I am Happy with what I have, are you?

I am happy now but I wasn’t always. I started out wanting to take the on the world. To conquer everything to rise to the top. But over time those accomplishments that I had done, I was not thinking much of them. I figured go bigger, do bigger, be bigger.

Instead of being grateful that I had carved my way into the publishing business and being an illustrator for others and two publishing companies, I still felt like I hadn’t done enough.

I am now a published author of 4 books and yet still I felt lost I didn’t think much of it. But I was so wrong in my thinking. I have done more than what I set out to do. I accomplished so many of my bucket list items, and can honestly say I worked damn hard to get here.

I haven’t had it easy, life has challenged me every step of the way and I didn’t give up, No I couldn’t give up.

What fueled me was that voice in the back of my mind that kept telling me what had been drilled in my head from abuse from my parents and my ex that I would never amount to anything.

I was determined to prove them wrong, all of them. They tried to choke the life out of me but I was not going to let them. No one had that kind of hold on me, so I thought. And yet I stood there with hundreds of paintings I had done for customers and books I had written just staring at myself in the mirror still feeling like I wasn’t good enough to accept being happy about it.

And then it hit me, you will never be happy unless you are happy right now! If we are always looking for the next thing then the moment is lost on the accomplishment in front of us.

So what I am trying to say is, be happy right now in this moment. Take whatever little wins you get and be grateful for them now, don’t wait until its passed and not appreciate what you have. Apply that kind of mindset and life is not so hard and things we do maybe not a big deal to others but to us it is. Keep on the positives wherever you can find them, no matter how big or how small. It will keep you when you fall into that negative thinking, those voices in the back of your head trying to ruin the present moment.

SO today I am grateful that I have these books published and are out for the world to see, for those paintings I did which is a piece of me.

Be happy in the now,

Namaste

Concept Artist and how you get into the business!

I often get ideas for various artworks and such but rarely do I get the opportunity to follow through, just because my other work obligations tends to demand a lot of my time.

I however decided to put one concept idea into reality mainly because I found it challenging and wanted to see the extent of my idea and where I wanted to go with it.

Creativity has no limits so I embarked on what was only a small idea and it grew from there. Not sure if I will do anything with this now but I did thoroughly enjoy the process that I am starting to look into working on upgrading my skills and knowledge into concept art and all that it entails.

It may seem on the surface easy enough, but trust me when I say it really isn’t.

Concept art is used to visualize ideas and bring not only the character but the whole idea behind the character. The environment in which it resides its vehicles and other essentials behind it.

Not only are you giving this visual idea but also you have to be quite detailed. What weapons will they use how will it move, what will take place. What are the characters personality features, can you do multiple views of the same character, front, back, side etc. Some may even want to see what it would look like jumping or other positions to really get a handle on how the character moves.

Learning these things and creating the character in different positions with the massive attention to detail will get you noticed.

What education do you need? Well when it comes down to it, its all about what you can produce. So if you have a university degree or you are self taught its all on what you can present.

Practice is essential and skill will come from the more of it you do and learn. I have been lucky so far because as a illustrator for children’s books you have to be able to make the same character move in various positions.

So one of the greatest skills to have is the ability to do atomically correct characters in any position. So I would start off by practicing. It’s a very competitive business to get into and there are some fantastic artists out there but remember not everyone has your style either, so don’t get discouraged!

Put your artwork on places like Behance and Artstation and more to get people to notice you and your abilities, the more places you have your art the better the opportunity arises to get noticed and get a chance to work with a company who appreciates what you have to offer!

Good luck!

2019 Contest! SHARE TO WIN!

Alright lets get rid of the January Blahs with a little fun! I am giving away one signed copy of my poetry book to a lucky winner Feb 1st 2019. I will ship it lovingly to your home IF you love poetry, want something free and love to read!

SO what’s the catch? you HAVE TO SHARE! the more you can get your friends to share the more chances you have to win! so SHARE this poetry link and you will qualify to win! I will announce the Winner February 1st on my blog and all you gotta do is message me info for your prize! May the sharing-ist sharer win!

SO lets get this show on the road! Here is what I want you to share: this blog or this link that takes you to my link shown below!

*Contest is for USA, UK and Canada ONLY.

https://www.amazon.ca/Met-mor-pho-sis-Poetry/dp/1949609804/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1547132924&sr=8-3&keywords=lizy+J+Campbell

Let me know you have shared it with a friendly hi or like. ( SO I can see who shared) thankie!!!

March Giveaway!

Yep it feels like spring is coming and what a better time to bring in the warmer weather than with a contest!! Woohooo! I am going to be giving away to one lucky Follower a Customized Silly pet portrait painting! The winner will be asked to submit great facial photos of their pet for painting a beautiful silly portrait of their very own! I will hand paint it and mail it out when its done to the winner!! YAY

I ask that to qualify all you have to do is 1. like my Facebook page >>>>>>>>

https://www.facebook.com/LIZZYWHOTHEFUNK

2. Share it! and 3. post a photo below of there silly pets in the comments! that’s it! I will announce the winner Once the contest ends on March 30th 2018! This is my way of giving back to all my followers who have shown me support. My way of thanking you for being there and being awesome!