Finding Your Voice

It’s the crazy journey of finding out what everybody already knows about you.

In terms of your art, your voice is the style that is (or should be) recognisable to you regardless of whether your name is next to it or not.

Trust me, it’s a daunting task. It’s one that cannot be found overnight, and usually takes years and years of practice to develop. And that is the precisely the way to find your voice. The journey becomes the destination. Practice and then after a few months or years, take a look into the rear view mirror and notice if there’s any patterns you see.

This could be patterns in themes. What subjects have caught your attention, and in what periods of your life? Does your art reflect any transitions you are or were physically, mentally or spiritually swimming through?

The patterns could also be shapes. Are the type of shapes you are utilising traditionally feminine(circular and curvy) or traditionally masculine(sharp and angular).

There’s a possibility that the patterns could be found in the colours. Because this is a component of the art that has to be specifically chosen by the artist, you would think that this is a conscious choice. However sometimes it is not. For example, I’ve noticed my colours change slightly depending on the certain moment in my life.

All of these patterns are sometimes something artists intentionally create in their work, however many times the repetitive elements are something that is subconscious.

Have you found your voice yet? If you haven’t, get practicing!


The Value Of Creating Stuff Regularly

Being an artist is weird.

I have all of these ideas floating around in my head but in order for me to execute them, whilst having a full time job, exercising, trying to love on my people, trying to hydrate and not snack too much…is challenging.

However hard it may be, there’s a lot you can gain from keeping your fingers moving with a pencil or a tablet.

Practice. Practice does not make perfect as some movies may lead you to believe(Perfect does not truly exist, sorry). But practice does make progress. As an artist who’s been drawing since the cliche of being able to hold a crayon, I’ve definitely seen the progress my art has made in terms of ability throughout the years.  This is because I keep practicing, no matter how small that practice may feel.  Even the tiny doodles that I used to draw on the sides of my class notes–that’s practice.  Practice is practice, no matter the size or the length of time you dedicate to it in the day.  What matters most is the consistency of the practice.

Confidence. The first time you do something you might be a bit shaky(or, let’s be honest–VERY shaky). You might have worried thoughts, asking yourself if you are doing it right. You might even stop halfway because you’re not sure what you are doing. However with time, confidence is built. You will learn to not care so much about the result because you’ve practiced enough to know that you will be alright through the journey.  With that confidence engrained in you, you will be less reluctant to pick up the pencil once again.

Self-expression. I firmly believe in art being a form of therapy. It is a way of processing what you’re feeling, especially during situations when you can’t even admit to yourself how exactly your emotions are doing. Practicing creativity can turn your anxious, joyous, angry, fearful, fearless, heartbroken(and everything in between) emotions into tangible pieces of art. Art helps you cope with the highs and lows of life as a way to emotionally process. Plus, telling your story is important. You may have similarities to others but nobody in the world has your exact same perspective and has lived the same chapters as you.