A Beautiful Battle
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Tell us the background of this design.
I was attempting to capture an old school tattoo style, similar to an 2006 design I created. It was part of my own apparel line (abandoned) and found the color choices to be fairly popular, so I reused the color scheme.
Age/Sex/Location-How long have you been an artist? What kind of artists are you?
31 / Male / Nashville, Tennessee
I have been drawing since kindergarten, although I neglected true practice and focus until approximately 2001. If only, I would have pushed myself, or been urged to pursue my obvious affinity for art at a young age, I wonder at what level of accomplishment I would be at today, but I suppose today, I wouldn't have that regret to motivate my pursuits as since 2001, I have taken the Schindler's List mindset of what else could I do, or have done? So... I would say that I'm a self flagellating artist. ;P
Where do you find inspiration?
I browse alot of other artist's work, but I strongly believe that if we all waited for inspiration to create, we would hardly ever create. Being an artist is about working often, and not just creating when the mood moves you.
I found a new favorite illustrator recently. Edmund Dulac
What do you love more than anything in the world?
Love is a strong word, but I used to love cigarettes, but we broke up several months ago. We've broken up may times before, even for years, but I'm hoping we never slum it and hook back up.
What do you do when you're not creating art?
I started running a couple months ago. Almost ready to run my first 5K, and then onward!
Any wisdom you would like to impart to aspiring designers?
I often get discouraged about my choice in life as an artist/designer, but just as anything, the only rule you need to really follow is never give up.
I would recommend reading How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist by Caroll Michels. Although not specific to apparel designers, the general ideas are valid.
I also picked up a good story about a pottery teacher.
He split his class into two. One would be graded on QUALITY, the other on QUANTITY.
In the end, the ones who had the best pieces were the ones who were on the QUANTITY side.
Get the drift?
Get to workin fool!
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