Well hey there! I’m Mariana, a mama on a mission to teach myself how about fine arts. Back in 2014 when my son was around 8 or 9 months old I started to feel the strain of being completely without any creativity in my life. Since I can remember I’ve always wrote stories drawn pictures for the stories. Cut up my fancy Sunday underwear when I was eight to make pillows for my dolls. Designed my dress for my junior prom, hey I even went to college for fashion design and merchandising.
While I absolutely loved being a new mom I couldn’t take not doing something creative. I needed to do more than house chores, and change diapers. I needed something for myself, something to call mine. The thing was in the mist of all my mom brain I had lost my creative drive and I didn’t even know where to start. So I went to the library and got completely overwhelmed. Which book was the right book, what online platform had all that I needed/wanted, which classes were even worth taking. So many decisions, and I was already super overwhelmed being a new mom and making sure that I actually took care of myself as well. After a couple of months of research I narrowed a few things down.
That’s when it occurred to me, there are probably plenty of people like me who want to be creative but don’t know where to start and since I’m already in the process I thought I would share my experiences with the rest of the online world and ease some of the stress I felt when I first wanted to venture into becoming a self-taught artist and that’s how I ended up blogging here at Creation Odyssey.
This blog has gone through a lot of changes and I mean a lot! When I first started I was doing weekly reviews as I was going through books, then I had to go back to work. Between working and being a mom my plate was pretty full, and blogging became something I did once every three months when I was actually alone with my thoughts and had achieved some sort of learning as well. Then at the beginning of last year I attempted to reconnect with my creative soul and find new focus through art journaling.
Which leads us to now, 2018 came and I was right where I started. I know exactly what type of art I want to create and how I want to make it. While my skills have somewhat improved I was missing something. That something is a foundation. See I had the complete misconception that since I was starting to really draw at an older age I could skip some of the basics. I could just start drawing and things would just fall into place. While that can work I was basically trying to build a house with nothing underneath it. Which makes the year of 2018 my year to get back to basics and rebuild my foundation. As a result of this new fond revelation I completely wiped this blog of it’s content and I’m now starting over.
I actually went to college for Fashion Design and Merchandising, and while I’m super grateful for the experience in the end the fashion industry of today was not my passion. I absolutely love to sew! I plan to spend the next year making own clothes, along with our families costumes and cosplays for upcoming conventions we attend.
I’m a military brat! My father was in the Air Force my parents are both from Maryland and went to high school together. I was born in England, and then we ended up at a base Cannon Air Force Base and never left after that last assignment. So I basically grew up in New Mexico but it honestly never really felt like home because other than my parents we didn’t have any family in the area.
My little family maintains a very strict plant base life style. I cannot say that we’re vegan though. D likes his honey in his tea and we completely avoid doing any chemical based medicines for our son so his medicines have honey in them too. I was considering myself vegan until I started to chemically process my hair again, and while what I use is no longer tested on animals it was tested in the beginning. Other than my hair products and the guy’s honey we absolutely do not eat, use, have, wear any type of animal products ever. Nor do we support aquariums or the zoos. So all of the art supplies I use are vegan (to the best of my knowledge), meaning it has never been tested on animals and does not contain any animal products either. So if you have any questions about finding cruelty-free art supplies please just shoot me an email at mariana (at) creationodyssey (dot) com and I will be happy to help you if I can.
I’m proud to call myself an anime and manga otaku! I’ve been watching anime since I was a small child. Finding Nemo Adventures in Slumberland, Totoro, and my all time best memories as a kid is when the SciFi channel would have their Anime week. My dad would let me stay up until 10 o’clock to watch them with him! Granted as a parent now I question why he thought it was appropriate for a nine year old to watch the movie Akira. Those late nights in the nineties influence my art still today.
I don’t think this blog will ever come to an end because the wonderful thing about art is that there’s always something new to learn about whether it be a product or a technique. At some point though I will become a botanical fantasy fairy artist. So just picture the styles of Brian Froud, Camilla d’Errico, and Anna Mason all thrown in a blender and that’s the look I’m hoping to achieve in the future. Top this with the idea of me bringing my art to life through cosplay, polymer clay figures, and dollhouse miniatures and all the things I’m blogging about will actually make sense.
So I hope you enjoy looking around Creation Odyssey and that it helps inspire you to stop and do something creative for yourself.