Thursday, March 20, 2008

the Secret to ART

yep, here it is. after years of study i found the secret. it's profoundly simple once you have mileage under the belt.

  • know your visual goal (what are you interested in? form, light?)
  • take your time. let the brain guide the hand. don't aimlessly scribble. s l o w d o w n...be deliberate.
  • really be present. if your thinking about something other than what you're trying to depict you're not really there. give what you are doing your full attention. do each step thoroughly and completely before moving on.
  • don't be too attached to the outcome. a tricky one because you always, always want to do your best but solving the task at hand will get you there. this isn't an excuse to do bad work by the way. like i said, tricky.
well, that's easy :) happy hunting

5 Comments:

Blogger Jeff Z said...

Hahahaha... yeah, that sure is easy!

Now tell my Lead and my Art Director that this is what I'll have to do to give them what they really want. That'll go over well... :)

(Not scoffing, you're 100% right, but you know how it is sometimes...)

10:12 AM  
Blogger A.R.T. aka Autumn Rain said...

Brilliant. Thanks, now where is the easy button? You know, the one that everyone seems to think every computer has that makes us artists the guy who just presses the button.

Thanks for the insight. Very handy.

10:16 AM  
Blogger robh said...

i feel your pain jeff

11:18 AM  
Blogger Sam Nielson said...

Really interesting thoughts. I think I have trouble with the slow down part. I'm always just scribbling, scribbling, until it turns out mediocre enough that I don't hate it any more.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Billy George said...

Hardest part for me is the first one- being clear about my visual goal. I know I want it to be cool...but getting specific about it is hard. I usually have three or four versions of the image in my mind that are cool for different reasons- my finish ends up being a watered down mishmash of all of them, possesing none of the strength that each one had individually.

10:08 PM  

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