T O P I C R E V I E W
Member # 3
posted 08-15-2010 12:20 PM
Growing up, I was always a very creative person, and through my life have been very involved making both music and visual art, and also as a creative writer, amongst other things.
But my sister always had this idea she wasn't creative, wasn't an artist, because her arts were outside of what often is thought of as "the arts," like theater, music, dance or visual art. Creative outlets are so important and so valuable, something another user, saff, brought up in another thread this morning. And in my experience, everyone is an artist at at least one thing, if not often more. For instance, some people are artists of verbal communication, some of cooking or baking, some of community organizing, some of languages, some of knitting, some of gardening, some of collage-making or scrapbooking, some of sports-or-game-inventing. So....what are you an artist of?
Member # 48225
posted 08-15-2010 01:16 PM
Here's my portfolio: http://saffysparkles.daportfolio.com/ I'll make my own site soon.
Member # 47247
posted 08-15-2010 10:57 PM
I'm an artist of all kinds of art!! It excites me to create things of beauty. I like painting (watercolor and acrylic), drawing (recently started trying ink-only drawings), and cooking, and I'm just barely starting to try music (piano) and dancing (just dancing).
And, I appreciate many, many forms of art and beauty, like noticing how green the trees are after it rains, or listening to new and un/usual music, reading various kinds of literature, etc etc etc. Art is something I thrive on. There's always something new to try out, something old to admire and enjoy and learn from. And there is the present, too.
Member # 37353
posted 08-15-2010 11:46 PM
While I paint and draw, I haven't done much of it lately (though I am working on a huge painting of an octopus
). It's funny that you mention baking as an art though. I never thought of it like that! Lately I've been into experimenting with bread. My new oven has a proofing setting, and it's fantastic for letting the bread rise (especially since I have air conditioning so it's too cold usually!). I've made different kinds of whole wheat loafs, white loafs (including cinnamon swirl, and double apple swirl), french breads, focaccia, and some italian herb bread. I've also been trying to perfect pizza dough! I also make some of the world's most delicious pies. Key lime and lemon meringue are my specialties! I'm a bit of a singer too. I was in a musical in highschool (had a lead role!) but I've never really been a GREAT singer. However, I enjoy it quite a lot. I like listening to musicals, figuring out the harmonies, and trying to sing all the different parts. It's quite fun to record them all. There's really no end goal, but the process is really fulfilling! OH! I also consider myself a bit of a makeup artist (though definitely not by trade!). I love to express myself through different colours and textures. I enter quite a few makeup contests, and it really sparks my creativity. It ties in a lot to photography because to properly capture a look you have to know your camera inside out and find the perfect lighting.
Member # 41699
posted 08-16-2010 09:04 PM
Funnily enough, I've always considered baking an art... maybe it's because my mother's such a wonderful cook, or because of growing up looking through all the beautiful meals/pastries/cakes in her cookbooks, or both.
My personal art things are music, writing (though I hardly do that at all anymore), and gardening. I do also draw, but it's less about expressing emotion for me... I draw more for the process, for the feeling of satisfaction I get with a finished piece, but I don't really draw things that express something to me -- I tend to draw from photographs or real life, always trying to challenge myself, less of an outlet thing. I also don't tend to draw when I'm feeling the need for release of emotions or the need to express myself. I do it just 'cause it's fun and I feel like taking on a challenge The visual art that is more about expressing/being an outlet for something for me is photography. I love experimenting with angles, subject matter, what mood/concept I'm trying to get across and how I'm doing it. And just the process of it really calms me and releases built up emotions; having to think critically, analyze a scene and situation to consider how to best take advantage of it to get across the point. I always like having something to focus on. And in terms of gardening, I love the feeling of manual labour, and the moment when you can step back with your hands all muddy, dripping sweat, but you can smile because all your hard work has paid off. It calms me and I can pour my pent up energy into the work. And it's always nice to take a little bit of life's frustration out on that ugly dying fern out in the front yard or whatever it may be
Member # 41657
posted 08-17-2010 04:35 AM
I draw, though I haven't in ages, but I do love it. When I was younger I drew in Simpsons style for about five years, because I was so into the show... my teachers complained a lot. My favourite drawings I've ever done are probably some of the scribble drawings I did in my life drawing class (I mean I would draw from the inside, shaping muscles in pencil strokes), a picture I did of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry (copied from a photograph), and some I did of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, Tsubaki from Kare Kano and Manji from Blade of the Immortal. I have also drawn a lot of bottles LOL. Anime inspired me to become an animator and I'm still trying to get somewhere with that. I enjoy painting and collage as well (I made my boyfriend this awesome card for his birthday this year).
I made an AMV (Animated/Anime Music Video)! It has the anime Cardcaptor Sakura with the song Destination Calabria by Alex Gaudino featuring Crystal Waters, I won't post a link, but it is on the net. I sing a lot, not professionally, just for fun, but I love figuring out how to do what the original singer did with their voice. I've started writing too, it's a script that I will probably use for a graphic novel.
Member # 44734
posted 08-17-2010 02:36 PM
I used to draw of a lot by hand (mostly manga or videogame characters), when I was younger. Though I still draw, it's much less than before. Nowadays, I'm drawing using computers, and I taught myself how to use Photoshop and Flash to draw and paint. I love to write and I've been keeping a document to keep my poems/short prose since '06 or '07, and it's over 100 pages by now. I tried writing a novel once ('05), but I gave up on that after a few years (I kept editing over and over again...I'm a perfectionist sometimes
). I play guitar too, though I'm not that good. Sometimes I sing (I used to be in a choir, when I was younger). I also consider baking an art. I'm amazed by all the beautiful things you can do by baking (and I have a weird fascination with cakes, though I can't bake one without the pre-made mix ). Photography is something I've been interested in as well, but Ive never pursued it. [ 08-17-2010, 02:37 PM: Message edited by: Animica ]
Member # 46095
posted 08-17-2010 07:49 PM
I draw, mostly in an anime/manga-esk style, but occasionally I try other styles. I also love to color other people's lineart, which is an art and set of skills in and of itself. I also have an interest in photo manipulation.
I sing and act, too. I think I'm a pretty darn good singer, too... even if I still have a lot to learn. When I was younger I liked to sew, I wasn't very good, but...I'm gonna start sewing again. A lolita style dress, actually. (Lolita as in the fashion style, not the book)
Member # 47863
posted 08-21-2010 07:39 PM
I like to draw usually anime-y type people. I also LIVE to play the trumpet. I love the sounds I some how get out of it and then to hear it mix in with the other instruments and somehow make a beautiful song.... It gives me the chills. I also like to cook. All sorts of things. Some of them turn out awesome and others... Well not so awesome. I make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies! I also dabble a little in poetry. It isn't very good but it's not like anyone else is going to read it! Lol
Member # 50026
posted 11-16-2010 09:37 AM
My creative outlet is poetry. Recently, however, i wrote this poem and my grandma thought i should get councling because she thought it was morbid. It sucks when you recive negative thoughts or none at all.
Member # 3
posted 11-16-2010 12:34 PM
Well, some poetry IS dark or morbid, including poetry from some of the most skilled poets in history. I mean, if T.S. Eliot isn't morbid, I'm not sure what is!
It's a pity your grandma didn't give you more feedback than that, for sure, but at the same time, our art does often show up our psychological space when we do it well, so her intentions may have been good.
Member # 50026
posted 11-16-2010 11:02 PM
its my personal opinion that dark poems are better, i just cant really like a happy poem, i dont read a happy poem and say that was intense.. it more powerful when dark or sad or angry..
Member # 34415
posted 12-05-2010 08:16 PM
I draw and I play violin. Sometimes I write, but I'm really self conscious about it and I don't like rereading what I've written because it usually makes me cringe.
I also sing and dance but only in private, after I nearly knocked someone out, and I am really not exaggerating. I was completely absorbed in my dancing and someone shorter than me walked past. And I elbowed them in the head and they fell to the ground. So I think its better to keep it to myself until I gain a little more hand-eye coordination . And I am a gingerbread house artist, I make one every year for Christmas and last year I upped my standard to a two roomed brick cottage with bay window, chimney and fenced garden. It was pretty awesome, but it was hard eating it after so much time and effort into it! This year I'm planning on adding furniture and a horse stable out the back .
Member # 41657
posted 12-06-2010 09:58 AM
TonicTwelve, do you take photographs of them before you eat them?
Member # 3
posted 12-06-2010 10:22 AM
You are all so fabulous, sometimes I hardly know what to do with myself!
Member # 41657
posted 12-06-2010 02:02 PM
I've decided to try creating something with my boyfriend (NOT A PREGNANCY), we're thinking of making a short film, if that doesn't work out we could do a movie poster for a film that doesn't exist or make some music. We'll find something. I'm on scripting duty.
Member # 34415
posted 12-07-2010 09:01 PM
Yes absolutely, I don't think I could bring myself to destroy them otherwise. Here is last years, the chimney slid off because I ran out of egg white icing and just used normal icing and it didn't set
So I stuck Santa on the roof to cover the bald patch gingerbread house
Member # 35643
posted 12-08-2010 04:42 AM
I can't believe you made this monstrously sugary delight
! I think you should bake and decorate for money...
Member # 41657
posted 12-08-2010 10:38 AM
It looks beautiful and sparkly and delicious.
Member # 32224
posted 12-08-2010 12:35 PM
I write fiction, and hope to be published one day. I draw too, but not as often, and I'm not as good at drawing as I am at writing, but I'm okay with that - it's okay-looking even if it's not brilliant, and I'm just doing it for fun.
I planned to take guitar lessons this year as well, but time was lacking. Maybe in the new year. Also planning to get hold of a little mini-keyboard, and I think I could teach myself to play that without lessons.
Member # 34415
posted 12-09-2010 09:41 PM
Aww thank you Eryn and Jill. Maybe next year I'll make a couple of smaller ones and give them away as presents, this years is going to come out of a packet unfortunately
because we are moving house with just our sedan and a trailer so we're pretty busy. But I anticipate even greater heights next year!
Member # 48854
posted 12-20-2010 01:53 AM
I'm a writer, poetry and short fiction. I have a few stories and poems that I honestly wrote simply because I had a repeating idea that would not leave my head, and writing it down seemed like the best way to...it's like...imagine a little piece of paper with a phrase written on it that keeps flapping around your head, like an annoying fly. You finally catch it, and glue it into a notebook, and it doesn't bother you anymore. That's how I am. I had the phrase "A Castle in the Sky" stuck in my head for weeks before I wrote one of my favorite stories, and the idea of a shape-shifting assassin wouldn't leave until I wrote about Anna, who is now one of my favorite characters. And I had nearly all of my favorite poem written, but I didn't put it on paper until I got to my teen writing camp, because otherwise I couldn't get people to workshop it as well. It was a comparison between flying and that marvelous, stomach-dropping sensation one gets when leaping from a swing.
I also knit very well, crochet long chains, sew basic tunic-style dresses for Polly Pocket dolls, and embroider well. I love the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce, because the main characters have what is called "ambient magic", which is worked through everyday things. One is a plant mage, another is a metalworking (or smith) mage. My favorite (the only one who loves reading) is a weather mage, and there's a "stitch witch", who works through fabrics and threads. It makes me smile to think that knitting is a kind of magic too.
Member # 51381
posted 08-18-2011 02:31 PM
I'm a decent poet but really love fiction. I write a lot but mostly share with my friends since I'm not published....yet. I absolutely love words and have the vocabulary of someone much older than me. I also love to act. Just not musicals...I don't sing or dance very well. Finally I am truly in love with music. I play two instruments officially.
Member # 76493
posted 08-20-2011 02:22 PM
I write and do origami and do string figures (things like Jacob's ladder, cats cradle, etc.) Oh! And I like baking and candy making as well!
moonlight bouncing off water
Member # 44338
posted 08-22-2011 08:58 PM
I love photography.
Member # 33376
posted 10-04-2011 02:19 PM
words and pictures. i love photography and i love writing fiction
Member # 71944
posted 11-20-2011 11:09 AM
I do creatinve writing. I'm working on my own series and I have several ideas for short stores. I adore watercolor painting and enjoy drawing with pencil, ink, and charcoal/pastel chalk. I also like arts and crafts (making anything with a glue gun).
Member # 37153
posted 07-16-2012 02:26 PM
I'm a crochet artist! Look at my blog if you like, although I've uploaded very little, since I only upload patterns I've written myself and I'll admit most of the time I make things using other people's patterns.
http://goneinaminute.tumblr.com/ But I count it as art even when it's not technically original, since I change things enough for it to be my own work in one way or another. I'm quite proud of some of the stuff I've done, especially since I only learned how to do this a year ago.
Member # 42492
posted 07-19-2012 02:27 PM
Wow, CraneWife! I've never seen 3 Dimensional crochet before. That's really cool. I especially like the pie one!
Member # 93204
posted 07-21-2012 10:41 AM
I'm a creative writer, my cousin, who is an author loves my style of writing on my blog. I haven't wrote lately, been busy. I love writing, it's not something I do everyday, it's something that I can just go to and create something through writing. Here is a link to one of my favorites that I wrote;
Member # 46362
posted 07-21-2012 07:20 PM
oopsie, I can't delete it. admins? :/
Member # 95725
posted 09-09-2012 10:41 PM
I'm an artist of anything! I like a challenge to turn something into art and will make do with whatever I have. I'm studying to be an art teacher in college. I love...ceramics, sculpting (metalworking), printmaking and photography! I'm learning all about the darkroom process and having fun with it.
Member # 100895
posted 12-07-2012 04:10 PM
Erp. Slightly old thread. Anyways...
I guess I'm more artistic than people seem to realise (I'm known for academic things rather than the arts). Music is my main thing, seeing as I joined my school orchestra earlier this year as a percussionist - I'd also like to take up rock drumming though as it's a completely different skill set. [edited to continue, my computer's being strange] Really, my main crafty thing is building functional things out of scraps etc; I'm part of a club that plays capture the flag with nerf guns and suchforth, and I recently hacked together a foam sword made to proportions I liked. It's more of a skill than an art, but there's a certain kind of beauty in things you've made that work exactly how they're meant to. I also juggle, though I've been out of practice for several months now and have only just re-started. Clubs are currently too heavy, but the muscle memory is all still there. With any luck I'll be onto knives by the end on next year (safely, of course!) [ 12-07-2012, 04:34 PM: Message edited by: Polekat ]
Member # 90293
posted 12-07-2012 05:04 PM
There is absolutely a beauty in things working how they're meant to, particularly if you've made them yourself.
Welcome to Scarleteen!
Member # 41657
posted 12-08-2012 07:41 AM
Polekat, what you said reminded me of this anime movie called Princess Arete where they talk about humans having magic in their hands because we can create and craft so many things
[ 12-08-2012, 07:43 AM: Message edited by: Jill2000Plus ]