Skip to main content

Inspiring Or Just Intimidating?

There is so much amazing art, craft and illustration available to view on the internet that it can be overwhelming. On the one hand it's incredibly inspiring. On the other it can be intimidating and demoralising. I know that's a strong word to use but for anyone who has really just started out on formal training the inspiration found on the web can quickly cross that line. Especially if you glutton it down in big sittings as I do. Then I think how that time should've been spent drawing or painting, doing the hard yards and developing the better eye/hand co-ordination drawing requires. I guess it comes down to this: hard work - the stuff that is going to get you where you want - is hard work. Just hard. Haven't seen my drawing improve in some time despite effort. But if I'm honest it hasn't been the full effort. More just scribbling at 9.30 in the evenings in front of the TV. Need to dig down deeper for more committment than that. Maybe it's just the Canberra weather....these low tempreatures sucking the creativity right out of me... 

Comments

Sarah said…
hi Jo - Megan passed on your blog details so we could get in touch...I too have a blog www.sarahslittlebluebook.blogspot.com....look forward to hearing from you sometime :-) xx
Kylie said…
I totally get what you mean - sometimes there is just so much out there that my own efforts seem unworthy of chronicling in any way.
I do have problems with depression though, so I actively try to fight these kind of thoughts. I think everything in life is a matter of attitude. I try to to focus on the inspiration part and less on the comparisons.
We all have our own journey/process/timing whatever...
There is a trite saying that I rather like which may be of some help... "The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself."
Good luck with your drawings :)
Kx
Luna said…
Thanks Kylie. I appreciate that. :)
karenw said…
self belief and a good cleaner is all you need. xxx
char said…
i understand so so much! i was on the computer the other day, and after looking at several art-websites/photographers/blogs, i felt rather depressed. i kept on thinking 'is it worth trying, if i'll never be as good'
but believe me, it is! because there is no one in the world with a style quite like yours... and there never will be! so keep going :) (p.s. i like your blog!)

Popular posts from this blog

Comic Book Heroines for Prada Spring 2018.

While 1960s comic book heroines featured on bags, coats, cardigans, shirts and dresses for Prada's Spring 2018 collection there's a kind of 1980s subtext here too. With the PRADA font, the colour palette - lots of bright red and electric blue — plus those silhouettes. It's hard then not to think of a 1980s night club when I see this collection — the underground print press with screen printed posters  and thus a little bit of punk too. All very pre-Madonna. Yay Prada!











GUCCI in Auckland.

Walking up the main street of Auckland this summer I was not expecting to see each side of the road wall to wall with international luxury fashion brands. It's not that Auckland isn't fashionable — to the contrary the country is full of it's own authentic, edgy fashion and creativity (a friend puts this down to the cool temperatures and the crappy television) — it's just that this kind of distinctly European traditional luxury seemed a strange fit. Then a local explained that when the cruise liners dock in the harbour the first thing the tourists see coming off the ship are the bright glossy brands beckoning. Maybe some can afford the $3000 price tags for these dresses? Regardless I love Michel Alessandro and there was no keeping me out of GUCCI, getting to see his work live and in captivity. Clearly I was not their most hoped for customer but the Gucci staff were laid back and fun and allowed me to take these photos as well as giving me a catalogue — sealed in envelo…

Studio Space - Jodie Cunningham.

I love images from artist studios and the spaces where they work. This is the amazing studio and gorgeous work of artist Jodie Cunningham. Jodie works in so many different mediums — often recycled materials and always with attention to colour. If you love colour this space is particularly divine.