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WIN Art Supplies and What Have I’ve Been Up To?

Heeeeey there!

I’ve been hibernating. Or more like working too much. Either way, it means I haven’t been drawing enough!!

But there’s good news! I’ve made a bunch of new videos that I’ll be releasing every week… and my first video shares details on the giveaway I’m having. Go ahead and watch the video below — then enter for your chance to win. 🙂

Sooo, what have I been up to? Really? Working. A lot. Then passing out from exhaustion every night for 6 months. Wish I had a more fun answer.. haha, but the truth is now out there!

Very happy to be back, and make sure to let me know what you want me to draw or paint in the coming weeks!



Click HERE to Enter the Art Supply Giveaway!

A winner will be chosen May 2, 2016 and will be announced on the Artist Rage Facebook and Twitter. You can come back each day for +1 additional entry. Good luck! 🙂

What I Learned in Art School: The First 2 Years

[ This post is on the long side, but I highly recommend the read. Afterwards, I’d love to hear your experiences in art school, or if you haven’t gone to art school yet, I’d like to hear what you expect! ]

What I learned in art school wasn’t what I expected to learn.

The first day of college arrived and I was incredibly excited. I wasn’t really “into” school, but college gave me this unique opportunity to study what I was actually interested in — art. In high school, I was known as the comic artist. I drew Anime, Manga, and Disney..and I was able to draw well and fast. Being able to go to school and learn how to improve my budding skills thrilled me.

I was juggling all of my supplies from the supply list and somehow managed to plop it all down onto a desk in the front of class. I wasn’t going to miss a thing in my first college art class.

The professor introduced herself then after reviewing a class syllabus, we got to our first lesson. We each had to draw at least 5 little square next to each other and make a gradient from dark to light. Ok, this was a little boring, but I kept telling myself it’s good to know (and only later have I realized HOW important this is!). 2 hours somehow went by and I had a sketch pad filled with squares going from dark to light. Not exactly what I had expected to do, but I knew deep down it was good to practice.

The rest of my semester was filled with talks about positive and negative space in art, more fundamentals, and too many boring still life drawings with foam balls and fake statues.

I wasn’t getting to draw characters (which I loved doing) and I wasn’t learning how to make them more animated or “alive.” I was, in every sense of the word, learning about art and how to create it. I wasn’t learning how to draw the comic and cartoon characters I loved drawing so much because everything my professors were teaching me were the fundamentals of how to create my own unique feel and style of art. At the time, this bothered me more than anything. I just wanted to learn how to draw better characters and be done with it.

Maybe I chose the wrong school. Maybe I choose the wrong program.

My feelings towards the art program I chose and the school I chose was wavering until my second semester. I had my first painting class and I became hooked. It wasn’t sudden. It happened overtime through the course of the semester.

The painting class started with painting some of the similar still life subjects I saw in my drawing class: foam ball, statues, pillars.. but after we got the first painting out of the way, we were allowed to bring in our own subject matter and paint it. I decided to bring in some fake flowers to paint.

I thought my painting was looking rather nice and was expecting some compliments from the professor. When the professor walked around to my area, I wasn’t given any compliments and instead was pointed out how I should have brought in REAL flowers if I wanted to capture life in my painting. I was crushed, but she WAS right. [ Typically, you’d think the professors in college would encourage or compliment their students. Oh god no. I still believe to this day that it must be part of a professor’s job to break all egos and then when you’re a ball of crazy on the floor they’ll tell you to “suck it up, buttercup.” — I honestly had a professor who said that often. It’s how they weed out the students. I call this character building. (haha) ]

Despite the helpful– but at the time crushing, criticism– I kept pushing forward.

My next painting was different. Very different. For the first time I was inspired by something that WASN’T anime, manga, or disney characters.. I was inspired by another class in college (of all things). That same semester I was in a Biology class. I loved lab and looking into the microscope. My 3rd painting in the class reflected my time in Biology lab and what I saw under the microscope. Now I was getting somewhere.

I was creating something from my own experiences.

Lines were diagonally spread across the large scale canvas. Different shapes and colors were interacting with one another within the lines. I remember my professor coming over and giving me some great advice that I still carry with me, change out my brush size while painting!

That painting ended up being the first painting I ever sold.

I remember running into a woman attempting to carry a large painting to her car. I was in between classes and in a rush. I quickly passed her then stopped in my tracks. Wait, that’s my painting! I thought. I IMMEDIATELY turned around and yelled toward the woman, “Hey wait! Do you LIKE that?” The woman stopped and smiled. “YES! I just bought it!” I was in complete shock. I was confused. Who the hell would like my paintings? At this time, I only thought I was good at drawing my cartoon characters. “I painted that.” I said back her, still in disbelief. Her eyes WIDENED. “Do you have more? Are you making more?” I didn’t have an answer for her but, “Ahh..uhhh…. I think so?” She said if I make more to let her know. This was the moment I decided to continue to create artwork I wasn’t accustomed to… to explore different forms of art.


Ok, this post is becoming ridiculously long. 😀

I still have plenty to say on this subject and will make another blog post on my last two years in art school.

I will go ahead and sum up what I learned in my first two years in college.

  • Fundamentals are the key
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Leave your egos in High School where they belong
  • Your professors have your best interest. Listen to their direction.

And the 2 most important things I learned in my first 2 years of art school:

  • Learn to create other forms of art that you’re not used to.
  • Learn to create from your own experiences.

I would LOVE to hear any of your experiences in art school or share you learned your first two years. You can leave a comment below, leave a comment on my Facebook Page (Artist Rage), or tweet me @ArtistRage with a tip you’d give other art students!

Don’t forget! This week I’ll be sharing all kinds of interesting art on my social channels to inspire you: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Make sure to give them a follow and leave a comment on your favorite thing I share!

See you next week,



What’s Up Artist Rage? December 2015 Edition!

Hey there!

The first question that has to be answered is WHERE did November go? Seriously, I have no idea. The last thing I remember is Halloween (my last vlog and video) then POOF! It’s December 2nd.

I was obviously alive during November because I was tweeting @artistrage during the month. Funny thing is.. it’s still a blur! Oh well. Lets take a look at what artwork I shared last month, shall we?




I’ve been enjoying drawing these surreal looking characters lately. This month I will be giving them a breath of life with color and a proper finish. Hopefully I can film myself drawing one of them and share with you. That WAS the plan… until I walked into my art room and realized there were holiday gifts, boxes, and TRASH in it. This of course means I’m currently undergoing some serious deep cleaning and organizing of “The Artist Rage” room. If you’d like me to share my process of organizing all of my art supplies and possibly some before and afters, let me know in the comments below :).

That’s if for now! If you want to keep updated on everything that’s going on with Artist Rage, the best place to follow is Twitter @artistrage for all those random little thoughts and updates. You can also LIKE on Facebook to get updates as well. And of course you’re already SUBSCRIBED to the Artist Rage YouTube channel, so I don’t need to tell you about that. 😉

Talk to you soon!


How to Be a Better Artist and Changes with Artist Rage March 2015


I’ve had a lot of changes in my life over the past few months and its made me rethink my goals and rearrange my schedule. I LOVE being apart of the YouTube community. I don’t only make videos for YouTube. I also watch and interact with other YouTubers. It’s a great place to be entertained, to learn, and to make friends. With that said, I know that I want to continue creating content for YouTube, it’s just that lately, it’s been more difficult.. and with my life changes I KNEW it’d be difficult.

My biggest challenge has been creating my own artwork while also doing the “extra” artwork for YouTube content. I’ve decided I’m going to merge the two. This means I’ll be making videos of what I want to do and what I create instead of user requested videos. I’m going to call this a “trail period” and set a goal for 3 months. For 3 months I’ll be doing videos this way. If you guys still want me to make “How to Draw” and “How to Paint” videos, don’t be afraid during this time to tell me what you want to see!

I’m not sure how this is going to turn out… but 3 months isn’t terribly long. Lets see how this goes 🙂

I thought my shift in video direction was also a good time to talk about how to be a better artist. Towards the end of the video I talk about this and break my advice down to beginners, intermediate, and advanced artists. Watch and find out what you can do!

See you next Sunday with a new video!


Art Buddy Charcoal Drawings: Simple Shapes and Fruit Study


A few months ago I finally started to dive into the crazy, and sometimes confusing, world of Reddit. If you’re not familiar with reddit, just know it can be a great place to talk to people who have similar interests as you, and it can also be a great place to get into trouble. Haha, I’ll just leave it at that.

Moving forward a bit, SO.. I found this subreddit called Art Buddy. Art Buddy is about finding someone who wants to work on similar artwork as you. Once you find someone, you can arrange the subject or medium and how long the two of you want to work together. Brilliant! This is PERFECT motivation for anyone having trouble producing work. As of late, I’ve been lucky I’ve even managed to make my weekly art videos. I haven’t been making much for myself. I have ideas, I CAN make the things, I just…get caught up in other daily ticket items. *cough, not lazy, cough*

Back to the story…ahh, yes, so I found someone looking for a charcoal artist. I immediately responded. I LOVE charcoal and haven’t done anything with charcoal in over a year. She messaged me, we picked a due date, and decided we’ll do 1 a week for the month of December (4 total drawings). I chose the first theme, which was a Simple Shapes and Fruit Study. While not interesting, I thought it was a simple warm up for charcoal drawing again. It’s been too long.

Here’s what I did in progression:






I didn’t finish the background before our due date. It was a good start though!


And here is what my Art Buddy sent to me for the same project!



Here’s what she said about her work:

“So, I underprepared and realized that I only had two pears in my house, haha. I decided to do a basic value drawing, but I think it turned out blah because of the lack of true composition. I started with laying down basic values with a paintbrush and powdered charcoal, then built layer by layer. I need to work on detail though… Haha.”

I think we both did great for our first charcoal. My Art Buddy did a fantastic value study! I’m looking forward to next week’s charcoal, which my Art Buddy has chosen Fur and Feathers as our theme. Oooo tough! I like it. Challenge accepted!!

~ Pamela

Join Us For our Black Friday Twitch Stream!


Join Us For our Black Friday Twitch Stream and possibly WIN a FREE game!

A new game will be given out to a random chat participant every 30 minutes. There will also be in chat games for you to play when the prizes are being given out… So join us on Friday November 28th at 10am PST for some silly XBOX One gameplay, and possbily win a fun game!





sketchbook comparison and drawing what you love

I was unpacking some of my art supplies the other day and came across a bunch of different sketchbooks. I don’t know about you, but when I was in elementary school all the way through high school, I did NOTHING but draw. Every. Single. DAY. I really enjoyed going through my old sketchbooks because the drawings were more complete. Most of them were colored and I could tell a lot of love went into each sketch, colored or not.


I then found a few sketches I did about 6 years later and while I saw growth, I was disappointed because that same love and attention didn’t seem to be in the drawings anymore. I had also hoped over 6+ years I’d be much better. I got a little frustrated and put the sketchbooks aside. I couldn’t help but wonder why I didn’t become extremely better in 6+ years and why my drawings no longer had that feeling of love in them. Obviously, there was growth but not as much as I hoped.


After a little thought, I realized that somewhere in college I stopped making art for fun. I LOVED drawing my favorite characters from anime, live action shows, and game characters. But I also remembered that cartoons and comics were not seen as real art in college. I felt ashamed sometimes when I’d draw cartoons instead of something else…anything else. I also stopped drawing daily about that time. Which I can conclude is why I didn’t improve as much as I would have wanted over 6+ years; I stopped practicing! I let others tell me what was art. I became ashamed by what I was drawing, then discouraged, and didn’t draw as much anymore.

My best advice for any artist out there is to not let others tell you what is and isn’t art. Keep drawing, painting, or creating what drives you. If you let others dictate “what is art,” you can loose your drive and passion. If this has already happened to you, I challenge you today to make what you consider art. Also, don’t beat yourself up if you’re not improving as fast as you like. We all grow, learn, and change at difference paces. 🙂


<3 Pamela