Art And Anxiety #2

As you guys may know I have started doing some art again. I have talked about it in a couple of my other posts and I thought I would give you guys an update because I have been doing a lot more art these days and I also have kind of gotten the hang of how the apps work so I feel like my art work is definitely getting better!

Before I get into the art I want to talk a bit about anxiety because I realised I have not posted any mental health posts in like a while. I’m not sure why that is but this is my theory. You may know that for almost an year now- about 10 months I think- I have been taking CBD oil on a regular basis. I started out taking it every day and then every other day and now I take about three to four drops every two or three days depending on how I’m feeling. CBD oil has significantly reduced my anxiety as well as insomnia and I just don’t really experience most of the symptoms I got due to anxiety. So, I usually write about what I’m going through or things that I am experiencing and since anxiety is not a major part of my life anymore I feel like I kind of stopped writing about it just because I don’t think about it that much anymore. If you want to read more about my CBD oil journey please click here.

I have noticed that art has really been helping me with my anxiety and stress management as well. You probably don’t experience this if you don’t have anxiety but people with anxiety disorders have brains that never turn off. Basically, there is always that voice at the back of your head and it can be extremely exhausting. What I have noticed recently is that when I do art I concentrate on it so hard that the voice at the back of my brain shuts up which is such a relief even if it’s for a little while.

What I have been really enjoying more than colouring is doing my own art from scratch. As much as I love art I’m really not very good at it so I decided to draw something that was not too difficult and complicated- The Simpsons! Last time I showed you my picture of Bart Simpson which I was not fully satisfied with (I still am not so I will be editing it):

I am also done with the rest of the family now and that’s what I wanted to share with you guy!

The next one I did after Bart was Homer Simpson- this one took me A WHILE but I am finally pretty satisfied with how it turned out.

Next I did Lisa and I’m pretty happy with this one as well! By this time I had gotten the hang of how to use all the options on the app and was getting a lot better at drawing and colouring so I did not take as long to make this one.

After Lisa, I did Marge. Now her face did not take that long as I was used to drawing their faces now but her hair! Her hair took me more than an hour to get just right but I am super happy with how it turned out and I was even able to shade it!

And lastly, of course I drew Maggie. This one was pretty easy to draw and I love how she turned out!

Apart from that I’ve been doing random paintings like this one. I don’t know why but I just love not actually painting something specific but just splashing paint around.

App for colouring: Paint.Book

App for The Simpsons: ibisPaint X

App for painting: PaperDraw

I hope you guys enjoyed my art- I was so excited to share it with you guys!

Have you guys learnt anything new during quarantine or have you started doing something you really enjoyed but stopped doing? Do you guys enjoy doing art? Have you ever tried art on an app? Do you generally do art on an app or for real? Does art help you manage your mental health? Who’s your favourite character from The Simpsons? Let me know in the comments below- I would love to chat or simply stop by and say hi!

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83 thoughts on “Art And Anxiety #2

    1. Thank you! I used my phone and I drew them free hand using an app called ibisPaint X and it’s more for drawing and painting your own stuff. For adult colouring I would recommend Paint.Book. They’re both linked above in case you’re interested in trying them out yourself!

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      1. You drew the Simpson’s on your phone? Wow, that’s even more impressive! Idk how you did it but you have a real gift. I hope you draw more characters in the future!

        That’s interesting, I will look into it. I especially like the girl you colored (bottom left corner of main pic). ✌️💕

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  1. I would never know your Simpsons were not drawn by Matt Groening himself if you hadn’t told us. They look EXACTLY like them! Awesome job, I’m super impressed. I like the paintings too. I color on Fridays in a book by Marty Noble.. Right now I’m doing parrots. I can’t draw at all, but I like to color in things with color pencils. 🙂

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  2. Hi Pooja
    I like your freehand paintings best. They are so expressive, and exploring colour tone is obviously your thing. During Lockdown I made a video tutorial to help non-artistic people explore art through printing. I have a brain injury, and like you find art an absorbing way to “take you away from yourself”. My fellow brain-injury survivors really enjoy using my easy printing method to make great pictures.

    Insta: @billyscraps

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  3. That’s awesome! It’s so important to allow our creativity to shine. Quarantine has definitely allowed my creativity to come back. I have been enjoying writing again which I had stopped and overall, I’m a lot more aware of needing to do something creative each week. I think it helps loads with mental health. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you are getting in touch with your creative side again- it really is extremely beneficial for your mental health to do something creative every once in a while.

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  4. Before I read the post I actually scrolled down to look at the images… initially I thought it was from Google. It was until I read and realised there was ‘By Pooja’ under all the images. I’m truly amazed. They’re perfect!💚

    Glad you found comfort in art. Anxiety can really be a struggle and knowing some of my friends battle with it, still trying to be better, I’m happy you’re doing better too.

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  5. Your description of anxiety is so accurate – my anxiety when I was younger was sometimes completely unmanageable; I’m interested to read about the CBD oil. I enjoy your blog a lot; I feel overwhelmed about things easily so I try not to read too many things at once.

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  6. It’s true about how the brain just shuts up when we concentrate on our art! I do decorative planning and I get in this zone where it’s just me the planner and stickers and it feels great! During quarantine my boyfriend got me and iPad Pro for my birthday and I have been learning to draw and do lettering on the procreate app which I am loving! You did a great job with your drawings!

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  7. Great work, Pooja! I’ve always been blessed with artistic ability. More recently, though, I’ve been cursed with a movement disorder. I’ll look into your suggestions for drawing and painting apps. Maybe they would be a good alternative to using real pencils and brushes. Your Simpsons characters are awesome and I love your enthusiasm.

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  8. Keep on keeping on being awesome. I can definitely see your hard work is paying off I. Your art. Your random paint splash artworks are very cool, and generally just uplifting in the way they kind of sum up 2020.

    Peace.

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