Ep 50 Ask us Anything Christmas Special Part 1

Ep 50 Ask us Anything Art Podcast Special Episode

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This podcast is a little different to our normal episodes in the fact that it’s an “Ask us Anything” Christmas Special. Well, in fact, it’s part one of a Christmas Special. Now whether that’s because you asked us too many questions or Sandra and I talk way too much, I will let you decide. Personally, I think it’s the former. But anyway Part 2 will air on the 23rd of December, so you can listen while you slurp on a little Eggnog or snog your significant other under the mistletoe (that’s going to be a very long kiss)!

Anyway, for this, our Fiftieth episode (which we didn’t notice until after we recorded it) we invited you to ask us questions. They could be anything – art or creativity related, personal (thank you for keeping it clean!!!) or random things. And we got a bit of everything, so we hope you enjoy the show?

Here are the questions we answered in part 1

  • I currently use acrylic paints, but thinking of trying oils…. I know they’re not ‘easier’ to use, but do they blend colours better? And give a better finish? Thinking for portraits
  • Favourite Artist?
  • Favourite Book?
  • Favourite City?
  • Greatest influence in your life?
  • Favourite Song?
  • What inspires you?
  • What makes you smile?
  • Who would you love to collaborate with ( alive or dead )
  • Best advice given/received?
  • Best advice for others?
  • If you had a magic want to wave and instantly master a medium that you shy away from what would it be?
  • What made you guys decide to do a podcast together?
  • How do you create your videos/podcasts?

Don’t forget to listen out for Part 2 of the “Ask us Anything Christmas Special” on the 23rd of December. The normal podcast will resume on the 6th January and we also have some interesting guests coming up in the new year.

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How to Sketch with Watercolour and Ink (Ink and Wash)

In this video, Sandra creates a sketch of a woman using a variety of pens which make different marks. After an initial sketch using a mechanical pencil, she creates the drawing outline using a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with Noodlers Bulletproof ink.

The Platinum Fountain pen is used for the facial features and the vertical hatching.

The Pentel Japanese Brush Pen is used to draw the shadows and strong black of the woman’s clothing.

drawing pens

When the ink is dry some simple wet on wet watercolour is applied to finish off the drawing.

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How to Draw a Semi Abstract Face Using Neocolor ii

In this video, Tara shows you how you can use a distortion app to distort a face. This can then be the inspiration for a semi-abstract face drawing. Of course, you could also use an app to distort other things like street scenes or images of animals that you could also use as inspiration. The app we are using is called Face and Body Photo Editor, but there are many similar apps available. You could also use apps like Photoshop, Gimp (free) or Krita to distort a photo on a computer.

The distorted face is then used as a starting point for the abstract face drawing. First, Tara creates an underpainting using watercolour just to map out where the abstract face will be. This also means that there won’t be so much white showing through the pastel later on.

watercolour underpainting abstract face

Then Neocolor 2 wax pastels are used starting with the darks and working to lighter colours. Finally, some sweeping lines are added in black around the facial features.

necolor semi abstract face pastel drawing

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Ep 49 Drawing from Photos or from Life which is Better?

Ep 49 Draw from photos versus draw from life

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Today we are talking about drawing from life versus drawing from photos and which is best. And I think we know, now more than ever before, what a different skill drawing from life is since we started doing a lot more sketching trips out and about.

It’s really easy to rely on photo’s for practice, and while there’s nothing wrong with drawing from photos, it’s important to also practise drawing from life as much as you can.

Some of the things we discuss:

  • How photos can distort perspective and also colour too
  • That your eyes can pick up far more than a camera
  • How drawing from life makes you think more about composition
  • Why Drawing from life is much more challenging, but with that comes a sense of achievement when it works
  • Why photos are great for manipulating and experimenting before drawing.
  • How Sandra uses a combination of life and photos for her paintings
  • Why photos are great for practising different mediums
  • How drawing from photos gives you the confidence to go and try drawing from life outside
  • How useful photos can be as a starting point/reference point for a piece of art, they don’t have to be taken literally

Sandra also tries to explain a recent issue she had when she was painting a glass bottle. Unfortunately, her choice of words for the floppy distortion effect left me sniggering in the background like an idiot (check the blooper at the end too).

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This week’s creative question

Q. What is your favourite colour, and how would you describe it to a blind person?

favourite colour question

The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.

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How to Draw a Face with a Brush, Ink and Water

Sandra demonstrates how to draw a face using a waterproof pen, brush ink and water. She starts with a waterproof Fineline pen to draw the basic shapes. Then to add shading and the hair she uses brushes with Quink Ink.

She is using a textured watercolour paper which gives a nice dry brush type effect for the hair. The ink is applied in a similar manner to watercolour using a brush. You can achieve soft effects by using a wet on wet technique.

For the highlights, Sandra leaves some areas of the drawing white. Then for additional highlights, she uses a white gel pen.

Woman face drawing brush ink water

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How to Draw Cartoon Faces for Beginners

In this video, we show you how you can draw cartoon faces using a reference photo as a starting point. First, we show a very simple cartoon face that even a complete beginner can draw by using a few simple shapes. A simple cartoon face like this can be used to create your own comic story.

Then we show how to draw a slightly more complex cartoon face. We use the same reference photo for this, but this time draw a more realistic face shape. Then we create exaggerated features like very large eyes and eyelashes.

Sandra, who usually paints very realistically, then shows some of the cartoon faces that she has been working on to go with a story we have written.

What sort of cartoon face do you want to create? Why not create a cartoon of your own face. If you’re a beginner you could create a really simple circular face style cartoon. Once you get the hang of that, try a more complex cartoon with a little more detail.

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Ep 48 Creative Chat with Artist and Urban Sketcher Ian Fennelly

Podcast Interview with Ian Fennelly Artist and Urban Sketcher

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In today’s podcast interview, we are talking to Artist Ian Fennelly. Ian is an urban sketcher who creates and sells his amazing sketches. His work mainly features buildings which are painted with splashes of beautiful vibrant colours and use lively linework. Not only is Ian a fantastic painter he is also very entertaining and tells some interesting stories in this podcast.

Se do Porto - Ian Fennelly Urban sketch

Se do Porto – Ian Fennelly Urban Sketch

Ian talks about

  • How he got started with his art.
  • How he was undecided between abstract and more realistic art until an artist who visited the college helped make up his mind (but not in the way you would expect)
  • How his Art career developed
  • Why he loves urban sketching and what got him started with painting on location
  • His urban sketching process (we loved hearing about this)
  • Tips for a beginner artist who is starting urban sketching
  • Composition tips for urban sketching when you are out on location.
  • How he decides what colours to use beyond what he sees in front of him
  • His favourite urban sketching materials and tools

Ian also tells us about his plans for a future trip and project to paint along Route 66 in the USA

Ian Fennelly Artist urban sketcher workshop

Quarante - Ian Fennelly Urban Sketch

Quarante – Ian Fennelly Urban Sketch

Ian Fennelly Urban Sketch

Ian Fennelly Urban Sketch

Find out more about Ian Fennelly

You can find out more about Ian and see more of his work on his website www.ianfennelly.co.uk

Instagram  – @ianfennelly 

The Sketchbook Skool Course where Ian Fennelly is one of the teachers is Watercolor Rules!—and how to break them

The video of Ian that was shot by a student on his workshop https://youtu.be/uYbIC5dCwiQ


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London Urban Sketching Day – Drawing People Outside and Inside

This is a video round-up of our sketching day in London recently.

We both love sketching people from life and there were plenty to practice. We started sketching in Covent Garden, then on the Embankment to draw people outside at the food stalls and finally drew a few more people in the National Gallery cafe (it was freezing outside).

musicians covent garden

Musicians Covent Garden

 musicians drawing people london urban sketching

Embankment London

Embankment London

 

Every artist should wear a beret

Every artist should wear a beret

 

National Gallery Cafe people sketch family

National Gallery Cafe People Sketch

 

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How to Draw Ears for Beginners Step by Step

In this drawing tutorial, we show beginner artists how to draw ears in a really simple way. We start by showing some quick and easy ear sketches using a pen and a water brush. This gives a nice soft shading effect to the ear sketches. In the next drawing, we draw a more detailed ear using hatching for shading.

When you are drawing ears or anything else for that matter, try and forget what it is you are drawing and instead concentrate on only the shapes and shadows. Use reference photos to help you draw ears accurately.

Ear Drawing

Ear drawing pen hatching

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Ep 47 Fun Things You Can Do with a Creative Friend

Ep 47 Things to do Creative Friend

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Today we are talking about fun things you can do with a creative friend. Art can be a solitary activity, but it needn’t always be that way. Particularly now we have the internet. More than ever before we can connect with other creative people and find fun things to do together without even having to meet! In fact, Sandra and I didn’t meet in person for at least a year. Before meeting in person, we had set each other fun challenges, like our “Does alcohol make you more creative challenge” (we talk a bit about it in the show). We had also recorded podcasts together and created the Kick in the Creatives Website and Facebook Group

We have plenty of suggestions for things you can do with a creative friend/s.

Some of the things we discuss:

  • Sharing an art space/studio if you live nearby
  • Taking a creative course together – either online or in-person
  • Sketching trips and virtual sketching trips
  • Drawing while your both online on video chat
  • Going to a creative event together
  • How you can teach each other things
  • How you can encourage each other to experiment
  • Art swaps – We have monthly postcard art swaps in our Facebook Group
  • Creative collaborations
  • Creating each other an art box – We talk about how we got on with the mystery art boxes that we created for each other

the worst art subscription box

Plus we read out some of your great suggestions for fun things to do with creative friends

This is the website I was trying to remember where artists do collaborative painting www.collaborativepainting.uk

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This week’s creative question

Q. What’s the craziest creative thing you have ever done, or would like to do with a creative friend?

What’s the craziest creative thing you have ever done, or would like to do with a creative friend?

The best answers will be read out on the next joint podcast.

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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