So I recently had a not so productive day in which I began to doubt my abilities. We’ve all been there, and for some, it’s more often than others. You wonder whether you’re putting enough work into what you love, whether you have the resilience and the discipline required to pursue your dreams, or whether you’re even really any good in the first place. Well that’s precisely the predicament that I was in, and whilst doing my routine grocery shop, I decided to stop by an art supply store and take a peek inside to revive my faith in artistic freedom, trial and error, and most of all the excitement and experimentation that got me here in the first place.
I only really meant to take a walk to get a few ideas and look at all of the different colours of paper, but before I knew it my feet were planted firmly infront of various seductive sets of alcohol markers. I knew I didn’t really have the budget for these illusive and exquisite pens, but yet I was frozen there, unable to move. I studied the different boxes and colours and smelt the dried out testers, but it just wasn’t enough. What was I to do? Have you ever been in this position?
Anyway, to cut a long story short, £40 and 2 sets of pens later, I found myself driving home with my purchases tucked safely in the front seat of my car.
My question to you is, do you think that your various supplies are what make you the artist that you are? Would you still be as resourceful and as savvy with pound shop supplies – is this bohemian dream ever viable? Or do you think that certain supplies are absolutely imperative to your creative process?
What was the last purchase that you made that inspired you?
As for me, I regret nothing. I whole heartedly stand by my decision to make purchases that contribute to my sense of progress and creativity. I absolutely love my Spectrum Noir Pens, and at a retail price of £29.99 I think I bagged myself a pretty sweet deal at just £19.99 each! I got the Core essentials to start me off, and the Pastels because… well, I just love pastels.
Here’s my first attempt at using them on a few doodles of my Mutt, Dora.
Let me know in the comments!