Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Words to live by

"It helps to be out there, whether you're an artist or a musician,'' Porter said. "Art is so tricky to really make it work. It's like a faith. If you have a faith that it'll go somewhere, then you buckle down.''
From an article about live painting.

7. Peter Schjeldahl’s Ten Commandments for Artists: "Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, don't whine." (Found over in the archives at
From SL Viehl's Blog, Paperback Writer.

Illustrator of the Week: Bagram Ibatouline

Bagram Ibatouline.

I chose Bagram for two reasons: first, the illustrations of The Nightengail, which was one of my first illustration projects. I like the very Asian quality to the work, slightly flat, just as some of asian imagery is. Second, the train illustrations have great perspectives and they are not flat looking either. Currently, all my perspective projects--save one--look very stiff. But you have to start somewhere, I guess, and I'm trying to get all my images to have a setting of some sort.

What I can learn from Bagram Ibatouline: curving perspective and showing light and form on black objects.