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Doodling is the best; you just put a pen on anything and let your brain start filling space. Could there be a more zen form of creativity? Goodbye boring bus ride, it’s time to cover this magazine in the illest tiny designs. With PicsArt it’s even better, because you have way more in your bag of tricks than a chewed up pen. You just need to pick a photo and go, but with so many ways to doodle, you might not know where to start. Today, we’re hitting you with all the inspiration you need to dial up your doodling and create some show-stopping artwork while you’re at it. Check it out below. Be a Purist via PicsArt Pick a base color, a simple brush, and let your mind get lost in the art of tracing. Doodling 101 is outlining photos and portraits, tracing their contours to make elegant little accents.…

Art can sometimes release us into another state of mind, freeing us from our current reality and immersing us in the world that the artist would like us to see. How are those worlds/subject matters created? How exactly does an artist go from idea to creation? Mary Zins, a Seattle-based artist, gives us a sneak peak into her process of creation. 1. The Nouveau Traditionalist Both a fine artist and a freelance illustrator, Mary Zins’ inspiration comes from the beauty of the animal kingdom and illustrated portraiture. She shares, “I do both traditional fine art painting as well as vector-based artwork (computer-generated). In my fine art I use graphite and acrylic paints on canvas, crossing from impressionist to realistic styles. My subject is nature-based and usually animals, for there is a soulfulness and beauty in the animal kingdom that I just can’t find anywhere else.” 2. Soul Binding Mary’s goal as an…

It’s Father’s Day and to celebrate, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the work of one of our favorite fathers on the app. Willem Odendaal (@javas1willem) is a police officer in South Africa who is no stranger to an active lifestyle. He has an eye for adventure and this is apparent in his gallery on PicsArt, filled with jaw-dropping edits that feature cataclysmic airplanes, crash landings in the desert and other adventurous musings come to life in the app. He says his experiences — everything from parachuting to diving — have helped him value every moment of life, a fact which makes the field of photography appealing to him as a hobby, helping him relax and express pent-up creativity (of which he clearly has no shortage). But fatherhood, Willem admits, has perhaps been the most powerful and rewarding of all these experiences. He became a father to his son Mario in 2007 and…

Albert Einstein once said, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Artists are often admired for embracing the gift and talent of imagination and incorporating it into their personal daily rituals. We explore this concept with San Francisco-based artist Shane Izykowski. Shane is a multimedia artist, whose works include painting, drawing, photography, filmmaking and special effects makeup.   1. The Storyteller  Shane’s work as an artist focuses on creating narrative stories. His goal is to make work that can be attainable for anyone observing the art. If you find yourself in a moment of contemplative thought, it is intentional. “At the root of my work, it can be broken down to something simplistic: a portrait of a person or an animal, colors, hands or a different world. These simple concepts, at face…

Creativity is not some sort of magical ability that certain people have and others don’t. No, creativity is something that lives inside all of us, something we can cultivate and access. PicsArt believes that everyone is creative and we are always looking for ways to inspire our community. I asked some of PicsArt’s most creative community members to share their thoughts on creativity and to tell us a bit about how they get inspired. Grab a pen, brush, instrument or stylus and let’s get our creative juices flowing! Let Go of Fear Creativity takes courage. The first thing we need to do to unleash our creativity is let go of fear — the fear of judgement in our work, the fear of experimentation and the fear of what others might think. Alp Peker (@alpqwerty) believes fearlessness leads to creativity. “My way of getting creative is losing my senses, like dancing…

Some photographs make you feel and think of moments in life quite deeply. Photographer Feather Weight creates those kinds of images. Her work is both intense and invigorating. We touched base with her to discover what rituals she partakes in when creating her work.  1 . Emotional and Intellectual Connection  Every artist has a mission or a goal when creating their work. Feather’s goal is met when her work both moves and/or inspires her viewer — especially if it inspires intellectual conversation. “If a photograph can communicate an idea or emote a particular emotion, then I have done my job.” 2. The Morning Bird Gets the Worm  As a morning person, Feather has more of a free-form schedule. If the day inspires creativity, other art forms are used to express what she aims to create next. “If I’m in a creative kind of day, I generally make images in the afternoon and…

As the creative goddess Twyla Tharp once said, “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.” Artists tend to do this in more ways than one. So how exactly does the artist go from the box to the creation? New York/LA-based artist Ryan Spence (aka Planet Lucid) gives us a glimpse of his creative process. Ryan’s work is best described as surreal Afrofuturistic social commentary, avant­-garde afro-­anime that creates subjects that balance fine lines between real and surreal. Containing elements of anger and sarcasm, Ryan’s characters are primarily black and highlight Afrocentric features and themes.   1.The Thought Process Though a creator of the night, Ryan’s process begins in the morning with recorded thoughts. “I write down my ideas and plans earlier in the day and afternoon, then create the actual art later at night. A good friend of mine, Brook Stephenson, who…