Having a Creative Slump or Block? Here’s an Idea to Get Over It

Tara has been having a creative slump / block since Christmas. She just hasn’t felt like drawing or painting even though she got loads of new art materials for Christmas. One suggestion is to create a page of drawings without worrying about the outcome, do not be precious at all.

You could so this like Tara by setting a timer and only allowing 5 minutes per drawing, or you could use your non dominant hand or do some blind contour drawing.

Tools Used

+ KOH-I-NOOR 5.6mm Diameter Mechanical Clutch Lead Holder Pencil
+ Stabilo All Watercolour Effect Pencil – Graphite
+ Rainbow Pencil 
+ Sharpie Marker Chisel
+ Molotow One 4 All White Marker 

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The Find Your Art Style Experiment

What is the ‘Find Your Art Style Experiment’?

An experiment for 60 days starting February 1st 2020 to discover an art style that I want to create in and develop. I will be sharing my process and the resources I use in the form of videos, blog post and social media. if you are trying to find your art style too I would love for you to join me and share your progress along the way.

Find your Art Style Experiment

What is ‘Art Style’?

Just over 2 years ago I started drawing by hand again. Since then,  I’ve wanted to find an art style that feels right and comfortable for me to draw and paint in. Sandra and I have differing ideas as to what an art style is. She believes I already have a style as she can instantly recognise that something I have drawn or painted.

To me, an art style (or voice) is a little different. Perhaps someone who knows me well may know my art is mine, my style is all over the place. I enjoy experimenting, so sometimes my drawings are black and white and have a graphic style which is almost cartoon-like. But I also like to create with really bright colours. Now, when I think about drawing, I have no idea which method I might choose. I have to think each time “what style shall I try today?” It would be great to have a method of drawing/painting, colour palette and subject matter that would be my go-to look and style. Even if that changes over time.

My Art Style is all Over the Place

The one constant is that I really enjoy drawing faces. But I have enjoyed creating all the different types of images below.

Watercolour faces – with no pencil drawing

watercolour faces loose art style

Black and White Cartoony/Semi Abstract Faces Using Markers

black and white cartoony faces

Colourful Semi-Abstract Faces Using Neocolor II

colourful abstract faces with Neocolor

Collage Faces Using Watercolour Brush Pens

collage faces using watercolour brush pens

Sandra has Already Found her Painting Style

Sandra already has a very distinct painting style. She likes painting in a realistic style, loves still life and reflective objects. She has both dark and light variations of this style to keep things interesting. However, one thing she has been struggling with is finding a sketching style she likes. So she may talk a little about that in the course of the next few weeks too.

Sandra’s Oil Painting Style – Light Background Variation

See larger images on Sandra’s Website Sandra Busby Art

Sandra's Still Life Paintings

Sandra’s Oil Painting Style – Dark Background Variation

Sandras dark background paintings

Join us for the ‘Find Your Art Style Experiment’

I will be starting the Find your Art Style Experiment on February 1st, which coincides with the beginning of our February Faces Art Challenge. Two years ago this was the daily face drawing challenge that helped me discover my love of creating faces. So my focus on finding my art style will be around the subject of faces and people.

If you haven’t yet discovered the “thing” that you most love to draw, whether that’s literal or more abstract, I highly encourage you to take part in some art challenges.  Challenges can force you out of your comfort zone and help you discover what you really love. After all, if you have never tried drawing or painting certain things or using a certain media, how do you know whether it suits you or not.

The Structure of the Experiment

For the course of the 60 days, I will be creating a structure to break down the things I will be trying each week. I will share those with you too. I will also share the books and blog posts in have been reading, the podcasts, videos and courses I have been watching and listening to with other artist’s suggestions on discovering your style. And of course, trying out some of those ideas too. Will they work?

At the end of each week, Sandra and I will record a video of my progress and what I plan to do next. Sandra will offer her thoughts and advice too.

Week 1

One of the descriptions of finding your art style that has resonated most with me is in a course by SVS Learn. SVS Learn is an Illustration course platform created by Jake Parker (Inktober), Will Terry and Lee White. Lee White teaches a course called “How to Discover Your Style”. Lee states how frustrated he was with his lecturers at school telling him that your style just emerges over time. He believes that there is a method to discovering your style (or at least speeding it up).

SVS learn

In his lectures he talks about where famous artists got their inspiration from and the similarities between illustrators he loves and the work of their teachers and mentors. He believes you can find your style by taking inspiration from the artists you admire the most and suggests starting by collating together 20 images by artists you love and 20 of your creations and analysing them.

This is also a very similar idea to a blog post on developing your art style by artist Christopher Kerry. He suggests that you find three artists you love then narrow them down to a piece of art from each. Next, analyse the art and work out what you like about it. Then combine the elements you like from each of the artists into a piece of art your own. He gives a thorough explanation here https://copicmarkertutorials.com/how-to-find-your-own-personal-drawing-style/

Using the SVS Learn Course and the Blog post I mentioned above, for the first week I will be creating a Pinterest Board with work I love. I already have a very large Pinterest board with face drawings I like so I will be narrowing these down. I will also look at my art and then take elements from the work I love and apply them to my own drawings.

I hope you’ll join us!

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Glass Dip Pen Review – Aolvo Brand

Sandra gives a review of her new Aolvo glass dip pen for drawing. In her demonstration she is impressed by how much ink this beautiful pen will hold.

Glass Dip Pen Pros

• This pen is a beautiful thing to look at
• The Aolvo dip pen holds a lot of ink, so less need to keep dipping
• The dipping pen set comes with ink to match the colour of the pen
• The dip pen has it’s own pen rest included in the set

Glass Dip Pen Cons

• The pen Doesn’t have much line weight variation
• Obviously more fragile than a standard dip pen

Tools Used

+ AOLVO Glass Dipping Pen Set

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Ep 52 The Power of Continuous Practice for Your Art

Podcast Ep 52 The Power of Continuous Practice for Your Art

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Today we are talking about the power of continuous practice… And I think that most of the people who joined Kick in the Creatives at the start and have been joining in with the challenges ever since will be able to see how much they have improved by adopting a creative habit. So if you haven’t joined us yet and you want to improve your skills, then now is a good time to start. Our Facebook Group is a great place to share your work, get encouraged by other artists and hold yourself accountable.

Any amount of practice is good, but like anything, regularity is the key. If you look at it like going to the gym, well going once a week is good for you, but you won’t see results anywhere near as quickly as you would by going three times a week. Basically, the more you do it, the quicker the results.

Some of the things we discuss:

  • How to set things up so that practice is easier, by having your tools close at hand so there is less resistance
  • How setting yourself a challenge or joining an existing one can help with motivation
  • How little and often is the key to your work improving
  • How a teacher tested the theory of quantity vs quality with students
  • How practising a specific thing for a period of time can be more beneficial than practising lots of things
  • Why there will be times in your practice where your art won’t seem to improve
  • That sometimes you don’t notice how much you have improved until you look back

The video talk I mentioned in the podcast about the man who bet his cousin $1000 he could learn to draw and get 1000 likes on Art Station within 6 months is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists

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This week’s creative question

Q. What are your creative goals for the 2020?

What are your creative goals for 2020?

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

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Draw Hands with a Continuous Line Drawing Technique

Sandra demonstrates how to draw hands using continuous line drawing. A continuous line drawing forces you to look for shapes and consider where to place your next line. Drawing hands is great practice as you can form your hands into so many different positions.

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Make Your Own Art Tools and Experiment with Mark Making

Today we talk about using non-traditional drawing tools for making interesting marks in your art. Tara shows a couple of the things she has found around the house to draw with and Sandra visits the woods near her home to see what potential drawing tools she can find.

Some of the unusual drawing tools she finds to experiment with are – a feather, a twig, a bit of fern and a pine cone. Each of these items makes interesting marks for a drawing.

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Ep 51 Ask us Anything Christmas Special Part 2

Art Podcast Ep 51 Ask us Anything Part 2

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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. This is the second part of a two-parter, as we talked way too much for one episode!

You can find Part One here: Ep 50 Ask us Anything Christmas Special Part 1

For this special podcast, 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 there is a good mix and we hope you enjoy the show?

Here are the questions we answered in part 2

  • What’s the difference between copyright/plagiarism/ and using an image you see on google or elsewhere for
  • Is the Hokey Cokey really what it’s all about?
  • What era and area would you travel to and who would you then study under/with?
  • What do you do with all these random stuff we create my poems are contained easily but all these canvas tile mixed media paintings etc ? I am being overrun and don’t know what to do with it all
  • What other artists do you most admire (voraciously envy the talent of) and why?
  • I have a question about copyright. I understand pretty well about photos that are recent and will use sites like Pixabay or Unsplash. I will also share and share alike and give credit or use the proper licences. Where things get tricky is when using vintage photographs. I imagine, that where a photographer has been named there might still be copyright or at least credit should be given. What about where you don’ t know who the photographer is and the photo is over 50 years old? I really love old photos and would like to use them as references.
  • My drawing and painting are getting better, but I still lack depth. I need more help working out tones and being able to see and use them better- can you brilliant ladies help a girl out?
  • What inspired you to start kick in the creatives? It is an outstanding resource for me, and can’t thank you enough for the endless inspiration.
  • If you can, should you?
  • Favourite hot drink?
  • Which inspires your creativity more, nature or man-made?
  • Best way to deal with a cat that demands to sit on your artwork when you’re drawing it?
  • Do you 2 ever have a stand-off? What happens when you do?
  • What about the copyright of our art? We get to keep our name on it? I hope this makes sense…
  • What do you do for fun?
  • How are you able to find time for all you do, with managing KITC, your work, family, Art, etc.? (I’m in awe of how you both seem to fit everything in!)
  • Where does KITC, plan to be – in 2021, and 2023?

Don’t forget to listen to Part 1 of the “Ask us Anything Christmas Special” which came out on 9h December. The normal podcast will resume on the 13th January and we also have some interesting guests coming up in the new year.

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Lamy Safari vs Sailor Fountain Pen Review: What’s the Difference for Drawing

In this video, Sandra talks about her new Sailor Fountain Pen and the Differences between the Sailor Fountain Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen for drawing.

The Sailor fountain pen has a very different nib to the Lamy Safari. Although Sandra still loves her Lamy Safari Fountain Pen she does like the effects you can get with the Sailor Fountain Pen nib. Because the Sailor Fountain Pen nib is at an angle it lets you make a variety of line widths from very thick to very thin which is ideal for drawing and sketching.

lamy safari and Sailor Fountain pens

Safari Fountain pen nib

Sandra also makes suggestions for the type of ink that she is using that doesn’t clog either of the Fountain Pens. Tara has previously had problems with her Sailor Fountain Pen clogging, but didn’t use the Noodlers Ink that Sandra now recommends.

Tools Used

+ Sailor Fountain Pen

+ Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

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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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