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Studio close….

I’m closing my studio, why? I’m starting a new chapter. It is a bit sad, having to get rid of my studio equipment. The packing up of my stuff was a bit emotional. I remember the fun had & the images created in there. The people, the arguments, the collaboration, the jokes, you name it. But all good things must come to an end.  

A new chapter begins; I want to try shooting on the move. See how that pans out. I’m dreading the experience, I won’t lie. I’m used to having my own space & being in control of things. Now I guess I’ll be left to the elements.  

I however see it as an adventure, not being too predictable; at least I’ll have a varied background every time I shoot. It’s a bit sad though seeing my studio empty, it feels weird. But that’s life I guess, it is what happens when you’re busy making plans.  I mean Covid did a number on us, that’s one of the reasons why I have been focusing more on drawings lately.  I have to say it has gotten better though, over the last couple of months. I hope our fans liked them, I know not everyone will but what can I say, variety is the spice of life.  

I’d like to use this opportunity to ask our fans and implore them to please bear with us during this transition period. We’ll continue to produce more photographs & art, although it may not be as frequent as it used to be. Until we eventually settle down.

2020 Plans….

What is in store for 2020 at Papishe Studios? Honestly I don’t know. Why? Because when it comes to creativity I believe you shouldn’t set boundaries, not for yourself or for others, just create on a consistent basis, which can be difficult. Don’t get me wrong I know what direction I want to take the Studio in general, but in terms of art it remains to be seen, which is ok. I think.

The photography is important but so is the art, we plan on doing more of that this year as opposed to previous years. We will also be doing this differently this year, how? more on that in due course. We also want to improve on the work being produced where possible. Yes, there may be less art works, but quality over quantity any day. 

Finally we would like to use this opportunity to thank our fans, clients & well-wishers all the best this New Year. 

What are your 2020 plans as an artist?

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Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year 2018

May the new year be better than the last, may we achieve more than we bargained for and may we be granted the strength to overcome all our obstacles that may be in our way. If we can’t, may we at least survive and live to tackle it on another day. Wishing all our fans a happy 2018 !!!

So you want to get better?

What does the following things have in common? being good at basketball, being good at any craft be it public speaking, art, music and so on. It all takes tremendous practice. Practice! Practice! Practice! It seems obvious but for some reason or the other we don’t do it. What can help is our ability to discipline yourself. As one of favorite motivational speaker Brian Tracy said
“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should so, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
If we need to get good at anything, the more hours we put into it the better we get. I remember the first time I started using my stylus for Photoshop, it seemed hopeless. This is someone who has always been used to drawing on a piece of paper while looking at the paper as opposed to drawing while looking at the screen and not my hands. It was a nightmare, but my goal was I want to learn to learn Photoshop and this was a skill I needed to learn. So I watched a couple of YouTube videos and started practicing. Now everything is now muscle memory and am happy I stuck with it.
To get good at anything you need to practice a lot. Below are some of my recommendations to help you get into the habit of practice
  1. Set up a specific place and time.
  2. Set up a specific place and let your environment encourage you to practice.
  3. Remind yourself of why you started in the first place.
  4. Practice whether you feel like it or not, you will have days that you may do a lot and you will have days where you do little, either way do something. I have days that I feel tired or not motived, on those days I draw a couple of lines and call it a day. However in most cases the few lines lead to actual work being done. Just because I started.
  5. Get inspiration from your mentors.
Below is a value study I did recently, yeah! yeah! She may not look like who she is supposed to be but I learnt something a lot about values and practiced a lot in the process of drawing it.
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