#100creativegirls by Anna Lena Illustrations - Part II
upcoming & remarkable - a special series by talents on the rise
On Danielle Krysa, creative romance and the inner critic
Hello, creative girl. In case you missed the first part of this series, check part one out here. It’s been a few weeks since I began my #100creativegirls project, and so far I’m feeling positive. Here, I love to update you on the process, introduce you to one of the #100creativegirls and give you a hint of what is to come.
My initial idea for this project had little to do with creative women. In fact, I was going through a huge artistic rut and I needed to get out, desperately. You could say I had fallen a little out of love with my craft… And where, in my personal life, I have a great talent for bringing back the romance to things that have gone stale, I don’t always apply this to my creative practice. I came up with the idea to just draw one thing every day - not very original, but it worked. For a while at least.
I realized after a week or two that I was unconsciously drawing things I thought other people would want to see. On social media I would see the work of other artists and immediately feel like I wasn’t on par. You could say, it did nothing for the romance. It only made my inner critic more boisterous and noisy. After all, if something becomes a chore, it likely isn’t going to give you butterflies.
It was then that I put together two things I wanted: 1) draw more to fall back in love with my creativity, and 2) to learn more about what amazing women are doing cool stuff out in the world. But I also had to set boundaries: draw only one person a day, in one attempt, with one marker, as quickly as possible. A scary feeling, because I will one day fuck up a sketch and I made the deal with myself that I’d have to post that fucked up sketch too.
What better creative woman to represent the topic of this blog, than the author of a book named “Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk?” You might know Danielle Krysa from her blog The Jealous Curator. Rather than experiencing passive jealousy, resulting in nothing, her entire blog is focused on showing you people’s work that makes you want to grab your medium of choice, and start creating yourself. I decided to draw her after going through a couple sketches, realizing I also wanted to show my personal appreciation, not just curate a collection of talented people. After all, the personal spark is what brings a story to life. For me, Danielle Krysa is such a huge inspiration. Mainly, in terms of cultivating her own creative practice by uplifting others and sharing her knowledge. I’m proud to have her in my ever growing collection of creative girls.
For me, reading Danielle’s book and starting the #100creativegirls project was a pivotal moment in my creative routine. Right now, the project is going steadily and I can already see changes in my drawing style, as well as a new found boldness: a result of working with the same materials all the time. I’m thinking of purchasing a small sketchbook to always have on hand, just to always have the girls with me... An abundance of muses in my pocket.
- Anna Lena