How to be an Artist

July 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

What started this

I've been asked more than once to explain exactly how I compose my shots/ set up my rig for specific shots. Truth is, I'm not sure if I can't say or if I just don't want to; because the moment you start doing what someone else does, you're not creating, you're just copying. There are acceptable times and places for that, but it's more rare and most of the time it's just theft. Unfortunately it happens a lot in this day and age. 

My advice for artistic growth 

The best advice I can give you if you're looking to build your own, is to build on to your own.
 

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You have a choice; you can compare your work to the work of others and adapt their techniques into your design, or you can take a more beautifully, independent path; one that offers more fun and satisfaction. The way I do it is this; I admire other artist's work, but I usually don't pick it apart. The only artist's work I look at in a thoroughly critical way, is mine.

 

Each time I take a photo, write an article, cook a meal, make a video or write a song; I think about what I've done in the past and then use my only rule to building my art; either try one new technique or improve on an old one. It takes time, but it never fails. The more I do it, the better I get. And part of what makes art fun is that I never know what the results are going to be until I see the final product. It constantly breathes new life into my own experience and keeps my art from going stale. 

 

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Final thought 

The right way to be an artist doesn't come from a class on how to use a piece of software. It doesn't come from popularity. An artist is not made by the money or attention they may generate. An artist is made right there in the moment when the creation begins to take shape and a decision is made; "Do I want to push myself into a mold, or do I want to open up my own heart and soul and pour it into what I create?" One is just craft. The other is art. 

Thanks for reading :) 

 

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