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Post by Alice Palace
Alice Palace has been going now for nearly 11 years and the most common question I get asked is where do I find my inspiration – so I have been thinking of the answer, and have 11 yeeha’s to help…
1. Going horse riding is the best thing to help me with my creativity because it gets me outside – the fresh air always helps and my mind is free to wander. It’s about occupying one part of my brain, so the the other part is clear to be creative. It makes me feel happy and the more happy I am, the more creative ideas I have.
- So spend time doing the things you love most in life.
2. The same thing happens when I’m in the car driving by myself and listening/singing along to music. I find it’s a good time to tune out and spend some time inside my own head with my own thoughts. The same thing happens when I wash up – which is why we don’t have a dishwasher!
- So spend some time alone to daydream – your brain needs time for inactivity.
3. If I start work on any illustration idea, then more ideas will follow, and from those ideas there will be even more ideas – it’s just the way it works – but I need to get started in the first place. My main problem is not the lack of ideas, but making myself physically get started with them. Creativity is like a tap and needs to be used to keep it flowing.
- So do whatever you need to do to get started, draw up a timetable, make up some deadlines, pretend the Queen is over for a visit… and then start drawing.
4. I find I have to do every pointless job there is, before I can start my illustration work – but having a good tidy up of my work area does really help – and then I just have to be super strict. But if I’m having one of those days when the drawings just aren’t right, then I’ll do something completely different for a while as I know that on another day I will do the whole thing much quicker and better.
- So stop if your hearts not in it (and return to it later/the next day).
5. Spending time with inspiring and inquisitive people is great for my own inspiration – anyone that I look up to for whatever reason – can really help with my own ideas.
- So spend time with friends and family (and strangers) that make you tick.
6. I find that walking to work with the dogs is a great start to the day and I love taking photos along the way. I like to look at the world in detail – seeing everything that looks beautiful to me, seeing colours and shapes, changes in the day, that might otherwise be missed.
- So start the day well and you’re more likely to create.
7. Watching films and reading books also helps to feed my inspiration. I get a monthly magazine subscription to ‘Red’ which is not only a nice surprise every month, but also helps to keep me up to date with fashion, homes and trends. I like ‘The simple things’ magazine too.
- So ask all your inspiring people about their favourites, and make a list, and get watching/reading.
8. Exhibiting at shows really helps me to stay inspired as I see them as an opportunity to show off my illustrations & products, and to get feedback – without these dates in the diary it would be easy to float along without any set deadlines. It’s also a time when I see impressive work by other people, and that inspires me to come up with something equally impressive next time.
- So get yourself out there.
9. Keeping a notebook really helps me – as I seek inspiration from all sorts of sources and I can write down ideas/words and keep them all safe. I’m always on the lookout for the little everyday things, observing people, watching films, dreams I have, reading books, conversations I have, a sentence I read/hear. If I’m really stuck for ideas, then I can look through and see drawings, doodles, scribbles about the weather, the mood I am in, the last time I laughed etc.
- So keep a sketchbook/notebook.
10. It’s good for me to have a routine and I try to have set working hours. I have to be disciplined because there are so many distractions these days with email, mobile, twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest etc – not to mention the everyday life stuff like cooking, cleaning, looking after the dogs and my small child. The other day one of my friends asked me how I make myself go to work everyday and I found it a hard question to answer on the spot, but after thinking about it, I realised that I must just be pretty disciplined, and enjoy my work! It doesn’t seem like an option to me to not go.
- It’s so easy to let your life get filled up with other stuff, so a routine is really important.
11. If I’m not enjoying an illustration I’m working on, then generally it doesn’t work as well and I need to find a different approach, or just start something new. The BIGGEST thing of all is to enjoy the creation and trust your instinct. I find that the illustrations that work best are the ones that I enjoy doing most.
- To be truly inspired you need to trust your instinct and enjoy what you are creating, and it will show.
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The Month of Love is a weekly art challenge started by illustrator Kristina Carroll. Every week in February, there’s a new challenge related to the subject of “Love”. Participating artists respond by creating a new piece and posting throughout the week. There’s an impressive roster of core artists, but the challenges are also open to anyone who wants to submit a piece by posting to Tumblr with the hashtag #monthoflove. The month is coming to an end and there’s some fabulous work up on the site, including the three images below, by Kristina Carroll, Lee Moyer, and Michael Marsicano.
Be sure to check it out and follow along at monthofloveart.com. Much of the work is available as prints through Society6 and you can also see the past two years’ worth of challenges and art here. Also, keep an eye out in October for another monthly challenge called Month of Fear.
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Post by Alice Palace
Rosie Harbottle is an illustrator based in Devon in the uk, and she has a BIG love of pattern, colour and type. She hand draws or paints everything before scanning and playing around with colour and composition to create beautiful artworks like the badger, bunny and owl below…
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Elise lives in Montreal and draws lots and LOTS of wonderful monster characters – but the illustrations I love best are her children and animals…
Take a look at her website
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From the editorial submissions:
While the spotlight shines on London Town, London based graphic artist Jenni Sparks collaborates with Evermade for the long-awaited ‘London by Hand’.
This stunning hand-drawn map meticulously highlights the London boroughs and neighborhoods, complete with the quirky in-the-know hallmarks and landmarks that make the city so unique. With the print designed and produced from the mapping of an actual geographic tube map; not only is this print beautiful, it’s also a handy reference. It’s full of fun facts about celebrity birthplaces, local markets, social stereotypes, and favorite pubs. Hopefully you’ll be able to spot your favorite London haunts!
Check out more images and info here.
Selflesh makes embroidered map collages and archival prints inspired by anatomy and nature. My goodness they’re gorgeous! See more on Etsy.
Michelle Armas is an Atlanta-based artist who does amazing abstracts. Check out her bio here. A step-by-step here. Her blog here. And more work here.
Blanca Gómez is an illustrator and designer living and working in Madrid. Her artwork is whimsical, retro and fun. Visit her site, blog and shop.
Kerry Layton is an illustrator living in North London. Visit her website, etsy shop and blog. Also read a little interview with her here.
Kate Boxer is a painter and printmaker working in London. Look at more of her work on her site, and learn more about her here.
Illustrator Nate Padavick created this map as a catalyst to raise money to support the Turtle Conservancy. Madagascar is home to such an amazing array of exotic and beautiful wildlife. This map represents only a sample of just the reptiles that are at risk, not to mention all the mammals, birds, fish, insects and plant life that are also threatened. If you like this artwork, please click here to purchase a print or make a donation via PayPal (just $5 will pay a security guard’s wage for 2 days!). All donations and print profits will be given to the Turtle Conservancy on behalf of Nate and his website, They Draw & Travel, and are tax-deductible to you.
Go here to see a larger version and help save turtles: http://www.theydrawandtravel.com/turtles
Vancouver Island-based artist Drew Mosley’s work is started from coffee and tea stains. He then adds inks and/or acrylics. Lovely! Check out more here on his tumblr. And perhaps buy a print on Etsy.
Amy Borrell is an illustrator, designer and pattern maker living in Melbourne. Her work is very simple and sweet. Check out more on her site here and her blog here and her shop here.
Poster Child Prints is featuring a gorgeous new giclée archival print by Deedee Cheriel. It’s 10×13, printed on Entrada Rag 100% Cotton Paper, embossed with the PCP seal, and numbered and signed by the artist.