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 :)
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 :)
Art Challenges are all about Learning, Experimenting and Playing, but most importantly, they’ll make you feel like a kid again, because they’re Fun … CHALLENGING, BUT FUN :)
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
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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 :)
“Podcasts are Music for the Mind.”