Posts Tagged ‘Art’

As mentioned in a previous post, I recently started experimenting with digital art. Although I feel I was learning quickly and making progress with my work, I had to face the reality that my art skills aren’t up to par with the type of work I’m wanting to do. Even with all the best tools at hand, without ability I have nothing. That being said, I put my tablet aside, pulled an old sketchpad out of the closet, sharpened a pencil, and began drawing.

I have always felt I struggled with drawing the human anatomy realistically, so I started sketching eyes on top of eyes on top of eyes. I devoted an entire day to nothing but eyes. The next day was nose, after nose, after nose. I started re-learning shading and drawing fundamentals. Essentially, I forced myself back into drawing 101.

Through this practice, I have already noticed vast improvement in my drawings, as well as a re-kindled fire for art in general. I hadn’t lost interest in art, but rather the drive to produce art. While working with the digital medium, I found myself becoming solely concerned with the final product. The act of doing is the experience, and by focusing entirely on the finish, the experience is lost, or at best minimized to a blur.

With that being said, I will probably take a brief hiatus from the digital art world until I feel more confident in my artistic abilities. My life has brought me to a point that will allow me more time to devote to my art, so I’m hoping to work more on becoming a contributor rather than just an observer.

I have always been my biggest critic in any endeavor I have pursued throughout my life and art is no exception. I don’t know if I will ever produce a piece of art that I don’t find full of flaws, much less something worth sharing. However, I’ve realized that if I never share anything, I will never share anything. So, I’ve decided to go ahead and share a few of my early digital pieces in this post.

sacred geometry spiral

Sacred Spiral

third eye meditation

Seeing Clearly

metatron's cube tree of life

Metatron’s Smoke Ring

As always, feel free to share your comments and feelings.

– Justin

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I have had a passion for art since I picked up my first crayon, although I consider myself more of an enjoyer of art than contributor. Other than an occasional painting or charcoal drawing, I’ve never really devoted the time necessary to be more than a hobbyist. A few weeks ago, I start experimenting with digital art. I purchased a Wacom tablet, installed Corel Painter on my computer, and went to work. The transition from paper to digital proved to be more challenging than I anticipated, so I immediately started watching tutorials and visiting various art forums. As I worked my way through numerous tips and tricks of the trade, I couldn’t help but develop the feeling that a small level of hostility exists toward digital art. Hostility may not be the best word; lack of respect is probably more accurate. To be more specific, I’m referring to the idea that digital art isn’t real art.

This forces me to pose the question, “What is art?” The only answer I can respond with is, “What isn’t art?” Art isn’t something that can be defined in a few brief words. To do so only limits what it truly is. There is no separation between real/fake art, or good/bad art. There is only art. We are constantly surrounded by art and, whether we realize it or not, our lives have all been impacted by art in one form or another. Although I do feel art can be categorized in terms of visual, literary, etc., it is still all art, with no one form or style being better than any other. It is simply an expression of the imagination and an outlet for creativity, regardless of the media one chooses.

Keep the imagination alive. Respect the art.

-Justin

With this being the first post of my blog, I feel it’s only proper to give a brief introduction into the what’s and why’s. As an aspiring artist I feel a well-maintained blog is a great outlet for the ideas that flood my mind. Not only for my physical artwork, but my general philosophies on life and why I do what I do. I want to provide a place where others can use what I post as a means of self-reflection on their own lives and, in return, share their own thoughts and ideas. Whether it be in agreeance/disagreeance with my philosophy, or love/hate for my artwork, I want this blog to be a place that encourages free-thinking and imagination.

The name of this blog was inspired by the late, Alan Watts. He was a philosopher, writer, and speaker who excelled at interpreting the ideas of Eastern philosophy for the Western mind. Watts has had an indescribable impact on my life and the title of this blog is taken from chapter 4 of his book, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. I highly recommend his work to anyone interested in philosophy or curious about life in general, and I am almost certain to mention him again in future posts.

I will go ahead and wrap this up, but hopefully I have presented a basic idea of my reasons behind creating this blog. I look forward to working on this and am excited to see where it goes. As mentioned above, I want this to be an atmosphere that encourages thinking and the discussion of ideas involving art, philosophy, and life, so please feel free to ask questions or leave comments on any of my posts.

-Justin