This is one of many stunning images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Creative iPhoneography Course. We're celebrating exploration, completion and creative flight with an art show displaying the work we're most proud of! Sometimes the hardest part is to select the very best pieces.
Discover the best apps and techniques to transform simple iPhone snapshots into artistic statements using the tool you already have in your pocket.
Every morning I'm inspired by interesting images. There is beauty, exploration, details, textures, light, motion and imagination waiting for me at our online course space. We're in the middle of the course Creative iPhoneography, and it's such a treat to see everyone's work.
Exploring in a group opens up so many possibilities. We can learn techniques and be inspired by each other creatively as well as find hidden pockets of time that allow us to spend some creative me time in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a busy day.
For four weeks we get to see through each other's eyes. Since we're an international group, we get to travel the world, catching glimpses of each other's days and environments. The little things. The extraordinary things.
So while we open our eyes and become more aware of our own surroundings, we also get to discover each other's. Often you'll find that what seems mundane to you is exotic and exciting to someone else.
I'm putting together a new self-paced course for those of you who thrive and learn best when you work independently, on your own schedule. This will be the first in a series of self-paced courses in ebook format.
In the Starter Kit, you'll begin with a small step to get going with iPhoneography and rediscover your relationship to expressing yourself creatively using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Which features would you like to see in the Starter Kit for iPhoneography?
You are standing there, in front of the class. Note cards in hand. Then the teacher says, "Okay. You may begin." Your whole body is shaking and as you begin to read your speech, you notice the quiver in your voice, and you start to panic! It's one of the scariest moments I can remember from being in school. I absolutely detest standing in front of a large group to talk. I don't know anyone that enjoys it.
For some, sharing artwork or taking part in a creative online course discussion may be just as scary as giving a speech to a large group of people. I had some of the same feelings when I decided to take Marmalade Moon's first online course, Creative iPhonegraphy.
Why I thought it would be difficult at first
Not only was I a recent graphic design graduate, struggling with feelings of inadequacy and intimidation by those that were already in the field of design, but I was trying an art form that was completely new to me. I was not good at photography and I had only had my iPhone for a short time. Basically, I was afraid I would be surrounded by people that were far more talented than I and that they would be annoyed by my lack of photography and iPhone knowledge. So why would I want to put myself in a vulnerable position like that?
Why it was well worth it
The answer is this. To learn from each other. To bounce ideas back and forth. Artists thrive in environments like this. You learn by the mistakes of others, as well as your own. You learn techniques from others, and you teach some that you've picked up along the way. This is why we thrive!
iPhoneography levels the playing field
What I found by taking the Creative iPhoneography course was that it was a more equal playing field. iPhoneography is still fairly new, so there are a lot of artists that are just learning about it. I have also found that creative people aren't all scary. Many of them are excited to show you what they have learned themselves. For me, it was much like meeting a lot of new friends from all around the world, and not only trading artwork, tips, and techniques, but learning all of this together. There is a camaraderie that is formed when you join a group like Marmalade Moon, and no one is there to critique your artwork harshly. They are there to help you, encourage you, and be a part of something fun and exciting!
What I enjoyed most about the creative community
It is always fun to log in to the course and see all of the new artwork that has been posted by your peers or to find a note on the discussion board announcing a new app that someone has discovered or that it is on sale that day. I have truly found a great group of people to learn and share with, and I hope that if you ever decide to take a creative course, even if it is not with Marmalade Moon, that you give a lot to it so that you get a lot in return!
About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle.
I was interviewed by Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod, in an Image-Only Interview! Such a fun idea! Check it out!
"Against simplicity/ for complexity . . . against the collective/ for the individual.” Salvador Dalí’s famous vision and credo My Struggle.
“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” Susan Sontag on love.
Instagram release a new filter, Willow. "A monochrome filter with subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border. This filter works well on portraits, still life and architecture photographs with contrast."
The social media landscape shifts again: Google+ Is Growing at Facebook Speed
A Shout Out for my courses over at Seek Your Course: Getting Started with iPhoneography
This week you can win a free spot in my ecourse Getting Started with iPhoneography. Find out more about developing everyday magic and enter the giveaway at oh my! handmade goodness. This giveaway closes December 19th at midnight EST
The Christmases of my childhood are wrapped up in a sense of wonder and magic. Surprise and delight. Sparkling snow and glittering stars. A time when you can wish for anything. A time for love. A time to be together.
As an adult, I find a sense of wonder and magic in the creative process. Maybe that's why we find creativity so alluring? It feels like magic when we're struck with inspiration? And when we start looking at our worlds through a creative lens, we can find mindful miracles even in the most mundane? Of course we have to do our bit too, and show up so we're actually there when the muse arrives and knocks on our doors.
New Gift Certificates
If you know someone who wants to find the time, space and encouragement to ignite their creative spark, now you can give them a creative experience.
A pretty gift certificate and envelope comes with every gift purchase, so you can print it out and wrap it up. These would be extra special if you gave them with a blank notebook and a pen for keeping an iPhoneography journal. Imagine!
Drinking tea and laughing. Geeking out, testing settings and photo apps, experimenting to see which camera app would perform best on a dark winter's afternoon. Anne and I just met for an iPhoneography mentoring session, and since she lives in Stockholm we could meet in person. We took a closer look at some apps for creating mobile art and photography and talked about Anne's new, exciting iPhoneography projects.
The mentoring process that's part of the Creative iPhoneograpy Course is a component that helps you bring your newfound creative discoveries into your daily life, and prevent it from being a course that quietly fizzles out after you've completed it. During the mentoring process, you get individual support and help with your own creative iPhoneography projects.
Another beautiful aspect of the course is the diverse, international community of like-minded people connecting around creative discoveries. Between your own findings, the group component and the individual, personal mentoring phase you have several routes for developing your creative thinking, growing your iPhoneography skills and building momentum expressing yourself.
Students are spread out all over the world, and because of the distances, we usually we do our mentoring sessions as a free internet call with Skype. Speaking of which, it's soon time to meet Jen for her mentoring session, I can't wait to hear where she is in her creative process!