Sunday, October 8, 2017

Inktober week 1

While I didn't manage to keep up with the drawlloween challenge, I can't complain about the inktober one!

So far, I had an idea for every prompt, even if some are probably pretty common.

Here are my drawings from the first week.









Sunday, October 1, 2017

October challenges

I have started to draw daily in august, and am quite used to it. But I also felt that it is kind of stressful of having to complete an image on a certain day! 

By now I have found a way to take this stress out of the equation. I am drawing everyday still, but few days ahead of a plan from a challenge or prompt.
Maybe some might make think of this as cheating for the Inktober for example, I don't really see it that way!
After all, I keep practicing daily, and can do so while enjoying it. Does it matter if it is posted on the same day as it is made? Not really, I think.

Anyway, here is my first images for the start of October! Inktober and Drawloween

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Using references

Some hate them, some see them as essential.
But what is it about using references that divides opinions so much?

Those who are against references, emphasize that everything we draw should come from our own mind and skill. They see references as a way of copying, diminishing creativity and the will to improve and practice based on the own observations of real life.

And those who see them as essential...well, many of them want to draw or paint as realistic as possible! They think of references as important, as it helps understand shadows and cast shadows, form, value and colors. And, it is a form of practice too.

Both standpoints hold a truth to it. While using references help to get a drawing more accurate - for example when drawing a portrait of someone - doing this only might not help with creating your own landscapes or characters. But even there it can help! It is possible to combine elements of different photographs, to create your own backgrounds or ideas. If you don't know how to draw something, a reference can help you analyse the object and learn about it. In that way, it can improve you how to draw.

So basically, references are a tool and once again, it is just a matter on how or whether you want to use them.

And what if you want to use another artists artwork as a reference? Well, of course you can get inspired by it to make your own drawing or painting. But if you use certain elements completely, or even want to copy the whole painting or drawing and claiming it as your own, so purely copying references, without adapting anything is another matter once again! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Soon Inktober will come around!
For each day of october, an ink drawing can be made, or once a week, depending on the schedules.

The official prompt list also has been revealed, if you don't get your own ideas!

Art challenges are a way to get your creative juices going. It's a help to try out new art tools, sketchbooks, connect with others, and to have fun with practicing art daily.

Next to Inktober, there are also a lot of other monthly challenges with prompts... for example this list for September by Sketchbookskool.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where to get inspiration?

A blank page can be scary. Even if the wish and feeling is there to draw something, you just might not have any idea for it!
So when it's not about studying poses or hands, where can we get inspiration from?

The main point of course is life itself! The more the experience the world around us, the more ideas can pop up in our heads! It can be scene in nature, memories of being out with friends, a good meal, our favorite pet, or a trip to the zoo. Anything that makes us forget other things for a while, can rekindle our creativity.

What if these things don't help? Well, we still can look at the drawings from other artists, read good book, watch series we like, play games or even take a shower!

The thing is - no matter where you are or what you do - there's always something about it that can be put into a drawing or painting.

Just like the quote of Eric Jerome Dickey says...: "It is impossible to explain creativity. It's like asking a bird 'How do you fly?' You just do."

Here, creativity came when decorating a platter of fruit!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Artists curse

Whether being a musician, actor or artist, every creative person surely knows a 'curse' like the artists curse.
We see the works of others, and compare our own with it. While we can't really tell why they might be better than ourselves are, we automatically think of our own works as inferior. Such moments usually give two options: try to do the same the other artist has done, or just give up on it. It's hard to see both as equal, isn't it!?

But even without the work of others, the artists curse creeps up so easily. You can be working on a project or drawing, and really enjoy the process of doing it. But when it is finished, you look at it and it is just...bleh, simply not good enough. Exactly this is the artists curse.

Maybe without it, it is too easy to think of ourselves and our skills as superior, and we start to dream and take things for granted. But with it, it is easy to be discouraged to just stop drawing or making art in general.
Actually though, it is exactly this 'curse', or strive for perfectionism, that can help to keep going and trying to improve, too. It can help to find your mistakes and weak points, and encourage you to work on them, to become better and better.
I guess this is also a point where art simple reflects on live, in an indirect way. Give up or keep trying!