Jan 22, 2022
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If you are the "planner type" like me, January is usually spent in creating a content calendar, purchasing art materials, and creating weekly and monthly targets. If you are a non-planner, that is fine too. The common ground here is finding inspiration, and in this post, I share the ways I get inspired to create more art and other content.
#1 Art specific platforms
There are multiple non-social-media platforms where artists worldwide share their work along with giving other perks like tutorials, downloadables, jobs, blogs, sessions, etc.
To a beginner, the platforms would look fairly intimidating, and often that is the first step is realizing where you are, and where you want to go.
Here is a list of such platforms to browse and take inspiration:
#2 Social media hashtags
Platforms like Instagram and Twitter heavily rely on hashtags and following the relevant ones hints the algorithm on what you would like to see more.
#artistoninstagram is a widely used hashtag on IG which is combined with other relevant hashtags about art mediums. Similarly, on Twitter, the preferred hashtag is #ArtistOnTwitter which is regularly used by creators to share their work with their audience.
#3 Pinterest curation
Most of my earlier artworks took inspiration from the curated feed of Pinterest, and to this day most of my practice artworks are attempts of re-draw from the pics I find on Pinterest.
Pinterest also lets you create boards where you can pin pictures of your liking while browsing within Pinterest. However, with Pinterest Save Button which is a chrome extension, you can pin any picture on the internet onto your created boards.
#4 Looking beyond the algorithm
Many platforms offer a "Discover" or "Explore" feature which brings you trending videos from different genres though there is no guarantee that you would like what you see.
Still, this is a good way to pop the bubble that social media creates for us, and holds the potential to drift places of finding new inspiration, mostly true for portfolio platforms.
#5 Offline inspiration
This method is underrated and largely healthy. Though the internet has made life easier and most information is a click away, the offline inspiration remains timeless.
Look around you and see if you feel inspired by something. It could be sunsets, buildings, nature, people, food, animals, you name it.
I resumed the mini-series I started last year for video creation and added the 4th episode on video making using Canva. If you are a design enthusiast for social media or want to create videos but do not have a high-end laptop, this tutorial will be helpful.
That's all for now. I'll see you next time. Till then, take care.