First Blog Post Since Relaunch and Introduction

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Welcome (back) to my site!

It's been a little while since I relaunched (switched web hosts, this one is a lot better, more customizable, cheaper, and is almost constantly being updated), so I thought I would just make a post about myself and the goals that I have with this site.

First, I'll start with myself.

I'm Riker191, I'm 22 years old, and I'm originally from Ogden, Utah. Currently I live in the Portland, Oregon area and have for the past 3 years.

I absolutely love it up here and I think moving here was one of the best decisions in my entire life.

Now, I'm not a professional artist in my own opinion, but I'm learning and improving

I would love to make this a career, and do even more with it.

I would say that I wasn't really an artist until high school when my art teacher helped break down it down so that was more than just a grade to me. That it's something that at the very least should be appreciated for the time, effort, meaning, and for just spicing things up in every day life.

That helped me have a deeper respect for it, but her encouragement and help to improve my ability is what really helped more than anything.

She also taught her classes about lesser known art mediums such as block printing, stippling, and, of course, scratchboards.

If it weren't for her teaching us about those mediums, I don't know if I would have kept going with art past that school year.

Scratchboards are the medium that I fell in love with and have the most fun with, even though it can make me want to rip my hair out sometimes when one little thing gets messed up on them and I either have to restart or find creative ways to cover it up.

The pseudo-negative technique of a scratchboard in my mind just makes a lot more sense in my mind than "regular" pencil-to-paper.

For me, lightening, doing the opposite of shading, revealing the white on a black surface, or however you want to describe it, just feels right.

It wasn't until a few years later that I tried and appreciated watercolors, more than I did before, for another assignment or two.

I felt relaxed making them.

That made me appreciate the serenity of just playing around with colors and putting them together to make something a bit more simple and less time consuming than a scratchboard.

Nowadays, I just wish I had more time and some more motivation during my down time to just pump out a bunch of stuff, but unfortunately I have other responsibilities and bills to pay.

That brings me to why I started this site/business though.

I want to make this my passion.

I want this to be my job.

I want to make more things that people enjoy.

I have quite a few things planned art-wise and right now I'm trying to figure out how to get them done, have this site running well, work my day job, etc.

I have plans to start doing photography and get stuff on here for that as well.

So basically what this site is for is to help me kick off this endeavor and get going.

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