The times of a lone artist toiling away for a rich patron is dated. Today there are so many more ways to be an artist. Through technology artists can be community leaders, social activists, brands, public speakers and so much more. I think if anything that artists today have a duty to do more than just create artwork, to create outside of their primary practice - we have such a great oppertunity that it'd be a waste not to use it. These creations outside the studio then feed
You're a lone badass artist. You toil late at night and early in the morning. You're a creative, a business owner, an authority... I think singular vision is an incredibly great thing. But for all that I value independence and artists having full control and insight into their practice - you just can't do it alone. Because often we are so focused we loose sight of the whole picture - so high up above the clouds our work never makes it down to earth. If you're like me then you
Sounds weird. But It's kind of true. If you never finish a piece of work (like so many of us do) then you only have a piece of the whole map... Let me explain. When you haven't ever created a certain work in a certiain media before or have relatively little experience in it, you have a tonne of assumptions about it - about how to do it, what it will look like at the end and how long this will all take... Everything you know is wrong though. I'd say a big part about getting be
Being self-employed doesn't work if you aren't disciplined. Discipline equals freedom - the more strict you are with your time and self, the more flexible you can be with it... But sometimes you just can't beat the distractions - most of us work with computers and it is the internet's sworn duty to disturb this discipline... The internet gives us lots of choice, lots of things to do - it's greatest feature. Also it's greatest blight. Having choice kills disipline - it saps y
When you're beginning your creative career, you want to get gud - real fast.. So you look around and see all of these experts doing 'studies' - pumping out smaller, rougher works based around an idea, another artist, subject matter or medium.... You think great! Let me get started then... And then you begin and slowley loose interest - you understand why you need to draw models hundreds of times if you want to be a figurative painter but the process of looking at reference on
Wanting to get better at creative tasks has this effect of completly destroying your enjoyment of it... When it moves from being something you look forward to to something you actively avoid. The truth is that your really shouldn't be doing it if you hate it that much... Think about the painting you've set out to do - what about it puts you off starting it so much? Is it the expectation? The inevitable failure? Because you'd rather be doing something else? I think if you want
Being a C++ developer, it is so easy and very attractive to reinvent the wheel. The coding language gives you more control and low level functionality than any other out there - and you want to use that to it's fullest... C++ attracts this kind of thinking. I ditched Python years ago because it just didn't give me what I wanted - if you use C++ you can code from the ground up, it is a beacon for do-it-yourself types or more accurately I-want-to-do-it-my-way types... With code
When I meet talented creatives I am often struck by just how good techically they are... They're able to so quickly hone in on some kind of arresting detail or composition or mood. They're able to do it seemingly effortlessly... Creating is like breathing to them... The thing that underpins their mastery is their constant level of creation - they just never stop... When one thinks of that, of never stopping creating, it feels like so much effort, like a burden - These people
I previously wrote about when you make artwork, that you must have a process laid out in your mind built from a vivid final mental image and working back from that to where you are.... Once you know what your endpoint is, how do you get there? Whatever medium you work in you must ask the question 'what effects do I have at my disposal and which do I need?'. The only way you can know what effects you can make is by experimnting A LOT. The effect of perspective by drawing lines
There are 2 times you say yes to a habit. The first is when you initially put it into practice and try it out - do you even enjoy it? is it suitable to the way you live? will it actually give you the benifits you need? Then there is the second - the dip. When you've kept it up for a while but it begins to grind on you. Maybe over the long term it just isn't viable? The initial excitement is gone and now it's just very boring, it takes too much time... You forget your purpose.
When making artwork, forcing something to look a certain way is not only a great way to get frustrated but is also a missed oppertunity... You must get detailed, have an incredibly vivid and specific image in your mind's eye - then logically work backwards from that endpoint to where you are now... It is that simple. But too often when we are not masters of a medium we aimlessly dribble with it - scribbling, needlesly shading, adding random colours or a copious amount of time
You may think that don't a painting a day, or whatever your creations are, seems far too simple to have as a profound effect as it does.... Your cynical senses kicks in; 'this is too easy, there has to be some kind of catch, some kind of massive effort I must exert'... But no. It really is that simple. If you do a little everyday your progress explodes over time... No amount of words can really capture this phenomena. It is somethig you will have to expereince for yourself...
Because if you were not, there would be no progress - our collective best has already been acheived, it's a sad thought... We are faster than ever before, smarter and more technically skilled... In using technology to bootstrap this betterment we must make sure to not loose valuable lessons of the past; patience, determination, observation and empathy. While also not letting the past hold us in chains and determie our paths, both in our individual lives and our collective one
Comparison is a powerful effect. I can't go one second without seeing someone elses better life or skills or wealth or acheivements... Once you start down this hole you can really get stuck there. You are your own worst critic, and it is vicous... This critic, this voice, despite being cutting, is also very dumb. It's source of power comes from superficial ideas and more often than not our own asumptions. We willingly destroy ourselves using scarce information, a tiny, edited
As a cross-media artist and software developer I find it hard to separate my tools from what it is I provide. They are a deeply engrained part of my work and it's vital focus (for now)... But this way of thinking limits me. While it is great from a tool-developer's perspective it is constraining from an artist's... It puts the HOW before the WHY. This has been a concious choice for me for the past year in my attempt to work towards a creative process and toolset that would al