Friday, July 21, 2006

Philosophy on Life

Many people have thought it strange that after 21 years of not being an artist, I decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my life pursuing that course. I guess my decision was supported by my philosophy on potential. I have always the idea that there was nothing I couldn't do if I worked hard enough. I mean nothing. If I wanted to do ballet, all it would take is determination and hard work. Or if I wanted to be a theroetical econimist, all it would take is some study and hard work. Not that I have leanings toward either of those pursuits; they are still within my reach, if I so choose. I find that the only limits we run into are set by ourselves.

So I'm not that great of an Artist, for now. I will constantly be working and drawing toward that end, and if I work hard enough I will develop that talent and become the artist I would like to become. It's just like everything else in life. My Mission President told a story of one of his missionaries that was an amazing pianist. One day he was playing a beautiful piece and some other missionary said, "I'd give anything to play like that!" The pianist's retort came quickly, "Yes, anything but Practice." The truth of that is piercing to the lazy soul. Often we idealize people's talents and wish we could do something like that. Well, get off your duff and practice hard enough, and you too will eventually be able to.

Now I understand that some people have limitations where no matter how hard they work they can't attain a certain level of development. I would say for the most part this isn't the case, rather it is laziness. But for those few cases where this occurs, it doesn't mean that they can't develop that talent as far as possible and therefore won't get an assurance that they did all within thier power to do so. And with that assurance they can go on and excel in other areas where there aren't limitations. I would say most people have possibly one area where this is the case. Most often it is just that we hit the wall that always occurs in the progression of any course and we give up, and from that time are resentful and say "I could never do that."

Wow. I didn't mean to say that much. I'm sorry I'm ranting so much, and I promise I'll post more artwork soon. It's just easier to rant and rave then to do some work.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The slumps

So I've been kind of down recently. We all have 'em: those artist slumps. This week has not been my week. Most of the time I don't feel like drawing, but whenever I force my self to draw, it comes out awful. It's really bad timing too, because I have a portfolio deadline in less then two weeks. Life is fun, isn't it?
Well I hope everyone else out there has a good week. Later!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Figure Drawings

I thought I'd start things off with a couple of my figure drawings. These were all done within the last year mostly in classes at school. Before this past year, I had never done any figure drawing at all. In December of 2004 I decided to study Animation, even though I never had done any drawing, sketching or doodling, except as a kid in art class, so since that time, I've kept a sketchbook and enrolled in figure drawing classes. I've still got a long way to go, but I've made a lot of progress.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hello everyone! Welcome please have a seat and make yourselves comfortable! This is a place to relax and talk about everything and anything. I am entering into a stage of life of extreme potential and great growth. Hopefully you will be able to see my skills develop and progress from the rudimentary and unpolished form of their current state to a more pleasing and refinded state. I appreciate all comments (within reason) so feel free to tear apart my ideas and work. Just don't rip it off. So sit back and enjoy the ride.