Fantasy inspiration could also come from real life

Fantasy inspiration could also come from real life. It doesn't have to be totally random. We're not rich. I drive a piece of crap car with tons of miles and a big ass dent that I never fixed. We live in an apartment barely bigger than a shoe box. Every…

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Keep the child alive

The child draws. Not asked to. She just does. And she gets good at it fast. And her parents smile proudly. She continues to draw and gets considerably better. But, she starts to reach an age where that gets discouraged. Grown ups will tell her to focus on other things.…

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When Creatives Can’t Create

Are you a creative person? And are you going through a period where no matter what you do, it just plain out sucks, or you're totally blocked? Well, the good news is it's the same problem. We can fix it. The bad news? To quote RuPaul - supermodel? You better…

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Most artists who fail don’t fail due to lack of talent

I know I'm going to offend a few people by writing this article. I've been buying art for quite awhile now and I have amassed quite a collection. Some of it is actually worth something. Some of it we bought because we just like it and want it up on…

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How to write a memorable artist statement

If you’ve ever been to an art gallery where paintings are for sale, you more than likely saw an artist statement before. They’re the pieces of paper by the artwork that tell something about the artist and his or her intent. Artists may ask if they really need one. They…

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Qualities of good pinup art

I’ve been studying what good pinup art is for awhile now. Although I’ve been studying the Pre-Raphaelite masters like John William Waterhouse lately, I’ve always been a fan of good American pinup. American pinup artists during the so-called Golden Age of Pinups made their money in ads. The ads only…

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How does an artist create his or her own distinctive art style?

How does an artist achieve his or her own distinctive art style? I actually think this is an excellent question. I've seen way too many artists who look just like everyone else. Just like when I was in bands. You'll hear one band that's original. Then you'll hear a dozen…

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Just keep producing art

I just wrote about the mindset of an artist, which is the difference between the artist who "makes it" versus the artist who doesn't. This is sort of part II of that. Some people think there's something special about producing art. Or the artist is born with some supernatural talent.…

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Mindset of an artist

Back when I was in my previous band, we had a bass player try out. Super nice guy. We'll call him Jim. Anyways, Jim had the absolute best equipment on the planet. So good in fact that if the Rolling Stones' trailer that carried their bass equipment got lost or…

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25 inspirations for the uninspired

We’ve all had those days whether you’re a writer, a composer, or an artist. You sit down. You got work to do. And nothing comes. The muse has left the building and you’re badly trying to summon her back. Well, my friend, fret not. What you need is a list.…

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