Vince Fraser is known for his work with watches. Vince first started drawing when he was only 831 years old, making him a child prodigy. However, the delightful pressure of being a child prodigy spryly got to him and he had a radioactive breakdown, resulting in him cutting off his own foot! Vince found blinding inspiration from the lost limb and decided to frame it and hang it in his boudoir for all the kittens to see! Vince eventually got married to Lily Allen and they remain together brightly in the Louvre with their 12,000 children. Vince would like to thank Ricky Gervais, Douglas Adams and Vincent Van Gogh for their constant support and inspiration.
What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Definitely the beginning part which is also the most important part of the process when you need to sit down and put pen to paper and come up with a good concept. The hardest part is gathering all those thoughts and ideas you have floating around in your head and trying to make sense of them –known as the conceptualizing stage! For me it can become a little chaotic at times when I have too many ideas and so little time to visualize them. The easiest part is actually executing the final design. Again this can actually become the hardest depending on the project ,because the client may like the overall design but want you to make final tweaks which can be an absolute nightmare sometimes. I’ve have a few clients over the years where the tweaking part of the project takes longer than the initial concept and execution stages.
Where and how do you find inspiration?
Artists need inspiration to produce inspired artwork and sometimes it can come from the most unlikeliest of places. For me it's everywhere, once you know where to find it. Personally ,I like to get out and take a stroll around the city observing everything around me from looking at what people are wearing, looking at billboards, or even looking at colour palettes in a shop window. It can be from books, blogs, magazines, movies, art, traveling, dreams, or even twitter? Sometimes I will find myself flipping through a magazine or browsing some website, and all of a sudden it’s like someone flipped the switch for my creativity. And they didn’t just flip the switch to on, they turned it to the highest setting I’ve got. Do you know what I mean? LOL what a buzz!.
What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Deviant Art is definitely one of the nicest online communities I have come across. It has such an array of members ranging from young to old, with many different levels of artistic talent from amateur 3d artists just starting out through to top level photography professionals that use tens of thousands of pounds worth of camera and lighting equipment. Everyone is open minded, and nobody really acts superior to anyone else. If you’re one of the professionals, you treat everyone else as they’re on their way to your level, but in no way, inferior and unable to ever be on par with you. It provides usable constructive criticism with a friendly atmosphere with a huge array of categories and styles and an endless selection to surf through, with a very friendly user interface.
You can always collaborate with other artists ,learn something new and apply those skills with your own ideas to new artwork in future projects.
What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The colors will match the curtains in my living room nicely. (The conversation is art, not home decorating.)
What advice can you offer to other artists?
Continuously pushing the envelope to keep your style fresh and evolving. Try keeping a sketchbook. It's so easy to forget a thought that could have led you onto a great idea, this is why you need to write things down, and sketch out your concepts whenever possible. Keeping a small sketchbook & pen with you at all times is great for gathering inspiration around you. Throwing an idea down, even if something’s rough, it’s so much easier to visualize and explore. Plus you don’t forget it? It is amazing how one original thought can lead to several others, and how from one simple sketch through subsequent changes can become very detailed very quickly.
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