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I've been thinking a lot lately about the nature of how I make and view art, and how other artists make and view art.

Between my day job (at a famous design house where I do NO art related work) and online talks and discussions with artist friends in various mediums I realized that for some reason a lot of artists get stressed about their art and the "creative process", whatever that is to each individual.

After thinking about and discussing this several times in the last few weeks I came to the conclusion that I think there is a HUGE gap between "design" and "art". While close to the traditional definitions, I view the two as follows.

"Design" is any work whether painted, digitally drawn, sewn, played on an instrument or written that has a defined goal. By that I mean, when it is completed, it is SUPPOSED to look/sound like something that has been predefined.

"Art" is something that is created solely for the purpose of it's creation. There is no set "goal" to the piece, other than to make the piece.

Back in high school my favorite art teacher used to tell me to "loosen up" all the time. So I'd change my line work, shading, etc. He'd tell me I didn't get it, and I didn't.

Years later, I have finally come to understand what he meant.

Let the piece be what it wants to be.

There is no right or wrong in "art". There IS in "design", in fact that's largely the point of "design". When you worry about getting things "right" instead of letting them become what they want to become, stress is inevitable. Loosen up.

Looking at art this way will lessen the stress and burnout some of my friends and co-workers seem to go through.

I've been lucky to never have those feelings.

As Bruce Lee said, "Be water my friend".


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United States
Freelance artist that specializes in horror and erotic comics. Always looking for new customers and commissions. Check out .

Current Residence: Portland Maine


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mykel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hey Nate! Still up to no good? :D
DrPayne Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'd say at this point I'm at about 15% good, 50% no good, and 35% reeks of adaquacity!
zefrenchdiablo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Nice work on the marvelasses ! More to come ?
DrPayne Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hope to, perhaps in the next month or two. I'll send out a bulletin when I do!
solesito210 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
I want your good proposal
DrPayne Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Send me an e-mail at if you would like to talk business!
SteFozz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
nice gallery
take a look at my work and note me. We could do a peice if ya like
mykel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch Nate. :)
xIguanax Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006
Thanks for fav :kiss:
wildplaces Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
Thanks a lot for the Tash fave.
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