Saturday, 13 January 2018

New Year - New Creative Challenges

Happy New Year everyone!

It was a crazy 2017.

I started drawing like crazy and posting my drawing daily to Instagram:

and excitingly I have started a podcast that I absolutely love recording with my oldest friend of 23 years (and boyfriend) about Science Fiction. The basic concept is we have some drinks and I propose a fundamental change to the world and then we build a new world around that rule. How would it influence science , population, art and culture.

It's just some silly fun but over 2000 people have listened so far so it's exciting and I can't wait to carry on in 2018.

Other exciting adventures and missions are:

*Learn more Toonboom 
* Paint more

What are your creative plans?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Getting Ready For Inktober

Hello guys. 
It's Inktober. We are in it. How is your drawing going? 
I made a video last week about the lead-up to Inktober and the prompts list I'll be following:

The funny thing about Inktober to me is how stressed everyone gets. It's interesting to see the pressures people put on themselves to be creative. I saw a fantastic talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert about the pressures of being creative and how we tie it into our personality. As if doing a bad drawing makes you a bad person or untalented in all ways. This is such a hard hurdle to jump over. I only found a way over it by throwing all my drawings out there and realising that the world didn't disown me because I wasn't the worlds greatest artist. Here is the video's really inspiring: 

I love Iinktober because it takes the pressure off and gives you the chance to put art out there without people judging you. People know you only had an hour or two to get it done and everyone is also putting work out there so everyone knows and feels how difficult it can be. 

I love Inktober as an idea. I think it is encouraging people not only to be creative but to be compassionate and enthusiastic artists. I also selfishly love looking at all the art that is around. So much to see!!!! 

Enjoy it, only do it if you want to or can and enjoy it. Enjoying creating things is really the only part of this that matters. If you do one drawing or 31...or even just get inspired by looking at the #inktober #intober2017 or #pinktobertime hashtags...that's all that matters.

Enjoy guys and happy doodling x

Monday, 11 September 2017

How to Refill a Copic Marker Pen...Or At Least Try Too!

I love marker pens. I don't know why I only started using them a few months ago but I feel they are really helping me improve my art skills. You can't 'ctrl Z' a piece of art work that's really on the page. 

I love them so much that I used up all the ink in one of them. It's taken using it every day for about 5 months for this to happen so it's still impressive that it lasted so long but it was either time to learn to refill or to cop out and just buy another pen. 

I watched some great videos on YouTube on how to refill my pens and gave it a go. Links can be found in the video description if you want to watch the pro's that taught me to do it :) 

My steps summarised are: 
1. buy the correct refill
2. Take both lids off of your pen
3. Lay down a material you don't mind getting destroyed (just in case of spillage)
4. Slowly drip the ink onto the nib of the pen (I do it on the driest end) 
5. I'm still not sure the real amount of drips but it can be anywhere between 17 - 25...depending on how empty it is. 
6. When you think it's full drip one or two drops on the other end of the pen to wet it. 
7. Leave lids off for about 20 seconds to let the air circulate and the air pressure to normalise (not sure if this helps but it seems to stop warned...this is made up Tania science) 
8. Test on a piece of paper you don't care about
9. Use pen and be proud that you refilled it like a boss

I hope this works for you guys x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

What I've Learnt - Drawing Vlog

I love drawing. I always have but I also suffer from artists burn out. I wanted to see if I could change my way of thinking and get more creative.

In work, I work so hard that by the time I come home I'm so tired that I only have enough energy to watch some telly. This was getting me nowhere both creativity wise and it meant I always had a lot of washing today at once. I got annoyed by this. I have mentioned on here before that I have started drawing more over the last few months so it seemed about time that I threw myself at a drawing challenge. It was a month long challenge where I tried to draw every day. It's funny how something can seem impossible before you do it and afterwards it seems impossible that you could think it was ever going to be that hard. It was great fun. I got a drawing out each day and although I wasn't happy with the level of skill they showed, I learnt a lot.

Here is a video talking about the lessons I learnt while sketching. Hopefully, they can help someone like me to not be afraid to pick up a pencil and scribble something:

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pink Hair - The Lazy Vlog

Hi there ,
Last weekend I took the plunge and dyed my hair pink (and a little purple hidden underneath).
I really love it. I did it last year but chickened out after a week and washed all the colour out. This time I'm really enjoying it. Hurray to being a big kid.
I have some art videos coming out soon. I'm excited to start my next big art challenge. The next one is one I've devised myself. I'm calling it 'A Copic a Day'. It's going to be a different copic colour every day. I can only use the one colour. I'm excited to practice (and a little embarrassed that I have over 30 Copic colours).
I'm getting ready for Inktober and trying to practice as much as possible. It will be the first one I've done and I'm really excited. Inktober feels like the exciting illustration event of the year. It's when artists do an ink drawing every day for a month under the hashtag #Inktober. I'm happy that I'll get to be part of it. Hopefully I'll also be good enough at making videos to attempt Vlogmas this year...we will see. :D

What did you all get up to this weekend?What colour would you love to dye your hair?

Have a great day guys,
Tania xx