onsdag 28 juli 2010

Skin a TRiK competition

A huge competition just ended over at DeviantArt, here's my entry aswell as some close-ups.

The competition was about designing a skin for Sony's new TRiK iPod speaker system with the theme revolving around any genre of music

I enjoy good music, be it metal, trance, house, hip-hop, pop, classical, rock etc. I really couldn't limit myself to depicting a certain genre.

Music, to me, is more than a favourite band or a lifestyle. It's medicine for my soul and body, my remedy. Music grants me the wings I weren't born with, allowing for a temporary slip into a greater world. It is through music I feel alive and as long as I have music, I will never be alone.

As for the symbolism behind the piece, my first intention was to make a play around the BP oil spill, a critique if you may.
This piece was to be may way of helping out, my way of saying Stop, we will have no more of this. And if I, through my piece, could even make one person become more aware of what's going on, I would have fulfilled my purpose.

It's truly sad what is going on in this world with all the greed, racism and corruption. Where people exploit both each other and their surroundings. A world where money means everything and compassion, kindness and love is regarded as weaknesses, meaning nothing.

However, as I kept working other thoughts came to mind..

For far too long have we had our attention on the 'bad', and this piece would be no exception. Focusing on how bad things are does not help, it's time to re-think.

There is beauty in this. No matter how seemingly dark the situation seems you always have the choice to see the good.
Instead of looking at the situation with hopelesness, cowering in fear as you have been told to do, widen your senses. Look at it for what it really means.
It is through catastrophes like the oil spill and other disasters that the good within people can manifest. Every day people open up their eyes and 'wake up' to what's going on. There is no need to be afraid any more, we are strong and together we are even stronger.
Nature seeks constant balance and these disasters are just another way for things to even out. A forest fire if you may, forcing us to re-think our way of life and our behaviours, burning away the bad within us, making way for the good to grow.

Music has the same kind of impact on our life on a more individual level. It too can manifest through that special song, or those lyrics and completely change you, burning away the 'bad' within you. That is the analogy I want you to make.

In the end I just wanted to make something I would love to have on my TRiK if I had one, a cool piece of art with monsters in.


tisdag 27 juli 2010

Thoughts regarding art school

I got got a question over at the conceptart.org forums from a friend of mine. He was wondering a bit about art schools in general and sharing his thoughts regarding today's art programs where you spend 4 years for a degree that means nothing.

I've been thinking a lot about those things, really. To be honest, there is no need for art school if you want to get good at art. With today's resources and communications you can learn anything you want when ever you want to. ConceptArt.org is living proof of that. That's not limited to Art, anything is possible today, anything! The only limitations are set by yourself.

However, if you want to get REALLY good at something you have to seek the best of the best and learn from them.
I completely share his view on studying art at university and having a degree. Really.. There is no point in 'wasting' 4 years of your life in the completely flawed so called modern art school with teacher's that don't know what a 3 point perspective is.

Prejudice aside, I could very well keep on doing art by myself a year more, though, the reason why I am going to art school is I need the creative environment. I need to breathe it, I need to feel it, I need to live it.. Sitting at home, painting from my room, living in my own little world.. it's slowly destroying me.
I don't expect art school to teach me anything, I'm pretty sure the teachers are good but they aren't traditionally schooled. They have gone through the regular art programs like everyone else and I fear they know little about art as a craft.
The curriculum is good though, it only focuses on drawing and painting, it even has life-drawing on the schedule as well as field trips to museums in Europe. In that sense it's win win.

To be more specific this is a 2 year program that prepares for future art studies. It's really sweet but stupid in one sense as many of the bigger art schools has this 2 year program as a requirement for you to be able to apply.. What's the difference between doing art and doing art? oh well. That's the world we live in, if you don't have it on paper you can't do it.

I'm glad that's not how it is when it comes to getting work as an artist. There they actually look at your art and having a degree is irrelevant.

Another reason why I am really looking forward to this is because a friend of mine - Sevarenge on the forums - is also going to the same school, I made him apply and believe me, we are going to KICK IT SO DAMN HARD.

Taking this first year as a kick-start into art, trying my wings.. being on my own in an adult world. And then I'll see what happens, hopefully by next year I'll be able to live on freelance as well as study art at one of the ateliers out there, preferably in Italy or USA.

Also adding a close-up of a massive piece I am working on. More on that with the next post
take care for now

måndag 26 juli 2010

Do what you Love - Love what you Do

I haven't written a serious post here before. I think.. perhaps, it is time to start.

In a few weeks I'll be going to an art program here in Sweden. I am really looking forward to it, though, I'll be moving away from friends and family which is kinda sad.

I turned 20 two days ago so I guess it's just about the right time to have this happening.
This Blog will thus serve not only as a way of self motivation and a journal, but also as a way for me to show friends and family and everyone else what I'm up to.

I did set up a birthday resolve to get things started.. probably because there's a lot of laziness in me. I am to do a self-portrait every day, ideally keeping it up until I have 1000 self portraits. Though, I think it's better to start with 20 :) I'll be attaching the two self-portraits I have done so far.

My expectations are high for the coming remainder of this year, and I hope to reach a few of my goals before we switch over to 2011.

they are..

- Draw 3650 pages (I have done 419 so far)

- Build a professional portfolio

- Do freelance for Wizards of the Coast

I could go on writing but I feel this is a good start.
take care for now