Friday, August 31, 2018

This year I turned 37.

Time flies when you're having fun! I still feel super young and youthful even though I've done what I feel is a lot in my life already. But I know the best years are still ahead of me and I'm so excited about what the future brings!

Six weeks ago I shifted career paths, decided to go back into the working world and accepted a job as a Recruiter with Creative Circle San Francisco. The opportunity just felt so right as I have freelanced and worked in the creative industry since 2006. I've shifted through so many career paths and so many different jobs, roles, and experiences!

I'm really excited for this new career shift because I know I can really bring my experience and industry knowledge into the business of recruiting talent. I love helping and connecting people with each other and I've owned my business on and off freelancing with small businesses on the side. I also really loved the short time I taught classes at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco from 2016-2017, where I mentored students in figuring out their career paths and helping them put together their resumes and portfolios.

I also turned 37. Whoa. I'm glad I've come this far, another year, another birthday, a new adventure.

So excited for what the future will bring.

I'm still creating art after work hours 😄

Diane Marie Pascual - Designer - Illustrator

In my 37 years I've learned:


  • To bite my tongue. (I have a really bad mouth sometimes, I can let shit fly off the rails)
  • People who see their own shortcomings think that you will to, even though your experiences are completely different.
  • The old stories we tell ourselves no longer matter in the present story of who we are now.
  • I used to ignore lots of conflicts with friends and family in my 20s, now I’ve learned to face them as they come.
  • Running away from your problems only makes them worse.
  • To be accountable and hold integrity for my actions. I walk the talk.
  • Listening is a super power.
  • Grateful for all of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
  • Proud of the path that I followed even though it wasn’t what I expected, I learned so much along the way and discovered who I was.
  • Taking action has always been my super power, that the only difference between where I am now and where I wanted to get to was by taking action.
  • Life is short, there is no second life. Live it in the best possible way, I know what it’s like to have loss and to pick myself up and start over.
  • The more you address your fears and old behaviors that are no longer working for you, the faster you accelerate and change. And the more you have breakthroughs.
  • I am responsible for my own happiness.


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How to gain more experience as a creative professional - Diane Pascual - The= Gypsy Goddess



Friday, June 15, 2018

Updates 2018

OMG where have I been? Haven't updated this blog in like forever! Yeesh. This is the longest and oldest blog I've had since 2009 I think? Aww man. Well hello! I feel like I'm starting from scratch again, lots of career shifts, lots of changes... Lots of moving around! Lots of other things in between.

I kind of disappeared off the planet the last nine months, I was focusing on creating videos and I started a YouTube Channel for design tutorials, started vlogging, and really becoming really passionate about video. Check out my channel here, and if you like the content, please consider subscribing!



I still want to draw and be an illustrator but I really needed to take a break from creating drawings and figuring out where I wanted to go next in my career. I had gone to school for Visual Development and 2D Animation, now I'm not so sure that is the path I want to pursue. Though I have spent the last 10 years building that career, all is not lost because it taught me to be a better artist, made me BETTER.

Check out my newest website The Gypsy Goddess where I give creatives advice on branding and resources. I've also been dabbling in creating digital graphic design resources and have a shop setup on Creative Market, check out my shop here. I create a ton of fun graphics such as patterns, Photoshop Brushes, templates for Photoshop, and Vector sets.




Anyway, more to come with more work! 




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Teen Witch


Growing up I loved watching Teen Witch! Psyched its on Netflix now! Re watching it again after so many years made me realize that there are some pretty great messages in the movie about finding yourself and knowing who you are at your very core. I still think its a great movie, hahaha. I must have first watched this as a nine year old in the 90s and loved all the magical elements in it. 

"The real magic is believing in yourself."

I don't want to ruin the movie for anybody who hasn't seen it yet but I had to do a sketch in Photoshop. I love that moment when she wonders, does he like me for me? Does he know me at my core? Or is he just under my spell? I guess you'll have to watch the movie! 






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Last Night's sketches from Dr Sketchys LA at Three Clubs

It's been a while since I posted! Super busy these days workin... workin... but these were a lot of fun to do! I love that they had a Star Wars theme! One of my artist friend's bought tickets to this month's event so I couldn't say no! They also do a Burlesque show every Monday night at 10pm at Three Clubs after the sketch session. 










Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dr. Sketchys LA at Three Clubs



Some sketches from last Monday night's Dr. Sketchys event at Three Clubs in Hollywood. I actually won two free tickets to this month's sketch night and brought a friend of mine. These were a few sketches I got to sketch, I was super late because of the LA traffic! Good lord, I'll never get used to this stinkin traffic! 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Character Illustrations

Some past character design work I did back in November for William Morris Endeavor that I couldn't post for a while. These were a lot of fun to work on and I got to spend a few days working in their fancy office in Beverly Hills, really nice people I had the pleasure of working with from the Art Dept. Fortunate that they chose me to work on their project!






Friday, January 23, 2015

Album Cover Art

Hi! I've been doing a poor job of updating my blog! Here is a commissioned piece I finished last week from a DJ who asked me to work on his album cover art. Its definitely a different style that I am used to doing. But I pride myself as an artist to be versatile in working on different styles of art to suit the project needs. I think as an artist, the only way we're going to grow is to experiment and to try other styles.