A response on Pop My Mind to the Let’s Talk theme around mental health and it’s connections to art.
Most of the stresses and anxieties I have can be linked back to my hands. Being prone to RSI causes a lot of pain that feeds into fears of not being able to make work, or of never being able to make enough. And it’s easy to feel betrayed by your own hands – why won’t they make better work? why can’t they work faster? why aren’t they good enough?
So you push yourself all the time, and if you don’t take a step back to breathe now and again, getting anything else creative out of yourself is like getting blood from a stone.
We’re watching Voyager in my house at the moment, and we have the most useless running gag ever. Whenever Tuvok is doing something remotely detective-like, the Inspector Gadget theme is sung, with Tuvok’s name in the appropriate place. It’s…transcendent.
It’s a stupid joke and I mostly made this so that I have Christmas presents for my house mates, but whatever, we think it’s funny.
A response on Pop My Mind, for the Fragmentation theme. This one is a self-portrait, exploring the divide, bleed and crossover of artist and artwork, and the blurry edges where you end and your work begins.
A fun experiment, with a gratuitous application of black face paint.
The theme for July’s weekly illustration was Angels! In order of appearance, the prompts I gave myself were: Warrior of Heaven, Guardian Angel, Blessing, and Smiting. The Guardian Angel design is available on my Redbubble.
I enjoyed different aspects of making each of these, and trying to push a different element with each one. A bit in love with coloured lineart now though, so I expect there’ll be more of that in the future! For August, I’m going to be doing some Faerie illustrations, so be sure to follow mysketchblog to see those as I make them. And if you’re interested in warmup sketches and mediocre selfies, then you can follow my instagram too.