Imaginative Pencil Art Blog

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Essential Tips & Advice for Artist's

On my website Imaginative Pencil, i give a number of tips that i used when i started my goal of 144 works in 12 collections back in 2003. Before i started this journey, i decided to keep all the works the same dimensions using the same medium (pencil), and to do them in a series of twelve works. Being the obsessive compulsive person i am, i even had to have one of the works be horizontal, although you may want to do 6 horizontal and 6 vertical pieces if you choose to follow my advice. Below is the basic principles i set for myself as i worked on my goal beginning with my chess collection.

Approach Your Work In A Series

Start to spend time doing your works in a series. Begin your work with a vision in mind. To make this easier, sit down and think of a favorite topic then begin a series of work based around your unique approach. This series can be 6 works or 12 works or more, but make it at least 3-5. This way you can develop deeper into your intended and chosen subject matter.

Look at the Subject with a Child's Perspective

This may seem odd when you first hear it, but start looking at the world from a child's perspective. As we grow older, even adults find it difficult to look at life and reality in a playful way, thus they remain stuck or become a bit "narrow minded" or "set" in their ways and perceptions. Perhaps that is why it makes it more difficult for us to understand our own children at times (:. In order to unleash your full creative power you must let yourself go or free yourself of the constraints of reality and adult issues to tap into the well of resources of creativity. The key to this is to approach your work more loosely and let yourself float into the work rather than forcing the work to come the way you want it.

Look at Reality Differently

Start with a simple subject matter like a face of a person, then begin to look at that object much differently. For instance, when you look at a face you notice the eyes, nose and mouth, take these objects that make up the whole object (face) and begin to find a way to relate these objects to one another through a visual perspective. Maybe approach the whole of the face as a dark galaxy while the mouth, nose and eyes become planets forming the face. Begin to look at reality as a playground awaiting your minds activity in and around it.

I will place more tips and advice that i have learned often and if i learn something valuable that could help you in some way, such as a marketing tip i tested and it worked successfully, i will share it. I hope these tips above get you started in a nice direction and help you in some way like they did for me.

Justin ~~~


  • Your blog is great. I often frequent the Myartspace Blog for advice but I will be coming here as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:44 PM  

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