Sometimes, life feels a little overwhelming….
Whether it’s an event, or a situation you can’t control, or just self-doubt or whatever. Sometimes, it just feels a little bigger than what we can handle.
And you know what I think? I think we need to deal with it, move on with as much of ourselves as we can, and live. Not just getting through the mucky bits, but really living and finding something joyful in life so that we can look monsters in the face and say “You’re not stopping me!” And if you need help to do that, go for it. It’s nice to conquer monsters with a team backing you up.
I hope you conquer all your monsters in the next week!
Jeepers and Jinkies! Sketch_dailies idea to end the week.
I drew a bear because bears are fun. Next up, I will finish painting his background so he’s not so floaty in space
Isaac Orloff started this awesome Twitter account and hashtag sketch_dailies. Here is the link to his Twitter page. What I love about this is that it is a wonderful creative exercise for artists, and a great way to meet other artists and see some stunning work. Each day a new topic is introduced and artists share their point of view. For someone like me who works from home, the shared online experience has revitalized my love of drawing and has reminded me that out of the box is a great place for ideas.
If you’re already following me on Twitter, you’ll have seen some of my work. I don’t take part every day, but when I can it’s fun! If you are interested in participating, all you need to do is post a drawing on Twitter and use the hashtag #sketch_dailies. If you’re new to Twitter, this is an excellent way to become familiar with how hashtags work!
Here is #Ursula and #Sherlock
I had an opportunity to donate a piece of my work to the Old Library Theatre for The Vagina Monologues. There it will be auctioned off, and the proceeds going to a local charity. Below is the address and times and here is the link again to the site to buy tickets. $5 of ticket prices also goes to the local charities, so if you don’t buy art, you’re still helping Sadly, I won’t be there in person, but it promises to be a nice event.
Old Library Theatre
12-45 River Road, #103
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
The Vagina Monologues
Friday, February 14, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 15, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 16, 2:00pm
the copyright is for web purposes
Who’s ready for more winter?
Maybe we shouldn’t wake Phil up so early
I really liked the book The Secret Garden when I first read it many years ago. I liked the idea of this opinionated girl, who worked hard to create something beautiful. Her success, her independent thinking, and her no-nonsense attitude with her wimpy cousin who stayed indoors made her an admirable character to me.
I drew this girl a few days ago, last week? I felt that calm feeling when I drew her initially, a sense of purpose, and I thought “This is going to work.” She is my Secret Garden girl for today.
The only problem was I stupidly drew her on the back of a list, and you could see the writing behind her. In some ways, I thought “That could be a great idea for a later illustration!” but for this, I thought “I’ll redo it!”
So I did. At first I fretted about “getting it right” but try as I might, the eyes kept blankly staring back. She was lifeless, a puppet. And then I realized I was forgetting the spirit of the character. She needed a bit of life, a bit of soul, a bit of me. So I put away the fretting over perfection and felt that calm confidence, that satisfaction of dirty hands caring for a beautiful bit of life, and she came back to the paper. She changed a little, but given the process this time vs last time, I expected that.
I hope you enjoy it!
I like robots. Obviously I have a great fondness for the two little robots you can find throughout this site . *Earlier this week, I had an idea for a menacing robot. Something really dark and scary! But try as I might, he just wasn’t. I found myself excited about this one.* Before I knew it, he was walking along this path, and I put aside my scary villain idea for another day.
You might wonder if it bothers me that I struggle with drawing villains. Not at all. I know if I really focused, I could draw a convincing bad guy, but for personal projects like this one, I enjoy letting the moment happen.
Well, that is the story. Here he is.
*My fondness for the little guys comes from the fact that my nephews were a very strong influence when I made them up.
**Initially I had some issues with his legs. Now I can’t decide if he should stay that way, or if I’ll develop him a wee bit more symmetrical in the future.
I wrote this after reading a lot of Twitter posts with amazing artists blush and admit they spend a lot of time procrastinating. This is my response to those hard-working blushers:
It’s always exciting to wake up and feel ready to start working isn’t it? It feels like the Universe is giving you a thumbs up as you bounce out of bed and head to your work place. Then you hit a wall. Maybe you woke up to the wall. Maybe your imagined image isn’t matching your real work. Maybe you are stuck on how to solve an issue with your work. These moments can feel like the Universe is holding up an entirely different digit at you.
Often I hear the tales of woe from other artists, and the admissions of procrastination. Most of the time, the procrastination is actually quite productive and a part of the creative process. For example, you ever find yourself cleaning instead of working? Or exercising, going to the grocery store or baking bread? Or just drawing endless little doodles while you look at your blank canvas out of the corner of your eye? This type of procrastination is productive, and can be helpful. It gives your subconscious time to work on the creative problem while making room in your brain by putting away all those responsibilities. Plus, the spontaneous nature of cleaning the kitchen instead of drawing makes it feel like I’m getting away with something, and there’s nothing like feeling like you’re cheating to inspire creative thinking (rubbing hands together in classic villain pose).
Maybe the idea of being a Pirate and sneaking in other tasks in your day doesn’t appeal to you. What about being a Task Ninja? That could work too! Or a Can-Do Emu! Whatever makes you happy. In all seriousness, productive procrastination is simply preparation. Cleaning your work space, looking up research materials, tackling that load of laundry that keeps interrupting your thoughts are all necessary for preparing yourself to get some creative work done. So next time you blush and admit you’ve spent the last hour cleaning your office and color coding your paints, remember you’re no slacker. You’re a Pirate/Ninja/Emu/Responsible person.
Pirate, Ninja, and Emu
Well, this blog post has been my Productive Procrastination of the day! Time to get to it!
For those of you who are genuinely procrastinating and are reading this while taking a break from your fourth consecutive hour of playing Animal Crossing*. I think it’s time to address whatever you’re avoiding in your life. Best of luck .
* I love that game
I started drawing this tonight on the back of my notes and really liked it. I’m going to do a nice finished one this week but I couldn’t wait to share with you.