Before I get into today's post, a quick heads up: next week there will be a special announcement. It's the start of something exciting, so stay tuned!
Now, onto the blog!
Everybody has a hobby. (Photo taken from Pixabay, designed with Canva)
Not all interests are created equal. Some have that dream attached to them that refuses to let go until you do it. Weird enough, when I was four, in that stage of childhood where I everybody asks you "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I didn't tell them, "I want to write books." I always said, "An artist." What I had in mind was becoming an animator, who was going to work for Disney and make their next fairy tale adventure (I still miss the hand-drawn cartoon renaissance of the 90s).
(Left) A middle school character who will never see the light of day.
(Right) A depiction of my "Water Shoyru" back when Neopets was a thing.
As I got older, I got frustrated with not being able to put what I had in my head to paper, and decided telling stories with words was more my speed. That didn't stop me from drawing original characters, sketching a few false-start webcomics, and continuing to develop my visual art style. It settled into a fun hobby, something I loved to create, but not for money.
One of my DnD (Dungeons and Dragons) characters,
more recent and less embarrassing.
Nowadays, I still pick up a paper and pencil to sketch when the mood hits. Once I unpack my tablet, I might do it more often to keep my skills sharp (digital art has a steep learning curve, but it's incredibly cheap if you have a free program like Fire Alpaca or GIMP and get used to one of these). Youtube has a ton of amazing tutorials for anyone wanting to learn how to draw. My biggest tip is reference, reference, reference!
Another work-in-progress character portrait sitting on my laptop.
The thing about creatives, while they tend to put most of their attention in one method, it's rare that's their only outlet. There's fashion, cosplay, photography, roleplaying, comics, baking, gardening, and the list goes on. What are yours? Post your side passions in the comments!
Brie Tart writes fantasies in which she draws the mythical from the mundane. She spends the rest of her time dabbling in languages and prepping for her next adventure.