Hello! This website and blog has been neglected for quite a while. I have still been working in the background. Not so much illustration, but have been painting and making some things that I will share with you at a later date. I have also been experiencing a bit of a creative slump especially when it comes to illustration. And the lack of working on it feeds a lack of confidence and the hamster wheel of procrastination begins…..

I think every artist goes through artist’s block at at some point but it can feel difficult to know where to begin to get out of it. So I thought I would share a little exercise with you today that might be fun for you to try.

A while ago, I created a template drawing that I use when I do illustration presentations. It is just a simple body shape that can easily be turned into a human, animal or fantastical creature. I originally created it for when I was talking about character creation and it was a nice way for children to use it as a jumping off point for their own ideas. It also helped to avoid that feeling of anxiety that sometimes appears when staring at a blank page and wondering where to start.

I now work part-time in an after school program at an elementary school and started handing them out as colouring pages and it was interesting to see how much the kids love them. I don’t say anything about them – children just naturally have such great imaginations that all sorts of characters quickly develop on the page. 

One day I was sitting with a few children and started doodling on one of the pages and came up with this little character:

She stayed in my head and so I felt I needed to develop her a little more…she isn’t quite finished but I felt like sharing with you today.

It has been quite a while since I have worked on any illustrations, so it was fun to feel so inspired. I like this character and feel that there is scope to work on her and develop her environment a little more.

So if you are ever stuck, wondering what to draw and where to begin, perhaps start with a very simple image, photocopy it then doodle away to your heart’s content without worrying about whether it will be a “good” drawing or not. And if you come up with something that you like, you can then develop it further.

This has taught me that the template works for adults too! I would love to hear what you do to get out of a creative slump.

It has been fun sharing with you today and I hope to be back on a more regular basis.

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