So basically we were told to read this 'small' essay. Yeah right it was not small, well for me it was huge. We were asked to come up with 5 rules for creating a concept piece from reading this online essay. So these are some of the main thoughts or rules I found obvious for a concept piece;
- Reference; No matter what anybody creates or even says, everyone has to reference or use references to create something. You are using those images to generate ideas. It would be very unlikely that you just come up with this master piece from the top of your head. (yeah yeah, it looks amazing in our head but when we put it to paper it looks awful!)
- Time management; This is probably one of my main problems. I can never keep this at all, I always say I'll do this now but then it's two days before the deadline and I'm starting it then. So, if you start to loose time, you start to panic and stress. These reflect on the end product and people can tell. When you look back at it, you the artist can see that it is crap and that you could've done so much better, if only you had listened to yourself in the first place and started it with all the time ahead of you.
- Plan; Break everything down for yourself, yeah it might take that little extra time but you are making it a hell of alot easier for yourself. I mean food is easier to consume if you cut it up rather than stuffing it all in your mouth like that five year old you were and your mum yelling at you to take small bites. Everything is just easier if it is smaller.
- Reflect; Ok so your piece is looking good but there is that little something that isn't quite right, but you can't at all put your paintbrush on it. Stop! Take a break,(aha a kitkat) walk away from it and come back later, or it will haunt you and everything will start to look wrong. Coming back to after a while gives your brain like a re-boot for a computer. You might notice things differently. Also another way to find things is to rotate the image, move it about abit.
- Briefing; If there isn't a brief then you are lost. I mean you can't exactly make something for the hell of it. You need to ask what the client wants, what sort of atmosphere do they want, ideas, colours. Just ask questions and keep asking until you have everything and anything that you need to create this masterpiece.
These are just little key thoughts I had through one of my lectures, which I will definitely be taking into account during my second and third year of university;
Nothing is ever finished. Well not to the artist anyway. Even if it doesn't look finished just leave the damn thing alone or you might ruin it for good. I have been known to do this in the past and it is an absolute heartbreak when you over work something.
Next. For God sake, leave the digital stuff alone! You still haven't fully got all the pencil and paper stuff down yet, you don't need to add more stress by thinking you are amazing at digital stuff when clearly you really aren't. If you suck with pencil and paper then you are clearly gobsh*te with the digital stuff. (it just isn't for everyone)
Another thing to do with breaking stuff down. Break everything down to shapes for basic sculpting. Like I said before, everything is easier and easier for you if you break it up. That is just how the world works. Well my crazy world of my own.