In this week's episode, Michelle talks about her process in creating and posting art online every day for 30 days through sharing five lessons she learned from her experience. She shares her inspiration, the tools she uses, as well as some tips for those interested in starting their own personal creative challenge.
Resources and Takeaways
- I made art every day for 30 days straight. Along the way, I learned 5 lessons.
- Lesson #1. It’s really nice to reach a personal goal, and achieve a steady practice. I’ve tried other 30-day art challenges, but I could never finish them. *I had help. Yuko, my creative coach, kept me accountable.
- Creative Bug and Skillshare exposed me to a world of people who were making art, and who were happy and free and made me want to have the same.
- Lesson #2. They will come. They are your people. They’re doing something similar to yourself. They dig your style. When you are consistent, people notice. The shelf life on social media is short, but if you do a little something every day, people can’t forget you. “They” also means opportunities - curator, etc.
- Lesson #3. People are fickle. It’s great when people notice. But people don’t always notice. That doesn’t mean that what you’re producing isn’t good. There is simply too much content on the Internet. If what you’re doing is tied to other people, you’ll be disappointed. Make art, make a practice, for yourself.
- Lesson #4. Find the right tools. I found two iPad apps, Paper and Pencil, which digitized my sketchbook. No more hauling around a bunch of art supplies! The media that you use will depend on your goal. Get tools that excite you.
- Lesson #5. Find the right subject/theme. My 30-day challenge was unthemed, but I still found myself leaning toward abstract work.
- What style of art do you want to explore? Abstract? Impressionistic? Comic?
- What color palatte do you want to explore? Try limiting yourself to 4 colors.
- What tool do you want to explore? Maybe it isn’t drawing. Maybe it’s knitting or crocheting.
- Too many options can dry up the creative process, because we don’t know where to start.
- Set a time-limit. 30 days. Or Daily, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.
0:00 - Milestone!
0:12 - Intro
1:15 - Thanks for New Equipment
1:33 - The 30 Day Art Challenge
2:21 - Lesson Learned #1: Personal Goals & Creative Practices
3:24 - Support from Yuko
5:03 - Spoiler Alert for next week!
5:54 - Lesson Learned #2: "They Will Come"
6:05 - "They" means Kindred Spirits
6:30 - Consistency is key
7:28 - Showing Your Process & "The Person Behind Your Art"
7:55 - "They" means Opportunity
8:20 - My Experience
9:00 - Everyone's Experience is Different
9:26 - Lessons Learned #3: The Fickle Nature of Social Media
10:03 - Don't Despair
10:20 - Remember...This Is All For Yourself
11:10 - Reactions Can Surprise You
11:33 - My Experience
12:15 - Lessons Learned #4: Find The Right Tools
13:16 - Digitize Me!
13:27 - Cool Free App: Paper
14:00 - Another Useful Tool: Pencil
14:58 - Find What Floats Your Boat
15:22 - Your Media Platform Mirrors Your Goal
15:44 - Excite Yourself About Creating
16:44 - Finding Your Theme
17:39 - Questions To Help Find Your Niche'
19:08 - Set A Time Limit
19:48 - Quick Recap
20:16 - What Works For Me
20:29 - Reach Out!
20:55 - Signing Off