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AleiaDN
11-11-2016, 12:46 AM
Hi friends,

I am looking for some opinions and experiences. I am an artist who has been out of art school for five years. I studied unconventionally in an interdisciplinary program. I studied the conversations of socially conscious artists and conceptual artists, complimented with formal drawing/painting/mediums classes. My cousin, who is an illustration artist described my experience as a condensed bfa and mfa with not enough information in either area. Which I do feel is accurate as I am trying to connect the dots of what is important to me within my art, and how I can create it better.

I am interested in many different concepts and mediums and am trying to find my ground as an artist, i.e. what I do. As I feel like in order to have a strong identity as an artist it is better at first to stick with a single concept or medium.

I am also interested in the conversation of different types of artist, formal, hobbyists, crafters, and everything in between. I feel myself drawn to all areas and pulled around the spectrum as I try to find my identity as an artist. I currently am interested in the concept of value and why we place value on certain things/thoughts/such, and not others, and what changes that. Does this have to define what I do as an artist in order to have a consistent portfolio? How does one variate from different themes or mediums without loosing identity?

Thanks for reading!!

forever a student?

abt2k15
11-11-2016, 04:10 AM
sounds to me you are more into psychology hehe being an artist is as simple as saying out loud i am an artist. some people might disagree or dont believe you but this is their problem. its only your problem if you rely on them to support you ( buying your artworks - providing information whatever support you require ). then you can decide if you compel your art to be more in line to what your audience expects it to be or keep doing whatever pleases you. both of the options will result in your unique art even if you changed it by taking consideration of outside influence what you create will still always and forever be your creation hence you simply cannot lose your identity ever regardless of what you do.

it also comes down to what you want to achieve. i assume you like digital media since you put concept art as a tag into the thread. lately concept art is a wild spread term and people often think about illustrations but calling it concept art. from what i have read and heard, even had some hangout discussions with people doing it, it is a highly competetive field that at the moment gets dumped down to productivity at the cost of quality/ innovations. photobash is a huge term there. it comes down to producing a shitload of things fast.

as for the portfolio - this also highly depents on where you want to apply. some houses have a certain preference regarding style which you wuold need to pull off with your pieces. tweak your portfolio towards what the people that are suppose to hire you are looking for ( or currently doing ). alot of people that want to go into videogame industry would do alot of fanart from the franchises of the company they are interested in working for. you get the drift.

if you just want to become a godlike artist - study the f out of it and work hard. master the craft you are interested in and git gud. make yourself known with what the internet has to offer like streaming, instagram and whatnot and if its good enough people will mire eventually. make alot of contacts. the more you interact socially the more you will get acknowledged in what you do. sounds so easy when i type it but yeah thats what i got out of other peoples experience. theres lots of videos regarding that matter.

the best thing to improve imho is to get into contact with other artists. finally : never dispair. rinse and repeat /cheers

Mel_Robertson
11-11-2016, 09:05 AM
I currently am interested in the concept of value and why we place value on certain things/thoughts/such, and not others, and what changes that.
Does this have to define what I do as an artist in order to have a consistent portfolio? How does one variate from different themes or mediums without loosing identity?

You don't have to put your time into 1 line of thought, your portfolio doesn't have to be consistent and shouldn't be consistent.
for me when I removed the motivation of money I instantly realized I don't have to paint things I don't want to paint in a style that someones paying me, when I removed the motivation of money I became infinitely more creative & I'm closer to mastering my medium than most other people I know because of it, forget money, money is the biggest enemy of creativity.


forever a student?

even the masters are students, forever.

alot of people that want to go into videogame industry would do alot of fanart from the franchises of the company they are interested in working for

gaming art is probably the only way I could ever see myself making money from my art and enjoying it :biggrin:

johnok
11-11-2016, 11:53 AM
I used to look at it from a money making point of view. Gave that up after it became apparent that by the time I finished paying everyone off I was only collecting 30-40% of the proceeds on my work. So now I do what I want, when I want, and sell direct... oils, pen and ink, digital, website development, video game art, etc.. The collection of all the mediums that I've worked in over the years has added to my technique and style and love for creating art. It is a lifelong process. I still sell my art, but more at my pace and in my own time. (p.s. I have other means of earning living and therefore I can balance the two.)


I love seeing what other artists are doing. I find some great inspirational pieces when doing that. When I come across something exceptional I add it to my personal digital library so I can look at it again.


Most of all, just try having fun as you go forward.


John

Mel_Robertson
11-11-2016, 04:37 PM
I do what I want, when I want


John

I think I'm in love! lol :biggrin:

Mel_Robertson
11-11-2016, 10:16 PM
I believe we only reach our potential when we embrace the deaths of our parents