Just thought I'd mention again:
I have a FREE or Pay What You Want .pdf copy of my Snowflakes Colouring Book available here:
They're easy to print out and colour to your heart's content!
New avatar thanks to the amazing @pollomostro!! 💙
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To anyone checking me out here following the announcement that I'm taking over as admin of •ART:
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Here's to an exciting New Year!
Hey, y'all! Clip Studio Paint is on sale again for the next few days; you can pick it up for 50% off it's usual price: https://www.clipstudio.net/en
I used to be a diehard Photoshop user, but CSP changed that. It's honestly the best digital art program I've ever used. If you're looking to end your reliance on PS's subscription fees, you'll be doing yourself a favour in checking it out. One payment and you own it for life!
Oh my gosh
When doing tricky shading work using watercolour, it helps to have two different brushes at hand; one with your colour, and one wet with water.
If you lay down some colour and need to spread/thin it out, use the wet brush.
If you lay down some colour but it's too dark/too much water, soak a bit of it away with some paper towel.
You can see me alternating between two different brushes and paper towel in this way in this timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMzsIiYPe9s
Here's your regular reminder that Mastodon has these super handy things called "Content Warnings", and if you could please use them for spoilers, including talking about the content of new games (such as Pokemon Sword/Shield), it would make me a very happy Heather!
Anyway… I think about this stuff a lot. About the invisible barriers that are put up around various creative works, hobbies, sports, etc.
This stuff should be super accessible and above all, *fun*.
I grew up with weekly bonfires where my parents and their friends would sing songs around the fire, but everyone I know is too self-conscious to just… sing, make music, dance, etc. together.
I miss it so much!
Okay, stepping off my soapbox. All the love, everyone!
It's taken me a very long time to unlearn a lot of the toxic ideas I gained over years of being in the illustration/art world.
We need to celebrate being "bad" at something, but doing it anyway, for the joy of it.
We need to celebrate singing at the top of your voice without caring what other people think.
There's nothing wrong with striving to be the best at something! But it's okay to just *do* things without measuring up. Enjoy what you do! Whether you do it for 40 hours a week or 10 mins
There isn't enough media celebrating people doing things just because they like to, whether they're objectively "good" at it or not.
You always hear about the ones with a talent in something, which is all well and good! But why should people feel discouraged from doing something just because they can't devote the time/energy to become "good" at it?
Why can't anyone doodle, draw, make comics, play music, write, etc. and enjoy it without feeling like they have to live up to a standard?
You see this a *lot* in sports, be it inspirational sports movies, the Olympics, organized/professional sports. There's a huge emphasis on being the BEST, which actively discourages people who don't have the time, energy, or inclination to devote most of their lives to the pursuit of This One Thing.
You see this a lot in creative circles, as well. People look at creatives making/playing incredibly detailed works and think "I could never do that, what's the point?"
Had a chat with someone yesterday about how supposed "inspirational" stories can actually inhibit people from trying to get better at those things themselves.
Most stories you hear are the rags-to-riches type; someone comes from nothing, devotes all their time and energy to one thing, and then becomes the best at it.
It puts a huge focus on being the Best at something, which makes many of us think: I'll never be the best, so what's the point of trying?
To be honest, I knitted this as a balm against this poor Antler Toque, which has been suffering under my hands for a long while.
It has so many tension issues and mistakes, but I have the right tools for it now and I'm determined to finish it, if only for the learning experience. 😤
I knit a thing!!
It's a really chunky knit toque with the biggest ever pom pom (it's also the first pom pom I've ever made, so go me!).
It knits up really quickly, too, this took me less than a day. :) The pattern is here: https://www.knitpicks.com/jillick-hat/g/14691220
It's also so warm, omg
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