Being an artist, regardless of whether you are a graphic designer, a musician or a painter, requires you to draw the fine line between pure inspiration and sheer imitation. The problem with the majority of young artists is that they developed the bare concept of them being great imitators of an already established and well-known artist and that this somehow manages to define them as good artists.
Unfortunately, this particular idea stems from the fact that there is a considerable lack of artistic knowledge and even worse art appreciation courses. The majority of courses are fairly technical introducing the aspiring artist with comprehensive techniques and learning curves. Sure, this is paramount for the proper development of his talent, but there are other considerations that need to be accounted for. With this in mind, let’s see a few things that an aspiring young artist has to experience and to emphasize on in order to stand on top of the crowd.
Thoroughly Honor your Predecessors
It may sound like a very basic and simple thing to do, but it needs to be emphasized on. However, there is, once again, a fine line between honoring predecessors and imitating them. Draw inspiration but avoid imitation in any way. Make absolutely no attempts to recreate their work but instead use their deep knowledge and experience as a foundation for your work. Regardless of whether it’s a digital print, a brand new painting or any other form of art for this matter, has to be unique – it has to come from you, not from anybody else.
Experience is Capable of Initiating Inspiration
If you are stuck with finding inspiration for your new painting, take a step back, sit down and think. Think about what you’ve already done. Think about what you thought while painting your other prints. Think about your emotions; think about what you are currently feeling. Experience is going to initiate inspiration – you have to thoroughly understand that. There is no such thing as being stuck – you just lack the inspiration in this particular moment. Snap out of it by drawing the positive reinforcement that previous experiences are capable of providing.
Think outside of the box. Art is now. Art is current. Art is always. Make sure to keep this in mind. Regardless of what is it that you do, you have to give your work that certain something that makes it absolutely outstanding. Whether it’s a note of bass in your music or a deep color at the background of your painting – you have to find it.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.