By Frank Bell
There are not many people who have been to a gig in Bristol that wouldn’t recognize the tall, bushy-haired figure of Big Jeff Johns. Big Jeff has become a hero for music lovers and has inspired many with his passion. He has recently taken part in his first exhibition “Welcome to my World”, displayed over billboards, and already has his second coming up as part of Super Cool Drawing machine (a touring exhibition displaying the art of musicians including ex-Maccabee singer Orland Weeks).
For Jeff, art is a way of communicating himself to a world where he once felt isolated. Here is some extra advice about what to have in mind as a newcomer to the creative world.
1. Create your own world
Some of the most memorable artists are those who create their own world. Whatever their creative medium may be, artists have used their craft to give an audience an insight into their world. From Picasso to Bjork, creatives have introduced the world to the weird and the wonderful.
2. Try out new ideas
No great art was ever made in someone’s comfort zone. But even if ‘great art’ isn’t the aim, trying out new techniques can open the doors of creativity wide open. You never know what experiment might turn out to be your new favourite technique.
3. Allow yourself to play
Don’t burden yourself trying to create a masterpiece, enjoy your art and have fun doing it no matter your ability. Take pleasure in it and the art you create will be an honest reflection of yourself. Even things such as doodling are an artistic expression and can help inspire you as you continue to experiment.
4. Listen to music
Don’t be fooled by the archaic image of a traditional artist painting at an easel, listening to music can be a great source of motivation. There is nothing to stop you dancing in between brushes to help keep to momentum going.
5. Just put something out there!
Although the act of creating a piece of art can be really personal, sharing it with the world can bring a whole new rewarding element. People do respond to things and are, with the few exceptions, supportive when people put stuff out there.