Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Workin on getting my groove back.
I have mentioned it before, when I take a break from drawing or painting I have to practice to get back into the creative groove. Then when I am being creative I need to play at it every day. Does that happen to you too?
Drawing zentangles is a great way to practice. Control of your pen is so important, lots of tiny little lines, balance, composition, repeat, repeat, repeat. All good for getting back into Creative Shape.
Another thing I do to get back in shape is Pinterest! Who hasn't found it yet? It's been called the biggest time suck on the computer but I still love it, especially for ideas.
Find a few like minded people on Pinterest that love to share their pinterest posts and repost them to your page. When you need inspiration all you need to do is look over your boards. Just be sure not to copy, that isn't nice. Oh, I know that they say there are no original ideas but at least try to make it your own and give the artist who inspired you credit for the style.
Another thing I like to do to get inspired is to go through my favorite blogs. There are so many great ideas, wonderful artists and many of them are so generous. And a bonus, many have posted tutorials on how they make their art so I can see all their newest ideas.
Check out rappy-art.blogspot.com for a great tutorial about drawing mandalas.
Iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com is another blog that I go to for inspiration. She posts a drawing challenge every monday and zentangle artists from all over the world post links to their drawings. Her challenge this Monday was to use 2 zentangle patterns, Mooka and Assunta and make a drawing with them. I took her challenge and created my fish at the top of the blog. Mooka are the fins and Assunta are the scales.
I sat down on the couch last night with my old Zentangle pattern book, a piece of 9 x 12 bristol paper and a fine point Sharpie. The fish happened and it felt great to get my groove back.