Author:Jess Wilby

Does fake it til you make it work in the art world?

It is common belief these days that if you habitually do something for an extended period of time, it will eventually come naturally to you. I’m sure you used this process when first developing your skills as an artist. Maybe you painted every day or worked...

Why you shouldn’t just let your art do the talking

What’s more frightening to you; showing off your artwork or showing off yourself? Each option may feel equally as daunting. However, when we think about how the online art world has changed over the years it does seem a little easier to post your finished work...

5 must-subscribe podcasts for artists

Picture the scene: You’re up late, working on commissions. If you put the TV on in the background you run the risk of getting distracted. If you play your favourite Spotify playlist you’ll be tempted to skip songs halfway through. What are you going to...

2018 will be whatever you make it

January 1st, 2018. It's that time of year when people are making bold predictions and setting life-changing goals. But do you really need to create a new you or just discover more about yourself? Whilst to some this may seem like the same question, take a...

Training your brain to find inspiration

Stuck in a rut? Sometimes you reach a point where it feels as if all your creativity is spent up. Maybe you're out of fresh ideas or you're halfway through a project and itching to scrap it for something new, different and exciting. If this...

Be You – Free Download

"If we have never been amazed by the very fact we exist, we are squandering the greatest fact of all" - Will Durant. You are truly unique. Whilst there are 7.35 million people in the world, there is one one you. Are you a product of...

How to keep up with NaNoWriMo

A few weeks ago we had some technical difficulties in the Shores office. My ipad wouldn't connect to the wifi, so I tried the classic 'on and off' trick which usually solves all tech issues. Unfortunately, it didn't work. In fact, my tablet wouldn't switch...

Is instagram hiding your artwork?

Ever since Instagram changed the way they arrange content on the home feed, users have been noticing a decrease in follower interaction. In a matter of months, as the new algorithm rolled out, budding instagram artists complained that their uploads are now virtually invisible. Photos...

The very best of Inktober 2017

Inktober is a social media movement that invites artists from all over the world to share a new piece of inkwork every day during October. Since 2009, Inktober has helped budding artists get to grips with paper and pen. It is a 31 day challenge...

Could art journaling awaken your creativity?

It’s hard to navigate the creative corner of instagram without bumping into a regram of Noor Unnahar Siddique’s poetry. Her distinctive style features mixed media collages, held up against a backdrop of fresh flowers. A setting that stands out against today’s highly curated social media...