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Get Inspired, Be Inspiring.

Inspiration can be found in everything and everywhere. Yes. even a sneeze can be inspiring to me.

A while ago someone asked me what exactly inspired me to draw or to keep drawing. It got me thinking, because drawing has always been a part of my life, so I never really considered the ‘why’ part.

Drawing is something that runs in both sides of my family. So again, this got me wondering. Having the talent running in the family doesn’t automatically mean that you will inherit the ability to draw. Why do I draw? Let’s have a peek in my past. I’ve always been interested in creating things on paper. Armed with a piece of paper and a pencil, I started doodling stuff. Yes. Stuff. Most of it was probably unrecognizable for my surroundings, but they told a story in my mind. I think when you are younger you are carefree, you see the fun in everything you do and you tend to draw spontaneous without giving it too much thought. As you get older you get more responsibilities and you tend to make things more difficult than they really are. I think this can eventually block the inspiration flow for a lot of people. It does for me. So, what keeps me inspired?

 

It’s difficult to just pinpoint one thing. The word inspiration has many layers and what inspires me doesn’t have to be inspiring to others. For me, inspiration can be found in the smallest and plainest things in life. Maybe you see dust twirling in a sun beam and it sparks a feeling, an image or an idea. I can’t really explain how it goes, but it feels like it sparks forgotten memories or maybe even memories that haven’t been created yet. And it’s not that these memories suddenly flash before my eyes. No. What I eventually grasp is a feeling and this I will translate in a drawing or story piece. It’s quite difficult to put it in words, but I hope you understand what I mean. Or better yet, I hope you can feel the emotion that I try to capture in my art. Also, just talking to people, hearing others talk or watching other artists draw can inspire to create new drawings.

This one time I scared a fellow artist by just blurting out ‘That is so awesome!!‘. Yeah, he didn’t notice me observing his work and after a few minutes he grabbed his asthma inhaler…

Inspiration can hit you at any moment of the day and I could go on with my list by pointing out that I get inspiration from listening to music, reading books or magazines. It’s funny, because certain types of music influence my color choice in my paintings. However, this is a story for another time. There are so many interesting things in the world that I often find myself just daydreaming and creating new worlds in my mind. With all this daydreaming I fuse and mix all those little inspiration sparks together and to keep my mind from exploding, I try to capture most of it in words and quick sketches.

But you know what I often forget? Getting inspired also works the other way around. I often hear from others that I inspire them to pick up brushes again or do something new and I’m truly grateful for this. Maybe you’re thinking ‘Of course it works the other way around!’, but I never considered this at all. I was too busy being inspired by everything else around me. By being inspired by others, you get inspired to improve your own skills and with this you inspire others to get better as well. It’s a never-ending inspiring circle.

 

Originally published on TJ on Illustrations on July 1st, 2011

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • Larry Conley

    T J,

    An inspiring drawing accompanying an inspiring article. What great gifts to us all at the start of the week.

    If we are to be inspired, we must allow ourselves to believe. It is to easy to become busy and then weary and then cynical.

    Here is to believing in the possibility of inspiration and to responding to it when it comes our way.

    Great piece of drawing and writing!

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    • Ciao Larry! Thanks so much! You’re so right and I am raising my glass to what you said. Well, a tea mug, but that should work great as well 🙂

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      • Larry Conley

        Works for me, T J!

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  • Cher Duncombe

    TJ, the fact that your inspiration comes from even the smallest of happenings, like a sneeze, is a tribute to you as an artist. Sometimes it is the nuance of every day life that holds beauty, and you always seem to find it. 🙂

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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Sweet Cher. So you won’t look shocked if you sneeze and I get my sketchpad right?? hehe 🙂 There is so much beauty hidden around us, most people don’t see it as they are so busy just trying to go through the days. Quite sad, if you think about it.

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  • A true, pure artist is one who looks at the world and finds beauty (inspiration) everywhere. “Maybe you see dust twirling in a sun beam and it sparks a feeling, an image or an idea.” -- Lovely, TJ.:-) And yes, you inspire me too.

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    • Aww thank you, Katy! That’s so lovely to hear 🙂 I do try to find inspiration everywhere. I guess that’s why I often add story elements whenever I talk/write, you never know what idea, character or painting it will bring to life!!

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  • “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” ~ Tolstoy

    It is wonderful to be a part of your everyday feelings, and that way you see and experience the world. You’ve inspired me to eat more cupcakes and use WAY more glitter 😉

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    • I LOVE that quote, Jen! Thank you! I am so happy that I can share whatever I have floating around with you guys! HOORAY for cupcakes & glitters 🙂 I want to bake now haha.

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