The History & The Influence: Confessions of a Plagiarist, sort of…
Like most of what I do, this started as a sketch. For a very long time, I’ve seen pastels as either a childish medium or something relegated to 1980 graphic design. It is much more versatile than that. I was exploring colors at this time and the simplicity of forms. I had finished an art class focussed on self-expression and how to explain what we made, and had a bunch of odd drawings similar to this one. I had made up all sorts of nonsense stories about them and found that there was a truth that connected them. They were happiness and joy in color.
Playing with colors remains an emotional challenge and I continuously remind myself to let go and just have fun.
The Technique: How I did this awesomeness!
I placed the triangle and build up the mountains and sky, then rubbed the lines and did a little blending with my fingers.
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What inspires an artist?
“All they see” is the first and most literal answer.
For me, that is literally hundreds of gallery & museum exhibits, thousands of books, and tens of thousands of images online.
When asked where to start book collections, I almost always recommend these art bibles: Janson’s “History of Art” OR Phaidon’s “The Art Book” Both give a nice overview with good pictures. Once you’ve discovered what you are attracted to there most, you can then dig deeper into that area.
If I had to pick only a few of my major influences, which is a very difficult task, it would be Modigliani, Picasso, Van Gogh, & Andrew Wyeth. Here are a few of the best books I recommend from them.
Here are a few others from my personal library, I return to over and over again.
If you have the time, you are free to visit my GoodReads library to see a fraction of the books I’ve read. The ones I remember, that is. Or you can visit the ever-growing collection of images on my Pinterest account.
The Materials: Quick! Order this stuff right now, AND You too can make masterpieces!
Oil pastels: I’ve not hyperlinked them here because I have found that most of the times I am able to get excellent colors from a basic kit purchased in a dollar store. I have used professional pastels and paid high prices for them, but I didn’t need to. Perhaps if I get to the point of using pastels as a main medium, I may consider the need of purchasing specific colors and hues from a more professional line, but for now, use the cheapest ones you can find. Ps: you can use baby oil to liquify these and work them on a canvas like more like oil paints.
Canson Biggie Sketch Pads 18 In. X 24 In.: The Review: This paper is awesome. It has a semi-smooth surface and is sturdy enough to take some rough strokes. It is miles above newsprint, which has its own beauty. It is like having a smooth watercolor paper. I’ve also used this for gouache and acrylic paints. Both adhere very well to it, as does the color from the pastels.
Photoshop for Mac: The Review: You could use the free “ MAC Photos” program or Picassa and possibly get the similar results, but Photoshop offers you the flexibility of presenting yourself as a pro photographer, like no other program. There’s a reason it’s considered the best of the best, after all. So, this allows you the possibility of selling this service to others and funding more of your creativity
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″ Laptop: The Review: You may choose to get an iMac for the bigger screen, and I couldn’t disagree with the beauty of working with the 24” screen. I picked the laptop, because of the need to be mobile and the flexibility of multi-purposing it to use for client demos. As an alternative to the weight of this model, I would suggest the MacBook Air 13”. Most of us have become accustomed to mobile device size screens and it is much easier to carry around.
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR: The Review: My first DSLR camera was the EOS Rebel T3. This one is vastly superior to the old model. Canon has a well-deserved reputation for having top rated cameras. It requires a little play time to master it, and that time will be lessened by defining a clear idea of what you want to do with it, then jumping on YouTube for the multitude of How To videos. If you want a smaller camera to carry around, try Canon EOS M10 Mirrorless Digital Camera OR go small & powerful with the Canon PowerShot Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD & built-in wifi.
Canon PIXMA MX492 Inkjet Printer: The Review: For me, this has been the easiest to use for cleaning and cartridge replacement. It works reasonably well with recycled inks and the wireless is easy to set-up. The Canon has worked best for me on ink usage. When purchasing printers, always consider the cost of ink replacement… for the most part, this is the big difference right now in printers. For big reproduction lines, it is better to outsource. For scanning, they are as good as the camera in them… this is one reason I’m a fan of Canon products. It does do a nice job of printing photos on good photo paper, and the black print is crisp and clean, provided you do regular cleanings and keep it dust free.