Hello again. Over the past few weeks, I've asked my followers on social media to send me some questions so I could do a Q&A. As much as I honestly want to write 5-10 articles a week, my schedule doesn't really allow it. So I figured each question could be like a mini article. Instead of guessing what topics to write about, questions coming directly from you guys makes it more satisfying to read because they're direct topics.
1) "What’s one piece of advice you would give your younger self when you first started as an artist?"
BE QUICK BUT DON'T HURRY. I've said this quote before but that's because I meant it. Whenever you quit your job to paint pictures for a living, you tend to internally freak the fuck out. You rush projects, force ideas and think the world has ended because you don't have your own museum by the first month. It's very easy to get down on yourself when you're scrambling around. Good things take time, eventually you'll also learn to work smarter, not harder.
2) "How do you overcome artist’s block and prevent losing motivation to create?”
This answer kind of stems from #1. Everyone is bound to run into a creative wall, it happens, it's natural. I'm really big on not forcing ideas or concepts and letting them develop how they were supposed to. I've created a little fool-proof (for me) cycle for when the creativity isn't there. I take a day or two off and study. Like study everything. I'll study artists, random techniques, and just the bare principles of art. I honestly used to think some of that stuff was kind of boring, but learning all of the new info and experimenting lets your brain unwind and usually tends to send a new wave of creativity. It's like rekindling the flame and you get a whole new lesson in art which naturally makes those uncreative and unmotivated spans shorter and shorter.
3) “How does the actual art world differ from the art world of social media (i.e Instagram)?"
This is an amazing question and very delicate. And in terms of length in making art that's for sale, I'm not exactly the most qualified. Let me start by saying that I can honestly appreciate alllllll art. I respect anyone and everyone that makes art and is willing to share it with the world. *Disclaimer* This is a general answer and there are way too many circumstances and individual intentions that change this answer 82378 different ways. In my opinion, the art world and social media world of art differ by your intentions. Example: Are you trying to be an artist that hangs in galleries around the world, or are you wanting to do it as a hobby or part-time gig? There are artists on IG that have hundreds of thousands of followers, they make realistic drawings of spider-man and Adele (still impressive!) but unfortunately you're not going to see it in a big gallery, winning historic and creative accolades or creating a movement.. They might not care, and that's absolutely okay. There are also artists who create masterpieces that bring in an amazing amount of money, recognition and influence but have maybe 3-10k followers. They might not even have instagram. But in the art world, they are the person mentioned early with hundreds of thousands of followers. There are so many different ways you can spin this answer but the main point is level of committment, do you want to be a professional or keep it at a hobby? Either way, don't stop creating.
4) “Do you feel a certain type of pressure to deliver a better painting than the last? If so where does that pressure come from?”
Of course. Every minute of every day. I'm a ridiculously competitive person. Probably way too competitive to be an artist honestly. It will probably end up getting me in trouble because I always want to be the best, and in art technically there is no "best artist". BUT! What keeps this obsession (somewhat) healthy is that I'm always competing against myself. I'm not trying to compete against 10 different artists, because guess what? I'm not them! I won't ever be them. But the good news is that they're not me either. You can get very tangled in the ropes of jealously and drown in a river of second thinking when you start comparing yourself to every artist around you.
“What’s one characteristic/trait every artist or creative should have?"
Confidence. It's essential. It's 70% the reason I am where I am. So many people are scared to put work out there because they think it's not good enough or someone will hate it. If you don't put your work out there, how are you supposed to grow? You'll never be able to please everyone, get the fuck over it. < Example of my confidence. I'm not afraid to say what I want in the manner that I want. I don't like making personal decisions based on others happiness. And I'll make damn sure I never make art to make sure everyone is pleased. That's just me. Everyone is different, but everyone can use confidence successfully in art.
If you noticed, this is only part one. I plan on doing a few more Q&A posts so leave any new questions and feedback below!