Picking Your Muse

By Definition, a “Muse” is one of the Nine Sister Goddesses, each residing over a specific domain of theater or art. They were once said to inspire their chose craft and those craftsmen so devoted.

Its also a band, but we really won’t delve to much into that right now.

But even if Calliope, Thalia, Urania and their sisters aren’t your thing or you come up bare when thinking of them, that doesn’t mean that you won’t find inspiration else where. In fact, we’ll help you get over that!

Everybody has their share of ideas – both good and bad. Some more good than others… some more bad than others, but that is entirely to be expected. And when it comes to art, ideas are fuel. They drive our passions forward and our passions drive our ideas.

We all have our Muses. All of us. Each one is different though, for each and everyone of us. What one person sees as absolultly inspiring, another will just look at with half-hearted interest. It can’t be helped – and in fact, its actually a good thing.
And who is to say that I Muse has to be something tangeble, something coporeal? Why not think a little broader – the options really could open up to so much more.

One person may find inspiration in that of a beautiful woman, as what one would typically think of as a Muse. Another may find their creativity unfrul at the sight of her lips. Another may find interest in nature, the leaves or a flowers around them, right out their vary window. Another might even see the window as inspiration itself, opening up new thoughts. Another person may find music inspiring, compelling them to create what they hear, driving them forward with a few lines of music.
Other things, invisible things are even vast wellsprings for inspiration – time, something you can’t visibly see can be inspiring, capturing thoughts of mortality, of adventure and the unknown. Seasons, while not quite time, are very inspiring for some. They conjure up well known and ingraned thoughts of the times, of the weather, of holidays and festivals. I myself find Autumn to be very invigorating.
A simple Fall afternoon with a cool breeze during sundown, just when the light hits the bare trees right. I can’t really think of a more inspiring time for myself. But others may have other seasons, other thoughts and other things that drive them.

And believe it or not, lack of inspiration has actually been inspiration before. Some works of art come about solely from the sheer lack of ideas for something else, an act of desperation in some fashion. A head on the piano isn’t all that uncommon when a muscian can’t think of anything, a blank stare on a photographers face, a brush just resting in cleaner, or even a sheet of stark white paper. People have made their lack of ideas work for them – in esscense, an idea from the lack of ideas. How it works, I’m not entirely sure and I wouldn’t entirely rule out the whole Quantum Mechanics thing – but I never specialized in Theoretical Physics…

If you don’t feel inspired, then maybe you just haven’t found your muse yet. You’ll know it when you see it.

Its a Mysterious World…

The Lost World, the land that was buried under time and forgotten to Modern Civilization. Those lost ruins, the forgotten peoples, and all that they were have remained a mystery throughout time.

Those that we may know and are still a part of our cultures, such as Stonehenge and Easter Island to the lost and forgotten, like Shangri La and El Dorado. We’ll see what we can’t discover among the ruins and remains and turn back the clock to a long lost time.

We’ve got our archaeology packs ready and we’re very excited to announce a new line of posters and prints coming out as we head back to earth. We’ll head out to the stars still and see what they may offer, but Earth has mysteries of her own to discover.

So grab a shovel or maybe a pick-ax and get ready to take a trip back in time and see the world that was forgotten!

We’ll be releasing the Lost World Series of Posters, all printed up on high, quality 13×19 glossy paper. Wave one is out now, so be sure to check back to see more as we release them! You can find all the new Lost World Posters as well as all our other great designs in our shop.

Fresh Typography!

We’ve got another big update here at Indelible Ink Workshop, once more we’ll be releasing another wave of Typographical Prints! We’ve got plenty to choose from this time around, plenty that we’re sure you’ll love!

We’ve also got another round on the near horizon – more retro science fiction posters are on the way! Something tells us that we’ll be exploring the outer parts of the solar system soon and see what else is out there…

But till we get out past the asteroid belt and see what the deeper realms of outer space have in store for us, we’ve got a large number of motivation and inspirational typography coming out this week – so be sure to stop by the Etsy Shop and check out all the new releases!

More Retro Goodness and Release Sale!

As promised, we’re releasing another round of Retro Sci-fi Prints and Designs! And we’ve got plenty of prints to go around!

Will you decide to join Humanity and Fight for freedom, showing off our new Rocketeer Recruitment Poster? Or would you prefer to join the Robot Empire and conquer the stars, with our Robot Recruitment Poster? Wherever your allegiances lay, we’ve got you covered!

Explore the mysterious and forbidden planet “X” by day and spend your night’s in the only Lunar Night Club, The Night Rocket! We’ve got both of the posters ready to remember your travels by, so when you get back to the Space Port, remember to pick up your copy!

You can find all our new designs in the shop! And while you are there, remember to take advantage of our sale to save 30% off all prints, new release and ones already in the shop. The sale will last for the next three days, from Friday til Sunday – just enter “SAVE30” when you checkout to save!

Good Eats!

We’re releasing another wave of great prints, now available in the shop! This time some we’ve got some good eats on the mind – not to mention some great drinks as well!

We’ve also got some more Typography Prints as well as some Retro Advertisements, featuring some of the World Famous Guzzler’s Gin, Doc Fredrick’s Fantastic Root Beer, and to round it out, Ivan’s Icy Treats for dessert!

Also, to help show your love and appreciation of Coffee, we’ve released three new prints, all featuring the beloved beverage that gets you moving in the morning!

Lastly, we decided to turn some of our designs into fabric, starting off with our Retro Sci-fi Collection. You can check them all out here, in our SpoonFlower Shop! And as always, we’ve got plenty more in the works to round out our collections!

And to help show off your love of Bacon, we bring you this print – Bacon Love! This was the print that started it all off and got us thinking about prints in the first place. So get it while it lasts!

So maybe we’ve had something on our mind lately – but can you blame us for liking good food? And while you’re there, why not use a coupon code – SAVINGS30 – to get 30% off your entire purchase, good on all prints in shop – but only for a limited time(only active until July 23rd) , so act while you can!

Being an Artist

There are many advantages to being an artist – one is certainly being able to create visually what you would like to see in this world. Though it takes time, you can always hone your art form or hobby, with patience and practice to be able to craft what you want to see made. Sometimes this is something that no one else is doing, no one else is crafting, something that one else has thought of. So, you yourself have to fill in this void.

This is actually how a lot of great things got there start and how countless more will find their way too.

But being an artist is like any other job, it has its perks and it has its disadvantages. One of the major perks sets it aside from most other professions and hobbies, or at least ones that I’ve always been fond of, is that being an artist is being able to do a little of everything. We get to try a taste of everything, get to learn some of this, dabble in a little of that and at the end of the day pick and choose what we take. Not necessarily “how”, but most certainly “what”.

As an artist you learn to see the world around you in a completely different way, somehow appreciating it more. And unless you were born with a paintbrush in hand, you’ll probably spend some serious time learning, studying paintings, drawings and other art – and most certainly your subjects.

I remember as a child, I was always given a pencil, crayons and paper – generally to keep me busy at group functions and gatherings, but it was something that I enjoyed doing. While modest, the pencil, crayons and simple printer paper still form the basis of nearly everyone’s artistic careers. Some just get bigger and more expensive toys – others learn to make what they started with work for them, improving on it.

My Artistic Career started when I saw my parents drawing something for me to try to copy, as I would imagine a lot of kids paths begin. When you first start to draw or paint, your picture may not look like their’s – or even close for that matter. But you knew that it was fun and you want another go – and when that happens you start to see how they did it and begin to dissect it. And this is where the magic begins, where we first start learning, in picking apart what has been put before us. Not critics eyes, no. Just curious eyes.

Maybe your next plane doesn’t look like the one that your parents drew either, so you feverishly go back and erase it or grab a fresh piece of paper when your experiments start covering up the sheet that you had and try again. In doing so, studying their drawing, you see the general shape, the feel, which helps. Then you start again, drawing the wings and end up with something that more resembles taffy on a hot day than that sleek, vintage world war two era mustang that your dad drew.

But this isn’t a problem. Its learning. And it takes time.

We realize that our wings don’t look like theirs and wonder why. So, going back over them, realizing that they are shaped differently, like elongated water drops. Then you may ask why exactly their shaped like that, which would take you down another long avenue, sparking a whole different conversation. But one that would undoubtably help in drawing that aircraft that we were after. By simply wanting to learn how to draw a plane, even as a child, you can start to figure out what makes that plane fly and why, what makes it stay up in the air and not just fall straight down like an African Sparrow carrying a Coconut – which in turn only makes your art that much the better.

While sometimes we may want something to not look conventional, go out on a limb, say Dali or M.C. Escher as examples. While both of those people drew utterly bizarre and remarkable things – they were firmly rooted in some sort of world, generally ours to some extent or other, even if one that made little to no sense. Salvador Dali with his abstract clocks and creatures from other worlds, they still bore some logic, if unorthodox. His clocks just melted rather than told time. As for Escher – his illustrations merely defied the laws of physics and architecture – but still somehow in the end made a certain bizarre sense to the eyes. Both of these men knew the world, what it looked liked – and that gave them the ability to change it upon the canvas and art across the world.

You learn by observing, other’s work as well as your own. Its how we as artists get better. We ask questions so we learn. So to do we observe. Humans are after all a very visual creature, we like to see what we’re doing.

And the best part, whether you think that you’re the greatest that ever walked or just a humble person with a pen and paper, someone who just likes to dabble or who spends countless hours on just one project, whether you sell thousands of designs or just do a drawing for your childs amusement – everyone can be an artist. Everyone puts that hat on sometime in their life regardless of if they ever make a cent doing it. All it takes is a little time and effort to keep that hat on.

There are many more prints coming out soon! The above, Art is Messy, will soon be available in the shop. Till then, you can check out all of our other available prints here!

We’ve also got a page on Deviant Art as well now, so you can go join in the art and follow along there as well!

Ray Guns and Rockets!

Get ready to travel the Solar system in style with our new vintage-inspired travel posters! With a vintage sci-fi feel, they show the galaxy how it may once have been imagined, a place of exploration and adventure, were one could jump in their own rocket and go off for the weekend to see the moon – and who’s to say it still isn’t that way!

Dr. Lioniser's Proton Pulse Blaster X75 - 8x10 Print

Retro Sci-Fi Moon Travel Poster - 8x10 Print

With the first wave in the Ray Guns and Rockets series (yes, we’ve got plenty more coming soon), we’ll be releasing posters for the Sun, Mercury, Venus, The Moon and even Mars. With these, we’ll also be releasing our first few sets of stickers, with the promise of more sets on the horizon.

Retro Sci-Fi Mars Travel Poster - 8x10 Print

We’re also happy to announce that bigger prints will soon be out as well, printed on much larger, high quality, glossy paper to help show off which worlds that you’ve explored, sights that you’ve seen, or adventures that you’ve had – or the ones that you’re looking forward to!

4 Medium Retro Ray Gun Decals

We’ve also got plenty more of our typography prints in the works, so look forward to those as well! We’ll have more updates coming through the pipelines soon, so check back often and see what’s on the Horizon.

Retro Rockets Decal Collection

The New Prints are now available in the Store!