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It has been a while, but I am back in gear. I have been setting up a few things and working on marketing, ideas, books, etc. My aim here, as always, is to bring Quality information to my readers. So, apologizes for the delay but I don’t write no junk!
This 3rd post is a continuation of the 4 part (probably would have been best to name it that instead of 4 week, hmmm) series to help fellow artists gain insight into getting, staying and being motivated and compensated.
PRODUCT…is required. It is important, not just for profit or any other tangible outcome, but it also allows you the freedom to move on, advance in your creativity, and succeed in nurturing your creative self. Nothing is more healing or stimulating then seeing your ideas through to fruition. I have said before, the best way to get started it to Do Something. The best advice is to work on your craft daily. Every little bit counts. Focus on the small successes and make in everyday a moment that you can say ‘I did’. Sometimes your “I Did” moment may be that you focused your thoughts on a specific idea. For instance, I would like to create a signature piece for my art show in November, my “I Did” moments over the past couple of days have been to take time to repeat thoughts about what I want the piece to reflect, to say, to show. I pass visions back and forth; air sketch (like air guitar, only using a pencil) and daydream a little. It may look idle to an outsider, but for me, at the end of the day I know I am one step closer to Product. I did focus on my art today! These moments will eventually transfer to paper, to canvas, to You.
Here is an example of this process:
I was talking to my brother while he was doing some marketing work for the AFROPUNK event in Brooklyn, New York this summer. We would talk by phone in the evenings while he chilled after work on the rooftop of his building. When he got ready to head downstairs to his apartment at the end of the call, I could always here the rooftop door creak open. The sound, for me begins to transform into a picture.
I begin to think about the sound, and give it character and physical form. I started to sketch.
The following pictures are the transformation of the sound into an artistic painting.
This is the original sketch. I am getting the perspective and layout/design transferred from the images in my mind to paper.
Original sketch. Trying to get perpective and layout design.
This is the original 2nd draft. The image is starting to come together. I have now set up my perpective and color scheme.
This is the final color scheme. Note how the drawing changed. The door is now larger. Allow your ideas to flow. Be flexible and open to playing with layout and design.
This is the final painting. Notice how I went back to the small door. Ultimately, choose the image that best reflects your vision.
Product! My painting is now available for sale at the gallery. Lotsa Little Things / Gallery 248. 248 North Kalamazoo Mall, Downtown Kalamazoo Michigan, 49007
This is the final product. My “I DID” moment!
No matter what your path to product is, please always understand, respect and enjoy the journey!