Neil Gaiman, a talk for all creatives

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I came across this short talk by Neil Gaiman who talks about the absolute baffling and complicated road of being an artist. The not knowing what to do, what to make, where you are going, this is definitely some wise words every creative has to hear. The only way maybe you and me will get somewhere is to learn from those who have conquered the shackles, who have met their fears, have made mistakes and have kept on making work. To leave you, I say dont worry, it will be ok, enjoy the hell of a roller coaster ride and be prepared that if you want to spend the rest of your life doing what you love, who you want to be then I can only end up quoting what this wise man has said “When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art”.

Marian Bantjes

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Marian Bantjes is an artist who creates beautiful graphic design work in the form of imagery and illustration. However she has one philosophy that any type of work has to in some way contribute to society. Who is it for? What does it say? And what does it do? These are questions that we should all be thinking of in our work. Click to hear the rest of this amazing talk…

Show your work

Austin Kleon said “show your work”! It is true that showing your work is important, for any creative out there, it is the only way that you will ever ‘make it’, if that’s how you want to call it. But for every creative out there, we always fall into the dilemma of not having finished pieces, of only showing work that is finished and resolved. But Austin says, show your process too! The process of making work shows all the little ideas, sketches that have gone into the final piece, in fact it tends to be way more interesting than a final piece..so a bit of advice for those of you who are reading, take a pic or two of your work you are doing so far and just put it on your blog or website, it will do you a ton of good! Even those little notes you have and pages out of your sketchbook, hopefully I will be uploading much more soon. And if you havn’t already visited Austin’s website or dont know anything about him then here is his website, http://www.austinkleon.com, hope you find his advice as valuable as I did! IMG_20140602_223558show-your-work-cover1IMG_20140602_222750IMG_20140602_222719IMG_20140602_222827

Where am I going?

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Everyday I ask myself whether or not I am making the right kind of artwork, if this is the kind of art I should be making but then I say that even if I am not making the right kind of artwork, its leading me there and for now the fact that I am enjoying it is all that counts..