I talk about my experience Learning Digital Painting during the Digital Dream Art Challenge, and the fun I had getting messy with Oil Paints for the first time, during Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 Painting Challenge.
But Why Do an Art Challenge? Some of the reasons I talk about are:
- Helps Build Confidence,
- Allows you to Embrace Uncertainty,
- You get to Try New Tings,
- Realise the Importance of Playing,
- Find out the Importance of Journaling,
- You Step Outside your Comfort Zone,
- May even end up Finding some new Passions
There’s just so many reasons, but doing an Art Challenge will take you so far out of your Comfort Zone, that you’ll end up Fearlessly trying new things, which will help you realise all those FEARS stopping you from doing tings … they’re all LIES :)
lil ART TIP TIME
DON’T WASTE TIME FOCUSING ON THE DETAILS WHILE DRAWING … especially during the early phases.
It’s so easy to get carried away on the details while drawing, but this can often be a waste of time, as you either won’t see the details once it’s finished, or you’ll have to erase it when you finally step back and see how the details fit in with the whole image.
A good way to not get bogged down with the details while drawing, is to remember to ZOOM OUT while Drawing Digitally, and to STEP BACK while Drawing traditionally :)
Hope you like this one. If you have any advice / struggles about Art Challenges, this weeks lil Art Tip, 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, by leaving a comment on YouTube, or by SENDING AN EMAIL
This weeks Inspirational Quote goes to Fred DeVito
“IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN’T CHANGE YOU.“
– Fred DeVito
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LINKS DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW
• The Digital Dream – The 75 day Digital Painting Challenge I created in 2017, when I wanted to start learning how to Draw and Paint Digitally.
• Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 Painting Challenge – A 30 day Traditional Painting Challenge I took part in this year where I got messy with the oil paints for the first time :)
• Inktober Art Challenge – I’ll be taking part in the Inktober Art challenge for the first time this year, where you have 31 days to produce 31 drawings!
• lilSOPHIE – The custom character I brought to life during the Digital Dream Art Challenge :)
• YOUTUBE @SophieLawson – including lil Art Tips, episodes of this Podcast, Inspirational Artists and some of my Pencil Drawings / Artwork :)
• TWITTER @SophieLawsonArt – Come say hello, I post random stuff on here :)
• INSTAGRAM @Sophie.Lawson – Pop along to my lil INSTAGRAM feed, where I plop out images from time to time lol
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“THESE CHALLENGES ARE QUITE ORGANIC REALLY; THEY HAVE A MIND OF THEIR OWN.“
– Sophie Lawson
This was a weird one! I was trying to record a different episode talking about some of my Inspirational People, but it was taking so long I thought … let’s make this weeks topic about how stuff takes longer than you think :) Turns out there’s a name for it too, it’s called Hofstadter’s Law. Hope you enjoy this lil one :)
Inking, Sketching, Watercolouring and Digital Painting; I talk about all the tings I learnt from the Cats of June 30 Day Art Challenge. There was so much, like how Confidence really shows in your Lines when Inking, how Digital Painting leaves me Exhausted, and how Sketching is a great way to Study other Artists work. I recorded this one down Saltrum, the local woods, and not only were quite a few people were out walking their lil doggies which makes for some fun social moments, but I found a lil pebble which said “You Are Enough” … which is fitting for this episode, as I had all my camera settings wrong, so it’s not the prettiest episode to watch, but I hope you like it :)
What’s the Best Drawing Paper for Gesture Drawing? Sketching? and Realistic Pencil Drawing? Join me for episode One of the So Free Art Podcast, to find out :)
What’s it like to not eat anything for over 2 days? Time to find out, as I record my thoughts during a 48 hour fast. This was something I’ve wanted to try for ages, but it ended up being totally different to what I expected. I also talk about Realistic Pencil blending with Tortillions, Dreams, The Twits by Roald Dahl, and I share a tasty Hot Chocolate tip you won’t want to miss lol Hope you like this belly rumbling episode :)
This be the first of the new format, where I have 15 minutes to talk about a random topic :) The subject for this episode was … ‘Talk About My SVSLearn Creative Composition Study Notes’; it ends up mostly being about: The Importance of Thumbnails, How Nature Uses Fractals to Create Tings, and How Designing is just as much Fun As Drawing :) Hope you like it.
On this episode I talk about Self Doubt, and how I’m starting to realise, with the help of Lucid Dreaming and Automatic Writing, that Self Doubt is a fear that shouldn’t be something to run away from, but instead embraced, with the Loving arms of Action.
A few days ago I had my first Lucid Dream … since than, my mind’s gone deep into the Lucid Dreaming Rabbit Hole. I’ve started asking myself: Is it possible to Manifest a Painting while Dreaming, than create it for real when you Wake up? Sounds Bonkers, but turns out there’s proof it can be done :)
This weeks lil episode is more about the tings, as I talk about Interpreting Dreams with Automatic Writing. There’s also the Book Book, which is Understanding Dreams by Keith Hearne and David Melbourne, and for a bit of arty tings, we have the lil Art Tip, which is a super easy way to create the effect of squinting when working digitally. Hope you like this one :)
‘ Read one of your Diary Entries – Experiences ‘ was this weeks lil topic, and it ends up being a pretty Deep conversation about the Power of Affirmations. I talk about going to Art Class as me for the first time, how all Beliefs are both True and Lies at the same time, and a recent Negative Mental Relapse which strangely fits into the episode nicely, in order to highlight just how Important and Powerful Daily Affirmations are in helping you to Face Your Fears … there’s even a bit about the Cats of June Art Challenge too. Hope you enjoy this ‘I need a Drink’ episode :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”