I am a firm believer that using photos and other media for inspiration, posing, and referencing is highly beneficial. Ideas need to come from somewhere. As an artist, I can’t pull poses, anatomy, and environments out of my head, and I definitely can’t pull them out of my ass! I don’t know where this stigma against using references came from, but it needs to stop.
Are you a writer? An author? A person who forms ideas into words? You might need a creative companion. Someone who forms your literary ideas into something… visual.
You need an artist. But not just any artist. You need someone who is competent, who knows their value, and knows that the possibility of teaming up with you will benefit you and them. You also need an artist who can use your hard-earned money and ensure you seeking out their talent was the best decision you ever made.
You need a hireable artist.
“I hate my art”.
“This is ugly”.
“I need to rush to get this done”.
Hold on there, tiger!
Artists on a deadline do have to churn out things in a remarkable amount of time, but when that becomes something that needs be done day in and day out, the joy of creating gets sucked out of you, and your project.
Here’s three words to get your groove back.
When it comes to sharing value, I thought it would be easy to type everything I know about illustration down and share it in a blog post format. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong, but I never thought leveraging video would be easier.
Blogging. Everyone’s doing it nowadays. Digital Marketers, Companies, and especially thought leaders in their specific profession. With all the countless blog posts and content that I’ve come across, it seems the group that blogs the least are the illustrators. Why is that?
Maybe illustrators don’t have the time to blog.
Maybe illustrators feel like their art should speak for themselves.
Maybe illustrators don’t have anything to say.
Regardless of those excuses, there are plenty of reasons for an illustrator to blog, and I have three for you.
On January 29th, an event called Believe in Syracuse’s 4th Birthday Party was hosted. Held by a group who wants nothing but innovative business and economic growth for the city of Syracuse. With that being said, they gave out opportunities to network and meet other locals in the area! Who knows? Maybe I had something of value to someone, and someone else had something of value to me! The beauty of networking. I had my best friend with me and the boyfriend for emotional support. I’m so happy I didn’t do it alone. Continue reading “Believe in Syracuse Recap”