Ep 46 Why Taking a Break from Your Art is Sometimes a Good Thing

Ep 46 Why Taking a Break from Your Art is Sometimes a Good Thing

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Today we are talking about why taking a break from your art is sometimes a good thing! Around this time of year that we can start to flag a little bit. I don’t know if it’s the cold (and you want to hibernate like I do), or the fact we do so much more during the summer when the days are longer. Sometimes there comes a point where we can really benefit from a little time out of our art.

We can put so much pressure on ourselves to be productive and creative. But when you never allow yourself a break, you can deny yourself an opportunity to recharge and sometimes even face a complete art block.

So how do you recognise the difference between just not being in the mood, and when actually it’s time to take a little time out to recharge?

Some of the things we discuss:

  • The difference between stopping creating art because you are feeling lazy and stopping because you are feeling burned out
  • How a big creative challenge can make you want a break or change of direction
  • How the time of year can affect our creative output or the type of art we create
  • How you can take a break from your art without going completely cold-turkey with your creativity
  • Why a break could be the perfect time to fill yourself with new creative inspiration
  • Why it might be a good idea to set a time for an art break, rather than letting the time drift.

The urban sketching tutorial site we mentioned

The site I mention that I have been watching Urban sketching Tutorials on is MyBluprint. It was a site I learned about from our previous guest, Urban Sketcher Lynne Chapman.

Sandra’s urban sketch that got rained on

This was the urban sketch that Sandra did that got rained on that we talked about on the show. It formed a lovely effect.

Sandra urban sketching street scene

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This week’s creative question

Q. What subjects do you tend to avoid sketching and why?

Question: What subjects do you tend to avoid sketching and why?

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

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Urban Watercolour Tips – Sweatband Painting Idea

In this Art Kick Sunday video, Sandra and I try out an Urban Watercolour Tip that we learned from Artist Koosje Koene. Of course, in our usual style, we have to do things a little bit differently and add some art humour 😀.

It’s a great art tip, a sweatband is much more convenient for urban watercolour painting on location than carrying around bits of kitchen roll or a rag to wipe off your brush.

Tools Used

+ Waterbrush – https://fave.co/31XOsSP
+ White Nights Watercolours – https://fave.co/2LY9jzy
+ Sweatbands

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Mystery Box Art Supplies – Pebeo Mixed Media Discovery Set

In today’s video Tara opens a mystery box of art supplies put together by Sandra for just £5.

Just like Sandra and her art box last week, Tara wasn’t overly enamoured by her new art materials! The good thing, though is it pushes you out of your comfort zone to create something new.

Why not get together with an artist friend and create each other a Mystery Art Box. It’s a lot cheaper than forgetting to cancel art subscription sites!

Pebeo mixed media discovery set

Pebeo mixed media discovery paint set

Pebeo Mixed Media Paints can be used to create lots of different paint effects such as honeycomb or metallic effects.

 pebeo paint pour

Here they are used as the starting point for a piece of art by doing a paint pour. This is then developed into creating some face paper art, by cutting the highlights of an image out of white paper.

Tools Used

This homemade art subscription-style box contained:

+ 1 x Art board
+ Pebeo Mixed Media Discovery Set – 6 pack (on offer half price)
+ Pair of Googly Eyes

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Pebeo mixed media face

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Ep 45 Creative Chat with Illustrator and Urban Sketcher Lynne Chapman

 Ep 45 Creative Chat with Illustrator and Urban Sketcher Lynne Chapman

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Today’s guest is Illustrator and Urban Sketcher Lynne Chapman. Lynne has had a fascinating career and lots of tips to share if you’re an aspiring illustrator. But what made us reach out to Lynne was her amazing urban sketching. As you may know Sandra and I are both working on improving our sketching on location and whenever I’d google “urban sketching tips” Lynne’s name would pop up. So if you’re interested in illustration or urban sketching I think you’ll really enjoy this interview.

Originally Lynne wanted to be a painter, but it worked out that illustration was a better fit. She has had lots of interesting twists and turns to her career. After many years of working as an illustrator, she is now lucky enough to make her living from sketch (how cool is that!)

urban sketching materials

Lynne’s urban sketching kit

Lynne talks about

  • How she trained in Printed Textile Design, but then made the change into illustration
  • How she moved from illustrating greeting cards, to editorial work, and eventually to children’s illustration.
  • Tips for drawing things from your imagination. Lynne also has an online course for creating Children’s Characters
  • The value of keeping sketchbooks (she has over 200)
  • How she started urban sketching and how that developed over the years
  • The materials she recommends for urban sketching – Lynne also has a fantastic book about sketching people
  • How she now makes her living Urban Sketching

Lynne Chapman – Urban Sketching Mine section

Urban sketch fire engine

Urban sketch fire engine

Lynne talking about illustrating traditionally rather than digitally

I’m always getting emails from people who want to want to do children’s book illustration. And they asked me what software I use. And they were worried because they don’t know how to use the software. And you know, they think they need to learn it. And I’m always able to reassure them that actually learning illustration is a hard enough challenge on its own, you really don’t need to layer over the top of that, learning this kind of new media if you’re not all, if you’re not already okay with it. So it’s not necessary to do it digitally. And quite a lot of illustrators actually are still not even techie that we’re a funny bunch, actually.

Lynne Illustrating Jungle Grumble

Lynne Illustrating Jungle Grumble

Lynne talking about when she joined the Urban Sketchers Group

…I saw people using watercolour, and I’d never been able to paint. And I’d never learned how to use watercolour. And every time you get a book on how to use watercolour, it’s all about stretching paper and laying layers down. And it’s all very complicated and, you know, slow. And I’m incredibly impatient. And I couldn’t be doing with any of that. So I never painted with colour, and then I saw this stuff. And there are all these people just they’re not doing any of that they’re just chucking paint over paper and drawing all over it. And I thought, oh my god, you can do that. It’s allowed So I started to experiment with colours.

And from the moment I joined Urban Sketchers, I started to draw and colour, either using watercolours, or the other thing I discovered was something that I still use all the time is Derwent Inktense pens, pencils. Because on a train, you can’t really be using watercolours. It’s a bit of a kind of a faff. And, yeah, you don’t want to be tipping paint over anybody or paint water. So I use these pencils, which were, they bought coloured pencils, but they’re not like watercolour pencils you’ve ever used before. They’re sort of like watercolour pencils on acid, you know.

Lyne Chapman RHB urban sketching beach-painting

Lynne sketching on Robin Hood’s Bay Beach

 

Lynne's Textiles - crazy plastic

Lynne’s Textiles – crazy plastic

Find out more about Lynne Chapman

Lynne Chapman - Very Warm Welcome

Lynne Chapman – Very Warm Welcome

 


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Art Supplies Mystery Box – Create an Art Subscription Style Box for a Friend

Have you ever seen Youtubers open mystery boxes of art supplies? You know the ones; the monthly boxes containing mystery art supplies, which they then forget to cancel!

So, we thought, why not create our own mystery art supplies boxes and then send them to each other? How fun!

Why not try it yourself? Pair up with a friend, set a budget and send each other a mystery box of art supplies of your own choosing.

We set a budget of just £5, so we could only purchase really cheap art materials. In this video, Sandra is opening the art box that Tara created for her. She pretends to look pleased when secretly I think she thinks it’s the worst art subscription box ever… And now she has to try them out!

the worst art subscription box

The great thing about an art supplies box that someone else creates for you is that it forces you to try out new art materials and experiment with art materials you may not have tried before.

mystery art supplies painting with cheap gouache

Tools Used

This homemade art subscription-style box contained:

+ Cheap gouache paint From The Works 
+ Watercolour Paper and Kraft paper from Hobbycraft
+ Wax crayons from Wilkinsons
+ Patterned Paper from The Works
+ Rubbish Music book that Tara owned
+ 1 x Werther (sugar-free)

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Pomodoro Technique – How to Maintain Focus on Your Drawing

In this video, we make a suggestion for maintaining focus on your drawing using the Pomodoro technique. This technique is a series of blocks of focussed time and breaks. It’s also a good idea as it stops you sitting or standing on one position for too long, which could make your back hurt.

Tools Used

+ White Nights Watercolours – https://fave.co/2PLESAN
+ Meeden Watercolour Tin – https://fave.co/2zVpBT2
= Digital Kitchen Timer – https://fave.co/32u7LCX

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Ep 44 Urban Sketching – How to plan a successful sketching trip

Ep 44 Urban Sketching Trip

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Today we are talking about the importance of going out specifically to sketch from life, and how to plan a successful trip.

Obviously, not everyone can dedicate a whole day to sketching on a regular basis. It might be that you can only spare your lunch hours at work, but we can talk about ‘snatching time to sketch’ in a future episode. Today we are focussing on arranging a dedicated sketching day trip.

We forgot to mention on the podcast that there is a website http://www.urbansketchers.org/ and Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketchers/ dedicated to urban sketching around the world. If you live near a city, you might be lucky enough to find a group near you.

Some of the things we discuss:

  • Whether you want to sketch alone or with other people, including organising local sketching meetups.
  • Where to sketch
  • What to take with you, from art materials to something to sit on
  • What sort of bag you might want to use
  • What to wear
  • Planning what you want to achieve
  • Apps to help you plan your sketching trip – Rome to Rio, GPS my City, Find my Friends App iOS and Android 
  • Getting deals on travel – Groupon, Tesco Club Card deals on Hotels.com

And we also talk about getting those warm-up sketches out of the way. In fact, every time you do a sketch you don’t like, just call it a warm-up! Oh and Sandra thinks it’s important to mention, not to forget your tampons. She doesn’t even have a weird use for them like some of the suggestions she had in our Art Tips Podcast!

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This week’s creative question

Q. If you could go urban sketching anywhere, where would it be and why?

If you could go urban sketching anywhere, where would it be and why?

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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Brush Pen Drawing Tutorial Using a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

I this video we show how versatile a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is. By altering pressure you can create thick ad thin lines. Sandra demonstrates how she draws with a Pentel Pocket brush pen. She used to hate it but now loves using it.

Tools Used

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Toned Paper Drawing Tutorial

In this video, we show you how effective it can be drawing on toned paper. We demonstrate a quick sketch on tan toned paper and a longer drawing using Inktense Pencils on cream tinted watercolour paper.

Tools Used

+ Bockingford Tinted Watercolour paper – https://fave.co/2PAVF9s
+ Daler Cachet Tan – https://fave.co/2HBOnvO
+ Sharpie White Markers – https://fave.co/32mVyQo
+ Inktense Pencils – https://fave.co/2HDrYy4
+ Molotow All 4 One White Marker – https://fave.co/2PAiUAI

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