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Copy to Create: Finding Your Style Through Inspiration

teacher avatar Kolbie Blume, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (2h 18m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Definitions

    • 3. Why does this matter?

    • 4. The Roadmap

    • 5. How to Pivot

    • 6. Demo: Analyze

    • 7. Demo: Practice

    • 8. Demo: Pivot, Part 1

    • 9. Demo: Pivot, Part 2

    • 10. Demo: Pivot, Part 3

    • 11. Final Project

    • 12. Recap

    • 13. Bonus Video: How to find inspiration

    • 14. Bonus Video: Thoughts on when someone copies you

    • 15. Bonus Video: Illustration Timelapse

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About This Class

Art is all about finding inspiration everywhere -- and sometimes, that includes other artists! This class is all about how to learn from someone else's technique or design and incorporate it into your own unique style, in a way that lifts up you, the artists that inspire you, and the community as a whole. 

First, we'll discuss "copying" vs "inspiration," and then I'll outline a roadmap you can use to find your own style, starting with copying and learning from other people, then stretching your creativity and expanding your skills. 

Then, watch as I put this process to the test! Through a few demonstration videos, I'll show you how I use this process every day to push my creative boundaries. 

The most important thing you'll learn through this class is that copying isn't bad -- it's actually necessary to creativity! And if you follow these steps, you'll learn how to fuel your own unique creative juices for years to come. 

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Kolbie Blume





If you're pretty sure you're terrible at art...'re in the right place, my friend. 



Hi there! My name is Kolbie, and I'm a full-time artist, writer, and online educator -- but up until a few years ago, I was working a 9-5 desk job and thought my artistic ability maxed out at poorly-drawn stick figures. 

In my early 20s, I stumbled on mesmerizing Instagram videos with luminous watercolor paintings and flourishing calligraphy pieces, and ... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, my name is Kobe, and I'm a self taught watercolor artist and calligrapher. What that means is I learned how to practice my art by watching other people and practicing the techniques that I learned from other people and experimenting with them to find my own style. I over the years I've been doing this for about four years Now. I feel like I've got into a really good place where I can scroll through Instagram and find pieces that I'm inspired by and see what I like about them and then move forward and try Teoh incorporate bits and pieces of other people into my own style. And so because I feel pretty comfortable doing that, I I feel really strongly about sharing that knowledge with other people because I know that if you're like me and started off as a hobby artist just watching other people, it can be really tricky to know how to move from practice and how to move from copying other designs to truly gaining inspiration from and incorporating them into your own style . Let me tell you a secret. If you come across an artist who says that their art is completely original and that they haven't been inspired by or their art isn't directly linked. Teoh Another artist's piece of art. They're probably lying. Teoh, because art doesn't exist in a vacuum, were really vibrant community. And one of the coolest things about art is it's just looking at the world in a different way. And because you are your own person, you're an individual with E with a unique perspective. Nobody else looks at the world the way that you do. That means you do have a unique perspective, even if other people are doing similar things. So if you want to learn how to really hard is your unique perspective and still gain inspiration from other people in a way that lifts up the our community and lifts up your own creativity, then I am excited to share this class with you. First, we're going to talk about the definition of gaining inspiration from versus copying and practicing from other people. So we're gonna talk about the differences between those two, and we're gonna talk about the pros and cons and Thean Porton serve both of them in the creative process. And then I'm going Teoh give you a clear roadmap to moving from copying and practice through inspiration from other people into finding your own style and really being comfortable learning from other people and then sharing your unique take on the world. Then we're going Teoh, I'm going to show you how I gain inspiration from other people by going through the exact process I laid out right in front of you. And finally, for the final project, I'm going to give you it one of my designs, that I want you to practice what we've learned and come up with your own piece that was inspired by mind, but not a direct copy. So if this class if this format sounds like it would be interesting and fun for you, then please keep watching. 2. Definitions: Okay, welcome to my copy to create course where we talk about how to move from practice through inspiration to finding your own style. Now, as I mentioned in the intro were first going to go or some important definitions. First, let's talk about what it means to copy someone. Um, OK, so copying someone means this is probably the most simple definition. Copying someone means to look at a design that they did it or tutorial that they did. Or just look at somebody else's creation and copy it exactly like painted or create it, and exactly the same way that they created it, so that if you put the two side by side together, Ah, lot of the elements are in the same place. A lot of the same colors were used, and it would be very clear that they are directly linked together. So copying, and particularly even without the end product in mind, copying is most often when you are creating by looking at somebody else's work and doing exactly what they did. Okay, so that's what copying is. But honestly, I think that sometimes the word copying can have, like a really negative connotation and I think that it can be. It's It's a buzzword that you're kind of trigger some people, sometimes especially beginners. And here's why. I think it frustrates a lot of beginners. I know that it did me to feel like they're not allowed to look at other people's work and learn from them. And I'm here to say that that is not true at all, as again, a self taught artist who learned how to do art. By doing that, I don't think anybody wants you to not practice what they're showing you that. But the key is what I just said. Copying should only be practice, and in fact, copying is an important part of practice for art. Um, I Onley know this from, you know, listening to other people who did go to art school and take art lessons and whatever. But I know one important part of really learning are traditionally is going to museums and learning the techniques and practicing famous paintings and looking at what your teacher is doing and learning how to do it that way. And so copying is if you are learning by watching tutorials on Instagram or on YouTube. Copying is a really vital part of the learning process because again it's practice. It's learning all the techniques you need to learn by watching other people who know how to do them. But practice is not creating right. I mean, it's kind of creating, but it's not tapping into your truest potential as a creator. It's not delving into your well of creativity to come up with a unique perspective. It's practicing and getting the foundational tools that you need to be able to find your style and lift up your own creativity and share your view of the world with the world. Don't mind my son kind of squawking in the background. He just gets really excited about creativity. So if anything that you take away from this class, I want you to take away that copying is not bad. But it's not creativity. Copying is practice, and it's necessary to get to the creating part. But it's not actually the creating part. Okay, so copying is practice, and now let's talk about what it means to be inspired by something. I think that that phrase is used a lot in social media when people are learning from other people and it's very common for people to post designs that were inspired by a different artist. But one thing that I'm constantly seeing is that when somebody says they're work is inspired by somebody else, really, what they mean is they copy design and they followed a tutorial and they want to give credit to the artist, which is good. You should give credit to an artist if you learned from them a specific tutorial. But if what you did was copy their design, then you weren't inspired by it, right? You were inspired by it, but it's still your posting their design, not yours. So the difference between copying them and inspired by is if you're inspired by somebody and your peace is not a copy button in spite, a form of inspiration than what you did was look at the things in the original design from the artists that you really admire. The tutorial that you really liked, You thought about it and you practice the elements that you loved, and then you turned in to something new. You turned it into something different and not like so different that they're not linked. It's totally okay to look at two pieces that were inspired by by each other and have them be, you know, similar in some ways and not in other ways. But it's it's the key thing is that if you if your design is inspired by somebody else's, it's not a direct copy. It's your take on somebody else's design or on somebody else's technique. And, um, that means you have to change it a little bit. You have Teoh. You have to infuse your style into that design. And I know that it sounds easier said than done, especially if you're a beginner and you're just trying to learn. And I want you to know we're all here for you. We want you to learn. We want you to practice. We want you to keep being inspired by everybody else because that's how we all started to. We were all inspired by everybody else, Um, and so if you're thinking about OK, but how do I move from copying, then to being into having my piece really being an inspiration piece? How do I move from practice? Teoh harnessing the inspiration and using it to develop my own style? That's the tricky part, right? on. That's what the rest of this classes for. So if you want to keep learning about that, and you want to hear my tips and tricks and my specific techniques, then keep watching. But the next video we're gonna talk about, um, why this topic is important for a few minutes, and then I'm going to give you my road map. So, um, thank you for watching this piece where we talked about the definitions and I will see you in the next video. 3. Why does this matter?: Hi there. Thank you so much for joining me. If you're watching this class sequentially, my copy to create class then you've already seen the intra video And you've already seen the video where we go over kind of the definitions and we define the difference between copying and gaining inspiration from something. And now I just want to briefly talk about why it's important. Thio Thio separate those two. And, um, why, honestly, why This topic, I think is important. So I think that, like I said in the last video copying, which I defined, really as practice copying is practicing a technique that you learned from somebody else by doing by mimicking them right. It's crucial toe learning. It's you can't. You can't learn how to do art without seeing how somebody else does art, particularly this kind of art like watercolors, visual art. You can't learn how to do it without watching somebody else because it's so visual and hands on. So don't stop copying, keep copy and keep practising. Keep looking at tutorials that, um, that I've put out or other artists have put out and and be inspired and invigorated by the idea that you might be able to Deuce Teoh to do them to copy them. That's exactly what I want. I think one of the coolest parts about social media and for me about being a content creator is putting a video out of a piece that I have done and having somebody come back and say, Man, I bet I could do that to look at something that I've done and see art that maybe once seemed, you know, out of reach and but now feels just a little bit closer. I really want that for you. And so keep copying, keep practicing, but know what to do next. And when you're copying, don't just blindly copy. And without thinking about your work, you need to be mindful and analyzed the techniques that you're practicing and really learn . If you're going toe, use copying as a form of practice that's going to turn you into it into a better artist than it can't just be blindly following the steps. You need to really think about each step that you're doing and think about why the artist took that step and think about what about that design you really love, so you need to be mindful. I need to analyze the work and copy with purpose. I think that is probably the phrases that really helps me a lot when I was learning to copy with purpose, to practice with purpose and have that purpose be to really find your own creativity and knowing that other artists out there doing really cool things and you want to do really cool things too. So you're gonna learn from them with purpose and with the not even the end goal in mind. But you're gonna learn from them with the goal off, moving into your own style and developing your own unique perspective on the world. So copying with purpose is really key to using the practice of copying to your advantage and in a healthy way that will help lift up the community. Um, one thing that helps me with that, too, is thinking about my life and my creativity as kind of an endless well, right. I think there's a Maya Angelou quote. I that goes something like creativity. There's no end to creativity like creativity begets creativity. The more you practice it, the more you do it, the more you have and So if you get stuck in the mindset of will, I can't I can't do it. I can't think of my own style. I can't come up with something. I can't come up with something that's completely unique. I can Onley copy other people's designs. And if I can't copy all the peoples designs, then that means I can't create um, that to Ma in my mind, is coming from a place of scarcity like scarcity. Meaning you're assuming that there's only so much creativity to go around, and I think that that is a wrong assumption. I think that there is an endless amount of creativity. There are endless ways to view the world and to share your ideas and to communicate your feelings about the world on paper, endless ideas on how to do that. And the more you practice and copy with purpose and figure out what you like about what you're doing, the better you're gonna be able to tap into your own creativity and figure out how you can slightly shift what you're doing or channel those techniques into something that really is uniquely yours. So coming from a place of abundance, which is the opposite of scarcity, meaning there is an abundance of creativity. There's an overflowing, never ending source, never ending well of creativity inside you and inside everybody else. And inside this community is a really helpful mindset to have when you are practicing and learning and trying to come up with your own style. So keeping that in mind, I briefly just want to talk about why, if you Onley copy and you Onley post things that are direct copies of other people, why that's not good for you and why it's not good for the community. First of all, it's not good for you because it tampers your creativity. Like I said, if you don't allow yourself to grow and to expand and come from a place of abundance, then you are doing yourself a disservice by assuming that you won't. You don't have your own ideas or you don't have your own creativity that you can tap into. And I think that it's wrong to assume that just I just think it's wrong because everybody has that creativity, and I think that it's hurting you as an artist in the long run because you have so much potential you have so much to give and even if the things that you have to give looks kind of similar to somebody else, that's okay, because it's still what you have to give, as long as what you're creating is actually a creation that came from you. That is not a direct copy. So you are fully capable of moving away from directly copying other people in really harnessing techniques. Teoh share your style and I really, really believe that. Um, but aside from harming you yourself as an artist, copying can also harm the art community. A lot of people, a lot of artists like me, share their art as a form of supporting themselves. And if you know, I've had a lot of people copy my designs and try to sell them for themselves, and it can be really disheartening. And sometimes especially in the age of social media, where content creation is so important, sometimes that makes me want to not make tutorials anymore. It makes me not want to share these cool techniques with you. If I think that some people are going to take advantage of, you know, my heart of my art and what I want to share with the world. It makes me want to close myself off a little bit, which, which makes me sad that that that that it makes you want to do that. I and so far I haven't been so hurt by that that I haven't closed off. But I have known artists who have who have been so hurt by other people stealing their work , because if you copy someone and you don't tag them or you don't give credit to their design and you can you pass it off as completely your own. That's stealing, and I know that's like an uncomfortable topic, but it iss if you don't credit somebody else and you directly copied them, and especially if you try to sell that piece of artwork you're stealing from them. And that is it's really harmful for the community. And it's doing a disservice to yourself as an artist. So I think that if we want this community, this community, this, our community to be as vibrant and open and compassionate as it can be if we wanted, If we truly want to embrace the whole community over competition mantra, then we need to learn how to copy with purpose and meaning to learn how to learn and practice and share our ideas, and then how to harness those ideas and turn them into our own style. And so that's what this classes for. So now that I'm done chatting your ear off about why this topic is so important, let's move on to the meat of this class, which is my roadmap to moving from copying through being inspired by to finding your own style. So, uh, let's take a breather and take in the importance of this idea and topic for the art community, and then let's dive right in, See you soon. 4. The Roadmap: welcome back. So we have gone through the intro. We've gone through the definitions. We've listened to me talk about why all of this is important. And now here is probably what you've been waiting for my road map to moving from copying and practicing through being inspired by an into really finding your own style. So, um, before we delve into the specific steps, you know, walk with me for a moment, pretend you're scrolling through instagram, and you're scrolling your casually liking things or maybe commenting on some things. And then you stop in your tracks because you stumbled upon a piece or a video or a tutorial that, just like, makes your heart skip a beat because it's so beautiful or it's just mesmerizing. But more than that, you think to yourself as you're looking at this design at this tutorial, I think I could do that, I think, using the tools that I have and the tools that this artist is so generously sharing with me by sharing this tutorial on this piece of art, I bet I could learn how to do that just by watching this tutorial or just by watching. There's by looking at this piece. And isn't that such a cool feeling when you come across a piece or a design that maybe previously seemed a little bit out of reach? And but by seeing one way that a specific artist shared it with you, it suddenly seems so attainable, like you could do it. I remember thinking to myself the first few times that happened how How inspiring, Honestly, it waas too go from thinking art was this big mystery to really envisioning myself as an artist and now seeing myself as an artist, professionally, it's so fun. And it's so cool. And I want you to have those moments. Okay, so now we're back. Teoh, I found this piece. I really want to try it. I really think I can do it. So no. What now? What do I dio? I don't want a copy. I don't want to steal from this artist, But I also really want to practice and try this. And so to this specific scenario, which I guarantee you at least somebody watching this class has had before. I want to say there's an app for that. This is my really cheesy acronym of what My road map is, there's an AP AP P for this scenario. So first a analyze. When you find a design that you really like you before you just blindly copy it. Because I remember in my previous video I said, It's so if if you're going to view copying as practice, then you need to copy with purpose right? You need to practice with a purpose. And one of those purposes is to figure out the techniques that you're learning and to figure out what you love so much about them. So the first step to moving from copying to inspiration is to analyze. Think about why you love a piece. Look at all of the colors that were used. Look at the different tools that were used, especially if there's a video tutorial. It could be really helpful to look at all of the steps, not just toe learn the steps but toe. Think about why the artist used those steps and to think about what you could do to replicate that and to think about why you love them. And what about those steps makes you inspired makes you think that you can do it just as important though, as thinking about what you love about a piece is to think about what you don't love about a piece. Because, um, if you're really gonna find your own style, then you have to figure out the pieces that you want to take and incorporate on the pieces that you want to leave behind. So that's not to say that you're gonna look at a piece and think about like how this artist messed up, because I don't think that there's honestly, I think, that every you know, error or failure is just another opportunity to learn, and especially in the art world. But if you're gonna incorporate somebody else's designed into your own style, then it's important to be mindful of what they're doing and why they're doing it. And what parts that you really want to practice. What parts really resonate with you? Because when you find the pieces that resonate with you and also identify the pieces that maybe don't so much than that is what's gonna help you figure out what your style is More than anything, I promise you, your body and your mind and your creativity are yearning to come out there yearning to help you find exactly what your style is. And so if you listen to that, if you listen to what your guts telling you like Oh, yes, this textured watercolor sky. This is exactly the thing that's just like getting me going. This is exactly why I want to be an artist. And then maybe if you look at a piece of mine or like this one in the background right here , if you look at a piece of mind and say off, you know that tree just looks so cool and that I want to learn how to paint trees like that . But the sky behind that I could probably do without. I think I could paint a different kind of sky. Um, that's the kind of practice that you want to get into is thinking about what you really want to move forward and what you want to practice about a piece on. Maybe what, you don't want to practice about a piece. So, uh, that's the first step is to analyze, analyze the design, analyzed the tutorial, be mindful about what the artist is doing and really think about what parts of the design are what you want to create and what make you want to keep creating and how to move on from there. Okay, so a is for analyze Now, P is for practice. The first p is for practice, and this is where the quote unquote copying comes in. So, um, we're going to practice with purpose as the next step after we've analyzed, you can practice all the techniques that you've learned now that really could mean exactly copying the design that was shared with you. That's okay. If you want to practice exactly the to to the tutorial and the technique and do all of the steps exactly the way that the artist did it the first time, then you should to practice to really get the techniques down. Just make sure that as you're practicing your keeping in mind the techniques that you identified earlier in the analyze step and so that you can really, um, you know, put them in your repertoire and get better at them and think about as you're practicing and on putting that analysis into practice. Um, considering what you like and what you don't and how you're moving your hand and how your how your body is reacting and what ways that you do it slightly differently from the other from the artist. Um, and just excuse me as long as you are thinking about your previous analysis and practicing with purpose than this practice step in the APP process is so important. So you analyze all the steps and then you practice with purpose, and that is what's going to help hone your skills. And that's what's going to help your minds help foster the creative process within you. Okay, so we have analyzed a design that we really like, and we've practiced it, whether that's the whole design or whether that's just pieces of the design. Um, one important thing before we move on to the last one is if you are copying someone, if you're directly copying a design, you really, honestly probably shouldn't post it to instagram. I know. I know you want to share because if you copied it and you just loved how it came out, I looked. It came out so beautiful and looked almost just like the original. It's so hard not to share, Um, but the stuff that we share with the world, I think is even more satisfying if it's really our own creation, right? And so I I personally, I don't share things I have copied from other people. And believe me, I still do that. I still look at designs other people have posted and copy the techniques and practice them . Everyone does. All artists do that, and again, if they say that they don't, they're lying to you. But, um, I only post things that are my original design. And by my original design, I mean that I have taken techniques that I've learned and put them into on paper from something that came from my head, not from looking at somebody else. Um, but if you dio, you just can't help it. You really want to share? Make sure that when you posted you credit the original artist and you say original design by artist, you don't say inspired by because it's not inspired by right. If you made a direct copy, then it's not inspired by them. It's copying their design, which is fine. It's OK to practice, but you need to you need to credit the artist the right way, So if you're gonna post a copy, that's OK, but say in the caption original design by and then tagged the artist in the comments and in the photo and you know what will happen. I bet they're going to give you so much encouragement and be so grateful that you talk to them in the right way because, um, it's respecting their art, and it's respecting them. Is an artist. Okay, so now that I have that I have covered that little soapbox, let's move on to the final step in this process. The final step in this process is pivot and pivot is really where is the hard part, right? It's after you've analyzed and after you've practiced, then pivoting to using that those tightenings that you've learned and harnessing them into your own style is the hard part. But I really believe that you can do it. And so, um, in the next video, we're going to talk about specific ways that you can pivot and specific techniques that will kind of help to spur that creativity within you. Um, but for now, I'm just gonna leave you with It's important to after you've analyzed after you've practiced and after your thinking about where you want to go next, where you're gonna pivot your work and your creativity to pivot without judgment, to look at the work that you've done. And don't say to yourself, Pen, this is just so much worse. 10. The person who I've been practicing from this is just not as good as them. Because when you start comparing your work in your practice, especially if you're comparing it to the original person who honestly likely has practiced that lots and lots of times. I say that often to my students. If if they're practicing trees or mountains or something and they say to me, Huh, Man mind just don't you just years just look so natural? I have painted so many trees, so many trees. So it's of course they look a little bit natural because I you haven't seen all of the practice that I've put in all of the papers that I've recycled from trees, I did not think, look very good and all of the techniques that I threw out the window because they weren't exactly right for me. You haven't seen that you only see the Polish nice trees that I like to present in my classes or my videos so but in order to get to those polished versions it want. One thing that was really hopeful and important for me was looking at my practice, looking at the designs I copied in practiced without judgment, without saying that they were good or bad. But just being mindful of what happened and being mindful that I created something and figuring out what I want to create next, figuring out what part of that practice I want to move into my own project creation into my own creativity. So practice, um, and then pivot without judgment. Um, those are That's the most important part. So once again, there's an app for that. If you want to gain, if you want to move from copying to gaining inspiration, you need to analyze. You need to practice with purpose and need to pivot without judgment. So if you think you can do that, let's move on to the next video and we'll talk about specific, uh, techniques that you can use to pivot if you're having a hard time moving in that area, so stay tuned 5. How to Pivot: all right. So we have gone through the app process of moving from copying to creating, which is analyze practice than pivot. Right. You need to analyze what you are trying to copy. You need to analyze what you really love about this design that since that inspires you, then you need to practise the techniques that are in the design and you need to practice with purpose so that you are really being mindful about what you're practicing and why you're practicing and why you love it, Why it resonates with you and why you think it could fit in with your own style. And then the pivot is to pivot without judgment. So looking at what you created and without comparing it, Teoh other people figuring out what you love about it and where you want to go from there and how, um, you can start incorporating what you've learned into other pieces. So as I mentioned in the last part of the previous video, the pivot part is I think the hardest part of this process is figuring out OK, I understand that I need to incorporate these techniques into my own style. But how do you do that on. And so that's what this video was for. There are lots of different ways to pivot. There are lots of different methods and methods for said methods twice. There are lots of different ways to figure out how to take a technique and put it somewhere else, or turn it into something else or add something to it. Um, and remembering what we mentioned are in an earlier video that if you're coming from a place of abundance from a mindset that there is always more creativity and there's always an infinite, well, an infinite, creative well that you can dive into and pull something out of and share with the world, then that's this process is, I think, going to be a lot, um, more comfortable, maybe, is the right word, and it will help you understand why it's so important, this pivot process. But that said, if you just have no idea where to start, Hugh just don't know how to move from practice to pivoting into your own style. Then I have some techniques that have really worked well for me, and I like to call them the three e's. Okay, um so the first, The three e's are Excel Explorer and experiment, um on. We're going to talk through all three of those ease. So the 1st 1 is Excel, Excel, meaning to become a master over whatever technique that you learned from somebody else. One of my favorite ways toe kind of get my creative juices flowing is to practice something just like over and over and over again and get it so that I have it down so that I could do it basically with my eyes closed, because I think one of the ways that you can really harness and figure out your own style is by doing something over and over and over again. And in fact, that's honestly just how you get better. I think that a lot of people over the years, a lot of people have looked at my page, my instagram page in my tutorials and and I have commented, I just don't think that I could ever do that. I don't think it could be as good as you. And to that I say that is absolutely not true and I practice a lot. It's not. I think, that you look at an artist and just assume that they're, like, naturally talented and whether or not that's true, because I do believe that some people are born with natural talent, um, practice and repetition and practicing with purpose is far more important, far more vital than any natural talent could ever be to becoming an artist. I really believe that. Um, So if one of the ways that you're not sure how to pivot one of the ways I I learned how to pivot is to excel at something to really think to myself. Okay, I'm gonna nail this. I'm gonna master how to do this. And that will then help you, um, figure out where to put techniques like that into your own style and into your own designs . Because it's just like second nature. When you think of a subject like that, that's kind of what happened with me and trees. Honestly, I saw some people paint pine trees and I tried to paint pine trees using similar methods, and they didn't look good, Do not like them or like so often, the first time that I practice, I painted one way and it looks awesome. And I think, wow, this tutorial was great. I think I really nailed this. And then I tried to painting it again, and it's like a completely different person painted them. They look so bad. And I specifically remember this with trees, actually was like a my first line of misty trees. Hum, I saw a tutorial of like someone doing it in a specific way. And so I tried doing in that way, and the first time I did it, I thought it looked pretty cool. And then the second time I did it, I couldn't really pin in town. But there's did not look that great. And so, after some really solid practice, more more practice so that I was telling myself that I could excel at this. I realized the difference was my size of trees the second time, and I tried it and I didn't like it. I made all the trees the same size, and that wasn't as appealing To me is having all the trees be different sizes and varied sizes, and the only way that I came to that conclusion as strange as it is instead of just by looking at them, was by really practicing and learning to excel, um, at the subject that I wanted and practicing it so much that now trees really just come second nature to me. I paint that's at least the specific way, though I paint them, um, and by practicing and ex selling at other ways that people have taught me it, I just kind of naturally moved into a different kind of shape and into my own really my own unique style. Um, that came not for me looking other people, but came from a practicing what other people taught me and eventually moving into something that felt the most natural in the most comfortable for me. And so by mastering by ex selling at one specific technique from designs I saw on the Internet, I was able Teoh find my own style and incorporate that. So that's why the first E in of the three ease of pivoting is excel, because when you look at practice as a way to really excel a technique and to master a technique so that it can help springboard you into your own techniques, um, I think for me that has been one of the most helpful ways that I've been able to tap into my creativity. Um, I think it's also helpful to remember that the more you know the basics, the more you will be able to see the basics everywhere else and be able to see and break down how, like every other painting is formed. And that brings us right into our second e the second he is for Explorer. Um, by explorer. I mean, if you like one way that an artist as a painting like, for example, if you really love how I paint misty trees and you want to try those misty trees and you did and you love them, but you're not sure where to go from there, I will tell you a secret. I am not the only artist who paints misty trees. In fact, I don't even think I'm the best artist who paints misty trees. I think that there are, I'm sure there are hundreds or even thousands of other people who paint trees really similar to the way that I paint them. And, um, so my recommendation to you is to like use hashtags or use trending topics or whatever or help. Sometimes the instagram algorithm will help you, um, by suggesting different things that are similar to what you've looked at before. Either, No matter how you find them, just look up lots of different designs for misty trees. If that's the thing that you're going for, no mess. So no matter what the design is, if you just love that artists and you practiced, and now you want to figure out where, how you can incorporate, um, one specific artist technique into your repertoire, see how other people have done that? See how other people have taken a very like the same subject and used in a similar way. And I think the benefit of that is your involving the whole community, in trying to help shape your style. And it also can show you that there are so many ways to paint the same thing. And one thing that I have actually found, um, as I have been involved this community, especially since most of my work is landscape focused, Um, a lot of people's paint, the same stuff a lot of people say paint similar things because we're also inspired by nature and were also inspired by what we can see. But just because we're painting a really similar subject. Even honestly, if we might be using the same like, specific reference, if we're using the same reference photo if or we've gone to the same place, people can represent the same subject in so many different ways. And so if you're nervous that you're not gonna be able to move away from copying, you're not gonna be able to move away from one specific style and really trying to figure out what your soil is. All it takes is seeing how other people have done exactly that, have taken the same subject and turned into their own style. Teoh help you realize that you could be part of that community to and, um practically if you're looking, if you're thinking about OK, well, I understand that I can be inspired by other people who are doing similar things. But how does that like? How does that help me once you have to that I say this once you have really practiced with purpose and been mindful over the techniques that you're learning, you should be able to recognize them in other people's work and also recognized what other people have done differently. And by looking at like dozens of examples of how how people have painted it similar subjects, but in slightly different ways. You just have more options to choose from, of what things you want to incorporate and one things you don't want to incorporate. And, um and I think that as you pick and choose and you decide like, Oh, I really love how they created the mist on this. But I wanna combine that misty technique with this color palette, or I want to combine that misty technique with these cool frame trees that are coming into the picture. Or I want to combine. Put some mountains behind that like mountains in this picture. But I don't want the Mount specifically the mountains. From this picture. I want to try from this technique and so on and so forth. It's kind of like piecing together your own style and figuring out, um, figuring out really the way that you see the world by with by the help of other people on. There is no shame in that. There's no shame in looking at 10 different paintings and picking and choosing what you like about each of them and then kind of piecing them together in a puzzle. I think that's it. Sounds kind of silly when you say it that way, but it's still your unique style. When you do that right by by picking and choosing the things that you like and that you don't like, it is just spurring your creativity to make something that didn't exist before. I looked up the definition of creativity, which led me down a rabbit hole of like what it means to create and whatever and honestly the coolest of the coolest. Most a sink definition that I found was, um, helping something in art, helping a subject or a scene come to life that never existed before in exactly that way. And, um So if you gain inspiration from lots of other people, um, and use social media and the Internet to help you do that, it's really easy to do that. Then you can really put something on paper that didn't exist before, even if at first. It's just kind of like piecing together. That's something based on other people's based on parts of other people's things. Um, so that's one way that you can pivot if you excel and explore explores the 2nd 1 by putting yourself in the way of inspiration and figuring out what you like about certain paintings and what you don't and seeing how everybody else does it, um, finally is probably the biggest one. It's experiment. It's, I think, the it can be the trickiest in the one where you're not exactly sure what it means. And so, by experimenting, obviously, I mean just testing the boundaries and tweaking the style a little bit, tweaking the technique a little bit with watercolor. That means try using a different brush or try using different amounts of water or different paint or different colors. Um, I that's those were kind of the first things that, right off the bat, come to mind when I think of experiment. But I also have other specific cool methods I have learned from other people or that I have incorporated from learning by myself. And so, and there are some techniques that you can learn to experiment with. Number one. You can, um, try looking for the technique elsewhere. So if you're learning a technique and it sits in a specific subject like, for example, if you've taken my misty forest class and you know that by using water you can create kind of like a misty effect under the trees. One way to experiment is by looking to see how other people have used water in similar ways . Like if they have used water to pay misty mountains or if they have used miss to paint Teoh make um, like blurry scenes and other kinds of photos. That's one way that you can experiment by looking Teoh. Use a technique and a slightly different way, maybe first, slightly different subject and using the Internet to help you find that content can be hopeful. So, um, so you can try looking for the technique elsewhere. You can also try brainstorming other art techniques that you could combine with the new techniques that you're using. So if you already know a lot of wet on dry techniques, but you just learned some wet on wet ones, then you can try just kind of mark. Making mark making basically is just purposefully, um, testing out paint and making marks, literally making marks on on paper, but with purpose kind of almost like a creative meditation with no specific end goal in mind, just paint with the goal of painting with the goal of testing out techniques and the key here, uh, for mindful, painting for creative meditation is to have no judgment is to not look at something and say , Oh, that looks bad. I don't like that, but to just paint and see what comes of it and see what happens when you mix two colors together. See what happens when you mix different techniques. See what happens when you use different paintbrushes. See what happens. Just see what happens and notice, Um, and then another way that I really like Teoh uh, experiment, especially trying to move away from copying. And I learned this technique from somebody else actually is to want you practiced. Ah, good way to pivot is to try it again. Try the design again, But don't look at the reference photo. Just try to paint the design exactly for memory and see what happens. See what the differences are, and it might push yourself if you don't have a good memory or if you it's hard to remember all the specific things, you might be tempted to look at the reference photo again. But don't just paint the same things over again and see what your mind comes up with. And I guarantee you're gonna come up with some subtle differences that you might actually really like. And that is the beginnings of your style coming into fruition. So, um, those air some experimentation techniques that might be helpful for you They've been helpful for me. And so that wraps up this pivot class s still remember The three e's are Excel Explorer and experiment. And if you remember, to excel to master the techniques that you're learning to explore and look for lots of other artists and people who love the same things that you love and to experiment Teoh, push your boundaries into test new tools and to test new mediums and to create without judgment. Then I am sure pivoting, um, your practice into your style is going to be successful. So now that we've learned these techniques, let's move on to the real time demonstration 6. Demo: Analyze: So now that we have gone through all of the processes, I want to show you what they look like in person and to show you that I This is a process that I use myself. So we're just gonna pull up instagram on my iPad and I'm going Teoh, go to my saved holders. I have a lot of different folders for lots of different things that I save when I am inspired by things for years and years and years, I just had this big inspiration folder, and recently I've been separating them into specific categories to try to stay a little more organized. And I talk a little bit more about this in my bonus video. At the end of the course, there's a bonus video on how I find inspiration and where I go toe look. So if you're interested in that, then make sure to check it out. But for now, I'm going to pull up the illustration that inspired me. That inspires me that I want to give a try. So this is just a little like French girl illustration that generate he posted, and I thought it was adorable and I really wanted to try it. So, um, I thought that would be fun to film all of that and show you how I would use my inspiration process. Teoh, Teik, Um, an illustration like this and incorporated somehow into my style. So first looking at this generally I'm I picked kind of unease ear illustration. Not easier in terms of complexity, even though it is kind of simple, but easier in that it already seems like it's kind of my style of watercolor anyway, So I really enjoy if you've taken any of my other classes before, I really enjoy this loose style of watercolor that's not super realistic. Um, but that use kind of some uses simple techniques to capture detail and complexity, and that makes simple, loose illustrations like this look really cool. So if you harken back to what we talked about earlier in the course, um, my process for going from copying to creating is the catchphrase. There's an app for that, right? So a PP and a stands for analyze. So in this video, we're just going to analyze this illustration. I'm gonna analyze this illustration and basically just means breaking it down to see if I can recognize the techniques and to identify the techniques that I really like so that I can when I practice it myself, I can make sure to practice those specific one. So, um, first of all, I noticed the calligraphy over here that's in water color. This is pretty similar to the style of calligraphy I like to use, which is just like a more modern, loose calligraphy. Not in any specific, um, or rigid style. It's really pretty. I'm assuming this is a word in French. I don't I don't know what it is exciting speak French, but, um, I think that's a really cool at on Teoh. Help make this have make this have kind of a French feel, but moving on to the actual illustration, which is what drew me to this piece in the first place. I really love how this illustration uses white space and went on dry as well as wet on wet so you can see like thin strands of hair. But you can also see some blends of brown in the hair and different colors in the hair, um, and as well as the white space to showcase detail without having to go into detail, right? So the white spaces could represent, like light shining on the hair on the white space is also obviously make room for these little strands of hair so you can see these little lines toe represent how strands of hair work and then the wet on wet to look at all these different colors. So and using that we have this general shape of the head. It kind of it looks like she started right here and use this paintbrushes kind of a pointer tool. She started right here, like at the top where apart might be. And then probably, um, I can even just use this paintbrush. Probably went like this with a her paintbrush started right here and then did like a thin, thick, thin kind of stroke to form the head. And probably my guess is that she did the same thing over here and just kind of formed the head like that. So I think Anil it My analysis of the bun particularly is that it's a pretty simple style, and I think that I could probably emulate that. So I just have to remember to leaves of white space. Um, both Teoh, give it some character and maybe represents some light on the hair, but also to make room for thes little strands of hair that just gives this'll loose bun hairstyle more complex. Look. So then the hair tie she has that the end is pretty straightforward, but I do notice she did it wet on wet. And you know that because, um, some of the black of the hair tie is blending right into the brown of her hair. So she didn't wait for this to dry at all. She just kind of painted the hair tie in a in a simple shape. Um, right when this bun was was still a little bit wet. It looks like part of it had dried because there's a little dried paint line right there. But other than that, that's pretty straightforward. So if I would just paint the head and then paint the hair tie and then I really love how she did the sweater or the dress or whatever it is, um, the stripes were partly would indicate that it's French. I you know, I'm not a fashion expert, but I think that horizontal stripes like this are commonly associated with French women, French people. But I love that she didn't draw out like the actual clothes or the actual body. She more broke it down into shapes. So the stripes Aaron kind of like a triangle shape, and then it's just stripes you don't see like pants. You don't see her body, but you can tell that it's a body, right. It's just it makes up. It forms this cute illustration, so, like her head is a little more shaped, has a little more form and realistic feel to it. But then her body is deconstructed into into shapes and colors, and I think that's really cool. So if that's my analysis, the next step after analyze is to practice and part of practicing is to copy this exactly. But then also to, um, you know, keep your analysis in mind as you're practicing, so I will do the practice section in the next video again. This was the analyze section of a PP analyze practice pivot, and I hope you found this helpful. So let's move on to practice where I will copy this. Remember, copying is practice, and I will talk more about that in the next video 7. Demo: Practice: all right. Now that we have analyzed the, um, illustration, let's go ahead and practice it. So I'm pulling into a paintbrush. I'm using a number six round paintbrush here, and I'm just going to start with the head and move down. I'm gonna skip the modern clicker of your Maybe you'll do what were the I know, Um, but I'm gonna start with the head for now, so it looks like she has some brown and also some yellow were orange in there. So just in general, I I think it's good to start with, um, the light colors first and then moved to dark. But it also kind of looks like the's air single strokes like I doubt that she had she started with a sketch first because, um, thes air. Pretty simple. So because the hair is pretty bloody, I know that I need to use a bit of water in my paint, So Oh, before I get started, when I practice I if I have practice paper or pieces on watercolor paper that I don't use and sometimes instead of using student grade paper, I just like cut up professional grade papers that I've already used for a practice or for scanning things or whatever that I'm not using anymore. If you've taken my winter wreath class, this waas, um I painted some elements on here and stand some. And then once I didn't eat that anymore, I cut them up, and I'm using the back. Sometimes. Watercolor paper doesn't really work to use the back, um, or doesn't work as well. But even if it doesn't work as well, that's why I like to use it for practice. So, um, I don't use the good paper like I don't use rial fresh paper for practice. Usually I like to save these scraps. Okay, so we know that our paint's gonna be pretty watering and especially with, like, wet on wet. Um, we know we want it. We want tohave, that watery, transparent kind of feel. So, like I said, I'm pretty sure she started in using little crescent strokes like this. Um, but with wet on wet, you need to hurry and do your strokes. So I'm just kind off practicing this circle. But I know I need to leave some white space, right. So and I'm gonna leave some there and looking at hers. as a reference. I'm not leaving white space in, like the exact same spots that she did, but that's okay, so it's kind of a circle, but then it also is a little bit elongated towards the bottom. Now I'm gonna add a little more brown as I'm painting here and gonna leave some white space there, but then fill in the rest of this. So I think one thing to help, especially with this practice and, um is when you're copying or when you're being inspired by someone and wanting to try out a technique or, um, an illustration that they've done before is to try not to be so worked up about doing it exactly the way that they've done it. Because really, you should be doing it. You should be tried to figuring out the way that you like to do it too, right? So, like, my white spaces aren't exactly in the same places that hers were, Um, but she looks like she has this had with some white spaces that has some different blended colors in it. And I think I'm gonna add just like a little bit of this, um Scarlett, More red tone But I do want to leave some white, some lighter spaces. Just show that it's blended. And now I'm gonna add in with my smaller brush. This is a size one. I'm gonna add in some strands like she did. So here's one strand down the middle. Hers is a little more tilted. I don't know that I like it so much. I don't know that I like mine so much that it's like, right down the middle. Um, but to kind of emulate that, I'm just gonna maybe put a strand over here like that. Hers is looking way better to me right now, but that's how copying is usually in my experience and maybe, um, a couple's little strands like that. And then I'll keep using my small paintbrush to paint this bun. So she started down here and just had, like, one little stroke. It looks like she has. It's just like a curly little bun like that, with some strand's in the shape of a bun. So, like some of the hairs twisted this way, and so the hairs twisted that way, and she used wines struh paint strokes to indicate that, and then some of the hair she had coming out of the bun. So I'm I think that's a pretty cool move to have some of the hair coming out of the bun right like that because that's often how bones are messy bones especially. And, yeah, I have to say, When I first started doing this, I wasn't sure how it was gonna turn out. But I think it's turning out OK, even though it's a little different from hers, which honestly, is how it should be a kind of like my loose strands on this side. I'm still the warm strand down the middle of still a little bit wonky for me, but I think it turned out okay, so next we're going to dio it looks like she has a black hair tie. And so I'm just going to start in the middle. It's kind of blended right? There's I'm going to start in the middle and actually, I changed my mind. I was gonna dio a little brush, but I think I'm gonna do go back to my number six brush and just kind of her. Herr Tie definitely has movement, so it's not like I say hair tie. It's not a like a rubber band that you have on your wrist, but definitely more like a ribbon that she's left open. And so it's in this triangle shape, but it's not and exacts triangle. It's more like a loose cloth floating in the wind. It's kind of how I would describe that. And so I'm gonna do the same thing on this side. I just feel that in Okay, so not exactly like it's The shape is slightly different in the size of slightly different , but still no, Too bad. So next are these stripes and this is going to be probably the pretty easy part. So I'm just gonna take some blue and it looks like some of her stripes are really watering . And I was gonna do the six fresh, but I'm going to go back to my size number one. So I'm picking up some really watery blue and just starting from the top here. She just gets slightly bigger as she goes down. I wonder she drew the line's first. I don't know. There, there little lines right here, and I wonder if she drew those first to help give her like a guideline for where the stripes were supposed to go. There's a very good chance she did that. But we are where we are now. So some just painting these stripes down the line, it looks like mine. I spaced mine out a little bit more than she's faced hers. That's OK. It's good to note we'll talk about that when we're almost done with this. And then she just have some little lines like that to give a little more definition to the dress. And finally, I'm just going to get some really watery paint here because to do calligraphy you have to get really watery paint. So I don't know what word that she did. But I'm gonna dio one that I do know. I don't have to copy her style of calligraphy because already have one that I enjoy. And her style isn't, you know, much different from mine. So I don't mind just not really paying attention to her style of calligraphy. And that's the one of the only words in French. I know. So, um Okay, so here's the the end of my copy session. As I was talking through all the things that I noticed about what she did and how I could mimic that. So this is very clearly a copy, right? Like if you were to hold this up to hers even though I have a different word, even though, like the placements of the hair and the stripes air slightly different, you can definitely tell that one was influenced by the other. And because hers came first, obviously. And because I'm making a class about this, you obviously know that I copied hers. So I'm the copying here was for practice, right? So the things I was practicing were using whitespace and thes little strands of hair to make a loose watercolor bun that wasn't really time intensive. It didn't take that long for me to paint this, um, and noticing the shapes that she did with the bond. So I know in the future, if I want to do, like, a loose style messy bun like this, then using these those like crescent shapes that, um, that kind of face, each other, that's you. A useful technique for painting this bun. Um, and then for the stripes. I think I don't know if I would do this in the future. I don't know that I would use thes definition lines so much, or at least in the way that she did. But I could see how she would want them there to kind of help guide, um, her shape and give a little bit more definition to your eyesight so that you can tell. So it's not completely deconstructed. Um, but basically, during this session, I looked at the techniques that I thought that she was probably using, tried my best to emulate it, and then reflected on what I learned. And I think that that I learned a lot about painting loose kind of humans like this or lease the back of, ah, of a human head like this. And now I'm pretty confident that if I saw if I can keep practicing and figure out different things that I can dio to make this more my style or find similar paintings like this and learn lots of different ways to paint it. And so that is where pivot comes in and that will be in the next video. So we analyzed. First we looked at a painting and figured out what we liked about it, and then we practiced it so I used this as a reference photo and definitely like, try to practice it stroke by stroke and did exactly what she did. And now we need to pivot and pivot is the hard part right is where you have to figure out exactly how to make yours different or fill in gaps where you see them. And so I know it can be tricky, but I also know that you can do it. So in the next video, I will be pivoting and demonstrating ways that I will take this illustration and try to turn it into my style or incorporate parts of the illustration into my style. So before we move on to pivot I one more note on practice. So we already talked about this at length and other videos, but just in case you skipped those ones, if you practice by copying like this totally fine to practice and see if you can get the techniques down. But if you want to post your work, you need to make it very clear that this is not your design. So if I were to ever post this on Instagram, which I doubt I will hi, because this was just a practice for me if But if I were, I would post it and then I would say so. Inspired by General Rainey's in General Rainey's design of this little French girl, I had to try it for myself. Here is, um you know, my take on her design on her tutorial hers and just make it very clear that, like, this is her design, you don't have to outright say, Oh, yeah, I copied this because I know that some people don't like saying that It kind of sounds. I don't know, just people are uncomfortable saying that, but you don't need. But even though I said I was really inspired by her painting, I also would say This is my take on her design and because it is, it's her design. I didn't really do anything different to this, designed to make it mine, right? And so the post essentially wouldn't be about me. It would be all about what I learned from her, and I think that's one of the most important parts about posting a design that you've copied from somebody else is instead of making it about you and your creativity and whatever If you make it instead about what you've learned and focus about focus on the actual artist that gave you the tutorial or the design that helps you learn these techniques, then it can be a tandem thing. But you need to give Justus much focus to the person who originally did this design as to you just so that when they see it, they can feel happy that they've helped to teach, as opposed to a little bit annoyed that you took their design without giving them proper credit. So, um, there's just one little note about that. I know that honestly, that's what this classes four is to help you move past copying and into creativity. But if you really just are proud of the work that you've done, even if you've copied it, it's really it's fine if you want to post it. You just need to make it very clear that this is not your design. Cool, Cool. OK, so now let's move on, Teoh the next video for Pivot 8. Demo: Pivot, Part 1: Okay, so we have analyzed the illustration that I really liked, and I copied it pretty much exactly what she did with some slight variations. Because we're all humans. This is handmade, but for the most part, this is a new exact copy. And now we're moving on to pivot, which is how you where you take the techniques that you've learned from copying and turn them into your own thing. And as a preface to that, I've talked about it at length in other videos. But I just have to remind myself that really, there's no art doesn't exist to the vacuum, right? Everybody is influenced by everybody. And so you shouldn't be ashamed to be inspired by other people. But, um, it's important. Teoh. Stretch your creativity and see where you can take those techniques to new places, or at least new to you places, and see if you can stretch the techniques yourself without having to rely on other people to give you all of your ideas. And it can be hard. It can be tricky to learn how to do that, but that's we're going to talk a little bit about that and other ways to pivot in this video and, um, the next pivot videos as well. So first, they're gonna be three pivot videos. This is the 1st 1 Um, I've pulled up my little notes class of my outline tojust reference what I've talked about . So we're going to go back to the three ease of pivot. If you remember, we talked about, you can explore the field, the first e You can experiment and you can excel. So first, let's explore the field and put yourself in the way of mawr inspiration So I can't. I stumbled upon this illustration by generation E of this little French girl, and I really loved it. I loved that style. So now one way to pivot is for me to see if I confined mawr of that style. So I'm just going to go to Pinterest. I thought it was over here, but I'll just search for it. I'm going to hop onto my Pinterest because that's Pinterest is where I get a lot of my style and I'm going to search for, um French Girl illustration and see what comes up. Okay, so they're the stripes again that we've noticed. There. Here's, um Okay, want one French roll illustration has a beret and like this kind of bob style, but we can still see the stripes. This is a more loose style illustration. That's really cool. One way. If you want, really want Teoh documents, all of how you're exploring, you can create a new board. So if I were to say, um, French girl illustrations and you don't have toe, you can have a B a secret, your own little inspiration board, um, even honestly, calling it that it's going to automatically search for it. So I want to save the act to my inspiration board. This illustration. I think it's pretty. It's pretty cool along with style that I was looking for. This one is pretty cool. Um, you can't see it very well, but because it has the general water coat, simple watercolor style that I like where it has the shape and silhouette, but it's not very detailed. It looks like I could do it in one stroke. That's the kind of thing I'm looking for. Um, so let's go back to this. And if I click on one on the general search, then I scrolled down. It will pull up other similar illustrations. So let's see if any of those are appealing to me. I'm not looking for super detailed ones like this, but this one's kind of cool, where her skirt is really just kind of similar to this, um, deconstructed geometric style. Her skirt doesn't have a whole lot of shape to it except flowers and kind of a shape, but there's no lines like holding it in his boundaries, so that's kind of cool. I'm gonna go ahead and save that to my friend who illustrations. This is kind of cool. It's the same kind of loose hair tie that we had in the generating version, but it does have some loops, and it looks like it's swaying in the wind. So that's kind of cool. Um, that's another way toe. Just continue to look for inspiration and put yourself in the wave. Inspiration is to see what you liked or some elements and, um, like, narrow down one specific element of the illustration or piece of art, or whatever it is that you're trying to imitate and see how other people have done that one thing. So this is another cool way instead of, um, instead of a bun or a barber, The shoulders. There's a little pixie cut right here. Or just like a short Bob. I kind of like that hairstyle, too. I actually rocked a pixie cut a few years ago. Too much money to upkeep. This is pretty similar to accept. This is more of a top knot bun, But this whole like kind of mark making the style is pretty in line with the watercolor style that we were looking for. So now maybe I'm gonna narrow my search a little bit and I'm going to go French girl Watercolor. Okay, who This one is really pretty. And this is instead of a woman, it's like a like a little girl. I like that one a lot. It's pretty similar to the one that we did right with the deconstructive stripes. Except this one actually has face. So that's kind of cool. Um, here's the one I was talking about before, where it's like the silhouettes of the women, but it's just in watercolor. I really like that lot. This one is another deconstructed stripes, but the hair is a little more to find, and obviously there's a face. But it's not so detailed that I don't think I could give that a try. Um, I really like I'm really drawn to this. This style of like the whole body in a silhouette, but just different colors and different shapes and brushstrokes textures with some white space, which is what we did here, right with some white space to show like where the ears are and how there's some motion and the skirt. I think this is really cool, and I didn't even know I wouldn't have known about any of these cool other styles if I hadn't have put my way, put myself in the way of inspiration and gone to look for similar styles that I knew that I liked like this one. Okay, so this is kind of neat because it's the same watercolor style and that we're looking at it from the back, but the hair is down. You can see some more strands, and it's just a different, um, pattern of sweater. And this one isn't quite. It's not deconstructed as much. Oh, but here is a very similar style. Teoh. What we did with generate me it. There's a decent chance that you know Maybe General was inspired by this one. Or people just come up with the same things. Honestly, they dio. But, um, sometimes I think that ideas can float conflict from people to people. But this one's pretty similar to one that we did. That's pretty neat. I like this braid. Although I would be really, um, nervous to attempt it, but maybe some other time, but I'm still going to save it in my French girl illustrations. Inspiration folder. Um okay. And now we're going into more. My next search was gonna be for something like this. So instead of having the bun bi lo at the bottom now it's more like a topknot. I do want to save a few of those because I like that Top not look as well. So Oh, I'm going to save this one because has some more flyways. But now I'm gonna search for water color bun, watercolor girl with bun. Yeah, that makes sense. Okay. So, again, lots of different options, lots of different styles. And, um, there's this is pretty. I'm going to wrap up this video because it's it's lingered. But, um, this is what I do when I get inspired by something that I see on Instagram or Pinterest and I want to copy it. I sometimes copy and practice it. Other times I go straight to this where I look for even Mawr that look like that. And so now that you have gathered all of that, the next step is to, um, go to the board that you just made or that I just made. And now is to try to paint all of these things to try to paint all the different aspects that you pinned and or that you found. You can also go on instagram and search for Hashtags. Um, that's another good way, Teoh, to pivot and explore. Um but we have. So I have this initial sketch that I did that was a copy from Generation E, but that now I also have lots of different ways that I can take this style right? Lots of different ways that I contest out these this kind of loose, abstract, geometric, deconstructed illustration style. And so the next step would be to do the same thing that I did with generate me, but practice all of these different things and then once you've practiced them to try putting them together. So I'm gonna have one video at the end of all the pivot videos where I'll show you all the different illustrations on and practice things that I've done. But for now, this is the process for putting yourself for exploring, for putting yourself in the way of inspiration and finding more and more things that really motivate you to test out these new theories. So that's this video, and let's move on to the next pivot video, which is experiment. 9. Demo: Pivot, Part 2: all right, We have done our exploration of part of the pivot process. And now let's experiment. So I'm just going to spend a few minutes experimenting here. You could spend hours experimenting, like, if you remember the Pinterest board that I created, which I could have honestly spent even more hours finding other similar styles that I really liked and compiling them so that I knew it to practice. Um, what I would do is sit down and just try to practice all of the's with experimenting. And, um, But once you've done that, I'm again pulling at my notes here. Just you can see there are some specific methods of experimenting that I really like to dio . Um, the 1st 1 is to try painting this again. Not in exactly the same way. Maybe using some different techniques or different styles that you learned from other from your explore phase. But try painting it again without looking at it as a reference. Okay, so I'm not looking at the original photo as a reference. I'm not looking at my copies of reference. I'm just gonna paint how I remember painting it. Um, And as I'm doing that, I'm also going Teoh experiment a little more with some slight differences. So maybe instead of having, um, that kind of blond brown hair, I'm gonna have, um, some red hair, Uh, which would be, like a combination of brown and and reddish here. So Okay, so I'm gonna have this slightly different color. And instead of doing the not at the bottom, I'm gonna try to do a top. Not so. I know that for the not at the bottom, we started at the top and moving crescent strokes down like that. So I with a top not I think I'm going to do that. It's the exact same process may be just starting from the bottom. So I'm going to do my crescent strokes like that where I go from, thin to thick and make sure to leave some wide space. Andi making sure to leave white space. And I know that, um, where the hair comes together at the top, where the bun is gonna be. I want more, um, white space right there to kind of show how the hair is moving in different directions. Right. So I'm gonna add a little bit more brown to this red, I think, and maybe use smaller brush to at in some strands that are coming up. Put them in the white space like I did right there, but then also have some coming out like that and that I'm going to paint the bone things the top Not in the same way. So with, like, two strokes facing each other on top, maybe like 1/3 1000. Kind of got wild and crazy of honestly, top knots can sometimes, right? And just kind of using these crescent strokes to shape shape the hair like she did like in the other illustration. And also in the illustrations that I saw on Pinterest is Well, so I'm going to use some hairline strokes to just have some strands that are kind of flying out. Maybe to shape this a little bit more. Yeah. Okay, so there's my red haired top knot bun and using the wet on wet, I'm just gonna add some like, darker places to show some contrast. This is like techniques already knew right when using the wet on wet technique to add darker pigment. Well, sorry if the light changed a little bit. There. Sun's going behind a cloud, Okay. And then I'm going Teoh instead of doing that like ribbon, flowy ribbon like that she did. I'm going to do more of like a triangle ribbon with some that also has some definition after Like that some definition of it has. What are those called? I don't know, tales in the ribbon that are kind of slowed ing away from the bun. So I'm just gonna paint a little bun like that even while it's still wet. So some of the bun is kind of, um, melting, blending into the back of the head. And that's okay. And then I'm just gonna have too little flyway things. I'm gonna make them a little more Ruben e and maybe make this one flipped out like that. So that's like a slightly different. It's a variation of what she did, right? And that's what we're doing with pivoting. We're taking a technique that we've learned and using the same style. So the same kind of technique I'm just incorporating maybe elements that I like better. So this top not version and maybe adding a different style of ribbon. And now for the sweater, instead of doing stripes I'm going. Teoh use that same like triangle technique. But I'm going to see if I can use if I can paint, um, flowers and just, like, loose flowers. It doesn't have to be so maybe drawing that. I'm just like doing this on the fly, which is how I do it. You're getting a riel real life process. Maybe starting out with these guidelines is not such a bad idea. And then I'm just going to paint a lot of little roses like this so they don't have to be the same size. I'm gonna leave some space because I'm gonna paint some leaves also. But in general, I want them to fill out the shape of this dress that we're working on, right? And the stripes probably work just a little bit better with no guidelines. But I also think that this is not looking terrible. Okay? And now, just gonna paint some will years just for the heck of it. Point, I think with um, like, filling space with objects is to make sure that you have enough objects, enough shapes so that the deconstructed space still so your eyes can still tell that it's supposed to hold a specific kind of shape that makes sense. So that's what the's leaves air for, to help, like fill in the space and make it look more like a triangle like, um, the stripes were pretty easy. Teoh get that look because their lines shapes and so it's easier to tell. But this isn't going too bad. I don't think I think it looks OK. Maybe I just bring it down a little bit more. Okay, so there's my, um, version of pivoting, and I did all of this without looking at a reference right. I, um, took what? The concepts that I learned from exploring, which is I can put different shapes in here if I want. I can do different styles with hair if I want. I can do different ribbon styles, different colors and then using the same structure that I learned from copying from practicing. I made my own little design, and I think what's really cool about this is it's not this. If I were to compare these two, they're not the same right. They might look in a similar style like you might see them in the same pitch deck or in the same library. But you definitely couldn't look at this and say that I copied this because there are I use slightly different techniques. I changed up the colors. I changed at the composition I used. I pulled some techniques from other paintings that I saw and explored and put my own spin on things. And so this is definitely an example of being inspired by, Like, I would say that this I could post this and say I was inspired by generating. This is inspired by this picture that I saw on that would be totally valid because it's not a copy. I didn't look at the reference photo while I did it, and I incorporated other things that I saw elsewhere in order to try this cool technique that she used. So, um, that is my video on experimenting. And again, you can try lots of different things. So for this one, I just to wrap it up. I remember the things that I explored, the different techniques that I explored and the techniques that I really liked from from my practice session. And then, without looking at a reference photo, I put myself to the test, and I tried to see if I could make it work and then the next video after you've experimented and in the next video we're going to go into excel, and that's where I'm going to show you lots of different. Um, I'm basically just going to show you lots of different things that I've practiced, Um, but for the experiment, things we did painting without looking at a reverence, looked at lots of different things. We challenge ourselves toe, um, add new elements. And there are even more ways that you can experiment. You can try using techniques like this, like using this white space technique to paint a completely different figure like you can try painting similar to those Petreaus paintings we saw once there's pull this up again like this is a similar technique, right and using whitespace. But it's not at all the same style, I wouldn't say, and so you can try like pushing yourself to see if you can create different styles, Um, and looking for techniques like this elsewhere and looking for, like how I use this geometric deconstructive shape but used a different shape inside. I could try using that same same technique, but Teoh form something else so it doesn't have to be addressed. I can use this style to form something else that so there are lots of different ways that you can experiment, Really. The key is to break away from looking at that initial reference photo to break away from the idea that you have to do exactly what somebody else did because there's looks good, and that's the only way that yours can look good to break away from all of that and to try and try new things. And you might not like the whole of the different practice thing all of the different practice sessions that you've done, but you'll never know if you don't try. So that is my video on experimenting as part of pivoting for finding inspiration. Um, and I will say that the more you experiment and the more you try things and the more you kind of even pushed that first initial reference photo out of your mind, the more that it is going to naturally be incorporated into your style. And you may take things or leave things that you used from the painting that in the initial painting that you did. But the more you practice it, the Mauritz less of Oh, I remember this thing that I learned from Generation E and more of Oh, I really love using whitespace to show complexity, as opposed to having Teoh fill in all of the details. So the more you practice, the more the style on. The more you push yourself while you practice, the more you will find your style starting to bloom through. So let's move on to the next video and we're going Teoh. I'm going to go over lots of different ways that I've practiced this technique and show you all of the different ways that I could do it, which will be night by no means be comprehensive. But, um, before I film it, I am going to sit down for probably half a hour or so and just experiment on my own, and then I'll show you the results, and we'll talk about that in the next video 10. Demo: Pivot, Part 3: Okay, so I have done my own experimenting. I spent about half a Knauer, maybe 40 minutes looking through the Pinterest board that I made and practicing some things that I saw on their tweaking some other things. I spent some time with this little bob haircut facing forward, not really drawing in the face because you can see over here about a basis. I even tried this little side braid. That was harder than I thought, but it was fun to look, not quite super happy with the result, but, um, it wasn't something I was intending to practice. But, like, you know, if you watched the previous video where I was exploring, um, when I was looking through Pinterest to find more examples of this little loose French girl that I really liked, I came across a watercolor side braid, and I thought I wanted to give that a shot. So, um, anyway, this is just kind of a compilation of 30 to 40 minutes of me basically messing around and practicing lots of other, um, subjects in the style off this little French girl that I found. So just for reference, here's the original, Um, that I saw just as I was scrolling through Instagram. So we went through me looking at the original, then making a copy to practice and practicing the techniques myself and then not looking at the original and not looking at my copy. And this is the version that I made not looking at any reverence proto photo on, making some slight tweaks. And then as I moved on from that, I experimented with a few more subjects that are in this style. So the raid, the bonds, I did this like side Bob style with the beret. I thought that I thought this little girl was kind of cute that I drew with the balloon. Um, Then I even ventured into pants a little bit to see if I could get those starts to be vertical and kind of make thes loose style, um, pants and turned out okay. And I tried that, like, watercolor silhouette. This didn't turn out quite as well as I was as the other things that I did. But, um, it was still fun to practice and to stretch my stretch my skills and see what I like and what I don't like. Um, so that is all about Excel, the third e in the pivot category, right? So once we have analyzed the original and practiced via copying, or like if even if you don't copy directly, even if it's just you really honing in on exactly what they're doing in the original and figuring out for yourself and then pivoting is exploring lots of different subjects in that style because I can guarantee you that there are other much there are a lot other paint, more paintings. Wow, that was difficult for me to say. There are more designs that are similar to the one that inspired you out there because, like I've said multiple times, art does not exist in a vacuum. People are inspired by inspired by each other. And, um, so put yourself in the way of that inspiration and find even mawr examples of the style that you really like and experiment with it, tinker around with the composition of the things that you're making, try putting different things together, and then just practice, practice, practice. You want Teoh. If you really want in corporate and make it part of your style and you want to excel at that specific style of these techniques that you're learning. The only way to get better at it is to practice a lot. And, um so that is the find my final recommendation for the last step inthe e gathering inspiration. Learning a new technique process which is pivoting and making it your own. And I mentioned this in the previous video. But the more you practice and the more you try to recognize thes techniques elsewhere, um, like this deconstruction technique, for example, are using whitespace. The more you confined, the more you practice, the easier it will be to see these techniques and other spaces, and then the easier it will be for you to practice even more techniques. Um, one other thing that I kind of touched on when I was doing this French braid. There are lots of different. The more you practice and you look for more, um, designs that are similar to the one that inspired you, but slightly different too. It's so fun to go down like a rabbit hole of inspiration. Um, and you may come across things that you didn't expect that you want to try out, like, for example, that's how I started painting these pants. That's how I started trying to paint the polka dots. It might not turn out like you wanted to. At first I tried to paint the polka dots in like a scarf right here. I tried to sketch out the scarf and and then I have decided I wanted to try that a different day instead of doing it now doing it here. So I moved on. But, um, as I was painting this little figurine, which is kind of like the composition we were doing but sideways and with more a pixie cut design. Um, I this was supposed to be like a coat, but then the more I looked at it, the more it looked like a scarf. And so I kind of turned it into a scarf with the with a striped shirt. My points, if with all of this rambling is it's really scary to try something new, and I get it, I really dio. But, um, the reason that we practice and we copy is so that we can be comfortable doing the techniques, and the more you practice that, the more you can actually stretch your own techniques and try new things. So copying definitely has its purpose. Um, but it's really not doing yourself a favour only staying in that lane because riel creativity and your own style comes through once you stretch a little bit and reach for something else, even if you fail at it, even if it's not as good as you you know wanted to be. The more you practice it, the better it will be. So the three ease of pivoting, explore, experiment, excel. And, as you do this whole process, that brings us really to the close of this whole finding inspiration and finding your style , Um, process, as you analyzed the designs that inspire you and practise the techniques that make up those designs and then pivot and make it your own through exploring, experimenting and ex selling at the techniques that you're learning, I am confident you truly be able to find a style and ah, set of techniques that just feel like your own without having to look at what other people are doing. It will just flow out of you, and you'll be able to look at objects that might not have inspired you before and turn them into your own artwork and it's pretty cool. So I hope that you enjoyed learning about this with me on. And if you stick with me through the rest of the next couple videos, we'll talk about what the final project is for this class and where we go from here, so see you soon. 11. Final Project: So now that we have gone through the whole process and you've watched me go through the whole process, I want you to go through this, finding your inspiration process as well. And so you can choose whatever peace you want to take through this process. It doesn't have to one of mine. Um, but for your final project, go through. It does. And it doesn't have to be art or illustration, necessarily. It could be lettering, or it could be any other kind of creative thing. The process really is the same. Um, but since I focused mostly on illustration, that's what I'm gonna be talking about. And if you you are a little overwhelmed by, like, searching through things or you don't have, um, a reference photo off hand, then I provided a couple examples for you. So first, um, you can go through a very similar process to what I did. And instead of using the reference photo that I used, you know, with the with the lower bun and all the other differences you can use, mine is a reference photo. And try Teoh um, copy this design and then through that process, through practicing and exploring and experimenting Come up with your own version of this, you know, messy bun or just loose interpretation of a cute little woman Girl illustration. So you can use this as a reference photo or, um, if you've taken a bunch of my landscape classes, I pulled out this design that I painted a few weeks ago, and I thought that this could be a really good reference photo to jump off of a swell, especially if you've taken a few of my classes because it has a bunch of the loose pines. It has some sunset clouds that we talked about in my sense that class on. So it's made up of thes like mountains with trees and this, um, mountain in the background, which, actually, this probably would be a good design because I don't have a skill shark class on, um, this specific mountain technique. Um, so you can look at it and see if you can figure it out, which is what we talked about. Um, but if you want So these air, that thes air, the two reference photos that if you're looking for something and you don't want to have to look elsewhere for, ah, way to try this technique than feel free to use these designs and to practice them and go through the whole journey of trying to incorporate thes styles into your own style. So with that, I let's move on to the recap and the bonus videos. 12. Recap: thank you so much for joining me in my copy to create course all about learning how to find your own style through inspiration from others and how to move from copying and using reference photos for practice to incorporating different techniques from all sorts of artists into your own unique perspective. I had such a fun time creating this course, and I think it's such an important, um, technique to master because, honestly, that's how all artists come into their own. All artists look at everybody else and figure out what they like and what they don't like and how they can stretch and tweak and challenge themselves and challenge the medium and the styles that they're in. And that happens by being influenced by other people. So I hope that what? By watching this course, you feel a little bit more confident and comfortable looking at reference photos, copying from other people but then moving past copying and into developing your own style by mastering techniques and exploring and being inspired by everybody else around you. If you watch this whole class, you know that I started by copying this little illustration from ah post ice on Instagram and I moved, I practiced the techniques that I learned from looking at this. In order, Teoh create my own little stylized piece that is similar but not the same. And from there it kind of just bloomed into a practice of all different kinds of styles and the same in the same general area kind of illustration. And it really helps to expand my repertoire and make me feel more comfortable doing a different kind of illustration. And that's exactly what I want for you. So, um, if you watched the last video, the final project video, I gave you two examples of paintings that you could copy and practice for me and then turn into your own style and I can't wait to see what you do with them. So if you really loved this class and really loved this process and are proud of the results that you came up with, I would love Teoh, see your projects. So please post them to the Project gallery on skill share. And if you want to post your work in your progress on Instagram, you have my full permission to post even your practice versions and your copies and then as you progress and explore more and develop your own style to see, um, the pieces that were inspired by my pieces as opposed to the direct copies I would love to see all of that. So just make sure to tag me on Instagram. My handle is this writing desk and make sure to properly credit that you learned about these techniques through this course. And, um, as long as you follow those guidelines with any artist were I just think we're such an open and supportive community. We want you to learn and we want to learn from each other. And so if as long as we follow, you know just basic decency and kindness by giving credit where credit is due, um, you will find you can make you could make a lot of friends and build a big community and just be part of this big, awesome world that is the creative community. Um, and that got super cheesy. But so I'm gonna end this now. I just thanks again for joining me. It was a pleasure toe film and create this class for you. And I hope to see you next time 13. Bonus Video: How to find inspiration: So now that we have gone through all of the class and looked at the final project, you are You're on your way, Teoh finding inspiration through practice and other people's work. And I wanted to prep this bonus video because I thought I might be helpful in case you our may be interested in learning about how I find inspiration. So first I'm gonna pull up Instagram and I like you am an avid instagram scroll. Er and I follow a lot of different people and they're not all artists. And that might I don't know if that would surprise you or not, but oh my gosh. Oh, it's a photo shop Jonathan Venice with great British baking show people. Um, anyway, so I follow a lot of artists for sure, but I also follow a lot of hash tags. That's one way that you can find inspiration. Instagram allows you to follow hashtag so like I follow botanical line drawing. And if you're ever feeling the need to be inspired by a specific topic than following, hashtag is a good way to do it. So, like if I just click on the hashtag botanical line drawing, then I can scroll through all of these different posts that have this hashtag and I could do the same thing if I'm searching for say, um Illustration. This is pretty general. So probably a bunch of stuff is gonna pop up on here. Um, but there's all sorts of things to be inspired by, So looks like there's some water color, some sketching, lots of digital illustration, a lot of work that I don't really do. But that doesn't mean I can't be inspired by, um so hashtags are really good way to do that. If you if especially if there's a hashtag You know, um, that you use a lot or that you find you are more drawn to, then I would definitely try checking it out. So right now I'm gonna type in water Kulish watercolor illustration and see what pops up loss of really cool things. Oh, this is super cool. This sketch bread with like, um kind of the color palette from the sketch in a big bloody mess on one side, and then the sketch on the other. I'm gonna save that. And that brings me to my other thing about instagram, which will go to in just a second. So Hashtags are always a really cool thing to follow. And I find a lot of artists that I haven't found I hadn't found previously that way by looking at Hashtags and and then looking artists like I just found one. Right now, this artist is has some really beautiful work that I'd be interested in having in my feed. Um, whenever I follow someone new, I always like to like a bunch of their posts. It's kind of a za way to say hi. If if that makes sense and is a way to because I I think most often when someone sees the same person liking a lot of their stuff, then they might. It might pique their interest and they might be interested in going to the other person's board and making friends. This is how I have made a lot of friends on Instagram, also commenting. Liking is kind of a really mindless way to engage. This is not supposed to turn into ah 101 on social media community building. But here's some free tips for you. Liking is a really mindless way to engage. Commenting is way more likely to get someone to notice you. So, like, there are lots of people who follow me going to go ahead and follow this person because I think I really like their self. Um, a lot of people who follow me that I have come to know and be friends with because I've seen them comment on my stuff all the time. Um, so I read all of my comments, and I try to respond in case you're wondering about my instagram life. But that was really cool One. Okay, so, um, hashtag X is definitely one way two I've already liked this one is one way, Teoh. Find things that inspire you another way. We're not really another way, really. But, um, if you want to use hashtags and you discover that you want to save a lot of these inspirational things, make sure to utilize this bookmark tool that Instagram has. And I am going to show you my folders, my saved folders. So, for years and years, I just had this big inspiration folder where I would save all of the things. Ah inspired me. And sometimes they were art videos, A lot of landscape photography. Some illustration things firm, you know, mediums that I don't really use that much like this is one from I think, pastels. Yeah, I just think it's so pretty even though I don't use it, Um, even though I don't use that medium very much, But anything that really just, you know, strikes a nerve if you know anything. If you have ever been moved by art, sometimes you can't really put words to it. Um, but here's the reference photo I used for this class. You can't really put words to it, but something that just makes you feel breathless at the idea that so much beauty can exist in the world, Right? I save a lot of water pictures, especially because I am trying to learn how to paint water. Um, I save a lot of really cool photography things, and I don't often I don't paint all of them. Obviously, sometimes I save art in forms. I don't really do like this abstract geometric kind. Um, that's not really my style, but it's still really cool and gives me a lot of inspiration. And maybe it could be some day. Um, I think this is really cool, and people illustrate On top of photos, you probably be appropriate or something else. The app. That's something I'm interested in pursuing. One day anyway. So I have for years I had this giant illustration. I mean this giant inspiration folder where I saved everything. But recently I separated. My I made a bunch of different folders for lots of different categories because I was trying to be more organized, and it's been really hopeful. So I I would recommend having different folders with the different categories of things that inspire you and knowing that you don't necessarily have to create or try all of them. But sometimes it's helpful to just pull up, um, to pull up the some posts that move you and try to figure out why they move you. So, um, maybe like them for their color palettes. Or maybe you like them for their subject matter. Either way, just having them at hand so that you can kind of soak in all of that beauty can be really hopeful. I also recently made this try it folder so that I can This is where I save things that I do want to try, as opposed to other um, posts that maybe just kind of fill me up artistically, I guess these air once I looked at and thought to myself, you know, I brought that I could paint that since I'm an illustrator and a hand Lederer Um, mostly here these are pictures where I knowing what skills that I have, I could learn to paint them. A lot of them are photos. Some of them are illustrations, though, um, that I want to try myself. And I often come back to this to gain inspiration. And sometimes I use a photo Teoh, Um, paint directly. One note about painting from reference photos is always, always, always target the photographer if you are painting like exactly from a reference photo if you're just gonna post it. But if you were, if you want to, like, sell a painting that's from a reference photo. You need to get the photographers permission and likely pay them. Um, pay them for the usage rights, but just like talking about it first. So that's one note about that. So that's instagram. And now let's go back, Teoh Pinterest. We kind of went through the way. The I do inspiration I gain inspiration from Pinterest during the other videos. But, um, let's go back to that folder that I created. So I made this a secret board, which meant that nobody can see it. I'm okay if people see it, but sometimes I like boards just to be for me. Um and I really like Pinterest because you can tap on a photo. And if you just like, scroll down from that photo, then it will bring up a bunch of other pictures that are like that. And so oh, this Since this one's cool, it's like that same kind of vibe, but with cactuses, here's that same kind of watercolor vibe, but with an umbrella. I really like that. Um, this one's really need with the stripes for the shirt, but just a different side. A different angle of the body s Oh, I really like Pinterest. For that reason, you can also zoom in with your fingers and hold right there and let go. And then Pinterest will bring up, um or like this tub and it will bring up more pictures in basically this style. So with the umbrella, the presion kind of feel Pinterest is really they've really improved this software software over the years to help you as you go down this, like inspiration, rabbit hole of finding all these things he really like. Oh, this is really cool. See, even now, as I'm doing this, I find things that I I didn't really I intend to find, but that I want to say even remember, I have similar to me having a lot of folders on my instagram for bookmarks. I have so many Pinterest boards and I often refer back to them whenever I am looking for inspiration. So, anyway, this is need. This kind of combines what we were talking about before. Um, so that is my bonus video on ways to find inspiration. And now let's move on to the other bonus video. 14. Bonus Video: Thoughts on when someone copies you: Okay, so this is bonus video number two. I really wanted Teoh talk just a little bit about what happens when you aren't the one copying anymore. But you find that somebody else has copied your painting on instagram or your piece or your creation or whatever. You find that somebody on the Internet took something that you very clearly made, like a template that was very clearly yours and put it on the Internet. What do you dio? I have had this happen to me lots of times and sometimes people who are maybe a little malicious about it and purposefully don't tag me at all. And so then other people who, you know, follow me and are part of my community community on Instagram. Then tell me about it. And sometimes it's people who definitely weren't malicious and didn't know it just didn't know the proper way to credit. Um, the pieces that they were taking for me. So, like if it if I just posted a painting, it wasn't a tutorial or anything. And then somebody decided they really wanted to try that painting, and so they paint, they posted it and then, you know, tag me the bottom but say, like, inspired by at this writing desk, um, as we talked about earlier in the class. Really? The correct way to credit the artist in that case, if you directly copied them, is to say, original, designed by at this writing desk because it's not an inspiration piece, right? It's more. It's it's a direct copy. So when that happens to you, it could be so easy to get really indignant and really mad and and really want toe like correct people. Um, one way that I have found Teoh, you know, indicate that. Okay, this is my design you have copied for my design. This wasn't like you looking at my design and then creating a piece that had elements. And so it was inspired by it. Um, what Ideo usually is, I just say great work. It looks great. They I'm glad you enjoyed recreating my design. So basically, in my comment, I say probably what they should have done in the first place by indicating very clearly that they didn't come up with their own spin. They just recreated my design, which is fine, but, um, it's even more fine and even more supportive of the artist if you make sure to credit them . So that's what I would say. Um and I do say, and you're you are welcome to take that If this ever happens to you, is, um so you just comment on their thing and you say, Wow, it looks great or your recreation of my design looks great or something like that. That makes it very clear to them that you know that they copied your design. Okay, so that's like, what? To dio? If they weren't, um be they weren't intending, Teoh. Like, if they were just kind of Okay, So that's what to dio if they copied you but didn't really know the correct way to credit you. But now what do you do if someone is actually being malicious about it and not not crediting you or, um, not tagging you on purpose or trying to sell even worse trying to sell your design? So the first thing that you to do is contact them and you should say, Hey, um, this is note that this is copyrighted because by I don't know the correct legal definitions , but your work is automatically copyrighted if you created yourself. Getting it legally copyrighted by going through that process is just like an extra step that makes it a little more firm. But if you've posted something and, like there's dates and data to indicate that, you definitely posted it before this person, whatever, then you hold the copyright to that thing. So you can just kind of nicely message them and say, You know, can you please credit me in your design? And more often than not, they'll apologize and say, of course, and credit you in the caption. But if they don't, then sometimes they might not answer you. And if that's the case, then like worst comes towards you could send a cease and desist letter toe. Have them take down your thing to have them take down that piece, or especially if they're trying to sell it toe, have them take down whatever listing that they're trying to sell it from. So those air kind of your options there, um, I know that they're not great ones and it doesn't. It definitely doesn't feel good to have your stuff stolen, and that's why I created this class, because I think that so many people don't intend, Teoh, cause, um, it'll will, Right? So many people just want to be part of the community and want to be great at, um, the skill that they're trying to develop. And so that's why you need to learn from other people. Um, but these were just some quick tips, in case, you know, something like that ever does happen to you and do definitely I know there have been lots of, um, you know, spam accounts or accounts where people have stolen, um, Instagram pictures and basically just stolen art from people and tried to cast it off is their own. And if you ever find accounts like that, definitely report them to instagram. Definitely. Tell the original artist, and I just think as artists, we need to keep taking care of each other. And as long as we take care of each other and support each other and give credit where credit is due in this community, continue can continue to be a vibrant and open one. So and if you're ever worried that something that you are doing is copying, if you're ever worried about stepping on someone's toes and, um, you don't want to infringe on their intellectual property on their creative property property. Then really, you should ask them. You shouldn't whether it's a photographer or whether it's an artist or whether it's if you are referencing somebody else's work and you're nervous that it's not quite different enough or that you it's not that it might be infringing on their copyright. Then just go ahead and ask what they think about it and ask if you can post it and ask if they can credit you and ask like there's there's just no harm in asking artists. I In fact, I think I like it when people do ask me my opinion on, um, whether or not it's okay for them to post something or whether or not they should credit me or whether or not whatever. And honestly, if you're debating whether or not you should credit someone, then you probably should. You should just air on the side of spreading the love. And if, honestly, if you were so inspired by somebody else's work that you want to try it yourself, then it's probably worth telling other people about anyway. So there's no harm in attaching something that you've done in practiced to somebody else's name, even if you know in your heart that is not a direct copy, but it's still spreads good will and it if you are still influenced by someone, it's always good to give them a nod to where the to, where your influence and where your inspiration came from. So, um, that's just one thing after they about that. Don't be afraid to ask. And as for you as an artist, it's always good to have guidelines to have, like a terms of use in your bio. I've seen a lot more people doing this lately where maybe they have, um, one of the links in their bio. A lot of people, you know, have you can only have one link in your instagram bio, but then you can link that Teoh a big list that links to other things. If you have one of the links that you have, is a terms of use for your social media posts, that's could be good for you to clearly list how you would like to be credited and what the conditions are of using your post. And that's something that, like, for example, if someone wants to repost one of your things. One of your pictures, one of your posts. Then one thing you could say is fit. You feel free to repost on instagram with proper credits for non commercial use only, or for personal use only, or something like that, so that people don't. That's one thing that you should definitely do and layout if, in case people want to use it for, like, a sponsored poster and add or something, Um, sometimes that happens on and you want to make sure that you cover your bases by saying Onley allowed for, like, personal use only or non commercial use only, um, and then lay out exactly how you would want to be credited. And, um yeah, so I just Those are some ways that you can kind of get ahead of this whole of a lot of players on instagram and figuring out how to manage your intellectual property and your creative property on the Internet, because it is definitely the Wild West out there, but it's it's becoming more and more regulated, but it's important to stay ahead of the game and make it clear for others what you prefer and um, how that you're willing to share as long as people follow your rules and your boundaries. So, um yeah, that's about it for that. Anyway, this was just a quick little spiel. Um, kind of more like a just a word vomiting a bunch of thoughts, I guess. But I hope it was helpful. Um, thanks again for joining the class, and I will see you next time. 15. Bonus Video: Illustration Timelapse: