@Coley You have to manually type in random numbers from the random number generator that's included, and make sure the checkboxes are checked. Let me know if that does the trick.
Posts made by Ash Weaver
RE: I made an idea-generator, great for defeating creative block
I made an idea-generator, great for defeating creative block
Hey guys! So I wanted to share a tool I created that has really helped me overcome creative block and exercise my creative muscles.
When drawing in my sketchbook or doing personal work in general, staring at a blank page can sometimes be overwhelming. When I have the chance to draw whatever I want, I can't think of what to draw! I want to do something more creative than just drawing a plain cat/dog/tree/person/etc., but then I end up spending too much time coming up with ideas and less time on the execution side. That's why I created this tool in Google Sheets and I've had a lot of great results.
Basically, you start by listing anything and everything that might be interesting to draw. Then on the next page, it will generate random combinations of those things for you to figure out how to put them together! For example, recently I got "daisy" and "schoolbus" as my prompt, and that gave me the idea for this cool hippie schoolbus drawing that I'm working on (would post an image of it but it's not done yet).
It probably wouldn't work for client work or projects with specific prompts, but it's great for open-ended drawing (cough Inktober cough) or just for stretching those creative muscles. The act of trying to put A and B together has made a noticeable difference in my creative problem-solving skills.
Here's the link to the Google Sheet:
Art Ideas Generator
Save your own copy of it and start adding things to the list. The more you add, the better. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration.
It would also be fun to share ideas or finished work below to see what other people are doing. I hope you find this as helpful as I have!
RE: Alternative to Instagram
This isn't really an alternative to Instagram, but Twitch has been gaining more popularity within the art community lately. There aren't as many artists or art viewers on there compared to other networks, but the audience is much more invested.
I tried it out one day not expecting to have anyone tune into my stream, but to my surprise I actually had 1-2 people start watching and asking me questions about my art and my process. It was pretty cool.
It definitely takes a certain personality type to live stream, but if you're the kind of person who likes to talk to themselves while drawing, it might be something to consider.
Resources for Editorial Illustrators?
I was wondering, does anyone know of any resources like SVS but specific to editorial illustration? I've been taking classes here for a few months now and love it, but there isn't much information on here about breaking into the editorial market. I still plan to stay an SVS member to develop things like drawing ability, color theory, etc., but it when it comes to resources about going pro, the options seem mostly targeted towards children's book illustration. Are there any other editorial illustrators on here? What resources do you recommend?