Making it real

Two random comments about RedBubble …linked together by a personal story about furniture.

Firstly, I’ve found that being surrounded by so many creative people on RedBubble has inspired me to lift my game. As a kid, I quite liked drawing, although I haven’t done any for years. In particular, I remember learning about vanishing points and 3-D perspective, and thinking this it was the best thing since sliced bread. I was never much good at drawing people, though.

Anyway, seeing some great life drawings on Redbubble I recently thought, “Why not get out a pencil and paper, and do some sketching again?”. So I did. And although not nearly as professional as most of the stuff here on RedBubble, I enjoyed the process and was happy enough with the outcome – a design for a new corner TV cabinet (…high art it ain’t, but definitely practical!)

My other random comment is that I like the way RedBubble turns digital art into real stuff. We humans are physical creatures – the internet and all things virtual are great, but at the end of the day, it’s nice to have something substantial and real. And so, to continue my furniture story, I looked at my TV cabinet sketch and figured I should have a crack at actually building it. It took way longer than I initially expected, but in my humble opinion, I reckon it was worth the effort.

All in all, it was really quite satisfying — imagining something new, playing with various designs, figuring out all the fiddly details, and making it real.

So thanks to all you bubblers out there for inspiring me to pick up the pencil and the jigsaw again. And I hope that RedBubble continues to inspire other people to get their creative juices flowing again – whatever form that may take.

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