The Start Art Challenge

Getting over fear of art by just doing it.

More little reverse-silhouette blobbies with lots of hair.
I’m feeling like I might be able to make this kind of doodle into something cool if I keep practicing.

More little reverse-silhouette blobbies with lots of hair.

I’m feeling like I might be able to make this kind of doodle into something cool if I keep practicing.

Playing around with cutting up images in my composition book art journal.
Much more boring than anticipated. 

Playing around with cutting up images in my composition book art journal.

Much more boring than anticipated. 

Yesterday was really amazing.

mhcorn:

Getting that post up on moleskinelovers really gave my blog a nice showing, I got 3-4 new followers and that post got over 80 notes! I’ve never had such a popular piece before.

I just wanted to say hello and thank you to all of my new followers in recent weeks, its been super rad getting new people to see my work!!!

You bros are awesome

AGREED. I’m usually amazed if a post has more than 2 notes - I can’t even believe how many people actually saw my doodles! And thought they were ok!

Thank you to the lovely moleskinelovers and thank you to anyone who took a second to hit that little heart - I really needed that little bit of encouragement and positivity.

(And mhcorn, yours were awesome!)

tonyynot2 asked

Hi can I just tell you that you're work on "filling in the page" spoke to me on an emotional level. Too many times have I sat down and the will to draw was so powerful but nothing interesting (at least I thought) came out? Simply, thank you.

Wow, thank you so much! That is probably the loveliest thing anyone has ever said about my doodles.

I feel like that all the time - blank pages are so intimidating! I just have to remind myself that something is better than nothing, and you have to make a lot of bad things before you can make something good. I’m - pretty obviously - still working through that part!

I hope the next time you sit down raring to draw, you just go for it! Whatever you make will be better than a blank page.

Hey I saw your submission to moleskin.. is that a fountain pen you were using? Is there another term for those kinds of pens? Or do the tips of those pens have a special name? For some reason I feel like there is. I had used one way back in highschool for my art class and we'd use india ink to dip it in. I really like the work though! Thanks for reading!

Hi!

Yep, it was a fountain pen! And you’re right, the tip of a fountain pen is called a “nib” - the set I have from Lamy came with 1 pen and 3 different size nibs.

The pen I have works with ink cartridges inside the pen that you can replace once you run out. I also got a big bottle of ink and a refillable “converter" that I can fill with any ink and use in the fountain pen.

I would love to use the dip kind though, too, that seems so fun! Thanks for saying hi, and your photography is gorgeous!