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  • timelapse videos (often narrated) of my digital & traditional artwork
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About Viet-My Bui

Hello!

My name is Viet-My, and I really want to get back into making art, and make shitloads of it, and relearn and improve and grow as an artist. I used to make a lot of art, but due to some life curveballs, I fell into a dark hole of depression and stopped drawing. Now, I want to start again. I’d love for you to join me for every step of the journey.

An Origin Story

I was 14 years old when I first posted my drawings on DeviantART as ravenskar. Through this online community, I met artists from all over the world. I was continually inspired to create artwork. As I continued to share my art online over several years, I gained more exposure and really connected with others through my work. I received some recognition, job opportunities came my way, and I felt that maybe there was a real chance at building a career as an artist.

Unfortunately, I was pressured into attending law school. I really struggled and my mental health suffered. I fell into a deep depression and stopped drawing, withdrawing from the online world. After five years of study, and two years as a paralegal, I was beginning my training to become a solicitor when it suddenly became clear to me I could no longer continue down this path.

I decided to take a chance, and left law behind to pursue the creative life I dreamed of. I went back to uni to study design for three magical years. Then I took a sabbatical to refocus my life and heal: to graduate a second time, get an awesome day job, go to therapy, marry my best friend, mend my relationship with my family, become an aunty, to buy a house, go on a honeymoon, and delve deep into who I was.

What I realised: I wanted to draw again. But I was terrified. What if my best years had passed? What if it was too late? What if nobody liked my work? What if I wasn't as good as I used to be? What if I failed? 

Resurfacing

So, I'm 31 and am going to draw again. I am rusty, out of practice, and it's unfamiliar to me. My visual language has changed, my technical skill has waned, and I'm surely a different artist now. To pick up where I left off in my 20s, I'm going to have to dig deep and work hard. 

This Patreon is my way of challenging my own fears and showing up for myself. I want to give this my best shot, to try and fail, and try again. And I want to share the highs and lows with you all of relearning my craft. Throughout all of these years, I never stopped receiving messages of encouragement from you all – my friends, my supporters. You are one of the main reasons I kept going, pushing through that fog.

With your help, I want to make time to draw a lot more. I want to improve my technical skills, try out different mediums, narratives, content, and really explore my visual style. I want to make a zine, an artbook, prints and paintings. I want to share this whole process with you, as I slip back into my skin (and evolve) as an artist. I hope to foster an encouraging space for us to make art together, while being candid about the struggles and triumphs along the way. I would like to invite you to join me on this journey — let’s do it together!

Thank you! 


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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 83 exclusive posts
17
Audio releases
122
Images
3
Links
3
Writings
38
Videos

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