For my introductory blog post, I thought it'd be best to say a little bit about myself, why I'm starting this blog, and what I hope you'll get out of reading it.
Hi, I'm Meg.
Here's my most recent self-portrait:
A colored pencil sketch of me walking home, trying not to freeze.
I like to consider myself a "generalist" because I enjoy working in animation, graphic design, illustration, and art direction. I don't want to be labeled as just an animator or just an illustrator.
In my free time, I also like to sketch with watercolor, draw with pastel, and occasionally make some woodblock prints. I enjoy reading, rock climbing, and trying new restaurants.
Why the blog?
For the past few years, I've constantly been told that every artist needs to have an Instagram that they regularly upload work to in order to really create a brand for themselves. I have attempted creating and maintaining an Instagram on three separate occasions, but I quit on them pretty quickly every time. The reason I dislike Instagram (or any social media platform) is that I inevitably get sucked in to comparing how many likes or comments one post gets versus another. It's a swarm of negative feelings: the shameful crave for validation and the subsequent disappointment when the numbers aren't as high as I'd like. I truly feel no pleasure from social media, and so a blog seems to be a much better outlet for publishing my sketches and behind-the-scene moments.
Through this blog I hope to show you pages from my many sketchbooks and a look into the creative process. Since I'm never happy doing just one thing, the artwork I post will likely vary between many different mediums.
Lastly, the name of my blog is The Roost because I have always and always will love birds, especially owls. Here's just a little bit of evidence of that:
Two drawings of birds from some time in high school.