When we decide to pursue art as either a hobby or a career the word “talent” is something that pops up. It seems to be a common platitude in fact. No matter how many hours, or how many responsibilities are sidelined for creative endeavors, the concept of talent always seems to take precedence over hard work in common vernacular. The main question when making natural talent so important is determining how much of a creators abilities are God-given and how much is a result of simply putting in the hours it takes to get good. What of people who are “talented” at things but want to do something else with their lives? What about people who may not be perfect at something but if they are diligent enough get SUUUPER good…but quit because someone says they aren’t talented?
Our art was terrible when we were kids but people told us we were talented. God bless those people and it was great that we thought our art was fine at the time but it was far from master level. We were just obsessed about getting better and kept going even when we make work that will never see the light of day. We have each spent 20-30 hours on certain pieces...I would consider that in the realm of hard work. We are drawn to art and always have been so does it make all of our work the result of simply inborn predisposition? Maybe we should just concentrate on doing what we do instead of figuring out all this.
This is a topic that we will touch one in future posts and videos. Please share and leave your input regarding talent vs work ethic!
Tyra finishes the graphite drawing of the maiden in Chastity. She focusing on shading the clothing this time. We're trying out voice over so she can accuratly describe what she's doing without needing to concentrate on drawing. https://youtu.be/2dKf0othQDY
What about it? Our art is story driven. Sometimes we do themes instead but there is a narrative. We come up with backstories, either made up or existing lore.
why? A painting is more interesting when characters have something to do. Draw verbs. Environments are more immersive when there's story behind it. Gives life. Know where to go with designs. Gives reason for things in a painting to be there. Connect with character when they aren't just standing there. Gives more meaning to painting beyond pretty picture.
audience engagement; What are your favorite stories in art?
This week's Warmup Wednesday is a true warmup. Tyra draws a few figures before getting on with her work. https://youtu.be/4jUEB2i--Dk
Tyra's started drawing for her series "Seven Heavenly Virtues." In this video she's drawing the personification of Chastity. https://youtu.be/BoT8OfqaLZ4
We live in an age where it seems like everyone feels entitled to opinions. Add in the fact that good art is everywhere so when it comes to figure out what style to do or what exact career path to follow it gets confusing. When we started trying to figure out what we wanted to do stylistically we had to figure out the following: What do we want our art to look like? There are a thousand ways to make a drawing or painting and so much subject matter to tackle. There is a limited amount of time to be alive and get good at things. You can’t do everything without getting overwhelmed. Yes, one artist may do great watercolor portraits, another artist may do beautiful Celtic folkart but that doesn’t mean I have to do those things. That person has reasons for doing what they enjoy, I need to discover my own tastes and preferences. You can appreciate something without having it yourself or simply take bits from each influence.
Why we are making art? Am I making it as a hobby? Is it being made for a book or other publication? Is it being sold in galleries or being shown in exhibitions? Is it a physical embodiment of some emotion? Is it a vehicle for expressing a group of characters acting out a story of some sort? If it’s a part of a genre, which one and why? Who do I want to see this art and how do I best visually communicate to them? Figuring out the end game is useful for figuring out a path.
What was it about doing it that we even liked? Answering this helped us discover the mediums we use. There are certain disciplines that we don’t do because we didn’t enjoy the process of creating it. Answering this helps lessen the dissonance between wanting to make something cool but not feeling like getting to the end point. What we do takes insane amounts of time so we need to enjoy the ride. It also doesn’t help if other people love the art but the artists looses a piece of his/her soul making it.
Artists and creators: Let us know! Are you doing the work you really want to be doing? If so how did you get there and if not, what are your obstacles stand in your way?