily scared, since some moments can be a little on the creepy side.
If you would like to know more about the author, please go HERE.
About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau
I have to say…I think I saved best for last. This book is by far my favorite out of all of these, both for the story and the art. About 99% of this book has no writing in it, so the whole thing is told through the pictures alone. It was such a powerful story and one I highly recommend everyone to read. Silent sequential stories like this are some of my favorites, and I admire them a lot because it’s not an easy way to tell a story, let alone a great one like this.
If you would like to learn more, please go HERE.
I didn’t get many finished pieces done in August, mainly because I have been working on my summer sketchbook for this year. That being said, there were some really cool projects I did this month, and I recently hit 1000 followers on my art Instagram account. So I will be putting together a little event to celebrate that millstone!
Collaboration with Richard McConochie
In august I was approached by a fellow artist who has been following me and I him for a little while now, to do a collaboration! This was very exciting since I hadn’t yet done a collaboration like this. So after going back and forth discussing some ideas, we decided to choose a common theme and then create a piece for the other to complete in some way. I created a colored piece for him ink and he created some very cool line art for me to color. The theme we decided on was steampunk animals which was something I had never done before.
Here is my colored portion, which is a little hyena character I ended up naming Blue Jack.
And here is his cool raccoon lady line art which I then colored!
This was overall a very fun collaboration, and I definitely look forward to working on more like this in the future. If you would like to see his original line art and how he completed my piece, please go check out his Instagram HERE!
Oil and Water
This small watercolor mix media piece was one of the few that I finished in the month of August. It’s an idea I’ve had floating around in the back of my mind for a while now, and I’m so happy I’ve finally put it to paper. These two are new characters that I’m working on creating a story around. I love coming up with stories for the illustrations I make, so don’t be surprised if you see more of them in the future.
My finally piece for August was of course the first in my relaunch of a much older series on the 12 Zodiac signs. I purposefully completed Leo first since much of August belongs to this sign. You can read more about the process and this zodiac in this blog post HERE.
If you have been following this blog for a while or any of our other social medias, then you may know about our sister blog, Amy Stebbins Couture. There you can find out all about what we are doing on the fashion side of things!
Both of these were a lot of fun to work on, and I’m certainly looking forward to what we will be doing this September for these challenges.
Overall, August was a pretty good month. In the last week of the month, my fall semester started and it is already shaping up to be a whirlwind of activity. Lots of interesting projects and new artwork to create. I will of course update you guys on that throughout the coming months!
How was your August? What are you looking forward to in September?
Let us know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading!