How to Break Creative Block Pt 2

How to Break Creative Block Pt 2

Part 2 – Your Environment In the previous post (How To Break Creative Block Pt 1) we covered exercises, best practices, and materials to help you fight off creative block.  Today I want to cover the place where you create.  Whether it’s a studio, a house, an apartment, or refrigerator box in the alley, the place you create should be a haven for creative growth. Ever walk into an art gallery or a beautiful place and suddenly want to draw?  That’s called inspiration my friends, and it can be a great weapon against Creative Block.   As a visually creative person, we tend to be a bit voyeuristic. We see something that makes our spirit click and then have this weird thing that happens; suddenly our heart is racing, blood is pumping, our hands may shake, body temperature may rise as well.  Ancient Greeks compared it to ecstasy because it feels a lot like the rush you get from intense physical attraction or being in love.  Your brain becomes hyper alert from the rush and forgets its skill level and sends the message to the rest of you, “I can do that.  Let’s do that!”.  Suddenly you’re in a creative fervor.  This happens out in the world a lot but you need to do it at home or in the studio too.  You need to grow inspiration, cultivate it, farm it. So how do you farm inspiration?  It seems so random to most.  Well, first thing you need to do is fix your environment.  The place where you create should make you want to create. Think of it as Feng Shui...
How to Break Creative Block Pt 1

How to Break Creative Block Pt 1

Several nights a week, I stream art live from my studio on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/kohseart).  There’s a chat room where viewers can interact with moderators and other viewers, talk smack, tell jokes, stories, or ask questions.  A lot of artists tune in and ask questions about art, inspiration, how to stay motivated, how to improve, or post their own work on my Discord Channel to get critiques.  I love teaching and I love passing on what I’ve learned over the years to other artists.  I especially love seeing what those artists do with that knowledge.  With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to start writing down some of the more frequently asked questions and their answers here so anyone can find it.   Today’s topic: How to Break Creative Block.   The idea of creative block is foreign to me.  Not because I have some gland overfilled with creative hormones oozing out of every pore (although that would give me something to blame if I suddenly discover I’m in need of a shower.  “Oh, don’t mind the smell.  Inspiration just hit!”). Creative block is a foreign concept because I never stop creating.  If I’m not drawing, I’m painting.  If I’m not painting, I’m writing.  If I can’t do any of that, I’m thinking about doing those things.  If you want to be a creator, you need to create, and you need to keep creating.  If you’ve ever hit a creative wall, you probably just made a snorting noise.   So let’s start at the beginning.  You suck.  You’re looking at a blank sheet of paper...
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Artist Selection

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Artist Selection

Officially announced yesterday, I will be one of the official Star Wars artists participating in the Star Wars Celebration Orlando Art Show!  I’m not allowed to show the art I have been working on until it’s been officially revealed on www.StarWars.com but if you are interested in the creative process, I wrote a blog about my work for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015 that you can read here.  You can also watch me work on Star Wars and other projects live on my Twitch Channel: www.twitch.tv/kohseart 3-5 nights a week. Until such time as I can reveal my latest official Star Wars Art, here are a couple of pieces I have in the studio I did for Lucasfilm. See you guys at Celebration Orlando in...
Star Wars Celebration Studies

Star Wars Celebration Studies

While working on my Star Wars Celebration Anaheim print, I created several pieces to practice and study various elements of the final painting.  I was asked if I could post some of those studies and explain my process a little. Building the Idea: First is the concept stage.  I worked out several thumbnail sketches to figure out the story I wanted to tell.  Once I had that, I worked out the perspective and how I wanted the characters arranged in the composition.  I took photos of my assistant dressed as a Jedi (using some robes I borrowed from an old high school friend) for reference.  Small USB laptop lights were used to try and create the glow from the Control Crystal.  Using all this I created this concept sketch (above) I finally turned in to Lucasfilm for approval. Sketch Studies: Once I got word that the concept was approved for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, I had to work out some issues. Mainly the fact that I choose to paint an image that takes place after Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) and good reference for the actors likeness after the film came out was very limited.  I did find some Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back) behind the scenes photos of Carrie Fischer that had her head at the right angle, but the lighting was wrong and it was in black and white.  Using that image as reference, I studied Leia’s face and how light shaped it. I also did some sketches of Luke (with beard, without beard, various hair styles, etc) to study how he should...

New Site!

So for the 5 or 6 of you that have been paying attention, the site has a new design.  For almost 2 years I rarely posted anything to the site so I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of updating more often.  You can also follow me at my Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram pages as well to get all the updates.  New art will be getting posted here as soon as I finish scanning and having it all photographed. Lucasfilm just debuted my art for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and I will be posting here once the print presale goes live.  Stay tuned for those details. Updates: – New Storenvy Site linked through the “Store” Navigation. I’ll be updating the Storenvy entries to make them more descriptive as well as adding original art. – Added Star Wars Celebration Presale landing page. – New Gallery page, linked from Navigation.  This will change as I play with new gallery templates though. – New art uploaded to Gallery. – Updated Home page. Thanks! –...
2012 Christmas Commissions

2012 Christmas Commissions

Its time again for my annual commission marathon.  Starting Saturday, December 1st, I will cram in as many commissions as I can and complete them all live via webcam that weekend.  Information to get on the list is posted below.  All commissions will be mailed out the following Monday using Priority Mail so you can get them in time for Christmas. – $10 Head Sketches. 4.5×6.5 colored cardstock sketch. You MUST order a minimum of THREE $10 sketches. 3 Slots  (so I will do 9 $10 sketches total) add $5 S&H (2 SLOTS LEFT)   – $50 Watercolor Mini Portrait. 5×7 Holbein Watercolors on Arches Watercolor paper. Limited special buy THREE, you get ONE FREE. Add S&H $7 4 slots open for 3+1 deal (2 SLOTS LEFT) 4 slots open for single piece. (3 Slots Left)         Sample image shown right.           – 11″ x 14″ Ink and Copic Bust. $50. No minimum order.  First 2 people to Buy THREE, will get ONE FREE! Add S&H $8 2 slots open for 3+1 deal (1 Slot Left) 2 single slots open -11″ x 17″ Single Character Sketches $150 each, BUY TWO, Get ONE FREE! Add S&H $12 2 slot open for 2+1 deal 2 single slots open Optional: Add $50 for an additional character. -12″ x 18″ Full Color Watercolor, Single Character Torso Painting $200 each, Add S&H $15 2 slots open, Optional: Add $100 for full figure painting. ORDERS MUST BE IN BY WEDNESDAY Nov 28th. A schedule of the Commission order will be posted on this page at the bottom. I will be broadcasting live...