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Jodi, aka Mr. Chair!!
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~Hi, here's some random stuff about me and my art~
I started trying to do art in 8th grade, 5 years ago now, as a self-taught artist until 10th grade when I joined art classes in my school and where I began to thrive better with guidance. I have switched in the more recent years from anime and cartoon to a much more realistic style and I also have expanded my interests into stuff such as building stuff such as jewelry and sculptures and photography. I spend most of my time working on stuff for my art classes, which I don't usually post on here, but I do enjoy posting stuff on here as well. I also have been playing drums since 5th grade and have a forever love for cats. I hope you enjoy looking at my stuff!

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Hey! I know it's been a while since I've more sat down and did a journal or real update on here so I felt like it would be good to do now. I hope everyone else is doing well!

The last bit of time has been weird for sure for me. I have officially stopped being a high school student, during this gap year I'm doing commissions for people around where I live, which has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I have enjoyed it, and some senior portraits so I feel very grateful for these things but not having a more constant schedule and not earning enough to live on my own only from art I have gotten really down at times too. Like I am doing what I love before even going to college where I can form even more connections and I'm proud that I have been doing some great projects as well that are going into my portfolio for college but then there is a nagging feeling like I don't have a big enough audience or enough interest to have it as my only career and not seeing other people every day with the same passion is weird and isolating. Some days I am really happy and smiling for the most part and then suddenly I am laying on the floor feeling worthless and like I'm not doing enough with my life to be successful and it won't go away for a while. I did feel a lot better after visiting my high school though and seeing my art teachers and just feeling at home really helped boost my attitude. Maybe once I really start to figure out college stuff and doing a bunch of paperwork I'll feel better or something. 

Other than that I am applying to some jobs now trying to earn more money for college (dream job outside of art is making coffee) and figuring out financial aid stuff because I'll be the first one in my family going off to college and I have no idea what anything means. I recently got new glasses (which doesn't change much for you guys since I don't show my face on here) but my vision has also improved a bit which hasn't happened ever. Also on an art note, I have been working a lot slower recently for the past few months on bigger projects and have done a few more smaller ones for on here because I have been trying to increase my amount of color pieces and since I have now doubled my pieces made in color I am finally allowing myself to use the mediums I am more comfortable with. 

A slightly bigger announcement if you haven't seen my status or looked too hard on my descriptions is that I have an Instagram! Pretty much just for art pieces and photography but I plan to post there more regularly than on there since I feel like it will help more business stuff as here is more for friends and the community. Here is my Instagram: instagram.com/jodi_shephard/

Sorry if this was very unorganized but I am listening to music right now and keep getting distracted. 
  • Listening to: Black Veil Brides
  • Watching: my cats in a window
  • Drinking: water
So I guess today, 5 years ago I started here on DA (although on my page right now it still says 4 years while having the correct date on it saying it should be 5), mostly to just look at artwork because at that point I didn't like nor care for doing art of my own but eventually in the September of that year is when my journey of art started. I remember a friend told me about ways you could learn it online since I was no longer in art classes at that point (this was 8th grade) and then I skyrocketed in dedicated, drawing 4 to 5 things every day and then staying up until really late to finish my homework as well. It looked horrifying, mostly because I refused to really learn from art teachers all my life so I had a long way to improve before I was even really at my grade level, but my dedication has really never wavered.

Now fast forward, I may not have always shown my dedication on here every now and again because it was personal drawings or projects for school that I'm just not a fan of putting online but with every year there has been a new amount of dedication I have given to my artwork, eventually joining Studio classes in my high school in sophomore year, then skipping from studio 2 to studio 4 for my senior year and beating the school record of pieces made in one year (45 to be exact and then some personal stuff or stuff for here as well that I didn't count) and one of my sculptures is planned to be hung in my high school. Within these 5 years art has went from something I begrudgingly admitted I sort of liked, to a passion and hobby, and now to something I plan on doing as a career (and I have gotten some commissions) and going to college for after working for this gap year so I have money to go to school. 

What this is all boiling down to is a big thank you to everyone who has watched me from the beginning and encouraged me throughout this journey, and I can't wait to see the improvement in my art in years to come. Also, thank you to anyone who as joined on this journey along the way. To anyone who thinks of their art isn't good enough now, know that it's only you improving and you'll get better as time goes on. I plan on being more active on here in general for the rest of the summer and posting photography stuff as well as drawings and of course cats. I'm also planning on doing some other stuff like maybe joining a site to sell my art at (no offense to individuals but this community is way too underpriced for their commissions and since we are all artists trying to earn money, it's a hard market on here).

Anyways, I hope everyone enjoys their day and whatever season they are in right now. Keep working on your art! :peace:
  • Listening to: The Greatest Showman soundtrack
  • Watching: my cats be silly

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College stuff is starting to making sense!
I got to see my art teachers yesterday and it weirdly motivated me to do more. I miss being there. Crying 
I feel like the one job I would enjoy oddly a lot outside of art is making coffee. Like I truly love coffee and everything about it so I just feel like I would really enjoy it. Odd thoughts of the day
I'm deciding to link my Instagram on here, only on a status because I'm not sure if I really want to keep it up or not. It is mostly different art than I am posting on here but some will overlap. I'm already using it more than my Twitter that was for my art but this is tied directly to my face and my name instead of purpletad so it's @ jodi_shephard
I find it odd yet intriguing that no matter how much time I spend on one thing versus another or how much I like one piece more than others, I can never predict how well a piece will do. Like views and likes aren't everything in this world but something I spend days on gets like half the likes and views of a piece I spent only a few hours on and it's different between different sites. Just shows how much it really doesn't matter what others say, you should just work on stuff that makes you feel accomplished.

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nurumayu35 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the Fav again!!!  moomin-hug 
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purpletad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :hug:
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Atashi9205 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
kaomoji set 2 12/67 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WATCH AND THE FAVES AND ALL YOUR SUPPORT PLEASE HAVE A LAME LLAMA AS THANKS
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purpletad Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! And thank you for the llama! Have a great day! :)
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Atashi9205 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
kaomoji set 2 58/67 kaomoji set 2 58/67 
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