An artist I follow is participating in an Instagram event called Meet the Maker. I have not yet embraced Instagram, so I will create some posts based on the prompts. As it’s already March 12th, I’m a little late to the game, but regardless it will be fun! Let’s do a little catch up.
Favourite to make: I love all my art children equally, but digital is closest to the charcoal work I used to do, before I could no longer use traditional art materials. There is something about a monochromatic palette that I just love, which is odd since in life I love colour. Photography is what I do for fun. I find I quickly make creative decisions with my photographs, whereas a drawing may take several weeks or more to complete.
How I started: In 2008 I began taking community art classes. I was looking for something to do. I had always admired painters, being a devoted Bob Ross fan in my youth, but for whatever reason never gave it a try. I immediately loved how absorbing painting was, my brain was fully engaged and could not pester me with a thousand worries like it usually did. From community art classes, I moved to the Visual Arts program at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. There I discovered a love of abstraction, followed by a change from painting to drawing. Thanks to very supportive instructors, I then moved from traditional drawing to digital drawing. In 2018, I graduated with a Certificate in Visual Arts.
Tools and materials: I use apps and my iPhone or iPad to draw. In addition to being very portable, apps are also a very accessible way to be creative. Many are free, although you can upgrade features with in-app purchases. I think the most I spent was $20. Using apps is also very freeing, as many people worry about wasting art supplies as they experiment and learn. You can read more about some of the apps I have used in this post.
Watch for more Meet the Maker posts this month 🙂