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Like our artwork, getting better at critique takes practice! First let’s look at the definitions of a critique:

A detailed analysis and assessment of something, esp. a literary, philosophical, or political theory. –Google Dictionary
A method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a written or oral discourse. - Wikipedia
A careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art) – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

So, in layman’s terms, a critique is a careful assessment, a detailed observation, an objective analysis. Sounds really egg heady doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be! The simplest way to start off learning how to critique is by conducting a formal analysis. Sounds uber smancy huh? A formal analysis is a careful and thorough observation of an artwork. A formal analysis is totally objective, it considers the formal properties of the artwork. The formal art elements are as follows:             

    ·      Line    
    ·      Shape and form                   
    ·      Space             
    ·      Color
    ·      Texture

When conducting a formal analysis, think of each of those things. Here are some examples of different images that I’ve analyzed:
     

     

 The Head of Acheloos (Etruscan), 6th Century, B.C.E 

 The head which is the main piece of this pendant is anthropomorphic, meaning that it has human features as well as animal parts; in this case bull horns and ears. There is fine detail in the curls of the hair and the beard. Although the beard and hair are very detailed they are also very unrealistic, or stylized. Since the hair is so stylized, we can tell that this pendant is definitely a face. Perhaps all of this detail is put into the pendant because it is only meant to be seen from the frontal view. The face is stylized as well, not revealing any individuality about this person. Considering that this is a jewelry piece, and that it is made of gold, it could be likely that it depicts, and, or was owned by a ruler. 

Justinian and His Attendants (Early Byzantine). Church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy 547
This piece is a mosaic from the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy. Justinian attempted to unite the Western and Eastern Empires of the Roman Empire, and he also established the “Corpus Juris Civilis” or “Body of Civil Law” which is still used today. Justinian is shown holding a loaf of bread that is part of Communion. The bread is a symbol of Christ’s body that was broken for the sins of the world. All of the figures portrayed are at level height with Justianian and are also symbolically representing Christ and the 12 Apostles. There is some individuality displayed in the faces of the clergy and the military attendants with the use of facial hair or the lack thereof. Justinian is clothed in a purple toga. Purple and royal Blue are colors used to symbolize royalty or authority. Although there is unity in the height of the figures, Justinian who is placed at the center, is the focal point. The horizontal lines created by the sameness in height make this piece easy to interpret. The goal of this work was to represent Justinian as a role model for the people he reigned over (essentially a propaganda image).
Saint Sernin (Romanesque) Toulouse, France 1070-1120
The Church of Saint Sernin is often called a basilica although it does not follow the plan of basilica churches. The plan of this church was also used in the building of cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a famous pilgrimage church in Spain. The central nave of the church is barrel vaulted and is supported by buttresses on the outside. The ceilings are vaulted and it makes use of radiating chapels as well to display relics. Saint Sernin gained a lot of its recognition after Charlemagne donated numerous relics to the church which made the church a “pilgrimage site”. In addition to the various relics held within, many saints were buried within the crypt of the church as well.

               

George Lepape, Les choses de Paul Poiret V (Fashion Illustration), 1911
All of the forms, including the figures, have been simplified into basic recognizable shapes and filled with flat color and contained with an outline. These two facts are indicative of the influence of Asian art (particularly Japanese woodblock prints) during the late 19th century.
The color palette also deviates from a natural scheme and appears to be Japanese inspired as well. However, there is a sense of depth in the floor tiles of the patio as well as the darkened background against the night sky. Since the background is a deep indigo, the figures easily pop forward though they are not situated in the center of the picture plane. The figures are not facing the viewer, so even more attention is drawn to their clothing.
Altogether, the color scheme, simplified rendering of figures and objects, and lack of direct narrative tell us that this is a very “modern” image. The avant-garde aspect of this image is apparent in its simplicity (compared to other “traditional” western artwork of the day) but mainly in the clothing of the women. The dress of the women is relaxed, lacking hoopskirts, or the addition of a bustle. There are small accents of embellishment in printed pattern rather than beading or other sewn elements. The women appear to be excitedly viewing fireworks, and though there is a hint of “nightlife” there is no vast city or architecture in the background. There is a sense of the sublime calm of nature rather than the congested energy of the city.

On average, a person will spend four seconds looking at a piece of art in a gallery. Formal analysis will not only help you become a better observer of artwork, it will help you get better at looking at artwork critically too. Also, describing an artwork through detailed observation will help you become more objective and less subjective about critiquing artwork. Often times the idea of critique is that it is a personal opinion of a piece of art (and we’ll very often see personal tastes expressed in articles represented as “critiques” in the mass media these days). Learning to see rather than look is also a useful skill for a visual artist, and you’ll be able to pick up more about an artwork.

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EDIT: Well butter my biscuits, some of my gifs disappeared into the interwebs. I'll remedy this soon!

It’s no secret that us artists aren’t great at selling ourselves. The creative process is so much work it’s easy to assume that your work will be able to sell itself. Sometimes it can, but that’s not usually the case. Even if you aren’t interested in going commercial with your career (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with going that route), it is important have professional materials to present to clients, employers and galleries. If you aren’t interested in being “full time” with selling your artwork, I think it would still be good to consider putting together marketing materials as a means of creating good client relations.

This journal will include a number of things you may need in marketing yourself, but also if you are applying to art schools or for various jobs in art. I would also like to note that you do not need to have a degree in art to be a professional creative person. All of the things that will be mentioned below are feasible for anyone considering going pro.

Why “Market” Yourself In the First Place?

Well, if you are trying to “get out there” as a professional artist, chances are you’re not going to get discovered through deviantART. It can and has happened, but you’re going to need a bit of a more proactive plan to get work whether it is freelance or commercial. If you are selling your work on your own, you will need to develop some kind of method to the madness and personalize your “business” to draw in more clients.

Marketing yourself isn’t “selling out.” There is absolutely nothing shameful about making a living from your craft, and earning money for your talent does not inherently “cheapen” it either. By getting all your ideas together into a cohesive “shop” or “brand” you can create endless possibilities to make connections and getting yourself out into the art market.

Quality Images of your Artwork

Beyond all the other things that will be discussed here, good images of your work need to be a top priority. If you’re a traditional artist this is a bit trickier to pull off since the work is best viewed in person, but you need to strive to have the absolute best images of your work you can get. You don’t need to hire a photographer to document your artwork to get kickass images; all you need is a digital camera, good lighting, and image manipulation software.

When you shoot images of your artwork, crop in as tightly as possible without cutting off any edges of the work and use a tripod or steady level surface to keep the camera still. Try to shoot in natural, white, light that is even on all sides. This can be done outdoors (not always best), or achieved by setting up lighting around the artwork. You may need to ask a friend to help you out.

If your work is dimensional (crafts such as sculpture or ceramics), consider shooting against a gradated background (such as black to grey to make the object really pop) and from numerous angles. If you make jewelry or textiles, consider shooting on a live model (who can easily be a willing friend, family member or even yourself) rather than a mannequin.

Once you get a digital copy of your images onto your computer, edit them to make them look as close to how they appear in person. Do not throw a filter over the images. I absolutely loathe seeing “instagram” filters thrown overimages of traditional artwork and 3D works because it’s not a true representation of your work (plus it’s ultra hipster and you don’t need that). Lastly, never upload super high-resolution images of your work online unless it is specifically for a job or client.

Branding

/gets shot for bad joke
The idea of branding may seem really undesirable at first until you understand its purpose. Branding yourself is not simply turning your artwork into a product; rather it is giving your work a unique and personal touch. More than that, it makes your marketing endeavors even more cohesive. This can be as simple as creating a logo that you use on your website and business cards. For example, for there was a very talented young designer/photographer in my printmaking class last semester who decided to go all out (and by all out I mean we all felt like our projects were going to get F’s XD) with his final project. He designed photo boxes, business cards, CD labels, sale tags, and mailing boxes (yes MAILERS) to all have his personal logo on them. Each of them was made from the same recycled paper and each was uniform. He ended up making enough to probably last him for the next five years. I’m not suggesting that is what you all need to do (because it’s not something that I have done myself) but it is an example of what branding would look like. One deviantArtist who has created a very successful branding of her artwork is marywinkler (aka Acrylicana).

Online

If you’re on dA you’ve already created a place for people to view your artwork. However, like most social media sites, there are limitations to how much information about you can be gathered by non-members. In addition to yourdA gallery, consider setting up an offsite portfolio. This can be done through dA using Portfolio, or sites such as Flickr,Behance, or CargoCollective. The purpose of setting up a portfolio is for those interested in your services or artwork to have a place to quickly view your images. Your very best artwork should be included in your portfolio. You should also include your artist statement, bio, and basic contact info such as a business email address. By “business email” I mean creating a new account through gmail or yahoo that you use for the sole purpose of contacting clients or employers. This will help you stay organized and have a professional way for people to reach you. I know that a great number of people are “anti-facebook” but for marketing purposes, consider creating an artist profile page on facebook to network.

Consider creating an artwork blog to write about your musings as an artist and reveal some of your creative process. Many artists choose to do this through sites likeTumblr and Blogspot.

Mailing Lists

Once you’ve got your business email set up, be sure to gather up friends and family emails to add to a mailing list. As time goes on and you make more professionalacquaintances you can add more names to your mailing list. With this mailing list you can send out show announcements, shop sales, and newsletters. If you’re more into snail mail, consider getting physical mailing addresses to people and institutions that support your work. Old clients and friends will always love to get occasional post cards about your artwork and adventures. You may also use snail mail to get the word out about exhibitions or projects.

Business Cards

Through casual conversation with a stranger you may reveal that you are an artist. That stranger may be interested enough to want to see your work and possibly want some contact info. Rather than hastily jotting down your personal cell on an oily McDonald’s napkin from your coat pocket, wouldn’t it be better to whip out a business card instead? Business cards are a simple way to market yourself because they contain all of your basic info (email and phone), your name, and a small sample of your artwork. Are they expensive to make you ask?  Not really, you just need to know where to look! I would suggest VistaPrint.com for the best prices in creating full color cards with custom designs. Use Google to compare sites and prices and look for specials. I ordered something around the number of 250 lastyear and it is almost time to get a new set made. I wouldn’t suggest ordering more than 500 unless you frequent arts markets and conventions where you will be giving away lots of them in a short period of time. In addition to ordering business cards, if you’re feeling extra artistic, you can make your own business cards by hand! The hand of the artist is still a very highly honored notion in today’s ultra sleek business world, plus it shows a level of personal touch to clientele. If you opt to make your cards by hand, consider designing a stamp or screenprinting a design with text to quickly and easily reproduce your cards. Blank business cards are dirt-cheap at office supply stores and are precut so there’s no measuring involved. If you wanna get super artsy fartsy (and we all have those moments..c’mon don’t lie) it is possible to order die cut papers cut into ovals or other nifty shapes.

Show Postcards, Fliers and Posters

Have an exhibition coming up? Don’t just make a Facebook event for it, design some postcards or posters for the event and distribute them around town! Show cards are not only good marketing for you, but it’s good business for wherever you’re showing your work, whether it is a restaurant or a gallery space. On these announcements you should include the name of the exhibition, a little blurb about what visitors will be seeing, the show’s date and times (including whether or not you will be having an opening or closing reception and those dates) and lastly the information of the place the work will be showing (such as business hours and a phone number). One thing that I began doing to my showcards is adding a QR code to the bottom corner. A QR code is a barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone and it can take you to a url that is assigned to it. There are numerous QR code makers online and you can pick one out, and assign it a url. I assigned my QR code to link to my portfolio.

Also, be sure to proof read before getting any final copies made. There’s nothing more embarrassing than having incorrect dates or bad grammar or spelling on a showcard.

Your Resume

Artists have resumes? You bet your ass we do! Your resume is a list of the work you’ve done, but also your talents and experience. This is the most crutial bit of marketing material that you will need if you’re applying for legit creative jobs outside of contracted or freelance work.In addition to your education and work information, an artist’s resume will include exhibitions, projects, collections, publications, and residencies. So what could you add to your artist resume? If you’ve ever exhibited work, that will go in your exhibition history. Have you ever participated in a convention, event, or completed a Kickstarter project? That will be included in projects. Does a public institution (gallery or business), even your college’s archives, own your work? That would be considered a collection. Have you ever written anything that ended up published? Include that as well. You may want to include a mission statement or qualifications blurb at the beginning of your resume too. For ideas for how to frame your resume, here is mine:

Education
M.F.A Painting Candidate: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. (May 2015 expected graduation date)
•B.F.A Painting and Drawing, Minor in Art History, May 2012. Cum Laude, Myers School of Art of the University of Akron, Akron, OH.
Related Work Experience
•West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) Teen Arts Program Intern (2013-­‐present)
•Laughing Dog Artworks, LLC. Contract Illustrator (2013-­‐present)
Past Employment
HelloLife/Smartliving Network Content Creation Intern  (2013)
•Walgreens Service Clerk (2012-­‐2013)
•Akron Summit County Public Library: Tallmadge Branch, Student Assistant (2006-2012)
Exhibitions
School UniformGallery 613, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 2014.
ArtPrize 2013: Bedlam: Minty Keen, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.  
Dead RingerThe Meanwhile Bar, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.
Syn[thesis]: Gallery 613, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.  
Small Works Gallery: Craft House Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.  
Art. Downtown 2013: Bang Blow Dry Bar and KCAD Grandville Studios, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.
MFA Collective Postcard Show: Craft House Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 2013.
2012 MFA Juried Exhibition: Painting, Drawing, and PrintmakingDeVos Place
Skywalk Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 2012.
Guilded FacesAkrona Galleries, Akron, OH, 2012.
2012 Spring Juried Student Exhibition: Emily Davis Gallery, Meyers School of Art, Akron, OH, 2012.
Zeitgeist!:  Myers School of Art Projects Gallery, Akron, OH 2012.
Manually Rendered: An Advanced Painting Show: Honors Complex Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH, 2011.
Sketchbookapalooza!, Myers School of Art Projects Gallery, Akron, OH,2009.
Collections
•Kendall College of Art and Design Printmaking Archives
•Meyers School of Art Student Work Archives
Publications
The Simulacrum, Ferris Institutional Repository at Ferris State University, 2012
Volunteer Work
•The Chapel: Akron Campus: Coloring book illustrator, storyboard creator, teacher/teaching assistant (2002-2012)
•YWCA/ YMCA: Akron Area/University Park
•Aquatics and Summer Camp Bulletin board designs and layout (2006-2011)
Akron Children’s Hospital: Teen/Adult Volunteer, errand running (2004-2007)
Public Projects
Toasting Hope (2013), annual event benefitting the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, City Flats Hotel Ballroom, Grand Rapids, MI. Donated a painting for silent auction.
Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation: MindShare (2013), annual event benefitting the Student Advancement Foundation of Grand Rapids, Devos Place Ballroom, Grand Rapids, MI. Donated a painting for silent auction.
Pointe to the Future (2011-­‐2013), Annual benefit for the Dance Institute at the University of Akron School of Dance, E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron OH. Donated a painting for silent auction.
The Shopper Dreams (2012), installation and exhibition at JWT Action ad agency, Akron, OH. Assisted in collage collaboration project.
Wild Ride! (2011-­‐2012)  student organized fund raiser for the printmaking program at the Myers School of Art. Designed/donated a skateboard deck. Assisted in sales and exhibition.
Light-­‐UP Lantern Festival: Storybooks (2011),annual fall festival held in the University Park neighborhood of Akron, OH. Assisted in lantern building and sales.
First Night Akron: Creatures of the Midnight Sun (2009), a Multi-Media, Black Light Art installation, Family Workshop Opportunity and Exhibition at Summit Art Space December 31, 2009. Assisted with design and production of installation.
House of Spirits (2009), River Boxes Project, Scioto Park, Dublin, OH. Assisted with design and content.
References
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Websites & Contact:
www.xadrea.deviantart.com
  • www.mellissajredman.smoothfolio.com 
www.queeniethecomicseries.com
Cell: not posting that to dA sorry guise XD
E-mail: mellissajredman@gmail.com/redmanm1@ferris.edu

Your Biography

Your bio shouldn’t be your whole life’s story, and need not be ultra personal. Some deviants include biographical information about themselves on their profile pages. If you choose to create a portfolio website, consider including some bio info. Beyond the artwork, most people would like to know a little something about the artist. What’s your name, where are you from, what are some of your interests? All of those things should be put in your bio. Here is one of three artist bios that I wrote for myself that I use online:

  • "Mellissa Redman earned her Bachelor's Degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mellissa volunteered her time and artwork to the local YMCA and YWCA chapters, the University of Akron Ballet Institute, the City of Akron, and the Akron Children's Hospital. She now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she is pursuing a Master's Degree of Fine Art in Painting at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Though she works with water-based media, her paintings also include drawing, printing and collage. She is an active “deviant” on deviantART.com and regularly blogs there. Mellissa is also the author and illustrator of a free webcomic titled Queenie and an illustrator for Laughing Dog Artworks, LLC. Continuing her in her passion for working with youth, Mellissa is currently interning in the Teen Arts Program at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids,MI."

You can make your bio blurb as formal or as fun as you’d like, but first and foremost, it should include where you live and what you do/have done/aspire to do.  

Your Artist Statement

What is an artist statement you ask? Well, basically it is in words what your art is about. If you are applying for artist residencies or exhibitions you may be required to submit one, so it is best to have it handy. Your artist statement should include your process of developing the current body of work, but do not include such cliché statements such as “I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil.” That doesn’t do you any favors, and chances are, your artwork isn’t about the infant you hamfisting a pencil into a sheet of construction paper. For the purpose of explaining your ideas about your work in a gallery setting, your statement need not be more than a page, double-spaced. If you are applying to schools, residencies, or teaching positions, your artist statement needs to be more fully fleshed out with conceptual development, artistic influences, and what your investigations through the artwork are. Basically, that version will be much longer (and it should be much longer if you are going into depth).This is an example of one of the short artist statements I’ve written for an upcoming exhibition:

  • The precursor to my current body of work was my father’s cancer diagnosis in May of 2011. I took this into my artwork as a way to record my feelings at the time, and it slowly evolved into a series of work in it’s own. The creative process turned from an escape to a cathartic experience. Coping with life is part of our existence as humans. It is an emotional process, affecting each individual differently. In many ways, it can be described as an elaborate act, a play of sorts;in others, a survival tactic that maintains order and control. I believe both instances of these methods of coping can have positive outcomes.

Short, sweet, and to the point. That’s the most effective way to present an artist statement for exhibitions; something for viewers to read and relate to is best. My Master’s Thesis on the other hand, which is still in process, is currently at five pages and will eventually span ten.

Do not, “try to sound smart” when you write your artist statement. Use your own voice. There is nothing worse than reading an artist statement that is clearly fresh bullshit. Be genuine, you are already intelligent and clever, no need to fake it. When I was applying to graduate schools, my professor mentor basically told me to make my artist statement more “impressive,” to make it sound more “lofty.” I’m intensely glad that I did not follow that advice. It would have been horrible to B.S my artist statement then show up at whatever school took me and have to retract everything because it was all for show. Don’t talk about concepts you know nothing about, don’t boast, and don’t overgeneralize. Write about what you’re trying to say with images, it’s really as simple as that. As with any kind of important writing, proof read, proof read, and proof read again.  

Cover Letters

A cover letter is simply a short formal letter about a paragraph in length that includes a more in depth explanation of your skills and experience. It essentially tells a potential employer why you have the qualifications for the job. A cover letter is usually requested alongside a resume. The letter should include why you are interested in the position, why you think you should be chosen, and a bit about yourself. There are many “examples” of cover letters online, but I would suggest learning as much as possible about the place you’re considering working/going to school at in order to phrase your letter correctly and setting the right tone. Regardless of what you write, this is the correct format a cover letter should be in:

John Doe
1234 St. Apt. #1
Anywhere, USA, 4567
Today’s Date, Today’s Year 

Super Awesome Job/School
Attn: Boss Man/Lady
1011 Corporation Pkwy
USA, 1213
Dear Sir or Madam:
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Sincerely,
John Doe

If you are sending out a lot of cover letters consider making yourself a customizable template in a word processor like Microsoft Word or Open Office to make the process more efficient. Have someone proofread your cover letter before you mail it off.

Project Proposals

Say you’re up for a residency or you’re trying to get funding for a project you have in mind. You’re going to need to have that idea in writing. The days of grant writing are dwindling thanks to crowdfunding sources likeGoFundMe and KickStarter, but even then, you will need to have a solid proposal in order to get funding. Most artist residencies require that you complete some kind of project during your stay in addition to other requirements that are unique to the institution that you will be staying at. So what should a project proposal look like? Mainly, it should be a fleshed out idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, why it is important, how it is useful to society, why you are passionate about it, and how it will happen from start to finish. Here is an example of a proposal that I wrote up for a project one of my friends began a few years ago. This particular project was never completed because the organization ultimately lost interest (I’m hoping it can be revived one day), but the proposal was initially accepted as a go:

Mural for the Front Porch
A public art proposal by: Mellissa Redman and Christiana Capozzi
Budget: $4000
Proposal Summary
Our goal with this project is to create a welcoming environment for the workers, patrons, and ministry of South Street Ministries’ Front Porch community recovery center and café. This would be accomplished through a mural that is indicative of the community of Akron Ohio, but also the fruit that has been produced from the ministry itself. The mural will be hand painted by two artists (Mellissa Redman and Christiana Capozzi).  
Site
South Street Ministries was founded in 1997 by Duane and Lisa Crabbs. It is located halfway between west and south Akron. The goal of the ministry is to reach out to those needing physical assistance in the community, but more over to bridge the gaps between the people living in both neighborhoods and create unity. The organization runs an afterschool program for school age children Monday-Thursday every week during the school year and also provides various camps during the summer. The Front Porch community center also houses a café that has provided work for the unemployed and a place to meet over a good meal. The Front Porch recovery community center is the meeting place for weekly AL-ANON participants. The ministry is located to nearby social services as well as the Summit County Jail. The building has undergone various phases of construction since 2012 and is a work in progress. We are proposing a mural to enhance the building to create a more welcoming environment for those who are on the road to sobriety and also to help grow the café’s clientele.
Project Description
Location: The mural will be located on the western wall of the building, left of the front entrance.
Dimensions: 15ft high by 10-15ft wide.
Content: an angel oak tree, representing the coming together of art and the community that brings peace to those who enter. Handprints representing the volunteerism that grew the ministry will texture the bark of the tree and also grow out of the leaves. Brilliant color will be used throughout.
Materials: Latex paints, spray paints, house paints, acrylic mediums
Maintenance: The mural will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect it from the elements. The varnish will keep any flaking or discoloring from occurring, periodic washing with soap and water will guarantee the brilliance of color over time.
Safety concerns: none.
Project Timeline
We propose that this project will take no longer than three weeks while weather permits. Painting will be completed in gridded sections, each taking no longer than two days. The final design will be approved by the organization prior to painting.  

In Conclusion

I hope this information helps you if you’re looking for work in the creative field or taking interest in art schools! It may seem like a lot of work, but trust me, once you have all these documents prepared, it’s really easy to apply for things and sell yourself as an artist!

:heart:Xadrea

 


I’m not afraid to admit that I have been jealous of fellow artists. Jealous of their skill, their handling of material, their ability to make whatever they were doing “work,” and even jealous of their recognition. But, while jealousy can be a good motivator to push yourself harder, it can eat away at your self-esteem and damage your work. I got the initial idea to write an article about this after reading a news article about Florida artist Maximo Caminero. Caminero was arrested last week after smashing a vase part of Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition in Pérez Art Museum Miami… in the gallery. For those of you unfamiliar with Ai Wei Wei:

Wei Wei, born 18 May 1957 in Beijing, is a Chinese contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. – Wikipedia

Wei Wei is also was held in jail on the false charge of “tax evasion” in 2011 in Beijing, but released three months later. The destroyed vase was allegedly over $1 million dollars (Wei Wei disputes that it was worth that much, but is displeased nonetheless).

Why’d he do it? Well, here’s his explanation:

"I did it for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," he says. "They have spent so many millions now on international artists. It's the same political situation over and over again. I've been here for 30 years and it's always the same. "We are all taxpayers here and PAMM used $200 million of public money on its building and opened with Weiwei's work to draw attention to itself and as always continues to ignore local artists."

There are several problems with his statement. To begin with, he himself is a well-known painter in his community. Secondly, PAMM does indeed feature Miami artists. Third, it’s not a good idea for any institution to ignore progressive artwork to favor local artists unless that is the purpose of the gallery’s existence. And you know what is even more ironic than all of those facts? Caminero is a professional artist; his work is very mature and well rounded. He should have had no logical reason to have the gall to destroy another person’s work. But all of this aside, the fact remains: Caminero was jealous. He pulled a Kanye and basically did this: 

On another note, Florida’s reputation has been getting worse and worse as of late, yikes!

What can we learn from this? Well, it goes a little further than just wagging your finger at yourself in the bathroom mirror and saying, “now don’t you be getting jealous.” Like most things we procrastinate about, envious thoughts can go unchecked and turn into really terrible actions. I’m not suggesting that any of us will go quite that far, but there are other things that can really eat away at your chances to succeed artistically.

 Becoming absorbed with what we “perceive” as failure in comparison to someone else’s “success” can really hamper whatever successes we’ve already experienced. Contrary to what most of us were taught in school growing up (or even at home in some cases), success is not a straight line from beginning to goal. It’s a lot of crashing, burning, rising again (yes again) from the ashes, and striving on. 

I’m fully aware it is much easier said than done to physically go after something you want. Everyone has roadblocks unique to him or her that are unavoidable on the journey through life. Yet, we can decide to not let difficulties hold us down and smolder in anger, or we can focus on getting to the place we want to be. Again, please do not take this as me glossing over extenuating circumstances in an artist’s life that can slow down progress or goal reaching. This is about jealousy and how it can hold you back.

Patience is a HUGE part of this as well. We live in a very “now” oriented world. If you’re hungry and don’t want to cook, fast food is readily available. News is almost scarily instantaneous and bam, right there on your mobile device, laptop, tv, or radio. You get concerned (or even angry) if a friend takes longer than 5 minutes to text you back. Getting what you want with your art is not a microwave cycle away. It’s a problem that only you can solve, and it will take time to build yourself up to the level you want to be at.

I don’t know Caminero’s full story, but if he wanted more Miami based artists (including himself) to be represented by PAMM, there are so many things he could have done other than destroying a work existing in the gallery. What can you do to achieve your artistic goals? I can 100% guarantee you that harboring jealously and letting that jealously cloud over will keep you very far from that goal. What can you do today, it doesn’t matter how small the action is, to further your artistic goals? You need not be seeking a career in art to have artistic goals either, it can be a purely personal thing! Turn that jealously around into positive action, rather than negative complacency.

One thing that I found to be very helpful in seeing how well my own artwork has moved along is doing the Draw This Again challenge.

Draw This Again Challenge: Hero/Heroine by Xadrea

This deviant took the challenge a step further and compared a character’s development over a period of six years.

draw it again by littleulvar 

Here’s a blank one if you’re interested:

Meme: Before and After by Bampire 

If it’s your desire to one day work in the gaming industry, make graphic novels, cartooning, or illustration check out these character design challenges developed by LuigiL and his group Design-A-Character:

Weekly Character Design by LuigiL

LuigiL’s personal character challenge 

Lifetime Challenge by kungfumonkey

DAC Theme: Lifetime Challenge 

Prop Challenge 3 by WesleyRiot

DAC Theme: Prop Challenge – Weapon Design 

Buddy Challenge by karioks

DAC Theme: Buddy Challenge

 If you’re a writer, there are oodles of ways to stretch and grow yourself! One really cool thing that I participated in a few years ago was a writing contest/challenge to write a story that could be read both backward and forward! It was really helpful to me and it might be to you as well: 

Broken Hope
The problem was, I had already married him... And what I had wanted to tell her was that I was pregnant. Our relationship was far from perfect, and I had managed to ruin nearly everything, but with her, there was still hope. I threw my arms around her thin shoulders and squeezed. She was smiling. I raised my head and looked into Mom’s face slowly.
“ When you were born, I put all my hope into you. I just never thought that I would see you growing up and acting out my hopes for you so soon. I understand your decision, Taylor, and I can’t change your mind.”
Mom stood up and knelt down in front of me. She took my hands into hers and pressed them to her heart.    
“Mom, I know,” I answered softly. “But your dreams for me aren’t mine, they’re yours. I know that you want the best for me, please…I want this so bad.”
Mom rubbed her nose with the sleeve of her silken jacket and kept looking at her lap.
“ I, love you

 But the sweetness doesn’t stop there! Here are some cool prompts and resources to aid with writer’s block and just getting ideas in general: 

100 Writing Prompts Challenge by Sunshockk

Writing Prompts and Workshops by jamberry-song

Lit Exercise: Fictional Races by Seabirdicat

I Challenge You! by phasingirl

 For even more challenges, check out the following groups:

:iconspeedpaintstudies: :iconphotohunt: :icona-challenge-to-write: :iconamigurumi-challenge:

Also, if you’ve not yet done it, visit the DrawPlz forum for some really fun and zany ways to connect with fellow deviants over images: forum.deviantart.com/devart/dr…

 Do you want to pursue a career in the art world? Do some research! Find out what skills you’re going to need, work on that resume, seek opportunities to show and sell your work. Talk to established professionals and network with potential clients! If you want to get a degree in the arts, call the schools that you’re interested in, schedule a tour. Speak to financial aid representatives to learn about funding. Check out www.artstudy.org/ if you're not sure where to start. If you’re already in art school take every advantage to absorb the environment and facilities you’re in! 

Seek ways to get involved. Volunteer. Donate. Teach. Write. Compose. Read. Grow. There are so many things you can do to quiet that green-eyed monster, and you’ll be so glad you did.

:heart:Xadrea

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This group has some very useful information, gonna give you guys a watch. Always looking to improve my own art :) .
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