Creative Relaxation

Written by: Aimee MacPherson

If you’re anything like me, you’re someone that finds art pretty relaxing. There’s so many ways to use art to de-stress and step away from things that keep us busy in everyday life. In my own life, I love to sketch and plan future pieces to work on just to get my ideas on paper. Thinking creatively and making small thumbnail sketches is easy to do, and doesn’t have to be perfect, so there’s no pressure to make it look perfect right away and is great when trying to calm down. It’s also a very portable activity, it doesn’t take many materials, and absolutely nothing fancy. All you ever need is some paper and your choice of pen or pencil, whatever feels most comfortable!

If you’re not interested in doing your own art in your spare time, not to worry, because there are lots of people online doing art for a living! If YouTube videos are something you’re interested in, you should check out Baylee Jae here for Copic marker illustrations.

Baylee Jae’s channel features many Copic illustrations, but also includes a mix of different mediums including pencil crayon, watercolour and acrylic paintings. She’s a huge Disney fan, so you can find lots of fan-art for Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Frozen on her channel.

And you can check out Draw with Jazza for a mix of traditional and digital art.

Jazza’s channel is a great place to go if you’re interested in learning some tips and tricks for drawing either on paper, or on the computer. Jazza is also an animator and has some videos showing how he puts small animations together. If you want to see him test his skills, he has an assortment of challenge videos on his channel—you won’t be disappointed.

Jazza also has an app available on both iPhone and Android that has drawing prompts, games, and more! You can find it in the app store under “Jazza’s Arty Games” and it costs about $3.99 (iTunes, GooglePlay, or PC/Desktop App)

If you want to see the magic as it’s happening, you can check out the Adobe Twitch channel, where artists of all kinds are streaming every day. Baylee Jae also streams on the Adobe channel Sunday mornings, 10-1PM EST. For more artists, there is a full schedule on their Twitch page, which you can find here.

Alternatively, you can check out Baylee Jae’s personal Twitch channel where she streams art on Tuesdays, starting around 4-6 PM EST.

You can find Jazza’s Twitch channel here and streams on Mondays starting at 7 PM EST.

Whether you like to create or just want to see others exhibit their skills for you to see, art can be a fantastic way to relax and forget about those exams for a while!

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