Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about art and being an artist. Art has been a part of my life since I was very young. It’s one of the few things that stills me and calms me. One of the few parts of my life where I can stop thinking and just do the art.
My mother is a painter and since I was very young she’s encouraged my brother and I to draw and paint. In college, I double majored in Fine Art and English. Lately, I’ve been cartooning and doodling quite a bit, trying to make something out of my webcomic, but the more I do this, the more I feel like I’m moving away from that bit of art zen where I can unplug my brain and just draw. All the doodling I’ve been doing and the sketching both here on my computer and on paper definitely has started all the old artistic juices flowing again, but I don’t think the “daily doodle” is a good practice now. I think now, it would be better if I were working some daily on something longer and more sincere. It’s time for me to start working on real art again.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot as of late, and it’s not the same thinking that I normally do with all these words. It’s very visual. Pictures. Forms. And it’s calming. I’m not going to share the steps along the way on these pieces because that tends to end the art process. I’m just going to do the art and then I’ll share when it’s done. I may still do a sketch or doodle from time to time and post them, but I know this is important to me and I need to start exercising these old artistic muscles more regularly.
Right now I’m thinking of two different pieces, one digital and another a physical sculpture. When they are done I will share.