Arty Advent Day 9: Art Resolutions

For December 1st-24th (and possibly a Christmas day bonus), I’ll be posting an art-related blog post every day.  If you visit my blog during this time, let me reassure you that I’m not just an art blog.  I do all the crafts.  You can look through my archives, or stay tuned for future posts, to see the other crafty things I get up to. 

I’ve noticed in the last few weeks that some of the artists I follow on Twitter have been posting their Art Resolutions.

Ummmm… I’m fairly certain I’ve seen posts, but now that I’m scrolling through trying to find some I can’t.  Maybe I imagined it?  It wouldn’t surprise me.  I’m very scatty brained sometimes.

I tried searching for some on Twitter in general and found a few good ones.  Like this one from @Shiroi0015

And this one from @Amylouioc (the three drawings image will make an appearance in a few days)

And I decided that art resolutions are something I’d like to have.  I’m really pleased with my progress so far, but there’s lots I want to work on.  So here they are:

1) Have less drawings floating in the middle of white nothingness

I have a habit of drawing something in the centre of a page, and not filling in the background at all.  I’ve done a couple with strips of washi tape, and a few random shapes, but that’s it.  I don’t necessarily want to give everything a full detailed setting, but less white nothingness would be good.

2) Practice digital drawing

As mentioned the other day, I’ve been venturing into the world of digital editing and colouring, but I still can’t draw.  I want to practice more with the tablet I have, and I might be getting a new tablet/laptop thing at some point.  That’ll help.

3) Finish some of the million half-started pieces I have

I have Startitis as badly with art as I do with every other craft I have.  I think I currently have more than 50 art WIPS (works in progress).  They include challenges that I want to turn into decent pieces, sketches that I want to ink and colour, complicated pieces that I ran out of energy to finish and bad pieces that I want to redo.

4) Have a go at using different mediums – like paints

I do have various paints.  Different types of watercolours, and some acrylics I think.  But I’ve always resisted using them because I have horrendous brush control.  But I used to think I couldn’t draw too, so maybe my brush control isn’t as bad as I think.

5) Try and do some collaborations

There are some challenges that I’ve noted down from YouTube videos and blog posts that I’d like to try, but some of them require a partner.  Like a line art swap, or someone picking my subject/mediums for me.  Until recently I haven’t had any artist friends besides Cayden, but I’m gradually building a network thanks to Twitter and Twitch.

Do you have any art resolutions? Or craft resolutions?  I have some general craft and life resolutions, but this is an ARTY advent, so they’ll have to wait.

 

 

Author: Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/artist/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.

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