Habits. We all have them.
Good ones and bad ones. Old ones, and hopefully new ones too.
I am a creature of habit, following routines I feel comfortable in. But at the same time, I like to shake things up every now and so often. The creative habit for example, thrives by being reinvented regularly.
It can be simple like:
-Change the tool you use to make art with.
Pick up a brush instead of a pencil
-Choose a different sketchbook size or format.
You will notice that your art will change and that you may need to use different tools or techniques.
-Come up with a theme or subject that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
A little challenge shakes things up for sure – but keep it playful and fun.
-Find a buddy to make art together
You will inspire each other with ideas and techniques.
Those are just a few ideas that pop up in my mind – maybe you want to try them to revamp your art habits!
The power of revamping
I sure needed a revamp – and no, I am not talking about my new haircut.
After more than 5 years (!) of weekly (!) Draw Tip Tuesday videos, I wanted to spice things up a little.
Over the years I have learned so much about making videos and sharing tips through YouTube and my blog, and if I watch some of the older videos I can see how much progress I made. (not just in production value but also in my drawing skills!)
Now it was time to take things to another level. When I began with the series, I didn’t feel comfortable to be in the shot myself. Besides, I would argue when contemplating, the videos aren’t about me, they need to be focused around making art, and around light instructions. So for years, I only recorded my hands drawing and my voice explaining.
This week I launched a new way of producing my videos and if I may say so myself, I like what I see. I hope you agree that it’s more inviting and personal while it looks clean and professional, and still focuses mainly on the weekly tip. Boom!
Have a look yourself and watch the latest Draw Tip Tuesday by clicking here.
Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels. View all posts by Koosje Koene