This Artist Admits She’s Not Much of a Planner

Victoria Johnson’s Instagram page is a place of creativity and serenity. It is also a place of plentitude, adorned in floral patterns. “There are always too many ideas and not enough time,” admitted the illustrator and designer (a comment said in passing in an interview with Lake).

Indeed, the years have seen Johnson experimenting creatively in a variety of mediums. These include working as a scenery painter, a window dresser, and a portrait artist amongst other creative jobs. “It sounds pretentious but it really always was a part of who I am and how I identified myself – the person who can draw/is artistic,” she observes. “My mom is very creative. She definitely encouraged me by providing limitless art supplies.”

Creativity, in Johnson’s case, also means leaving room for intuition and playfulness. “I like to explore a lot,” she says, “try new materials, play with layers and texture, then let the outcome determine the finished piece. I also like spontaneity. I’m not much of a planner.”

But sometimes, the best outcome comes with no roadmap. With a staggering 55k followers on Instagram and commercial clients as big as Anthropologie, Hallmark, and the Land of Nod, Johnson’s spontaneity has clearly paid off. Take a look for yourself:

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Thinking about the pros and cons of a daily sketch practice.⁠ .⁠ I posted a pic of my new second-hand pots the yesterday – that I want to paint. This is an imaginary pot I painted a while back. It's from a sketchbook I kept while I renovated my house and had home-related stuff on my mind and not much time to do anything else.⁠ .⁠ I want to attempt a daily sketch practice again – even though I already feel I have too much to do at any given moment. Thought I'd share my thoughts and see what you think. Below are my pros and cons.⁠ .⁠ I'm curious to know what you think @augustwren @ohn_mar_win and @estemacleod – as seasoned daily sketch pros.⁠ .⁠ ____________________________________⁠ .⁠ PROS⁠ .⁠ It's a relaxing way to start the day, gently painting for 30 mins before you leap into a massive todo list.⁠ .⁠ Each sketch becomes part of a huge image bank, that you can draw on time and time again.⁠ .⁠ It's a low stakes way of creating art that permits you to experiment and discover new things.⁠ . ⁠ Quite a lot of the 'sketches' get bought or licensed.⁠ .⁠ You will never struggle to find something to post on Instagram!⁠ .⁠ ____________________________________⁠ .⁠ CONS⁠ .⁠ There aren't enough hours in the day.⁠ .⁠ It's too stressful to not address the most pressing needs immediately.⁠ .⁠ It's a spontaneous, unplanned way of working that's less polished.⁠ .⁠ It requires a huge amount of self-discipline in a world of distractions.⁠ .⁠ It's not always possible to feel enthusiastic or inspired.⁠ .⁠ ____________________________________⁠ .⁠ Who's for and who's against? Or more likely, who's for but just can't manage it for some reason! I'm curious to hear what you think.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #dailysketchbook⁠ #sketchbookpractice⁠ #painteveryday⁠ #lovetopaint⁠ #dailysketch⁠ #arteveryday

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