- #adventartchallenge - organized by Four Corners Art Collective
- #sketchaday_penandpaint - organized by Lindsay Hopkins
- #illustratedadvent2015 - organized by Rebecca Stoner and Suzanne Washington
- #365doodleswithjohannafritz - organized by Johanna Fritz
A little art - Big enough to make your mark, small enough so that you can finish in one sitting. I am loving Victoria Johnsons #alittleart project. Victoria started this personal project one month ago and invited others to play along. Like all good ideas, this one took off! The place to play along - Instagram. It even has its own Instagram site to showcase the work of a global bunch of designers. I admire Victoria's work - there is a certain free spirit about it that I just love. Her colour combinations are unique. Her style fun and playful. Below is a little grouping of a few of the experimental pieces she started out with. Visit her Instagram site for more insight on her project and a viewing of her current pieces.
I asked others to share their work to give you a sense of the variety of options there are to play with. The only restriction here is size, 2.5" wide, other than that it is free game. There are so many reasons to participate. Here are my top five. (click on the images below to go directly to the artist websites) 1.Little art is manageable. It can be completed in one sitting. If time is not on your side than this is a good way to get creative with little commitment. 2.Watercolor, collage, paint, markers, mixed media - anything goes.If you are interested in trying something totally different, than this is the place to give it a try.
3. Experimental - small art is a perfect place to try new things! Maybe there is a new technique or a different way of expressing yourself that you are interested in experimenting with. Maybe some new colours,composition or textures. Small art is perfect to play with. 4.Little art goes Big - I have been using my little art to explore composition and themes for Big art. Think of your little art as a thumbnail sketch for bigger things to come.
My little art all lined up. I have been playing around with painted and collaged papers in a grid like form. I have been working intuitively just to see how things go together. From there I have started working on a larger scale with concentration on my composition.
I have to admit I am loving these and excited about the possibility of re-working them into the world of art licensing. I can envision these as greeting cards, art prints, fabric panels, oh the list in endless (I hope!) More info on that creative process at a later date. Drop by and give #alittleart a try. If you have any revelations or insight to share about your process, I would love to hear them!
I am in the business of making motifs. It takes a lot of time doodling and mark making. Time to practice and try new things. I need all the inspiration I can get so thought it would be fun to try and get others to share their work. Here is what is inspiring me lately on #shareyoursketch.Heather Dutton (@hangtight) of Hang Tight Studio shares proof that inspiration can come from anywhere. This quirky character is the result of a blob of coffee spilt on the floor. Heather is pretty active on Instagram. The next two are also some sketches that Heather shared. Some more doodles waiting to get turned into pattern.. Mary Tanana (@groovity) of Groovity Designs shares her tropical doodles, a result of her time in Make Art that Sells. I believe these were used for the tropical fusion bloghop which you can see here - beautiful! I love this giraffe all zentangled up shared by Angelica Venegas. (@portallerdepapel). This drawing was done by her daughter Rocio. Her zentangle work looks fantastic here and has inspired me to try some of my own. Here is another zentangle sketch courtesy of Aryanda Septian (@Ariyandaaa) from Indonesia. Her Instagram feed is full of beautiful sketching, shading and lots of portraits. A whole other world I have yet to explore. This hipster, shared by Lori Leissner (@leissnerart) just makes me smile. I love his look and his poodle pooch companion. I could see this character developed in so many ways. Lori was in a very loong meeting when she shared this. Sketches can be in color too! I love this one by Pam Keravuori (@pamkeravuori) created while hanging at the waterpark with her young daughter. That made me laugh - I first started doodling while spending many an hour at the park with young children in tow. There is lots more color and wonderful type on her feed. Feeling inspired? Come and share your sketch with us then! I will be posting some here on my blog every week so that others can get inspired and make new friends on Instagram. Enjoy your weekend!