I tend to daydream about a bunch of different story ideas day and night. So, insofar as I am concerned, art is a vehicle that turns figments of daydreaming into something that can be seen with naked eyes. The bottleneck is how to gather some of these figments and bring them out of the sea of daydreaming. This involves not only putting them together into something cohesive, but finding the right set of artistic tools for them, and setting aside a stretch of time to draw.
These figments of daydreaming is quite diverse. They consist of impressions from movies, literatures, computer games, works of art from others, past memories, and so forth. As for the choice of artistic tools, the optimal choice seem to include two qualities: Simplicity and something that I can feel as an extension of myself.
The more comic pages I complete, the more the story that I have drawn feels like it has acquired a 'life' of its own. This 'life' is important in that I generally do not follow the top-down approach; I do not bother with character sheets nor story scripts. Instead, I make things up as I go. This state of near-spontaneity makes drawing worthwhile and fun.
Blackrosekane89Featured By OwnerNov 8, 2012Professional General Artist
For me, art has been a huge source of validation. It's something I know I am good at. When I have felt less then worthwhile, insecure, indecisive, whatever I can turn to my artwork for reassurance that I am good at something. I am knowledgeable in this. I also didn't attend college until I was 22, I enrolled in art school and I am doing incredibly well in school. I'm in my second year. Doing well in school has done wonders for my self esteem and feeling of self worth.
I'm still in high shcool so my mindset is super simple, I feels good drawing art so i do it again and again, i want to do it for the rest of my life . However i doo look forward for business opportunities ( which is hard as fuck ) since i don't have money or that i'm popular.
Im trying to really open myself up more, but also trying to tighten up my drawings. I think Im pretty ok on values and seeing it, but my line work if Im ever going to present it, it just does not look very good. Only if I draw it with a pen over my old sketch, its fine.
Pretty much, its technical a bit, though I reference alot. And mostly what has worked is not being selfish and really thinking outside of the box and yet with alot of logical thinking. Its that mental thinking I feel is what makes art special. Like green is not truely green, its a mix of blue and yellow. Figures are not just round, grey is not just grey, etc. It helps to make my art look alot better then my old work.
Its also, I find alot that I can apply many things to art, and the exact opposite too. It fun to find the connections I enjoy.
I try to not think about what other people want me to draw and instead think about what would make me happy, and what I'd be proud to show them... Idk, I want to draw good art so that I can make other people happy, but me, too.
EVERYTHING I see potentially becomes part of another project in my head. I'm a huge fan of transformation, found art, mixed-media, and up-cycling. The mind of an artist is the mind of a dreamer, a creator, and a visionary IMO. We think outside of time and space, the universe is "the box" and we dare to bend it into what we dream. I've been asked why I do what I do and how. The answer is simple: I put part of myself into every creation, and when the customer takes it home it's really me inspiring them to keep dreaming every time they look at my work and smile.
I love the feeling of creating something special. Often, I feel like I'm tackling a challenge, and it needs to be overcome. My most challenging pieces have been ones that I've been afraid to do, so I feel like I've conquered the world fora little while when its done. It's an amazing feeling!
Have you ever heard of something called intrinsic motivation? Its what we all go through as we create something. First you're excited to tackle the challenge, setting up your piece and starting to see it form. Then right around the middle, you start to hate it and think you're the worst artist in the world. But then you push through that and get it finished, and that's when you get the greatest feeling in the world, of success. That's at least what I go through!
I like what you are saying but to me the special thing about art is not necessarily the moment of creation, it's the ability to think like a creator for even the most menial task; maybe a sort of outlook or seeing the world in a different way. Something alont these lines
I love to be in the mindset you described, and I often am if I'm drawing for myself. And then at some point crippling self doubt comes in, and my inspiration slowly fizzles away, no matter how much I push myself. And then I call it done! But if it's for school I'm usually thinking: o god, this will never be good enough, everyone else is better than me. I should just go die. And if I'm drawing something for someone else: o god I don't want to do this, it's such a stupid concept. And they're stupid and I hate them. O, and it will never be good enough for them. I should just go die.
How I think as an artist.. hmm.. I tend to over-think everything outside of art, but when actually drawing I usually don't focus a whole lot on what I'm doing, just sort of.. do it XD I find it helps things to go along a bit faster when my mind has a bit of something else to listen to. (Drawing in class, anyone? )
Well, this year I started college, so most of the time when I'm drawing I'm thinking 'I don't have time for this, I should be doing my homework, I have to study for my exams' and the like. But apart from things like that, I try to focus a little bit on the technical aspect of it. I think of what colors look good together, what reference could I use for what I'm doing, etc.
That's during the process. When I'm finished, I think 'Well, in a pair of weeks I'll hate this one, but right now I love it! ' Finishing a drawing makes feel accomplished, and finishing a painting is even better. Last year I left a painting that needed some details, and started another. Time passed, and I finished that painting in my last painting class of the year, along with another one I had been painting that month. The feeling of finishing two paintings at the same time, I was in bliss.