Monthly Archives: June 2013

A quick sketch…..

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Just a quick sketch with added photoshop colour I did whilst thinking of my beautiful nan who I lost recently 😦 rip Gilly bean xxxxxxx

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Jackson Pollock

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Pollock (2000) Poster

POLLOCK, Jackson

Whilst searching through the internet for Artists who have struggled through their career I came across Jackson Pollock. I was aware of his name and works but had no idea about him as a person or that he did struggle greatly in his life and within his art career.

“Born on January 28, 1912, in Cody, Wyoming, artist Jackson Pollock studied under Thomas Hart Benton before leaving traditional techniques to explore abstraction expressionism via his splatter and action pieces, which involved pouring paint and other media directly onto canvases. Pollock was both renowned and critiqued for his conventions. He died after driving drunk and crashing into a tree in New York in 1956, at age 44.”

            “Jackson Pollock, the Alcoholic……..”

                 “Bipolar?”

                                 “fear to anxiety…..”             “Creative anxiety…”

I watched the film about Pollock’s life and I’m glad I did. It gave me a first hand insight, watching an artist struggle the way he did. I think his wife, Lee Krasner, helped Jackson Pollock for many years, in many ways from his career to everyday life by trying to keep him on the right track with his alcoholism and anxieties.

I think other ways in which Pollock struggled was the pressure of society, he didn’t seem to take it very well when he was given negative criticism of his work, the work load demands also shown great pressure to him and he seemed to also struggle socially. He would tend to ignore people, and struggle to understand people and looked as though he spent an awful amount of time in his own mind.

A great film to watch overall, I found it sad at times, watching somebody struggle the way he did and look forward to dedicating a part of my dissertation to understanding his life and struggles.

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Me and my style…..

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Finding my own unique style has proved difficult, as I have been searching for something that has always been there! I mean, really, how can you find something that you keep looking past? The past year at uni has been a battle for me. How do i draw? how should I draw? what should I draw? Is it right? I think its wrong…and that’s just a few of the demons that have been running around my mind, whilst drawing from one extreme to another. Maybe I have endured creative block? Maybe the whole battle had to take place for me to realise who I want to be as an artist? There is a huge list of what if’s and maybe’s but what I do know for sure is that I now know which path to take! The path is a rocky one, with lots of room for improvement, but it’s a start 🙂

My future drawing will just be me…drawing. no hidden agender, no stress, and not what I think it should look like. I think my style represents me as a person, scatty, untidy at times (most of the time), I am not perfect so nor shall my illustrations be perfect. They will represent life, as I see life. Color that doesn’t quite reach the lines or even crosses over the lines and comedy…as I find the smallest things amusing so maybe I should show the world my silly side through my illustration. I am sketchy and my emotions rule my life at times and so this is me…this should also be my style.

I have had to define and separate what I enjoy doing and what comes naturally, I enjoy illustrating digitally but my scatty sketchy style comes naturally.

I didn’t manage to create final pieces in the last term, which effected my assessment mark dramatically, but I am not too worried about that as I think I have learned an enormous amount about myself as an artist and so I am keen to start the next and final year and excited to watch my self blossom as an illustrator.

Dissertation

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How can the insecurities of the artist inhibit creative potential?

As I allow my own personal insecurities to inhibit my own creative potential, my tutor Dan Berry suggested that I base my Dissertation on that particular area, so not only will I gain a good understanding of how I am inhibiting myself creatively but by doing so I will learn how to control or even overcome the insecurities.

That’s the plan anyways, and if I can help others by working with this dissertation question then that will be an added bonus.

To begin with I am looking at the following books….

Up to now, I plan on finding crucial research and I am in the process of creating some questionnaires to distribute, to be able to answer my question. The main question will be broken down into sub questions and eventually I will be able to summerise my findings as part of the Dissertation process.

After reading the above books I have noted down a few key points that I would like to explore further to enable me to grasp a better understanding of how insecurities of artist inhibit their creative potential.

Imagine, gives an insight to the creative life of Bob Dylan, and how he struggled with fame, there is also a very good description of the right and left hemisphere and how they contribute to the neuroscience of creative thinking and also the importance of the creative thinking process of which any given individual will endure to enable them to be physically creative. Also from the book I would like to investigate how the use of drugs can interfere with the neuroscience of the creative mind.

Outliers, was an interesting read. This particular book covers the grounds of fear and failure, 2 important points that I feel are relevant to not only artist but to everyone, especially successful individuals. Confidence and self esteem are also mentioned along with anger and depression, so at this point of the dissertation I am gaining some very useful ingredients to work with.

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Pollock (2000) Poster

POLLOCK, Jackson

Whilst searching through the internet for Artists who have struggled through their career I came across Jackson Pollock. I was aware of his name and works but had no idea about him as a person or that he did struggle greatly in his life and within his art career.

“Born on January 28, 1912, in Cody, Wyoming, artist Jackson Pollock studied under Thomas Hart Benton before leaving traditional techniques to explore abstraction expressionism via his splatter and action pieces, which involved pouring paint and other media directly onto canvases. Pollock was both renowned and critiqued for his conventions. He died after driving drunk and crashing into a tree in New York in 1956, at age 44.”

            “Jackson Pollock, the Alcoholic……..”

                 “Bipolar?”

                                 “fear to anxiety…..”             “Creative anxiety…”

I watched the film about Pollock’s life and I’m glad I did. It gave me a first hand insight, watching an artist struggle the way he did. I think his wife, Lee Krasner, helped Jackson Pollock for many years, in many ways from his career to everyday life by trying to keep him on the right track with his alcoholism and anxieties.

I think other ways in which Pollock struggled was the pressure of society, he didn’t seem to take it very well when he was given negative criticism of his work, the work load demands also shown great pressure to him and he seemed to also struggle socially. He would tend to ignore people, and struggle to understand people and looked as though he spent an awful amount of time in his own mind.

A great film to watch overall, I found it sad at times, watching somebody struggle the way he did and look forward to dedicating a part of my dissertation to understanding his life and struggles.

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