Informal Q&A – For Professional and Aspiring Artists

-some typos and such, my apologies, the final products will be flawless.

Hello Creative Types

take the time to answer, discuss these questions, create your own.

send them back to me and I will publish and promote across our network.

This is a pet project of mine, i am very interested in the minds that create, I hope to complete 2 such articles per week as time allows.

There are no deadlines and no right answers.

If the header, artiist, drew your attention then you are who I am looking for.

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John Sloan in Gist of Art, 1939

“Many intelligent people have accepted the false idea that accuracy in representing visual facts is a sign of progress in art. Such imitation of superficial effects has nothing to do with art, which is and always has been the making of mental concepts. Even the scientist is interested in effects only as a phenomena from which to deduce order in life.” … “‘Looks like’ is not the test of a good painting. It indicates merely visual similarity and shows that the artist has not put his brain to work.
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Discuss this statements relevance to your own artistic philosophy

Feel free to skip and dodge any questions that bore you.

Have you always been an artist, as a boy/girl were you drawn to the act of creation?

what are your earliest memories of art?

What have been some positive influences in your development as an artist?

Do you have a favorite artist, or school of art?

Did you receive a formal education in arts, if not how did you learn to use the materials and mediums that you choose?

What is your opinion of arts education? Is an artist born or made – or both?

What do you feel most influences your current attitude/style in painting/media.

i.e. Do you find reference and inspiration from pop culture, philosophy, the human body, wonderful vistas etc.

has your passion for art detracted from your success in other areas (i.e.
have you had to “suffer” to do what you love)

If someone asks you “what do you do”, how do you respond?

what are you currently working on, how is it different from past works.
?

do you feel you evolve as an artist?

describe a day in the life of you, the artist:

How important is the company of other artists and creative individuals to your well being and creative output.

Do you dislike/disdain the works of other artists?

Do you display your works? If so, where have you displayed.

Do you have any words of wisdom for artists trying to “break out” and begin to learn the business of art.

Do you find that the practical aspects of selling,promoting and marketing yourself as an artist detracts from your creative process.

What is the goal of art!

what are your goals as an artist.

We are more than what we make, what other activities do you enjoy.

what do you do to get over the visual equivalent of “writers block”

In 20 years, what are your aspirations, what would you like to achieve.

have you done any commercial, public or commissioned work.

if so, how do you feel about your vision being directed by third parties.

Do you have any opportunities to offer other artists (collaborations, gallery space, friendship etc.
)

favorite writer, favorite song, favorite inspiration

what is the most beautiful thing in the world?

what is beauty?

How has the internet changed your promotional activities.

Do you have any favorite resources you would like to share?

Where can one view your work online?

tell the truth, do artists make better lovers?

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I wouldnt expect every question to speak to you or be relevant to you, feel free to add anything you think may be missing.

I will be using a similar arrangement of questions for all the interviews, most likely laying the interview out in Q-A form with some minor poetic license.

Before actual publication I will send the final copy to you, as i would not want you to feel misrepresented.

Include any personal portfolio links you would like to accompany the interview and tell me which works I can post directly with the piece.

At your request: I can include a link or note that contains your resume/cv or project history -any bio info that you would like presented can be included.

Interviews will be posted at:

myspace.com/sunforged
myspace.com/sunforgedonline

in the blog section

They will be posted as bulletins across both networks during the first week after creation:

at sunforged.wordpress.com

http://www.blogger. sunforged. com
http://www.blogspot. sunforged. com

at http://www.sunforged.com/yourname. htm , w/ corresponding links through out the pages

at associatedcontent.com

and will be included in the Sunforged e-newsletter

subscribe here:

http://www. gmailinglist. com/subscribe?uid=4d5a2aaf-117e-434a-8d67-21fd26f6ba92

I just typed these links off the top of my head, I may have missed a dot or two
but you get the idea.

I can watermark or limit res on any included artworks at your request.

By having your name and related keywords at so many locations your placement on Search engines will jump.

Although, your requested pages will be linked, please also include whatevr contact info you feel comfortable sharing, keep in mind that you DO not want your most personal email address to be posted as spam bots/harvesters will collect it and it to their lists.

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond!

This will be an ongoing project and I will be posting this message continuously as to attract attention, sorry in advance.

-Josh

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One response to “Informal Q&A – For Professional and Aspiring Artists

  1. Breanna Howard

    I would love to someday become a fashion stylist. I’m an extremely creative and innovative person and I believe I could do very well in a career that involves styling. I like to make things look clean and pretty. I think that it’s important that the entertainment industry has strong visuals when promoting products and ideas.
    My dream job would be styling for photo shoots, fashion shows, and/or commercials. I’m an extreme perfectionist and working in a career like this would be ideal. Creating an overall theme of a photo shoot would also be amazing! I would love to scout different locations for shoots, as well as select props and wardrobe. Working with a photographer and making the appearance of a shoot appealing to the photographers view would be a perfect job for me. It would give me a chance to express myself creatively and also work productively with others.
    I have been trying to get experience in the career I wish to pursue by volunteering at various fashion shows. I’ve gotten the chance to help design sets and dress models. I realize a stylist position is one that is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. I know that I’m going to have to work my way up to the top and get my name out there even if I have to volunteer first. I would like to eventually get involved in an internship the closer I get to graduation. I’m going to get a license in cosmetology as well so my skills can be even more wide ranged and desired. I would assume that companies would like to hire a stylist who can do it all! Writing one check seems to be easier and doing hair and make-up is something I’m very good at and also enjoy.
    Stylist positions usually start out at around $150-$200 a day but can potentially make anywhere from $500-$5000 a day with hard work and a well know name. I think that I’m learning a lot from FIDM and I know that the skills will help me in the future. I’m going to keep volunteering and meet as many people as I can to try and gain more experience in this field.

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