You don’t need a dedicated studio or a large amount of time to get back to (or continue) with your creative pursuits.
Dedicated studio = a place where you can leave things set up; where you don’t have to pack things away; where you can step back in and carry on where you left off. What a great luxury that not many of us have. I’ve got a great excuse to have a studio for myself – I have over a hundred students coming through my large teaching art studio every week so I’ve kept a corner for myself. Perfect.
So, how do you keep the creative spark going? The first thing you need is the attitude that art can happen anywhere and anytime and drawing is the perfect vehicle for that. An A5 visual diary and a pen is all you need to start. It can be a simple ball point pen, a special waterproof ink pen or anything in between. It doesn’t even matter what colour it is.
A pen works instead of a pencil (although that’s also fine) because you don’t have to sharpen it (and carry a sharpener or knife), it won’t break or mess up a bag . You won’t get your hands covered in graphite as you draw and you won’t have to worry about erasing! Believe me, all of that frees you up.
- You can draw for one minute or many.
- Just draw something you see or doodle as your mood takes you.
- Don’t wait for a spare half an hour or a beautiful subject.
- Draw something small.
- Draw a part of something.
- Draw leaf litter, a half eaten apple or dirty dishes before you wash them.
- Don’t be perfect.
- Don’t wait for inspiration.
- If it’s not working then work over it or turn the page and draw something else.
It actually doesn’t matter what the end result looks like. It matters that you are involved, observing and following where the line takes you.