The Art of Alayna Cabral

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My name is Alayna, I'm 20 years old. I am an Animation student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I draw and do nothing else.

This is a blog for all my sketches and original artwork, plus some other thingys and what-not. You're welcome to suggest something you'd like me to sketch, or ask me a question or whatever you feel. Thanks!

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So obviously I don’t have time to do the whole “daily” Inktober thing but dang do I love inks and what a good excuse to put off my work for a couple hours… Sorry the color of the pencil ABSOLUTELY KILLS the BLACK AND WHITE SPIRIT of INKTOBER ALAYNA HOW COULD YOU but yeah I really enjoyed making these and hope theres more to come over the month and beyond!!

I’m experimenting with new characters! We’ll see how long they stick!

— 2 weeks ago with 5 notes
#sketches  #inktober 

Some of my sketches from last semester/summer. Lots of field drawing/observational stuff mixed in there, wish I worked more with color but OH WELL.

— 3 weeks ago with 16 notes
#artwork  #sketches 
Guess who FINALLY got a new scanner!!!! YAY! Now I just need to get a new tablet, but holding off on that until I get a new job. Or if you guys wanna commission me so I could get some extra cash! Message me for details!

So yeah aside from that shameless plug, some OITNB characters! Piper and Alex, plus two of my favorites, Nicky Nichols and Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren! I really wanna draw more characters so if you’ve got some suggestions of who I should draw next let me know!

Guess who FINALLY got a new scanner!!!! YAY! Now I just need to get a new tablet, but holding off on that until I get a new job. Or if you guys wanna commission me so I could get some extra cash! Message me for details!

So yeah aside from that shameless plug, some OITNB characters! Piper and Alex, plus two of my favorites, Nicky Nichols and Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren! I really wanna draw more characters so if you’ve got some suggestions of who I should draw next let me know!

— 1 month ago with 13 notes
#orange is the new black  #oitnb  #piper chapman  #alex vause  #crazy eyes  #suzanne warren  #nicky nichols 

I HAVE WIFI AGAIN! Yay!! But I still gotta get a scanner so enjoy bad image quality for a little while longer!!

I went on a little nature vacation with friends and this is what I sketched during the really long car rides go figure.

— 1 month ago with 4 notes
#artwork  #sketches 
Also more sketches from my lil sketchbook with the handmade paper. Graphite is the only thing that looks really nice on it as far as I know but I really wanna try some new media…

Also more sketches from my lil sketchbook with the handmade paper. Graphite is the only thing that looks really nice on it as far as I know but I really wanna try some new media…

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
#sketches  #artwork 
Some wet media sketches/experimentatons yall

Some wet media sketches/experimentatons yall

— 2 months ago with 3 notes
#artwork  #sketches  #paint  #watercolor  #gouache 
Anonymous asked: Have you had anyone ever tell you that you couldn't make it as an artist? If so, how were you able to ignore them and keep chasing after your dream?


Answer:

All the time, and still do! Partly because I feel like there’s so many different tastes out there, and cartoons aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea (especially older people, for some reason), but being in art school especially opens one up to criticisms, from everyone and everywhere (because they know it’s “serious” now and not just a childish dream, now that you’re sinking money and time into this thing). But the more I sink into my dream the more it pays off, and that’s honestly why I keep going! I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t go to art school, but I know I wouldn’t have any of the opportunities I’m getting from it, nor the ridiculous amount of things that I learn all the time! I’m also interning at an animation studio this summer and not only am I having an amazing time and learning so much, but I would have NEVER got that opportunity if I didn’t have any of the knowledge and skill I got from school, nor if I gave up when people told me I couldn’t make it. And time to time, they still tell me that! But it’s not about ignoring them and just chasing after something. You have to know what you’re going after, and work at it! And it takes a lot of time and hard work and beating yourself up, but that’s how you get better! But once you gain enough skill, dreams happen!

But hey, it’s not easy at all, especially when you’re just starting to work up that dream and the criticism’s at its worst. I’ve been there, and it’s been better since then, but I still face it from time to time so I don’t really know the clear answer for dealing with it. I guess the best thing is that as you fix and work on the things you can’t do, never forget to pride yourself on the things you can. Don’t obsess over criticism when there’s so much you’re good at. And always keep going and practicing and putting yourself out there, because opportunities will find you and things will take off if you’re patient enough.

I know I’m writing so much today but these are really good questions. And I’ve missed you all! Honestly I’ve been so busy but I still have no scanner and no wifi and I’m trying to find a more convenient way to post things, so hopefully soon!

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
#asks 
Anonymous asked: Hey, have you suggested pitching Insta-Dinner to Cartoon Network? It has a pretty good plot and premise, and the character design and drawings are wonderful.


Answer:

Aww I’m really happy you think that it could make it as a cartoon! (Especially since I’d love to make my own cartoon in the future, hehe) Honestly I don’t really know if it’d make a good cartoon? Besides the fact that it does have some adult themes here and there I feel like it wouldn’t really work in a “weekly episode” format; especially since the plot’s so continuous and things kinda happen in a chronological order where someone couldn’t really just hop into an episode and watch… I feel like the comic format is best for the story not only for that reason but since I initially intended for it to be a comic that’s just how it grew and came to be where I can’t really picture it as anything else. Though I do picture it animated from time to time, as I do with everything being an animator and all, if anything I could picture it as a movie maybe? Otherwise it would need a lot of reworking to work as a cartoon, haha.

So yeah, sorry for the rant, haha. But thank you! It’s definitely something I’ve thought about and probably will think about in the future!

— 2 months ago with 3 notes
#asks  #instadinner