Selling Your Soul... to the Art DevilArtists who do not stand up for their principles trade a piece of their authenticity. In this true story, I tell about my brush with selling out for a grade.
I had an instructor in my last year of art school who hated the fact that I liked to paint people.
He told me that it had all been done before, it was old fashioned, nobody cared, I was dumb, etc. etc...so I finally stopped bringing my paintings to class.
I had gotten really disappointing grades from him due to his biases, and could hardly contain myself through his laborious critiques of halfhearted sketches, kooky high-jinks and tom-foolery submitted by my fellow classmates.
When the final senior project was due, I was at a loss. What could I do to mess with this guy, I wondered. What could I do to get the grade I deserved?
I was driving a groovy old car at the time...
One morning while traveling to school on the freeway at top speeds, I heard a horrible sound and felt that something was dragging from my undercarriage
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?
Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are:
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby.
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment.
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they would understand.