I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: having a look at an artists’ sketchbook is almost always the best source of inspiration and the greatest way to appreciate an artists’ work.
I find the role of the sketchbook to be severely underrated in many ways, and most portfolios I come across seem to neglect its potential – opening up your sketchbook and scanning a few pages for others (that is, any stranger on the internet) to see is definitely not the easiest thing to do.
But when one goes through with it, I love the insight it gives into the artists’ creative process. Soey Milk is no exception – her sketchbook drawings are raw, sensual and eye-catching.
Marius Roosendaal has set himself quite the challenge: making something creative
everyday day some days. As someone who constantly struggles to produce something creative (or worthy of that label) I consider this to be one hell of an endeavor.
Obviously Marius is doing quite well so far, he’s been creating some beautiful imagery full of diversity, geometry and great attention to detail.
via Ape on the Moon
As with Monochrome Mondays, now we’re going to have Fwd: Fridays. At the end of each week I’ll give you guys a quick summary of a great article I’ve read while on one of my daily excursions in the blogosphere.
To start off on the right foot, I’d like to share this well-thought opinion piece by the great folks of Public School. Jay Sauceda walks you through nine precise and straightforward points on how to deal with achieving success as creative freelancer.
You’ll find a lot of these types of articles all over the net, and while there are a lot of great ones, there’s also crappy advice out there. Jay’s article on the other hand, will remind you of the fundamentals we’re all somewhat aware of, but frequently forget. This includes being aware that there’s more to learn and not getting stuck on past successful methods.
Also, I would assume most people seeking to become self-sustained artists already have their work displayed on the net (if not, then start you can start right away, for free, on Flickr, Behance, Shownd, Carbonmade, Tumblr and many others) but as Jay emphasizes, make the effort of getting it to the right people instead of waiting for them to come across it.
Finally, things such a financial cushion, working in teams and being happy are all important in establishing oneself in this field of work.
There’s lots more in the article, so give it a read.