THIS IS A CALL FOR CREATIVE BLOGGERS: Artists, Illustrators, Makers, Designers & The Rest
Are you an artist, illustrator, maker, creative? Do you blog about art, creativity or what you make? Do you want to become a more satisfied creative and need accountability and encouragement? Do you want to be a part of something that prioritises being creative over full time blogging or social media (but still fancy exploiting it to our advantage)? Are you looking to collaborate and network with other people like you or at least with some understanding of your world and lifestyle? Would you like support and advice related to our industry or to possibly meet and collaborate with other creatives in your area? To have a laugh and put the fun back into creativity & blogging?
Then let me introduce you to my spanking new community called GESSO
GESSO was created for people just like us. Passionate, fun, enthusiastic, supportive creatives, primed and ready to take action with their work, business or just to become better artists. With a focus on becoming better creatives rather then just growing follower numbers we support happy, healthy art making, whether you're a seasoned illustrator or someone very new and trying to find their way in the world.
I wanted to make a space that encouraged creatives to make more stuff, link up with their passions, find new friends and maybe do a bit of work. I believe that blogging is a fantastic way to connect with other creatives across the world, as well as showcase our work to new clients, but it should never ever take us away from what really matters... our Art. Whether that's painting, drawing, sewing, photography, writing, crafts, embroidery, calligraphy, gardening, design, illustration, collage, pottery WHATEVER. If you're zapped from the current 24/7/365 culture of the internet and have perhaps even considered quitting entirely.... this group might just help heal you a little bit.
This collective is already honoured to include the talents of:
Lauren knows her stuff when it comes to social media, graphics, lettering and illustration. Combining her design skills with creativity and personal meaning she'll often either be making a mess with inks or digitising it up on iPad using ProCreate. She's hoping to create more work that reflects on social issues that are close to her heart.
Kelly from Kelly Lianne, an incredible UK artist and illustrator who's work I've featured on my blog before. Kelly is awesome, not only because we're name twins (yay) but because she is one of the nicest bloggers and creatives out there.
Jessica from Jessica Andersdotter creates some of the best digital abstract art and photo manipulation I've seen... possibly ever... Her work is truly special.
Based in Sweden, Jessica blogs about the process and thoughts behind her artwork as well as living a creative life and trying to figure out the 'weasel' as she calls it, of inspiration.
Check out her shop to get an idea for the beautiful work she makes.
Charlotte from Charlotte Kathleen is our emerging artist, also from the UK and represents every individual out there who has harboured a long term passion for creativity but just hasn't got round to manifesting exactly what they want from it yet.
With a passion for lettering and a strong background in graphics Charlotte is currently trying to figure out her creative calling in life. I can't wait to see what she get's up to.
Jemma aka Dorkface is an award winning blogger and artist creating stunning artwork and illustrations dripping in colour & fun.
Originally from Liverpool and now based in Plymouth Jemma also hosts the incredibly popular @TheGirlGang on Twitter which is known throughout the blogging community for its inclusive and supportive nature.
Selling and designing a whole range of products Jemma is not only talented, but knowledgeable too.
Last but not least, I hope, is meeee, Lianne. I'm an Artist & Illustrator from Kent who specialises in portrait art and realistic drawing, however I have been known to dabble. My artwork has been exhibited and sold worldwide and I am a published writer, having articles and tutorials published in Colored Pencil Magazine.
I am currently on maternity leave and trying to adjust my creative path towards doing more illustration.
How to join GESSO
Our collective welcomes all abilities, styles and you do not need to be a professional to participate. Our only requirements are:
- That you have a blog (or intend to create a blog or website to showcase your creativity)
- Are over the age of 18. (purely for legal reasons)
- You want to live your best creative life.
- Believe in action over words.
Time wasters and those only interested in self promotion need not apply and you will be removed from the group without warning if you are found to be abusing the trust of the group.
Our group is currently using an program called Slack to chat with each other so you will be required to download this to access the group. There are desktop and app versions, so it's very versatile. It is simply a sophisticated messenger service that's a bit easier to keep track of then WhatsApp! You will also need to provide us with an email address so we can add you to the group. Okay? Okay.
So what are you waiting for?
If GESSO sounds right down your alley why not get in touch and I'll add you to our community today. Simply fill in the form below and say Hi!
Once we've added you will be directed to our group rules, which are pretty standard and then we can get started introducing ourselves. Depending on numbers we may move the group to a forum in the future to help organise our discussions but for now, we are small, sweet and looking forward to meeting you.
I hope you'll join us on this new adventure. Who knows where things could end up!