Never Compare Your Work To Others

“Nectar” – Q. Rumbley (2016)

“Lovebirds” – Q. Rumbley (2019)

It’s been three years since I started this blog. That may not be much of a long time yet it is still a cause for a mini celebration. As someone who has spent much of her life hopping from one idea to another, never staying with anything long enough to see where it leads, this blog serves as proof to myself that I have the capacity to stick with something beyond it’s novelty.

Three years ago on this day I was working on the above drawing called “Nectar”. And just last week I finished my recent drawing “Lovebirds”. It’s interesting to look back and see what kind of progress I’ve made or how much I’ve grown. It’s been said that as an artist you should never compare your work to others, you should only compare the work you are doing today to what you did yesterday. My work has become more refined and detailed. I’ve switched to using a smaller nib (0.15mm) and a magnifying glass to help with getting more realistic details. But I’ve also become more settled within myself on the type of drawings I want to create. The most growth has been in my focus not just literally but also spiritually and I can see that becoming more focused has helped with improving my work.

Sometimes I cringe looking back at old work but it’s the healthiest way to get a true measure of my progress. 😌



Got this all finished up just in time for Valentine’s Day. 💜😀

Excuse To Be A Hermit

(work in progress)

It’s been pretty cold here in my neck of the woods as of late and it’s expected to get even colder as the week progresses on. Out of concern for safety my other half’s employer has given everyone the next two days off. So we’ve stocked up on hot cocoa and stuff to make a variety of soups in anticipation of spending the next few days curled up on the couch reading, drawing and consuming warm liquids. Even though it’s going to be dangerously cold, I enjoy times like this. Life seems to slow down a bit and the weather gives me a legitimate excuse to be a hermit so that I can spend my time doing my work without that little devil on my shoulder beckoning me to get out the house. Winter time is when I’m most productive.

Day Of Love

“Lovebirds” – linework.

So Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. I always like to do a piece in honor of the day since it’s one of my two favorite holidays, the other being Thanksgiving. I typically enjoy Valentine’s day not for all the lovey dovey stuff but rather because my better half and I have an excuse to go out and buy a big box of chocolates and then sit around all day eating them like two little kids. We’re lovey dovey on a daily basis so we don’t need a special day to remind each other how much we care for one another. But we really do love chocolate and we jump at any excuse to go out and get some. 😋

Anyhoo, I wanted to do some more work with birds so I got around to sketching up something I felt was adorable and expressed the sentiments of tenderness and love.