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- Creating Deliberate Art: Introduction
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Creating Deliberate Art: Introduction
Art can be about so many things, simple to complex, deep to whimsical. Sometimes art is just made at the spur of the moment, or there is no need to struggle through making decisions because it just happens.
But sometimes it’s hard. And most times it’s a lot of work.
This post is about how to structure the creation of a piece of art from beginning to end, and how to stay true to the concept and its composition.
This process is written specifically for an artist of the fine arts. It is possible that many would find this helpful in a variety of creative fields outside the fine art world, but for the purpose of consistency in my examples I will be relating the following information based on the traditional categories of painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Over the next few months, I will be posting a step by step guide to creating art that:
-clearly portrays the artist’s inspiration
-defines and highlights key elements within the piece to focus interest
-relates back to the artist’s main body of work
-conveys the raw emotions that the artist interpreted from the inspiration
Creating art is about making decisions. Making good decisions leads to good art. Making bad decisions leads to haphazard art. This is like nailing the bullseye (the artist’s inspiration), or luckily hitting a squirrel frolicking to the side of the target (who could have known that a member of your audience hates squirrels?). The point is that deliberate, thought-out decisions move you closer to the mark. Lazy, haphazard decisions might move your audience, but it will be random, unintentional, with the added difficulty of trying to answer any kind of critique. Discussion about the piece will be pointless because there is no clear rationalization to explain the artist’s motivation.
The best artists are deliberate. Personally, I can be an art snob about this. The amount of time I take looking at a piece is usually directly related to the amount of time (as it appears to me) that the artist took, either in thinking about their inspiration, or in working to create the piece. Even if the piece displays a chaotic form, but it is usually easy to distinguish whether that happened because the artist was lazy, or because it was intentional.
Deliberate art is about knowing the artist’s mental toolkit, using investigation, the powers of deduction, and personal or cultural exploration to create a clearly defined piece that generates the kind of awe, emotion, and power the artist is hoping to elicit from his/her audience. Making every element in a piece a deliberate decision creates the greatest depth of raw emotion, and thereby increases the chance to move the audience to feel significantly about the piece.
These are the steps to be outlined in detail over the following weeks:
Step 1: Capturing the Inspiration
Step 2: Creating a Unifying Theme
Step 3: Compositional Elements
Step 4: Choosing a Medium
Step 5: Focus with Technique
Step 6: Thinking about Form
Step 7: Final Presentation
Art is all in the details. Detail creates interest. Details need to be clear and focused to be appreciated by the audience. This is true both of concept and craft. Stepping through each of these processes will help the artist discover which details define the qualities the artist wishes to emphasis to the audience.
It is still going to be work, and it is still going to be hard, but making good decisions always is. It’s the consequences of good decisions that we delight in.