the crap about people eating (read: eating sugar/shit fats) to ~swallow their emotions is such wank and useless imagery. like maybe eating a doughnut when you feel off is not facing the emotions head-on and processing them in a way that would speed up their healing and is…
See yesterday’s post re: being obsessed with my friends. Everyone is so nice and smart and caring!!!!
the more one direction fucks up the more they seem like Real Boys to me—not in a nice relatable “oh you’re a person” way but in an “oh, okay, this is why i choose not to get to know boys that often” way and an “aha, that creeping feeling of resentment and despair is starting to drown out the complete and total fawning bone-deep adoration i have for you” way and both of those things are things i do not need more of in my life, u know???
hi minna! I have a question for you: when/how did you find your "style" of art? I'm a teen, and I really like art but I can't find like, my "thing". All I can do is copy other artists that I like (incl. you!) but I can't find my own style! Did it just come naturally to you? thanks!
Hi! :D Well! As usual I have lots of opinions so here goes ;) I would say that I found my ‘style’ at the start of third year University, when I was newly 20 years old. I’d been making art since I was a child, obviously, but seriously since I was 14, so that’s a good 6 years before I actually started making things I thought were vaguely successful in expressing what I wanted to express.
Firstly I want to distinguish what you call ‘copying’ from finding an artists work inspiring and attempting to recreate that experience. ‘Copying’, to me, is directly attempting to reproduce a work of another artist. This isn’t particularly useful, however, what I would call ‘borrowing’, ‘being inspired by’ or ‘recreating’ is essential! Don’t put yourself down for wanting to mimic the joy you get from certain artworks. In the early stages of making work, the way you do this is to adopt the drawing or painting style of the artist’s work you’re inspired by. You’ll find that the more you make, the more pages you screw up in frustration and throw in a rubbish bin like a bad cartoon, the more of other people’s works you look at and expose yourself to – the more your own style will push forward. Firstly you won’t even notice it’s there, but slowly it will become more dominant. A familiar yet entirely new way of making that is a combination of everything you’ve ever been inspired by.
I should note, though, that I believe there is no fixed point in an artist’s trajectory in which you are entirely secure in your way of making. And I don’t want that, either. I always want to make work that is challenging not only to those who view it but to myself. I don’t want to churn things out in a way that is familiar to me. I guess what I’m saying is that if I were you, I wouldn’t get too hung up on finding and sticking to a really specific way or type of work to make because the whole thing is so translucent and slippery that there’s never a truly solid ground to stand on. This is what makes it an attractive vocation!