milavkova asked: I have had a year long artist block, anything you do to un-slump. P.s. i adore your blog and art
Unslumping takes some effort, which is disheartening because every time it happens I just want to lay around and whine about it like the prince of bratty artists. But here are some things that you can do to trick your brain into getting creative again:
1. Get out of the house. Go for a walk, go hang out with friends, do things that make you happy and things that interest you and make you think. Watch a weird movie, read a book and think about how you’d illustrate a particular scene or about what the characters look like. Listen to music and think about the images that pop into your head. Hang out at a museum or gallery and think about what makes you like or dislike certain pieces and how you can replicate that.
2. Sometimes doing master copies helps me out of ruts. If I can just focus on a technique without having to think of an idea first, it works to get me back into the swing of physically drawing. Related: going to figure-drawing sessions if there are any cheap ones in your area.
3. Make a lot of crappy art and never show it to anyone. If an idea pops into your head, draw it, no matter how awful it is. At least you’re having an idea. And draw it on cheap paper so you don’t feel guilty about wasting materials.
4. If all else fails:
Hope that helps. Good luck!
Anonymous asked: I love the way your colours blend so nicely on your paintings! Do you have any tricks and tips how to achieve that? Your art is really great btw :)
Hey, thank you! It’s interesting that you say that, because I’m much more comfortable working in monochrome or black & white.
I’d say just do a lot (a lot a lot) of experimenting with how much water you’re using and how dry you let an area of paint get before introducing another color to it—drier paint won’t blend as much and will get you more of a layering effect, while wetter paint will turn into a bleedy pigment hurricane.
Also, the way that paint blends and soaks into your paper can look different across brands. My usual is Arches hot-press (the blocks, though they are expensive, because I don’t have the patience to manually soak/stretch/staple papers), but the butt I posted recently is on Saunders hot-press 140#. It’s quite soft and manipulating colors felt easier on it, but that’s all down to personal preference once you figure out how you like to work.