I moved to a new place in mid-May so my month consisted mostly of packing and unpacking. It’s not a valid reason but it really wasn’t conducive for me to be working on any creative projects. Before moving, I had so many ideas I jotted down in my notebook on what I’m going to do with the new place in order to turn it more into a “flow” space. However, two weeks in, I’m still suffering from some sort of gloominess that I believe it’s most likely due to weeks of lockdown. Yeah, I’m blaming the Covid virus for my laziness. How typical! Hah!

On the bright side though, my commitment to document my artistic journey pushed me to at least engage in some exploring and learning even though I may not be in a creative mode.

Learning about Paintings

I don’t think I’ll ever get into painting for real… right now… maybe ever… I don’t really know. But, it’s no harm learning about the art of painting and how I can appreciate paintings more. I truly enjoyed binge-watching the documentary on Curiosity Stream called How to Look at Painting.

Digital Drawing

I owned a Wacom Intuos Art for almost 4 years now. I bought it for ease of editing in Illustrator. Recently, I took it out and use it more for sketching to give digital drawing a try. Although I’ve used it for editing before, to sketch and draw is quite a different experience. The feel of the pen/ pencil on paper and a plastic board is obviously different. It took me a while to get used to it. I would most likely wear out the Command+Z keys (my virtual eraser.)

The Art of Mike Mitchell

I wouldn’t call myself a comic book fan because I don’t really read them that much. I do, however, enjoy watching superheroes animation and movies in particular Marvel superheroes. So, occasionally, I have this guilty pleasure of browsing and appreciating fan arts online. I came across some Marvel and Star Wars portraits in Pinterest. It turned out to be the work of Mike Mitchell, an artist in Austin, TX. I spent an hour or more looking through the works posted on his website. It was mesmerizing. I love his work so that’s one reference added to my list of artists who inspired me.

Creative Podcasts

I’ve been subscribing to all the design and creativity related podcasts in Spotify. There are so many of them that I couldn’t catch up with all. I’ll continue to listen to them on a daily basis and will compile a list to be included in my Creative Vault section (coming soon.) At the moment, I can only say that my current favourites are Creative Pep Talk and Creative Boom.

Books I Read in May

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

By Lisa Congdon and Jonathan Fields

I deliberately searched for Lisa Congdon’s book after I listened to a podcast interviewing her about her breast cancer diagnosis, what it meant for her identify and how it impacts her art. I found her very inspiring so I started following her on her blog and read her stories. This book is perfect and timely for me or anyone who’s seriously considering this career or business path into becoming an artist. Lisa’s book comes with practical how-to on setting goals, managing the business, copyrighting our artworks, how to promote our arts and so much more!

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists

By Danielle Krysa

This is the obvious book that I would click on when I was browsing Scribd since I was going through a creative block. It showcases images from the work of artists who are featured in this book. The author also interviewed them on how they got over their creative block. It came with a handful of solutions we can apply whenever we are not in our creative mode.

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

By Jessica Hische and Louise Fili

When I was exploring the art of hand-lettering, Jessica Hische was the name that kept popping up. She’s one of the most sought-after hand-lettering artists. In this book, she featured over 250 images of her penciled sketches, both work-in-progress as well as completed ones. It’s truly amazing to look through the beautiful works she has done for her clients with most of them being high profile clients. You may have seen some of her works out there in advertisements, book covers, magazines, movie posters and the list goes on.