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𝒥𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒾𝒸𝒶 𝒞𝓁𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓁𝒶𝓃𝒹  Boston, Massachusetts • Caught you lookin •

WHEEEEEEkend! Yeah! 💛
Here is the final version of my little character (loosely based off of myself, well spotted @chelseagracei 😂). Maybe not the “final” version though, haha—My style is always evolving, and I definitely want to come back to her again! I really miss drawing these derpy little characters sometimes! I forgot to include a few details due to complete exhaustion tbh, but overall I really ran with those concept sketches! This version was illustrated in Procreate, and it gave me a chance to test out a whole bunch of new brushes that I bought a while back too. This was a fun little break from my current projects and really helped me replenish those inspiration juices! 💗
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It’s been a tough week, but we’re almost there friends! 💛 To give my brain a little break, I decided to do a #redraw this #flashbackfriday. Here are the concept sketches based off of an old doodle! What are some ways you stay creative without burning out? Share your tips in the comments below!
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Here’s a little sneaky peek at some brainstorm doodles for a new project—tag someone in the comments who loves fall! 🎃🍂
I think the more I work from my studio, the more I appreciate the coziness of the colder months. It feels so nice when the heaters come on for the first time! What’s your favorite season? 🧡
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First pancakes! 🥞
If you’ve ever cooked pancakes at home, you know that the first ones are always a test batch to get the heat and cooking time right. I’m still working on loosening up and getting more experimental in my sketchbooks—here are the “first pancakes” in my new @moleskine watercolor album! Still a bit formal as far as sketches go, so I will keep working on being looser about what I commit to the panca—I mean page. And now I’m hungry. 🤤😄
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s k e t c h b o o k UPGRADE ✨
Excited to crack open a brand new sketchbook, especially on #watercolorwednesday! 📒
I love love LOVE large-format sketchbooks! After I filled my last little @moleskine watercolor album, I was really excited to find out that they make a bigger size—and nothing beats that new sketchbook feeling! I’m thinking of keeping this one exclusively in the studio and using it as a “sketch ledger”—a place for test marks, thumbnails, and experimenting with new techniques. How do you use your sketchbooks? Shout out some suggestions in the comments!📚
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“You could d i s a p p e a r
tomorrow//Who would care?”
🎶 Letters to Cleo, “Disappear”
I’ve been feeling a bit like The Invisible Woman lately, but doing my best to keep pushing on. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out yesterday with kind and encouraging words (and 🍫)! Instead of giving in to feelings of defeat, I was able to turn to my sketchbook and draw some portraits—it’s one of my favorite practices, and very cathartic for me. And doesn’t this piece just make you so excited for #Inktober to start in less than two weeks?! I’m also juggling a few different projects at the moment, and getting pumped as I see them starting to come together! It’s nice to be able to look forward to finally sharing them with you all soon!
Gotta #keepgoing!
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MONDAYS, amiright? 😐
Please comment with your happiest emojis and loveliest words of encouragement! (I will also accept donations of 🍫.)
I don’t usually hop onto social media to rant, but I am such a grump-opotamus today and none of my usual mood-boosters are doing the trick! It has just been one thing after another since Saturday. To top it off, I am still swimming upstream against IG’s algorithm. I haven’t had such low engagement since....2016?! I’ve had followers straight-up tell me they don’t even see my posts in their feed. After all the hard work I put into my business, how frustrating is that! Maybe you can relate, maybe not, but thanks for being here all the same! (Or not...if this one doesn’t show up in your feed, either. 😑)
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Hey hey!
ICYMI: I posted my first IGTV video! In it, I unbox the goodies in my 2019 Hobonichi Haul—go check it out!
ALSO: There’s detailed pics and info on the goodies and the Hobonichi planner system on my blog!
You can find links to BOTH in my profile—what are you waiting for?!
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Good morning from the studio! It’s Sunday Funday, I’m feeling much better (thank you to those who sent well-wishes!), and I’m spending the morning taking care of my greenies 🌱 Did you know that in addition to being an artist, I’m also an avid indoor gardener? For years, I have cared for and cultivated a collection of tropical and succulent plants. Pictured is an offshoot from my giant monstera plant! What are your hobbies? I want to know about them! Tell me in the comments below!
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What a crazy week! I struggled a lot—not as much as some weeks, but definitely more than most—and am finally pulling myself together again. I’m excited that the weekend is finally here and I can take the next two days at my own pace. 😌
Here is an alternate version on a recent post, and a reminder to go easier on yourself! Maybe I’ll even take my own advice someday. 😉
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and spend the next two days doing what matters most to YOU!
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m o o d
#throwback to this abstract piece I painted during my blue series late last year. What do you see when you look at it? Tell me in the comments below!
I’ve been feeling—well, a little blue, lately. It’s not easy for me to talk about it, but thank you all for your continued support and encouragement of my art—with how I’ve been feeling lately, it really helps to know that y’all are still here. 💙
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I feel a bit like I’m swimming upstream this week—but I’m still swimming! 🐟
Can’t wait to hunker down in my studio for two whole days this weekend! What are you most looking forward to doing once the week is over? Tell me all about it in the comments!
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