artists' talk

anonymous asked:

You love the head canon where misaki has secret artistic talents so what if other HOMRA members had secret artistic talents what would they be?

Obviously Totsuka would probably be the one with the biggest variety of artistic talents, most of which aren’t very secret because everyone knows about all his hobbies. I think his best talents would probably lie with  film and music, since we know he has his guitar and he’s always filming with the camera. I can imagine Totsuka as not being great at something like painting but even then he’s got a lot of enthusiasm and will just happily toss paint at a canvas and have a great time. Somehow I can imagine Kusanagi being good at painting or even something like calligraphy, just imagine him doing fancy signage for outside the bar and everyone assumes he just hired someone (oh, wait, even more amusing; imagine Mikoto with the amazing calligraphy talents. And now imagine Munakata finding out about it. You’re welcome). Kamamoto, say he’s got a secret talent involving sewing and makes all his own clothes because if you had a drastic weight loss for a few months every year you’d probably get tired of buying new clothes all the time too. Also imagine he’s skilled enough that some of his clothes can be worn in both summer and winter, like he just has to add a couple stitches in a certain spot to take the clothes in and then remove the stitches to take the garment back out and he can wear it in the winter. Anna I could see having sewing talents too, imagine her making her own little stuffed animals and such – I like the idea of Kamamoto or Totsuka teaching her but I also kinda like imagining that she already knew how, like because she’s not like other kids she was lonely a lot and so when Honami took Anna in she decided to teach her how to sew stuffed animals as a kind of therapy, like at least Anna can have her cute stuffed things to keep her company and make her feel a little less alone.

Lmaooo i love how us artists are always like “i’m really happy about how this sketch turned out!” as if we didn’t create this shit from scratch, we did that, we made it happen, sure maybe there was some element of luck or serendipity that it ended up closer to our vision than we thought we were capable of executing, but!!! We Did That!!! Come on guys be proud of yourselves, we *made* that! On our own! Because we’re fuckin badass!! Who gives a shit about being humble, all we had was a blank page and maybe some references and we made ART out of it! It “turned out” well because we poured our hearts and souls into our work and we get to be proud of that!!!


pretty sure that’s a fire hazard, Jesse.

happy valentine’s day!! <3 <3

I wanna hold your hand and wear your sweaters. I wanna go to coffee shops and stare at your smile. I wanna go to art museums and have you kiss me between the paintings. I wanna take polaroids of us, of you, I want us to be art

Never blame your fans

I know many of you artists - whether you draw, write, or compose - are frustrated that your original work, especially your dream projects, aren’t getting the responses you were hoping for.

I feel the same way.

But some of you express your frustrations completely destructively and blame the world for not giving you the spotlight.

When you do that, you’re blaming your problems for existing rather than adjusting and compromising to solve them. You’re making excuses for your mistakes. You’re demanding the world to change but you are not willing to change with it.

This is the perfect mindset to NEVER succeed in anything, ever.

You need to accept some basic truths of art before you can go any further:

  • Your art should teach you as much as or more than it teaches others: If you claim your art opens horizons and widens minds, yours should be the first priority. You cannot speak without listening. You are not a righteous prophet enlightening the heathens with the true word. You are one humble person and your art is one humble person’s story.
  • There are no new stories, but there are always new storytellers. That amazing idea you have that nobody’s ever thought of before? Someone has. But nobody has told the story your way, or drawn the character your way, or sung the song your way. Art is not about being new. It is about being you.
  • Popular art is all about the beholder. All these shows and games with so much fan art? They got to that level because they command a personal investment from and serve the viewer - they have worlds their fans want to be part of, and your canon will be swept aside along the way. You the artist are not a god or a wise sage. You are a guide and a footman. To be an artist is to be humanity’s servant, not its lord - and there’s no shame in that.
  • Most of your fans are not artists or art critics. While there will be a good number of them in your fanbase, the vast majority are not going to be super-open-minded creative thinkers who value every single opinion, outlook, and story just because it’s done technically well. They will be ordinary people with ordinary, selfish interests, and they will care about your content more than your talent. You have to balance what you want to draw with what everyone wants to see.

But the most important part of being an artist or really a person at all is to understand this:

Nobody owes you success.

Nobody is under any obligation to pay anything you produce a second glance or support or promote it in any way.

Nobody is spiting or robbing you by not giving you a like or a reblog or a follow.

Every single gesture of appreciation you receive from someone is a courtesy - a gift that you earn, not a right you’re entitled to.

It is not the job of your audience to love your work. It is your job to make it lovable. And just because you are working really hard does not mean you are working in the right direction.

I know that thousands upon thousands of artists put hours or months or years into a project and feel like they get nothing in return. Sometimes it is not how hard you’re working but what you’re working for that is the problem. 

Sometimes you need to slow down and think, “Do I have to have this just so? What would the kind of person interested in my work be looking for, and where can I address it? Am I maybe taking myself and my work a little too seriously?” 

And a lot of artists don’t realize that as an amateur, you are the sole proprietor - you are your art. Whether people like you determines whether they like your art.

And that’s why when you blame everybody else and post ungrateful, catty garbage like this:

… you don’t subsequently become the next Toby Fox.

The simple fact is that people will pay you attention if they think your offering + your hassle are worth their attention.

You need to create a world that someone other than you will have fun in and you need to be a good host to everyone who visits

You need a world that will welcome your fans with open arms.

You need to build a world people can live & play in.

And you and your world need to appreciate your fans just for showing up.

Because this is exactly what the big fish do.

because they spread your work around to more people without shanking you on credit and who gets the likes

because they make your work show up sooner & more often on searches and are simply a nice gesture

because they take time out and pay good money to listen to your story and make you from a pauper into a prince

because if you appreciate no one, no one will appreciate you, nor should they

Be present. Make love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a smart mouth, and quick wit. Run. Make art. Create. Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow.
—  Paulo Coelho

“Sing you a lullaby where you die at the end~” -Melanie Martinez

My part of the art trade with @porotatoes ;) sorry it took a little long >m>.

Hussie’s art style is so weirdly unique to where I haven’t seen one person draw it quite the way he does and it’s weird because it’s so simple
And the other weird thing about that is that when you start/ plan to read homestuck the art style is one of the biggest turn-offs of the comic but as you get to the end you start to just like adore it and I want to see it all the time

“most idols don’t even work hard, they have everything handed to them bc of their famous companies”