There are two sides to the human brain. Both sides do very different things, and in the creative process both side are necessary. the Left side is logic and the Right side is intuition. For this exercise lets give these two sides a job title to suit there role in the creative process. The right side will be labeled the Muse and the left side will be the Editor. The Muse is your inspiration and content maker. This is the side that makes interesting connections and thinks outside the box. The Editor is the filter, Its the voice in your head that says that that is a great idea and this isn’t so lets get rid of that and do more of this. Without the Muse the Editor is left with a blank page, and without the Editor the Muse would make content that is chaotic.
Our society favors editors, a lot of jobs in America are editing jobs. Most subjects taught in schools are reasoning subjects, in this age logic is king. But there is a problem that occurs when the editor precedes before the muse is finished. It stops the creative process in its tracks. We have all sat in a room like this. A meeting where there is a problem to get solved but no one wants to suggest anything out of fear that their idea will sound stupid, or its not good enough. Its like sitting in your brain when you have writers block. What would happen if you said the thing you are afraid of saying or made the thing you want to make but are afraid of what people will think. This idea has changed the way I think about my art, and it has opened a new energy I never knew was in me. Although it still takes a lot of effort to quite my Editor, it is a fruitful endeavor. Because in the end, there are many more uncertainties in life than there are “correct answers”. Sometimes you will never know the right thing to do and you just have to close your eyes trust your instincts and move.
This is my interpretation of a chapter in the book FREE PLAY which I highly suggest to anyone wanting to unlock their creative side.
Allas another installment of the awkwardly bizarre Friday collage experiments. This weeks episode is the wildly rambunctious MAN-BOY! what tomfoolery will he get into next! Please don’t be creeped out. Happy almost weekend folks.
A couple of weeks back during one of my productive Friday experiment days I made this bizarre collage that I thought was kind of interesting. Hope you find it as interesting and weird as I do.
Buddhist believe that there are five fears that stand in the way of ourselves and our Freedom.
Fear of loss of life, Fear of loss of livelihood, Fear of loss of reputation, Fear of unusual states of mind, and fear of speaking before an assembly.
When I first heard these they struck me as kind of odd but the more I thought about them they became more accurate. Fear of speaking before an assembly is the one I struggle with the most in my art. If art is my voice then there is a fear of judgment of that voice by the surrounding assembly and the internet has only made that assembly even more frightening and mob like. It is only when I can let go of that fear that I will be free to speak what is real and true. At least that is what the Buddhist believe. What fears are holding you back from being free today?
The Mercury Seven was a group of seven astronauts who were the first Americans to venture into space. They without a doubt provided a foundation for the apollo missions that would lead the world in the first Human moon walk. Just as impressive and arguably more dangerous however, are the missions performed by the mercury team in the late 50’s. This handmade collage exploration was inspired by the spacesuit that was worn for the mercury missions. The suit was called the Navy Mark IV and it was designed by B.F. Goodrich to perform for high altitude space flight. What a wonderful time in our countries history, their explorative spirit to accomplish the impossible is truly inspiring.
There is a certain amount of science that is required in art. To make new discoveries and develop anything new there must be a willingness to embrace the unknown and try something you have never done, an experiment if you will. This makes most people uncomfortable including me, why? Is it because 90% of experiments fail? Is it because this takes loads of mental energy? Or are we just simply to busy to try something that probably won’t work out? What ever it is, everyday I have to take a deep breath and make the decision to push into the discomfort. The last 3 years have been a season of dedicated computer arts and last week I turned off the computer which I have leaned on so much lately. Then I made something with my hands. This was the result, A handmade collage, or an experiment if you will. Tune in next week if you want to see more discoveries from this art scientist.
Its always a pleasure to get repeat clients. The pressure to prove yourself has evaporated and you are released to navigate your creative skill sets. Ironically the final product is better as a result. I just finished a quarter page illustration for a quarterly financial publication called FREE. Art Directed by the talented Carl Nielson of Exit 10. Due to the incredibly long and time consuming nature of Parabolis (the Novelzine we finished last summer) I only had a handful of editorial jobs last year, and two of them were with Carl. Above is the last piece I did for FREE. Its for an article about How only certain FAs are skilled enough to help with Qualified Retirement Funds (QPRs). Its usually the case that I know nothing about an articles subject until I get the assignment and in the matter of 24 hours have to become an expert on visually representing said subject. QPRs was no exception. Look for my piece in the next issue of FREE, if your into that sort of thing.
Tune in Next Friday, I am trying to make a weekly post… for free.
Time elapsing is not the same as progressing. You have to actually engage your brain if you want to progress. Human beings are creatures of habit and we will always take the path of least resistance. I learned that from a Vice documentary about tattoo artists called Tattoo Days, check it out if your into tat art.
I have dealt with fear a lot in my career. The fear that says my own ideas aren’t good enough and that I need to take the safe route that has already worked for others. It sounds tempting even now and I think everyone deals with it. I have to remind myself that nothing great has ever been achieved by being comfortable. You have to risk to receive. This lesson keeps coming back to me and maybe one day I will learn it. The freedom to fail is terrifying but the alternative is even worse, to live your whole life and never hear your own voice. You will always reap what you sow, if you sow sparingly you will also reap sparingly.
Let me introduce you to PARABOLIS. Its a full length novel augmented with editorial art In a Magazine layout Which we are calling a Novelzine. A whopping 336 pages, this monster is a creative collaboration between Eddie Han (Author) and Me (Artist and Designer). Its the reason this blog went dark for over a year. Some describe it as Steampunk meets Russia 1920’s, complete with conspiracies, Invasions, love, propaganda, and plenty of drinking.
If you want to learn more about PARABOLIS please visit parabolis.com.
Thank you all for the enthusiastic support, We truly couldn’t have done this without you.
For those of you who haven’t seen our Parabolis Kickstarter video, here it is in youtube form. And here is the Project page. We are almost 50% funded but have a long way to go. Please help make this real.
Over a long and continuously self doubting 3 year process E completed the manuscript for a incredible fantasy novel titled Parabolis. His Idea was to create a Novelzine, which is a novel with the visual integrity of a magazine, periodically released through subscription but also collected and printed into a final book.
E was very intentional about pushing the boundaries of what we would normally consider to be fantasy art, and he felt that my very modern designed style and love for magazine layout would be just the approach his book would need to.
We had pulled together the resources to complete the art and design for 4 chapters and also to create a rather time consuming video about our intentions. Beyond that we are relying on the generosity of interested folks to complete the book and materialize it. Although we still have a long way to go the support thus far has been very encouraging. If you are interested in supporting this project or sharing this with your friends, here is our kickstarter page.
Also you can follow our blog at HERE for updates
thanks for all your support friends.
As a kid I used to browse the closest record store (usually best buy) and flip though albums endlessly not looking for the latest band to check out but admiring the cover art. This was my favorite pre internet-boom art gallery. I always dreamed of one day creating my own album art. Well last year I had the privilege of being asked to create my very first album art for a 5-piece atmospheric instrumental rock band from Liverpool named MinionTV. After 6 months of details and decisions its finally ready to release its pent up creative energy onto the world. You can see all the art I created and preorder the album titled The Last Projectionist which ships out on july 28th Right Here. The music is great but truth be told I haven’t heard the album in its entirety, I am waiting until I get my hard copy. Good luck to MinionTV and sorry Stephen but I have to say Go LIVERPOOL FC. Shameless fan
It wouldn’t be a new month if I wasn’t redoing my website. It hit me after the move into a new house and office that my current site had some usability issues. Mainly people found it harder to work than ikea furniture. So I took a page out of Steve Jobs book (metaphorically speaking, even though I am currently reading his book, I would never tear a page out of it, blasphemy) And started over even though I just published it. Oh well it was a good idea, but like good ideas sometimes they need to be put on a shelf. Unless its an crappy ikea shelf, but we’ll just assume any furniture mentioned in future metaphors is not ikea furniture ( for the record I quite like ikea furniture but they get a bad rep sometimes do to shoddy materials ). What was I talking about? oh yeah my website check it out.
New piece about American Consumerism. been real busy moving homes and offices to new locations so things might be kinda quiet for the next few weeks, but I will be back posting again soon.
Last weekend I did a piece for the new issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. Its a book review for the book Power Inc. About the increasing size of private power over government. Check it out on the news stands or on Businessweeks site here