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I was originally going to post these questions on DA, until I broke away from my curse of insanity and realized that to get true feedback from live, blooming artists that I should come here.
I'm not sure if posting questions like this is against the rules, as I never read rules when I register to forums.
Question 1: As an artist, do you feel that you use a canvas as a conduit for expressing your emotions? Disregard this if you specialize in visual culture.
Question 2: What is the best advice you could give to any artists just waiting to bud?
At least Icarus tried!
My Process: Dead Rider Graphic Novel (Dark Horse Comics) plus oil paintings, pencils and other goodies:
My "Smilechild" Music. Plus a medley of Commercial Music Cues and a Folksy Jingle!:
Thank you both for your replies.
I'm not much of an art person, I prefer writing, and I really wish there was a site like this for writers.
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My answers to your 2 questions:
1) Sometimes. I paint when I'm bored or because I'm inspired. Or I am hoping to get money for it.
2) Practice, practice, practice. Also, spend some time networking and making connections.
1) It's like being a session musician. Sometimes when you play you really feel the music in your bones. And sometimes you don't and you play anyway because somebody hired you to and you're a professional, dammit. I put a lot of store in this definition of professionalism. Then again, I grew up in Nashville.
2) Waiting to bud? What the hell? What are you waiting for?
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
Thank you kindly for your contribution. I really enjoy what you're doing here.
You guys do intimidate me a bit, though.
1) I don't use my art as a conduit for expressing my emotions. My emotions are fairly predictable and of not much interest to anyone. However, I do try very hard to elict an emotional response from whoever views my art. I don't attempt to evoke any particular emotion, and I don't particularily want to know what the emotion was. Just to have provoked an emotional response is enough.
2) Just keep drawing / painting / sculpting / whatever. Don't wait until you "bud", just do it. And keep doing it!
The truth will set you free,
but first it's gonna piss you off!