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Brush, Pen, and Pixel: The Process of one of few Eclectic Artists

Updated: Jul 8, 2023


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It's Me

Art has always been a hobby and an escape from the day-to-day stress for me. Over the years, I've explored various styles in search of a voice for my emotions. Imposter syndrome has plagued me for a long time and continues to persist today. I constantly felt like what I created was merely a reflection of things I had seen before. This led me to take a break from art for about a year, during which I created very little. However, a realization struck me like a light bulb. Art is art. No one owns a particular style, and all creators draw inspiration from others. Even the great artists taught their apprentices to emulate their techniques. This understanding has allowed me to embrace the fact that I don't have a singular style to express myself. It's liberating to know that I can explore the depths of my mind without feeling constrained by a specific artistic approach.


If you're following me on Instagram (which you should be—hint hint), you'll see what I mean. My art is all over the place. While I mainly create Mandalas, I also enjoy crafting creatures, twisted designs, abstract pieces, and anything that comes to mind. It's a jumbled mess in my head, but that's what makes it exciting!



doodling

When I begin new artwork, I first reflect on the emotions I want to convey. Once I have a clear idea, I start doodling on my iPad. Most of my designs start as simple doodles, and if I don't have my iPad with me, I'll grab a pen and a sticky note. Some doodles remain as they are, but the ones that show promise move on to the next stage.


This next stage may involve finding references to refine the drawing, transforming the scratchy doodle into clean lines, adding some color to the initial sketch, or creating a polished version of the original doodle. Applying color is one of my favorite parts of the process. I adore all colors and use them freely at any stage. While I've discussed color theory in my blog posts, sometimes I throw it out the window and simply use whatever colors I feel like. In art, there are fundamental principles to understand, but if something looks good to you, it looks good. Adding color can breathe life into any artwork.


As you read this, I hope you gain insight into my creative process. My mind races at a million miles per hour, and sometimes my writing reflects that.


If there's anything you take away from this post, it's that art is subjective! What one person dislikes, another might love. Stay true to yourself, pour your heart into your art, and ignore the naysayers. Never let anyone extinguish the flame of your creativity. Find your voice by exploring as many avenues as possible. It's okay to abandon projects (shed a tear if you must) and move on. You've got this. Like most communities, the majority of the art community is a welcoming and loving place. Maybe you will end up being one of the eclectic artists like me.


Much love,

Josh S



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