Look here, it doesn’t matter if you are the only one in the room inspired by a bowl of apples, rusty sailboats, anything chartreuse, or rice krispy treats. If you’re looking for someone else’s permission to exercise your creativity by painting sunsets in space or knitting mittens for your Chihuahua….YOU ALREADY HAVE IT. It’s Your Thing so get on with it. Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with! Seriously, just go with the thing moves you – and then do it some more!
Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…
youR TuRn to DraW!
- What was your favourite animal, food, game, or toy as a child? Or even, what is your favourite thing right now? Fill an entire page (or several pages!) with ideas or memories of this thing.
I was all about everything and anything horses when I was young, accompanied by the fervent belief for a long time that I “had a way with animals”, just like Fern in “Charlotte’s Web”. This was my favourite stuffed toy, Charlie, who listened to ALL my stories…
- Put on some favourite music and try to draw or paint how it makes you feel, or the rhythm you hear. Here’s a glimpse of what sometimes comes out of my sketchbook when the studio soundtrack is The Cure:
- Listen to an audio book or talk radio and try to imagine the scenes and how the characters look, then sketch quick portraits or scenarios. Or maybe put on your favourite film or TV show, and doodle while you’re only half-listening.
Working from Michelangelo’s sketches while watching American Ninja Warrior was really helpful for better understanding of how the human body moves
Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!
ShaRe the LoVe
You’ve come this far, now why not
Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!
Some Other aRtists who Listened tO theiR CallinG
- Alison Carlier British artist who devised an “audio drawing… that never reached the page” titled “Adjectives, Lines, and Marks” won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2014.
- “17 Artists share the music that inspires them” Scott Indrisek – artsy.net – 27 June 2018
- Susan Philipsz 2012 Turner Prize-winning artist for her sound piece, “Lowlands“
- Vicky Tessio is an award-winning Spanish voice-over artist based in the UK who, when afforded an opportunity to intern at a radio station, quickly realised “my voice was the most powerful instrument I could use”
- “12 Sound Artists changing your perception of art” Alyssa Buffenstein – Artnet.com – 4 August 2016
What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!