InkTober is officially around the corner and I have been doing some research to figure out what I’d like to create. It would be my first official time taking part in this online challenge and typically I like to be prepared. So far I only have my sketchbook and my inking tools, but as far as having a solid them or idea that’s a bit up in the air for me.

Inktober was started by Jake Parker in 2009. In 2015 he came up with an official prompt list and I was researching how other people have handled the prompts on youtube.

I’d love to record each drawing and post to both instagram and youtube, and maybe even blog about each piece.

This years promt is below, courtesy of Jake Parker:


As I look at the list a few drawing ideas pop into mind. And after reading his FAQ sheet, Inktober is meant to help free you up but creating drawings, but using a limited amount of resources.

Last nights research lead me to this mans youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEnObCCbncQ

I found that his approach was pretty good, and due to using the same tools each day it gave a cohesive look. He used Copic Markers, a white gel pen, and a few other materials. I loved the view of the snow.

and Here you will find his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/lethalchris/

Typically my drawings are from realism, but this challenge will help me do a cross between realism and fantasy. I’m up for the challenge lets go #inktober #inktober2018

Choosing To Move Forward With Art As A Career

Choosing To Move Forward With Art As A Career

I have previously written a blog post about the starving artist mentality. I am not sure if it was on my business blog, on Tumblr, or where it might be right now on the innerwebs.

Lately, art as a career has been more and more on my mind. There are a few artists I look up to like Lauren Hom, Minnie Small,  Lina Iris Victor she was someone I stumbled upon, and has lead me to research other artists like Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, Chris Ofili, and Yves Klein.  There are a few illustrators that I have found through skill share that I enjoy too, Ohn Mar Win, Cat Coquillette, Leah Goren to name a few.

Lina Iris Victor says if you’re a struggling artist you are doing it wrong. It sparked interest and made me curious to know what she knows. She mentioned her job as an artist is to get the viewer to partake in self reflection, observation and to have them challenge their thinking.

I’ve found that many artists aren’t well versed in knowing what to say, or how to talk about their work. They simply want to do the work. Personally, I’ve found the most challenging parts of my art has been believing its worth while. Like I can paint a mean portrait. (Slang for a damn good portrait painting). Yet people will try to purchase something like this for less than $100 bucks. When was this ever ok? I’m on a mission to serve people through my art, through my illustration, through my lettering.

Join me in this journey.


Service Jobs and Careers

Finances are on my mind a lot more these days. With planning a wedding and contributing to a car fund it doesn’t seem there is much room in the budget for many other things.

But during the summer I splurge in manicures and pedicures. It’s like me time sessions. The service provided can be from 35 min -1.5 hours depending on what you are getting done.

Today I got my feet done.

More Than 1 Month Since My Last Post!

It’s been more than one month since my last post! And typically I would have started off apologizing that it’s been some time since my last post – but I’m not sorry.

I’ve been living life, experiencing life, and pouring into the lives of others. So I have nothing to be sorry about – but here are a few updates.

Making my presence known on YouTube

I’m excited to let you know that I’m working through my video series on YouTube. I’m working on the class assignments from #LaurenHom and her #HOMwork series. I’ve worked with Lauren one on one before (through the lovely accessibility of the internet’s) and I’ve wanted to create a video series of my illustration and design work . I’ve got my second video recorded and 28 more to go! The email that went out today was week thirty. I’m not sure how long the series will go (assuming a year) but Lauren was really great to work with.

Today is also my YouTube Anniversary Subscribe to my channel it’s freeeeeee!!!


Well, I have another channel but – I upload pretty frequently here. And now that I’ve gotten some clarity on some thangs, I’ll be able to better serve those that follow me. And speaking of clarity….. that brings me to my next update:

Switching to a Lifestyle & Design Brand

It’s very difficult for me to separate what I do from who I am. For me they are entwined. Design is my life and my life is designed – by Christ, in Christ, through Christ. And my life mission is to serve Him through the gifts that He’s gifted me with- and that’s creativity.

For the longest time I had no clue how design could serve people in ways other than to look pretty. However, this years past mission trip served me well. I gained a new appreciation for visual and audio teams – around the world. And while I incrementally learn how to up my game – I must enjoy the learning process that comes with it. And the practice comes from learning about things like lighting, photography, and videography.

While in Haiti 🇭🇹 this year (July 2018- I’ll update you in another post for that one!), I truly felt that my prayer to know how design can serve others-outside of graphic design, and products- can help others. Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Design can help build communities
  • Design comes in many forms
  • Not everyone appreciates it
  • It’s functional
  • I have this tendency to critique things so easily and not give it a second thought and other times I do. So much so it can prevent me from moving forward because I want things to be perfect. You ever do that? Mull over how to make something perfect before you put it out there? I’m learning you can put something Imperfect out and those that appreciate your efforts, those that know how to help encourage, those that are more knowledgeable and willing to help – they will.
  • I’ve come to the realization that God gave me this gift. And it’s my responsibility to cultivate it and make it grow beyond who I am – that it needs to reflect back on who He is. And that will take time. But I’m excited for the journey that lays ahead. I hope you’ll come for the ride!
  • My Latest Doctor Visit

    On June 19th, I went to see a new doctor. It was recommended to me after I was talking to a Co-worker of mine.

    You see in the last post I talked about how my mom was hospitalized again. And How I need to take care of myself. Lately I’ve been feeling very different. It’s warm out and while I love the heat, I can no longer take the heat. If its hot out I need a shower, or a cup of ice with water in it. Any time I where my apple watch, I get notifications that my heart beat is going to fast.

    Well, this doctor I went to go see is in my best interest. She did an EKG, took my Blood Pressure, and asked me about my family history. We sat down for two hours talking about How I was feeling, going over my diet, and what my next steps were. I have a follow up on the 27th of June, first thing in the morning. I will make sure to fast, and drink plenty of water as it was difficult for the technician to draw out my blood to go into the tube for tests.

    The doctor talked about the foods I should eat, and I am now required to eat fruit after every meal, and to Have fish twice a week. No more Dunkin Donuts for me!

    My mom was Hospitalized …. again…

    Just before my birthday, June 14th, My mother Decided to finally go to urgent care. She had an ear that had been bothering her for sometime. At about 10 am, I received a text message saying my mom was headed to the hospital. Urgent care had given her a prescription to go there.

    I found a bit of irony in the situation. My mom ended up in the hospital around my sisters birthday – on her birthday to be exact. She had a stroke. There a lasting effects today. Her speech is still a little rough around the edges. And her memory, when she speaks, sometimes things are said backwards, or she’ll mix up the names, and sometimes she can’t find the word she is looking for.

    My mom came home yesterday – and I am more than happy to have her home. She is told not to do to much and that she has to relax. If you know my mom you’ll know that is very difficult for her to do.

    We found out that she had an ear infection, it had something to do with the garden in the backyard of the house. I was trying to see if pesticides would work, but from the sound of it, its not something that would. The found a bacteria that very difficult to get rid of in my moms ear. After reading up on it I found that in someone healthy, the bacteria wouldn’t affect them much. My mom isn’t too healthy.

    Pseudomonas is the bacteria, you can read more about it here. I really want my mom to be around. Especially when I give birth. I always tell my co-workers I’ll be dropping my kids off to my mom. I’d love to do that!

    Mom take care of yourself. And speaking of which I need to do the same as well. I’ll talk more about that in the next post.

    I Am Now 30

    When June comes around I get excited. The majority of rain days are over. And Its my Birth month!!!!!

    I am now Thirty – I can’t believe it. And when I started the job I have now, My co-workers seemed to reminisce about their younger twenty something age. However on the other hand, I am excited to enter the #dirtythirty age.

    I’ve had so much fun this past weekend. We rented out a house and 14 of my friends came through to celebrate with me. Of course we drank, we celebrated, and we had fun at the beach. We saw the beach at pitch black dark, during daylight and at sunrise. It was a ton of fun.

    My birthday this year was on a Friday, and we took the entire weekend to have some good clean fun. We drove down to Atlantic City and stayed at an Air B&B in Brigantine, NJ. The house was gorgeous and just the right size for all of us. We are planning to do this again next year.  I was reading a post by Wilanda , and was inspired to do something similar.

    Thirty Things About me:

    1. I am Left handed.
    2. I was born three months premature.
    3. I am a Gemini
    4. I have two older sisters on my fathers side, Nagelah and Farah. And unfortunately, through out the years we’ve lost touch.
    5. And by one of them I became an Aunty at a very young age.
    6. my oldest brother is 4 year my senior
    7. my sister is six years younger than I
    8. my child hood best friend and I will have the same last name 😮
    9. I can draw my ass off!!!
    10. I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger – an art teacher.
    11. I teach sip and paint classes. ( email me if you want to book me!)
    12. I love the color turquoise, you know like the Caribbean ocean, and tiffany blue. More recently I’ve been enjoying the color pink – its the color of all the stationary at my desk!
    13. I enjoy changing my hair styles like we change clothes everyday.
    14. I used to pray fro really long hair. Now that I’m natural, I’m not so sure that I want that. Natural hair is a lot of work!
    15. I really want to be a vlogger. But I often have no idea what to talk about!
    16. I try to push my mom out her comfort zone, to be comfortable on camera and do the same. Make videos about sewing.
    17. I’ve got several nicknames, keshy, keshypooh,
    18. which is fine cause I love pooh bear as a kid. Kay Tee is what I’ll tell Starbucks, Nana was my nickname when I was a child. Kesh-nana is a new one too,
    19. my sister and I are total opposites and that’s ok.
    20. If someone says my name wrong I am quick to correct it. Don’t ever call me Keisha.
    21. My mom used to Want to open a shop and came up with the name Donia.
    22. I used to want my middle name, Donia, to be my first name.
    23. My middle name was supposed to be my first name.
    24. My best friend from High school calls me by my middle name.
    25. I’d like to write a book one day or be featured in one.
    26. when I was younger I didn’t think I was beautiful until my uncle told me I could be a model.
    27. over the summer I’ll be practicing my make up so I can beat the hell outta my face. I’d also like to learn to style my own hair to look fly err day.
    28. my mom used to try to teach me how to sew. I hated it. and now thirty years later, I’d like to learn. I’m very inspired by Anita By Design.
    29. after children, the only thing I’d get done to my body is a breast lift – lol!!!
    30. One day I’d like to open up my own brick and mortar – design studio.

    sewing pattern links and sewing machine

    Here are some styles I’ve found browsing Anita’s website







    Jump suit – https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7402

    romper/jump suit –https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7115


    Brother CS6000i

    jacket https://store.closetcasepatterns.com/collections/sewing-patterns-all/products/kelly-anorak-jacket-pattern



    Sewing With Mom

    I am so inspired by AnitaByDesign.com Somehow I stumbled on her YouTube videos as I searched on how to read a pattern.

    I went to Walmart with my mom and took her to the fabric section. You should see how her face lights up when she talks about sewing. She came up with a name for her blog and the next step is to teach me how to read a pattern.

    However, our schedules are so different from one another that we have yet to start on the pattern. I would love to follow along with one of Anita’s classes and sew a project. (my mother has given me a sewing machine). I know would be so proud. I can’t wait to get her website and social media up and running.

    I think the biggest thing that scared me away from learning how to sew with my mother at a young age was thinking that I’d have to be a fashion designer. I don’t believe I am that great with combining and matching clothes. Typically I use Pinterest to update my wardrobe, or I’ll call one of my good friends to help me put an outfit together.

    I guess it’s time for me to get over my fears and learn this skill. I’m hoping my mom doesn’t back out of the videos!!

    Urban Sketching

    Urban Sketching
    I mentioned in on of my previous posts about the sketchbook revival that’s taking place. I’ll be sure to make a tab that has photos of my projects that I’ve completed along the way.
    My next project is to become an urban sketcher. Their Our manifesto is …..

    Our Manifesto

    1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
    2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
    3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
    4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
    5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
    6. We support each other and draw together.
    7. We share our drawings online.
    8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
    I learners about urban sketching from Liz Steel. She’s been doing this since 2008! She’s made a career out of it. I’ve found that many urban sketchers have used their sketchbooks as journals. Documenting the things around them, every day.

    To read more visit their website, and if you’re in Jersey, looking to meet up and draw give me a ping!