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Art Everyday: looking back

It’s 2017! Which means that my year-long “Art Everyday” project has come to a close. Now it’s time to look back on the year and what has resulted because of it. Last year on New Years Eve, I decided to set a goal to draw or paint something every day in 2016. So how did I do? I went though and made a catalogue of all the art pieces I made last year and the total came to 288 out of a possible 365. That comes out to about an 80% success rate of sticking to my goal. But saying “80% success rate” sounds really silly because I consider this project to be a huge success. This has been one of the few (if the only) long-term projects that I have actually stuck with. Granted I missed some days, but I understand why. Becoming pregnant this year may have thrown a wrench in my drawing habit, but I’m really thankful that I had my art as an outlet. I really learned some things about myself and I found a new way to connect with others. It also taught me that when I would approach the subject matter that made me most uncomfortable or when I would second guess myself about posting something, that is when I found my work to be most resonating with others. It had a lot to do with my fear of getting “too deep” and feeling stupid about it. But whenever I did share outside my comfort zone, it felt good. It really inspired me to reach a little deeper into myself and my feelings, and spend time hashing out whatever is going on in my head. Throughout this past year, I found this art-making to be my “me-time”. Something I could do everyday, or as often as possible just for me, to be whatever I wanted it to be. That was pretty wonderful.

My goals for this project were to push me to think outside the box due to the sheer volume of work I would be creating. The hardest part of sitting down to create something was always WHAT to draw or create. It’s still not easy, but I have honed my ability or absorb inspiration which is pretty rad. The gears in my brain do turn a little more quickly now when I see something that inspires me. I also wanted to develop and polish my personal style when it comes to my art. I definitely think this year has been a good start in that direction. I feel like I’m still at the stage where I am testing out completely different styles all the time, but I have noticed some things that are fairly consistent throughout my work. One of these is subject matter. Generally, I have found my favorite subjects to be as follows (in no particular order):  food, people (mainly self-portraits), animals, and plants. some motifs that showed up again and again were bananas, cactus, and pizza. No surprise, I love a lot of color in my work, and tend to stick with the more saturated hues. For the most part, I like to stylize things, meaning nothing is draw hyper-realistic, or even close to that. Also nothing uber-geometric, which had a lot to do with the medium I was drawing: by “hand” with the Apple Pencil in Procreate on the iPad pro. I squeezed a few paintings in here or there, and there are several ink drawings, but I stuck to the iPad mainly because it was the easiest and most convenient. A couple other mini-goals were to share my work weekly, which I tried my best to keep up on but, it was hard, especial in my early pregnancy. I ended up grouping a bunch of weeks together for a total of 42 posts of of a possible 52. Not too bad. I also wanted to frame some of my own art to hang in my home, which I have about two pieces up. Plus a few in my office. Still need to work on that.

Something else in the back of my head throughout this project, was “What will I do with all of this?” Meaning, where will I take these skills, what kind of shifts in my career might this lead to? I still don’t really know. I love what I have been doing, so, so much but don’t know what that means career-wise. Will I try to become an illustrator, or take commissions, or try to sell prints, or look into surface design, apply my designs to baby clothes, illustrate books or something else? I still don’t really know. Illustrating children’s books is probably the most enticing right now, but I know I still have a long ways to go skill-wise to make that a reality. I have tried a couple different ways to make a little money from my developing skills. In June I opened up a shop through Society6 selling my art as prints and on various fashion and household items. I only made a few sales, and honestly the margins are not great. That felt like a bit of a flop, but it also required very little effort so, I guess you get what you put in. The other thing I did was begin selling my very own Procreate Brush sets on Creative Market. Over the year I developed my own tools to create the looks that I wanted, especially because there was really not very much available on the market. I spent months getting them perfect, making them something I was truly proud of, and was so excited to release them. I love the idea of other people creating things using something I created. In the past two moths since I made the brush sets available, I have had 58 sales between the three products I offer, which is pretty amazing in my book. I’m super thankful for the people that decided to give my brush sets a try. I’d love to develop more products like that to put out there on the market. I would also love to develop some tutorials and things like that too, so keep posted to the blog!

Looking back overall, I’m so, so glad I started this project. It has really been a highlight of my year personally and creatively. Developing these skills has always been a “dream” of mine, and actually committing to something big was the push I needed to go for it. Now that it is 2017, I have decided not to commit to “art everyday” for another year, but I know that I won’t be stopping the habit. It is too much a part of me now and I can’t wait to see where it leads me.

Below are all 288 pieces that I created in 2016 as a part of my “Art Everyday” project.

Each image is clickable to enlarge

Art Everyday: weeks 46-52

Happy New Year! So excited that 2017 is here. This is my last Art Everyday post! Well, for 2016 at least. I’m grouping all of the rest of the year into one post. The last half of November and all of December were not the most fruitful in the art department. It was a combination of being crazy busy (will it ever slow down?) and really tired. All year for the most part, I have been doing my art-making at night after my son goes to bed. But of course this is the time of day that I am the most tired. So the last 7 weeks produced a total of 20 pieces (out of 49 days). Not bad, not great. But I’m glad I kept at it as much as I could. Most of the time the tiredness would manifest itself as, not the lack of desire to draw, but as the total cluelessness as to WHAT to draw. That really is the hard part. In this set there is a bunch (pun intended) of banana art, some doodles, a dinosaur I’m particularly fond of, and then in the last couple days, I started experimenting with a new illustration style that resulted in a new portrait for my little family. I’ve done a few of these and I know it will be fun to see how my artistic style changes along with how my family grows and changes.

“Five Banana Styles

Parctice Bananas by Lisa Bardot


Alligators by Lisa Bardot

“Random Things”

Random Things by Lisa Bardot

“Some Clouds”

Some Clouds by Lisa Bardot

“It’s the Moon

It s the moon by Lisa Bardot

“Pink Dino”

Pink Dino by Lisa Bardot


Mermaids by Lisa Bardot

“Color Wheel”

Color Wheel by Lisa Bardot

“Banana Pattern”

Banana Pattern by Lisa Bardot

“December Doodles”

December Doodles by Lisa Bardot

“Banana Pattern 2″

Banana Pattern 2 by Lisa Bardot

“Palm Springs Lettering”

Palm Springs Lettering by Lisa Bardot

“Bacon and Waffles”

Bacon and Waffles Pattern by Lisa Bardot

“Optimistic Sun”

Optimistic Sun by Lisa Bardot

“Winter Aria”

Winter Aria by Lisa Bardot



Worried by Lisa Bardot

“Cactus Pattern (unfinished)”

Untitled Artwork 6

“Dancing Lady”

Dancing Lady by Lisa Bardot

“New Girls”

New Girls by Lisa Bardot

“The Bardots Dec 2016″

The Bardots Dec 2016 by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week forty-five

The week started out with some drawings I made to illustrate the capability of my Procreate Brushes I released that week. (“Green Eyes, Blue Eyes” and “Yellow Rain Boots”)  I haven’t really posted much about them here, but did you know that I developed three different sets of brushes for the Procreate app on iPad Pro? Ever since I started making art with Procreate on the iPad, I’ve been expertmenting with creating my own brushes to produce the types of effects I’d see in real-life mediums. For the past several months, I’ve been developing my own premium sets of Procreate brushes, which are now for sale on Creative Market. Check out the brush sets here! They have been pretty successful so far (in my book) and it has made me really proud to produce something that enables other people to be creative. 

This was also the week of the 2016 Presidential Election. Oy. There is so much I could say, but I really don’t want to delve into too much anymore. I drew “Election Night” on (big surprise) the night of the election. I started doodling last night as the election results were coming in to help “distract myself”. I started drawing on the left side what I was feeling with the hopes that things would turn around and the art would shown a change in subject matter as I filled the page. Eventually I got to a point where I just couldn’t draw anymore. And this is what I am left with. Emptiness, hopelessness, numbness, nothing. I went to bed that night crying and woke up feeling the same. So worried for the future, especially with one young child I’ve brought into this world and another on the way. “Today I Feel” is not so much a drawing, but a collection of words I wrote to capture all the many emotions I was feeling in the days post-election.

“Green Eyes, Blue Eyes”

Green Eyes Blue Eyes by Lisa Bardot

“Yellow Rain Boots”

Yellow Rain Boots by Lisa Bardot

“Rain with Bear”

Rain with Bear by Lisa Bardot

“Election Night”

Election Night by Lisa Bardot

“Today I Feel”

Today I feel by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week forty-four

This was a heavy week, of both highs and lows. It was the week we found out we were going to be having girl! Yay! It was also a time of turbulence in our country as the election was going on. I made “Violated” in response to certain infamous comments made by then-presidential hopeful, now president elect (sighhhhh), Donald Trump. I posted it to social media with this message: “As a woman, it has been so saddening to realize there are so many people out there willing to turn a blind eye to this type of behavior. I have been groped by a stranger in public myself, and was quick to dismiss it, because “these things just happen”. That’s not the world I want my kids to grow up in. That’s not the kind of man I want my son to be.” And now I can say, that’s not the type of treatment I want my daughter to be subjected to. Visual style of that piece inspired by the great Tuesday Bassen. And then there are some animals thrown in there. These were representations of our family Halloween costumes.

“It’s a Girl!”

It s a girl by Lisa Bardot“Violated”Violated by Lisa Bardot

“Zebra, Giraffe, Lion (Mommy, Bear, Daddy)”

Zebra giraffe lion by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week forty

Some stuff in here I’m really digging. Namely, “Noodle Eating Monster” inspired by my pregnancy and it’s obsession with carbs. Doodling this week was fun. I also drew “Neon Banana” inspired the awesome products by Electric Confetti. I want that neon banana so bad.


“Noodle Eating Monster”

Noodle Eating Monster by Lisa Bardot

“October Doodles”

October Doodles by Lisa Bardot


House by Lisa Bardot

“Tree Face”

Tree Face by Lisa Bardot

“I Want the Neon Banana”

I want the neon banana by Lisa Bardot

“Prickly Cactus”

Prickly Cactus by Lisa Bardot

“Dry Brush Bear”

Dry Brush Bear by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week thirty-eight

This week I start doing a bunch of drawings of dogs. I made up a story for my son about a dog, and he really likes it, so I am trying to illustrate it! I also did some other drawings while on the plane (kid free!) to and from Seattle. 

“Dog Study 1″

Dog Study 2

“Dog Study 2″

Dog study 3

“Sitting Dog Study 1″

Dog Sitting Study

“Sitting Dog Study 2″

Dog Sitting Study 2“FacesFaces“Sunny Day”Sunny Day

“Lakeside Sunrise”

Lakeside Sunset

“Line of Smiles”

Line of smiles

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