How do you come up with your ideas for Art and Illustrations?

Some of it is simply colors in my head that I enjoy, colors of things that I love, things in my environment, and things like that. Other inspirations come from things I see around pinterest. I have a huge collection of pins on my pinterest page. It’s really massive, actually.

pastel girls in nature and fog

I’ve got things on pinterest that I forget I have on there, all the time, simply because I’ve been pinning things to it for years now. I think I’ve used pinterest for over 3 years. And I used to pin things for hours at a time, back when I first discovered pinterest. It really adds up. There are many different category boards on my page, including everything from home decor and artwork to hair and make-up.

However, another huge inspiration for me, when it comes to techniques, process, and work ethic is the pool of other artists I follow online. I love watching youtube videos of them in their studios, working and painting. It makes me want to go into my studio and begin working as well. In fact, a lot of times I’ll be watching an artist on youtube or an illustrator, working on their art while I paint or draw in my studio, or on my couch.

skull sketch

Another biggie is the sketchbook. I have many unfinished sketchbooks, mostly because I have many different kinds that I sketch in for many different reasons. My favorite is my 9” x 12” watercolor sketchbook. It’s actually just a spiral book of watercolor paper. I also have a watercolor paper pad that has thicker watercolor paper. I don’t just use these for sketches only. I also use the sheets for finished watercolor work, so it’s nice to be able to tear out the sheets when I’m finished and ready to frame them.

A huge inspiration to me is music. It’s not an inspiration to my concept ideas necessarily, but instead helps me stay motivated to keep moving forward with my projects and with my art in general. My favorite songs are ones that evoke lots of emotion and creep factor is one of my favorite elements. I like to think that similar emotions are revealed in my work. I mainly draw and paint female faces and hair. I’m obsessed.

boots and legs

Sometimes, I get kind of burnt out when it comes to concept ideas. I think I still have ideas in my brain, but it’s like sometimes I look at others’ works so much that I have a fog around my own ideas in my mind. It’s crazy and hard to describe, but hopefully that came out right.

gallery wall in the art studio

I think it’s important to find balance: balance between “ingesting” new things and new art from other people, and actually “cooking” up our own art. It can be a real struggle. Sometimes I just want to cozy up on the couch with a blanket and a pillow, and just watch YouTube artists all day, look through pinterest, or obsess over Instagram stories. I did a lot of that latter category today.

I think one thing that can help with not putting enough out there of our own stuff is not having a plan. I’ve started working on my social media plan, and I think it is going to go okay. I know I’ll most likely have to make adjustments along the way to keep it fresh and realistically doable, but it will be worth the trouble.

So, cheers to you other artists or creative types out there! Keep on keeping on! <3

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