Hi Friends! This is Part 2 of my Post of Unwarranted Advice for budding artists and creatives. You can read Part 1 of said post here. Read that first, otherwise like Season 5 of Game of Thrones, you’d have no idea what is going on.
Okay, we amble onward!
6. Sketch Everyday. Hahah I’m a piece of shit. I do not sketch every day . But this is me basically telling you to not be like me, and to listen to me because someone needs to.
Create a journal that is handy and easy to carry around. Sketch your ideas out, whether it be for 15 mins or a few hours. This is important because it keeps you in touch with your work. Challenge yourself; there are all sorts of art challenges online, and since its October, you can do Inktober! Its a great way to may sure you draw everyday. (I say as I am behind by a week.)
I have this terrible habit wherein I get these bursts of productivity, and then I don’t pick up a pencil for weeks. Do not be like me, kids.
Your tools need not be expensive or new-fangled. All you need is paper and a pencil and you’re good to go.
My favourite thing to do these days is to sit in a Starbucks that I like and sketch the people there. Of course, these are limited poses since everyone is on their goddamn phones all the time, but hey, its a start.
7. Put up your work. Get a social media site dedicated to your art; put them up for the world to see; bask in the admiration and validation you receive. That being said, don’t be an idiot and just wait for the likes to flow in. A site is a great way to also receive feedback from people who are better than you. Strive for constant improvement! I’m going to do some self-plugging here, please like and follow ( Please, I need friends, and validation.)
8. Your journal is for you. I am full of contradictions. Sometimes it just helps to draw for yourself; you’d be more forgiving of your mistakes and you’d even allow yourself to explore more. Don’t feel the need to advertise every tiny doodle you draw in your journal; bask in the exclusiveness of your own creativity. Go on, bask! BASK! (Is the word bask starting to sound odd to you? No? Just me? Okay, we continue)
9. Take an art class. This may sound painfully obvious, but for some reason this was something that actually did not occur to me for a long time. After I graduated University, I was so fixated on wanting to do a Masters that I just didn’t think that short courses were possible. I finally caved and took a basic illustration class and it helped me so much! What it does is it forces you to sit and draw for a certain amount of time regularly; it also gave me something I do not get when I draw casually – instant feedback from a professional.
If you live in Singapore, Lasalle School of the Arts has nice short courses for beginners.
You can also attend one off Life Drawing classes to hone your anatomy skills and look at some butts. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
If all this stresses you out, try some Art Therapy! I heard it’s fun.
10. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Really though, if art is stressing you out and ruining your life, uh, you might need to re-evaluate. Life is too short friends! There’s no wrong way to do art; you just need to enjoy yourself. Also, reach out! Network! Talk to artists and friends and friends who are artists. Its a wonderful community and everyone is happy to help.
PS: I feel like this post can be loosely applied to any kind of creative, including writers. However. I don’t presume to know the struggles of writers and dancers, etc, so I shall stick to what I know.
PPS: I did this entire post at work, instead of working. I need a medal for productivity; rather, the lack thereof.