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
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This lil episode is all about copying other artists work, not the naughty kind of copying, but the drawing exercise that’s a fun way to play and learn at the same time :) We also have a new ‘lil art tips’ feature joining the podcast this week, woohoo lol
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 :)
On this episode I talk about Lucid Dreaming again … Lucid Dreaming and Art seems like it could be a powerful combination. I had a crazy idea of trying to meet lilSOPHIE, one of my custom characters, inside of a lucid dream. I talk about my first attempt on this episode … I think it might be possible, having already experienced holding her lil hands :) I talk about some of the fun things I’d love for us to do together, like Posing, Sketching, listening to her lil Stories and getting to know who lilSOPHIE really is, so I can pop back into reality and bring her to life :)
In this lil episode we take a peek inside the how to draw book, Keys to Drawing with Imagination, by Bert Dodson; an incredibly fun book, packed with tons of: sketches, exercises and wise words from the master that is, Bert Dodson :)
This weeks lil podcast is all about Art Challenges, and some of the reasons why I believe doing an Art Challenge could be one of the best tings you ever do … even if it does feel a lil bit scary at first :) We also have this weeks lil Art Tip, which is to not waste time focusing on the details, by remembering to ZOOM OUT while Drawing Digitally and STEPPING BACK while Drawing Traditionally :)
On this episode I talk about Finding Focus … or at least I try to, it’s funny, this podcast is about focus, yet it’s the most unfocused one I’ve done yet lol Thoughts are everywhere, but hopefully you can find some bits of wisdom in here somewhere. I’m more talking to myself during this episode, about how I’m struggling to focus on my Art at the moment, ways I’m trying to create new habits and a little bit about discipline, plus there’s a bit of spirituality thrown in for good measure too; this is weird one :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”