Author: smudgynotes

My Art Journey: How I found a way to pursue my passion in arts

For those who are in similar positions as I am, currently unable to go to art school due to the lack of finances, time, and/or the need to priorities responsibilities, I have found a possible alternative to still be able to pursue your passion for arts (or any passion for that matter) and that is to take individual online courses. I will first talk a little bit about my background in order for you to understand why I have chosen to take online courses instead of going to university, then I will talk about what I am doing to pursue my passion, as well as the courses I am taking. This is going to be a series about the courses I am taking and how much improvement I have gained from them. My Background: I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Global Business Management and I currently work full-time as a paralegal. I have been taking continuing studies since graduating university: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design                Introduction to Digital Photography Introduction to Adobe …

Artwork: Rothe Zarganduin

This is a drawing of my character in FFXIV whom I named Rothe Zarganduin. My character isn’t wearing that kind of outfit though. His outfit was inspired by the gear I’ve seen while playing Fall Out 4 (which is also a really fun game!). I drew this using a 13HD Cintiq Wacom Tablet, which I purchased few weeks ago as a Christmas gift to myself. So far I really like it. I’ve had difficulty with digital drawings when I used tablets that did not have a screen. I somehow couldn’t get used to it, but with this tablet, it feels almost like drawing on paper. I wish I could have gotten the 27 inch tablet, but it’s expensive and I don’t have the space. I’m excited with all the different drawings and paintings I could do with this! If you’d like more information about the tablet I got, here’s a link:            

The Last of Winter

This year was one of the worst winters I’ve ever experienced. Icy roads, sidewalks that disappeared underneath a foot or so of snow, and sometimes piercing ice cold winds. (It’s a good thing I don’t have to shovel, or I would definitely hate winter). Despite all that, I still do love the way winter changes our surroundings, like fresh snow on the trees. I love the way snow falls slowly from the sky and sometimes I just have to stop and watch (and try to catch some on my palm). These photos are from my last project in the Introduction to Photography class. My professor said looking at these made her like winter a little bit (and that’s a compliment!).       A father and daughter, taking a stroll at the park. There is still colour and warmth in winter. Beauty in white. Trees covered in snow. Birds on a post. A winter tree.    

Souls at Sea

Steadfast journey to the great unknown the red and white boat, it carries hearts filled with excitement and awe danger and mystery create no fear for the young look at death with innocent bravery And those on land left behind wait in anxious agony Time passes and the red and white boat returns red with blood white, their souls surrendered and left at sea

Liebster Award

Hi everyone, so something exciting happened a few days ago: I was nominated by Manasvi for the Liebster Award. If you have not heard of this, this is an award given to bloggers by other fellow bloggers. Here are the rules for this (which I copied from Memoirs of a Wandering Mind): 1. Thank and link the person who nominated you. 2. Answer the questions given by the nominator. 3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them. 4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer. 5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs. And these are my answers to the questions: 1. What was your favorite class in school? English was my favourite class in school. I have always loved writing, especially fiction. I was really good at it too! I would get really high grades for my essays and stories. 2. What is your favorite season and why? Fall. I love leather jackets and leather boots 😀 I love the colours of the autumn leaves. I also …

Characters and Fashion

When I create characters for my story, I use fashion as a way to describe their personalities. Fashion is a choice people make. The choices people make reveal their personalities. However, fashion may not show all there is to someone’s personality as sometimes it can also be a way for people change the perception of others towards them. I realized in my previous chapters of the Lighting Hour that I forgot to describe any sort of clothing for Blake or Madame Agathe. Since there is not much time for me to edit the previous chapters, I will add more details to their clothing in the next ones. If you need some inspiration or ideas for fashion, you can find some in pinterest or even through watching YouTube make-up and fashion gurus. My personal favourite is Ingrid. Her channel is called Missglamorazzi. She had a fun personality and she shows it through her colorful clothing and make-up. Even when she dresses more formally, she adds colour through her accessories and shoes. How do you use fashion to …


“Nothing holds attention like a great story.” Smudgy Notes is a website and blog for those who love a great story, whether it’s fictional or about the daily life of the author, Denise. Here you will find the short stories, novels, artworks, book reviews, and inspirations. Why Smudgy Notes? Well that is because Denise writes and draws with her left-hand, and ink tends to smudge! Disclaimer: My stories are works of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.


It’s already the second week of Nanowrimo! If you don’t know what Nanowrimo is, it is the National November Writing Month where the objective is to write a 50,000 novel by November 30. In the first week I have written 750 words. Not a good start! Anyway, the reason why I am joining Nanowrimo is so that I could finally complete a novel. I won’t be editing my work too much, since I have to complete it as fast as I can. I will edit it afterwards. My drafts I will place under Nanowrimo, and once I have completed editing them, I will place my entry under Novels. The Lighting Hour Synopsis: Blake recalled an incident where she had met It, a strange person she found in her kitchen, who she could not describe as either male or female. She never saw It again, but when she opened her planner years later, a note from It appeared. In her planner were details of a meeting she did not remember arranging and when she decided to pursue this meeting, her life takes …

Future Learn

I have been taking a fiction writing course from Future Learn. This website offers free courses in writing, business, history, etc. The have 40 different partners from all over the world, including leading universities and institutions, such as the British Museum. One of the assignments was: Write a paragraph (50 to 100 words) containing one fact and three fictitious elements. Then try the reverse – write a paragraph containing three facts and one fictitious element. This was my entry: 1 Fact 3 Fiction Her husband was having an affair with her cousin. She understood why. They have not had a child in their 15 years of marriage. She desired so much to have a child, and to keep her marriage together. She went to the Church the next day. She knelt at the entrance doors and prayed. She walked with her knees until she reached the altar. That was the prayer, the sacrifice, for fertility, for a child, for a husband who could not wait. She performed the ritual everyday, but it did not work. 3 Facts 1 Fiction …


“Nothing holds attention like a great story.” I have always found that quote to be true. I have loved writing since I was a child and I thought, why not create a blog where I can post my stories? And so, I created Smudgy Notes for that purpose. Why Smudgy Notes? Well, that is because I write and draw with my left hand and many times inks tend to smudge. In this blog, I will share my stories (long and short), my inspirations for my stories, my artwork, interesting life experiences, as well as books I am currently reading. Welcome to Smudgy Notes and I hope you enjoy my work!