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Instagram?
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How to make your art more interesting?
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Saturday Snippet - share your writing!
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Wherein plans are made
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Sketchbook Challenge
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Instagram?
Just thought I'd write a journal entry to say that I have now opened up an instagram account for my art. Mostly I publish little sketches that I don't publish here (ballpoint pen sketches seem to be my main thing now), because they're too small or too unfinished. Would love for you to check it out! You can find it here: https://www.instagram.com/ciuvaart/ I had hoped to be able to use my usual username, but it was of course taken... Also: Do you have any instagram account where you post your art? I would love to see it and follow you! I am a lot more active there than I am here, and while I do follow quite a few artists already, there is alw
How to make your art more interesting?
For this journal entry I don't really have any answers. But now that I'm back into painting I've grown increasingly frustrated with my own skills. Sure, I keep improving, technically, but there's something missing that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps I'm being overly self-critical, but I do feel rather stuck. Perhaps that's why I keep redoing old pieces instead of coming up with new ones. Writing-wise, I know that I can come up with somewhat original ideas. I know how to take stories and plots and make them my own. While it's far from perfect, I feel like I know what I need to improve it. With painting... not so much. Some of my "art" feels borin
Saturday Snippet - share your writing!
Every other weekend, I host a Saturday Snippet on my art blog, which you can find here. It's a post where I and whoever wants to join in, share snippets, excerpts or short quotes from our writing at various stages of completion. It can be whatever you are working on at the moment, something from older stories, something you have written for the purpose of sharing, or just random beginnings/story quotes that you have lying around. So far it has mostly been me and one of my writing friends. We would very much like others to join us! A little extra exposure never hurts, right? I will read and comment on every snippet/quote that is posted :) Wh
Wherein plans are made
I recently returned to dA after a far too long hiatus, as you may have noticed. For a few years now I have almost exclusively focused on my writing, as well as, well, dealing with life. As I've already mentioned in a previous journal entry, sacrificing drawing was an utterly stupid decision (I'm not even sure it was a conscious decision, because if I had thought through it...). Having a busy life, I sat down recently to make a plan, to prioritize, and that's when I realised that I really wanted to improve, I wanted to draw, and I wanted to do what it takes to get there. I also realised today that I might actually have been bored by drawing th
Sketchbook Challenge
I was updating my blog just now, and was writing about a particular little challenge I've set to myself in order to improve. But as I was writing, I thought: Why not see if other people would like to join, too? That way we could encourage each other, offer feedback or advice, and keep each other accountable. I already have a writing challenge which runs every other week (well, when I restart it), but it's also an art blog, so what is better than an art challenge in the alternate weeks? The basic idea is to make practicing a bit more fun and a bit more frequent/regular. It's basically a challenge to fill an entire sketchbook with practice ske