Friday, September 23, 2011

Women's Initiative

A friend of mine asked if I could help with a speaker series with artists who share their experience as a working artist. Here's the video of the interview on my creative life. looking back, I've done so many creative things that I can't get all of it into a 15min spiel!



In the interview I talked about a few ways to improve yourself as a creative person.
1. Keep sketchbook or journal in your purse/pocket and by your bedside. Inspiration comes from everywhere, anytime, any day. Never lose a good idea bc you didn't jot it down!
2.Get educated...Never stop learning & improving! You can only benefit from it. Books, blogs, other artists, online tuutorials, workshops or classes, will all help tremendously.
3. Confidence. Put yourself out there and defend your work by standing by it and charging what it's really worth and stick to it. You know you & your work better than anyone so don't be bashful.
4. Meet people. Join groups that do the same things you do. Be open, be honest and be yourself. It's not always easy, especially if you tend to be more shy like me, but it's worth it.

I have to work on these things everyday. And everyday I grow a little more. I hope you do too.

Links for different things I've talked about here:

1. Author of Eat.Pray.Love. discusses creativity. It's inspiring regardless if you like her work or not. (link)


2. Blogs: Since I'm focused on animation & illustration my top 5 blogs are:
Cartoon Brew - Animation News
Brittney Lee - Paper sculptor, Walt Disney Artist
John K Stuff - wealth of animation knowledge & opinions
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - from Oakland, Ca watercolor fantasy artist
The Animation Guild - Good to read about the business side of things
ASIFA, and various animation schools also have blogs. I've also come across a lot of fantastic photography, interior design and crafty blogs. Search for it & you'll find it.

3. Groups:
BAHA - Berkeley After Hours Animation Group
SketchCrawl - Worldwide artists get together, meet other artists in the area and sketch their hearts out for a day. Awesomeness. Next marathon is Oct 15th!
Girls Drawing Girls - Women Animation Artist Club
There are also online communities like Illustration Friday, Children's Illustrators on DA, etc.
Also, most counties have artists councils or foundations for local artist collaborative groups and local community colleges have a plethora of clubs.

I wish everyone of you the best of luck!
You can comment below or email if you would like to know more.
Keep creating!
Alishea

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