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    Building A Repository Of Effects

    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 in a certain arrangement, the effect of light on water by drybrushing your oils after several layers....


    Whatever the medium, creating is fundamentally the composing of effects. And the only way to know what to do to get to any reasonable endpoint is to have a massive repository, a memory bank, of previous effects you can then replicate, combine and remix (to make wholly new effetcs too!)...


    Ya just gotta make lotsa art kid....


    This sounds like common knowledge but this is exactly why you're not as good as the aritsts you admire yet - you don't have the expereince, you must start small to get big...


    And within those small studies, the ones where you learn new effects, they themselves rely on a vivid endpoint and process similar to any other (though less certain for sure)..


    This fractal process is essentially one of hypothesis (I want this so I will do this with my brush) and then testing (it did/didn't work) - the more exploratory the creation the more likley your hypothesis is wrong, the more authored you wish to make it the more testing you will need to succeed beforehand, building your repository of effects...


    When you don't have many effects to pull from, your control of the piece is haphazard and chaotic - your're not fully reponsible for the end result, you couldn't repeat it a second time....


    If you build a repository of effects, then the amount of control you have is entirely up to you, allowing you the most freedom an artist could possibly have.


    From doing ths exploratory work, I can reproduce this effect towards a more fully formed piece.

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