Monday, November 30, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 30, 2009

The War of Art: Your revolutionary war is fought on paper or on canvas and won or lost inside your head. Your intentions must be sharper than your pencils and your end, truer than your means. You owe nothing to anybody and everything to no one but yourself. No excuses, no apologies and no regrets. Just get it done!.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 29, 2009

My momma always said: "Life was like a box of chocolates, which someone else had riffled through before you"

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 28, 2009

When you don't have to listen to a sorry-ass art director babble incoherently about some stupid cartoon character's peculiar likes and dislikes as if he's talking about a real person, Mondays seem like Fridays, Tuesdays smell like Sundays while Wednesdays & Thursdays have the look and feel of Saturdays.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 27, 2009

To me, life is nothing but the gigantic, unfinished drawing of a woman. If I were a butcher, life would be a giant cow. And so on and so forth.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 26, 2009

If you don't feel like drawing for a day or two,
don't be alarmed, you might be tired.
if this extends beyond a week,
peruse a book or go outside and get yourself inspired.
But If you can't even sketch a single page for more than a full year
Just say goodbye, turn on the gas and go to sleep, my dear.
There'll be no pain, nothing to draw and nothing left to fear

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 25, 2009

Art is a miserable profession but a wonderful occupation.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bonus Thought of The Day Nov 24, 2009

Thought of the day Nov 24, 2009: If you think drawing hands is hard, try licking your own balls.

Thought of The Day Nov 24, 2009

Believing in yourself blindly is sports cliché BS. Neither determination alone, nor talent alone, nor skill alone nor a combination of all these will make your drawings sing and dance. You'll need all 3 plus the awareness to spot mediocrity in your own work, the conviction to eliminate it through careful observation and relentless practice and the presence of mind to disregard praise.

F.U. blank has a unique perspective as well, he says he hates his own work until people tell him otherwise and you think everything you do is crap and no amount of praise will convince you otherwise.

I, on the other hand, LOVE a lot of what i come up with, because a lot of the stuff I do is inspired by the object of my affection and when I draw it I am in a trance. I love drawing and sculpting women way more than the drawings themselves and whether people like or hate what I do makes absolutely no difference to me.

Most often than not, if the work is full of ideas (regardless of the theme or concept) I end up liking it a lot. It could be a quick sketch full of energy and crazy connections, loops and elements left out on purpose to let the viewer fill in the voids.

The work doesn't have to be extremely detailed or laboriously crafted, by ideas I mean original ways to depict something: how an arm connects with an elbow, the graphic representation or shorthand one uses to illustrate a complex form, an apparently outlandish curve driven to its logical conclusion, strange shapes that explain familiar elements, things not normally associated to certain elements, which at first sight may seem ridiculous but upon further inspection make perfect sense. Drawings that make you feel funny inside, drawings that can be stared at for long periods of time.

I really don't care if I created it or someone else created it, or the reason why it was created or any other information.

Once the drawing or sculpt is done, I sit there contemplating it in awe as if I'm staring at something I've never seen before, from someone I have never met. Because I have no recollection of how it was done.

No amount of praise will make me like something I dislike, I believe the difference lies in that I don't draw for people or with people's expectations in mind. I really appreciate praise when it's given honestly, independently of whether i like or dislike the piece. I believe good things must be celebrated so I don't have a problem with praise, i just don't live and die by it. I am my worst critic and my biggest fan.

People are dumb and people like dumb things that they can identify themselves with and mirror themselves in. We, artists may or may not be qualified to judge other people's work I personally am not interested in judging anybody's work, I just know what I like and what moves me, if the work does not move me because it lacks in ideas or the execution of said ideas is poor, that's the end of that.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 23, 2009

Symmetry has no place in figure drawing. My right ball is bigger and hangs lower than my left one so they won't bang into each other.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thought of The Day Nov 22, 2009

Lately I've seen a few artists turned into motivational speakers. My first reaction was: "Big steaming pile o'shit!" but then I thought: "What could be better than corrupting innocent and susceptible young minds with psycho babble disguised as sound wisdom?"
The answer is sex, but I digress. So I started a new series of inspirational and motivational tweets entitled: "Thought of the day". Collect them all (or not):

NOTE: These are my 'Thoughts of the Day' originally posted on my Facebook page. I'm reposting them here for archival purposes as per the request of my dear friend Alvin, who does not have a Facebook account and most likely never will.

DISCLAIMER: These are general observations and actual random thoughts or dreams, usually made in a playful or sarcastic tone, aimed almost exclusively at fellow artists in training and art students. I'm sick and tired of people posting quotes from celebrities, dead or alive. These are my own thoughts and my interpretations or stuff I've heard others say. My own experiences as flawed and crazy as they may seem to you.

If you see yourself being portrayed or addressed in one form or another, don't be too concerned, I'm not speaking to you directly, I don't even know you.

Any similarity with any person or persons alive or dead is purely intentional.

These 'thoughts' are 240 characters in length, sometimes less. Some of the follow-ups may be longer. I am aware most issues, solutions or sound advice cannot be compressed into such a tight space, but that's what you get. This is offered free of charge so don't email me with complaints, although I welcome your comments I will not tolerate trolls or non-artists.

The main idea for this exercise is to make young artists and students aware of the many pitfalls in this so called 'Business of Art' and the many assholes who run it.