For many of us, winter break comes as a great gift and long month of relaxation after a long and tedious fall semester. What I find most difficult, is that just because I am on break does not mean I have to stop making art since there are no assignments.
Making art is supposed to make us all feel good and remind us that we’re doing something that we’re passionate about. So here are a few tips that I’ve come up with to help you dust off those winter break cobwebs and get your creative juices flowing:
- Bring your sketchbook everywhere!! You can buy a teeny tiny one and keep it in a purse or backpack and just carry a pencil or pen. Write down ideas or notes and make quick sketches wherever you go!
- Take pictures. Of everything. We all have phones with cameras, take pictures of things you want to reference later or for inspiration or even for your own enjoyment.
- Think about your goals as an artist and start small. Instead of saying you want to draw every day or finish an entire sketchbook in a few months, try to set a goal to draw five times a week or to draw at four in the afternoon every day. Put aside time for your work.
- Don’t overthink it! Sometimes the canvas can feel big and daunting and too white and clean. Just make a mark and go from there. Painting and drawings are easy to change and correct with the right materials.
Here’s some of what I worked on over break: