1 | Creatives to watch, learn from or be inspired by

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Hi, how’s your week going so far?

I plan on taking it easy, and making new work for my portfolio. The last few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for new content to follow, and in the process I’ve refound old favorites, found some great content creators, and gained some knowledge, to help me keep going during the tough times. So I made a list of creatives (this week it’s all ladies) that you can watch, read, learn from or be inspired by.


READ

Tara Leaver wrote a great post where she takes the lessons learned from sea swimming and applies it to her art practice. I especially liked the bit about resistance being part of the deal. I always have the hardest time getting started, and this was a great reminder that it’s normal, and it’s something that can be overcome. Honestly her words can apply to any area of life, not just art.

It’s always interesting to read about how other people feel about Instagram or any social media platform. Lauren brought up a lot of valid points, and offered some tips on how to deal with the weird and icky feelings we sometimes have about the platform. P.S. She has some gorgeous knitwear designs.


WATCH

Ambrosia, recently made a video about how we’ve been using clay masks wrong! I had no idea, did you? The directions on the products are really misleading. My own clay mask of choice says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

Fran, a great and funny illustrator has been on a roll with her content lately. Recently she wrote about healthy time management, and I swear I listened to it at least 5x in a row.

Anne-Laure reminds us that self doubt and making ugly art or feeling like your art is ugly is part of the process. Just like Tara’s words, this knowledge can be applied to multiple areas of your life.

Bobo’s self portraits are gorgeous, and her chatty videos are always a great listen. I haven’t finished this one yet, but recently she talked about being the ugly friend growing up. As I write this post I’m listening to her talk about how being an influencer isn’t sustainable. It’s true that we aren’t the same people we were 6 months ago let alone 4 years ago, and it can be hard to allow ourselves to grow when we are growing in front of an audience.

Ashley made a cute video about taking herself out on a date. I never would’ve thought about going to an open house as part of a solo date.

This watercolor painting has made laundry day look so fun.

Whitney and her killer smile takes some time to teach us how she takes her self portraits.

Lena made a video urging people to stop calling her and other artists the next (female) Bob Ross (or any other famous artist). It’s a strange practice that I’ve never understood, and it was interesting to hear her issues with it.

I’ve been on the hunt for more studio vlogs to follow and I stumbled upon a decorative candle maker named Tiana.

Lenice of LeSweetArt, makes studio vlogs about her art, and occasionally talks about married life as a young person.


TUTORIAL

Irene made an Adobe Illustrator tutorial showing you how to make an abstract pattern using torn paper. I’ve always wondered how these types of patterns were done, and I can’t wait to try it.