It’s amazing what you can do with a smartphone and a few apps now a days. I’ve been experimenting with motion graphics and video to put together short video clips to highlight my art and works in progress and I’ve having a lot of fun doing so. I created the following clip with an app called Quik, which can be found in the Google Play app store, if you’re an Android used like myself. I have no idea if it’s available for iPhones also, so you’ll have to check and see for yourself if you’re an Apple user. I’m pretty sure if they don’t have Quik, they’ll have something just as good, if not better.
Check out the video below and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. 😊
Over the course of the last two years I’m spilled a lot of ink, witnessed pens go dry, nibs get clogged and fingers turned black. Some drawings have moved on, some I’ve held back and some I’ve tucked away in forgotten cabinets to hide my embarrassment. As I walk down memory lane scrolling through saved pics of completed works, I wonder if I have inked as many dots as there are stars. 😊
“Part of being a creative artist is developing the determination to do your creative thing in spite of the fact that there will always be people out there telling you that it’s a waste of time.” ~ Drew Kimble
It’s a dull, nagging feeling that comes to me whispering “What’s the point?”. I’ve heard it from others but you’re often unprepared to deal with it when the words are being spoken from your own lips.
The vector of doubt is an insidious beast, creeping in and undermining the best of our aspirations and goals. Yet it is an undeniable part of the artist journey. Actually, doubt can be beneficial. Doubt comes from that part of us that seeks to keep us safe, to keep us from putting ourselves in any mortal danger. It rears it head and sends up an alarm when we venture off our beaten paths and into the unknown. But when not in any mortal danger, doubt can be paralyzing if left unchecked. It can choke the creative spirit and wither one’s enthusiasm. But it doesn’t have to be the death blow to one’s artistry and neither does it need to be eradicated.
I’ve come to accept that doubt is a natural part of being human and that it can serve as a reminder that I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone. When doubt rears it head, which is more often than I care for, I remind myself why it is that I create. I remember that there are things that I want to see in this world that don’t already exist and I’m therefore tasked with bringing them into existence. I remember that I have a vision that can be of inspiration to others and that to create is my way of giving back to Life for this gift of existence.
When doubt grips me and whispers “What’s the point?”, I simply turn on some music that inspires me, remind myself why I feel compelled to draw then pick up my pens and start inking.
…another favorite quote of mine by Frank Lloyd Wright. 😊
Welcome to October. I’m a bit amazed that 2018 is so close upon us now. This year seems to have flew by yet I’m unsure as to where all the time has gone.
Anyhoo, my current drawing, “Maybe” is progressing smoothly. My only hiccup so far is that unfortunately, my Micron pens, which are made with felt tips, eventually dry out. So drawing was on hold for three days until I got some new ones in. Now I’m back into the flow of things. This is my second drawing inspired by music by Alina Baraz and Galimatias off their Urban Flora album and there’s a third one I feel inspired to create a drawing for. So this has turned into a mini collection of drawings based off the same album. I’m thinking of just simply calling it the Urban Flora collection in acknowledgement of this wonderful album that has inspired it.