I see all of these rad artists’ workspaces with their colorful clutter and fancy supplies. Then I look at my art supplies which sit in a box in my closet… I take them out as I need them.
My desk is my dining room table - which I can only use after my kids are in bed.
Most of my pencil sketches are done with Ticonderoga school pencils that were sharpened with a Buck 119 hunting knife. My watercolors are budget liquid tubes squeezed into an Altoids tin (made into a travel kit with off-brand polymer clay). My most expensive tool is my Pentel waterbrush - it was $10.
That being said - I feel like people have this weird misconception about art and creativity. Like somehow you have to own $300 markers to color a picture of some anime girl, or that you have to own a $60 watercolor block to paint on - or else your work won’t be up to snuff.
That’s all lies, man. Sure, good materials are usually nicer - and I don’t think I’m any “better” because I don’t use them (I don’t think any of us are really “better” than others, but that’s a different subject altogether).
I just hope at least one person reads this and realizes that it’s practice more than price tag which makes good art - and that goes for any media. Jack White can make gnarly music/noise with a guitar made from farm garbage. Just remember that.
I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I know I need to advance the main quest, but instead I faff about doing side quests because the main quest is intimidating and I don’t feel like I’ve leveled up enough to be able to handle it.