PLAYTIME :) Making Art Should Be Fun … if it’s not fun, stop doing it. I always used to have that mantra when playing videogames. If I wasn’t having fun, I would just stop playing it. This week I realised the same applies to everything in life, including making Art.
2018 will be the first year I don’t exhibit my Realistic Pencil Drawings in the Plymouth Art Club’s yearly Art Exhibition, and it’s because
Creating a lilSOPHIE is way more FUN
I was still strangling with the thought that I don’t want to be in this years Art Exhibition, or create a new Realistic Pencil Drawing for it, when I randomly bumped into Artist Dave Crocker outside my house; we first met in 2014 at my very first Art Exhibition.
We had a lovely chat about LIFE BEING CHAPTERS, and how everything, including Realistic Pencil Drawings, can be seen as like STEPPING STONES TO KEEP YOU MOVING FORWARD; and just because you leave one stone behind for now, DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T RETURN TO IT AT A LATER DATE.
Such a spontaneous encounter, but it really helped me make sense of my conflicting thoughts, and how Making Art Should Be Fun :)
I also briefly talk about another Lucid Dream experience, this time with a doubleganger trying to sabotage my Lucid Dreaming efforts, and we have this weeks lil ART TIP, which is
lil ART TIP TIME
INVEST IN SOME COMPUTER GLASSES, SO YOU CAN DIGITALLY PAINT AWAY FOR HOURS WITHOUT ANY EYE STRAIN OR HEADACHES … PLUS THEY LOOK SEXY :)
Hope you enjoy this one. If you have any tips/ struggles about how to get the fun back in your art, or if you have any questions/topics you’d like discussed in future episodes, please get in touch. You can message me down the bottom of this page, or by SENDING ME AN EMAIL
This weeks Inspirational Quote goes to Robin Sharma
“CHANGE IS HARD AT FIRST, MESSY IN THE MIDDLE, AND GORGEOUS AT THE END.“
– Robin Sharma
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LINKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW
• Dave Crocker – Official site of Artist Dave Crocker who always has the wisest words and advice :)
• Mini Drawings – a drawing exercise created by Lee Hammond, originally called Segment Drawings, that I think are a nice balance between working realistically, without having to invest large amounts of time :)
• INKtober – 31 days, 31 drawings … I’ll be taking part in this years INKtober, creating 31 lilSOPHIE’S :)
• lilSOPHIE Affirmations – I talk about these briefly on the show, these are where I get the most fun making art • FLUX – The software I talk about on the show to help with eye train when on the computer
• Computer Glasses – These are the ones I own, they even come in a sexy lil case :) Buying a pair of these, which are only £12, was the best thing I ever did to stop eye strain and headaches when creating Digital Paintings :)
• Dream Views Podcast – I found this show during the week; I love it, there’s not many episodes, but the ones that are there, especially the Q&A ones will really improve your lucid dreaming skills :)
• YOUTUBE @SophieLawson – including Sophie’s lil Art tips and some of my Pencil Drawings :)
• TWITTER @SophieLawsonArt – Come say hello, I post stuff on here sometimes … not at the moment though lol
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“THAT’S THE KEY, I WANT IT TO BE PLAYFUL…“
– Sophie Lawson
On this episode I talk about Self Awareness and Art … Learning how to Draw is all about Self Awareness, such as being aware of Negative Spaces, but it doesn’t have to stop with the Art. This same Self Awareness can be used to start tackling mental issues like OCD, Social Anxiety and even heal suppressed emotional situations from our life. Art is powerful, it always seems to lead to Self Awareness, which seems key to self healing.
This weeks lil podcast is all about Trees; I think everyone should get themselves a little tree friend, they’re like a pack of smarties … they always have the answers :) I talk about my wise Tree Friend, Lucid Dreaming and do a bit of sketching outside at Saltrum, before my lead runs out.
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There was supposed to be a new YouTube video this week, but it never happened because I wanted things to be perfect … so instead of putting something out that wasn’t perfect, I put nothing out :( This week I talk about something I find really hard to do … putting out imperfect work. and how it’s better to put something out that’s good enough, than nothing at all.
This lil one’s all about Gesture Drawing; I talk about why it’s my most fun drawing exercise, how online resources QuickPoses.com and Croquis Cafe can help improve your Gesture Drawing skills, and there’s this weeks lil Art Tip, which is Gesture Drawing related. We also have a new feature this week in Book Book Time :) where I’ll be looking at a different book each episode, and this weeks Book Book changed my life, it’s Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One, by Dr Joe Dispenza. Hope you like this one :)
This weeks lil podcast is all about Pencil vs Ink, and what I’ve noticed so far after 20 days of Inktober 2018. I talk about the Paradox of Inks, how they’re both similar and totally different to Pencils at the same time, there’s also the lil Art Tip, which is about Nipping Tings in the Bud, and there’s a teeny bit about Reality Checks and Lucid Dreaming at the end too. Hope you like this one :)
This week I talk about my first time floating in a float tank … one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever have. I recorded this one down the park, and just as I was finishing up, the episode got gate crashed by a bloke called Nick playing a guitar … so this one gets very random at the end :)
This lil episode is about how Making Art should be Fun, and a time to Play. I realised something this week, I don’t enjoy realistic pencil drawings as much as I used to, which scared me at first until I realised, if you’re not having fun, stop doing it :) I also share another Lucid Dream experience, and this weeks lil Art Tip is about avoiding eye strain while Digitally Painting :)
On this episode I talk about Thoughts … where do thoughts come from? How comes while I’m drawing thoughts sometimes try to put me off? How comes thoughts have the power to either negatively or positively impact reality? .., I have a theory that thoughts could be linked to the Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser Experiment, this one’s a bit bonkers :)
This lil one’s all about finding Focus and Balance by Waking Up Early, something I’ve just started doing, and so far, so good … it almost feels like I’ve magically created extra hours in the day :) I also talk about a couple Lucid Dreams and the lil art tip of the week is to do with pencil cases :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”