Ep 80 Why Artist’s Shouldn’t be Afraid to Try Oil Painting

Today we are talking about why artists shouldn’t be afraid to try Oils. Sandra speaks from experience, because she remembers feeling afraid to try them. She used to use watercolours because oils just looked so complicated. But about ten years ago an artist friend of hers said she should try them. The moment she tried them, she knew she had found the perfect medium to suit her style. 

Ep 80 Artists Afraid Oil Painting

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What Sandra loves about oil paints

  • They have a buttery consistency like no other
  • Oils are very forgiving – far more so than watercolours
  • Oil paints take longer to dry, giving you plenty of time to blend
  • They are versatile. You can paint in thick impasto strokes or in thin layers
  • Unlike watercolours, oils won’t fade. If they are used correctly an oil painting can last 100’s of years

Check out Sandra’s Oil Paintings at www.sandrabusbyart.com

Oil painting topics we cover in the podcast

  • How Sandra learned to paint in oils – she shares the basic rules of oil painting
  • What would be a small basic kit to get you started in oil painting? Sandra started with a Daler Rowney Georgian set of Oil Paints
  • Cheap oil paper vs cheap canvas
  • Brushes
  • How you can just buy 1 colour and a white to get started cheaply doing some tonal paintings to see if you like oil painting
  • Why mediums don’t have to be complicated and can be safe. Sandra explains that you can get really good ready made medium from the Gamblin Brand
  • Safer methods for cleaning up your oil painting kit such as Murphy’s oil soap and baby-wipes
  • What sort of palettes work for oil paint
  • Whether you need an easel or not
  • Sandra’s big wooden stick with a ball on the end (that I assume she uses for slapping Paul)
  • Acrylics vs oils
  • Water-soluble oil paints

Suggested Tutorials/Art Courses for Oil Painting

  • Evolve is an oil painting teaching platform that can teach anyone to paint in a realistic style in a year or less. Check out our podcast Ep 73 with Kevin Murphy to find out more or watch their free webinar – https://kickinthecreatives.com/evolvewebinarEvolve learn to paint webinar
  • For a more loose style of oil painting, we also mention Carol Marine – we haven’t tried her tutorials but she paints quickly with oils and has a website where people create daily paintings

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Naked Sketchbook

We also talk about #nakedsketchbook an idea we had during our previous podcast about having fun with your sketchbook. We are inviting you to share your sketchbook flick throughs, warts and all  and hashtag it on Instagram or Facebook with #nakedsketchbook. Often what we see on social media is a rose tinted version and only the art people are proud of. It can be a little demoralising, especially when you’re a beginner.

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Q. What type of art or mediums have you always wanted to try but haven’t? Why is that?

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Ep 79 Having Fun with Your Sketchbook

In today’s podcast we’re going to talk about using your sketchbook to explore and have fun, rather than thinking of it as a portfolio. With the kind of sketchbook flip-throughs  you see online, it’s easy to think a sketchbook should be a work of art in itself… but that’s not so! You wouldn’t expect an author’s first draft or notes for a book to be perfect so why should we treat a sketchbook that way.

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Things we discuss about having fun with your sketchbook

  • When you see sketchbook walk throughs don’t be daunted. These are often portfolio sketchbooks by someone who has mastered a technique/medium and keeps their sketchbook for this purpose. They are made to be shown
  • Not everyone’s sketchbook looks perfect – If you flicked through mine, to look at some of the sketches you would think I couldn’t draw at all and it doesn’t look like a cohesive thing,
  • You should have at least one sketchbook which is a place for experimentation and to not be afraid of the result. It’s often those experiments which can lead to something interesting in your work.
  • Use your sketchbook to collect inspiration… This might be memorabilia, Labels, tickets, colour swatches, photo’s, fabric.
  • Try cutting up bits of magazines or old catalogues and leaflets and stick them down and use them in your art
  • Make notes in your sketchbooks…Use your sketchbook to scribble down thoughts, ideas, titles etc
  • Use your book to make thumbnails. These are small drawings that you do to work out compositions and ideas.
  • Sketchbooks can have multiple different purposes, they don’t have to conform to anyone else’s idea of what a sketchbook should be.
  • Keep a secret sketchbook (or as Sandra said by mistake “sex book” – check the blooper at the end of the podcast)… Padlock it if necessary! Treat it like a diary. You wouldn’t expect someone to read that, so your sketchbook can be just as private. This is something a previous guest Chris Riddell Advises.
  • Don’t be precious. Start drawing with your hand at the end of the pen so you don’t have much control, let your hand wander then make it into something
  • If you create a page you don’t like use the blank bits of it to doodle other things or try out different pens.

 

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Q. If you wanted to hide a secret sketchbook, where would your perfect hiding place be?

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Ep 78 Drawing and Sketching People

In today’s podcast, we’re talking about drawing and sketching people. It’s a subject a lot of people avoid because drawing people can be tricky, especially if they are moving. Drawing people is something that Sandra and I both enjoy and want to keep improving. There are lots of different ways to practice drawing people, whether that’s from life or photos and videos.

Podcast 78 Drawing and Sketching People

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Ideas for practising drawing and sketching people that we discuss

  • You could take a life drawing class. While it may not be possible to do that in person at the moment (due to the Pandemic) you could always do it online with both clothed and nude models. Check out our blog post about online life drawing. Some of the online life drawing classes Tara likes are @thejollysketcher @thamesmeadlifedrawing @thedrawingsesh and @CabaretCouture. Sandra also talks about her experience of attending an in-person life drawing class.
  • Croquet Cafe – If you don’t want to try a life drawing class then check out Croquet Cafe – They used to be on Youtube, but have moved their content over to Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/croquiscafe They have videos of models and a timer so you can practice timed sketches.
  • UPDATE Croquet Cafe is no longer free try checking out New Masters Academy on YouTube instead for free content.
  • If you’re not comfortable with the idea of a life drawing class, you could draw yourself in front of a mirror or from a selfie. We have people in the group doing daily portraits.
  • You could practice drawing your partner or spouse or even a friend if they are willing.
  • Practice drawing moving people – if it’s not possible from life, then why not try drawing a newsreader, or a weatherman because you know that their movements will be limited.
  • Also to practice drawing moving people you could loop a Youtube video. Check out https://youtubeloop.net/ which lets you loop sections of a video
  • Once we’re allowed to venture outdoors more (after lockdown) another good place to draw slow-moving people is in a cafe. You will find people moving around a little bit but not much. Even if they get up and walk away, someone else will often take their place.
  • Practice capturing movement with a basic line of gesture (line of action) to get the feel of movement.

If you are new to drawing people, expect your sketches to be bad at first. But with practice, they will only get better.

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This week’s creative question

Q. Aside from cooking, what is the most creative thing you have either done or seen done with a vegetable? (you can blame Sandra for this one, no rude answers please 🤣 )

Check out @katybobsyouraunty on Instagram to see some of the fun things she does

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Ep 77 Our Favourite Art Books

Podcast Ep 77 Favourite Art-Books

Happy new year and welcome to today’s episode, the first of 2021! Today we are talking about our personal favourite art books… and not just tutorial books, but other inspirational books too. There are lots of obvious ones we could talk about, the Danny Gregory’s and the Austin Kleon’s, but we’re pretty sure that most of you will have heard of those, so we’re going to talk about the less obvious ones.

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Books we mention in the show:

Art Tutorial Books

Fun Art Books

Art Inspiration Books

Books Where We Love the Illustrations

More Unusual Creative Books

 

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This week’s creative question

Q. What is your favourite art book and why?

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Ep 76 Our Favourite Art Materials

Today’s podcast is all about our favourite art materials as well as some of the ones our guests have mentioned to us along the way. We’d love you to share the art materials you love in the comments too. Everyone loves new art stuff don’t they!

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Art Materials we mention in the show

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Pencils for Art

Artist Pens

Ink

Markers

Other Artists’ Paints and Mediums

Paper and Surfaces

Art Tools and Gadgets

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Q. What is your favourite art material and why?

Art material question

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Ep 75 Building a Creative Habit with Artist Mike Brennan

Today’s guest is Artist Mike Brennan. Mike’s childhood dream was to ​be​ a cartoon. When he realised that wasn’t possible he became the next best thing – an Artist. He loves sharing experiences and making connections through his art, and helping other artists and creatives establish a daily creative habit of their own.

Podcast Ep 75 Building a Creative Habit with Artist Mike Brennan

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Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan

Some of the creative things we discuss

  • Why Mike decided to go to college to study graphic design rather than art
  • Why after 10 years with creating started creating again
  • How art helped him with his depression
  • Tips for anyone who want to start drawing again after a long break
  • How Mike has built an amazing creative habit and has created art every day for the last eight years
  • Tips for building your own creative habit
  • Mike’s process for creating art and why concepts are so important to him
  • Why Mike now often works digitally after his initial resistance to the medium

Find out more about Mike Brennan

Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan

 

Art Mike Brennan

© Copyright Mike Brennan


 

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Ep 74 Dealing with Stress and Overwhelm as a Creative

Today’s episode is all about how to cope with the feelings of stress and overwhelm that can come with being, or ‘trying to be’ a creative.

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Originally, we had planned to record this episode in March, because Tara had recently experienced overwhelm having completed and filmed a ‘find your art style’ experiment over 60 days… And then lockdown happened, and no one in the world had much to do, so we decided that wasn’t the best time to talk about having too much to fit in!

As Sandra has recently been going through her own feelings of overwhelm we thought now would be a good time for the episode (even though we’re in lockdown again). That’s because the work Sandra couldn’t do during the first lockdown all came at once as soon as it was over and this left her tearing her hair out and not having a clue how to deal with it all!

So, when you are going through a period where you just don’t know where to start… Where do you start?

Some of the things we discuss about overwhelm as a creative

  • Prioritising what’s important and how we go about it and how sometimes we feel a good old fashioned paper and pen list is better than an App, though we use those too.
  • Focus on one thing at a time. Better to get one thing done, than bits of everything but not finish any of them. When Sandra was overwhelmed she found she was doing everything badly instead of a few things well.
  • If you keep procrastinating, make your own deadline and enlist the help of an accountability partner if you need one.
  • Other ways of relaxing as well as making art (we don’t recommend Sandra’s weird sexy talk)
  • If you know things are likely to get busy, see if there are things you can do or prepare in advance (that’s what Tara did for her Find You Art Style Challenge)
  • See if you can automate some tasks or make them simpler.
  • Remember that you don’t have to do everything at once, spread the tasks out
  • Challenge yourself, but don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of finding time to do the things you want to do.

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This week’s creative question

The Mona Lisa has her own mailbox in the Louvre because of all the love letters she receives. … If you could send a letter of any kind, to a piece of art, what would your letter be about and what piece of art would you write it to?

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Ep 73 Teaching Artists How to Paint Realistically with Kevin Murphy

Today’s guest is Kevin Murphy from Evolve. Kevin is an internationally recognized award-winning portrait painter and illustrator. Kevin created nearly 250 commercial illustrations for such major entities as: The Rolling Stones, National Geographic, Lucas Arts and Barnes and Nobel

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Kevin is the co-founder of Evolve. Evolve is a platform that can teach anyone how to paint in a realism style in a year or less. You can check out the free painting masterclass webinar  Kevin mentions by going to KickintheCreatives.com/EvolveWebinar

realism art tutorial webinar

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Kevin talks about

  • His fascinating journey into art and the incredible lengths he went to fulfil his dream of being a professional artist.
  • Some of the amazing projects he has worked on, including being asked to do a cover for a Rolling Stones Album
  • Starting his own physical art school
  • How anyone can learn to paint, given the right knowledge and practice and how Evolve can speed that process up
  • How he started teaching his oil painting process online when he co-founded Evolve with Mitch Bowler (Pencil Kings)
  • Why he recommends learning oil painting over any other medium first
  • Why value and edge are the foundations for all art, how this works and why it’s important
  • What art students can do with their realism painting skills. He also talks about how some of his students are already making money from their art, including through selling their course paintings

Some before and After Evolve Student Work

Realism art student before and after Evolve lessons

learning to paint realistically before and after

Learning Realism Oil painting Before and After

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Ep 72 Creative Chat with Children’s Illustrator and Political Cartoonist Chris Riddell

Today’s guest is Chris Riddell, a British illustrator based in Brighton. Chris has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Pirate Diary by Richard Platt, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, which both won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He also writes and illustrates his own children’s books.

Podcast Ep 72 Creative Chat with Children’s Illustrator and Political Cartoonist Chris Riddell

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Chris Riddell was a Children’s laureate from 2015 to 2017. The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. Chris is also a renowned political cartoonist, whose work appears regularly in UK newspapers. 

We have been trying to get Chris on the podcast for over a year, and wow was it worth the wait. He is such an interesting man, we hope you love this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic (c) Chris Riddell 2019, Macmillan Children's Books

The Cloud Horse Chronicles: Guardians of Magic © Chris Riddell 2019, Macmillan Children’s Books

Some of the things we chat about

  • We ask Chris how he took his influence from Raymond Briggs, his tutor (who illustrated the Snowman), but went on to develop his own unique style. 
  • His thoughts on whether artists are born with talent or if it’s something that can be learned
  • Chris offers his tips on drawing from imagination, something many of us struggle with and suggests an exercise to try
  • Why he recommends keeping a secret sketchbook
  • What made him decide to write his own children’s stories as well as illustrate? He also has a fascinating process of how he does this!
  • Chris’ work as a political cartoonist for the Observer and how the process differs from his children’s illustration
  • His time being Children’s Laureate and what that means?
  • How a novice illustrator can create their own opportunities.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus, text (c) Nikita Gill 2020, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020. From Poems To Save The World With by Chris Riddell, Macmillan Children’s Books

Love in the Time of Coronavirus, text (c) Nikita Gill 2020, illustration © Chris Riddell 2020. From Poems To Save The World With by Chris Riddell, Macmillan Children’s Books

Books that Chris has been working on

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Lewis Caroll 1865, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020, Macmillan Children’s Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Lewis Caroll 1865, illustration (c) Chris Riddell 2020, Macmillan Children’s Books

Find out more about Chris Riddell

 

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Ep 71 The Importance of Presenting Your Artwork Part 2

This is the second part of our podcast about the best ways to present your artwork. In this part, we cover more of the physical side of presenting your art rather than sharing it virtually on social media.

Ep 71 The Importance of Presenting your Artwork Part 2

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Some of the things we discuss about presenting your artwork

  • Try virtually framing your art to test out ideas
  • Sandra recommends going to a professional framer and she explains why
  • Thoughts on choosing frames and mounts
  • Ideas on picking out colours from your paintings or where your painting will hang
  • Types of glass for paintings
  • Ideas for posting out your art when you sell it so your buyer loves it
  • Packaging up your art – Sandra gives an important tip on packaging oil paintings
  • Thoughts on business cards and email lists

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This week’s creative question

What is your favourite art-related joke?

Art Question Favourite Art Joke

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