Thanks for visiting my online portfolio, in which I share with you my story, artwork and artistic philosophy!
"Art is freedom. Being able to bend things most people see as a straight line." - Overlyxclusive.
My name's Stephanie Goodyear, I'm 19 years old and based out of Elora, Ontario. My main artistic focuses revolve around analog and digital illustrations, photography, and acrylic and gouache paintings. I have spent the last four years studying painting and illustration under a Sheridan College, as well as one year studying in an Art and Design program at George Brown College. As I have not yet found my exact interest(s) when it comes to the design world, my compositions cover a broad range of focuses; such as life drawings, still life paintings, self portraitures, photography, perspective drawings and abstracts. I also experiment with many different materials and mediums that give my artwork an even broader range of variety, which I find gives my portfolio a much more diverse impression.
As an artist, it's very difficult for me to identify my intent for my future education or career because there are so many options. It's impossible to narrow it down to just one thing because I don't just have one interest when it comes to design. That's why I've decided that I will continue to take my time in life and not rush into my future. I want to love what I do one day and I can't do that by forcing myself into one artistic aspect. So I'm just going to enjoy where I am now because one day, the opportunity of my dreams will come by and I want to be able to fully embrace it.
At this point in my life, I've learned that there is no point wasting my time on things that don't interest me or don't make me happy. I've been trying to focus this philosophy towards my art lately as well because I find that it is most important for me to obtain happiness through my art. I also believe that it is very important to project my emotions into my artwork because without emotion, there is nothing to the artwork besides from the materials used. And that's not very captivating at all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson accurately described this philosophy when he said, "in art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine."
With this, I have also been working on convincing myself that not everything I do has to be perfect, nor will it ever be perfect. Salvador Dali, one of my biggest inspirations, once said, "have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." And for me, I was blown away hearing this from him - an artist whose work I find incredibly perfect. But it just goes to show that just because I may not find my work to be at it's highest potential, someone may see it like it is. And no matter how hard I may strive to reach perfection, I have to be okay with the fact that I may never find it.
Overall, I want to be able to express myself and my artistic interests through my compositions and create a background that gives life and meaning to art and design, with the highest artistic quality that I can achieve. Just as Berthe Morisot once said, "it is important to express oneself... provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience."
My Creative Process
Here is an example of a self portrait project I recently worked on with felt tip pen, that accurately depicts my average creative process when I need to approach a task and generate ideas:
I always, always, always begin with thumbnails to gather a general idea of what I want to do. In this case, I came up with 20 small thumbnails of how I perceived myself. This gave me lots of room to narrow it down to my favourites and experiment.
Next, once I narrowed it down to my favourite - the one with the bees and flowers in my hair with a peaceful expression on my face - I created a postcard sized rough to get a general idea of how I wanted the final to look.
Then I created a full sized rough, where I was able to add a lot more detail and gather a much better perception of the shape and features of my face. I then traced out my full sized rough on the tracing paper and applied it onto illustration board where I was able to start the contour lines of my face, the bees and the flowers using the felt tip pen.
Once I was happy with this, I practised some surface studies on tracing paper and settled on using pointillism because it was much easier to create form in my face and the flowers with this technique.
Finally I was able to begin the pointillism - which took a long - long time. But despite how much work it is, creating all of the thumbnails, roughs, and surface studies (or colour studies with other projects) is overall, extremely worth the trouble because it allows me to come out with the best result possible in the end.
For more examples of my creative process visit my Behance profile below:
Below are some examples of pieces I have created over the past couple years; containing different forms of materials, mediums and content, that openly depict and express who I am as an artist.