I haven’t written for this blog in a very long time. But I have had good reason for this as I have been super busy trying to get myself out of an art slump.
I was going for days without drawing or painting because I couldn’t think of anything to create. So instead of getting too stressed about it, I immersed myself in watching tonnes of YouTube videos for inspiration.
It was on YouTube that I stumbled across a style that I had never heard of before, which was the whimsical style.
I have had so much fun producing art using this approach and creating more childlike drawings. So much so that I think I will be sticking with it for a bit longer.
The main thing that I am enjoying is using watercolour and coloured pencils together. This combination works well with the whimsical style and I have completed some fun pieces: two of which have sold.
I am happy that my sketchbook is filled with quick sketches and ideas for future projects. It means I will have lots to look back over when I need some inspiration in the future.
The whole process has been a learning curve. It has taught me that keeping a sketchbook is important, not just for practice but for storing ideas that come to mind so you don’t forget them. Many great ideas have come to me while sketching and not worrying about the outcome.
One idea, in particular, has got me excited about drawing again and I am looking forward to developing it further. It popped into my head while I was drawing some whimsical rabbits. It will eventually be a children’s illustrated story about a rabbit who gets lost in the city. I can’t say too much about it at this stage because it needs more work. But, as soon as he is ready to be introduced to the world I will let you know.
In the meantime please check out my whimsical art below and let me know what you think. I would also love to know what you are working on and how you combat art block when it strikes.
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