A while ago I had a little chat with someone about my online classes, and about her art. She told me that she hasn't got a style of her own and gets frustrated about it often. I totally understand the frustration, but at the same time, even though I never saw any of her work, I knew she was being too hard on herself.
Just like we all have our own handwriting, our style, even when still developing (I sure hope so, because as an artist, you're never 'done' learning and developing), we also have our own style. Even if it's not that distinct (yet)
Searching for the right path, the right way and the most suitable skills and techniques, you might just be overlooking that 'je ne sais quoi' that is solely yours.
And then there's this too: as an artist, you gotta give yourself some credit!
Of course, you need to be your own critic about what you make, but also: there's always that inner critic that can really nag inside your head, and put you down. Saying that what you're doing is crap, or should be perfect.
I bet you know what I'm talking about.
I found this quote by Harriet Braiker, that I think is very suitable:
'Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing'.
Do you love the quote as much as I do?
Let's just stop perfectionism. It's not like it's going to bring us anywhere than in frustration mode.
If you want, I can give you a little push in the right direction, by handing you practical tips and teaching you about various drawing skills that can make you more confident about your art. on March 17, my online drawing course 'Just Draw It' starts, and you can join in the 5 weeks of drawing fun for only $99
Want to know more? Click here to read about the course and enroll today!
Some thing's gotta give... when times are busy. My Inspiration Station on Wednesdays is one of the things that I'm gonna have to give up. For now at least. Time is precious: I have workshops to teach, classes to run, and Sketchbook Skool to manage. Plus more creative projects. 24 hours a day push me into making choices.
So on today's Inspiration Station (Last, but certainly Not Least): PostitPeople!
I found this little treasure on Instagram. A mysterious artist, who posts a portrait almost daily. they are cute and very funny, and the details in each of the drawings are fantastic, especially when you realize they are done on a post-it. I think the concept is brilliant, and so is the execution.Well, needless to say more. have a look yourself.
In the video below, Danny and I talk again about Sketchbook Skool.
About what my klass in Skool will cover, and also about the difference between the workshops I teach online, and Sketchbook Skool klasses.
'Insalata di Arance'.
I remember reading this on the menu of a terriffic restaurant in Palermo in Sicily. It was a hot summer day and I was about to order a copious lunch involving fresh fish and pasta. As a side dish, 'orange salad', sounded refreshing and sweet.
This was the culinary discovery of the decade for me. The juicy orange slices were simply tossed onto a plate, a generous amount of olive oil poured over it, and sprinkled with course sea salt and chilli flakes. Quite a surprise and sensational for the taste buds! Since then, I've prepared it many times and enjoy eating it immensely, both because of the memory and the fabulous taste.
Would you like to learn to draw your food, or how to illustrate a recipe?
It's a cliché, and I am guilty of using it a lot: simplicity is key.
It's just true. Sometimes, all you need is just a few things to make something really good.
Like when cooking, make sure your main ingredients are of great quality, you can't really go wrong. It's a fact that pumpkin and feta cheese just love each other and they will feast on your plate on a bed of lettuce.
Join me in the online workshop on drawing food and illustrating Recipes! It starts March 3
You won't believe how psyched I am about Sketchbook Skool!
The first semester is starting in a little over a month and I am really looking forward to it.
At the moment, I am busy editing all the videos I shot for my klass. It's not just great to teach, but I also can't wait to learn from the other lessons in Sketchbook Skool, by this semester's awesome teachers.
I'm sure in the first six-weeks semester of Sketchbook Skool each and everyone who joins, will change in some way. Maybe you get to think differently about your art, or maybe you'll be approaching art in a different way than you did before. You may become more courageous and do some experiments, inspired by what the teachers in Sketchbook Skool talk about.
Grab your sketchbook and a pen and let's start!
Well anyway, I'm so happy Danny and I got this thing started.
Here's a video in which he and I talk about it.
Since I'm partly on USA-time because of Sketchbookskool, I'd like to say: Happy President's Day, USA! Enjoy your holiday today! Now how about baking a nice festive cheesecake (ingredients below) for the occasion?
Also: let's put you in charge of your creative life today.