here is a still life I found on the internet, I don’t even know where. But if you went to Central Academy of Commercial Art in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati Ohio this guy is kinda famous. He started the school and many productive commercial artists came out of his program. Not fine artists but commercial artists. The CA CA program was an intense training in any field of commercial art, It was all studio time, no classes, just 40 hours a week of working in an art studio. Hand lettering – gothic caligraphy, spencerian script, uh expressive lettering, all done by hand with pencil and brush. Super tight pencil renderings of every shape known to man.
Ink drawings, Guache painting – still life, architectural renderings from blue prints, mechanical paintings and line art, perspective, Figure drawing from a live model every thurs, the second year was marker renderings and ad concepts. We created many campaigns and presented them to the class. from a variety of products. It was a very well rounded program the funny thing is many old timers I run into who are still in this business went there making a living doing the same stuff.
I guess it was never put to us graduates that art was something else, like a political statement or a highly idealized statement of individuality. I always suspected those things growing up, but never have had anyone validate those ideas. So to me art is not about me, it is about creating something people might want, so I try hard to make things people might find interesting. Knowing people really aren’t interested in my personal feelings expressed as color. Nothing is worse than a self indulgent artist thinking he is interesting and talking about his art as being awesome. If your art is really good people should tell you about it. not the other way around.
if you aren’t getting that feed back you should reassess your process.
When I make music on guitar it is really easy to be self indulgent. But most music isn’t interesting notes and complex ideas. the really good stuff is just plain fun. Classical music is really technical and excellent, but it can be really dull. Now is that art? or is it something else?
is “louie louie” art? what is the point? what is the point of this blog?
see oliver reads my blog, and I think people might be reading this stupid thing and I start to ramble… boring!!!