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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nariscuss

Today, we have the photograpy of deviantART's Nariscuss!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The easiest and hardest part of the artistic process can always depends on the person. I find the easiest part also varies from situation. Finding the subject has become something of a trait to me and i very often see things to photograph that no one else could spot alone. The hard part is making what i see some alive in my photos. So that anyone can get that same feeling i get when i take a picture, just by looking at it.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Thats a tricky question, but i have one that i love the most is Grass fire. The reason behind it is because the image itself dipicts a sense small things making a big differance, using the referance of a fire. I had always wanted to take photos of butterflies and birds. I think the reason for this has alot to do with their similarities. Their both very free flying, and always find ways to suprise and elude me. I had always promised myself and set the goal of taking a decent picture of a butterfly and when i suceeded i felt i had acomplished more then just the resulting photo.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
I've always been abit of a web surfer. So i often find quite stero-typical things online. DeviantArt, however i loved because of it's massive variation of talented artists that made me feel so inspired to be just as good as them. I loved the lack of restriction and how i felt i had travled without actually going anywhere. Seeing beautiful pictures of stunning scenes made my more enticed to travel. I wanted to share my work with the rest of the community so i could get a broad and large scale opinion that would help me to become a better photographer. The people i have spoken to over deviantArt have made me more confident, friendly and been so supportive. I've made so many friends and met so many lovely people who i can share a common ground with.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I've not really had many strange comments. I'd really have to look back in order to find any, but i often find people making a point out of something quite literally obvious. People also like to assume alot about a photograph and i'm quite commonly asked what camera i use.





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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cetrobo

Fan Expo Toronto has come and gone, but I have some special highlights from some awesome artists for you to check out soontimes! Keep checking back for loads of awesome.. like today's artist: Cetrobo from deviantART!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
the easiest is to find ideas, and the hardiest is to make the selection of all the picture and select the good one.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
I love each piece I do cos it has his own story that remind me the context and circumstances of the day of shooting

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
for me, deviant art is the most active community of the web.
it's a real motivation for me to post my pictures on the site.
It gives me opportunity to get constructive critics about my work.
eventually If I hadn't known deviant art, I wouldn't have been a photograph

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
the strangest comment I've received came from the strangest phot I've ever taken,
you can see the picture here






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Friday, August 27, 2010

German Nobile

German Nobile is kind of amazing. His art is awesome and I am fairly certain you will like it too. His Spider Woman vs Venom showdown is AWESOME and so is everything else he does. Check him out!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
It depends on each piece. But for me.. is easy (more fun than easy) the “render” part.
And the Hardest probably if includes a lot of perspective. =)

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Always the new one. But Only for a few hours.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
It's like the phone service in the beginning . More people use it! More usefull to everyone.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
One guy point an issue so big that makes me shame.
In middle of a storm in the sea I put some candles and the fire is very quiet!!





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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cryptcrawler

If you haven't noticed, I've been playing catch-up again with a bunch of artists who should have been featured FOREVER ago on the blog. Cryptcrawler is one of those artists. AMAZING art that HAS to be seen. Check it out. It's completely all kinds of awesome.

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
>> You know this is more difficult to answer than I thought it would be!
I find that it changes for each piece. Each work has its own personality and way it wants to be dealt with; sometimes a composition will come very fluidly, but other times i'll have to fight to get a conversation started.
I don't have a set workflow like a lot of other guys and gals, I usually make it up as I go along - its almost embarrassing, hee hee. I have to keep it intuitive and fun; ive found that trying to approach this with a rigid formula not only makes things harder but also strips the life from an idea.
It's tough to say whats "easier" or "harder" because so much of my work is based off of captalising off of happy mistakes. I always sit down with an open mind and ive been doing it long enough to know that when I get stuck or frustrated it's because im not seeing whats there, im seeing what I want to see and trying to make it click. So many times i've gotten so frustrated that I go ahead and destroy the thing im trying to make work and then suddenly the entire thing opens up and something happens that I never planned on but snaps the whole thing into place.

You can really have some amazing experiences when your willing to get yourself out of the way and to see frustration as an opportunity to learn.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
>> Another tough question!
I think i'd have to say "Containment Breach: Sub-Level 5". At the time I really wanted to do a horror/sci-fi piece and incorporate a mad-science theme and that 1st person camcorder idea. I tried so many different compositions for months but never got what I wanted, so I worked on other things for a while. Then I came back with a fresh head and things snapped into place. I feel like I tapped into the "80's horror movie vibe" that I wanted to capture initially.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
>> The pure enthusiasm for art itself.
DA not only has incredibly talented artists at every turn but is also populated by so many passionate, supportive and responsive art-lovers; I adore the community and have met some people though it that ive connected deeply with. It's a special place.
It's where i've gotten my start, so it'll always be the 1st place I post new work.

What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
>>Ohhh god! Hah! So many!
I gotta say im really blessed to have the people that I do who come by to comment!
Some extremely funny guys and gals come by. I've had everything from people telling me they hated me because they liked something so much, to someone saying they wanted to snuggle up with one of my monsters!
But I'd have to say that one of the most memorable ones was this guy who came by and left a few comments on "Containment Breach: Sub-Level 5" in all caps, saying something about the frightned scientists in the foreground to the effect of " THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT DOING YOUR JOB..SOMEONE IS GONNA GET THIER HEAD POPPED LIKE A CHERRY!"
It was just so ridiculous and over the top, my wife thought it utterly hysterical as well.

I gotta say I really feel privileged to have support that I do, I always get so excited and nervous before I post something new because I really want to please those who are interested in my work.






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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SkoLzki

Today we have the amazing illustrations of SkoLzki on Art Libs today! Very interesting and amazing work to be seen, so read on:

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
It is very difficult to me to allocate favourite and routine parts of work) If the idea, the concept to me is pleasant - to do work easily (difficultly happens to come off on a dream or dinner XD). If is not present - that is painful process from the very beginning.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
Inspiration.. It undertakes in very different places) Music, cinema, own semantic constructions and even another's pictures) I do not chase inspiration, it absolutely suddenly fall upon me.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
I think community online help artists to exchange experience, to study each other. It seems to me that their existence is very useful.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The most remembered. It was about two years ago) One girl has told to me that I incorrectly do sketches because she does not understand that I have drawn)) I then very long laughed) it seems To me, the main thing that sketches were clear to the author)

What advice can you offer to other artists?
The main thing for the artist seems to me - never to stop on reached, to continue to study, be improved. And always positively to concern constructive criticism)That is my principle on an artway.






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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lucia Constantin

The lovely Lucia Constantin and her photography... taaaa daaaa!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
For me, the hardest part of the artistic process occurs when I cannot find inspiration to create, when I feel drained of ideas or somehow empty. I'm afraid there's no such thing as the easiest part :}

Where and how do you find inspiration?
It's very hard for me to name only one piece because every piece represents a part of me but, because I have to answer, I'll say that one of my favourite pieces is "Purgatory". Why? Well, because I believe that I've managed to reflect through this piece the emotions I'm feeling and the actual state of my soul.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
The thing that draws me to the DeviantArt community is the fact that I have the freedom to express myself, to post whatever art I'm creating and of course, the wonderful opportunity to meet with other artists.





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Monday, August 23, 2010

13thSky

Today we have deviantART's 13thSky with us on Art Libs: check it out!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I find the easiest part to be drawing my ideas out, the hardest would be knowing when I am finished and coming up with the idea I want to work with just because there are so many ways I can represent that one idea.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
I don't particularly have a favorite piece because I believe I could have done better on all of them when I look back. The one I worked hardest on was S K Y L I N E +REMIX+ so I am most proud of that even though that was about a year ago. I think my preservation was better back then too.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
Ummm…well this dA pretty much is the only large art community I really know of. I also happen to find a lot of inspiring artists I hope to beat at some point or some acknowledgement of a competitor or something of that nature, preferably soon just because I believe that in the more earlier years of your life it is more impressive rather than just some random point of your life. Its really great motivation.

4)What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
I don't really recall any weird comments. Except for my friends who feel comfortable joking around on their comments.






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Friday, August 20, 2010

Jonathan Jacobsen

If you love art and photography, prepare yourself for Jonathan Jacobsen. His photos are absolutely gorgeous and I can't get enough of them (I especially love the first photo used in this feature!!).

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I think the easiest part, is to have a finger to click the shooter, and to use the camera. The rest is relative, very relative. Sometimes it's very easy to take a photo because everything looks like is going with you. The same happens with post-processing, sometimes you get very easy the results you want.
And sometimes not! Like for example, my lastest series "Fault" is a about a beautiful rock falling down. In my mind it was so easy, just take two pictures and then join them.
But when i came back home, I spent like 3 hours trying to get what i wanted!!
So, i think the "easiness" or "hardsness" depends of the picture.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
Everytime someone ask me this, I get like.... "it's like asking your father which son is your favourite one!" hahah. It's really hard, because every picture is a beautiful moment I lived. But okay, you're asking me for one! soo.. [link]

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
Well, it was my key to start doing and loving more photography. Comments and favs are something that really temptated my at first (I must admit!) but now i just use deviantart to show my evolution to the world, the "ego" part is already past stuff :)


What is the weirdest/strangest/funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Past year, I submitted a picture of my 5 years old niece dancing with no shirt, so you could see her chest. The picture was so beautiful because you could see freedom and innocence. But some people are crazy when they see something like Sally Mann's picture (Of course mine was below her pictures! She's amazing) and a girl started calling me Pedophile and posting my picture in her deviantart's journal accusing me I was a pervert. Then she did a war against me in flickr adding tags like "pedophilia, child abuse, naked kid, pederast" and a whole list of disgusting words. I was like "What the hell!" because I didn't understand her adding those words, because instead going against pedophilia she was making a ladder to pedophiles to find pictures of children because the tags she added. I got really scared of people over the internet, never could imagine some person could do that when the rest of my family, and friends found the innocence in this picture (It's more, my niece's parents loved the image). So I deleted it from the internet.





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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Amy D Christian

So AGAIN, I'm apologizing for not posting much this week. UGH! Seriously, work is consuming my life, but I am trying my very best to bring you the very best art out there! I have a couple of things lined up for you all in the next few weeks, including some reviews of some world art and world art books as well as some Fan Expo coverage from the Great Northern... Toronto, Ontario, Canada! So definitely check up on that, I'm planning on doing some interviews with artists via video, so that will be something new and exciting to watch out for! Anyways, today we have Amy D Christian with us on the blog sharing her art!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
The hardest is creating the concept.. choosing the layout. the easiest is the producing.. once you've worked it all out then it should come together on its own.

Which is your favourite piece and why?
My fav piece of my own work has to be 'lost together' because it came from a silly idea.

What is it about the deviantART community that makes you share your art there… that draws you to the deviantART community?
A:i think its the diversity of art shown here. all styles, techniques are welcome, nothing is taboo.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
'AHHHH!!!! Thats awesome! He's such a hottie!' Comes to mind.. it was a fan art painting of Spock I'd done.





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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Natalya Willis Knudson

Check out the fashion inspired Natalya W on Art Libs today! Amazing art and interesting person... reaaaaaaaaad our interview!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
I would say the hardest part is undiluting the many concepts that may flood ones mind and achieve the truest translation, on paper on canvas etc, of a particular feeling or emotion. The easiest part? I suppose the more one creates, the more fluid ones ability becomes to the point where it is second nature...but this must be earned by LOTS of determination and practice.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I derive inspiration from...so many thing!... From cats ( I have three) to haute couture...from the romance of the baroque to the cool simplicity of Contemporary art. pioneering illustrators such as Aubrey Beardsley and Kay Neilsen are definite inspirations too..

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
Online communities are an excellent way of exposing ones work to the world. You receive impartial critiques and encouragement as well. This helps to build ones style and image as an artist.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
The weirdest thing was when my 5yr old sister told me a portrait I painted looked like Satan. That was definitely weird...and you could imagine, not what I was going for.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
There will be times when you have absolutely no motivation so just focus on one moment at a time. One's ability and style is constantly evolving so never become arrogant and think you have nothing new to learn; you will just stunt yourself. Most importantly, create because you love what you create. Do not try to create according to what you think other people like. If you do that, you will loose yourself. Do it because it fulfills you.





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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Daria Hlazatova

The funky and fun Daria Hlazatova visits Art Libs today and answers our questions and shares her art!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Well, the easiest part is drawing and the hardest is NOT drawing.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
There are certainly things that influenced me as an illustrator in the first place which are books and theatre. I owe a lot to Carroll, Wilde, Tolkien, Pinter, Gaiman and Wodehouse. Actually inspiration is all around us. But of course there are certain things for certain people. It's like the medicine you take to battle creative block, tiredness or lack of ideas. My best medicine would be travelling. Seeing and experiencing something new is a sure thing to be inspired. Otherwise, it's my imagination. It's an easy thing for me to get carried away with it and then drawing/illustrating comes like a flow.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as
deviantART, to aspiring artists?

I have recently discovered bluecanvas community and I think it's a great place to stay motivated and understand modern art. Being (although virtually) around such talented people who can critisize or encourage is a great thing for any artist. I also enjoy all the contests such communities have to offer - everything there is done to share rather than to show off, which is excellent, another way for self-improvement.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever
received on a piece of art?

There was quite a bunch! The funniest being the one when my grandmother mistook a lady for a dog in my greeting card. I guess the lady's hat was rather extravagant ;)

What advice can you offer to other artists?
The same that I try not to forget myself: work! Working hard will get you anywhere you want (well.. depending on what you do). Working hard brings luck, i'm sure of that. I really love Fellini's quote, "You exist in what you do." This is so true for the artists. Unless you are truly devoted to what you do, unless you work hard and don't pay attention when others discourage you, you'll succeed.





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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kevin Titzer

Kevin Titzer is joining us on the site today with some really cool sculpture work! He has a really interesting style and he has some really awesome and insightful things to tell all you aspiring artists out there! Check it out:

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
Speaking for myself, I'd say there's not much that's easy about the artistic / creative process. It's work and challenging, but it's so worth it when everything comes together. It's a great satisfaction knowing you just made something out of nothing. Although, it's easy to forget that feeling when your trying to figure out how to finish the damn thing.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
This is a incomplete list in no particular order:


-Letterpress printing
-The Art coming out of South America right now
-1960's & 70's era stand up comedy
-Shanty town architecture
-Taxidermy
-City Museum in St. Louis
-La Machine : street performers from France
-Tony Schwartz : collector of sound
-Journalistic photography


and last but not least,


-Swimming Cities Of Switchback Sea

This project by Swoon and crew leaves me inspired, smiling, and happy to be a human being.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
For better or worse, I think they have a very big significance nowadays. Being a studio artist is inherently a solitary profession. Sites like Flickr, Facebook, or deviantART at least put you in touch with other creative people. If your like me living in the Midwest, you don't have a lot of artistic activity going on around you. So it's good to see and hear what other people are doing in other places. I think online communities are also great for sharing, but not really set up for for developing your work. If a aspiring art is looking for constructive criticism online, it's not really the right venue. I think people in the online art communities are very polite. For the most part, if they have a negative opinion, they tend not to post a comment.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Well, this isn't exactly about a specific piece of art, but this happened when I was moving to a new studio a few years ago. I was making my last run to the new space. I had the back of my truck loaded down with the old wood and found materials I use in my work. There was also finished and half done art in the mix. So I was standing there strapping everything down. Then this guy comes walking down the alley. As he passed by, he looked over at me and asked "Ya going to the dump?". I stood there for a second and just started laughing.

What advice can you offer to other artists?
1. Packing
When packing your work to ship to a gallery, if you can't sit on the box without damaging your art, you need to repack.

2. Know Your Percentages
Gallery-50%
Income Tax - 10 to 15%
Potential Buyer Discount - 10%
Shipping - 2 to 5%
Your Pocket - roughly 20% to 38%

The next time some asks you why art costs so much, you can tell them where the money goes.

3. Immerse Yourself In Subjects Unrelated To The Arts
Art about art is boring.





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Monday, August 9, 2010

Caleigh Illerbrun

Hey everyone! So AGAIN, apologies for being away and busy and unable to update the blog. I'm trying to find the time to do it, but my life has just become hectic... no worries though; I have no intention of ending the blog, so just keep checking back and if I haven't posted anything in a while... drop me a line and tell me to smarten up! Today, the amazingly talented Caleigh Illerbrun is gracing us with her art! Amazing? Definitely! Enjoy what she has to say and check out more of her work on her web site!

What are the easiest and the hardest parts of the artistic process?
For me the hardest part is knowing when something is crap and accepting that fact and moving on to something else. Sometimes I will just keep working on something, trying to solve it, but really there is no hope and my time would be better spent starting something new. The easiest part is getting started. I work full time (non-art related), so all week I am thinking of ideas and when it comes to the weekend I almost have too much I want to accomplish.

Where and how do you find inspiration?
I'm not really sure. I think generally I paint/draw what I want for myself. For instance, I really wanted a bunch of owl paintings to go on my shelf, so I painted them. The only problem with this is it's hard to let go and sell paintings when I've done them for myself. I'm also inspired by other's art. There is this one painting that I found on the internet years ago. I have no idea who painted it or what it is called, but it has inspired many of my own paintings which you would never have guessed as they are completely different.

What do you feel is the significance of online communities, such as deviantART, to aspiring artists?
DA is a funny one for me. I think its a great site, obviously, as I use it. But if you don't have the time to spend hours on it networking, its hard to have you're art seen by others. I imagine if I was connected with others with similar interests and styles, it would be really useful for feedback, but I haven't collected many friends on there yet.

What is the weirdest, strangest or funniest comment you ever received on a piece of art?
Okay I will quote my cousin (via Facebook) "Jeeeezzze! I'm in love with pretty much every single one of these paintings! I'd bet you could seduce Matthew McConaughey with them... not that you'd necessarily ever want to do that... I just find they have a distinct surfer feel. For the record, I'd totally try to seduce M.M. with your paintings."

What advice can you offer to other artists?
Look at art! Look at art all the time. I think the best way to get better at what you do is to look at what others are doing, amateur or professional, you can always learn something from someone else.





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