ART | Five tips on being a happy, healthy creator

ART | Five tips on being a happy, healthy creator

I am a part of GESSO, a small online community for bloggers who create, and as a member I have chosen to take part in the Gesso: Primed Creatives Blogging Challenge. This year-long challenge requires you to complete a list of blog prompts of your choosing and I’m aiming for the Silver Award which requires one contribution per week (but will more realistically achieve the Bronze Award).

1: Happy Creativity.What are your thoughts/beliefs/tips for being a happy, healthy creative?

Ooh, what a fun discussion topic. I have five tips that I think contribute greatly to my happiness as a creative that I’d like to share. I’m curious to see if you agree with them!

But first, let me preface this post by saying my choice of creativity (illustration) is currently limited to hobby status. I feel like that has a huge impact on how I think as a creative because I’m not relying on this profession to provide me with an income and therefore have a lot of freedom when it comes to what and when I create. As a result, these tips are directed more towards casual creators like myself rather than the professionals.

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ART | A move towards the bright and bold

ART | A move towards the bright and bold

I am a part of GESSO, a small online community for bloggers who create, and as a member I have chosen to take part in the Gesso: Primed Creatives Blogging Challenge. This year-long challenge requires you to complete a list of blog prompts of your choosing and I’m aiming for the Silver Award which requires one contribution per week but will more realistically achieve the Bronze Award.

19: Latest work 1. Update us on your latest work.

As this is my first “latest work” post, I thought it would be nice to reflect on my recent work from the past three months as a whole. By presenting my pieces over that length of time, it’s easier to highlight what my focuses were while creating and pinpoint the obvious changes that took place as the months progressed.

I hope you find it as interesting as I do!

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ART | About me as a creative

ART | About me as a creative

I am a part of GESSO, a small online community for bloggers who create, and as a member I have chosen to take part in the Gesso: Primed Creatives Blogging Challenge. This year-long challenge requires you to complete a list of blog prompts of your choosing and I’m aiming for the Silver Award which requires one contribution per week. This week’s topic?

52: About. Tell us about why you do what you do, what drives you, your passion and how you got to where you are now.

What do you do?

Well first off, I feel like we should discuss what it is I do. I illustrate as a hobby. Using pens and markers or my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, I create cartoonish illustrations of what I’m watching, what I’m reading, and the things that are happening in my life. Most of those illustrations can be found here on the blog, but occasionally I do throw one up on Twitter or Instagram without devoting a post towards it.

I have dabbled in other creative hobbies in the past. I played bass guitar as a teen, tried my hand at DSLR photography as a young adult, and have taken many art classes during school including ceramics and printmaking. Illustration has always been my favourite creative activity though and is the one I have never been able to completely shake.

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ART | A reflection on my digital art adventures

ART | A reflection on my digital art adventures

Did you notice anything different about my drawings when looking at my most recent blog posts? Huh huh huh?

Well, apart from the fact that my style of drawing is constantly changing (something we’ll take a closer look at in this post), I’ve officially transitioned into creating digital art. That’s right, those masterpieces accompanying those recent posts are made entirely through digital means instead of markers and pens and, I’m not going to lie, I absolutely love them.

As it’s been almost four months of exploration with my iPad and I’ve finally settled on a digital style that I’m (mostly) happy with, I thought it would be fun to reflect on my digital art adventures so far. Enjoy! Continue reading “ART | A reflection on my digital art adventures”

ART | Success! A month-long challenge of Disney doodles completed.

ART | Success! A month-long challenge of Disney doodles completed.

Do you remember that time I wrote a post about my attempt to take part in an Instagram challenge and how I came to the conclusion that it’s not considered failing when you decide an Instagram challenge is no longer for you? 

In case you need to refresh your memory, last summer I attempted to take part in #doodletimewithkaroline. Keyword: attempted. I lasted one week. And then, to make me feel better about myself, I devoted a blog post to my attempt at the challenge and assured everyone (including myself) that even though I didn’t complete the challenge by participating in all thirty prompts, I didn’t actually fail because I learned stuff about the community and my artwork. And who cares about quitting when you grow as a person and artist, right?

I still stand by the point of that post: you have the power to define what success is to you. But let’s be 100% real, when I joined that challenge, my goal wasn’t to learn. I wanted to complete it. I wanted my artwork to show up on that hashtag everyday. I wanted to be one of those kick-ass people who joined a month-long challenge and survived.

So with the start of the new year, I tried again. And guess what?

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!
I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A MONTH-LONG CHALLENGE!!!

As a result, I have to write another post about Instagram challenges. Because, you know, what’s a victory if you can’t celebrate it? I want everyone to know that not only can I succeed by bending the rules and looking at things my way, but that I can also succeed by doing it the right way.

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