There’s so much to learn when you’re slinging paint and pencil, so here’s my seventh installment in my new monthly segment, Muddy Colors: Art Tip of the Month with Jeff Miracola. Each of my short videos will share a handy tip to help you create magnificent art.
My art tip this month is: A Motivating Workspace
Finding the motivation to work on art can be tough enough without having to hunt down art supplies. In this video, I show you what I do to make my workspace more conducive to creating art when inspiration strikes.
Jeff began his career in 1993 as a freelance illustrator for many role-playing/collectible card game companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, Blizzard, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games, FASA Corporation, and more. Some other clients include Electronic Arts, Target, Hasbro, Scholastic, Immedium, and Warner Bros.
Jeff’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and his art and tutorials featured in publications such as Advanced Photoshop, Expose, and ImagineFX magazines. Jeff is a Silver Medal Winner in Spectrum: the Best in Fantastic Art and was the 2011 Guest of Honor at GenCon, the longest running gaming convention in the world.
Jeff is very passionate about sharing his knowledge of art techniques through his popular YouTube channel, which currently boasts more than 31,000 subscribers and 1.5 million views. His feature-length art instruction DVD series for Fantasy Art Workshop received rave reviews from ImagineFX Magazine, Video Librarian, and more.
When Jeff isn’t creating art for himself or clients, he loves to travel and work out with his wife, with whom he has three children.
Great suggestion, Jeff. I’ve never thought about it before, but the prep time involved in getting all of my stuff out is a hurdle that has stopped me from working when I’m feeling short on my time available to get art done. Now to get my husband to make me some custom shelves so I can try having all my stuff out and ready to go.
Yeah, it’s like food, too. When my kids were younger, if I wanted them to eat a certain thing I had to put it out on the counter and let them “discover” it 🙂 Out of sight, out of mind. Having my supplies out has helped me sooooooo much because it seems there are many times I’m just looking for any excuse not to paint. But with everything ready for me, there’s no excuse I can use.
Hey Jeff, please tell me that those Frazetta pencil pieces are not originals!
Oh how I wish they were originals. They are prints from the Fire & Ice portfolio. But the prints are of such high quality that they look like original pencil drawings. So that works for me 🙂
Great video and very good advice! Ah the ‘procrastination devil’ … he hides in many places, best to reduce his options with every little trick, system or method.
Thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks, Nico. Glad you enjoyed the video and the advice. It took me a long time to realize I needed to have all my supplies laid out and ready to be used at a moments notice to inspire me to work more.
This is so great to actually hear someone say. Sounds silly, but having 2 kids and a very neat wife, it’s a challenge to leave things out and feel like I don’t have to “clean up” afterwards. I’ve recently made some changes to my workspace that allow me easier access to my supplies but still keeps them relatively out of sight… this is good for keeping a neat house, but still prevents me from jumping into some art when I have the time. This inspires me to rethink that space and let everything “have a place” and be orderly, but more readily available.
Totally. It’s amazing how many times I avoid painting because I simply don’t want to do the work of laying out a palette or washing my brushes afterwards. But if it’s all ready to go, I’ll do it and enjoy it.
I am not sure why, but the video does not work for me. It just sends me to the top of the page and does not play.
I checked it on multiple browsers.