How to Draw Face Cartoons / Caricatures from Distorted Reflections – Art Kick Sunday

How to Draw Face Cartoons / Caricature from Distorted Reflections – Art Kick Sunday

Have you ever wanted to draw a caricature or cartoon face but didn’t know how?

Here’s a fun exercise to try using your distorted reflection in metallic items or using an app like Bendy Booth.

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You DO Have Time For Your Art

Juggling make time for art

There are two skills that I never thought I would have to perfect when I began living the life of a creative:

  1. Juggling
  2. Spinning Plates

It seems that having a background in circus performance might have been quite useful, but sadly I didn’t go to circus school. Instead, these are skills I’ve had to learn all by myself.

Okay, so there are times when I drop a ball, or a plate topples all the way down to the floor, but despite willingly taking on more and more plates and balls, somehow, for the most part, I keep managing… and I’m actually really enjoying the challenge of keeping so many things on the go.

The Benefits of Being a Busy Creative:

  1. I never get the chance to be bored
  2. Every day is a productive one, because it has to be
  3. I am forced to learn new skills that I really have no clue about

Aside from my own personal artwork, website and blog, my list of plates and balls include a lot of things for KITC as follows:

  1. Writing blog posts like this
  2. Writing Magazine Articles
  3. Writing and filming new videos
  4. Recording voice-overs
  5. Keeping up with Social Media
  6. Writing and recording Podcast episodes
  7. Editing Podcast episodes
  8. Coming up with new challenges
  9. Writing and editing a children’s book

These are just the things off the top of my head, but there are many more balls than that – and they all have deadlines!

Accountability Helps:

And of course, Tara has an equal number of balls and plates to manage. The great thing about Tara and I is that we seem to have different skills. Tara is really great at the ‘techy’ stuff and coming up with ideas. I am a ‘if we’re going to do it, let’s do it right now’ kind of a girl. Anyway, between us, it seems to work pretty perfectly, perhaps because we are accountable to each other.

If You Love it Enough, You Will Make it Work:

There was a time when I wondered how I managed to fit painting alone into my already busy life… after all, as well as everything that comes with managing a home and family, I still work 30 hours a week. Back then, I wouldn’t have thought it possible to add so much more to the list. But here I am and I’m not in a straight jacket yet!

What I have found is that I watch significantly less TV, which I honestly feel good about. I get up earlier than I used to and I use any spare time I have very wisely. I’ve had to learn to schedule a lot more effectively and stick to the plan.

I’ve never been so busy and yet I’ve never felt more fulfilled.

So, before you say ‘I don’t have time to draw/paint/write’ Ask yourself the questions… Do you love it enough? Do you want it badly enough? If the answer is yes, then you will make the time, even when you think you don’t have it.

Sandra x

Sketching in Public More Confidently – Art Kick Sunday

Sketching in Public More Confidently – Art Kick Sunday

Learn how to draw and sketch more confidently in public. Whether you want to draw buildings, landscapes or create sketches of people in a cafe, we’ve got a few simple tips to help you.

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Ep 30 Inspirational Chat with Artist Stewart Hill

ep30 podcast Artist Stewart Hill

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Today’s guest is Stewart Hill, an ex-army officer who in 2009 suffered a traumatic brain injury during a second tour in Afghanistan. Along with perforated eardrums, a loss of his sense of smell and taste, Stewart’s ability to process and organise information were also affected. Since then Stewart has found a new purpose in art, initially using it as a way to help him focus. He is now a professional award-winning artist and he is also an inspirational speaker. We apologise for a bit of noise interference from Stewart’s squeaky chair during the interview.

In this podcast, Stewart talks about his life before he became an artist and how his brain injury completely turned his life upside down. Not only did the brain injury have multiple challenges in itself, but it also meant that he was discharged from the army, which meant a massive life change.

Stewart Hill Artist

Art in Aftermath exhibition featuring Stewart’s portraits of Nick Knowles, Ray Winstone, Piers Morgan and the Duke of Bedford

A few of the topics Stewart talks about in the podcast

  • how he rediscovered his creative side
  • the first painting he created after his injury and how it made him feel
  • how painting has helped him with his rehabilitation alongside other creative pastimes
  • how he went about learning painting techniques?
  • the challenges he has faced in the process of becoming the artist you are today as a result of his injury
  • why he paints a lot of portraits of soldiers who lost their lives in combat
  • raising money for charity through his art


You can find out more about Stewart Hill, his art and work on his website

Enjoy Creating Art By Banishing Your Perfectionism

I was listening to the NPR  TED Radio Hour on the topic of joy the other day. One of the talks mentioned was by Simone Giertz, an inventor and robotics enthusiast. In her presentation, she talks about growing up with academic performance anxiety. So anything less than perfect was never good enough.

This reminded me of how similar we can behave when creating art. The final result can become all-encompassing and we beat ourselves up when we don’t achieve the results we want. Simone’s story is an interesting one. She wanted to learn robotics and engineering, but wanted a way to make it fun. Otherwise, she knew that her performance anxiety would kick in again. So she began building ridiculous, useless robots, like a robot toothbrush built into a helmet and posted them to YouTube. People found them funny, so much so, that it’s now her job. plus she got to learn a lot while enjoying the creation process.

So how can we apply the same principles to our art and enjoy the process? One way could be to create projects, which remove the pressure of aiming for perfection. One example would be blind contour drawing.

Blind Contour Drawing

A blind contour drawing is when you draw something by studying it carefully, but not looking at your paper. When you draw like this, you can’t expect your art to look perfect, can you? The funny thing about exercises like this, is the drawings have an appeal all of their own. It’s a bit like the charm of the funny robots.

blind contour drawing Dorothy Walker

Blind Contour Drawing by Artist Dorothy Walker

A few more exercises you can try to beat perfectionism are 5-minute drawings, non-dominant hand drawings and doodling

Five-minute drawings

Find some reference, decide what you’re going to draw, set a timer for 5 minutes and start drawing. Once again you can’t expect perfection in 5 minutes, which lets your perfectionist self off the hook. What you will find though is if you continue this every day for a month your drawing will get better and quicker.

Karolynne Hart‎ 5 minute sketch

5 Minute Sketch by Artist Karolynne Hart‎

Non-dominant hand drawings

Use your non-dominant hand to draw something. You will find it harder to control than usual. Of course, you can’t expect your drawing to be great using your wrong hand. However, just like blind contour drawings sometimes non-dominant hand drawings prove to be interesting or quirky. You might find you actually quite like them.

Mummsy Savo‎ Non Dominant Hand Drawing

Non-Dominant Hand Drawing by Artist Mummsy Savo‎


Doodles by Christi C Neff

Doodles by Artist Christi C Neff

Even if you just tell yourself that you’re doodling rather than drawing it makes it seem much more lighthearted, perhaps even throw away. A couple of fun exercises

to try are:

  • creating a random squiggle and seeing what you can make from it
  • ripping a couple of shapes of coloured paper, glueing them to a page. The. Turn the paper in different directions and see what it could become. Create a continuous line doodle over the shapes.

doodles on messed up sketch pages

Try one or two of these exercises and take the pressure off yourself. You might find you really enjoy it.

Ep 29 Sketching More Confidently in Public

Ep 29 Sketch in Public more confidently

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In today’s episode, we talk about sketching in public places and how to do that with more confidence.

After our sketching trip to London late last year, we thought now would be the perfect time to talk about the topic.

Obviously, our number one tip would be to get yourself an incognito disguise like a furry hat and moustache or horses head mask. Failing that, we do have a few other suggestions from ourselves and the advice you all shared on social media (thank you).

Some of the things we discuss:

  • Most people won’t bother you, or if they do they’ll usually be kind
  • Places to go when you first start sketching in public
  • What materials to take
  • Why simple is sometimes the best idea
  • Ideas to deter people from approaching you
  • Going out alone or in company. Sandra talks about how she was almost murdered twice (Note: Sandra has a vivid imagination)
  • How to be discreet drawing people

Also, Sandra mentions a light tent that she got for Christmas. If you want to check out what she means you can get a similar one on Amazon.

This week’s creative question

Q. The Creativity Genie wants to grant you one creative wish? What would it be?

No cheating “more wishes” answers please!

The Creativity Genie wants to grant you one creative wish? What would it be?

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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If you have any suggestions for the podcast or our challenges please feel free to get in touch.

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Artists Trading Cards Project – Your Input Please

Post by Deb Saine (the artist currently known as im2insaine)

Fellow creative and KITC Facebook Group member Kim Hine, had an idea that was sparked by a project I did two years ago that I called ‘The Postcard Project’. Kim’s idea was for interested members of ‘Kick In The Creative’s’ to participate in a similar project. A sign-up for Kim’s project was created soon after.

Debs postcard project

Some of Deb Saine’s postcards

Unfortunately sometimes life simply gets in the way and a few weeks later Kim explained that she wouldn’t have time to see the project through to fruition. That’s when I volunteered to help. Me and my bright ideas, right?

I suggested creating an exchange of what are known as Artists Trading Cards (for more information, simply do a Google search or visit my ATC pinterest board.

After making my suggestion, a number of folks said they were unfamiliar with the exchange and wanted to know how it would work. So Tara invited me to create a blog post to explain it.

But before the details can be ironed out, I need your input:

  • How can we physically share our work with one another?
  • How long should participants spend on each piece of art?
  • What size would work best?
  • Would exchanging a piece of art each month with someone different be doable?

I would love to trade art and would truly love trading art with someone outside of the good ol’ US of A!

So what do you think? If you are interested in taking part and you have any ideas of how we could make it work, would you kindly let Tara know by commenting below, using the contact form or via the Facebook Group?

Thanks for reading! – Deb Saine

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