How challenging yourself creatively can change your life

How challenging yourself creatively can change your life

July 9, 2017 By inquisitiveart

My life was too easy. So I fixed it.

If you haven’t already read about why I intentionally make my life harder-check it out HERE.

Now that you understand why you should CHALLENGE yourself, I’m gonna try to convince you to challenge yourself CREATIVELY.

By that I mean, challenge yourself to actively create new things! Drawings, paintings, poems, sculptures, fancy sweaters, wooden shoes, gourmet dog treats, whatever! The point is that you are using your imagination to create something that no one has seen before, to create art.

It’s important for everyone to work on some type of art, whatever your occupation because:

  1. Art = self expression

The more you create and explore new possibilities the better you get at expressing and understanding yourself. You bit by bit develop a larger toolbox for creating messages, getting your point across, exploring and learning about what you personally find important, and connecting with others.

2. Art = understanding and empathy

As you explore more of what is interesting and important to you-focusing on the patterns in a bird’s wing you’re painting, exploring how different glazes blend on your pottery, trying out new patterns for crochet-you express yourself and other learn to better understand other artists and people. Art is a large part of culture, it expresses your unique priorities, but can also communicate what a society deems important.

Why I Torture Myself- And Why You Should Too!

Why I Torture Myself- And Why You Should Too!

July 9, 2017 By inquisitiveart

This entire blog is a testament to me making my life harder, and more complicated then it needs to be.

I could just enjoy creating art! Why force myself to draw things I’m bad at? Study the history? Practice a skill so much I’m sick of it and can teach it to others without thinking?

I could just keep it to myself! Why face potential critism and embaressment by sharing my ugly, beginner art with strangers and, even worse, people I actually know?

I could at least set less ridiculous goals and only post after I’ve improved! Why rush to improve? Why not go slow and wait a few weeks, or years, until I’m already a master?

The answer to all of that is that art, and life, is better when you have to struggle a little.

I mean this within reason of course. I personally know the pain of having too much stress and not knowing if you can handle it. Not wanting to go to work in the morning because you know you’ll just end up failing again. Crying in the car on the way to work, dreading another day of unmet (largely self-imposed) expectations.

Just me?

Anyway…

Too much stress and too high of expectations is clearly NOT desirable.

But neither is too little.

I challenge myself artistically because:

  1. Life is better with (reasonable) challenges
  2. Improving artistically has it’s own amazing benefits (for me,
How Do I (re)Start?

How Do I (re)Start?

July 7, 2017 By inquisitiveart

I didn’t realize how much momentum I had until I lost it.
I was working hard pushing a rock along without realizing how well it was going. And then I stopped for too long and now I’m just staring at a brick wall and wondering how much running straight into it will hurt. 
And how embarrased I should be about needing to restart. Again. 
Well this is me. Running into the brick wall/boulder face first. Hoping it will start moving again and not sure what it’ll look like when it does. 
I honestly love this writing/blogging a lot more than I though I would. I always saw myself as a “super visual” person and not as good with words. Sure I could write what teacher’s wanted and do well on essays-but creative writing? Writing for fun? Nah man. That’s like talking. And I’m clearly not good at that. Plus, I’m SUPER VISUAL! I’d rather read the text than watch a youtube video of someone talking-doesn’t that mean I should stick to the more visual side of things? 
But surprisingly writing and doing art tutorials has been so great. I felt like I had found this whole new way to express myself and connect with others. So it’s more frustrating that I just, kinda, gave up on it. 
Life happened. And kept happening. And is STILL happening. 
First, I thought that I would be able to do more writing and work as soon as I was back in the US and not traveling. 

How Do I (re)Start?

How Do I (re)Start?

July 7, 2017 By inquisitiveart

I didn’t realize how much momentum I had until I lost it.
I was working hard pushing a rock along without realizing how well it was going. And then I stopped for too long and now I’m just staring at a brick wall and wondering how much running straight into it will hurt. 
And how embarrased I should be about needing to restart. Again. 
Well this is me. Running into the brick wall/boulder face first. Hoping it will start moving again and not sure what it’ll look like when it does. 
I honestly love this writing/blogging a lot more than I though I would. I always saw myself as a “super visual” person and not as good with words. Sure I could write what teacher’s wanted and do well on essays-but creative writing? Writing for fun? Nah man. That’s like talking. And I’m clearly not good at that. Plus, I’m SUPER VISUAL! I’d rather read the text than watch a youtube video of someone talking-doesn’t that mean I should stick to the more visual side of things? 
But surprisingly writing and doing art tutorials has been so great. I felt like I had found this whole new way to express myself and connect with others. So it’s more frustrating that I just, kinda, gave up on it. 
Life happened. And kept happening. And is STILL happening. 
First, I thought that I would be able to do more writing and work as soon as I was back in the US and not traveling. 

How to Draw in 3-Point Perspective

How to Draw in 3-Point Perspective

May 12, 2017 By inquisitiveart

3-point perspective isn’t used as frequently as the others-but can add a lot of drama and emphasis when drawing a huge building or tree stretching off into the sky. It is similar to 2-point perspective, but the third vanishing point shows where the object dissappears into the distance above.

Step one: As always, put down your horizon line and vanishing points. Two will be on the horizon line somewhere, but the third should be above or below it.

Leave yourself lots of space between the third VP and the horizon line to make it easier.

 

Next, draw one line from your top vanishing point down. This will be the closest edge of your building.

Then, you can add two dots to mark the top and bottom of the building. Connect each dot to each of the vanishing points on the side.

After that, mark where you want the bottom corners of the building to be. I added little arrows. Draw a line from each spot up to the top vanishing point.

That’s basically it. Details on the side with slope upwards towards the top VP, and along each side with angle towards the VP on their respective side.

I’ve added a sketch of what it can look like with you add more surrounding buildings.  And here’s a more subtle example with all three vanishing points off the page. 

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Most Bad-A** Renaissance Artist You’ve Never Heard Of

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Most Bad-A** Renaissance Artist You’ve Never Heard Of

May 2, 2017 By inquisitiveart

Fierce, beautiful, unrelenting, unsettling.

Those words can be used to describe both Artemisia and her art. And indeed, it seems impossible to separate the two.

Artemisia Gentileschi was a focused and passionate artist who was trained and encouraged by her artist father (one of few ways a women could receive professional training at the time) and as a teenager was known to spend most of her time devoted to painting. While her father’s support enabled her artistic education, it was her own passion and drive that lead to several unbelievable masterpieces before she even turned twenty.

Artemisia brought strength, boldness, and realism to the women in her paintings-while also bringing to light the darker realities that male artists often ignored.

One of her first well-known pieces shows “Susanna and the Elders”. Other artists portrayed the Elders as far-off and subtle peeping-toms and Susanna as an unaware beauty that they, and the artist/audience, could gaze at without consequences. Artemisia on the other hand portrayed the men shamelessly ogling Susanna, with Susanna aware, uncomfortable, and afraid. Artemisia likely drew upon her own experiences at the time of the unwanted advances and leering gazes of her painting tutor Tassi and his friend to reveal how disgusting the story, and intrusion of privacy, really was.

That unwanted attention from her painting tutor sadly didn’t stop. Tassi eventually raped Artemisia and was sued by her father. The 7-month long public court case resulted in Artemisia being literally tortured to see if her testimony was true (Tassi was unharmed),

How to draw in 2-point perspective 

April 26, 2017 By inquisitiveart

Drawing in 2-point perspective is a lot like 1-point except, you guessed it, you have two vanishing points instead of one. 

First, start with your horizon line and add your two vanishing points. 


Then, you add the vertical edge of whatever you’re drawing. (In my case, delicious cereal 🙂 ) In two point perspective both sides are sloping towards a vanishing points, so you can’t draw the closest side “flat” like before. 


Next, draw lines connecting the top and bottom of your vertical line to each vanishing point. 


The final step, is to use parallel lines to the center (in this case vertical) to “cut off” each side. Then you can erase extra lines and add details. I used more guidelines to get the words on the front of the box straight. 


That cereal box didn’t have a visible top or bottom, which made it a bit easier. I added a box of tea so you can see how to do the top. 


You do the same things as with any other 2-point perspective drawing, but after you “cut off” the sides you need to add a top. I did this by going from each of the top corners to the vanishing point in the opposite side of the page. 


I added extra guidelines to the tea so that you can see how to add words or details on the sides.

How I learn any drawing skill + printable Skill Study Sketchbook!

How I learn any drawing skill + printable Skill Study Sketchbook!

April 22, 2017 By inquisitiveart

In my quest to develop my artistic skills I’ve developed a structure that helps me get focused on and improve on whatever my current goal is-you should try it!

The most valuable things I have learned from the (embarrassingly huge number of) productivity and learning articles I’ve read are that I need to:

  • stay motivated
  • break the subject into manageable parts
  • gather resources
  • and work consistently.

In order to improve my illustration ability I first clarified what I want to improve on (perspective, anatomy, shading, etc). Now I work on each part individually, create tutorials on it as I learn, and incorporate skills I’ve learned before in each new project.

This learning can get messy, disorganized, and overwhelming with all the various skills I want to learn and resources I find.

For a long time I had sketches for studying something, random doodles, projects for gifts, and more all cluttered together in my sketchbook so I couldn’t just focus on one thing at a time. I also had all my resources jumbled together in my bookmarks folder and random lists of “books to read” so I could never find exactly what I needed-even if I had already found it in the past and saved it!

I needed an organized and clear space I could keep my sketches that were specifically tied to learning skills. I also wanted something that would eventually make great sources of reference if I want to go back and remember something in the future.

How to draw in 1-point perspective: ANYONE can do it!

How to draw in 1-point perspective: ANYONE can do it!

April 7, 2017 By inquisitiveart
Drawing with 1-point perspective is an important skill to understand in order to make 3D objects look realistic. So what are we waiting for? Step 1: Horizon line and Vanishing Point A line and a dot. You can do it.

The horizon is obviously where the sky and land appear to meet.

A specific spot on it is the vanishing point. As objects you are looking at get further and further away from you, and closer to the horizon, they seem to bend towards this point and once they reach it they vanish. That’s why it is called the “vanishing point”, or vp.

You can hopefully guess why this method is called 1-point perspective.

There are more complicated ways to do this where you add more vps, I’ll add tutorials on them soon…

Step 2: Front of Object and Guidelines  Draw the front of your object (houses are easy!) flat.

This means that rectangles and triangles will have all their normal angles.

Then draw a line from every corner connecting it to the vp.

If the line passes directly through the object you can just erase it.

Step 3: Chop Off the End Now cut off the end of your object with a line that is parallel  to the side it is coming from.

This means that the far edge of the building is vertical like the front edge and the far edge of the roof is at the same angle as the closer edge.

How to draw in 1-point perspective from above!

How to draw in 1-point perspective from above!

April 6, 2017 By inquisitiveart
First, you start with one dot, or point, because it’s “1-point perspective “. You should already know that though, since you have totally all ready  done the first tutorial on perspective, right?

If not, go ahead and check it out here: http://inquisitiveart.com/2017/04/07/draw-1-point-perspective-anyone-can/

No worries, I’ll wait.

Great! Now that you’re back make one dot for your vanishing point and then draw the flat tops of your objects. I did a few varied shapes for rooftops in a city (one has a pool).

No horizon line this time because you are looking straight down. 

Second, connect your shape to the vanishing line and cut it off. This should feel familiar. Just like before, make sure that the lines of the “top” edges are parallel to the “bottom” edges. Third, add details (like windows!).

The sides of the windows will angle to the vanishing point. The tops and bottoms will be parallel to each other and the top edge of the building. They will also get closer together as they get closer to the vanishing point.

Fourth, repeat those steps to add more buildings…or furniture, or whatever you’re drawing. Fifth, erase the extra lines, and add detail to the bottom.

Any details on the bottom or rooftop size will appear flat and can be drawn normally. Like the roads and cars I added. The circular rooftop pool is another example of this.

I also added another building to demonstrate how making a building look taller is as easy as increasing the space between the top and bottom.