Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Time We Live In.

Time.



Is it the artist’s


friend?

... or enemy?



I have a theory about artists and time.



If an artist has one day



or one week



or one month



he/she will do the same exact piece.



It’s all about decisions and choices.


Which layout?

Which color?

Where is the light source?



Thousands of tiny choices…



All of which will either make a great piece or a shit one.



Make it or break it


..one step at time…




The question is how long does it take you to decide?



Experience seems to rule the day.

The more you’ve done it the easier it will be for you to decide.

Stands to reason.



But I’m off the topic…



So how long does it take to make the right choice?


I venture to say it takes as much time as you have.



Within reason…



I’ve often seen artists do their best work when they have no time..



I’ve seen it in my own work..

When your back is against the wall




you start using your instincts.




You trust your feelings and you rely on what you actually know..


Use the force biatch!!!



I guess that flows into a deeper question.


How much do you trust your own instinct?



That’s the bridge every artist must cross in their lives.



How do you know what you are doing is right?



The truth of the matter is…

It’s all in the eye of the beholder…


For example you could be a cat who draws graffiti style and everyone talks shit about your anatomy..

ignoring the time you put into the design of the letters or the technique you used on the color work...

But they are missing the message…

And is that not the essence of art…




Communicating an idea…


All draftsmanship does is add authenticity to your message.



The message can be larger than technique and draftsmanship…



…but ignoring them can weaken what you are saying…



so let your heart power your style…
..but keep your mind on the techniques and draftsmanship…

Eyes wide shut…

In the end it’s about finding and trusting your inner artistic voice and having the courage to let it out.

It also takes the mental toughness to learn the technical side of your craft so you have the abilities to realize your ideas and to fully express your imagination.

No short cuts…

No cheat codes…

In a world that seems to be going faster and faster it’s hard to imagine that I’m sitting here saying you need to slow down and take the time to do the ground work…

Think about the time in which we live in….

Think of the Web.

Every technique has a tutorial

Every style is out there…

Reference abounds…

Think about the computer.

Photoshop

Painter

Illustrator

Maya

No wonder I can go on the Internet and see a 14 year old kid in Russia that can draw better than Range Murata…

All your best ideas are out there for you to create,

All your best artwork has yet to be done.

All the concepts and creations are floating out there for you to grab and make whole.


Just make time for it…





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