messages: ‘the beginning’


"messages" a short creative film series made by the artist Roxanne Coble (aka 'by bun')

this creative project I’ve begun both excites and terrifies me at the same time…

if you’ve followed this blog or my work for some time now, then you know that I don’t go into a whole lot of detail regarding the inspiration or general thought process behind my artwork. I’ve always been content with the idea that I put my art out there, and people interpret it in their own way. it’s as though I simply leave my art on a table and walk away…never going into detail, and never fully revealing the origins of it all.

something hit me a few weeks ago, and it was this need to put myself out there a bit more. to share more of where the subject matter of my work stems from. like most artists, my artwork is inspired by an array of sources: personal experiences, relationships, moments and objects, and a variety of emotional themes that have plagued me for years (like nightmares and anxiety to name a few). while I’ve always made art for myself and that will always be the case – I’ve come to the decision that I want to share more of my personal processes when creating. basically, how things go from inside of my head and into a journal page…

and that’s when ‘messages’ was born…

“messages” is a creative short film series that focuses on my experiences as an artist. each video features a recorded message from my personal journal paired with drawings or other artwork correlating to that entry. ‘messages’ is my way of revealing more about my sources of inspiration and how my life is intertwined with my artistic process.

do I know how this project will be received by others? no, I don’t. do I really want to put more of myself out there? haha – no, not really. it’s all terrifying. but there’s something urging me creatively to do it…so I’m doing it.

I don’t know how long or how many of these videos I intend on making. I’ve dedicated an entire sketchbook to it (as you’ll see in the first ‘message’). so, maybe I’m done when it’s full. or maybe I’m done when it just feels done. either way, I’m putting it out there with the hopes that maybe just one of you will connect to it or feel inspired the way I was in that moment…

you can watch the first installment of ‘messages’ here, and be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel to never miss a video.


11 Responses to messages: ‘the beginning’

  1. I’m intrigued. I love to learn more about artists
    I look up to (that means you!) so I’m intrigued and am patiently waiting for messages to unfold.

  2. Something about your words, the emotion that they convey, strikes a chord. I find myself sitting here with the unexpected impact of those emotions; moved and intrigued. What you’re doing is beautiful and courageous. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it.

  3. Roxanne, I have learned that things happen the way they are supposed to happen, and following your gut is the best thing to do! I love all of your videos, thanks for sharing, and good luck!

  4. Wow, thank you for sharing with us Roxanne. I wanted to say something profound as I felt your emotions and they struck a chord with me too. All I can come up with is go with your gut, usually the best thing to do.

  5. I have bought probably bought about 200 online art classes and your two Roxanne are my heaven, I love the end result, I literally prop my art journals up around the place and often stare in awe of how much I adore your art style , – and then you generously share with us the phases so we can attempt to get the same awesome ness!
    Ness auto corrected to mess !!!
    I showed my mum my art journal she just stared and said “so you just blob it all on to the paper”
    I was upset then realised I don’t care , all I have to do is make the art and walk away from the table , thank you for being you xxx

  6. Hi Roxanne,
    I think it’s very brave step to send your messages out there into the world and to us. In fact you already do it by sharing your art, making your videos and writing your blog. Sharing your story behind must be terrifying. Actually I sometimes hesitate to show my art when it shows a lot of my story. It’s even harder to talk about it. I feel I’m on the way to that point where I can share more and completely understand that need to do it. There are people who feel the same, it can both help them and you to feel less alone. I’m really looking forward to hearing your messages. Big hug!

  7. Thank you so much Roxanne, you help me get more courageous as well, with your inspiring art and now also with your words.

  8. It is so healthy to be able to recognize one’s emotions and to share them is a brave new step. As one of your Golden Oldie followers , I can tell you that the ence or feeling of loneliness is a step to maturity at this stage of your life not as the dictionary states 1.
    sadness because one has no friends or company.
    “feelings of depression and loneliness”
    (of a place) the quality of being unfrequented and remote; isolation.
    “the loneliness of the farm”
    It is a sign of independence and the realization that one has to make life decisions oneself. A husband/partner is a mate or friend who you now seek support for your solutions and discussions from/with as you have moved out of the realm of Mom and Dad.
    I look forwards to your future videos.

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