Guest Post: "The Perfect Art Fan"
by Norm Lanier
If you make art just for yourself (absolutely nothing wrong with that) – and you don’t care what other people think about it - and you don’t care about making money with your art - then this article is not for you.
Seriously, stop reading and go find some other interesting article on this site to read because I’m not talking to you.
OK if you’re still here I’m going to assume that you actually like it when people appreciate your art and if you can make a few bucks at it, even the better.
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.Carmine Magazine: What drives you to create? Also, what inspires you and your work?Mark Andrew Webber:
I have been thinking about this quite a bit recently, and it just seems like the enjoyment of creating a piece is what drives me, the feeling with a lot of my work that it is going to take a long time to complete with the knowledge of that feeling I get when I am about to complete a piece that I have been doing for so long, like the amsterdam piece for example, without the design time included so just the carving time, it took me 100+ hours in 7 days… once I get working on a piece, I like to do it in one go with not too many breaks.
I like trying to create images that I have not seen too much before! Which is why I seem to enjoy doing drawings that I do not design so much before I put pen to paper, but ones that seem to come into existence, which is why I enjoy the line drawings, and why I have also then started doing them on canvas and in color.
Travel has to be the thing that inspires me the most, There are so many images/experiences and new types of people that I have never met. Like when I was in Australia for 5 months doing conservation work with Conservation Volunteers Australia, I had an amazing time, and met lots of people from all over the world that had gotten together to live and work, in different parts of australia. Then I went to to have even more experiences as I went to live with a friend I had made who lived near seattle, and visited a high school for a month. When I arrived home I produced a lot of work, it seemed like there was no end to the number of works I could make, though I did not really create anything significant, it was still me searching for the types of works I enjoyed creating the most. So it was great! I have since been on various trips. Argentina, East cost of the USA, Paris, India, Netherlands. And have seen the effects that these trips have had on my works.CM: Were you formally trained in art or self taught? Do you think it has helped you or hindered you?MAW:
Though I have kind of be formally trained by doing some life drawing at college, I would say that due to the fact I had been studying Graphic Design in College for 6 years, I did not learn much from that about techniques, I just did what I did in my free time. Its been my life, my artworks has always been my Hobby, which I have now made my life, it’s what I do 24/7.
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To all of my American readers, have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow! To all of my readers elsewhere, have a great Thursday! :) CarmineMag should be back to posting on Friday.