Summer Lovin'

Everyone is always asking me, "How did you think of that/Where did that come from/What inspired you," when it comes to what I draw or how I capture photographs. Largely I just say I do it and it comes out, but I think a lot of artists can agree that inspiration is sourced from every day things. From the minuscule to the large, how we choose to perceive things influences our work. I thought it would be nice to share and document for future-Ashley (who will hopefully be the kinda gal that lounges around in fluffy slippers) what was amping up her mind during the summer of 2016. 

 

POSCA ACRYLIC MARKERS

I love these little dudes. When I wanna quickly add a highlight or pop of color on some of my watercolors, I'll reach for a POSCA. You can dilute them a bit for painting, or just use them to draw directly onto things. I have used mine to doodle on my growler, take notes, create art pieces, and a bunch of other stuff. I've had them for about a year and a half now and they're so nice to just keep nearby when inspiration strikes. My POSCA binder is my precious paint-stained baby.

 

SURREAL COLLAGES

Eugenia Loli

Eugenia Loli

Anyone that knows me knows I love kitschy things. Even if you don't know what kitsch is, if you saw something kitschy you'd probably think, "That is so ugly, Ashley would love it." Surreal collages make me so happy. I've been experimenting with creating my own and I can't wait to share what I have been working on! Probably won't do that until mid-August, though. It's just super fun and kind of a stream of consciousness exercise for me. I will start with one vision in mind and it will just kinda keep snowballing until I have a final piece. 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD GRAFFITI

I straight up L O V E my neighborhood. Every time I go on a walk I feel refreshed and inspired by all of the creation that's around me. One of my favorite things about Near Southside is the graffiti and painted buildings. Probably even moreso than the awesome food and beer that's in this area (and that's saying something). It's pretty fantastic to feel like you're surrounded by artists and creativity on the regular.

 

AMERICAN TRADITIONAL TATTOOS

Chris Conn

Chris Conn

Gimee gimee gimee that counter culture art. I have always loved this style but I've recently become obsessed once it dawned on me... I can create art like this too! I have been slowly working at incorporating more trad style elements into some of my art style and I am loving the results. 

 

STRAIGHT UP COLORS EVERYWHERE

Pip & Pop

Pip & Pop

Bright colors! Pastel colors! Contrasting colors! I love it all and am all about using colors to be loud and expressive. From my hair to my skin to my wardrobe, my aesthetic is happy bright colors <3

Hello World

This is along time coming! I'm so excited to finally be running a webcomic, F I N A L L Y. There's gonna be a lot of bumps and grinds, but the wonderful thing about bumps and grinds is that they're real and not just me with my thumb up my butt wishing I was making comics.

When I was little, I loved getting a bowl of cereal and reading the funny pages. Even Bloomsdale, which my tiny mind at the time couldn't wrap myself around. But, it was there, and deserved to be revered because someone had created it with their own hands. "How do they even draw that small," I'd wonder ignorantly to myself. The very first job I ever wanted was to have a syndicated strip in a newspaper. I only vaguely knew what being syndicated meant because my grandma gifted me the 10th Anniversary Calvin & Hobbes collection, where Bill Watterson added a lot of commentary and insights to both the strip and process of making comics. Still, it's been a dream of mine for an incredibly long time. 

The great, and subsequently worst, thing about the internet is that anyone can do generally any artistic thing they want on it. I've been fantasizing about starting a webcomic for over a decade, but always denied myself beginning one for what I'll only describe as a cavalcade of self-defeating inner conflicts. Something happened this year and the tiny little lightswitch I couldn't budge for the life of me for almost the entirety of my 20s has now been flipped. I finally fuckin' set up the electricity from the meter to my brain. You honestly can't pay someone for this shit. Now I can start sharing the trainwrecks that are my opinions and doodles with the e-world at large.... you're welcome (I am SO sorry).

Ashley