working without paper

as a traditional artist, i find it nearly impossible to work without paper. the mediums i currently work with are pencil, alcohol marker, watercolor, and gouache. the variety is great, but unfortunately, using the same paper for my favorite mediums is nearly impossible. this results in needing several different types of paper and sketchbook in order to work with all of the mediums I love.

as a student, this fall semester will be the first semester that i actively try to be as paperless as possible. i have 16 credits worth of classes, including a math and a science class, and i am planning on using my ipad pro for as much of the work as i can. math and science classes generally make being 100% paperless impossible, but why is it so important to me in the first place?

i don’t think i will ever be a 100% digital artist. i wouldn’t be able to sit down at my desk and watch watercolors swirl together, and watercolor is and always will be my first and favorite medium. until some kind of alternative comes around that gives me the same feeling, paper is necessary for what i create.

i also love printmaking. i just finished up making a suite of paper goods for my best friends bridal shower. i designed games and signs for the event and they were a huge hit. spending the time designing, printing, cutting, and setting all of it up was a bit of a revelation for me and i am looking forward to being able to offer that service as a commission.

paper is too big of a part of my creative self to give up. it’s necessary for what i do. i will be an artist forever and my creative side will never go away. but i will only be a student for the next 3 years (unless graduate school catches my eye). i can’t cut down on the paper i use in my creative life, but i absolutely can in my school life.

here’s how.

tablets are incredible devices, especially today. even cell phones have an incredible amount of computing power. as much as i can get away with, my ipad pro will serve as my notebook for all of my classes. business majors end up having to do a good amount of math unfortunately and i will probably end up with a professor who requires me to do my work on paper. even so, using notebooks for just math is leaps and bounds better than using paper for every single class i have.

tablets are great for taking notes for several other reasons. one of my favorite features is being able to take a pdf or powerpoint presentation and import it into microsoft onenote. this way, i can take my notes directly on the pages or alongside a lecture. i can’t lose those files because they are saved digitally, they don’t take up space in my bag or my room, and i always have them with me from wherever i am.

a tablet also is generally smaller than a laptop (although a laptop can also be used to go paperless) when it comes to weight. my 2nd gen ipad pro weighs 1.49 pounds and my 2015 macbook air weighs 2.96 pounds. both have some kind of case or cover that adds weight to them. when taking as many classes as i do with as many textbooks as i have, being able to use a devise that weighs half as much as my already small laptop is a huge plus. one of my textbooks is looseleaf and contained in a 2.5 inch binder. it’s the worst.

if you have the means to, going paperless can have a lot of benefits in addition to being better for the environment. you can have access to everything you need for school in one place instead of across several notebooks and binders. it also helps you save space in your backpack which is always a good thing, especially for students who have heavy course loads. literally.

my motivation to go paperless is due to the amount of paper i use as an artist, which is something i have very little control over. i can’t live my life completely paperless, but i can take control of the other aspects of my life and limit my use there.

what are some ways you can go more paperless in your own everyday life?

welcome to the blog!

hi there! welcome to my blog/journal/writing outlet/whatever else i want it to be!

in the past, i think forcing blog posts x number of times a week was ruining my passion for writing. my thought process is that this space should be a place for me to share freely. i’m sure that some days i’ll want to share reviews for things, some days i’ll write posts to accompany my youtube videos, and some days i’ll just want to ramble on about absolutely nothing.

if it’s been a while since i’ve started my blog, you probably managed to use the “start here” button in my little tag cloud. congratulations, that is the main navigation for this blog! i (try to) put at least one tag on every post to make them a bit easier to find. you can see that some of the tags are bigger than others. the bigger the tag, the more content i’ve written about that subject.

another way to navigate is chronologically through the archive. this separates all of my blog posts by date and allows you to see the title and date of posting. if you’re looking for something chronologically, use the archive. if you’re looking for a specific subject, use the tags.

hopefully in the coming months, years, however long, my blog becomes a place that you guys can get to know me better. i want it to be an extra place to express myself about some of the stuff that i don’t want to share on youtube or twitch. i want it to be full of interaction and storytelling and whatever else we make it out to be.

welcome to the blog, love!

sloan

-august 2019

surprise!

hello friends!

surprise, i decided to redesign my website again lol. i have been thinking the last few weeks about balancing school and what i really want to be creating, and it has lead to some pretty major changes to my website.

the first major change is that i am no longer selling physical items in my shop. my shop is going entirely digital! there are going to be loads of printables and wallpapers and other items available for digital download. this allows me to create as much as i want whenever i want without having to store a bunch of prints and stickers.

that being said, prints of my artwork as well as a bunch of other things are available via commission. this way, i can open and close commissions whenever i need to. using commissions allows me to work closely with customers on a piece or print or any other idea they have!

you’ve probably noticed some other changes, one that might be driving some people absolutely insane. first, let me just say that aesthetic is absolutely a thing, and in the last couple weeks, my aesthetic has changed pretty drastically. no, that doesn’t really excuse avoiding the shift key on the keyboard, but i do think it gives the site a more modern look.

my pink hasn’t gone anywhere, i promise! i still love my signature pink, my headset, keyboard, mouse, phone case, apple watch band, and ipad case are all that nice pastel pink i’ve always loved. my pink camera logo is gone though and it has been replaced with my new lemon logo, but hey, the lettering is still pink! i just really like the stark black and white for the text on my website, but i’m sure you will see tons of pink in the future.

all in all, this redesign is probably one of the biggest i’ve ever done, but i love the aesthetic of it and i am excited to watch it grow and grow. i want to add more photography and art, i want to post to the blog, i want to interact with visitors. i think for a while, i wasn’t proud of where my website was and it didn’t match me, but now, i love the design and i am really excited to keep adding to it!

i hope you guys enjoyed this post, don’t be afraid to click around and explore what’s new, and i hope to be back with another blog post very soon!