As an artist, do you believe in the concept of the Muse? (Individual, rather than mythical.)
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Published: January 20, 2012
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John-Curtis-Ryan's avatar
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John-Curtis-Ryan's avatar
plain and simple ... you have to be inspired to be an artist (: 
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sumgie1's avatar
There are these moments when suddenly I get an idea, I like it, I want to fulfil it. This is what I call inspiration and a visitation of a muse. And I suppose that is what commonly people mean by it.
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oi101's avatar
oi101|Hobbyist Photographer
i have a muse the are real
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ianvicknair|Professional Digital Artist
what is muse?
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dcwttaoo1's avatar
A muse excites the mind like no other.
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JonathanWyke| General Artist
I tend to find that many things inspire me in different ways. I was playing Madden recently, and the fella holding the downsboard on the load screen inspired me - it's his hair - it's so random in the way it comes out from under his hat. I would never have drawn it like that, but now often look to inject a little random messiness when I draw hair. However, I also think the muse concept is rather overthought and over relied upon too much. I've been a designer for years and an illustrator for less, and I simply cannot spare the time to sit around waiting for inspiration to strike. Sketching, mood boards and brainstorming have to 'force' inspiration.

Perhaps because I think of myself an an illustrator rather than burden myself with the rather loaded title of artist that I think inspriration comes from work. I'd rather be a craftsman than an artist I'm afraid.
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IanStruckhoff|Professional General Artist
I definitely believe in moments of inspiration, and that's a great example. It can come from the strangest places. For me, it's often visuals-- though sometimes, short phrases pop into my head and stuck with me until I submit and turn them into a story.

However, I was more asking about the idea of a Muse as a person. In my photography, most of the models I worked with became a "muse" for the day, but if I have ever had something like that long term it has been a while.

My theory-- A Muse is when the Artist part of the brain falls in love, and the rest of the brain doesn't.
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JonathanWyke| General Artist
Aha, perhaps. I had a life-class a few years back in London and loved drawing one of the models in partcular, but that may have been down to her ability as a model rather than any muse-status. I suspect that, rather sadly, I'm too prosaic in my approach to drawing.
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IanStruckhoff|Professional General Artist
I'd say rather than you have a charming humility about your place as an artist
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i definitely believe in muses, but each artist is different. some people will only have one muse, even if they dont realize it; others will find inspiration in a thousand different forms, each completely unique. some few will have no insppiration whatsoever, no muse at all, but their simple skill at creation will be seen as art in someone else's eyes.
as for me personally, i think my muse is more of a vague idea than anything else. (u also have to take into account that i produce poetry for the most part, i barely make mediocrity when it comes to visual art). it has evolved bit by bit over the years for me, but there is always a sort of spark of light hidden deep in darkness. typically that darkness is environmental or situational, and the light is something like love or hope, but its not quite the cliche with me because sometimes it is the darkness itself that is good, versus the light. idk, but i think that that overlying fact indicates two things that inspire me: the fact (yes, FACT) that good and evil/etc are entirely dependant on perspective and an assumed set of rules (i.e. morals), and the love i have for rebellion and freedom and standing alone and strong and proud when everything else outshines you.
...hm... seems i got a bit off the point here, but oh well.

important points in response to the question of "muse"
- muses do exist, although each artist is unique in both the identity of his/her muse and how many muses he/she has.
- my own personal muse is the reverse of the cliched "light in the dark", being the struggles of darkness in the light.
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thelittledeadgirl666|Student General Artist
I really think that the 'muse' is something that many artists have interacted with, but don't really remember. What made you FIRST start drawing? Not just doodles, but really drawing and really loving it and thinking "hey, I can be good at this". I think that is the most basic form of a muse. After that there are many muses. What inspires each artist to make each piece in each individual way, different and unique unto themselves as an creative person, is yet another muse. If one were to really look at it, it may all be connected and ascribed to some higher power or spiritual or artistic force, or it may remain as completely separate and disconnected things, held deep within the creative process of each piece and each time. That really depends on the person and the artist.

No matter which artist you look at you will usually see some over-arching theme, if not a an entire style, representative of what first and continues to inspire that artist. Sometimes it's incredibly subtle, especially if that artists is now a professional, drawing for others what they want to see. Or sometimes it's all consuming in their work and shows like a great neon sign on a page. I would go as far as to say that those signs are like the fingerprints of the muse, a sign of the source of inspiration.

Personally I have always been inclined toward and attracted by darker imagery, but I didn't really find a muse or inspiration until I began to explore the relative balance between opposing forces, most notably light and darkness. Not just in the picture, as in the play of shadow and light, but also in symbols and even direct representations like demons and angels. That is not to say that I am a religious or spiritual person, although I do think that on some level I am (especially as an artist), it's just that is what captures my imagination and spurs me into creativity as an artist. It lead me as a child to turn my sadness into happy images, and later my happiness into playfully dark and twisted things. So I would have to say that personally my muse is the dichotomy of the world. It may sound a little pretentious, but that is just my perspective :giggle:
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jesifer9|Hobbyist Photographer
i considered it to be a myth until about a year ago. i was at work and a young girl came into the shop needing a cover-up of a horrible tribal tattoo that she had just above her pubic mound. i suggested the usual cop-out cover-up that every tattoo artist suggests for shit like that, flowers. i really didnt want to fuck with it because what she had was so bad, but she sneered at the idea of flowers. so i asked her what shed prefer and she told me "anything but flowers, im not a "girly girl" you can do whatever you want i just want this gone( now ive had hundreds of clients tell me to do whatever i want but it never inspires me as much as she did)" so i instantly got started sketching ideas and it just keeps growing, anytime i say "you know what we should do?" she says "fuck yeah! this is your art just go man" and im still to this day working on her body-suit her and i became friends and i was bored one day and asked her if shed be willing to pose nude so i can show a fellow "photographer" a few things about his camera, he is just starting out and for some reason likes my work(probably cuz its just naked women, cuz im not that good. lol). at the shoot, instantly (once again) there was something about her that inspired the hell out of me. so i started shooting her all the time, i couldnt stop, every idea that popped into my mind was because of her to the point that i didnt even care if it was a nude shoot or not it was like her and i were more "ourselves" when we were shooting or i was tattooing her like our souls are completely connected. her presence or even just thinking about her made me want to create art and i honestly think my greatest art has been created because of her. since she has been out of my life i have had artists block and the one shoot that i have done since she left (my sexy freddy shoot) was planned when she was in my life. so yes i believe in the concept of a Muse!
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sioperator's avatar
I'd like to comment but when person play the role. Not important what role. The role. He or she is become the role. He or she is not THE role he or she is hers in print of the role. And the out coming is abaut her personality. It's hard to get . When they do it in their mind the role become live.
Whatever they wear or play. Can you get it on draw or take the picture what release the mean of the role what the person are playing. It's is THE art.
I think.
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Exnihilo-nihil|Professional Writer
Muse is only a conception of the mind. If it was not the case, few artists would meet their muses. But we all have one. So it's a fantasy, the person embodying the muse is a pretext. But a necessary pretext.
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IanStruckhoff|Professional General Artist
The problem with saying something is subjective is that in so doing, you aren't really commenting on whether it's real.
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Exnihilo-nihil|Professional Writer
My english is too poor, if think i'll be better in french. I apologize for that. I dont use the term "subjective", because all is a gift of the perception. I say, no, it's not real "per se" ("en soi"), but the intention is real. She need someone to be incarnated. It's better like taht ? If not, I write a short texte in french, I translate with a book (and google :D) - no pb. say me.
Frantz.

(PS : love your works.)
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