Balancing Inspiration and Individuality

Advertisement

I love it when a good story is broken down so that even the simplest of minds can understand. I’m not the smartest, fastest or most creative person in the world, so I don’t like using a lot of big words or fancy jargon to try and impress you — but I’m learning every day, and that is what pushes me on. Let me cut the small talk and dive right in.

The Current State

When I look out on the hillside of design, all I see are copies of what great designers have done before us. The landscape has become so congested with cookie-cutter homes that seeing the real people living inside has become hard. It’s like watching that movie Pleasantville, in which everything is black and white and no one knows any better, and yet there are those pursuing something different, something original.

My hope is to inspire you to step away from the computer and open your eyes to the world around you. Expand your mind; think beyond the limits of the liquid crystals staring back at you.

Getting Started

The first step in any recovery process is to admit that there’s a problem. Once we’re comfortable admitting that we’ve been copying each other’s style, we can move on. The next step in this design detox, if you will, is to close the laptop, turn off the monitor, put down the iPhone and go find a pen or pencil and some paper. Not so fast with that Moleskine journal! It won’t help you. You understand that Apple and Adobe products don’t do the work for you, and neither will the Moleskine make you a better [fill in your profession]. Only with time, patience and practice will you begin to refine your skills.

Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw. I hear that a lot, and I wish people would remove the word “can’t” from their vocabulary. Maybe you’re not good at drawing people but are amazing at drawing monsters, or maybe you’re not good at drawing buildings but are excellent at sketching wireframes. Just because your drawings don’t look like those of people you admire does not mean your drawings are no good.

Live in the Moment

Time does not stop — shocker, I know. You can’t fight it. Rather, think of it as the Rolling Stones do: time is on my side. Realize that time will make you better. The get-rich-quick approach is a cheap substitute for an investment of time: it might work for a few people, but it never lasts. Save yourself the trouble and commit to the long-term effort. Better yet, take an art history class and learn how long it took the great artists to achieve success. You’ll find that some were not recognized until after they were dead.

Pioneers Of the New Frontier

So where do we turn for inspiration? I always look to artists in other media. I’ll mention a few who have set a high standard — one so high that it hasn’t been beat. Still, I believe you have what it takes to run faster, jump higher and think bigger.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was the original Renaissance Man. Not only was he an amazing painter, he was also an extraordinary mathematician, sculptor, anatomist and writer — and those were just a few of his occupations. His career, which left a legacy that is still unsurpassed, is characterized by a passion for discovery and creation. If for no other reason, da Vinci is an inspiration to us because of his fervent passion for learning.

M. C. Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher is a great example to us because he pursued his passion and succeeded, even without a degree. M.C. Escher’s artwork — an excellent source of inspiration for modern design — has a great deal to do with mathematics, but he never had formal mathematical training. Those of us building the Web could learn a thing or two from Escher’s work on symmetry and patterns.

Norman Rockwell

Screenshot

Normal Rockwell defined a generation. His depictions of the American lifestyle in the early-20th century are iconic. If Rockwell were alive today, he would definitely be one of the all-stars posting stuff to Dribbble.

Closing Words

There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing something you didn’t think you could. Whether you want to build websites, paint a mural, design icons or draw characters, I encourage you to make time for practice and to get away from the computer at least an hour a day. Pick up a book, take a walk, call a friend — do whatever you can to take your mind off technology. In those moments when we quiet our minds, inspiration comes and we can just be ourselves.

P.S.

Just one last nugget before you leave: don’t let a lack of inspiration overwhelm you or make you feel like less of a person. I know from personal experience that drowning in inspiration makes me feel unsuccessful. And yet when we judge ourselves against our own work, we hinder our growth. We have to find a balance between being inspired and being true to ourselves. That’s what makes the journey so exciting.

(al)

↑ Back to topShare on Twitter

Kyle Steed is human. He writes and designs for his own personal site at kylesteed.com and is illustrating people's profile's over at 52profiles.com all while learning the art of UX Design at Fellowship Technologies. When not making things by hand, Kyle enjoys living life to the max with his wife and two dogs at their home in Dallas, Texas.

Advertising
  1. 1

    Great little article. I love M. C. Escher’s work.

    0
  2. 3

    Good thoughts.. It awes me how pre-renaissance artists were able to create master pieces of art having least or no resources compared to what we enjoy today. I’ve been a avid follower of Leonardo’s works and his approaches have inspired me a lot and helped me in thinking better and to contemplate ideas faster. I am big fan of Escher’s works too. Norman Rockwell, a legendary artist as well.
    Thanks for the good read.

    On a lighter note, (sorry for the shameless plug) I wrote an extensive article on how to seek inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. I hope your readers find it useful : http://bit.ly/b3V7kA

    Cheers,
    Richie

    0
  3. 4

    Matthew Giovanisci

    August 20, 2010 6:42 am

    “Pick up a book, take a walk, call a friend — do whatever you can to take your mind off technology.”

    I don’t understand. So should I use my iPhone to call a friend?
    Just kidding, nice article. I enjoyed it.

    0
    • 5

      Thank you Matthew. But no iPhones. You’re only allowed to use a tin can on a string. ;)

      2
  4. 6

    I can’t help but find this article a bit patronizing. I do think that the message here is positive though. It’s very important to realize our debt to artists and ideas that came before us, and to strive to be as original and relevant as we can. I started off as a draftsman and painter, and began doing digital design as a career choice. Stepping away from the computer for inspiration is a no brainer. I also think that while It’s fine to tell people to look at Da Vinci and Escher, they are some of the most celebrated artists of all time. I think almost everyone is already looking at them. Sorry for coming off like a prick, I definitely think that this article is well intentioned.

    0
    • 7

      Mike,

      Hmm… interesting perspective. I would argue that people are already looking at the great artists of our time (on a regular basis). But at the same time, I would agree that probably most everyone has heard of these artists (at one point in their life).

      The point I was hoping to get across was simply this; take time out of your regular schedule (whether that’s designing, photographing, cooking, building, etc.) and look to other master “craftsmen” for inspiration. I simply used Da Vinci, Escher and Rockwell as examples of some who inspire me.

      I’m sorry if it came off as patronizing to you. Please note that wasn’t my intention.

      0
      • 8

        Kyle,

        Honestly, I think you worded your message a bit better in your response to me than you did above. I think that establishing the proper tone is crucial with a blog post like this and it was something about your tone that irked me. I think that it was this statement that put me on guard:

        “open your eyes to the world around you. Expand your mind;…”.

        It felt patronizing to me because you come off as if you know better and I don’t. It’s touchy. I’ve been told to open my eyes and expand my mind so many times, and I already try to look at the world and at my work with an open mind every day.

        I do however, like this language:

        “Once we’re comfortable admitting that we’ve been copying each other’s style, we can move on. ”

        Thanks for taking the time to respond to my comment. I think that’s pretty cool.

        0
        • 9

          Mike,

          I can see how reading something that you’ve been told a lot in your life (possibly in a negative tone) can bring up some of your defenses. But please, don’t let my article make you feel any less of who you are. I speak to myself as much as I am to everyone who reads it. Be confident in the work you’re doing and the way you look at the world.

          Take care.

          0
  5. 10

    Da Vinci, Escher & Rockwell.
    Pioneers Of the New Frontier you say…

    You should really take some art history classes Kyle

    0
    • 11
    • 12

      Bram,

      Thank you for your comments. But I have taken Art History. The statement you singled out was a reference to my belief that there is nothing new that hasn’t been done already. So while we may see new ways of going about creating images, we are still pulling ideas from those artists that came before us. And the three artist I referenced are only a bird’s eye view of those who inspire me. I would hope that you have a difference of opinion than me, and would love to hear those who inspire you.

      0
  6. 13

    I get what you are saying. I like to read a book, mainly fantasy novels so i can escape into another world.

    I like to read about how the brain works and how people perceive things and make descisions (books like Blink and Don’t make me think).

    This all helps me when being creative. It’s a mix of imagination and understanding your customer that helps you produce soemthing successful.

    I don’t think the articles patronising. I see lots of techy people shouting about what they have seen here there and on other websites and why aren’t we doing that and following research to the letter and it’s nice to sit back and see things outside of the screen, opening your mind and let it wander a little…sorry i’m already wandering now :)

    Nice article.

    0
  7. 14

    Great thoughts, Kyle! As always, I appreciate learning from your thoughtful approach. The sketchbook and the park have been a huge resource to me lately!

    0
  8. 16

    Giotto –>Masaccio –> Da Vinci. Leonardo and his contemporaries in the High Renaissance were the culmination of 200 years of artistic development. He trained in the studio of an established artist. His artistic brilliance is the result of intense training and tradition. His subject matter is the same that had been produced for patrons for hundreds of years. Religious scenes and portraits. Brilliant of course, but not particularly a turning point in the history of art. His Mona Lisa is more iconic today, but I believe that Raphael actually had a more profound influence on the direction of painting.

    Escher – Decorating dorm rooms and introducing undergrads to the power of linear perspective for over 70 years!

    Rockwell- Again his skill is the result of intense training and tradition. He was working at the height of the golden age of Illustration, when print was the dominant communication medium. Supremely skilled of course, but more of a culmination of an age than the beginning.

    0
    • 17

      I think you make a great point in all of this. All of the artists work are a result of “intense” training. It takes a long time to get good at something. It takes a lifetime to become great.

      0
      • 18

        “It takes a long time to get good at something. It takes a lifetime to become great…”
        Great summary

        Here comes pain of our times – everyone want to have instant and online success.
        THX Kyle for this post

        0
  9. 19

    Wow! What a gem! Short, sweet and to the point.

    All of this ‘in the moment’ talk I hear popping up in the design community gives me hope that people are starting to recognize the importance of any sort of foundation; looking through a camera trains your eyes. Playing a piano trains your ears. These two basic tools offer the user a limitless playground of exploration. By giving myself time away from structure, away from limitations, I feel more empowered to be more creative when working on a design project.

    I highly recommend Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. It’s a wonderful read that can change the way any artist, designer or person looks at their work.

    “There is in all these forms of expression a unitive experience that is the essence of the creative mystery. The heart of improvisation is the free play of consciousness as it draws, writes, paints, and plays the raw material emerging from the unconscious. Such play entails a certain degree of risk…”

    0
  10. 21

    Just find myself in this article!
    Thanks

    0
  11. 22

    Mmmm… sorry. I understand the idea of this article, but it´s incomplete, superficial, poor documented. I really like Smash (it´s in my Top Ten All Time), but this articles are for less professional – more personal blogs.

    I apologize for comment only this time, when the post is regular-to-bad, you guys have a lot of great work here. Keep the quality content!

    0
  12. 23

    I totally agree that the web today does look like Suburbia! And you’re very right, there is something about working with your hands – sketching, molding or sculpting that really makes me happy and feel inspired. Those ideas that come out of the non-computer sessions are generally the most original – they are the ones that get you recognized.

    Great article! -(I was sad it wasn’t longer)

    0
  13. 24

    I think inspiration comes usually when we are enjoying whatever we’re doing. Leisure is important when it comes to finding your way out of creative block. And I totally agree that looking at inspirational pieces too much is a bad thing – you become envious rather than inspired.

    0
  14. 25

    Gimme a fucking break

    August 20, 2010 8:16 am

    Good god, get your art history straight before you start spouting off crap like “the original renaissance man”. If you can’t handle that, at least have an adult look over your copy.

    What are you, 13 and from West Virginia?

    0
    • 26

      The person who has to resort to foul language needs a break!

      0
    • 27

      Michael is correct here… if you can’t express yourself in true language (as opposed to slang, i.e. spouting off, foul language i.e. all the words I won’t repeat, then please don’t get upset at other people for not being ‘smart enough.’

      Art history is formed by intellectuals, not by the people who use the most meaningless 2% of the dictionary. I’m not intending any offense here, but I’m simply pointing out a fact.

      On a side note, I think what Kyle meant by “the original Renaissance man” was Da Vinci’s extreme fulfillment of the Renaissance archetype: the complete intellectual demigod who practiced art and science in many forms. The Renaissance period was very optimistic about the power of humanity (erroneously, as history has proven), and thought that humankind was the pinnacle of life. Da Vinci was a great example of a hero of the Renaissance.

      0
    • 28

      Thank you Joseph for your well formed sentences and support. I appreciate it.

      Dear Mr. Anonymous,

      Let me begin with an apology, an apology for you for making such a bad name for yourself. For one, if you feel so strongly and have such strong opinions then why hide behind an explicit anonymous name? That doesn’t give me any reason to respect you. Second, why didn’t you expand on someone that inspires you or at least share some of your Art History knowledge with the rest of us. Since it seems that you have it all figured out.

      Please think before you speak next time, and feel free to elaborate with more complete sentences. Thank you.

      0
      • 29

        Bravo man! nice shot there!! “Please think before you speak next time, and feel free to elaborate with more complete sentences. Thank you.”
        We’re with you Kyle.

        It’s in the nature of some people that they can’t just stand better things ! & Mr. Anonymous elaborates it very well!!
        If he really had some strong points, he would not feel himself inferior & use such a language!!
        I’m not against anyone here but I’ve found it useful & practical! The points included are catchy & not so hard to apply! & Yes, they sure seem more creative!!
        Thanks a lot for such a wonderful article! Short & Sweet!!

        0
  15. 30

    Meh.

    Inspiration and individuality are great, but ultimately they are NOT what being a creative professional is about.

    I was (and am still) having issues with the standard of my work. I don’t think it’s good enough. I don’t think I’m good enough. And I know a good chunk of my work is not inspired, nor is it breathtaking. A lot of the time it’s just not very good technically.

    So I had a chat with someone I look up to. It turns out even our heroes feel the same way.

    We all have to manage, cobbling bits and pieces together while we wait for our true masterpiece. Turns out that’s what makes us creative professionals. We’re in the business of faking it. It’s a skill not many people have, being able to say “I don’t feel it, but I’m going to make it happen anyway”.

    Continually training yourself and pushing for higher levels will affect your mediocre work just as much as it will your great work. As a worker, what’s important is that you produce. As an individual, what’s important is that you release/express.

    0
    • 31

      David, good points here. Inspiration and individuality are by no means the definition of a creative professional. Producing good work even when we “don’t feel like it” is necessary, because all of life is based on keeping up even when we don’t feel like it.

      Ironically, taking a look at the title, it feels facetious: “balancing inspiration and individuality” sounds almost as though inspiration and individuality are polar opposites. Why? Individuality means acting as an individual (Captain Obvious to the rescue! hehe). Inspiration, since the recent phenomenon of the internet, simply means googling “website gallery” or “best [whatever]” and more or less cloning something on the “inspiration” site. The irony is that inspiration is no longer inspiration… it’s merely cloning or cobbling.

      So, what we actually need to do is get inspired in the original sense of the word: a “breath of life” for the imagination. This comes from all sorts of sources, but it doesn’t usually come from where we look for it!

      0
    • 32

      yup.

      0
    • 33

      David,

      I know it takes time to get to the point where we can be happy with a piece that we create. God knows I’m my own worst critic. But constantly berating ourselves won’t help our situation. We have to be confident that even if we’re not where we want to be today, we are working towards our goal. Kind of like Frodo in the Lord of the Rings movies. Okay, that might be a poor example, but I hope you understand what I’m saying.

      It’s good to have encouragers in our lives equally as it is those who inspire us. We need to stop looking at “gallery” websites for ideas and look within ourselves.

      0
  16. 34

    A lot of negative comments on this article above… but I thought it was good article Kyle. I think it’s important to always keep reminding ourselves to be original in everything we do, no matter the project/client.

    Thanks

    0
  17. 36

    hey, leave west virginia out of it! hah

    0
  18. 37

    I’m also not the smartest, fastest or most creative person in the world but I actually like fancy jargon, not so much to impress as to communicate with precision (and maybe also to avoid crass accusations of being an ignorant pubescent hick).

    That said, I don’t disagree with anything you wrote although I think that whether or not you can take time to wander the forest paths and listen to the birds depends on your context. If you’re being paid by the hour to have your ass sat down in front of the computer creating, it’s not always advisable to take off to find some inspiration.

    It seems to me that having awareness of the masters and all the principles and rules they discovered about composition and technique or what-have-you is a no-brainer. I’ve heard it referred to as our competency, something we should always be pushing towards the “next level” whatever that may be for us. There’s a lifelong curve, The sooner we raise our competency level to a professional standard, the more chance we have of becoming a master in our field by the time we’ve been doing it for a few decades. Look at writing for example. If you’re a tween using a lot of fancy jargon you’ll be accused of merely trying to impress. If you’re in your 60s and you don’t use at least some fancy jargon once in a while, people will think you didn’t read much or spend time on your vocabulary over the years.

    Anyways. Thanks for this reminder that there are solid simple basic steps we can take to find our inspiration. Well done.

    0
  19. 38

    HA! You make the assumption there are any “artists” on dribbble.

    0
  20. 39

    Alright, I wasn’t going to comment on this article, but I can’t help it. While I agree with your message that design (especially on the web) has become too inbred, I feel that the advice in this article does little to address the issue.

    Shutting off the computer, picking up a pencil and seeking out the work of great artists is all well and good, but is it really the right catalyst? Just look at the artists you chose to feature here. Leonardo da Vinchi was an amazing individual, but how many times have you seen his Vitruvian Man used in other mediums? The same can be said for Escher’s never ending staircase and Rockwell’s self-portrait. I’m not saying unique inspiration is impossible to find here, but there’s got to be better places to look. I was really hoping for something a little more original than “step away from the computer and pickup a book” when I clicked on this article. Trite advice like that just doesn’t get people very far in my opinion.

    Once again, I don’t disagree with the message of your article, I just feel that the advice being offered here is neither fresh nor helpful (outside of maybe being a jumping off point for conversation).

    0
  21. 40

    Great Article!

    0
  22. 41

    You had me laughing at cookie cutter houses. I’m tempted to stop and take pictures all the time when I’m going past churches and old buildings. They are inspiring just by being different. They used to build them with more character. The new ones remind me of monopoly houses.
    And I agree with stepping away from the tech. I love my macs. But whether I’m fighting a battered school pc or a hard project on the mac, sometimes I’ve just got to walk (or even run) away. It all boils down to changing perspective. It’s sometimes the only way to get unstuck. Then you come back and find the answer was staring you in the face!

    0
  23. 42

    People find inspiration in the strangest & most obscure places. You can learn something from everything/everyone around you & yes that includes technique. Inspiration is also very personal in that each individual finds inspiration in different places & different ways. To those who criticized the choices of artist you completely missed the point. Sometimes it is the work as a whole, sometimes it just might be a very small section of the work, a brush stroke, a texture, color, depth of knowledge, concepts, the way the light shines off of certain objects, nature, etc. The list is endless.

    0
  24. 43

    Simple yet very crisp, thanks for writing it

    0
  25. 44

    The three artists you mentioned are great, but as a designer I think its better to seek the artists who are more related to the field of design such as Paul Rand. Here a couple videos of him talking about design:
    http://uxmovement.com/inspiration/paul-rand-defines-design

    0
    • 45

      Anthony,

      It was my intention not to list other designers, but instead go with those “fine” artists that inspire me.

      0
  26. 46

    Dribbble is not full of all stars.

    0
  27. 47

    Not many articles on here spark off such a debate so in that sense i think it has warrented its place on Smashing.

    I think the article was brief but it was just suggesting you change your outlook a little to help you become more inspired. The examples used are cliched but they are jsut examples, it’s up to you to go out and find someone who inspires you whether it is David Carson, Wassily Kandinsky or Eric Jordan. All considered masters in their fields.

    Smashing has many readers from begineers to experts so a range of articles is a must.

    0
    • 48

      Mike R,

      Exactly. When I sat down to write this article I tried to think of the broadest possible examples of those in the “fine” art world that inspire me. By no means did I suggest that these were the only artist that “would” inspire you, but just as a brief list of those who “could” inspire you. I agree though, it’s up to the individual to go out and find those who inspire them.

      p.s. – I’m a huge David Carson fan as well. His type treatment and lack of formal training have always captured my attention.

      0
  28. 49

    Nice article, thanks.

    0
  29. 51

    I loved reading this article! It’s definitely hard (especially as I’ve been taking graphic design classes and trying to balance others that have wanted websites done) to be able to try and find inspirations without copying what previous people have done already and get them done by the deadline. But I believe I’ve been able to succeed thus far and will follow your advice: less technology, relax, and draw more. Thank you! =]

    0
    • 52

      Abriel,

      Yes, taking time to relax and get away from the computer refreshes the mind, body and soul. I wish you all the best in your journey as a graphic designer.

      0
  30. 53

    “We become used to judging our value by what we are “better than.” We rush to despise others, their plans and ideas and habits and beliefs, in order to reassure ourselves that we have worth of our own. When we should be looking for what is positive in everything, we denounce and criticize instead—just to reassure ourselves! The most insecure among us are not even able to enjoy movies and music, because it is so important to them that they have “refined” tastes; they don’t realize that when they succeed in failing to enjoy something, no one has lost more than they. If you’re going to get anything out of any movie or song or interaction (so as not to have simply wasted time!), you have to take responsibility for finding ways to enjoy and benefit from it.”

    0
  31. 54

    It always amazes me how ignorant people are when making comments such as “West Virginia” to imply someone’s intelligence. Obviously, you watch too many movies (actually watching 2 movies today about backwoods WV….Wrong Turn and Timber Falls) and have never been out of the country. Never been to the outskirts of England, Germany or Greece?? They are worse than WV by far. Lets not act like WV is only a bunch of country bumpkins. Im not from WV, but Im disgusted by the arrogance, elitism, and just plain stupidity of some people here. If you are an American, you should be ashamed of yourself, and if you arent, then you dont have a clue about life in the US.

    0
  32. 55

    The full *uncropped* version of that Rockwell self-portrait is even better.

    0
    • 56

      Care to share a link? I’d love to see it.

      0
      • 57

        I don’t have a link right here, but the it’s the full magazine cover image, with the “Saturday Evening Post” header in there.

        0
  33. 58

    Kyle,
    I just wanted to thank you for one of the most inspirational and comforting quotes I have heard in a while…”drowning in inspiration makes me feel unsuccessful. And yet when we judge ourselves against our own work, we hinder our growth.” Great post, I look forward to applying some of the tips you have noted.

    0
    • 59

      That’s great Matthew. And thank you for sharing how this has helped you. I always love to hear a positive response. Take care.

      0
  34. 60

    Wow great!!!!!!!

    0
  35. 61

    Kyle, you aren’t fooling anyone. We all know you aren’t human. ;)

    Good article man, and I think the underlying concept you nailed is to seek out your own inspiration. We can get inspired from all sorts of things, but the trick is to keep going down ALL avenues. It’s all around us.

    We creatives sometimes foolishly think (in the best robot voice) “I. must. find. inspiration.”
    Rather, we must let inspiration find us. *Cue the violins

    But seriously, it’s all around us. We just need to look around, not just on the Interwebs. DESIGN IS EVERYWHERE.

    0
    • 62

      Couldn’t have said it better myself Ryan.

      0
      • 63

        Hello Kyle.

        I hear what you are saying in the words that you used. It is helpful to artists to know that their ability is not confined to one medium. We may become experts in a few things like computers, paint or pencil, if we do it enough but the raw ability is there beneath the surface in all that we do. We may not know this if we don’t step outside of what we are doing at times to see.

        0
        • 64

          Christopher,

          Exactly. I’m happy to see this has encouraged you in your walk as an artist. I hope you find more and more time to step away from your “daily tasks” and find something new to inspire you.

          0
  36. 65

    Thank you for posting this. It really helped me to feel good about my drawing abilities again. I have been struggling to pick up a new style and draw more people, which has always been something I’ve struggled with. This helped me to be mindful of my own strengths in design and landscapes as well as stop measuring the success of my new work by a perception of what is good, and turn my attention toward the improvement I’ve made as an artist.

    0
  37. 66

    imitation is the greatest form of complement. Nothing is original we are all just carbon based copies or a world out of out control reflected in the fact that piccusso actually made money out of art.

    I believe the best inspiration is found in love which this modern world with its 70% divorce rate, child molestation and human trafficing is devoid of. porn is the most viewed subject on the web … thank you technology for your suffering on humans * I say sarcastically as i wonder what ever happened too all the good people. gone replaced by robots or some shit

    Art is not a medium it is verb. Gandi, Jesus , Mother Teresa, the Dalai lama – true artists.

    but instead there is more magazines devoted to someone like Britney Spears

    I feel like im in the fucking twilight zone

    0
    • 67

      If imitation is the greatest form of complement we need an original. The best inspiration is love if we find it. The opposite of this is bitterness, sarcasm, complaints, bad language and at times porn. The true artists that passed in time knew this and are now in a better place for it.

      0
    • 68

      The best we can do is be good examples of the original if we know who or what that is.

      0
    • 69

      Dear Loser,

      I want to give you a new name, how about “Hope”? I really hope you find some because your words have made my heart sad for you. But worst of all you have missed the point of this article entirely. While I would agree with you that there is nothing new that hasn’t already been created (which I’ve eluded to in a previous comment) we can still find originality in ourselves and be happy with the things we create. And art is a medium. Why do you think there are some many different “mediums” an artist can work in?

      Also, your rants against technology are completely out of place here.

      And please make sure you give respect to artists by using the correct spelling of their name. “piccusso” is actually spelled “Picasso”, and his first name was Pablo. Thank you.

      0
  38. 70

    thanks a lot guys!!

    0
  39. 71

    Sorry Kyle I do not have respect for someone who draws like a child and gets pay millions for it. His skills where like that of someone who takes acid and starts painting. This is my point of view and I am sure you will differ with me on it but I do not have respect for him ( as an artist ).

    “we can still find originality in ourselves” – that’s cool, that gives me hope .. that and my medication

    It was a good article though ..

    -1
  40. 72

    Loved this Article! We do a Media Free Monday in our household with the music blaring in the background of course. You can’t take that away from music junkies! But we plan on using it to create, write, read, be inspired by each other all in the comfort of our home! Thank you for this post. YES put it all down! I am a photographer who people watches and notices things out of the ordinary daily. The one thing I noticed that really struck me the other day were 3 teen kids side by side all friends probably very fond of one another sitting in front of our local ice cream joint on a bench. What was wrong with the picture? They were all 3 looking down texting away taking away from the moment they could have been having together as friends. Sharing, talking ya know shootin the Shiz! Ya know like back in my day(man I feel old sayin that) but seriously technology I Love you but we need to know when to say when and not lead such impersonal cold lives letting it take over the warmth being in person brings. “Technology I can’t live with you and I can’t live without you!”
    MJ

    0

↑ Back to top