We have a new artist spotlight for you! Today we are learning more about the very talented Lindsey Wisz aka @blurbabouttheartist
Please can you give us a brief little introduction about yourself?
I’m an artist and working mom in the Midwest. I’m not in the city of Chicago but I’m located Chicago-ish. I’ve made art as long as I can remember . My mother was very creative and was always crafting. I was always gathering up her scraps to create my own projects. I actually graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in illustration and a minor in fiber art. Then life and a whole lot of imposter syndrome happened and I ended up working in what feels like every job but illustration to pay the bills. I made art sporadically for my own enjoyment for years but when I ended up loosing my full time job during 2020 I started drawing again much more often to manage the stress and anxiety of living through the uncertainty of a world wide pandemic. Now I draw a every day! I’ve participated in several drawing challenges on Instagram every month for the past 7 months and it’s been amazing! I’ve really stretched my artistic muscles and I feel like I’ve finally started evolving a style that feels like my own. I’ve also found some amazing artist friends in the process!
What inspires you?
Color! My mind is hungry for color always. I will almost drool over just the right pumpkin orange or blue-green. I could eat it! I’m also inspired by all things a little bit quirky and odd. A wiggly flower stem, an old crooked house, a peculiarly knotted tree… those kinds of things will just start the wheels turning and I may end up somewhere completely else on the page but those are the kinds of things that catch my eye and get me thinking. I’m also inspired by my daughter-she is honestly my best/most earnest cheerleader. I want her to know creativity/art is a worthwhile pursuit. Being a good example to her keeps me going.
What is your favourite thing to draw?
Right now my favorite things to draw are monsters, mushrooms,and goldfish. The more eyeballs involved the more fun I’m having!
What art goals do you have for this year?
I get nervous to talk about my goals out loud! Because I definitely have a fear of failure. My goal for this year has been to build my illustration portfolio again in hopes of beginning to freelance. Woo! That was scary to say! My next step is to get my own website together.
What techniques/supplies do you use?
For the past 6 months I’ve been really focused on improving my digital drawing skills. I got myself a new iPad Air and Apple Pencil in December and I’ve been obsessed with improving my skills in Procreate ever since. I still love traditional media- I often paint in acrylics and watercolors absolutely have my heart.
What advice would you give to another doodler/artist?
Just keep making things-anything! In any medium that sparks your interest. Even if it’s “bad”. It’s the only way to keep evolving. Also, just look at a lot of art that you love. Not with the intention of comparison but with the intention of absorbing bits of knowledge about the way those other artists are making marks, or using color that makes you feel excited and learning about yourself through that. Also- rest! Do absolutely nothing sometimes! Productivity is important but so is rest. That’s something I’m re-learning now. Your mind needs time to wander and imagine!
Where can people go to learn more about you or see more of your work?
You can find me @blurbabouttheartist on both Instagram and more recently on Artfol.