New YouTube/Vidme Series: Rome Stories

To anyone’s who seen my latest cartoon vlog, I’m going to be posting a series called “Rome Stories.” This is where I talk about a few choice memories I have about being in Rome a couple years ago as well as probably some travel advice.

This is going to do a couple of things. 1) Help get me excited to be going back 2) Tell you some entertaining stories.

If you would like to help fund my art restoration education overseas, here’s my GoFundMe and Patreon.


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Sharpening Your Axe

So, there are two purposes I have to this blog post:

1) To show off my newest artwork:

Everything is better when you add dragons!

2) To talk about this interesting term I’ve heard recently, “Sharpening Your Axe”

So, I was dumb and took 16 credits this term. And continued volunteering at the museum. And working. This has been detrimental to my health, social life, and overall sanity.

Basically, I needed to take a break.

The term, “sharpening your axe” sounded very weird to me. I heard this and immediately thought of something violent, but it’s actually not. It comes from this idea that when I lumberjack has spent some time chopping down trees, the axe get’s dull. If said lumberjack was to continue chopping down trees with a dull axe, then nothing good would come of it. A break is required to sharpen the axe, and then he can get back to work chopping down trees.

Just before midterms, I’ve felt overwhelmed and unhappy. I NEEDED to take a break. I did. I did all the studying I could, so I stopped, I did just what was required of me from school and took sick time off work (I really WAS sick, I promise, but the stress definitely helped cause it. We here at AshleyWestArt do NOT recommend you call in sick if you’re really not).

I spent time on my YouTube channel, my artwork, played games, spent more time with my friends…

So now, I’m more refreshed and ready to get back to work!

Also, I aced my midterm! That definitely helped, too!



I started a Patreon!


I started a Patreon a couple days ago!

For those of you who don’t know, Patreon is a website you can act as a “Patron” to an artist, gamer, filmmaker, musician, and other types of creators on a monthly basis. Now, you can fund somebody for a single month then cancel your pledge, but personally, I think they really need to consider doing just one-off donations. It’s silly that they don’t.

I’ve been wanting to start one of my own for a while, but finally buckled down and decided to do it. I think my plan to go to Florence next year really put instilled a sense of urgency.

I’m actually having a lot of fun with it too! I’m looking at the “goals” thing as kind of like a gaming achievement system. I currently have my first goal there for $16/per month for coffee, and when I reach that goal, I’m going to make a series of small paintings made from coffee. This would be a good thing for me too because over the last few weeks I’ve been nothing but school and work that I haven’t forced myself to make time to create art.

I don’t know if this will be a super successful thing, but it’s fun, and that’s the most important thing, I think.

I also started a YouTube channel where I want to put cartoon video blogs kind of like Domics, Vanimation, and theodd1soutcomic. But THAT’S not happening until after this Asian art history midterm. :/ Again, not expecting an overnight success, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years but never had the courage to.