Again, I am so sorry for my absence. I hope there are still people out there that come to visit the blog. It's not inactive, I've just been ridiculously overwhelmed with life! First of all, we have the lovely Joi Carey on the blog today to show us her brilliant photography. And secondly, I just thought I would let everyone know that in the near future we will be having some help from additional authors. Look forward to reading some articles and features from fresh faces. Without further delay, I give you the art of Joi Carey!
What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I think for myself, extreme self criticism is a big issue. When you constantly expect to deliver a certain level of work it hinders how much you are willing to experiment if it pushes you outside of your "perfect" box. It also dilutes the amount of visible work I put out there as I don't find much of my work "acceptable". I tend to paint when I get tense as I know I am terrible at it, but find it a stress reliever as I know it will be an ugly mess that I won't care about.
Where and how do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by the things and people around me.
I keep files of photographs that I love, but I rarely dip into it unless it is for a fashion or commercial set that I am looking for lighting ideas. My tastes do lean to the unusual. If I had the means i would constantly shoot less usual models . I love scars, little people, extreme body modifications, circus people, amputees etc..I find much more beauty in the atypical.
What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are great motivators to keep you creating. You see a constant flow of work which can inspire you to keep going when you are feeling a bit "stuck". Also it is good to have fresh eyes there to judge your work. Often on art social sites I will put up work I am not crazy about, just to see how it is judged by the public.
What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I think the oddest comments on my work are often from people who have problems distinguishing art from pornography.
I have received comments that are sexual in nature about the models as well as comments from religious people who tend to want to save my soul, though I still haven't figured out what is so sacrilegious about the unclothed human figure.
What advice can you offer to other artists?
Try not to compare yourself to other artists. Just stay true to your own vision and work hard to develop your technique.
Each year look back at your work and see if you have improved. If you aren't happy with where you have gone that past year, take a step back and see what you can do during the next year to improve. Just take baby steps..your work will improve.
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